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Month / September 2018

The All-Consuming Quest for the Wrong Thing

Rating for Bad Blood: 10/10 Rating for Man’s Search for Meaning: 7/10 Best line from Bad Blood: I’m fairly certain that she [Holmes] didn’t initially set out to defraud investors and put patients in harm’s way when she dropped out of Stanford fifteen years ago. But in her all-consuming quest to be the second coming […]

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(Admitting) Ignorance Is Bliss

“The neurotic who learns to laugh at himself may be on the way to self-management, perhaps to cure.”  —Victor Frankl One of the more frightening individuals featured in Bad Blood is a man with the most incompatible name I’ve ever known: Sunny. Sunny was not named for his disposition. Throughout the book, he roved in […]

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Imagine Your Second Chance Before Taking Your First

Victor Frankl’s classic book, Man’s Search for Meaning, acknowledges that finding meaning in our efforts can be hard. Whatever it involves, it is first built from our sense of responsibility. This is helpful because, while meaning can be vague, a feeling for doing what is ethically right is usually easy to understand. It doesn’t make […]

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Something We All Want

This week’s feature is a bit unique. It’s a mix of business and philosophy that stems from a fascinating new book and a classic that I kept thinking about while reading it. Together, this will be a discount bundle of book reviews—two for the price of one—mixing John Carreyrou’s bestseller Bad Blood and Victor Frankl’s […]

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The Best Book for Lean Management

The Lean Startup By Eric Reis 10/10 Best Line #1: Always have a theory. Best Line #2: Only 5% of entrepreneurship is the big idea, the business model, the whiteboard strategizing, and the splitting up of the spoils. The other 95% is the gritty work that is measured by innovation accounting: product prioritization decision, deciding […]

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Think Big, Start Small

This is my favorite line from this week’s book. It’s also the underlying logic behind this website that I call a “service”. Today’s post is about how starting small is the most inspiring thing one can do. Imagine you have a big need somewhere, a major problem that affects the entire community. The stakes are […]

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Where Innovation Comes From

I’m really not sure that anyone can intentionally create an innovation from whole cloth. There’s a fine book about this that will be a future review but, for now, consider the beauty of what emerges from great experiments. In other words, consider the accidental discovery that powers much of the office environment: post-it notes. One […]

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Unknown Unknowns

You might remember this one. In December of 2012, as the nation was wrapped in a debate over the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Donald Rumsfeld was asked a question. It came from a reporter during a press briefing at the Pentagon. Video is below but here’s Rumsfeld’s response: “Reports that say […]

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The Best Book for Developing Influence

Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change Rating 9/10 Best Line #1: You can never hope to engage people’s commitment if they don’t have permission to say no. Best Line #2: Diagnose before you prescribe. Anything else is malpractice. Influence Powers Successful Strategy Merriam Webster defines influence as follows: “to affect or change someone or […]

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