• A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)

    The first time I heard about this book was when I attended Coursera online course Learning How to Learn. Despite the mention of “numbers,” “math,” and “science” in title, this book is not directly related to any of those subjects. The book presents several useful techniques and practical applications to help develop habits of mind and behaviours that lead to successful learning in any subject or skill.

    The book covers a large range of methods including alternating between “diffuse” and “focused” thinking, “chunking,” practicing recall to imprint knowledge in long term memory, the “memory palace” method of memorizing large amounts of information. It gives useful methods to avoid procrastination and overcome test anxiety. The book is aimed at students and anyone trying to learn new skills.

  • No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need To Do To Have A Great Career

    This is definitely one of the best books I have read this year. This book is mainly aimed to help you discover your true calling in life and provide you with techniques to achieve not just a good career but a great one.The author of this book, professor Larry Smith, points out that only a few fortunate persons are born knowing exactly what they want to pursue in life. The rest of us are concerned with the challenge of finding a great career we are passionate about. Often, this is not an easy task but not impossible.

    It won’t necessarily be easy, but if you follow Smith’s guidance, your career dreams can indeed come true.His TEDx talk has been viewed by more than six million people.

How Will You Measure Your Life?

The first time I read this book was in 2014, but I couldn’t hold myself from reading it again this year.In this book, the author, Clayton M. Christensen, a professor at Harvard Business School based on his business research provides a list of guidelines to help find meaning and happiness in life.He asks a series of important questions: How can I be sure that I’ll find satisfaction in my career? How can I be sure that my personal relationships become enduring sources of happiness? How can I avoid compromising my integrity and stay out of jail?

Using lessons from some of the world’s greatest businesses, he provides valuable insights into these challenging questions.This book is full of inspiration and wisdom, and will help students, parents and professionals think deeply about their own paths to fulfillment.
You can find his TEDx talk on this subject here.

  • Design Your Day: Be More Productive, Set Better Goals, and Live Life On Purpose

    This book is not only about designing your day to day tasks but it is mostly about setting your goals. The author, Clair Diaz-Ortiz introduces the Do Less Method, a productivity and goal-setting model that will help you do more in less time and increase your chances of success.

    The author walks you through every step of setting, planning and achieving smart goals. She provides practical tips to help you brainstorm your goals, choose the ones that fit with your current context, then adjust and refine them when needed.If you are working on your goals for this coming year I strongly recommend this book.

  • Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice

    In his latest book, Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen gives the answers to the following questions: How can companies create products that customers want to buy? Can innovation be more than a game of luck?For Christensen, the customers don’t buy products or services but they “hire” them to do a specific job. And therefore, understanding customers jobs is the main factor to drive innovation.

    Christensen argues that by understanding what causes customers to “hire” a product or service, businesses can improve their innovation process and create products that customers not only want to hire, but that they’ll pay premium prices to bring into their lives

  • Managing Time (HBR 20-Minute Manager Series) (20 Minute Manager)

    Does it seem like you never have enough time to get everything done? Keeping on top of your tasks, deadlines, and work schedule can be daunting. To help you move forward and answer these questions, the HBR book Managing Time walks you through the following topics:

    • Assess how you spend your time now
    • Prioritize your tasks
    • Plan the right time to work on each one
    • Avoid procrastination and interruptions

  • HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself (with bonus article “How Will You Measure Your Life?” by Clayton M. Christensen)

    The path to your professional success starts with a critical look in the mirror. This Harvard Business Review book includes 10 best-selling articles that will inspire you to better manage yourself:

    • “How Will You Measure Your Life?” by Clayton M. Christensen
    • “Managing Oneself” by Peter F. Drucker
    • “Management Time: Who’s Got the Monkey?”
    • “How Resilience Works”
    • “Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time”
    • “Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform”
    • “Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life”
    • “Reclaim Your Job”
    • “Moments of Greatness: Entering the Fundamental State of Leadership”
    • “What to Ask the Person in the Mirror”
    • “Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance”

  • Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do

    In this book, Chris Guillebeau presents a practical guide to help you find your perfect job whether within a traditional company or by starting your own business.Finding the work you were born to do isn’t just about discovering your passion. Doing what brings you joy is great, but if you aren’t earning a living, it s a hobby, not a career.

    For the author, a perfect job is intersection of joy, money, and flow. And the author will help you find it through tools and exercises. You will also be inspired by the stories of those who have successfully landed their dream career.

  • Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together

    These days it’s increasingly rare to have a stable career in any field. But how do we make sense of that kind of career and explain it?Pamela Slim, the author of Escape from Cubicle Nation, gives us the tools to have meaningful careers in this new world of work.

    She shows how to find the connections among diverse accomplishments, sell your story, and continually reinvent and relaunch your brand.

  • The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

    In a fast-paced and entertaining style, three luminaries of the DevOps movement deliver a story that anyone who works in IT will recognize. You will learn how to recognize problems that happen in IT organizations; how these problems jeopardize nearly every commitment the business makes in Development, IT Operations and Information Security; and how DevOps techniques can fix the problem to help the business win.