April162014

The Right Way to Lay People Off from The Hard Thing About Hard Things

The Right Way to Lay People Off from The Hard Thing About Hard Things

There is a section in Ben Horowitz’s new book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers where he talks about the right way to lay people off.

I’m been on both sides of that process and Ben’s (I can call him that because I bought his book) advice is good stuff.

Ben, can you tell my audience your thoughts on the right way to lay people off:

Every manager…

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April152014

Whose Interested? - The Honest Truth About Dishonesty

Whose Interested? – The Honest Truth About Dishonesty

I’m a huge fan of Dan Ariely.  If you haven’t read Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions stop reading this, go buy the book and read it.  It’s OK, I’ll wait.

Good, now you know why I’m such a big fan.  Dan (I can call him that because I bought and read his book), explains why we do the things we do.  And he is a wordsmith (fancy way of…

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April142014

How to Start a Business - Without Their Permission

How to Start a Business – Without Their Permission

I’m reading Alexis Ohanian’s Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed.  Alexis is the co-founder of reddit.  If you are looking for the front-page of the web, check it out.

Alexis has gone on to start other businesses and invest in a wide array of startups.  If you want to learn from someone who has the hard-won experience of what works and what doesn’t, you can’t…

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April82014

Why Reading Lists?

Farnam Street had a post this week that discussed book recommendations from Bill and Melinda Gates.

I’m always on the lookout for reading lists and whenever I come across a good one I’ll spend the time to research the books, add the interesting books to my Amazon wish lists and save the link for future reference.

I write up reading lists myself so I started thinking why I have this affection for…

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April42014

Learning to Learn

Two months ago I decided I wanted to learn how to code.  Currently I’m focused on HTML & CSS and just beginning Javascript.  What struck me about this learning process is one, the rich and vibrant community around coding, developing and design.  And two, how learning to learn is a skill in and of itself.

Being addicted to reading of course I started buying books about coding, design, typography,…

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April12014

New Nonfiction Books Reading List - April 2014

New Nonfiction Books Reading List – April 2014

This month’s new nonfiction books reading list includes a diverse mix of books. And an Easter egg. Enjoy!

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March282014

Book Review - How to Speak Tech

Book Review – How to Speak Tech

You can’t turn around today without reading, hearing (or in this case writing about) Big Data, web applications or social media.  Technology touches every part of our everyday lives (thanks NSA!), and understanding even a part of how it works serves us well.

If you are an anointed one working in Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley or Silicon “add your local landmark of choice”, understanding…

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March252014

Book Review - Sous Chef

Book Review – Sous Chef

Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line is a great look behind the curtain at the culture, passion, process and organization of a modern, upscale restaurant kitchen.

If you have ever wondered how the sausage (or in this case, the main course) gets made, read this book. Or, if you could care less about the hundreds of moving parts that go into putting together your favorite dish, you should still read…

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March182014

Subculture Reading List

I’ve always been fascinated by subcultures.  This reading list is the ten best books I’ve read on subcultures ranging from magicians to graduate school.

Obviously I have a loose definition of subcultures, but any writer who wrote about or put themselves in the midst of a group of people who were fanatical about something qualifies as a subculture book.

Enjoy my latest reading list.

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March142014

Business and Management Reality Check Reading List

Business and Management Reality Check Reading List

So much of what passes for knowledge and wisdom in business books depends on fancy titles, corporate doublespeak and flavors of the month.

Fortunately, some books offer a business and management reality check.

Until you have managed people and been responsible for whether your business lives or dies, all the exotic models, studies and anecdotes amount to little.

Here are ten books that look at…

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