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Book: The Power of a Positive No

The Power of a Positive No by William Ury (Amazon) is really an excellent book. Reasonably short read, and definitely worth reading. Recommend. Essentially it lays out a framework for saying “no” that is in fact “Yes! No. Yes?” The first yes is the reason why you are saying no – no to that assignment, […]

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Book: The Misogyny Factor

The Misogyny Factor, by Ann Summers (Amazon) is AMAZING. Regardless of whether you live in Australia, if you are interested in the plight of women and the long and winding road we are taking to equality (no, we are not there yet), buy it and read it. It’s short – my Kindle estimated less than […]

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Book: The Education of Millionaires

My overall impression of The Education of Millionaires (Amazon) was a bit meh. It conflates getting an arts degree with a university education in general, and many of the examples come from direct marketing, which seems irrelevant to me. I think the calculations on cost/benefit of degrees could have been vastly improved by discounting science […]

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Book: Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error

This book on wrongness – Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error (Amazon) – has to be one of the most fascinating I have read lately. It’s a surprisingly long, but very readable, book about why we get things wrong, what it feels like, and how we rewrite history in our heads to make it […]

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Book: Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

I found this book by Sherry Turkle – Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other (Amazon) fascinating, and think it’s worth a read for anyone who creates digital experiences, or just worries about their consumption of them. Things That Stood Out For Me How people interact with robots, what […]

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Book: Making a World of Difference

Having been a foreigner in both China and the US, I found the cultural observations of this book (Amazon, which is only letting me link the Chinese version – the English version is here though), and the insights into the tech industry interesting. Particularly his time at Apple, and the need to create products out of […]

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Book: Sonia Sotomayer, My Beloved World

I absolutely adored Sonia Sotomayor’s autobiography, My Beloved World (Amazon). She came from an underprivileged immigrent background, with an alcoholic father and a major health issue (diabetes) and is now on the Supreme Court. It’s an incredible story, really honest – she clearly worked incredibly hard, but there’s stories of failure (like her marriage, and an early internship) and insecurity […]

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Book: Bossypants

I was reading Tina Fey’s book Bossypants (Amazon) as part of a group of us at work – after reading Lean In (Amazon) and having a discussion group, this came up as one to read next. Then I read an article complaining about her feminism, which I went looking for only to find this article about […]

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Book: Unlocking the Clubhouse

I’d heard about this book (Amazon) for a long time, but especially since I arrived here – the other women in the office are huge fans, and talked about it a lot. And I kept thinking I would get around to reading it, but no hurry, I’ve read a lot of the research, I think […]

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MWF Seeks BFF

Heard about this blog via the lovely Erica, and since I wonder if I have enough local friends (and, obviously moving, the answer will once again be no) seemed like the book (Amazon) would be just the thing for one of the many, many long haul flights I’m taking. I really enjoyed it, very honest and funny. […]