No Fears, No Excuses by Larry Smith


Yesterday I finished No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career by Professor Larry Smith. I can't say I learnt new things but what I can say is that I should have read this book early in my career.  Working hard is not enough in today's ever-changing and highly competitive environment.… Continue reading No Fears, No Excuses by Larry Smith

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson


Last weekend I finished Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. I bought the hardcover book when it was first published in October 2011. But then I have been looking at this beautiful hard binding book but didn't start reading it thinking of its very large volume. Finally, I bought the audible version of it and went through it. A… Continue reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone


I finished listening to Journalist Brad Stone's audiobook The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon today. This was a good book full of aha moments for me. A few months back I read another of Brad's book The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World, which was… Continue reading The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone

No Rules Rules by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer


Finished reading the newly published No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention by Netflix Co-founder Reed Hastings and Professor Erin Meyer (the author of The Culture Map) yesterday. I pre-ordered this book last month in anticipation and started listening as soon as it was available in Audible. This book narrates a fascinating view of the Silicon Valley giant Netflix's radical… Continue reading No Rules Rules by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer

Communication Fundamentals: How To Communicate Better


Over the weekend I finished the Udemy course Communication Fundamentals: How To Communicate Better by Lorraine Wiseman. I went through some of her other leadership courses as well and find her delivery quite well. I recommend this course for you if you want to get better at communicating and persuading others to your ideas. It's… Continue reading Communication Fundamentals: How To Communicate Better

Truth from the Trenches by Mark Settle


Yesterday I finished listening to Truth from the Trenches: A Practical Guide to the Art of IT Management by Mark Settle. I didn't find the book much useful although there are few places here and there stuck with me and I plan to use those occasionally. The book builds on the need for IT Leaders to drive relevance… Continue reading Truth from the Trenches by Mark Settle

Silos, Politics and Turf Wars by Patrick Lencioni


I finished Silos, Politics and Turf Wars: A Leadership Fable About Destroying the Barriers That Turn Colleagues Into Competitors by Patrick Lencioni yesterday. In Pat's true style like Five Dysfunctions of Team, this is another business fable where he tackles a big problem in organizations - Silos. He not only gives us ways to identify silos, departmental politics but also… Continue reading Silos, Politics and Turf Wars by Patrick Lencioni

Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark


Finished listening to Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark in Audible. I would recommend this book highly if you want to know how software giants got built outside of Silicon Valley. This book does give a great deal of insight into Jack's personality, his work ethic, how he motivates his employees as well as gains the… Continue reading Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries


Finished today listening to The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries.  Here are the key lessons from the book. Lesson 1: Find a solid business model by validating your idea Lesson 2: Tell value from waste with split-testing (A/B testing) Lesson 3: Never ever indulge in vanity metrics… Continue reading The Lean Startup by Eric Ries