What we're about

The Business Intellectuals Book Club is an book club dedicated to furthering an intellectual understanding of business and the abstract principles underlying how organizations, people, and products interact within a market environment.

We are primarily an intellectual discussion group. We will try to help you, but also will want to maintain certain boundaries:

1) This group does not exist just to promote your business. We like hearing about cool and exciting things, and we'd like to get to know you, but please be mindful that we're here to talk about exciting and interesting books.

2) This group does not exist to endorse your pet idea. It's great to have ideas, and we love to talk about ideas, but this group exists to explore ideas and even to be humble about these ideas.

3) This group does not exist for your personal stump speech. We're about dialogues, not monologues. We'll love to hear what you have to say, but we'll also need for you to recognize it's a give and take.

4) This group does not exist for the sake of being pretentious. We hope to be honest enough to call the bullshit where it is and to be able to have a relaxed and fun time talking about some classic texts on how the world works.

5) This group does not exist to talk about personal political beliefs or personal religious beliefs. Having a belief system is fine. We're more about a shared space for dialogue on our specific topics.

6) We do exist to discuss the texts we read, to form relationships, and to have a great time while doing this. We do exist to criticize the texts and analyze the arguments. We do exist to be unpretentious and fun while engaging this weighty subject.

Upcoming events (3)

The Design of Design by Frederick Brooks

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We will read the Design of Design by Frederick Brooks, a book on how design(especially in software) works, and how that impacts decision-making and the organization of these decisions. Most things in the world have to be designed, whether these are buildings, items, or software. The book can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Design-Essays-Computer-Scientist/dp/0201362988 A few questions to think on: 1) How do you think proper planning should work? What are the potential downsides of any planning method? 2) Have you designed anything? What went well? What didn't? 3) Are you aware of anything badly designed? What do you think went wrong?

Dialogue by William Isaacs

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Let's discuss Dialogue by William Isaacs. Dialogue is a book about the principles of developing and maintaining an effective dialogue. The book provides practical tips as well as abstract frameworks for understanding how properly handling differences of opinion and perspective is productive. The book can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Dialogue-Thinking-Together-William-Isaacs/dp/0385479999 A few questions to think on: 1) Where and how has dialogue been effective and useful for you? 2) What traps or issues do you sometimes run into when trying to establish dialogue? 3) How do you normally mentally map, model, or symbolize the process of dialogue? Is there a sort of structure that intuitively comes to mind for you? How does it influence the ways you dialogue.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

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The Hard Thing About Hard Things is about Ben Horowitz's experience building a business when times are tough. During a new business venture, things often do not go as planned, and the margins for failure are often smaller than with an established business. Horowitz writes about the grit and mentality needed to succeed in difficult times. The book can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Hard-Thing-About-Things-Building/dp/0062273205 A few questions to think on: 1) How can this entrepreneurial mindset help you overcome hard things in your life? 2) Where and when do the lines between an entrepreneurial venture and a corporate venture emerge? When do these rules apply vs not? 3) How do the problems of small business help us understand business?

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HBR's on Managing Through a Downturn

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