Zapraszam wszystkich moich znajomych (a także nieznajomych) do podjęcia wyzwania w 2018 roku. Być może na postanowienia noworoczne jest już trochę za późno, ale na rozpoczęcie tego konkretnego wyzwania NIGDY nie ma złej pory.

Mój Goodreads Challenge na ten rok – to 30 książek (w tym minimum 50% w języku angielskim).

Cennym narzędziem, które pozwoli systematycznie kontrolować stan realizacji naszego wyzwania, może być “Reading Challenge” na czytelniczym portalu społecznościowym Po założeniu konta możemy zadeklarować liczbę książek, które zamierzamy przeczytać w danym roku. Na podstawie statystyki strona informuje, czy z naszym tempem dodawania książek na półkę “read” zdążymy z realizacją celu do końca roku!

Czy warto się tak chwalić swoim czytelniczym życiem, publicznie podejmując tego typu wyzwania? Na to pytanie każdy musi odpowiedzieć sobie sam, natomiast moim zdaniem odpowiedź jest jedna: WARTO. Badania Biblioteki Narodowej wyraźnie pokazują, że im więcej jest czytelników wokół badanej osoby, tym chętniej ona sama czyta książki. Zaś samo czytanie nie tylko poszerza wyobraźnię, zasób używanych słów, ale też sprawia, że ludzie stają się bardziej empatyczni (w dzisiejszych trudnych czasach to niezwykle istotne). Można stąd wyciągnąć wniosek, że czytając i promując czytelnictwo (choćby przez dawanie przykładu) zmieniamy świat na lepsze.

Ja już mam za sobą w tym roku 3 pozycje które gorąco polecam!

  1. Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons (polska wersja pod tytułem “Fakap”)
  2. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
  3. Kapitalizm, nieznany ideał; Ayn Rand

Kolejne, w trakcie czytania:

  1. Warren Buffet o biznesie (Zasady guru z Omaha) według Richarda J. Connors’a
  2. What the most successful people do before breakfast by Laura Vanderkam
  3. The power of habit: Why we do what we do, and how to change by Charles Duhigg

Na liście must read first:

  1. Winner-take-all Politics (How Washington made the rich richer – and turned its back on the middle class) by Jacob S. Hacker & Paul Pierson
  2. Małe życie; Yanagihara Hanya
  3. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Zachęcam do czytania, Wy zróbcie to samo – czytajcie i zachęcajcie do czytania!


Red Notice – Bill Bowder

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This book unmasks the cover-up mechanisms of the Russian authorities in imprisoning Magnitsky and his brutal murder. When the author discovers more lies, the Kremlin appears like a naked king. Bill Browder, as the head of the fund who employed lawyer Magnitsky, takes readers on a long journey to the world of money in New York and London, through hard battles with oligarchs in a wild post-Soviet landscape, to his expulsion from Russia on the recommendation of Putin.

Browder draws a drastic portrait of Russia in which large-scale criminal activity. Browder sheds light on his transformation, from financier to activist to defending human rights, by campaigning for justice against a deceased lawyer and friend. With fraud, bribery, corruption and torture revealed at every turn; the Red Alert is a shocking but true political roller coaster that takes place at the highest levels of power.

For me, this book is something more. First of all, it is easy to visualise because the action happens in times and places that are easy to imagine. Poland, privatisation of state-owned companies, commercialisation, employee shares, participation certificates – sounds familiar? Yes, very familiar. Secondly, as I read biographies of characters such as Browder, I always have the same feelings, I would like to be born again and manage my professional life differently.

I would highly recommend! (Marek – thank you for recommending this book to me)

Getting Together: Building Relationships As We Negotiate by Fisher and Brown

In the book “Getting Together: Building Relationships As We Negotiate” by Fisher and Brown (which I highly recommend) you will find a healthy recipe for hard negotiations. The book is not very comprehensive but content enough. Written in a textbook, supported by interesting associations for US-Russian negotiations and translatable not only on business but also on private relations.

