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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

by Carol Dweck

About the book:  World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea—the power of our mindset.   Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success—but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals—personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.   Praise for Mindset   “Everyone should read this book.”—Chip and Dan Heath, authors of Switch and Made to Stick   “Will prove to be one of the most influential books ever about motivation.”—Po Bronson, author of NurtureShock   “A good book is one whose advice you believe. A great book is one whose advice you follow. I have found Carol Dweck’s work on mindsets invaluable in my own life, and even life-changing in my attitudes toward the challenges that, over the years, become more demanding rather than less. This is a book that can change your life, as its ideas have changed mine.”—Robert J. Sternberg, IBM Professor of Education and Psychology at Yale University, director of the PACE Center of Yale University, and author of Successful Intelligence   “If you manage any people or if you are a parent (which is a form of managing people), drop everything and read Mindset.”—Guy Kawasaki, author of The Art of the Start and the blog How to Change the World   “Highly recommended . . . an essential read for parents, teachers [and] coaches . . . as well as for those who would like to increase their own feelings of success and fulfillment.”—Library Journal (starred review)   “A serious, practical book. Dweck’s overall assertion that rigid thinking benefits no one, least of all yourself, and that a change of mind is always possible, is welcome.”—Publishers Weekly   “A wonderfully elegant idea . . . It is a great book.”—Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., author of Delivered from Distraction

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Remote

by Jason Fried,David Heinemeier Hansson

About the book:  For too long our lives have been dominated by the ‘under one roof’ Industrial Revolution model of work. That era is now over. There is no longer a reason for the daily roll call, of the need to be seen with your butt on your seat in the office. The technology to work remotely and to avoid the daily grind of commuting and meetings has finally come of age, and bestselling authors Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson are the masters of making it work at tech company 37signals. Remote working is the future – and it is rushing towards us. Remote: Office Not Required combines eye-opening ideas with entertaining narrative. It will convince you that working remotely increases productivity and innovation, and it will also teach you how to get it right – whether you are a manager, working solo or one of a team. Chapters include: ‘Talent isn’t bound by the hubs’, ‘It’s the technology, stupid’, ‘When to type, when to talk’, ‘Stop managing the chairs’ and ‘The virtual water cooler’. Brilliantly simple and refreshingly illuminating this is a call to action to end the tyranny of being shackled to the office.

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Start With Why

by Simon Sinek

About the book:  Why are some people and organisations more inventive, pioneering and successful than others? And why are they able to repeat their success again and again? In business, it doesn't matter what you do, it matters WHY you do it. Start with Why analyses leaders like Martin Luther King Jr and Steve Jobs and discovers that they all think in the same way - they all started with why. Simon Sinek explains the framework needed for businesses to move past knowing what they do to how they do it, and then to ask the more important question-WHY? Why do we do what we do? Why do we exist? Learning to ask these questions can unlock the secret to inspirational business. Sinek explains what it truly takes to lead and inspire and how anyone can learn how to do it.

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The Lean Startup

by Eric Ries

About the book:  Most new businesses fail. But most of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach to business that's being adopted around the world. It is changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. The Lean Startup is about learning what your customers really want. It's about testing your vision continuously, adapting and adjusting before it's too late. Now is the time to think Lean.

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How To Win Friends and Influence People

by Dale Carnegie

About the book:  You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you! Since its release in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than 15 million copies. Dale Carnegie’s first book is a timeless bestseller, packed with rock-solid advice that has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. As relevant as ever before, Dale Carnegie’s principles endure, and will help you achieve your maximum potential in the complex and competitive modern age. Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.

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The Singularity Is Near

by Ray Kurzweil

About the book:  “Startling in scope and bravado.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times “Artfully envisions a breathtakingly better world.” —Los Angeles Times “Elaborate, smart and persuasive.” —The Boston Globe “A pleasure to read.” —The Wall Street Journal One of CBS News’s Best Fall Books of 2005 • Among St Louis Post-Dispatch’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2005 • One of Amazon.com’s Best Science Books of 2005 A radical and optimistic view of the future course of human development from the bestselling author of How to Create a Mind and The Age of Spiritual Machines who Bill Gates calls “the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence” For over three decades, Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine, in which the knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed, and knowledge-sharing ability of our creations. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Toyota Production System

by Taiichi Ohno

About the book:  In this classic text, the inventor of the Toyota Production System and lean manufacturing combines his candid insights with a rigorous analysis of Toyota's attempts at lean production to explain how lean principles can improve any production-oriented endeavor.

