Category Archives: Book Reviews

The Art of Learning: Fractals, Water Polo and Marketing Templates

Tweet “We do not learn from experience, but from reflecting on the experience.” – John Dewey [This post started out as a book review and became a reflection on my own experiences of learning. The idea of fractal learning is … Continue reading

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The 5 Temptations (and remedies) of a CEO

Tweet A 1 minute summary of Patrick Lencioni’s 5 Temptations of a CEO: The 5 Temptations: You put your own career status ahead of getting results for the organisation. You want to be popular with your team instead of holding them … Continue reading

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20 Habits That Won’t Get You There

Tweet I’ve just finished Marshall Goldsmith‘s great book: “What got you here, won’t get you there – How successful people become even more successful“. What is the book about? My one sentence answer is: It is about removing your personal obstacles … Continue reading

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Why do we exist as a business?

Tweet It’s an existential question I asked myself after reading Ben Horowitz’s blog post: Lead bullets. Fortunately I was reading Ron Baker’s book Implementing Value Pricing at the time. Ron proposes a simple, yet extremely demanding, 2 part answer: The … Continue reading

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You Can’t Eat On Facebook – 3 Timeless Fundamentals from Never Eat Alone

Tweet You know it’s a good book when you dog ear the last page. That’s what I did with Never Eat Alone, by Keith Ferrazzi. I did it for this quote: …you can’t do it alone. We are all in this together. … Continue reading

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Be grateful. Life’s a Black Swan.

Tweet One of the things that I’ve enjoyed most about being in business has been the exposure to new ways of thinking and a whole new genre of books. The Black Swan, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, is a book that has … Continue reading

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Humanising – the real value of Real Time

Tweet “Our people are our greatest asset.” “Our differentiator is our relationships.” “Product X is great but it’s our people and our culture that really makes the difference.” “Our competitors could walk into this place and look around. They can … Continue reading

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88 tips for business – Rework reworked (a reminder list)

Tweet Rework is a string of 88 short essays by Jason Fried and David Heinmeier Hansson – the founders of 37signals.com (we are big fans of their products Highrise, Basecamp, Campfire and Backpack at Bluewire Media). It’s a gem, so … Continue reading

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Is this the first ever example of crowd-sourcing?

Tweet Twelve mighty volumes; 414,825 words defined; 1,827,306 illustrative quotations used… The total length of type – all handset, for the books were done by letterpress, still discernible in the delicately impressed feel of the inked-on paper – is 178 … Continue reading

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Heretics + Followers – Blind Sheep = Obligation

Tweet Tribes, by Seth Godin What’s it about? In Seth’s words: A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader and connected to an idea. This is a Small Book (about tribes) with a … Continue reading

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