Reading List

Reading List

option B by sheryl sandberg book review

1.Option B: facing adversity, building resilience and finding joy by Sheryl Sandberg 

 an open tell-all book by Sandberg. really enjoyed reading this book as i see her in her most vulnerable state. Not being a sadist here, more like the reader can click better with the writer and see that after-all, we are all humans. 
– i never knew that we have the capacity to increase our resilience by taking concrete steps in the face of adversity
– thru the eyes of Sandberg, she took the readers on an emotional healing journey with her

2. Never split the difference : negotiating as if your life depended on it by Voss Christopher

– before reading this book, I always think of negotiation as 50-50, give and take. Only when going through this book did I realize I got the concept wrong all these time. To truly win at negotiation, we have to make the other party give in fully, without them thinking that we are extracting more than we deserve. 

3. Blink: the power of thinking without thinking by Gladwell Malcolm
– I personally feel that Malcolm has a similar writing style with the Freakonomics writer duo. Their tongue-in-cheek writing style, combined with eccentric ideas makes this book really enjoyable to read. 
– so do I see things differently now? .. applying “out of the box”/ innovative ways of going about my daily routine tasks? I hope 🙂

4. Get the truth : former CIA officers teach you how to persuade anyone to tell all by Philip Houston

5. Emotional intelligence 2.0 by Bradberry Travis
– Understanding the 4 skills
  – Self awareness
  – Self management
  – Social awareness
  – Relationship management strategies

– accurately identifying our emotions as we experience them. Don’t generalize.
– good to know. my main takeaway? be mindful of my own emotions; think of the big picture, long term consequences, don’t get carried away in the now. 
6. The Panama papers : breaking the story of how the rich & powerful hide their money by Obermayer Bastian

– the reveal- all book by Bastian, a German investigative journalist who received The Panama Papers from an anonymous source. The source went on to forward extensive volume of internal documents which forms the basis of the investigations for this book. A compelling read for those who are curious how the rich get richer by evading taxes and much more. How Bastian et al research helped launched investigation by local authorities and made us aware of the legal loopholes out there.
7. Super Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
– interesting applications of economics and everyday “common sense” logic that most of us fails to think of, or even bother to sit back and ponder.
8. Think like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

– Authors challenges us to think out of the box. Many a times the solution to everyday problems is very simple and right in front of us. We don’t have to think deep, just take a step back and look at the big picture.