10 Tips for books and podcasts from our podcast guests

By 16 April 2020Uncategorized

10 Tips for books and podcasts from our podcast guests

Whether you are thriving or not, by now you have probably gotten used to the fact that almost all of us are working from home. Of course, this has plenty of disadvantages, but fortunately it also has some benefits. For example, there’s more time for personal development (if you don’t have kids running around all day long).

Because we feel that it’s important to stay inspired and informed in these trying times, we have asked several guests of our podcast Innovative Leaders by INFO to share their favorite books and podcasts with us. You’ll find them below.

 

BOOKS

 

1. Sapiens & Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari

“I hardly ever listen to podcasts, but if we’re talking books I’m very much into the books of Yuval Noah Harari. I’m very impressed by them.”

Andrew Berkhout – Managing director at Greenwheels

In Homo Deus Harari explains what the current technological revolution will mean for humanity. His previous book, Sapiens, describes the flight humans have taken since prehistoric times. Both books challenge the established order of things.

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2. A good night’s sleep, Peter Buurman

“This book takes you to a dream world and teaches you how to question what’s really real.”

Pieter Zwart – Editor in chief at Voetbal International

It’s most people’s worst nightmare: to find a burglar in their house. For the main characters of A good night’s sleep however, it means the start of a magical friendship.

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3. Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, Mike Isaac

“Insanely cool book about a start-up that grows into a multi-billion-dollar company and all the craziness, fights and – in the end – opportunities that come with it. This book will have your jaw dropping to the floor with amazement and your lips smiling with enthusiasm.”

Jorn de Vries – Managing director at Flitsmeister

Super pumped: the battle for Uber tells the story of the rise of Uber and the accompanying demise of its CEO and founder, Travis Kalanick. Journalist Mike Isaac compellingly explains how Kanalick brutally destroyed everyone in his way and at the sime describes what is wrong with Silicon Valley.

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4. Handbook Informal Investment, Erwin Koenraads

“A book that was written by an informal investor who explains his approach through tips and tricks. A couple of open doors, but a nice to read nevertheless for both investors and entrepreneurs. It really helps you to relate to what is going on in the mind of an investor.”

Jorn de Vries – Managing director at Flitsmeister

As every investor knows, investing is not an exact science. This doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t ways to increase the chances of success and prevent expensive(!) mistakes. Handbook Informal Investment is for investors that have just started out or that have yet to embark on their investment adventure. The book also features interviews with experienced investors that shine their light on several different subjects.

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5. Delivering happiness, Tony Hsieh

“This has grown from a management book to a full-fledged culture coaching program.”

Maxim Romain – CEO at Dott

In recent decades there has been a lot to do about corporate culture. More and more often people choose a company because they like the culture and not because they’re offering a higher salary or a lease car. In Delivering happiness, Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh, describes how he developed his corporate culture, which mostly focuses on increasing the quality of life of employees, salespeople and supporters.

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6. FLOW and the art of doing business, Jan Bommerez

“The book is a little old, but it helped me tremendously. Lots of things fall in place when you read the descriptions about the how of an event. I feel that every entrepreneur should have read this book at least once and should re-read it every once in a while in order to keep making sense of things and to maintain the ‘flow’.

Sven Snel – CEO at MOBIAN

This book finds itself halfway between a workbook and an inspiring story about how to enrich your life. The authors challenge their readers to become more aware of the balance between being and doing, inside and outside, internally and externally, all the terminology we learned from author Csikszentmihalyi’s flow approach.

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7. Think and grow rich, Napoleon Hill

“FLOW leaves you curious to read this book and explains a couple of things. That is why it’s better to read this book after.”

Sven Snel – CEO at MOBIAN

This book is known as the ultimate classic when it comes to personal development, growth and success. Even though it was written in the first half of the 19th century (almost 200 years ago!), the truths and wisdom Napoleon Hill describes are still relevant today. You could use this book to become a millionaire, but it’s meant to be a guide for a happy and successful life.

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PODCASTS

 

8. A podcast about media, Alexander Klöpping & Ernst-Jan Pfauth

“This podcast provides a good insight in the wonderful world of media, which is especially nice during these times. Klöpping and Pfauth have been friends for years and have been talking about the media this way since they met each other.”

Pieter Zwart – Editor in chief at Voetbal International

Essentially this podcast consists of the bar talks that Klöpping and Pfauth have about the media. They’re both highly experienced experts – Klöpping is the founder of Blendle and Pfauth is the CEO of De Correspondent – and therefore have some very interesting opinions and inside information to share about all kinds of media-related topics.

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9. Business Wars, Wondery

“This podcast is about the battle between major competitors. Think Netflix vs. HBO or Red Bull vs. Monster. These stories are told in a very compelling way and provide a good insight into the origin of these companies and the strategic choices that have been made in the past. You are now able to place these in perspective, because it concerns many companies that everyone knows.”

Jorn de Vries – Manging director at Flitsmeister

Business Wars provides you with a nice (uncensored!) insight in the inner workings of successful and well-known companies. Nobody is safe…

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10. How I Built This, NPR

“I was especially inspired by the podcasts made with the founders of Patagonia, Five Guys, Lyft & Lonely Planet.”

Maxim Romain – CEO at Dott

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

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