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This is a book you’ll happily recommend to friends and colleagues many times over. Whilst it might not have the depth of research other Leadership books boast (Good to Great) Simon does a particularly good job of articulating a very clear vision as to what makes great leaders and how they inspire everyone else. Once you grasp the key concepts it will have an immediate impact on how you think about everything you do.
This book was written some time ago. Published back in 2007, a time when “web 2.0” was all the rage and seemed to be the answer to creating new, exciting and engaging web applications. Unlike the web 2.0 fad, the core principles from this book are still very relevant today. From understanding users to refining everything you do, Robert Hoekmans’ Designing the obvious, provides a great framework for approaching the design and continual process of improving web user interfaces.
Ben Horowitz is probably best known as one of two founders of Andreessen Horowitz, a $4 billion venture capital firm formed with Marc Andreessen. With this in mind, before I began to read this great book, I was under the impression it would be heavily focussed on investment. It soon became apparent that it was so much more than that. I was blown away by some incredible stories of highs and lows along with countless pieces of high level advice, any aspiring entrepreneur, manager, executive or CEO would be foolish to ignore.
The importance of finding focus isn’t anything new. It’s something aspiring business people talk about all the time. Everyone knows or is aware of its benefits and yet we all find it so hard to practice. Gary Kellers simple read, The One Thing, offers great insight into focussing your mind, setting goals and getting you on a path to achieving extraordinary results.
I’ve finally completed my first free eBook, focussed on helping small businesses to create more effective websites. Whether you’re fairly new to web design or a small business wondering how you can improve your website, this short eBook is definitely worth a read…
Paul Boag is the Co-founder of Headscape, a unique digital agency that is focused on evolving client websites through meticulous strategy, planning and implementation. There he’s focussed on digital strategy, helping clients create a digital vision…