For so long, I carried mountains. My exit from the corporate world taught me that those mountains I am carrying: I was only supposed to climb.
"Perhaps we are all immigrants. Trading one home for another. First we leave the womb for air. Then the suburbs for the filthy city in search of a better life. Some of us just happen to leave entire countries."
A year ago, I shut down my social media accounts. I also removed all unnecessary Apps and notifications from my IPhone. That was not new to me as in many instances earlier, I had done a series of digital detox. When I got more familiar with Newport’s theory, I was delighted that there was actually a movement towards digital minimalism: the art of knowing how much technology is just enough!
Love stories come in different shapes and forms. I have read love stories from ancient ages and other modern ones. What I miss in the stories of the XX century is the enigma. I will be reviewing a legend from the Middle Age. It may not seem relatable. However, it is. In many ways.
A friend of mine reported being told she was too young for a promotion. In the same year, she gave birth to her first baby. In the next immediate promotion cycle, she was told she was too old.
I urge you not to beat yourself up. We tend to do so especially women. This book equips you with a dose of confidence as it unleashes myths about ability and achievement. If you are a lone brilliant person, read this book.
It is fair to say that this is a poignant story demonstrating fierce independence and liberated sexuality. Above all, this is the story of a man's first love.
As you read this book, you are caught by the story. This is not a typical self-help book. It is actually a story told in a very smooth style. The messages that the author tries to convey are subtle and they come to the reader close to self-realization. I loved the characters in the book as well as the flow of events that are quite thrilling.
The purpose of the blogpost is not to define success rather to understand - similarly to the objective of the book - how a novel is written, how a masterpiece is painted, and how a symphony is composed.
The book is quite brutal as the author dared to qualify Harvard as a "factory for unhappy people". He wrote long chapters about the burnouts, the booze-luge, the high-flyer, and more.
Many know Peter Thiel as a famous American entrepreneur who co-founded a number of companies including PayPal. Thiel is also the author of one of my favorite business books: Zero to One.
Many people in my entourage will probably read this post with a lot of skepticism; some will probably not even read beyond the next paragraph.
A while ago I started a blogpost with a question: “what would you do if you were not afraid”? I cannot remember the number of times I asked myself this question. Yet, in the past few months, I have asked myself a different question: “do you do things out of fear or out of love”? Over time, I also learned to ground myself through another important question: “would you rather be happy or right”? I have recently read a book called “so good they can’t ignore you” by Cal Newport.
Brain Rules is a book written by John Medina that speaks in a scientific way about the principles for surviving and thriving at work, home, and school. The principles are based on research and case studies at the intersect of neuroscience, psychology, and biology.
Obama chose to write her story in order to challenge readers to think through what she did as she was writing her book – answer two key questions: who we are and who do we want to become.
Some qualify this book as a meditation on the roots of international order and disorder. Kissinger, the author, is one of notable diplomats of the modern era. He was the security adviser for a number of presidents and he spent his life studying foreign policy events. In this book, Kissinger reveals the challenge of the twenty-first century: how to bring order into a world where perspectives are contradictory.
This is not a random book that fades away a few years later. Not only because it won the New York Times Notable Book for 2011, the Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and the Kirkus Reviews Best non-fiction all in the same year.
This book is almost like a transcript for Sinek’s TedTalk in 2009 (third most watched TedTalk to date). Since then, Sinek has created a movement. He aims to transform the way we work.
Sapiens is a book that surveys the history of humankind. It covers the evolution of humans from the Stone Age through the 21st century.
I started to follow Joyce Meyer back in 2005. Since then I have read two of her books (Battlefield of the Mind and Making Good Habits). I also got addicted to her audio-book series around offense. I personally like Joyce Meyer for a very simple reason: she realized that the Bible is the best leadership book. She also activated this realization in her ministries, books, and other platforms. My friend Ken likes her as much as I do. He reviewed her flagship book, Battlefield of the Mind. I thank him for this; hoping Ken and I are able to inspire you in leading a life of love, respective, mindfulness, integrity, forgiveness, kindness, and joy.
My friend Ken McKellar was generous enough to contribute for the second time to my blog. I happen to have read this book. I would definitely not have been able to review this book as beautifully as Ken did hereunder. Enjoy reading!
Dear book addicts, I am so happy that the request from guest contributors is increasing. Here is a post by Farah Al Dabbagh. Farah is a very talented young Saudi woman who I got the chance to work with. She literally embodies a future thought leader. I am honored to have her write on my blog as we share a common passion: books. I wanted to make sure that she is given the space to express herself, freely. I am thrilled to have a woman guess contributor from the Kingdom.
This book was a big inspiration for me. We live in a world that is uncertain, volatile, and ambiguous. Brown speaks about how we are emotionally exposed. She demonstrates with data and examples, how vulnerability drives courage. Courage does not define losses and wins. It describes our attitude towards life, towards tough situations, towards difficult people. Being vulnerable means that we are not accepting low standards for ourselves. Being vulnerable means that we are enough.
Purpose in corporate life is a key aspiration for our times. It is simply not enough now, for various reasons, to fulfill our own or our organization’s objectives in corporate life. The wider objectives of a civilized society also need to be addressed and aligned with individual and organizational objectives in a three-sector approach. In her thorough and fascinating book, Anitta Hoffmann returns to this three-sector approach time and time again.
