How Google Works – Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

How Google Works is another great book from Silicon Valley. Many Technology Business bestsellers tend to originate from Silicon Valley.  Thanks, Eric and Jonathan for offering insights on Google. I think the intent of writing this book is also to help people at Google. (A great orientation guide). You both have been very generous investing your time writing this book. At DCKAP, I have recommended everyone to read How Google Works. It helps in transparency and also to build on our skills. Here are notes I took from the book. read more

Entrepreneurship for Kids

Workshop / Course Content:

This is a 2-day workshop Saturday (July 21) and Sunday (July 22) from 10 am to 12:30 pm. In this workshop kids will learn basics of entrepreneurship, managing money, saving, sharing and spending. The course will also encourage reading habits for the kids. Encourage kids to ask questions and also inculcate the habit of saving. Kids will be asked to come up with entrepreneurial ideas that solve problems and take part in entrepreneurial group discussions with other kids.

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Entrepreneurship for Kids

Prerequisites for attending

A Book that you have completed reading and would also like to donate to other kids. read more

Measure What Matters – John Doerr

Readers are Leaders. When you read, some books leave a lasting impact on you and will help  change life (or) company habits. Measure What Matters, John Doerr is one such book.

Measure What Matters - John Doerr

Measure What Matters – John Doerr

We have had quarterly goals at DCKAP and been doing it for a few years. The same has had a big impact to our organization’s productivity. One thing we didn’t do was set Goals for the CEO (though a few employees asked about it). I thought my goals need not be shared and could be kept personal for me to track. After reading John’s book, one of the first things I did was publish my goal on the company forum.  Everyone in the company knows what our priorities are and will focus on the right things. read more

The Virgin Way , Richard Branson

Thanks to Aliso Viejo, CA Library, got to read The Virgin Way, by  Richard Branson. When you run a business or manage a team , reading books like The Virgin Way is inspiring and also teaches you business lessons.

The Virgin Way - Richard Branson

Taking notes & listening:  Even if you are a CEO, listen more and take notes during any meeting – this is a great lesson learnt reading this book. Often times during meetings we tend to interrupt (thinking we look smarter) – however it makes the person on the other end of the meeting look bad. I have interrupted teammates  multiple times.  Instead take notes and when the other person completes his conversation, address the questions or maybe they would have answered your questions already. Go to the employees work place and discuss, you will learn more (rather than having them come to your place). I remember reading this in another book. Listening & Taking notes makes you look smart and is also very effective. read more