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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

I won this book from the softlayer challenge I took part in last year but never got around to reading it. It was sent by the guys at the Singapore office

I’ve a paper copy…

…but also picked up a copy on my kindle to be able to bring it around easily. I’m plowing through the book and practicing a little speed reading at the same time (one saccade per line).

It’s interesting how our fast thought and our deliberate thought are occasionally at odds with one another and how our gut feels are sometimes substitute an easy question for a hard one without us knowing. Lousy example would be “Is it wise to do A?” is substituted with “Do I like A?” or “Should I buy this stock?” substituted with “What’s today’s price?”

If you’re interested, a random book review I haven’t read over here should have a little more detail should you require it.

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Why is culture so important to a business? Here is a simple way to frame it. The stronger the culture, the less corporate process a company needs. When the culture is strong, you can trust everyone to do the right thing. People can be independent and autonomous. They can be entrepreneurial. And if we have a company that is entrepreneurial in spirit, we will be able to take our next “(wo)man on the moon” leap. Ever notice how families or tribes don’t require much process? That is because there is such a strong trust and culture that it supersedes any process. In organizations (or even in a society) where culture is weak, you need an abundance of heavy, precise rules and processes.

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