Book notes: Give and Take

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam M. Grant, Ph.D. book summary.


Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam M. Grant, Ph.D.


Synopsis: “For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others.

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Book notes: Principles

Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio book summary.

Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio


Synopsis: “Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business – and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.

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Book notes: Delivering Happiness

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh book summary.


Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh


Synopsis: In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh – the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer – explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success. Even better, he shows how creating happiness and record results go hand-in-hand.

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Book notes: Creativity, Inc.

Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull book summary.


Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull


Synopsis: “Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation – into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture – but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.”

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Book notes: Winning

Winning by Jack Welch book summary


Winning by Jack Welch

Synopsis: “Jack Welch knows how to win. During his 40-year career at General Electric, he led the company to year-after-year success around the globe, in multiple markets, against brutal competition. His honest, be-the-best style of management became the gold standard in business, with his relentless focus on people, teamwork, and profits.

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Book notes: The Effective Executive

The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker book summary.


The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter F. Drucker


Synopsis: “What makes an effective executive?

For decades Peter F. Drucker was widely regarded as “the dean of this country’s business and management philosophers” (Wall Street Journal). In this concise and brilliant work, he looks to the most influential position in management – the executive.

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Book notes: Positioning

Positioning by Al Reis and Jack Trout book summary


Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind by Al Reis & Jack Trout

Synopsis: “The first book to deal with the problems of communicating to a skeptical, media-blitzed public, Positioning describes a revolutionary approach to creating a “position” in a prospective customer’s mind, one that reflects a company’s own strengths and weaknesses as well as those of its competitors.

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Book notes: The Personal MBA

The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman book summary.


The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman

Synopsis: “Getting an MBA is an expensive choice – one almost impossible to justify regardless of the state of the economy. Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business. You can get better results (and save hundreds of thousands of dollars) by skipping business school altogether….

The Personal MBA distills the most valuable business lessons into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges.

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