Updated: Dec 28, 2020
Here are some thoughtful pieces that have inspired our thinking:
It’s Time to Build – Marc Andreessen
An open letter by this tech entrepreneur, in the midst of pandemic reappraisal, spurs business and government to focus on building “new products, new industries, new factories, new science” — to take big leaps forward.
Drive: The Surprising Truth Behind What Motivates Us – Dan Pink
In this compelling book, Pink makes the case that the old model of employee motivation (driven by the desire for rewards and avoidance of punishment) is no longer dominant. In its place, companies should look at three areas to increase performance and employee satisfaction:
· Autonomy — Our desire to be self-directed, which stresses engagement over compliance.
· Mastery – The urge to get better skills.
· Purpose – The desire to do something that has meaning and is important.
Related TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_the_puzzle_of_motivation
The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business – Pat Lencioni
The author believes that an organization’s health is built on four fundamentals: Build a Cohesive Leadership Team, Create Clarity, Communicate Clarity and Reinforce Clarity.
Other books that have influenced us:
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future – Dan Pink
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action – Simon Sinek
Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan -- Nassim Taleb
Against the Gods, The Remarkable Story of Risk – Peter L. Bernstein
When Genius Failed – Roger Lowenstein
Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
More Than You Know – Michael J. Mauboussin
Pioneering Portfolio Management: An Unconventional Approach to Institutional Investment – David F. Swensen
The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor – Howard Marks
Managing Oneself – Peter F. Drucker