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Makers

by Chris Anderson

About the book:  Commenti Negli ultimi dieci anni abbiamo scoperto nuovi modi per creare, inventare e lavorare insieme sul web. Nei prossimi dieci anni ciò che abbiamo imparato verrà applicato al mondo reale. Questo libro parla dei prossimi dieci anni. In Makers, Chris Anderson ci fa intravedere un futuro “fai da te”, dove se puoi immaginare qualcosa puoi anche realizzarla. Dan Heath, autore di Switch “Chi non condivide i propri progetti sbaglia”. Punto. È anche questa la cultura digitale a cui fa riferimento Anderson: la condivisione e la partecipazione applicata alla produzione di oggetti. E se vi sembra una cultura di nicchia, sappiate che sta dilagando. Riccardo Luna, la Repubblica

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Liquid Modernity

by Zygmunt Bauman

About the book:  In this new book, Bauman examines how we have moved away from a 'heavy' and 'solid', hardware-focused modernity to a 'light' and 'liquid', software-based modernity. This passage, he argues, has brought profound change to all aspects of the human condition. The new remoteness and un-reachability of global systemic structure coupled with the unstructured and under-defined, fluid state of the immediate setting of life-politics and human togetherness, call for the rethinking of the concepts and cognitive frames used to narrate human individual experience and their joint history. This book is dedicated to this task. Bauman selects five of the basic concepts which have served to make sense of shared human life - emancipation, individuality, time/space, work and community - and traces their successive incarnations and changes of meaning. Liquid Modernity concludes the analysis undertaken in Bauman's two previous books Globalization: The Human Consequences and In Search of Politics. Together these volumes form a brilliant analysis of the changing conditions of social and political life by one of the most original thinkers writing today.

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society

by Jeremy Rifkin

About the book:  In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, New York Times bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin describes how the emerging Internet of Things is speeding us to an era of nearly free goods and services, precipitating the meteoric rise of a global Collaborative Commons and the eclipse of capitalism. Rifkin uncovers a paradox at the heart of capitalism that has propelled it to greatness but is now taking it to its death—the inherent entrepreneurial dynamism of competitive markets that drives productivity up and marginal costs down, enabling businesses to reduce the price of their goods and services in order to win over consumers and market share. (Marginal cost is the cost of producing additional units of a good or service, if fixed costs are not counted.) While economists have always welcomed a reduction in marginal cost, they never anticipated the possibility of a technological revolution that might bring marginal costs to near zero, making goods and services priceless, nearly free, and abundant, and no longer subject to market forces. Now, a formidable new technology infrastructure—the Internet of things (IoT)—is emerging with the potential of pushing large segments of economic life to near zero marginal cost in the years ahead. Rifkin describes how the Communication Internet is converging with a nascent Energy Internet and Logistics Internet to create a new technology platform that connects everything and everyone. Billions of sensors are being attached to natural resources, production lines, the electricity grid, logistics networks, recycling flows, and implanted in homes, offices, stores, vehicles, and even human beings, feeding Big Data into an IoT global neural network. Prosumers can connect to the network and use Big Data, analytics, and algorithms to accelerate efficiency, dramatically increase productivity, and lower the marginal cost of producing and sharing a wide range of products and services to near zero, just like they now do with information goods. The plummeting of marginal costs is spawning a hybrid economy—part capitalist market and part Collaborative Commons—with far reaching implications for society, according to Rifkin. Hundreds of millions of people are already transferring parts of their economic lives to the global Collaborative Commons. Prosumers are plugging into the fledgling IoT and making and sharing their own information, entertainment, green energy, and 3D-printed products at near zero marginal cost. They are also sharing cars, homes, clothes and other items via social media sites, rentals, redistribution clubs, and cooperatives at low or near zero marginal cost. Students are enrolling in free massive open online courses (MOOCs) that operate at near zero marginal cost. Social entrepreneurs are even bypassing the banking establishment and using crowdfunding to finance startup businesses as well as creating alternative currencies in the fledgling sharing economy. In this new world, social capital is as important as financial capital, access trumps ownership, sustainability supersedes consumerism, cooperation ousts competition, and "exchange value" in the capitalist marketplace is increasingly replaced by "sharable value" on the Collaborative Commons. Rifkin concludes that capitalism will remain with us, albeit in an increasingly streamlined role, primarily as an aggregator of network services and solutions, allowing it to flourish as a powerful niche player in the coming era. We are, however, says Rifkin, entering a world beyond markets where we are learning how to live together in an increasingly interdependent global Collaborative Commons.

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Zero to One

by Peter Thiel,Blake Masters

About the book:  #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets. The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself. Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique. Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.

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Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None

by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

About the book:  Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None is a philosophical novel by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, composed in four parts between 1883 and 1885 and published between 1883 and 1891. Much of the work deals with ideas such as the "eternal recurrence of the same", the parable on the "death of God", and the "prophecy" of the ร bermensch, which were first introduced in The Gay Science.

