Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

THREE MAJOR HUMAN REVOLUTIONS The Cognitive Revolution (c. 70,000 BCE, when Sapiens evolved imagination). The Agricultural Revolution (c. 10,000 BCE, the development of agriculture). The unification of humankind (the gradual…

Tribes by Seth Godin

The Big Idea: In today's world, where geography doesn't matter, tribes are thriving. Tribes are about connection and caring. Leaders of tribes build connection and caring into the tribe. Human…

Influence by Robert Cialdini

The Big Idea: The presence of cognitive biases means we don't always act rationally. Cialdini outlines six weapons of influence which can be used to influence behavior. Even if you…

How I Built This: Patagonia

The Big Idea: We're here for the long-term. That means we need to treat everyone well and make quality, long-lasting clothing. I started Patagonia to make better quality climbing gear…
Good to Great by Jim Collins

Good to Great by Jim Collins

The Big Idea:  Chapter 1: Good is the Enemy of Great Good to Great companies always had Level 5 Leaders. Recruit the right people before choosing a direction/mission/vision/strategy. Confront the…
High Output Management by Andy Grove

High Output Management by Andy Grove

The Big Idea: Understand the principles of factory production and apply them to business management. Chapter 1: The Basics of Production Focus efforts on identifying and fixing the bottleneck (limiting step)…
Smartcuts by Shane Snow

Smartcuts by Shane Snow

The Big Idea Work smarter, not harder. Key Takeaways Hacking the Ladder: sometimes the fastest way up is side-to-side; eg. US presidents with little political experience, movie stars with little…
Traction by Gabriel Weinberg

Traction by Gabriel Weinberg

The Big Idea: concentrate your efforts on the core traction channel that really matters; learn how to quickly identify your core traction channel because it will change as your startup grows…
Emergency by Neil Strauss

Emergency by Neil Strauss

After reading Emergency, I watched the bleak, post-apocalyptic The Road, with Viggo Mortensen.  Bad combination for a good night's sleep. The Big Idea: when the shit hits the fan (WTSHTF),…

Cosmos with Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Just finished watching Cosmos on Netflix.  Amazing work!  Had to post this final monologue by Carl Sagan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p86BPM1GV8M From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any…