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The future following this pandemic cannot be designed by cynics who peddle stories of human selfishness and paint pictures of calamities. Hope, you will remember, was the last thing to come out of Pandora's Box of ills. That hope will shape us.
Trying to control things is largely futile and suboptimal. Death, the only certainty in life, is unpredictable and out of our control. The acceptance of that truth is immensely clarifying.
I bought the Kindle version of Finding The Exit after seeing it mentioned in a female founders' community where I am active. I finished reading the book in 1.5 days dedicating two hours each in the morning and in the evening, such was the flow of the story, which weaves Ms Lea A Ellermeier's origin story … Continue reading Finding the Exit
This article is the twentieth in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on August the 6th, 2017. In the very first column in this series, I wrote about the loneliness of entrepreneurship. Add to that the stresses of building and running a fledgling business, with the worries of making cash last, making … Continue reading On Founder wellness
At 402 pages, not including acknowledgements and the index, My Story by Jo Malone is not a weekend read. But it has the ability to keep a grip on one's attention till the end. The book has the support of a ghostwriter, whom she thanks in acknowledgements. Ms Malone is dyslexic and makes the point that her … Continue reading Jo Malone: My Story
Timothy Snyder, the author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The Twentieth Century, is Housum Professor of History at Yale University. At the simplest, this timely book draws parallels between the Trump administration and the Third Reich. In the prologue, Snyder reminds us that history does not repeat but that it does instruct, that it … Continue reading On Tyranny
How Women Decide, by Therese Huston, is provocatively titled and an easy read, backed by substantial research, listed in the 53 page of references. The book has six chapters each dealing with themes that surface when women's decision-making is discussed, namely women's intuition, decisiveness, attitudes to risk, confidence, decisions under stress, and unusually, watching others make poor … Continue reading How Women Decide
Link: This review also appears on Amazon-UK here. Most non-fiction books I have read recently appear, absent the author's need to write a full-length book, fit to be or have remained a long-form essay. Not this one, although Tony Hsieh's hard-to-classify book, Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose, too could have benefited … Continue reading Delivering Happiness
Link: This review appears on Amazon-UK here. And on Amazon-US here. With a researcher's and practitioner's interest in decision-making, I did not have to ponder over the choice to buy this book. Nor did I struggle with reading its 268 pages (not including acknowledgment and references) in just over 4 hours. Professor Sheena Iyengar has … Continue reading The Art Of Choosing