Thinking In Systems: A Primer

Thinking in Systems Book Cover Thinking in Systems
Donella H. Meadows, Diana Wright,
Business & Economics
Chelsea Green Publishing

This is an excellent book/primer on Systems Thinking. It teaches how to understand the interconnectedness between just about everything. On one hand its a process flow text book. On the other, it is straight up Buddhism. Super interesting read. Teaches systems-thinking skills that would make the world a better place if everyone learned them.

How Will You Measure Your Life

How Will You Measure Your Life? Book Cover How Will You Measure Your Life?
Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon,
Business & Economics
May 15, 2012

Excellent guidebook for figuring out what is important to you. I am a big fan of "what gets measured gets done." How do you allocate your time? This work was one of many catalysts that got me OFF the climb-the-corporate-ladder treadmill. I started looking at how I was allocating my time. It got me thinking about how dis-satisfied I was with my career. It sparked change.

The $100 Startup

The $100 Startup Book Cover The $100 Startup
Chris Guillebeau
Business & Economics
Three Rivers Press

Smart. Simple. Clear. Concise. No nonsense advice for how to start your side-hustle. Quitting your "real" job and starting a business in your spare bedroom is a fantasy. Once you figure out how you are allocating your time you can then cut the fat and fill those cycles with your side hustle. I like the one page business plan approach. If you can't articulate your value proposition in one page, you need to think about it a LOT more.