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Books for Learning

The year without Pants

Scott Berkun

This book is a great telling of the journey of one man through becoming an employee and working at Automattic. Written by Scott Berkun, this book gives great insight into the distributed workforce, Matt Mullenweg’s vision for open source software for everyone and working without email. I actually read this book twice because I liked it so much!

Audiobook is approximately 8.5 hours.

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Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Simon Sinek

In this book Simon explores the reasons behind our desires to do things in business. He explains why WHY matters and how “people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”

Audiobook is approximately 7 hours long.

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Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

Simon Sinek

A follow up to Start With Why, Simon explores the ways a company can best succeed by putting their employees first. Happy employees=happy customers in this sequel.

Audiobook is approximately 8 hours.

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The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness

Jeff Olson

A quick read, just under 4 hours on audiobook, Jeff Olson’s book talks about making small, consistent decisions that overtime become life changing habits. Follow these steps to find higher levels of financial freedom and personal excellence.

Audiobook is approximately 4 hours.

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Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

Tony Hsieh

I am just over half way through this book and having a hard time pushing through it. I find the author difficult to relate to. However, I have learned about the importance of customer happiness in running a successful business of any kind.

Audiobook is approximately 8 hours.

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Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

Ed Catmull

While I do work in a creative field, I don’t work in a company atmosphere. Despite that, I’ve already learned a lot about working in creative companies and managing a team of creatives. Co-founder of Pixar, Ed Catmull, does a great job explaining how he keeps the culture at Pixar friendly and his teams happy. Finished this book with tears of joy and sadness. Steve Jobs’ story is so amazing and I had no idea about his connection to Pixar before reading this book.

Audiobook is just under 13 hours.

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Books for Fun

The Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flamel

The Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flamel

Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

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