Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and R. Sunstein, provides an overview of behavioral economics and explores how people can be nudged towards making better decisions, without forcing them or restricting their freedom of choice. A framework for understanding how people make decisions and how those decisions can be influenced by subtle changes in choice architecture, default options, social norms, feedback, and framing....

<span title='2022-11-26 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>November 26, 2022</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;4 min

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande is a thought-provoking exploration of aging, death, and the end of life. Gawande, a surgeon, challenges traditional medical approaches to aging and end-of-life care, advocating for a shift towards patient-centered care that prioritizes quality of life and individual preferences. The book is organized into three parts: Explores the realities of aging. Delves into the pitfalls of nursing homes and assisted living facilities....

<span title='2022-10-21 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>October 21, 2022</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;4 min

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

**Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder ** by Nassim Nicholas Taleb presents a new concept of fragility, antifragility, which describes things that benefit from disorder, chaos, and uncertainty. Taleb argues that most systems are not just fragile or robust, but also antifragile, meaning that they can thrive under stress and change making it sustainable in the long run. The book is divided into seven parts, each focusing on different aspects of antifragility....

<span title='2022-09-29 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>September 29, 2022</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;3 min

Measure What Matters

Measure What Matters by John Doerr is all about goal-setting and achieving success through the practice of OKRs (Objectives and Key Results). Can be used as a primer to start ong OKRs, which is a management philosophy that helps organizations to focus their efforts on the most important goals. Setting clear and measurable objectives, helps to keep individuals and organizations focused on achieving success. Having key results, which are measurable outcomes help to evaluate progress towards the objective....

<span title='2022-08-17 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>August 17, 2022</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;2 min

Deep Work

Deep Work by Cal Newport presents the importance of focused, uninterrupted work in a world that is increasingly distracted. Deep work is essential for success in today’s knowledge economy, and that the ability to focus for long periods of time on cognitively demanding tasks is becoming increasingly rare and valuable. Presents a framework for developing the ability to do deep work: Work deeply: Focus intensely on a single task for a long period of time....

<span title='2022-07-19 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>July 19, 2022</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;3 min

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield explores the creative process and serves a practical guide on how to overcome obstacles. Some takeaways: The biggest enemy of creativity is resistance: Resistance is the force that prevents us from accomplishing the things we want to do, and it takes many forms, including fear, self-doubt, procrastination, and distraction. Resistance is fueled by fear: Fear is the root cause of resistance, and it manifests itself in many different ways....

<span title='2022-06-29 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>June 29, 2022</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;3 min

DELIVERING HAPPINESS: A PATH TO PROFITS, PASSION, AND PURPOSE

DELIVERING HAPPINESS: A PATH TO PROFITS, PASSION, AND PURPOSE by Tony Hsieh, the former CEO of Zappos, an online shoe retailer. Emphasizes the importance of putting people first, whether it’s employees or customers. By creating a company culture that values happiness and relationships, businesses can not only be more successful but also contribute to the well-being of society. Takeaways: Putting people first is essential for building a successful business....

<span title='2022-06-05 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>June 5, 2022</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;2 min

The Mythical Man-Month

The Mythical Man-Month is a classic book on software engineering and project management by Fred Brooks. Adding more people to a late software project only makes it later and that there are many other factors that affect the productivity of software development teams. Concept of “Brooks’ Law” which states that adding manpower to a late software project only makes it later. Software development is a “complex activity” and that there are many factors that can affect the productivity of software development teams, such as communication, coordination, and management....

<span title='2022-05-11 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>May 11, 2022</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;2 min

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg focuses on empowering women in the workplace and encouraging them to take on leadership roles. Sandberg shares her own experiences and struggles as a woman in the tech industry, and also provides advice and strategies to help women succeed. Women face unique challenges in the workplace, including gender bias and discrimination, and that it is important for women to actively pursue leadership positions....

<span title='2022-04-18 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>April 18, 2022</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;3 min

The Design of Everyday Things

The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman, talks about how bad design is everywhere, and that it causes frustration, confusion, and even danger in our daily lives. Shares numerous examples from everyday objects like doors, phones, and kitchen appliances to illustrate how poor design leads to user errors and dissatisfaction. One big takeaway is that feedback is what tells us whether our actions have had the desired effect, and it’s essential for users to be able to understand what they’re doing and why....

<span title='2022-03-23 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>March 23, 2022</span>&nbsp;·&nbsp;4 min