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. But I’m not sure I really liked it.
This one took a while. The first six weeks of the new job were super busy, so instead of a week, this one took me a month to read. I like to think I was living out the premise of this book, and doing the most important things, so reading this book fell down the list. That’s my rationalisation anyway.Continue reading “Book Review: Essentialism by Greg McKeown”
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 Leader by Jennifer Kahnweiler provides some interesting tools for upping one’s leadership game if you are an introvert, although a summary of the book might well be just as useful. Continue reading “Book Review: The Introverted Leader by Jennifer Kahnweiler”
I started a new job here last week. Didn’t have any time to read. Hopefully I’ll get back on track this week. Exciting job though!
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.
This is the best book I’ve read in a while. It is very easy to walk around thinking the world is a terrible place, with insurmountable problems. In reality, most of the problems are not insurmountable, in fact we (the human species) have actually made a whopping dent in a great many of them! Continue reading “Book Review: Factfulness by Hans Rosling”
Around the world the benefit of holding a university degree is being called into question; in my industry (technology) we are currently bordering on an anti-degree backlash (not something I ascribe to). This book is a look at some of the problems with higher education in the USA, and is maybe a little obscure for those who aren’t in the business of education. Nonetheless we all have a role in shaping society (well, almost all), and education is hugely important in doing that, so take an interest! Continue reading “Book Review: College Disrupted by Ryan Craig”
I’m carrying around 20 – 30 extra kilograms of bodyweight, and my plan to get rid of it was a fairly standard one: starve myself as long as I can manage. Turns out the science says this is incredibly bad for you, and that it is unlikely to succeed in the long run. The premise of this book is that my body can tell me when, what and how much to eat, if only I would learn to listen to it again. Continue reading “Book Review: Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch”
Who was Leonardo da Vinci? The guy who painted the Mona Lisa, right? Oh and he had some crazy ideas for some machines that never would have worked, right? If, like me, you never gave Leonardo da Vinci much more thought than that, Walter Isaacson’s book “Leonardo da Vinci” will be an interesting read, and will hopefully leave you with some challenging food for thought.
This was supposed to be posted last week, I actually read the book very early in the week (it is quite short) and decided to get a head-start on the next one (Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, it is quite long, the review will be a bit late). I heard about Everything Happens for a Reason: and other lies I’ve loved from Bill Gates’ 5 books worth reading this summer. The author, Kate Bowler, is a religious historian at Duke University’s School of Divinity; she did her doctoral thesis on the history of the Prosperity Gospel in America. This book is about how grappling with a terminal diagnosis changed her faith. Continue reading “Book Review: Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler”