Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy has all the answers to overcoming procrastination simplified and compiled into one book that is very quick to read, and you’ll immediately thank yourself for having read it. Take on your big future projects with grace and ease after having formed better working habits.
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What do poker and business strategy have in common? More than you may think. Many people refer to life and all its challenges as being like a game of chess, but that is a flawed analogy. In chess, nothing is random. Every element of the game is public knowledge. Poker is part skill, part luck. In a world where we never have complete information in any decision we have to make, how are we supposed to be confident about any of our choices?
Author Annie Duke assures us that we can make the best decisions possible with all the information we can gather…and still have a bad outcome. Conversely we can make decisions that ought to be terrible for us and come out just fine through luck. The human mind wants to make sense of everything and find order even where there may be none. As a species we don’t like the idea of circumstances being out of our control. There is no stopping the forces of random chance, though.
Thinking in Bets gives us a fascinating look into how flawed our logic can be in regards to probability in decision making in games, in life, and in business. The book also hammers home the idea that just because we make a bet and lose doesn’t mean we should change our behavior the next time we’re up for a similar decision.
Every choice we make is a bet. Sometimes we’re betting actual money, but other things can be on the line as well and may not be so obvious. It’s important to consider opportunity costs, future stability of options that may seem good now, our own happiness, and most compellingly, all our future selves that immediately disappear once we walk through the door of choice.
An excellent bit of advice: When collecting data for a big bet don’t just take into account the things you know that you know. Take into account all the things you are absolutely sure that you don’t know.
This is a must-read for anyone who finds themselves nervous in anticipation of high stakes decisions. There is also a ton of value to be found in Thinking in Bets for improving all the decisions we make even on a mundane day to day basis.
Meyer proposes eight key areas that managers should be aware of to maximize team effectiveness: Communicating, Evaluating, Persuading, Leading, Deciding, Trusting, Disagreeing, and Scheduling. All of these qualities are positioned on a scale with a range. The data captures personality variables and incorporates them.
Author Shane Snow doesn’t try to tell us that teamwork is always preferable, but instead sends a clear message that the point of the book “Dream Teams” is to make the most of the times when teamwork is the only option. It is completely possible to hit that perfect team dynamic where our togetherness equals more than the sum of our parts.
Thiel’s approach to startups would qualify as a Commitment Culture. Thiel, as an investor, often repeats the maxim, “A startup flawed in its foundation cannot be fixed.” This asserted observation might be contrarian, but it hews to the commitment culture perspective of getting the team and culture right as a primary objective for founders.
Now, I'm not sure if Gerber coined the exhortation, "Work ON your business more than you work IN your business," but he certainly seems responsible for its ubiquity. He finds the McDonald's franchise business model with its obsessive focus on a standardized process for every aspect of a McDonald's restaurant to be the highest aim of any small business, whether the business actually franchises or not.
To read The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker is to observe the Lindy Effect (as expressed by Nassim Taleb) in action. Any technology which is non perishable increases in life expectancy with every day of its life. A book like The Effective Executive has been in print for 50 years and is therefore likely to stay in print for another 50 years.
Business Model Generation is a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers striving to defy outmoded business models and design tomorrow's enterprises. Designed for doers, it is for those ready to abandon outmoded thinking and embrace new models of value creation: for executives, consultants, entrepreneurs, and leaders of all organizations.
Just as the bones in the human body get sturdier as they are exposed to stress and strain and gossip or feelings of unrest intensify when there are efforts enacted to repress them, most aspects of life ultimately benefit from stress, chaos, instability, and unrest. Learned, humorous, and revolutionary, Taleb’s meaning is radical: The antifragile, and only the antifragile, will survive the test of time.
The Great Game of Business started a business revolution by introducing the world to open-book management, a new way of running a business that created unprecedented profit and employee engagement. What these workers created was a revolutionary approach to management that has proven itself in every industry around the world for the past thirty years.
A black swan is an event that can be either positive or negative that happens to be deemed implausible yet still ends up having massive, generally unforeseen, consequences. We are often blind to these concerns and Taleb will help you and your business navigate and exploit the Black Swan events that are bound to happen.
Simon Sinek founded a movement in 2009 aimed at helping employees and employers find more inspiration in their jobs. Start with Why says that leaders from around the world all reason, behave, and connect the same way and Sinek says that it tends to be the complete opposite of what everyone else is doing.