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Why We Sleep

The New Science of Sleep and Dreams

By Matthew Walker (2017)

Health

Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why its absence is so damaging to our health. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive. Now, in this book, the first of its kind written by a scientific expert, Professor Matthew Walker...

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Radical Candor

How to Get What You Want by Saying What You Mean

By Kim Scott (2017)

Management

Radical Candor is the sweet spot between managers who are obnoxiously aggressive on the one side and ruinously empathetic on the other. It is about providing guidance, which involves a mix of praise as well as criticism, delivered to produce better results and help employees develop their skills and boundaries of success. Great bosses have a strong relationship with...

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Who

The A method for hiring

By Geoff Smart and Randy Street (2006)

Management

Whether you’re a member of a board of directors looking for a new CEO, the owner of a small business searching for the right people to make your company grow, or a parent in need of a new babysitter, it’s all about Who. Inside you’ll learn how to • avoid common “voodoo hiring” methods • define the outcomes you seek • generate a flow of A Players to your..

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Work Rules!

Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead

By Laszlo Bock (2015)

Management

"We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It's not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing." So says Laszlo Bock, former head of People Operations at the company that transformed how the world interacts with knowledge. This insight is the heart of Work Rules!, a compelling and surprisingly playful manifesto that...

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Five Dysfunctions of a team

A Leadership Fable

By Patrick M. Lencioni (2002)

Leadership

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best–selling books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams. Kathryn...

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Rework

By D. Heinemeier Hansson & J. Fried (2010)

Management

Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you're looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf. Read it and you'll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don't need outside investors, and why you're better off ignoring the competition. The truth is, you need less...

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Sprint

How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days

By Jake Knapp (2016)

Management

From three design partners at Google Ventures, a unique five-day process for solving tough problems using design, prototyping, and testing ideas with customers. A practical guide to answering business questions, SPRINT is a book for groups of any size, from small startups to Fortune 100s, from teachers to non-profits. It's for anyone with a big opportunity, problem...

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Hooked

How to Build Habit-Forming Products

By Nir Eyal (2014)

Business

In Hooked, Nir Eyal reveals how successful companies create products people can't put down - and how you can too'A must-read for everyone who cares about driving customer engagement' Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup'The most high bandwidth, high octane, and valuable presentation I have ever seen on this subject' Rory Sutherland, vice chairman,...

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The Art of Learning

An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance

By Josh Waitzkin (2007)

Self-Help

The Art of Learning, Waitzkin tells his remarkable story of personal achievement and shares the principles of learning and performance that have propelled him to the top—twice. Josh Waitzkin knows what it means to be at the top of his game. A public figure since winning his first National Chess Championship at the age of nine, Waitzkin was catapulted into a media whir...

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The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

By Ben Horowitz (2014)

Management

Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog.While many people talk about how great it is to start a business...

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Shoe Dog

By Phil Knight (2016)

Biography

Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups,...

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Elon Musk

Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

By Ashlee Vance (2015)

Biography

Elon Musk spotlights the technology and vision of Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, who sold one of his Internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius’s life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his...

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The Innovators

How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

By Walter Isaacson (2014)

Biography

What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities...

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In The Plex

How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

By Steven Levy (2011)

Business

Written with full cooperation from top management, including cofounders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, this is the inside story behind Google, the most successful and most admired technology company of our time, told by one of our best technology writers. Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the...

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Zero to One

Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future

By Blake Masters & Peter Thiel (2014)

Business

The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them. It’s easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. Every new creation goes...

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Reinventing Organizations

A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness

By Frédéric Laloux (2018)

Management

The way we manage organizations seems increasingly out of date. Deep inside, we sense that more is possible. We long for soulful workplaces, for authenticity, community, passion, and purpose. In this groundbreaking book, the author shows that every time, in the past, when humanity has shifted to a new stage of consciousness,...

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High Output Management

By Andy Grove (1995)

Management

The essential skill of creating and maintaining new businesses—the art of the entrepreneur—can be summed up in a single word: managing. Born of Grove’s experiences at one of America’s leading technology companies, High Output Management is equally appropriate for sales managers, accountants, consultants, and teachers, as well as CEOs and startup founders. Grove...

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Crucial Conversations

Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

by Kerry Patterson Joseph Grenny Ron McMillan & Al Switzler (2002)

Management

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High discusses how to handle disagreements and high-stakes communication. It is written on the premise that when you are stuck in any situation–whether it’s at home or work–there is a crucial conversation keeping you from accomplishing the desired results. If you can learn to speak up in these crucial moments...

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

By Daniel Kahneman (2013)

Management

Daniel Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of....

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High Growth Handbook

By Elad Gil (2018)

Business

Global technology executive, serial entrepreneur, and angel investor Elad Gil has worked with high-growth, tech companies like Airbnb, Twitter, Google, Stripe, and Square as they've grown from small companies to global enterprises. Across all of these breakout companies, a set of common patterns has evolved into a repeatable playbook that Gil has now codified in High...

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What You Do Is Who You Are

How to Create Your Business Culture

By Ben Horowitz (2019)

Business

Ben Horowitz, a leading venture capitalist, modern management expert, and New York Times bestselling author combines lessons both from history and modern organizational practice with practical and often surprising advice to help us build cultures that can weather both good and bad times. The times and circumstances in which people were raised often shape them - yet...

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Steve Jobs

By Walter Isaacson (2011)

Biography

Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple's hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values...

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