As I’m about to finish off my latest book, I’ve already queued up the next 2 from Amazon. I’m definitely on a business/non-fiction kick:
The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
“Surowiecki first developed his ideas for Wisdom of Crowds in his “Financial Page” column of The New Yorker. Many critics found his premise to be an interesting twist on the long held notion that Americans generally question the masses and eschew groupthink. “A socialist might draw some optimistic conclusions from all of this,” wrote The New York Times. “But Surowiecki’s framework is decidedly capitalist.” Some reviewers felt that the academic language and business speak decreased the impact of the argument. Still, it’s a thought-provoking, timely book: the TV studio audience of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire guesses correctly 91 percent of the time, compared to “experts” who guess only 65 percent correctly. Keep up the good work, comrades.”
How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In by Jim Collins
“Amidst the desolate landscape of fallen great companies, Jim Collins began to wonder: How do the mighty fall? Can decline be detected early and avoided? How far can a company fall before the path toward doom becomes inevitable and unshakable? How can companies reverse course?
In How the Mighty Fall, Collins confronts these questions, offering leaders the well-founded hope that they can learn how to stave off decline and, if they find themselves falling, reverse their course. Collins’ research project–more than four years in duration–uncovered five step-wise stages of decline…By understanding these stages of decline, leaders can substantially reduce their chances of falling all the way to the bottom. “
What are the next few books on your reading list and what should be my third?
I have the odd tendency to not completely finish books that I’ve started and to also have several going on at the same time. Here is a list of 8 books I found either educational or entertaining and thus worth recommending. Consider them to have the “Trevin Seal of Approval”.
The first 6 books are some I’ve read (or started) within the last 8 months whereas the final 2 were pulled from my list of all-time favorites 😉
- Ugly Americans — simply written, entertaining story. Same author as Bringing Down the house, so if you’ve read that one, expect the same type of writing style.
- Complete Digital Photography — the definitive bible on digital photography covering everything from picture taking to workflow. I just started this book but so far it’s living up to the hype.
- The World is Flat — if you haven’t heard of this book I want to know the rock you live under.
- Perfect Digital Photography — another great book on digital photography. Not as comprehensive as Complete Digital Photography but these 2 books compliment each other nicely.
- Freakonomics — Fantastic read, very enlightening. A brilliant economist applies economics to dissect ‘real world’ topics. Sure fire water cooler talk the next day after you finish this book. E.g. “Why do drug dealers still live with their mothers?” and “What makes a perfect parent?”. The answers will surprise you.
- Agile Project Management with Scrum — heard of the latest craze and buzz words like “agile development”, and even more popular, “Scrum”? This book explains what Scrum is in a nutshell and how it applies to project management. Even if you don’t apply Scrum or agile development after reading this book, you will be better off for having read it.
- The 80/20 Principle — Relatively quick and easy read, explaining how Pareto’s famous 80/20 principle about the predictability of the distribution of wealth. The 80/20 principle has much more meaning than just applying to wealth, but even matters of sales, consumption and even the stock market.
- Macroeconomic essentials — This was the text book from my Macroeconomics class back in College (go Econ 105!) and the author was also my professor. This book was one of the books I enjoyed most at SFU. I still use the information I gleaned from this class (and book) to this day.