Authors do not need advertising, just to mention one thing from their professional career:

Roger Fisher – teaches negotiation at the Harvard Law School
Scott Brown – is vice president of the Harvard Negotiation Project

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What is this compulsory reading about?

In both work and personal life, most of us try to avoid unnecessary conflicts. At the same time, we want to always achieve the best results – achieving our goals and dreams. Is it possible, however, to rigorously enforce your opinion, resolve the problem of divergence, and even conflict of interest, while achieving mutual satisfaction?

This book will guide you step by step through the process of negotiating and sustaining lasting relationships – in business, international contacts, friendship and family.

What are the 6 basic steps to success in negotiations?

  1. Rationalism – Find the balance between emotions and reason
  2. Understanding – Explore and understand the way the other side thinks
  3. Communication – Learn to listen and consult decision-making
  4. Credibility – Be fully trustworthy, but do not believe everything
  5. Persuasion – Do not harm relationships, put on affiliate systems
  6. Acceptance – Seriously treat the other side, even if they are incompatible

For details, you have to read about 200 pages or contact me.

Feel free to contact me here

Verbotene Rhetorik – Gloria Beck

Programming minds with a reliable hand manipulation

Encountering: capturing people with suspicions, fears and misconceptions
Attractiveness: the methods of attracting those we care about
Power: the art of giving others what they desire
Let them think they are cleverer than you. Let them think they are winning with you. Let them think that they are in control over themselves. And at the same time let them play the roles you write in the script.

People fall into the role instantly and unconsciously. Make them the right game and obey the commands given in an invisible hand of manipulation. It’s high time for you to take over the heads of the surrounding world. You may think that such books should not seem. That manipulation is dirty and unethical. Yes – but it is also hellishly effective.

Let me give you a morally acceptable reason to explore NLP art: what if you meet an unethical opponent stronger than you, and you can not handle without the grip below the waist? Will you take aces in your sleeve or give up?

Gloria Beck, an experienced pedagogue and philosopher, will teach you to break into human minds using:

Techniques of building superstitions,
Addiction techniques other than themselves,
Techniques for creating authority, which can not be resisted,
Anchoring techniques: Pulling someone’s thoughts into the area that interests you,
Impression management techniques,
Twenty-six other NLP masters techniques.
Draw people into their own game.


Atlas shrugged – Ayn Rand

With adoring fans, rabid critics and very few in between, why does Atlas Shrugged evoke such impassioned responses? Because it grapples with the fundamental problems of human existence — and presents radically new answers.

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand’s last novel, is a dramatisation of her unique vision of existence and of man’s highest potential. Twelve years in the writing, it is her masterwork.

Is the pursuit of profit a noble enterprise or the root of all evil? Is sexual passion an exalted spiritual virtue or a dirty, animalistic voice? Is reason an absolute or is faith an alternative source of truth? Is self-esteem possible or are we consigned to a life of self-doubt and guilt? In what kind of society can an individual prosper, and in what kind of society is he doomed to the opposite fate?

Rand’s worldview emerges in the compelling plot turns of a mystery story, centred on the question “Who is John Galt?”


Lean in – Sheryl Sandberg

The #1 international bestseller

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg reignited the conversation around women in the workplace.

Sandberg is chief operating officer of Facebook and coauthor of Option B with Adam Grant. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TED talk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which has been viewed more than six million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.

Lean In continues that conversation, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can. Sandberg provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career. She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfilment, and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women both in the workplace and at home.

Written with humour and wisdom, Lean In is a revelatory, inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth that will empower women around the world to achieve their full potential.


The Personal Efficiency Program – Kerry Gleeson

A practical guide to getting organized, beating procrastination, and working more efficiently

The Fourth Edition of The Personal Efficiency Program continues the book’s long tradition of helping overwhelmed professionals get their work lives organized to become more effective and efficient. Readers will learn how to stop procrastinating, stop feeling overwhelmed, and start feeling good about their work lives. This new edition contains new chapters on e-mail and meetings, as well as new content on portable communications and how best to utilize tools like cell phones and Blackberries. As always, this edition features Kerry Gleeson’s proven, effective program for helping anyone get organized and become far more productive.