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Book of the Week

Book of the Week

Futurist Trond Undheim, former director of the MIT Startup Exchange, wrote 17 hours per day for six weeks in February and March this year, producing the 450-page Pandemic Aftermath: How Coronavirus Changes Global Society, which was published in May. Trond spoke to me about his work as a futurist and the ideas in this book in Episode […]

Umbrex member Steve Wunker worked closely for over five years with the late HBS professor Clayton Christensen, who first popularized the “jobs to be done” approach to innovation. Steve discusses how to apply the “jobs to be done” methodology in Episode 309 of Unleashed. More info on jobs to be done including a quick reference […]

I spent the past couple weeks reading the three-book Power of the Dog series by Don Winslow – a gripping tale of the Mexican drug trade told from multiple perspectives (e.g., a DEA agent, various drug kingpins, a mistress, a boy who escapes from Guatemala on the train through Mexico, addicts, undercover cop in the U.S., journalists […]

Umbrex member Indranil Ghosh is the author of the recently published Powering Prosperity: A Citizen’s Guide to Shaping the 21st Century. In Episode 289 of Unleashed, Indranil discusses the key themes of the book: inclusive governance, investing with purposes, and empowering local communities.

Congratulations to Umbrex member Robbie Kellman Baxter on the release of her second book, The Forever Transaction: How to Build a Subscription Model So Compelling, Your Customers Will Never Want to Leave. Robbie discusses the book with me in Episode 288 of Unleashed. Robbie’s first book, The Membership Economy: Find Your Superusers, Master the Forever Transaction & Build Recurring […]

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Finally finished listening to all four books of Robert Caro’s magisterial biography of Lyndon Johnson. Better than anything I’ve ever read on showing how power actually works in the U.S. government, and what happens behind the scenes. (Big investment – took me a year, but worth it.) Highly recommended: The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Means of […]

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Back in 2001, Dina Nayeri was in my class of Business Analysts in the New York office of McKinsey. Later, after getting an MBA at Harvard, she turned to writing and has two published novels. Now she has produced her first non-fiction book, the story of how she left Iran with her brother and mother […]

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Not a meditation book, but a meditative one. Ryan Holiday encourages us to find stillness in our lives: “Stillness is what aims the archer’s arrow. It inspires new ideas. It sharpens perspective and illuminates connections.” Stillness is the Key.

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I had seen the movie, but this book is extraordinary. FBI agent Joe Pistone infiltrated the mafia and stayed undercover for six years. A thrilling story and powerful meditation on what it takes to build trust. Recommended: Donnie Brasco by Joseph Pistone with Richard Woodley

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How do criminals (notoriously an untrustworthy population) convince other criminals to trust them? Why do real-life criminals adopt language and symbols from gangster movies? Why is violence more common in prisons with a high inmate turnover? Absolutely fascinating throughout, and relevant even for those not considering a career switch to the underworld. One key theme: […]