Change Management, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Leadership Development, Personal Development

Zero to One By Peter Thiel

I have always been fascinated by entrepreneurs. Brave men or women who believe so much in their ideas that they are willing to put it all on the line to pursue them! People who aren’t afraid of hard work, long hours, and uncertainty.

This week I read ‘Zero to One’ by Peter Thiel. The book has the subtitle ‘How to build the future’ and is, in its essence, a roadmap for entrepreneurs and start-ups.

The book’s essential purpose is to rewire how we think about innovation. See, according to Thiel, most modern companies aren’t innovating at all but simply making incremental improvements to already existing concepts or products – or in the words of Thiel: ‘they move from ‘1 to N’.  But according to him, innovation’s true meaning – and value – is creating and doing something totally new – aka moving from ‘Zero to 1.’

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Leadership Development

Teams of Teams by Stanley McChrystal

One of my core beliefs is that only when your people are empowered, engaged, and aligned can a company or a project achieve its full potential.

This week I revisited a wonderful book called ‘Team of Teams which offers an inspiring model for leading organizations. The book is written by General Stanley McChrystal and is, in its essence, a roadmap for large organizations; showing them how to benefit from the agility and savviness of creating and empowering small teams.

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A better world, Communication, Effectiveness, Leadership Development, Personal Development

Courage is calling By Ryan Holiday

The brave don’t despair. They believe. They are not cynical; they care. They think there is stuff worth dying for – that good and evil exist. They know that life has problems but would rather be part of the solution than a bystander.

Ryan Holiday

This quote comes from the highly motivational book ‘Courage is calling’ by Ryan Holiday. The book explores the idea of bravery and discloses the power of displaying courage. Through inspirational stories and anecdotes about historical and contemporary leaders, Holiday:

– Defines the characteristics of courage,

– Teaches us how to conquer fear,

– And guides us in becoming more courageous (one small step at a time).

 A crucial premise is that we live in a world where fear runs rampant! Where people: 

– Stand on the sidelines instead of speaking out against injustice,

– Go blindly along with convention instead of forming their own opinions

– And turn a blind eye to the ugly realities of modern life!

And because of this, we need courage more than ever. We need the courage of whistleblowers and risk-takers. We need the courage of activists and adventurers. We need the courage of writers who speak the truth—and the courage of leaders to listen.

By the way, as I was writing this blog post, I realized that this is the 4th book by Ryan Holiday that I have summarized this year. I guess I must really like his work; I hope you will enjoy the summary as well 😊 You can watch it here:

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Communication, Leadership Development, Personal Development, psychology

Bittersweet By Susan Cain

Imagine a world without sadness, loss, or suffering where no one is ever in a bad mood. Tears are unheard of. You never wake up at 3:00 a.m. riddled with worry or anxiety about the future. Lovers never leave each other. Loved ones never die.

Immediately, I think we would all agree that this sounds pretty great, but according to bestselling author Susan Cain, it might not be so straightforward!

See, sadness, pain, and loss all play essential roles. Without them, life’s joys would be more mundane. The people you love wouldn’t feel so precious. And moments of happiness wouldn’t feel special at all. Without darkness, you don’t notice the light. If you’ve never tasted bitterness, you can’t recognize sweetness.

This week I read ‘Bittersweet’ by Susan Cain. The book has the subtitle ‘How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole’ and is, in its essence, a reflection on how a bittersweet state of mind can help us transcend pain – both on a personal and collective level!

According to Cain, the Bittersweet is a neglected but truly beautiful quality. She defines it as “A tendency to states of longing, nostalgia, and sorrow: an acute awareness of passing time: and a curiously piercing joy at the beauty of the world.”

It’s the understanding that the tragedy of life is inescapably paired with its splendor. It’s compassion, sadness, modesty, hidden suffering and quietness, and the plangent allure of the happy-sad.

We hope you will enjoy this animated summary, where we will walk you through the essential pieces of wisdom conveyed in the book:

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A better world, Communication, Leadership Development

‘Reimagining Capitalism’ By Rebecca Henderson

Free market capitalism is one of humanity’s greatest inventions and the greatest source of prosperity the world has ever seen. But this success has been costly. Capitalism is on the verge of destroying the planet and destabilizing society as wealth rushes to the top. The time for action is running short.

This week I read an inspirational book by Rebecca Henderson called ‘Reimagining Capitalism’. The book has the tagline ‘in a world on fire’ and is, in its essence, a guide on how capitalism can help save itself – and the world!

According to Henderson, Reimagining capitalism requires five key actions:

#1 – Creating shared value

#2 – Building the purpose-driven organization

#3 – Re-wiring the financial system

#4 – Building co-operation

#5 Re-Building our institutions and fixing government

None adequate on its own, but each building on the other as a vital part of a reinforced whole.

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