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How can you be more productive?

Posted by Steve Ferris on 21 February 2016

 


There are tools that will help you be more productive. Xue Mei has been tracking her life's data and trying to maximize her efficiency with a variety of tools and apps.

But one app stands tall about the rest, RescueTime.
https://www.rescuetime.com/

Here how this has helped Xue Mei Rhodin become super productive at work.

Topics: Marketing Strategy, Teams & Tribes, Leadership & Mindset

Jeff Bezos must-read business book toplist for Amazon executives.

Posted by Xue Mei Rhodin on 09 July 2014

This is the list of books one of the smartest and most successfull internet-entrepreneurs of all time forces his executives to read.
So my curiosity got the best of me and we added them to our company's reading list. It's already given us tons of great methods and topics to talk about regarding our company's strategy.

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photo by Steve Jurvetson

Jeff Bezos (Jeffrey Preston "Jeff" Bezos) is one of the most powerful CEOs of our time, building, running and owning 20% of Amazon.com, the multi-product category e-commerce site that is taking over the west world. (Alibaba's TaoBao already own the chinese market so Amazon has no chance there.)

Amazon.com grew 55% 2013 and Jeff himself is said to have a networth of 30.6 Billion USD according to Forbes. He's definitley doing something right as an entrepreneur.

I found Jeff Bezos business book list a while ago, and we started reading from it together at my company Cedarwood. And I'm telling you, these titles are not there by accident. It's some of the smartest and most valuable insights I've found in modern business strategy literature. And it's part of my job as a business strategist to read tons of this kind of literature.

This is the list of books one of the smartest and most successfull internet-entrepreneurs of all time forces his executives to read.
So my curiosity got the best of me and we added them to our company's reading list. It's already given us tons of great methods and topics to talk about regarding our company's strategy.

I've included direct links to amazon, as it's the simplest way to buy the books. I prefer reading on the Kindle app on my iPad or Samsung Galaxy or using Audible for audiobooks.

 



1. Lean thinking: banish waste and create wealth in your corporation. By James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones.

Most startup founders know by now about Lean models, scrum and other iteration models. But I still meet entrepreneurs who don't know. I personally think lean could benefit many more industries than just tech and IT.

You can buy it as an e-book, audiobook or hardcover copy here at amazon:

Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation


2. The Goal: a process of ongoing improvement. By Eliyahu M Goldratt and Jeff Cox.

Focused on the Theory of Constraints, this books shows you how to adress productivity and quality problems in your company.

You can buy it as an e-book, audiobook or hardcover copy here at amazon:

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

 

3. Data-driven marketing: the 15 metrics everyone in marketing should know. By Mark Jeffery.

The era of immature social media marketing is soon over. More and more companies are realizing the huge opportunity in data analytics and how crucial it is in finding he right goals to measure your marketing efforts. I wish more small companies and startups would out effort into setting real goals and measure their marketing.

You can buy it as an e-book, audiobook or hardcover copy here at amazon:

Data-Driven Marketing: The 15 Metrics Everyone in Marketing Should Know

 

4. Good to great: why some companies make the leap... and others don't. By Jim Collins.

Good to Great shares the revolutionary research conducted by Jim Collins and his team covering the topic of going from being a good company to a great company. How to outshine the competition and the market by tenfold and stay there. For 15 years or more.

You can buy it as an e-book, audiobook or hardcover copy here at amazon:

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

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5. Build to last: succesful habits of visionary companies. By Jim Collins.

Just as Good to Great, Collins get to the bottom of how to build sustainable businesses. And the reserach is as surprising as Good to Great.

You can buy it as an e-book, audiobook or hardcover copy here at amazon:

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business Essentials)

6. The innovator's dilemma: the revolutionary book that will change the way you do business. By Clayton M. Christensen.

Outstanding companies can do everything right and still lose their market leadership—or worse, disappear altogether. Focusing on “disruptive technology,” Christensen shows why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation and how companies should stay in the game.

You can buy it as a paperback copy here at amazon:

The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business

 

7. The black swan: the impact of the highly improbable fagility. By Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

An investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand.

You can buy it as an e-book, audiobook or hardcover copy here at amazon:

The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable Fragility" (Incerto)


8. Sam Walton: made in America. By Sam Walton and John Huey.

Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart empire, tells the story of how he revolutionized the retail industry.

You can buy it as an e-book or hardcover copy here at amazon:

Sam Walton: Made In America

 

9. Memos from the Chairman. By Alan C. Greenberg

A curious collection of investment bank Bear Stearns chairman's memos to the company employees, showing a unique take on leadership and management in a traditional industry.

You can buy it as a hardcover copy here at amazon:

Memos from the Chairman

 

10. The mythical man-month: essays on software engineering. By Frederick P. Brooks Jr.

An influental book on software management in large project, mixing opinions with software engineering facts and showing the reader what mistakes and problem occur when handeling massive software systems.

You can buy it as a hardcover copy here at amazon:

The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition)

 

11. The remains of the day. By Kazuo Ishiguro.

Very different from the rest of the list, Bezos also included this classic novel of an english butler looking back at his life serving "a great gentleman". That this book is included and has at first glanze nothing to do with business make you wonder if he put it in because it's his favorite story or if the morale of it is important to amazon culture.
You can buy it as an e-book, audiobook or hardcover copy here at amazon:

The Remains of the Day (Vintage International)


12. Creation: Life and how to make it. By Steve Grand.

This is personally an exstemely exciting book, not because it's a book about business, but because it's a book about one of my most loved PC games I played as a teen and a game that had truly unique qualities for being released in the 90's. He built an artificial intellifence engine to produce the little creatures you feed, teach and interact with in the game. Real artificial intelligence, with their own hormonal systems, personalitites and inherit traits from their parents.
Working mostly alone, almost single-handedly writing 250,000 lines of computer code, Steve Grand produced Creatures®, a revolutionary computer game that allowed players to create living beings complete with brains, genes, and hormonal systems.

You can buy it as a hardcover copy here at amazon:

Creation: Life and How to Make It



 

How to make these books usable to you and your business.


So these are great books, that's clear, but how will you be able to apply it?
You can follow the links in the blogpost, buy the books and read them yourself.
Or you can hire a good strategist to help you implement it faster.


If you want tips on how to hack your should-read-pile and work smarter with educating yourself and your team, I suggest you read the post 5 ways to get through your book reading list 10 times as faster.

Or join our 30 day audiobook and podcast challenge: #30DayAudioChallenge.

 


xuemeirhodinphotoXue Mei Rhodin is a multi-entrepreneur, founder/CEO and business strategy adviser at Cedarwood.co and several other companies. When she’s not speaking to an audience, sketching roadmaps for her clients or building new companies, you’ll find her with the bulldogs, the newest FPS games and the champagne.
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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Teams & Tribes, Leadership & Mindset