“We don’t need no education. We don’t need no thought control” ~ Pink Floyd, ​Another Brick in the Wall

tl;dr point-of-view on Learning vs. Education in one comparison table


The Old Library @ Trinity College

Due to “popular” demand… I have created a shortlist of the top 10 leadership / management books which left a dent on my universe (ordered by year)

Note: There is no #11 in Top 10 shortlists so I had to keep some other amazing books out of this list … but I would love to learn what you think I am missing and made a dent on your universe?

So… The gist of it is:


The Old Library @ Trinity College

Due to “popular” demand… I have created a shortlist of the top 10 leadership / management books which left a dent on my universe (ordered by year)

Note: There is no #11 in Top 10 shortlists so I had to keep some other amazing books out of this list … but I would love to learn what you think I am missing and made a dent on your universe?

So… The gist of it is:


TL;DR — I stopped consuming caffeine and it totally cured my migraines

Coffee — Brain

I started having Migraines approx. 8 years ago; (~2007). The usual suspect to blame was stress, work-life-balance and lack-of-sleep-and-exercise (a.k.a. I have joined a cool startup as VP R&D)

p.s. This is more or less also where I started drinking coffee (hint hint)

#Quantified Self | I have decided to start hacking, tracking and quantifying my migraines when I reached a weekly migraine cadence during 2012.


StarCraftII
StarCraftII

A few things I have learned from *countless* hours playing Strategy Games for more than 35 years (e.g. Chess, Go, Risk, Archon, Warcraft, Red Alert, AoE, Age of Mythology, StarCraft, etc.)

Plan a head | Map ALL possible “Candidate Moves” | The idea of candidate moves was first put forth by Grandmaster Alexander Kotov in his book “Think Like a Grandmaster”.
In it, Kotov recommended looking for several moves that seemed feasible — the so-called candidate moves — and then analyzing those moves one at a time.

Adapt | You must adapt very quickly if you want to win

  • OODA…


Five Elements a Product Manager should Master

Leadership*; Ship Amazing Products!; Customers 1st; Storytelling; Passionate (II**);

Kung-Fu-Pandas
Kung-Fu-Pandas

Leadership*

They are the most important Leaders in a product driven organization — Product is where the magic happens and almost everything else connect. They should master the first 6 Leadership Super Powers (#7 Leadership Superpowers*) … Passionate; Inconceivable Tenacity; Hyper Strategist; Inspiring; Craftsmanship;

Ship Amazing Products!

They ship Products! They do whatever-it-takes to make the product successful!

They create value by combining wisdom, science and art, they are highly analytical (data driven) with attention to both the big picture (market, target user segment, positioning, company strategy and…


Seven leadership superpower traits I value most in leaders

Passionate; Inconceivable Tenacity; Hyper Strategist; Inspiring; Craftsmanship; Authentic; Scale Masters

Avengers
Avengers

Passionate

Leadership is a passionate (almost fanatical), inquisitive pursuit of a vision, of excellence, of perfection, of truth, of the impossible, of what’s next, of change, of value, of results, of knowledge, of experience, of learning, and of something bigger than yourself.

“We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?” ~Steve Jobs.

Inconceivable Tenacity

Leadership is about tenacity, focus, resilience, determination, persistence, disciplined consistency of action, values, standards, methods and results over time with inconceivable internal-locus-of-control.

“Success…


David & Goliath

“Throughout Israel, brains and energy are ubiquitous” — Warren E. Buffett, 2007

This blog post is a ~thousand words “elevator pitch” on Technology, Chutzpah and Innovation in Israel (a.k.a. The Silicon Wadi)

Start-up Nation

The best book I have read on this topic is Start-up Nation — The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle (by Dan Senor and Saul Singer)

Start-up Nation addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel — a country of 7.1 …


General Xiang Yu, Chu-Han Contention, China

I have just finished reading a very interesting book (!!!) “Predictably Irrational” by Dan Ariely and came across a very interesting historic story.

“In 210 BC, a Chinese commander named Xiang Yu led his troops across the Yangtze River to attack the army of the Qin (Ch’in) dynasty. Pausing on the banks of the river for the night, his troops awakened in the morning to find to their horror that their ships were burning. …


*** Warning: this post might contain cultural bias material ;) ***

As most of my friends and colleagues, I had the pleasure of working with Americans for most of my professional life and this post is only the tip-of-the-iceberg trying to capture one tiny angle of the American-Israeli cultural gap.

We (Israelis) think we know enough about English since we have watched many hours of American TV, studied the language from early age and use it constantly and “fluently” during our adult professional life but we should be aware about our tendency to interpret English phrases literally, which results in…

Moti Karmona

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