Book Summary: Ubuntu! – An Inspiring Story About an African Tradition of Teamwork and Collaboration

  What's it about? This is one of those books that teaches lessons by telling a story of characters who learn them. In this story, a manager is placed at the head of a department that is not performing well and he finds himself overloaded with work that he decides he must do himself. One day, one of his employees,…

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Book Summary: The Ideal Team Player

  What's it about? We've all worked with people who lack a certain something that would make them such a better teammate. We have also (hopefully) all worked with people that just amaze us. This book aims to put those scenarios into measurable qualities. The first part of the book is an introduction to the problem of inconsistent performance across…

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Book Summary: If Aristotle Ran General Motors

  What's it about? Outside of the strategy analyses, the marketing plans, and the spreadsheets, there are pieces of a business that just aren't taught in today's business schools. Further, they aren't fostered in many businesses, which most likely accounts for the lack of teaching them. Morris dives into four ancient Greek virtues - truth, beauty, unity, and goodness -…

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Book Summary: Blink – The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

  What's it about? We make decisions so quickly, sometimes it feels like intuition. Gladwell breaks down how we make these decisions with a multitude of examples of how professionals and laymen alike know in the blink of an eye whether someone is suited to be president or if a supposedly ancient statue is fake. By way of thin slicing,…

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Book Summary: Algorithms to Live By – The Computer Science of Human Decisions

  What's it about? Every day we go about our business, making decisions and getting results. Or lack thereof. Authors Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths decipher the intricate models by which we make those decisions and how we can do it better. In essence, they apply computer science to human decision-making (hence the subtitle). They look at optimal stopping points,…

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