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„Time Smart – How To Reclaim Your Life And Live A Happier Life“ by Ashley Whilllans – A Harvard Business Review Press Book Review

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Reclaim your life! Slow down and breathe! There is not enough time in a day! The new HBR book titled “Time Smart” attempts to help us claw back the most precious resource we humans possess. The book takes an interesting approach to managing your time and offers plenty of techniques to do just about that.
Coming from a scientific background, the book opens by paraphrasing what research says again and again: happier people value time above money – and spend it wisely. As an assistant professor at the Harvard Business School, Ashley uses her own behavioral research to turn our thinking about time around. “Time Smart” revolves around a very simple premise – we all can treat time as currency and start being more productive and mindful. After all, the book’s subtitle reads: “How To Reclaim Your Time And Live A Happier Life.Read More »„Time Smart – How To Reclaim Your Life And Live A Happier Life“ by Ashley Whilllans – A Harvard Business Review Press Book Review

“The Leader You Want to Be” by Amy Jen Su – a HBR Press Book Review

HBR press books reviewed by doitinvest,comAs an executive coach, Amy Jen Su brings to HBR a different perspective to personal development. Her experience with professionals around the globe, from middle management to the C level, led her to write “The Leader You Want to Be”. An interesting title, which turns upside down the classical personal development philosophy. Why? Usually the managers are oriented towards the organizational objectives – so they would try to mold themselves based on the organization’s culture, goals and pressures. Amy Jen Su advises on a different starting point in your re-invention journey. That point is coming from a reflection on your own values and strengths – and how one can leverage them to increase the impact. No need to say that this represents a fairly different approach to the classical career ladder one.Read More »“The Leader You Want to Be” by Amy Jen Su – a HBR Press Book Review

„Everyday Chaos“ by David Weinberger – a HBR Book Review

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To say that the Internet is an integral part of our lives is certainly an understatement. And David Weinberger, the famous American technologist who wrote the first Internet marketing, seems well placed to write about it. In a world where everything happens at once, where technologies combine with AI to deliver more-than-human results, „Everyday Chaos“ comes a bit late. Yet, here it is – a verbal pictorial of how our humble lives are swirled everyday, over-analyzed then categorized by a myriad of machines – equally hardware and software.
Thus the question is – are we humans still self-propelled decision makers anymore? „Everyday Chaos“ says otherwise – we are:
1. Overtaken in decision making accuracy and speed by machines;
2. Dependent on them…
3. … and even more worrying, enjoying this dependency.

In a sci-fi turn, David Weinberger almost asks himself toward the end of the book if we are the masters or the followers in this brave new world. To make a tech joke – „Everyday Chaos“ stops shortly of asking the question, since the machines have already read his book and put a marker on author‘s lesser habits. On a more serious note, what makes us humans starts to become a slightly more marginal competitive advantage. Harvard Business Review Press‘ title is full of factual evidence towards that. AI machines overtake us in chess, medicine diagnostics and constancy of service.

We humans are still programming them. Which gives us the „upper-hand“ illusion – coupled of course with the physical ability to generate electricity from regenerating resources. Fair enough…

On a more practical note, „Everyday Chaos“ advances the theory that various societal organizations (business, governments, NGOs, political parties etc) must accept and embrace the more and more entropic nature of technology. Beneath the apparent surface of a self-defined order, there lie chaotic processes that self-accelerate and regenerate into building their own evolutionary niche. Weinberger‘s thesis from this HBR press book states therefore that one must embrace and ride these chaos waves. Otherwise, ignoring or (worse) retro-justifying them might actually push the respective individuals behind to their niches – which cannot be good in any case.Read More »„Everyday Chaos“ by David Weinberger – a HBR Book Review