after a month off, i’m easing back into this. nice and slow. i’m also easing into my summer prep for business school, which begins (but does not end) with a pretty comprehensive reading list (top 3 are required, the rest are strongly recommended). i thought others might be interested in this stuff too, so allow me to share:
Required for all: The Start Up Of You, by Reid Hoffman & Ben Casnocha
I’ve actually started this one, and it offers some interesting and useful ways to think about your networks. So far one of my favorite insights has been the suggestion that one factor in the success of a group’s collaboration is the appropriate combination of “cohesion and creativity” (118), that is, the combination of strong connections that “optimize trust because there’s likely overlap in belief systems and communication styles” and new blood that “help find creative solutions by introducing new information and resources from other social circles” (119).
Leading Organizations: Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger Institute
Operations: The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
Decision Analysis: The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules our Lives, by Leonard Mlodinow, Pantheon Books, 2008.
Finance: Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel (any edition).
Supposed to be great for students coming from a non-finance background (thats me!)
Recommended text for use during Finance course (none is specifically required for class): Richard Brealey, Stewart Myers, and Franklin Allen: Principles of Corporate Finance, Irwin-McGraw Hill (the 10th edition is most recent, but not essential).
Marketing: The Portable MBA, 4th Edition, by Robert F. Bruner, Mark R. Eaker, R. Edward Freeman, Robert E. Spekman, Elizabeth Olmsted Teisberg, S. Venkataraman