Good Books

One book leads to another. Here are a few that were worth the time I spent with them:

  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Yuval Noah Harari. The biggest idea in this book is that our ability to deal with fiction is what got us to the top of the food chain.
  • Switch. Chip and Dan Heath. Lots of things you can try to help change happen, based on three simple ideas from recent research: (1) What looks like a people problem is often a situation problem; (2) What looks like laziness is often exhaustion; and (3) What looks like resistance is often lack of clarity.
  • Decisive. Chip and Dan Heath. Lots of things you can try to help make better decisions. For example, the Vanishing Options Test: “What if you couldn’t pick any of the options you’re now considering. What would you do instead?”
  • what if? Randall Munroe. Entertainment for geeks. Scientific answers to dumb questions from the guy who draws the xkcd comic.