Gustavo Ballvé on November 3rd, 2016

Booz & Co.’s Strategy + Business publication has a story with their top-3 management books of 2016 – part of a larger story on the best Business books overall. Long-time readers of this blog should be at least a little bit enticed by two of those books: one is by Robert “Persuasion” Cialdini and the other has a title to die for (“The Process Matters: Engaging and Equipping People for Success”).

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Gustavo Ballvé on July 26th, 2016

An update to last week’s post with two reading lists can only mean one thing… more books! These lists are wide-ranging in nature, coming from TED speakers and Farnam Street Blog members, a multidisciplinarian crowd if there ever was any. Enjoy!

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Gustavo Ballvé on July 19th, 2016

Shamelessly I return to reading lists, one from McKinsey & Co. and the other from Harvard Business School. If you don’t know whether to thank me or hate me (“I haven’t finished the last books I bought and here comes an interesting list…”), I completely understand you.

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Gustavo Ballvé on December 28th, 2015

On December 23rd I posted a few lists of must-read articles, as selected by David Brooks, Tadas Viskantas and Meb Faber. For part two of this Holiday Special we skip articles altogether and link to “The Must-Read SlideShares of 2015”. Very interesting stuff there, and after you choose your presentations of interest there will be plenty of related decks worth checking out.

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Gustavo Ballvé on December 23rd, 2015

A blog that started in 2009 must have its traditions by now. One of them is trying to post, every year-end, a compilation of must-read articles as curated by others. Here’s a “list of lists” of worthwhile articles and I’ll post part two on Monday. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas for those who celebrate it!

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Gustavo Ballvé on August 29th, 2013

It’s been a while since my last post and the explanation is simple: earnings season, a perfect occasion to test hypotheses and reconnect with contacts in the industries we cover – but also a perfect storm of incoming noise regarding companies we own (or would like to, at the right price). In any aspect, a huge but immensely rewarding time drain (I should say “investment”)! Farnam St. blog has just interviewed Michael Mauboussin and it’s a good read, especially because Shane Parrish asks about how Mauboussin developed into his current role and it’s an interesting story.

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Gustavo Ballvé on July 1st, 2013

Pretty good book list by Dealbook editor Andrew Ross Sorkin. I’d also recommend his own book on the 2007-08 crisis called “Too Big To Fail”, “The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons from Corporate America”, “When Genius Failed” and “Fooled by Randomness” as other can’t-miss books – and I know I am leaving way too many great books unmentioned, so there are a few links inside to previous “reading list” posts in (and a bonus for those who click through).

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Gustavo Ballvé on May 25th, 2012

Farnam St. blog had an interesting, multidisciplinary reading list for the Northern hemisphere summer coming up. By now I hope readers have realized that I love these lists, but the usual warning applies: there’s only so much time in a day and reading should be prioritized according to your own long-term “strategic objectives”, while still allowing for fun, serendipity-type reading. Good luck with that!

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Gustavo Ballvé on February 16th, 2012

The Farnam Street blog, always a great source, has two posts with recommended reading lists by two very interesting authors and thinkers: Robert Cialdini and Nassim Taleb. Between the two, there’s definitely good reading to be done.

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Gustavo Ballvé on December 9th, 2011

Two quick notes: we like reading and book lists, but this post by Farnam Street Blog is taking it into the obsession realm – unless one is really trying to build up his or hers anti-library. On Netflix: CEO Reed Hastings has some people confused with his comparisons of NFLX to Bank of America and the Oakland A’s.

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