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I 55 giorni che hanno cambiato l'Italia

by Ferdinando Imposimato

About the book:  Perché Aldo Moro doveva morire?La storia veraPrefazione di Antonio EspositoDocumenti ineditiTrentacinque anni non sono bastati per far luce sul caso Moro.Inchieste giudiziarie e parlamentari, saggi, articoli e film non sono serviti a illuminare tutte le zone d’ombra del delitto che – forse più di ogni altro nella nostra storia repubblicana – ha colpito la coscienza del Paese e incrinato il rapporto tra società civile e mondo politico. Ecco perché vale ancora la pena di analizzare la dinamica dei 55 giorni di prigionia di Aldo Moro, nel tentativo finalmente di dare delle risposte diverse dalla versione ufficiale dei fatti. Grazie a nuove testimonianze esclusive e documenti inediti, Ferdinando Imposimato – giudice istruttore del caso Moro, su cui non ha mai smesso di indagare – ricostruisce l’agghiacciante scenario del sequestro, con rivelazioni bomba che lasceranno i lettori senza fiato. Perché la verità, finalmente, abbia nomi e cognomi.Hanno scritto di La repubblica delle stragi impunite:«Le verità d’Italia oltre i tribunali: il saggio di Ferdinando Imposimato, un nobile tributo alla memoria.» Antonio Ferrari, Corriere della sera«Non si limita a elencare i fatti di sangue che hanno sconvolto il nostro Paese e riesce invece a offrire una visione d’insieme.»Silvana Mazzocchi, la Repubblica«Occupa un posto unico in quel tipo di letteratura che da tempo ormai ripropone come romanzo la narrazione dei fatti veri. Qui l’alterazione manca del tutto, il verbale è integro, le frasi vere. Eppure la narrazione tiene col fiato sospeso.»Furio Colombo, Il Fatto QuotidianoTra i temi trattati nel libro:* La pista americana contro Moro* Il ruolo della RAF e della STASI* La pista sovietica* Chi sapeva del sequestro?* I giorni di Giuda* I piani Victor e Mike* Dalla Chiesa e Santillo tentarono di salvare Moro* Il ruolo di Gladio«Con il solito coraggio, e con la consueta passione documentale, Ferdinando Imposimato ha ora deciso di rileggere i troppi disastri della cosiddetta strategia della tensione.»Il Sole 24 oreFerdinando ImposimatoNato nel 1936, avvocato penalista, magistrato, è Presidente onorario aggiunto della Suprema Corte di Cassazione. È stato giudice istruttore in alcuni dei più importanti casi di cronaca degli ultimi anni, tra cui il rapimento di Aldo Moro, l’omicidio di Vittorio Bachelet, l’attentato a Giovanni Paolo II. Grand’ufficiale dell’ordine al merito della Repubblica italiana, ha ricevuto diverse onorificenze in patria e all’estero per il suo impegno civile. È stato anche senatore, prima nelle liste del PDS e poi del PD. È autore di numerosi saggi, tra cui ricordiamo Vaticano. Un affare di Stato e, con Sandro Provvisionato, Doveva morire e Attentato al Papa. Con la Newton Compton ha pubblicato nel 2012 La Repubblica delle stragi impunite. Per saperne di più potete visitare la sua pagina Facebook.

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Intervista con la storia

by Oriana Fallaci,Federico Rampini

About the book:  “Non riesco a escludere che la nostra esistenza sia decisa da pochi, dai bei sogni o dai capricci di pochi, dall’iniziativa o dall’arbitrio di pochi... Certo è un’ipotesi atroce. Ancor più sconsolato ti chiedi come siano quei pochi: più intelligenti di noi, più forti di noi, più illuminati di noi, più intraprendenti di noi? Oppure individui come noi, né meglio né peggio di noi, creature qualsiasi che non meritano la nostra collera, la nostra ammirazione, la nostra invidia?” Così scrive la Fallaci nella premessa a Intervista con la storia, testo appassionato e coraggioso che raccoglie le interviste di Oriana alle figure che hanno segnato il corso del secondo Novecento, da Henry Kissinger a Willy Brandt, da Golda Meir a Indira Gandhi, da Arafat a Hussein di Giordania, da Nenni ad Amendola, fino a Giulio Andreotti. Pubblicato nel 1974, il libro trasmette tutta la caparbietà della Fallaci, la sua voglia di capire il mondo e gli uomini, il suo stile inconfondibile, la forza della sua scrittura. E ancora oggi risuona come una condanna spietata del potere, un invito alla disubbidienza, un inno appassionato alla libertà.

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