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Originals

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Originals examines how people can champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all? Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant emerges with a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo.

Originals

by Adam Grant
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The Book
Originals examines how people can champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all? Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant emerges with a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo.
What Ariana Huffington says

Adam Grant uses surprising studies and riveting stories to brilliantly show us how to champion new ideas, bust persistent myths that hold us back and change not only our lives, but our world. It’s a fascinating, eye-opening read that will help you not just recognise your own unique gifts, but find the strength to challenge conventional wisdom to bring them to life.

What Malcolm Gladwell says

Reading Originals made me feel like I was seated across from Adam Grant at a dinner party, as one of my favorite thinkers thrilled me with his insights and his wonderfully new take on the world.

What Sheryl Sandberg says

This is one of the most important and captivating books I have ever read, full of surprising and powerful ideas. It will not only change the way you see the world; it might just change the way you live your life. And it could very well inspire you to change your world.

The War of Art

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A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, this book identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. It emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline.

The War of Art

by Steven Pressfield
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The Book
A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, this book identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. It emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline.
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What David Allen says

This brilliant and challenging little book gives the most cogent reason for why we procrastinate about the most important things in our lives. It is both inspiring and daunting, and a must-read for people who ever find themselves avoiding what they know in their hearts they should be doing.

Conscious Business

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Consciousness is the main source of organizational greatness. "Conscious business," explains Fred Kofman, means finding your passion and expressing your essential values through your work. A conscious business seeks to promote the intelligent pursuit of happiness in all its stakeholders. It produces sustainable, exceptional performance through the solidarity of its community and the dignity of each member.

Conscious Business

by Fred Kofman
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Consciousness is the main source of organizational greatness. "Conscious business," explains Fred Kofman, means finding your passion and expressing your essential values through your work. A conscious business seeks to promote the intelligent pursuit of happiness in all its stakeholders. It produces sustainable, exceptional performance through the solidarity of its community and the dignity of each member.
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What Sheryl Sandberg says

This book had a profound effect on my career and life. I think about its lessons almost every day — the importance of authentic communication, impeccable commitments, being a player not a victim, and taking responsibility. I have given this book to so many team members at work, and I’ve seen it inspire people overnight to be more aware of their actions and impact on others.

Hooked

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Hooked is written for product managers, designers, marketers, start-up founders, and anyone who seeks to understand how products influence our behaviour. Nir Eyal provides readers with practical insights to create user habits that stick; actionable steps for building products people love; and riveting examples from the iPhone to Twitter, Pinterest and the Bible App.

Hooked

by Nir Eyal
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Hooked is written for product managers, designers, marketers, start-up founders, and anyone who seeks to understand how products influence our behaviour. Nir Eyal provides readers with practical insights to create user habits that stick; actionable steps for building products people love; and riveting examples from the iPhone to Twitter, Pinterest and the Bible App.
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What Matt Mullenweg says

Hooked gives you the blueprint for the next generation of products. Read it or the company that replaces you will.

What Dave McClure says

An essential crib sheet for any startup looking to understand user psychology.

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An astonishing work of cultural criticism, this book is widely recognized as the single fullest summation of Girard's ideas to date. In a dialogue with two psychiatrists, Girard probes an encyclopedic array of topics, ranging across the entire spectrum of Anthropology, Psychoanalysis, Christianity and Mimetic Theory, his well-known contribution to philosophy.
About
The Book
An astonishing work of cultural criticism, this book is widely recognized as the single fullest summation of Girard's ideas to date. In a dialogue with two psychiatrists, Girard probes an encyclopedic array of topics, ranging across the entire spectrum of Anthropology, Psychoanalysis, Christianity and Mimetic Theory, his well-known contribution to philosophy.
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What Peter Thiel says

René Girard is the one writer who has influenced me the most. Here he gives a sweeping view of the whole human experience on this plane — but it’s not just an academic philosophy. Once you learn about it, his view of imitation as the root of behavior is something you will see every day, not just in people around you but in yourself.

Scarcity

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This provocative book showa that scarcity creates a distinct psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need. The dynamics of scarcity reveal why dieters find it hard to resist temptation, why students and busy executives mismanage their time, and why the same sugarcane farmers are smarter after harvest than before. Scarcity reveals not only how it leads us astray but also how individuals and organizations can better manage scarcity for greater satisfaction and success.

Scarcity

by Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir
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This provocative book showa that scarcity creates a distinct psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need. The dynamics of scarcity reveal why dieters find it hard to resist temptation, why students and busy executives mismanage their time, and why the same sugarcane farmers are smarter after harvest than before. Scarcity reveals not only how it leads us astray but also how individuals and organizations can better manage scarcity for greater satisfaction and success.
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What Andy Haldane says

An extraordinary book. It has received, in my view, far too little attention. Scarcity of goods, services, resources and time have all been analyzed to death. The scarcity that exists between our ears — our cognitive bandwidth — has scarcely been analyzed at all. Mullainathan and Shafir show that this neurological constraint is fundamental in explaining all manner of behaviors and outcomes, from unaffordable borrowing to measured IQs. The public policy implications are potentially profound.

The Organized Mind

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The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. Today the average American reports feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up. The Organized Mind shows us how to navigate the churning flood of information and regain a sense of mastery over our lives, by applying the latest research learnings from the neuroscience of attention and memory.

The Organized Mind

by Daniel J. Levitin
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The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. Today the average American reports feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up. The Organized Mind shows us how to navigate the churning flood of information and regain a sense of mastery over our lives, by applying the latest research learnings from the neuroscience of attention and memory.
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What Mark Hurd says

When I read a review of Levitin’s book, I sat up and took notice because I’m bombarded by information every hour of every day. Levitin does an excellent job in discussing the science of thinking in language that’s not only clear and informative but also entertaining. Readers of this book will get a better understanding of the mind along with some valuable guidance on how to exploit the emerging world of Big Data.

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Using exemplars of clear thinking and attained wisdom, such as Darwin, Buffett, Montaigne etc., Bevelin focuses on how our thoughts are influenced, why we make misjudgments and tools to improve our thinking. Bevelin tackles such eternal questions as: Why do we behave like we do? What do we want out of life? What interferes with our goals?
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Using exemplars of clear thinking and attained wisdom, such as Darwin, Buffett, Montaigne etc., Bevelin focuses on how our thoughts are influenced, why we make misjudgments and tools to improve our thinking. Bevelin tackles such eternal questions as: Why do we behave like we do? What do we want out of life? What interferes with our goals?
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What Nassim Nicholas Taleb says

A wonderful book on wisdom and decision-making written by a wise decision-maker. This is the kind of book you read first, then leave by your bedside and re-read a bit every day, so you can slowly soak up the wisdom. It is sort of Montaigne but applied to business, with a great investigation of the psychological dimension of decision-making. I like the book for many reasons –the main one is that it was written by a practitioner who knows what he wants, not by an academic. Enjoy it!