Author: mikeswelsh

  • The Organized Mind

    Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload My takes as of chapter 10 -11/16/22 There are many elements of awesome in this book. Ways to keep stuff straight in your head by getting those items out of your head. In a get shit done work style the author offers this ingenious example of the […]

  • Scarcity

    Why Having Too Little Means So MuchBy: Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar ShafirNarrated by: Robert PetkoffLength: 8 hrs and 47 minsUnabridged AudiobookRelease date: 09-03-13Language: EnglishPublisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Excellent read about how not having affects the brain. From not having money affects how the brain is wired and that it creates a positive feedback loop. The author uses an example […]

  • Technically Wrong

    Technically Wrong Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech By: Sara Wachter-Boettcher Narrated by: Andrea Emmes Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins Unabridged Audiobook Release date: 10-10-17 Language: English Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books This is an excellent and quick listen about all the ways obvious and subtle that are baked into every […]

  • Social Chemistry

    Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection In pursuit of understanding more about how we interact, how I interact, I read this book. The illustration is a sketch of the core of the book, and how we act as each of those, expansion, broker, convener in our daily relationships. The author also frames up prior research […]

  • Why Startups Fail

    A New Roadmap for Entrepreneurial Success By: Tom Eisenmann Narrated by: Robert Fass Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins Unabridged Audiobook Release date: 03-30-21 Language: English Publisher: Random House Audio Having spent time in startup land from early to late even acquired, I can tell you that this book captures a solid amount of what not to do […]

  • Fantasyland

    Fantasyland How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History By: Kurt Andersen Narrated by: Kurt Andersen Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins Unabridged Audiobook Release date: 09-05-17 This was a master class at how the whole history of crazies and the fundamentals of people wanting to live in meta verse type experiences from migration to the US through […]

  • How to tell a story

    This is an excellent book about how to learn to tell compelling, meaningful and succinct stories. The audio book is filled with loads of how-tos and examples snippets with ‘director notes’ which give you the guidance on the story and the storyteller. Best part is the audio book has the actual clips, the best stories […]

  • Made to Stick

    Finished a re-read of great and fast book on how to make ideas and storytelling better and more memorable. Funny how re-listens surface more information for me. Key take aways for me. Simplicity— Simple is not a par it down to minimum, rather simple means elegant prioritization.  Unexpected ness – Always build in a bit […]

  • Psychology of Human Behavior

    I recently finished another of the ‘Great Courses’ on Human Behavior. Key take aways There are many interesting components on how the brain works. All the components of executive function, memory, recognition and recall. Lectures were great and nicely chunked up. Various ways to understand memory functions, perception and the interaction with various brain systems […]

  • Genghis Kahn

    Genghis Kahn

    How he shaped the modern world from secular culture to the postal service. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World By: Jack Weatherford Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins Unabridged Audiobook Release date: 02-16-10 Language: English Publisher: Audible Studios 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 (16,279 ratings) Publisher’s Summary The Mongol army […]