April 2015 Reading List

Here’s my April reading list:

1. The Virgin Way by Richard Branson
– Branson gives an inside look at his strikingly different swashbuckling style of leadership. Learn how fun, family, passion, and the dying art of listening are key components to what his extended family of employees around the world have always dubbed (with a wink) the “Virgin Way.”

2. How Google Works by Alan Eagle, Jonathan Rosenberg, Eric Schmidt
– HOW GOOGLE WORKS is an entertaining, page-turning primer containing lessons that Eric and Jonathan learned as they helped build the company. The authors explain how technology has shifted the balance of power from companies to consumers, and that the only way to succeed in this ever-changing landscape is to create superior products and attract a new breed of multifaceted employees whom Eric and Jonathan dub “smart creatives.” Covering topics including corporate culture, strategy, talent, decision-making, communication, innovation, and dealing with disruption, the authors illustrate management maxims (“Consensus requires dissension,” “Exile knaves but fight for divas,” “Think 10X, not 10%”) with numerous insider anecdotes from Google’s history, many of which are shared here for the first time.

3. 10% Happier by Dan Harris
10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives.

March Books

Here’s my March reading list:

1. Turn the Ship Around by David L. Marquet
– Great leadership book on empowering everyone on the team and making sure objectives are clear and team is competent. Highly recommend, especially if you want a team of highly productive independent thinkers.

2. Prayer by Tim Keller
– It’s a straightforward book prayer. I learned a few things but wouldn’t call it his best book.

3. Making It All Work by Dave Allen
– Dave Allen is awesome! He’s probably my favorite productivity writer. I suggest reading his earlier book Getting Things Done though. It was a simpler read and I like simple things.

4. Essentialism by Greg Mckeown
– The points were interesting but I’m pretty much living them already after undergoing a financially stressful period and realizing that I could not only live with less but MUCH less. I suggest reading this and seeing why more of the essential is what’s truly important in life.

Books for February 2015

Here’s a list of books I’m reading this February.

1. The 5 Choices by Kory Kogon, Adam Merrill, and Leena Rinne
– Very practical book to help people manage themselves, their people, and overwhelming information and distractions coming at us. Very easy read but useful.

2. Li Ka Shing Hong Kong’s Elusive Billionaire by Anthony B. Chan
– Interesting story of a man who was formerly Asia’s richest.

3. Brain Rules by John Medina
– John Medina makes science incredibly accessible and useful. Great book for parents and teachers.

4. The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller
– Great book on marriage that focuses on heart issues before techniques. Definitely a book I would recommend.

5. Frederick the Great, A Military History by Dennis Showalter
– This is a very military-inclined book (hence the title) but still interesting for people who like reading about great men in history. Like everyone who lives larger than life, he has his share of flaws, challenges, detractors, but nonetheless one of the most influential people of history that too few people know about.