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  • Looking for book recommendations

    As I prepare for 2013 I want a list of management, self help, business books to read over the year. Do you have a recent favorite?

  • #2
    Originally posted by MarkDillon View Post
    As I prepare for 2013 I want a list of management, self help, business books to read over the year. Do you have a recent favorite?
    Here are ones I read in 2012 that I really liked:

    Power of Habit Charles Duhigg
    The Millionaire Next Door Thomas J. Tanley
    Paperless David Sparks
    Hacker Crackdown Bruce Sterling
    The First 20 Minutes Gretchen Reynolds

    There were others that are business for me but probably not for you

    Kick the Hay Habit Jim Gerrish
    Writing a Novel in Scrivener David Hewson
    Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook Deborah Robson & Carol Ekarius
    Weaver's Book of 8-Shaft patterns Carol Strickler

    I finished 92 books last year, a new record for me.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Oogiem View Post
      I finished 92 books last year, a new record for me.
      Thank you for the recommendations. Wow...92 books...I can't imagine reading that much. You've inspired me.

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      • #4
        An Oldie but a Goodie

        Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon MacKenzie. Still one of my all-time favourite "corporate culture" books.

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        • #5
          I'd second Oogie's The Power of Habit recommendation.

          I rather like The Now Habit, although it's not recent.

          I liked Switch as well.

          And now for something completely different - Alan Sugar's biography.

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          • #6
            The 4 Hour Chef

            I'm in the process of reading the 4 hour Chef by Tim Ferris. Love this guy! While the book does have some cooking in there, it's not only about that. It's more about his rapid learning techniques. One of the examples provided in the book was around shooting better baskets in basketball. In fairness, I'm already a decent play but after reviewing his 2-3 page breakdown of what makes a good shot, I hit 19/20 free throws in a row! Even at my peak, I don't think I ever did that.

            I also loved the Power of Habit and anything by Marshall Goldsmith is also great.

            Hope this helps.

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            • #7
              4 Hour Chef

              Originally posted by vicve View Post
              I'm in the process of reading the 4 hour Chef by Tim Ferris. Love this guy! While the book does have some cooking in there, it's not only about that. It's more about his rapid learning techniques. One of the examples provided in the book was around shooting better baskets in basketball. In fairness, I'm already a decent play but after reviewing his 2-3 page breakdown of what makes a good shot, I hit 19/20 free throws in a row! Even at my peak, I don't think I ever did that.

              I also loved the Power of Habit and anything by Marshall Goldsmith is also great.

              Hope this helps.
              Funny, as I was just looking at a sample of this on my Kindle. The table of contents is VERY strange! Are you far enough along to recommend it?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MarkDillon View Post
                I can't imagine reading that much.
                I try to read for half an hour every night. Consistency means the books just fly by.

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                • #9
                  Past books i've recently read that i recommend:

                  5 Dsyfuntions of a Team
                  The Lean Startup
                  Built to Last
                  Good to Great
                  The Goal: Theory of constraints
                  Everything from Tony Buzan - He's the mind mapping expert
                  What Got You Here Won't Get You There - Goldsmith
                  Back of the Napkin - its a 'good' book, if you dont already draw out your ideas visually.

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                  • #10
                    Oh, thank you thank you!

                    Originally posted by CJSullivan View Post
                    Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon MacKenzie. Still one of my all-time favourite "corporate culture" books.
                    I LOVED this book all three times I read it. He's on my list of people I wish I'd had the privilege of working with... it's a fairly short list.

                    You have excellent taste.

                    Dena

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                    • #11
                      Not linked to GTD but valuable on different levels:
                      "Antifragile, Things that gain from disorder" from Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Black Swan)

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                      • #12
                        Clutterfree book about making your life clutterfree.

                        Clutterfree [Kindle Edition] by Courtney Carver & Leo Babauta

                        Clutterfree book about making your life clutterfree.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Barb View Post
                          Funny, as I was just looking at a sample of this on my Kindle. The table of contents is VERY strange! Are you far enough along to recommend it?
                          You are so right! It is strange but it is a great book. I'm far enough into it to recommend it but also to say that I think his Four Hour Work week is still my favorite of his three. I wasn't crazy about The Four Hour Body.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by H@ns View Post
                            Not linked to GTD but valuable on different levels:
                            "Antifragile, Things that gain from disorder" from Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Black Swan)
                            I just saw this one on the Times bestsellers list. I wrote it down to check it out. Thanks!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by H@ns View Post
                              Not linked to GTD but valuable on different levels:
                              "Antifragile, Things that gain from disorder" from Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Black Swan)
                              Someone I passed in the park had "Antifragile," and I almost stopped to ask what it was about. Intriguing title. H@ns and vicve, please let us know what you think.

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