A summary of book updates from the books page for the month of May. A monthly post emailed out to the newsletter. Let me know if you have any good book recommendations. I’m always on the hunt for hidden gems!

Books Added:

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

by Carol S. Dweck

Rating: 6.5/10 Reading Ease: 3/4 Reading Time: 7 hours

“Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better? Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you? The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.” — Carol S. Dweck

3 Reasons to Read

  • Learn about the concept of mindset and the ‘Growth’ vs. ‘Fixed’ Mindset
  • Understand how a growth mindset can be applied to business, parenting, relationships and education.
  • Build confidence in your capacity to growth and learn.

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal

by Jim Loehr, Tony Schwartz

Rating: 7.5/10 Reading Ease: 3/4 Reading Time: 7 hours

“We live in a world that celebrates work and activity, ignores renewal and recovery, and fails to recognize that both are necessary for sustained high performance.” – Jim Loehr

3 Reasons to Read:

  • Mobilize you for key sources of energy: physical, spiritual, emotional and mental
  • Create highly specific, positive energy management rituals to make lasting changes
  • A roadmap to becoming more fully engaged in many aspects of your life

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

by Michael Pollan

Rating: 5.5/10 Reading Ease: 4/4 Reading Time:3 hours

““Foods are more than the sum of their nutrient parts, and those nutrients work together in ways that are still only dimly understood.” – Michael Pollan

3 Reasons to Read:

  • A collection of 64 Food Rules for Healthy Living.
  • Concise and simple advice on what to eat and what not to eat.
  • Improve your knowledge on nutrition

People Analytics: How Social Sensing Technology Will Transform Business and What It Tells Us about the Future of Work

by Benjamin Waber

Rating: 5.5/10 Reading Ease: 2/4 Reading Time:7 hours

“A major benefit of cohesive networks is that they create high levels of trust within the group. This trust comes directly from the structure of interactions in these networks.” – Benjamin Waber

3 Reasons to Read

  • Research into how seniors and analytics can give a business insight into how their employees work and collaborate.
  • Experiments in the use of wearables to increase worker productivity.
  • Learn how to use analytics to develop workplace performance.

Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life

by Albert-László Barabási

Rating: 6.5/10 Reading Ease: 3/4 Reading Time:9 hours

Most systems displaying a high degree of tolerance against failures are a common feature: Their functionality is guaranteed by a highly interconnected complex network. A cell’s robustness is hidden in its intricate regulatory and metabolic network; society’s resilience is rooted in the interwoven social web; the economy’s stability is maintained by a delicate network of financial and regulatory organizations; an ecosystem’s survivability is encoded in a carefully crafted web of species interactions. It seems that nature strives to achieve robustness through interconnectivity. Such universal choice of a network architecture is perhaps more than mere coincidences. – Albert-László Barabási

3 Reasons to Read

  • Learn about network theory and how it reveals itself all throughout science
  • Learn about power laws
  • How to better grasp complexity in systems

Poorly Made in China: An Insider’s Account of the Tactics Behind China’s Production Game

by Paul Midler

Rating: 7.5/10 Reading Ease: 3/4 Reading Time:8 hours

““Somewhere along the line, Made in China began to sound like a bargain. (…)

When an importer told a retail buyer that an item was quoted at 65¢ and made in the USA, the buyer figured it could be purchased somewhere cheaper.

When the same product was quoted at 65¢ and was said to have been made in China the buyer figured it could not be found for any less.” ― Paul Midler

3 Reasons to Read:

  • Learn about the controversial practice known as ‘quality fade’, which involves the deliberate and secretive habit of widening profit margins through a reduction in the quality of materials over time.
  • An insider’s account of Chinese Manufacturing practices.
  • A better understanding of the Chi-Merica (Chinese + American) economic relationship/codependency.

Notes Added:

Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

by Keith Ferrazzi

Rating: 8/10 Reading Ease: 3/4 Reading Time: 8 hours

“Relationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone.” — Margaret Wheatley

3 Reasons to Read

  • Create a fulfilling, authentic, effective networking strategy that lasts a lifetime
  • Cultivate a magnetic personal brand that draws people to want to share information, access, and resources
  • Filter and prioritize your relationships for quality interchange that supports your goals and values

Nutrient Timing: The Future of Sports Nutrition

by John Ivy & Robert Portman

Rating: 8/10 Reading Ease: 1/4 Reading Time: 5 hours

“The Anabolic Phase is the forty-five-minute window following a workout in which your muscle machinery, in the presence of the right combination of nutrients, initiates the repair of damaged protein and replenishes muscle glycogen stores.” – John Ivy & Robert Portman

3 Reasons to Read

  • Learn how better timing of when you consume nutrients pre or post workouts can enhance and optimize recovery and growth
  • How muscles work and adapt to training
  • What are the (macro and micro) nutrients for healthy and sustained growth

The Lessons of History

by Will Durant, Ariel Durant

Rating: 6.5/10 Reading Ease: 4/4 Reading Time: 3 hours

“ It is not the race that makes the civilization, it is the civilization that makes the people: circumstances geographical, economic, and political create a culture, and the culture creates a human type.” – Will Durant

3 Reasons to Read

  • Find out what history has to say about the nature of the human experience.
  • An analysis of how society and cultures evolve.
  • Learn about the many aspects of history and the philosophy behind organizing history.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

by Carol S. Dweck

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal

by Jim Loehr, Tony Schwartz

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