Book Review: Origin Story by David Christian

"Origin Story: a big history of everything" has some overlap with Sapiens, which I reviewed here: both talk a great deal about human history, and seemed to agree on the major points. This book starts a lot further left on the timeline, Sapiens focuses a lot more on the sociology of religion and other common narratives … Continue reading Book Review: Origin Story by David Christian

Book Review: Measure What Matters by John Doerr

This week's book was a really inspiring read, it seemed to make a really difficult topic - how to measure your business activities - seem so simple. If it were quite that simple we probably wouldn't need a book though, right? If you've heard about OKRs, you probably know about them because Google uses them. … Continue reading Book Review: Measure What Matters by John Doerr

Book Review: Principles on Work and Life by Ray Dalio

I listened to this one, and I really enjoyed it. Ray Dalio has a fascinating life story, and he illustrates his principles very clearly by talking about how he came upon each principle. I'm definitely going to have to go back and re-read parts of this book to really put it into application. The book … Continue reading Book Review: Principles on Work and Life by Ray Dalio

Book Review: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

The human race, homo sapiens, is an interesting thing: we're the only species to have developed a level of sentience and cognition that allows us to reason about the abstract and deal with the theoretical. Sapiens is a gallop through human history, with some interesting deep-dives into religion, economics, community, and oddly a little futurism. … Continue reading Book Review: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Book Review: The Introverted Leader by Jennifer Kahnweiler

Nobody has a cast-iron definition of what it means to be an introvert, but a pretty common symptom seems to be that social interactions are draining. A symptom I would add is a sense of inertia when initiating social interactions with new people. Trouble is, people leadership is all about interacting with people. The Introverted … Continue reading Book Review: The Introverted Leader by Jennifer Kahnweiler

Book Review: Peopleware (2nd edition) by Tom Demarco and Timothy R. Lister

I start a new job on Monday, leading a tech team of around 20 people, so this week's book is some food for thought on how to give them my best. [Note, this review is being written in the air between London and LA, on an "overnight" flight where the sun seems to be staying … Continue reading Book Review: Peopleware (2nd edition) by Tom Demarco and Timothy R. Lister