On My Shelf with Katarina Markus Navinsek — Program Lead at Facebook (Dublin, Ireland)
A curious and communicative person, passionate about tech, science, and languages. As a Program Lead at Facebook, my mission is to empower SMBs and make a strong economic impact. I believe one should invest in building long-lasting relationships as well as never stop learning.
On my shelf
The Daily Stoic
366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
by Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman
I like this book because you can literally pick it up anytime, any day of the year, every year, read a page and learn something new, find something to reflect on, or an inspiration. It offers 366 days of ancient wisdom by several stoic philosophers in the shape of exercises and quotes for leading a better life. If you are short on time or just love to read something meaningful and short in the morning or before going to sleep, this book is for you.
416 pages, Portfolio 2016
Decoding How People Think, Lead, and Get Things Done Across Cultures
by Erin Meyer
In an ever more globalised world, the chances are at some point in our life we’ll interact, meet, or even do business with somebody from another culture and all the findings and advice from this book will come in very handy. As an expat working in an international environment and having spent the last 13 years living abroad, I discovered many things I wasn’t aware of even about my own culture.
288 pages, PublicAffairs; First Trade Paper Edition 2016
Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
by Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund & Ola Rosling
This is a fantastic book for anyone. It’s very easy to read, it includes chats, graphics, and fun quizzes so you can put your knowledge about global trends to test. It will challenge your perspective on life and your beliefs about the world but also make you more hopeful and optimistic about it. Ultimately, the author strived for the betterment of mankind all his life, and as he says: ”As a possibilist, I see all this progress, and it fills me with conviction and hopes that further progress is possible. This is not optimistic. It is having a clear and reasonable idea about how things are. It is having a worldview that is constructive and useful.”
352 pages, Flatiron Books 2020
Updated Edition: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential
by Dr Carol Dweck
I really think this is an essential read not only for all parents and teachers but also for business people. It’s an eye-opening take on our mindset and the way we navigate through life adopting a fixed or growth mindset. Developing and cultivating the latter is essential to achieving personal and professional success. The book offers plenty of real examples and lessons I was able to apply in my everyday life to not only understand myself and others better but step out of my comfort zone and encourage others to do the same.
320 pages, Random House 2017
Zero to one
Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
by Peter Thiel
If you are an entrepreneur just starting a business, thinking about one or you are part of a completely new product or start-up, this is a great book to read. How can you create something completely new without copying what’s already been done and create value and profit in the longterm? It doesn’t only provide tips on how to by creating a monopoly, maintaining a monopoly, but also inspires you by claiming we can shape our own future.
224 pages, Currency 2014
The Psychology of Persuasion
by Robert B. Cialdini
I discovered this book during a workshop when working in a customer facing role. It’s clear that the art of persuasion has always existed but because it comes so natural to us, sometimes we forget it is there. This book describes six principles of influence and persuasion and the psychology behind it. Because of constant interactions with others, I believe it’s good to be able to recognise certain behaviour, defend yourself from the influence of others as well use it for taking the right decision and building and designing products accepted by users.
336 pages, Harper Business 2006
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