May 9, 2006

Bulk view

Raided the bookstore

Good to great and the social sectors: Why business thinking is not the answer
Jim Collins

It’s a slim monograph and fairly expensive for its weight (or lack
thereof – not that I buy books based on weight! <laugh>) ;) ,
but the main points are neatly summarized in four pages at the end,
and its insights are backed by good stories.

A whole new mind: why right-brainers will rule the future
Daniel H. Pink

Title is a bit fluffy, but the book contains surprisingly practical
advice aimed at helping people develop their senses of design, story,
symphony, empathy, play, and meaning.

Small giants: companies that choose to be great instead of big
Bo Burlingham

Bought it because I felt a strong urge to recommend it to a
California-based entrepreneur who’s been trying to think of how to
help the Philippines get the entrepreneurial spirit when IPOs and
other tech-startup exit strategies are almost non-existent in the
local market.

Love is the Killer App
Tim Sanders

A friend of mine insisted that I read this book some time ago, and I
find myself now infected with the urge to pass it on to others. See earlier blog entry. =)

I skimmed a number of other books, too.

I know, I know, I should just get all my books off Amazon instead of
buying them at Chapters, but I haven’t gotten a Canada-based credit
card yet and I can’t pay for it out of my budget when I use my
Philippine-based Visa. And then of course there’s the way I like
flipping through books… I suppose I could browse at Chapters and buy
off Amazon, but sometimes there’s no real price difference, and
economy shipping takes a while.

Maybe I could use it as a delayed gift for myself, though. Something
to look forward to. =) Besides, I still need hardcover copies of some
of my absolute favorites…

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Random Japanese sentence: 問題は誰が猫に鈴をつけるかだ。 The question is who will bell the cat.


I just got back from Chapters, the main bookstore chain here in
Toronto. I browsed through nine books and bought four. I’ll go into
more detail later, but I just wanted to share with you my joy in being
able to give one of the books to someone who perfectly fits it.
Sambhavi Chandrashekar doesn’t need to read Love is the Killer App by Tim Sanders.
She already lives it. It is my hope, however, that the book will give
her even more words to describe her dreams, goals, and passions.

Thanks to Maoi Arroyo of Hybridigm Consulting for insisting that I read the book!

(Hey, I hadn’t realized that Tim Sanders is the “director of Yahoo’s in-house think tank”. Coolness!)

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