How to not be wrong. The power of mathematical thinking by Jordan Ellenberg is a masterful work that reviews a number of critical math concepts. As collecting and storing data becomes easier and cheaper, executives and managers are spending more time studying data to make decisions. They are are also learning data's limitations. One key … Continue reading Book Review: How to not be wrong the power of mathematical thinking
"...relationships are more like muscles—the more you work them, the stronger they become." -Keith Ferrazzi. In Never Eat Alone, Keith Ferrazzi offers tips and best practices to strategically develop one's social and professional network. Pro tips: Never look at relationships as transactional. They are not Quid pro quo, rather "...relationships are more like muscles—the more … Continue reading Book Review: Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz
Collaboration is a 21st century buzz word. Ben Waber uses science to prove how collaboration adds significantly to a company's bottom line. If I told you that “changing how people spent 15 minutes of their day” could yield $15 million in profit, would you believe me? You should because Ben Waber et al. … Continue reading Book Review: People Analytics by Ben Waber
Book Review: The Big Short The first investment rule I learned was “Never invest in a business you cannot understand.” It’s a simple investment rule. If you don’t understand the business, then it’s impossible for you to know if it will succeed or fail. You can bet (in some states) but don’t call it investing. … Continue reading Book Review: The Big Short by Michael Lewis
“just as a piece of land has to be prepared beforehand if it is to nourish the seed, so the mind of the pupil has to be prepared in its habits if it is to enjoy and dislike the right things.” -Aristotle (270) Duhigg discusses how habits are created and how to replace bad … Continue reading Book Review: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Douglas Rushkoff short book urges everyone to learn to become programmers. He writes, “Before text, only the Pharoah could hear the words of the gods. After text, the people could gather in the town square and hear the word of God read to them by a rabbi. But only the rabbi could read the scroll. … Continue reading Book Review: Program or be programmed by Douglas Rushkoff
Dave Eggers, in his work - The Circle - warns of a company so powerful that eventually they will run national elections. (See my review below.) Today, the USA is holding its congressional elections, and, according to the NYTimes, Facebook has its own "Get out the vote" campaign. This raises some issues though: "Facebook’s get-out-the-vote tests have … Continue reading Get out to vote: What if Facebook influenced our elections?