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The Best Book for Learning How To Live

A Guide To The Good Life: The Art of Stoic Joy By William Irvine Rating: 10/10 Best Line #1: What do you want out of life? Best Line #2: Yoga has been a wonderful source of voluntary discomfort. This marks the second book I’ve featured by the author and professor William Irvine. The first was […]

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The Best Book For Starting A Data-Driven Practice

Lean Analytics Rating: 9/10 Best Line #1: Analytics is a necessary counterweight to lying, the yin to the yang of hyperbole. Best Line #2: Relying on wisdom and experience, rather than rigid analysis, helps us get through our day. You don’t run A/B testing before deciding what pants to put on. Many years ago, I […]

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The Final Book To Read To Become A Great Manager

How important is management, as a profession, to the overall success of an enterprise? Pretty important, I think. Especially as you scale upward. This means we need to train people to specialize in this work, right? After all, we train specialists in many other walks of life. Engineers, scientists, and artists. Managers surely need the […]

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The Best Book for Becoming Decisive

Algorithms To Live By By Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths Rating: 10/10 Best Line #1: Life is full of problems that are, quite simply, hard. And the mistakes made by people often say more about the intrinsic difficulties of the problem than about the fallibility of human brains. Best Line #2: … being aware of […]

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The Best Book for Negotiation

Never Split The Difference By Chris Voss Rating: 10/10 Best Line #1: You’re going to have to embrace regular, thoughtful conflict as the basis of effective negotiation—and of life. Please remember that our emphasis throughout the book is that the adversary is the situation and that the person that you appear to be in conflict […]

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The Best Book for Competitive Strategy

The 33 Strategies of War Robert Greene Rating: 10/10 Best Line #1: Velocity creates a sense of vitality. Best Line #2: The essence of strategy is not to carry out a brilliant plan that proceeds in steps; it is to put yourself in situations where you have more options than the enemy does. I made […]

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The Best Book for Organizational Development

Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead By Laszlo Bock Rating: 10/10 Best Line #1: Those of you who, in the face of fear and failure, persevere and hold true to your principles, who interpose yourselves between the forces and faces buffeting the organization, will mold the soul […]

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The Best Book To Understand Uncertainty

The Black Swan Rating: 10/10 Best Line #1: I am going to be blunt. Best Line #2: When we think about tomorrow, we just project it as another yesterday. The very idea of uncertainty is foreign to many people. It isn’t solely about ignorance. There is much that we recognize we do not know. It […]

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The Best Book To Know What To Say

Words That Work By Dr. Frank Luntz Rating: 10/10 Best Line #1: It’s not what you say, it’s what people hear. Best Line #2: For most people, language is functional rather than being an end in itself. For me, it’s the people that are the end; language is just a tool to reach them, a […]

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