2021 Book Reviews

I read 34 books in 2021 which amounted to about 11’500 pages. I deliberately didn’t set a “reading goal” for the year because I preferred not to focus on quantity, but rather maximize enjoyment and utility. Here are six books, both fiction and non-fiction, that stood out for me. Fiction The Peacemaker’s Code – Deepak Malhotra Deepak Malhotra is a Harvard professor who focuses on negotiation and diplomacy topics. This book is a fun and exciting way to learn about these topics in a fictionalized scenario....

January 7, 2022 · 3 min

The Silver Rule in Ethics

How to treat people is a fundamental question of life. To find your answer, you can take the thorough route and read deeply in the field of ethics, ponder the different approaches and answers to this question. After such in-depth study, you can decide which of those options rings most true. You can also take the simple route. Just take an existing heuristic from your parents, philosophy, or religion, that guides your behavior....

November 23, 2021 · 4 min

Thoughts on Team Performance

If there is one takeaway from Walter Isaacson’s book The Innovators, it’s that the lone genius is a myth. Not individuals drive innovation, but teams. After learning about individual productivity, thinking about what makes teams perform is a natural progression. My thoughts here are still very much a work in progress and this is more a status report of my exploration in the topic than anything else. Team Performance Formula For a team to be effective, all its members should be competent in personal productivity habits....

November 14, 2021 · 3 min

Definitive Guide to Individual Productivity

Since I never liked wasting time or working just to get enough hours in, I read and experimented a lot around this topic in the past few years. I want to use my time efficiently so I can do more of what I care most about. I also want to do great work when I work and not half-ass it. During those years in the fascinating, useful, and sometimes toxic personal productivity space, I found some fundamental principles that worked consistently for myself and others....

November 4, 2021 · 14 min

How to Operate

In 2014 Keith Rabois gave a Stanford lecture on how to operate a startup. It boils down a CEO’s daily activities based on 9 points that he or she should be focused on. While the principles laid out are great for current and upcoming founders or CEOs, they apply to team management in general and if you want to create a high-performing team these principles help you to do that....

October 17, 2021 · 5 min