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The reading room - books on business, management, productivity and so forth...

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by Matt, Feb 11, 2011.

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    I find this type of literature to be incredibly obvious and too eager to setup "systems" built upon a foundation of x steps/principals/codes. Also, a lot of it just seems like a rehash of Hegel or other philosophical greats. Commonsense to anyone who is well-read, I would think.
     
  3. Matt

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    Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (I found out a year after I read it its part of the MBA curriculum at the school I am currently attending; I guarantee it is there for a good reason)

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    ^^^ cannot recommend highly enough. I gave a copy to a friend when he went to college, and have another copy for a mentee. Fantastic.

    Also have read:

    Good to Great
    The Goal (also highly recommend, even though it reads somewhat like a novel)
    One Phone Call Away (good for networking, even though the author Really Likes Himself)
    Small Giants
    Predictable Surprises
    On Writing Well (fantastic)
    Win Friends and Influence People
    - and there's one also about public speaking that Dale Carnegie wrote, that too is great.
    Speak like Churchill, Stand like Lincoln (more for speaking than anything)
    StrengthsFinder (um, not worth it IMHO)
    48 Laws of Power (Did not like)

    There are a few more that aren't coming to mind (posting from the office right now), and a few I've yet to read, including First, Break all the Rules, and Creative Destruction. Not sure when I'll get to them.
     
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    Oh...Barbarians at the Gate definitely needs to be on a business oriented reading list. It teaches you about a lot more than LBOs.
     
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    I liked How to Win Friends as well. It's a lot of common sense things, but he reinforces the concepts well.

    Am I doing it wrong?
     
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    ramuman Well-Known Member

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    Am I doing it wrong?

    Name repetition (the sweetest sound is someone hearing their own name...so what's up Stephen...Hero?)
    Show interest (hey, do you have any ConneArt coming up?)
    Listen (so what's your take on McMansions?)
    etc.
    [​IMG]
     
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    StephenHero Well-Known Member

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    ramuman, i'd love to sit down with you and pick your brain. what a delight that would be!
     
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    ramuman, i'd love to sit down with you and pick your brain. what a delight that would be!
    So we've already become friends and I've already influenced you. I'll use your gesture of goodwill on the internet to build on this in real life and say to others that I have a black Floridian friend and go from there.
     
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    Im so glad How to Win Friends and Influence People has been mentioned in this thread so much. Im a senior in business school and found it hasn't been brought up once in any of my classes. My granddad has been stressing this book since my early childhood.

    It really needs more cred in the education arena.
     
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    Oh...Barbarians at the Gate definitely needs to be on a business oriented reading list. It teaches you about a lot more than LBOs.

    Good rec. Entertaining read, too.

    Have been meaning to also read the book about Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. Have it on the shelf, just haven't read the damn thing.
     
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    Oh...Barbarians at the Gate definitely needs to be on a business oriented reading list. It teaches you about a lot more than LBOs.

    LBO may refer to:

    * large bowel obstruction
    * Leveraged buyout, a method of acquiring a company
    * Lithium triborate (LiB3O5), substance
    * Left Business Observer, an economics newsletter published by Doug Henwood
    * Ladies Bowling Organization of Japan, a ladies-only professional bowling organization in Japan
     
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    LBO may refer to: * large bowel obstruction * Leveraged buyout, a method of acquiring a company * Lithium triborate (LiB3O5), substance * Left Business Observer, an economics newsletter published by Doug Henwood * Ladies Bowling Organization of Japan, a ladies-only professional bowling organization in Japan
    Let's go down the list: *1 - I think I've had that, but only by my own definition *2 - Yes, that's what the book is about *3 - Awesome NLO crystal. I aced a penultimate test in a physics class by solving an equation for a photon going through it at an arbitrary angle. Also, a really good friend of mine who is a fellow PhD student and grew up a few miles from my parent's house in St. Louis and is the reason I came to Atlanta is defending his degree today and works on NLO. His wedding was the second use of my RLBL suit. *4 - ? *5 - ??
     
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    stuff

    What's your major and further field of focus if you don't mind me asking?
     
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    What's your major and further field of focus if you don't mind me asking?
    PM'ed
     
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    What's your major and further field of focus if you don't mind me asking?

    +1 Would be interesting to know.

    With school and 8 books already lined up in queue it's going to take awhile before I get to some of these recommendations. Currently re-reading Economics in One Lesson by Hazlitt as I make it a point to reread it once a year.
     
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    Working on the Personal MBA list posted above.

    Finished (audiobook styleee) How to Win Friends and Influence People yesterday. Interesting. I mean, basically, it takes a long time to say 'be nice to everyone all the time and never tell them they're wrong', but despite it being lots of stuff my mother always told me, I still enjoyed it.

    Started 'Brain Rules' this morning. Audio book again (motorbike commute every day). 3 chapters in, and I'm really enjoying it so far. Fascinating stuff that I honestly otherwise knew nothing about. My mother never told me shit about evolutionary molecular biology. I was obviously poorly raised [​IMG]
     
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    Started 'Brain Rules' this morning.
    bump to recommend. Fascinating stuff. Complex but really simply explained. I'm typically most impressed by people who can dumb things down to my level, and if someone is able to dumb neuro-anything down to where I can both comprehend and practically apply it, I am super-impressed.
     
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    I have The Accidental Investment Banker and Den of Thieves up next.
     
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    naked economics... it's pretty good.
     

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