Category Book Summaries

Book Summary: Antifragile by Nassim Taleb

Antifragile – a term used to mean the opposite of fragile, and denote things that gain from disorder, chaos, stressors. It is not the same thing as ‘robust’ or ‘resilient’. Fragile things are negatively impacted by uncertainty, stress. Robust things… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: Give and Take by Adam Grant

Reciprocity Styles: People can be classified based on reciprocity styles as givers (do more for others), matchers (operate on quid-pro-quo basis) and takers (look for personal gain at the expense of others). Success and Reciprocity Styles: There is a high correlation… Continue Reading →

Getting There: A Book of Mentors

This book is a collection of memoirs and life lessons from leaders in diverse fields, ranging from investing (Warren Buffett), art (Marina Abramovic), business (several) to academia (Nitin Nohria). The content is surprisingly fresh and different from what one may… Continue Reading →

Self-Efficacy: The exercise of control

Introduction This blog post is an attempt to condense some learnings on self-efficacy. Some of us have been introduced to the concept by this illuminating book – A Defining Decade by Meg Jay.  The internet unfortunately does not provide good content… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: The Happiness Advantage

Seven principles from the book: The happiness advantage: Happiness does not follow success. The reason is that each time we are successful, we change the goals (the definition of success) just a little bit so happiness remains a moving target…. Continue Reading →

Book Summary: ‘Creativity, Inc’

Ideas from the book Make sure your environment facilitates, and not hinders, the culture that you want to foster. If you want open communication oblivious to ranks and pecking order, a rectangular meeting table is a bad idea. So are… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: ‘The Defining Decade’

‘The Defining Decade‘ is a book by clinical psychologist Meg Jay who has spent her career studying adult development and spent multiple years doing therapy for twenty-something clients helping them sort out their lives. Notes below are not exhaustive, those… Continue Reading →

Notes from “The Virgin Way” by Richard Branson

Listen intently to everyone who has an opinion to share (whether you accept it or work on it is a different story, but do soak it in). On luck – “you can really work at helping it along”. Being at the… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: ‘The Outsiders’ – Eight unconventional CEOs

“You are right not because others agree with you, but because your facts and reasoning are sound.” – Benjamin Graham Importance of capital allocation The 8 CEOs studied in the book far outperformed the S&P 500 over a 20-30 year… Continue Reading →

Book Summary: Zero To One by Peter Thiel

On Startups Successful people find value in unexpected places and they do by thinking about business from first principles instead of applying formulas. Peter Thiel’s mandatory interview question –  “What important truth do very few people agree with you on?”… Continue Reading →

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