master switch

The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

The Internet has taken the primary spot for information exchange in the twenty-first century, and for good reason. Several technologies that revolutionized information exchange came before: telegraph, telephone, radio, and television. All of these technologies changed the world and were supposed to be the ultimate platform, but will the Internet be different? The Master Switch chronicles the history of information empires and whether the Internet is different.

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adventures of an IT leader

IT and business units stereotypically do not mesh, whether it is the nerds in the basement, or the inpatient business unit. Adventures of an IT Leader is a surprising read from the Harvard Business Press, given that it is a book on tech leadership. Written as a novel, it details the transition of a VP of Sales thrust into the role of CIO.

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Overall, Leaders Eat Last is a very enjoyable book on what incentivizes individuals, what makes high-performing teams, and how different generations have made their impact on civilization. The book does bog down at times as the author inserts his own agenda and repeats his point of view multiple times. The reviews and title of the book would insist that leadership lessons are told through military analogies, this turns out not be the case as there are only a few sprinkled stories throughout.

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How to Change Things When Change is Hard

Change is inevitably hard. Throughout my career it is change and persuading others to adopt change that takes the most time, whether it is changing culture, processes, or technology. Everyone falls into habits and changes those habits requires energy, and motivation. Switch by the Heath brothers builds a framework to help guide change management whether it be in an organization or your personal life.

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