Guns, Germs, and Steel

The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond Read 2018-9-26, Rating 6/10 Questions about inequality in the modern world can be reformulated as follows: why did wealth and power become distributed as they now are? History followed different courses for different peoples because of differences among peoples environments not because of biological differences among peoples […]

The Coaching Habit

Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way Your Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier Read:  2018-07-25, Rating:  7/10. Simple and useful questions for a front line manager, but felt like a blog post stretched into a short book. Book Notes: This book gives you seven questions and the tools to make them an everyday […]

Assume the Worst

The Graduation Speech You’ll Never Hear by Carl Hiaasen Read:  2018-07-24, Rating:  7/10. Short speech stretched into a short book. A nice gift for new grads. Book Notes: You need a warning. Assume the worst. Self-delusion is no virtue. Happiness: it’s slippery. It’s unpredictable. It’s a different sensation for everyone. Figure out what you’re good at, […]

Turtles All the Way Down

by John Green Read:  2017-05-31, Rating:  9/10. A gripping story about someone struggling with OCD. Bandaids, helicopter moms, Rich Boys, and explaining the universe. My Favourite Quotes: True terror isn’t being scared; it’s not having a choice in the matter. Whether it hurts is kind of irrelevant. You tell yourself I am not my thoughts […]

Win Bigly

Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter by Scott Adams Read:  2017-04-12, Rating:  7/10. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big is still one of my favourite books to recommend. I followed Scott Adam’s blog throughout the 2016 election race. This book repeats much of his blog content on the persuasion techniques […]

Oracle Bones

A Journey Through Time in China by Peter Hessler Read:  2017-03-14, Rating:  8/10. As entertaining as River Town by the same author. Excellent way to see China from a westerner’s perspective. Book Notes to follow certain individuals across this period, recording how their lives were shaped by a changing world. Polat means “steel” in the Uighur […]

The One Sentence Persuasion Course

27 Words to Make the World Do Your Bidding by Warren Blair Read:  2018-02-03, Rating:  5/10. The Setup the most magical things in life – on and off the stage – are often the result of the correct application of the most basic principles imaginable. What is necessary is a fundamental understanding of human nature, […]

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird Read:  2018-01-29, Rating:  9/10. This book offers thought-provoking ways to provoke thought. I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent. Curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas. —Albert Einstein Understand deeply: Don’t […]