Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Made to Stick

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others DieMade to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Made to Stick is an inspiring book about how some things stay and how some others don't.

The book's outline follows the acronym "SUCCES" (with the last s omitted). Each letter refers to a characteristic that can help make an idea "sticky":
  • Simple — find the core of any idea
  • Unexpected — grab people's attention by surprising them
  • Concrete — make sure an idea can be grasped and remembered later
  • Credible — give an idea believability
  • Emotional — help people see the importance of an idea
  • Stories — empower people to use an idea through narrative

“The first problem of communication is getting people's attention.”  

“To make our communications more effective, we need to shift our thinking from "What information do I need to convey?" to "What questions do I want my audience to ask?” 


Monday, 13 July 2015

Creativity, Inc.

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True InspirationCreativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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A great book about the history of Pixar and Ed Catmull. I really enjoyed it.
Here some of the best quotes of the book.

“If you give a good idea to a mediocre team, they will screw it up. If you give a mediocre idea to a brilliant team, they will either fix it or throw it away and come up with something better.” 

“Be patient. Be authentic. And be consistent. The trust will come.” 

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Friday, 1 May 2015

Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free ProductivityGetting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Best 10 quotes about GTD:


  1. Just because you are struggling does NOT mean you are failing.  Every great success requires some kind of struggle to get there.
  2. It doesn’t matter if you’ve failed or if you’ve been beaten.  All that matters is that you learn something, get back up, and try again.  Because winning is a good feeling, but winning when nobody else thought you could is an awesome feeling.
  3. Stop beating yourself up.  You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.  Read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
  4. ‘Finished last’ will always be better than ‘Did not finish’, which always trumps ‘Did not start.’
  5. Don’t think too much, or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place.
  6. Thinking too long about doing something is often the reason it never gets done.
  7. If you truly want to change your life, you must first change your mind.
  8. Most great things in your life won’t happen by chance, they will happen by choice
  9. Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin.  Beginning makes the conditions perfect.
  10. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.


Sunday, 12 April 2015

Friday, 6 March 2015

Katy Perry in Concert in Zurich

Great show! We loved it!






Thursday, 19 February 2015

Family Lunch