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This book discusses specific techniques to improve your self-discipline. You must fully commit to daily practices towards your goals. It’s crucial to focus first on physical fitness, as that will lead to discipline in other aspects of life. In general, people tend to drop off on discipline due to a lack of support, enjoyment, or time. They focus on others’ expectations rather than their own improvement. Purposefully expose yourself to small amounts of discomfort in order to build your discipline muscle, and schedule some cheat days so that you can sustain your discipline long term.
“The purpose of this book is to share with you habits & exercises to build your mental toughness, and consequently the ability to flourish even when faced with adversity.”
The Age of Agile by Stephen Denning explores how technological changes have transformed the modern marketplace. He deconstructs old business models including top-to-bottom bureaucracies and techniques businesses previously used to survive in a changing world, such as share buybacks. He explains how these seemingly profitable techniques are only successful in the short term and can doom corporations in the long run. Denning also examines businesses like Microsoft who have successfully implemented Agile practices into their corporations. Readers will learn the core principles of Agile management including the Law of the Small Team, the Law of Customer, and the Law of the Network to succeed in the modern marketplace.
“Business success in the twenty-first century increasingly depends on becoming as nimble as the rapidly shifting and unpredictable context in which they find themselves.”
A Black Swan event is both unpredictable and extraordinary. Nassim Nicholas Taleb discusses how we perceive the world naïvely through false predictions and narrative fallacy, quantifying things to comprehend them. We neglect to consider the unforeseeable and are at a loss regarding Black Swans. Taleb examines why Black Swans are shocking to us, and how to be more aware and better cope with them.
“The problem lay not in the nature of events, but in the way we perceive them.”
Grounded is the cumulative investigation of author Bob Rosen’s study of healthy companies after 25 years of research. It analyzes the necessary characteristics, and more importantly mindsets, of successful CEOs and leaders across the globe. This analysis is particularly regarding facing the winds of change, which affects every industry at various levels. Grounded offers perspectives and ideas of how to recognize a slipping strategy in leadership. Rosen also suggests methods to recapture greatness in a fledgling leader, and building up the determination and drive to become a great one.
“The only way a leader can withstand the gale-force winds of change is by relying on his or her deep, healthy roots. This is what it means to be ‘grounded.’”
This book describes techniques to better analyze business competition. The old way of doing things is fast becoming obsolete as modern technology has made fast-paced innovation the norm. To embrace the new paradigm of success, you must capitalize on the free flow of information, attack your competition on multiple fronts simultaneously, and have systematic brainstorming sessions in order to anticipate your competition’s behavior. These techniques and more are discussed, to give you the edge you need to succeed.
“You need not think like an outthinker to survive. You can work harder and move faster within the old paradigm, but this is like rowing more forcefully while your neighbor has put up a sail.”