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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?
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 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?