Book Reviews

The Great Mental Models, Vol. 1 por Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish trabajaba como experto de seguridad en la principal agencia de inteligencia de Canadá, cuando los sucesos del 9 de setiembre de 2001 hicieron que cambiara su mundo. Fue acelerado por una serie de promociones en las que no recibió ninguna orientación, y que venían con responsabilidades que no tenía idea cómo navegar. Mientras cursaba un MBA y estaba a la búsqueda de mentores, descubrió a Charlie Munger, el billonario socio de Warren Buffet en Berkshire Hathaway. Read more...
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The Great Mental Models (Vol. 1), by Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish was a cybersecurity expert at Canada’s top intelligence agency when the world suddenly changed on September 11, 2001. He “was thrust into a series of promotions for which I had received no guidance, that came with responsibilities I had no idea how to navigate.” While going through and MBA program and looking for mentors, he discovered Charle Munger, the billionaire business partner of Warren Buffet at Berkshire Hathaway. “Munger has a way of thinking through problems using what he calls a broad latticework of mental models, (…) chunks of knowledge from different disciplines that can be simplified and applied to better understand the world. Read more...
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Building a Better Business Using the Lego Serious Play Method, by Per Kristiansen and Robert Rasmussen

Kristiansen and Rasmussen have been deeply involved in the Lego Serious Play method since its inception. Lego Serious Play is a facilitation methodology created by the Lego Group, available since 2010 under an open source, community-based model. Its goal is fostering creative thinking through team building metaphors of their organizational identities and experiences using Lego bricks. Participants work through imaginary scenarios using visual three-dimensional Lego constructions, hence the name “serious play”. Read more...
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It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hanssonk

I recently finished reading It doesn’t have to be crazy at work, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson1. Jason and David are the co-founders of Basecamp, a project manager/real-time collaboration tool. I liked the book very much. The argument is what the title says: it doesn’t have to be crazy at work for a company to be profitable and successful. It doesn’t have to be crazy for you if you are the founder/owner, and if doesn’t have to be crazy for you if you are an employee. Read more...

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport

Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. According to Newport, the unprecedent growth and impact of technology are creating a massive restructuring of our economy. Deep Work is a book about thriving in this new economy, where jobs that can be automated will be replaced by software or outsourced. “In this new economy three groups will have a particular advantage: those who can work well and creatively with intelligent machines, those who are the best at what they do, and those with access to capital. Read more...
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