Book: The Brand Gap

I read The Brand Gap (Amazon) on the recommendation of my colleague Michelle. I  wanted to better understand what branding is, how it works, how it fits in with marketing etc. At the end of it, I bought her a small gift which demonstrated that I had understood the book. The gift was a Yoko Ono […]

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Book: Org Design for Design Orgs

I read Org Design for Design Orgs: Building and Managing In-House Design Teams (Amazon) on the recommendation of my team mate, Matt Miklic. I’ve spent a lot of time over the last 18 months working with Matt on how engineering teams can work better with designers, and I wish I’d read this book earlier! It was […]

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Book: Playing Big

Playing Big (Amazon) was a gift from Jean Hsu, and I loved it. It articulated things that I had noticed, and opened my eyes to things I had not. Super helpful. A few highlights: I’m over the inner critic (perhaps a topic for another post), but I loved the idea of the inner mentor. The […]

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Book: Brotopia

I ordered Brotopia (Amazon) after reading an extract I’d been quoted in. It was pretty interesting, and I appreciated the way that it tied together the things that I knew – and the things that I didn’t. It was pretty fascinating to read about the early Google culture, after experiencing first hand how far away things had […]

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Book: The Art of Possibility

The Art of Possibility (Amazon) was the second book from the AltMBA with a woman co-author (the other was Thanks for the Feedback), and definitely in the top three that I got the most out of (along with Thanks for the Feedback and A Beautiful Constraint). It’s written by an orchestra conductor and his therapist, […]

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Book: Women & Power

I was excited to find that Mary Beard had a book – Women & Power: A Manifesto (Amazon) – based on her talks about the silencing of women. Of course I learned about it on The Eloquent Woman, and had appreciated the Famous Speech Friday posts about the talks that it was build on. I think […]

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Book: Open

I read  Open: An Autobiography – Andre Agassi’s autobiography – out of curiosity and a desire to mix things up; I don’t think I’ve ever read a sports autobiography before. I did not expect to love it, but I did – it had me gripped, and I finished it relatively quickly despite rushing around. It’s a […]

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Book: A Higher Standard

 I was recommended A Higher Standard, and was pretty excited to learn about the first woman to become a 4 Star General (not that I knew what a 4 Star General was at the time… but it seemed impressive). Although, I’m not wild about military analogies and violence of any kind so I wasn’t sure […]

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Book: Option B

I think I cried reading every chapter of Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy (Amazon), most of which was in public as I read it during my trip to Barcelona. I teared up in various restaurants around town, and on the plane home. It’s a moving book, but also a hopeful one […]

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Book: Men Explain Things To Me

I’ve been meaning to read Men Explain Things To Me for a while, but putting it off because I worried it would leave me feeling even more despondent about the world. I’m so glad I finally got to reading it though – it was so beautifully written and thought provoking. How correcting women relates to silencing […]

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