There are A LOT of books out there on management, leadership, innovation, and personal development. Many of them are really good! Some, not so much. I find that the best chance of finding a great one is a personal recommendation from someone in your network. Every book I’ve read recently in this space has come from a colleague or friend’s suggestion.
So, a few weeks ago I asked my network what their favorites were and was overwhelmed with the response! Thank you to everyone who contributed (tagged here)! I sincerely appreciate all of your input. I compiled the results in the doc below along with links out to purchase the digital books:
A few interesting articles I’ve bumped into this week, curated from my Pocket and shared for your enjoyment. Some cool finds this week about the *giant* market for wearables in the enterprise, autonomous cars and the destruction of our car economy, Google I/O, and real-life drug fiction.
My fascination with what wearables will do in the enterprise is increasing every day that I wear my Apple Watch to work. There are some cool contextual scenarios that can be improved by having a device as present as a Watch. I think that as the glasses form factor shrinks to something that IWs would wear (and not just folks in manufacturing), there will be all sorts of new productivity scenarios – my fav idea is what remote whiteboarding would look like.
Part of me wishes I had at least seen Silk Road live just once. Every time I read a story like this I can’t believe how big and significant Silk Road was without almost ever being known outside of those who used it.
A few interesting articles I’ve bumped into this week, curated from my Pocket and shared for your enjoyment. I read some cool stuff this week around new use cases for the Apple Watch, real-life startup soap operas, and Slack’s product/market fit. Happy Friday!
There have lots of back-and-forth commentary on how hard the Apple Watch is to use, how the interface is weird and non-standard, etc. It’s great to see a more expansive look at how wearables will impact different groups of users.
I learned about Clinkle and its storied past a few months ago and find the saga super interesting. Massive early funding, unclear product direction and a discerning amount of secrecy have caused this to be what sounds like a terrible experience for their team.
Another post about the Apple Watch, can you tell I’m getting mine soon? I think it’s fascinating to see lightweight workflow scenarios that could really change how we use mobile and wearable computing. IFTTT changed how I used my Android when I first got it and apps like Workflow could open up similar scenarios for the watch platform.
Many of our sales reps who cam from the enterprise software industry were accustomed to offering a discount. The discount had become their closing strategy when they had to make their targets. I didn’t think we needed that motivator, and I believed that our service was fairly priced. Discounts, I thought, were tied to perceived risk. Offering deals would compromise the service’s value.
Marc Benioff, “Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an Industry”