I am very happy to announce that I will be adding, going forward, a star rating to every book review. I thought that this will ease readers’ selection for books you would like to read. It is visual, consistent, and easy to understand.
The book portrays how culture is invisible yet it makes or breaks relations whether those are personal or professional. The author draws on her experience, research and studies, and personal observations. Meyer writes in a very subtle way. At times, the book seems funny as well especially when she speaks about incidents she herself went through.
I read “turnaround” back in 2003. It was the first year of my bachelor’s in economics. Back then I only knew that Ghosn was a leader in adopting so many cultures having rescued four companies on four continents. This book was enlightening and I highly recommend reading it at this time as Ghosn is facing the harshest turmoil in his life. He has been in a Japanese jail since November 2018 accused of financial wrongdoing.
Lean In is a management guide. And this is not what I will be writing about. As much as it contains practical for sailing through the challenges that arise in career advancement (the author describes as a “jungle gym”), this is not what I liked about the book.
The book is about a Jewish family’s exodus from old Cairo to the new world. It is actually a memoir full of stories about family, tragedy, and triumph. This is a book I recommend particularly if you are passionate about politics. Still, you would enjoy it if you would like to read a memoir (something I personally enjoy very much).
It is about how we can achieve more by doing less in a world full of distractions and what the author calls “daily barrage” of emails, texts, tweets, meetings, and “other things”.
If you are struggling to develop joyful thoughts, if you are on the lookout of your life's mission and calling, if you are searching for ways to cultivate self discipline, if you wish to understand how time is your most important commodity, and many more sufferings we want to heal and other secrets we wish to uncover: this book is for you.
Back in 2012, I met Tarek, a colleague and a friend. He recommended a book: a man’s search for meaning. We were both passionate about psychology. He was the first person to introduce me to logotherapy. I then learned that Frankl was the founder of logotherapy based on his experience and theories around the need to find purpose in order to be motivated, fulfilled, and happy.
If you run a quick Google search about Derek Sivers you will get to see that he is a writer, an entrepreneur, and an “avid student of life”. I allow myself to say that Sivers is a philosopher and in his book, “anything you want”, he lays the ground for a philosophy about life, work, and Love.
I read this book about a year ago and it soon became among my favorite books. In French we call it “livre de chevet”, a book you keep by your bed, one you read more than once, one you open at random pages at random times.
A dear friend recommended this book to me. As I read a related excerpt, I did not know why I would be interested - being in my early thirties - by a book about those who are above age fifty. To be fair, it was not about them per se rather about “how to stay relevant in the second half of your career” as the author puts it.
I decided to review the book of a person I discovered through a YouTube video rather than a book. I got to know her as I watched her commencement speech at Smith College in 2013. I fell on her bestselling book. I am speaking about Arianna Huffington who wrote Thrive where she basically redefined success through health, wellbeing, wisdom, and wonder.
This is a book written by George Leonard. The author is an aikido master. He describes in the book how this practice helps him realize increased fulfillment throughout his life. However, he does not restrict his research and his thoughts to martial arts. In fact, he draws upon many other examples from various walks of life.
I usually honor my promises. This is the first book review for “Grit” by Angela Duckworth. I read this book earlier in October 2018. I was initially fascinated by Angela’s TED talk about perseverance and passion.
You might be wondering why this site’s name is in French, and what it actually means. Well, I thought so!
This is the introduction to my reading and book review blog. Stay tuned!
Dear readers – This is a post by my friend and frequent contributor Ken. Ken decided to review a book called The English Patient. I learned about this book and the related movie at a young age. They are both my mother’s favorites. It is quite a disarming story. The reason may be that I have lived in a warzone and in a war period; I may be able to relate to what wars destroy: Love and Lives.
Thank you Ken for yet another generous contribution into my blog. I have had the luxury of watching The Letters of Abelard and Heloise on stage... I thought it was harsh to see how love hurts. I am not sure how it would feel when one reads it.
As I promised you, I will promise subscribers with more "artistic" reviews. I will next review Tristan and Isolde (Iseult for the francophone) - the influential love story factoring in thoughts around Wagner related Prelude.
This post is written by my friend Ken Mckellar who is a frequent contributor to my blog. For new subscribers, my first language is not English. It is French hence the name of my blog. It is a reminder to myself about how writing and reading helped me sharpen my English without forgetting my French.
Thank you Ken for reviewing a French book for the first time on this blog knowing that French is not your first language. Kudos!
For those who are new to my blog, my friend Ken Mckellar is a regular contributor whose generosity is quite disarming. He was keen to share with me another review for a book he has read. I happen to have watched the related movie. It was a British movie released in 2010. The story also inspired a series starring Suranne Jones: The Gentleman Jack. Enjoy the review and if you are a fan of this genre (Non Fiction. Biography. LGBT. History), you can purchase the book here.
Goodbye to Berlin teaches an important lesson for our times. Totalitarian regimes never burst on to the scene: they creep up stealthily, step-by-step, on a vulnerable population hungry for change. And before the population knows it, the dictator is in control. By the time Isherwood published his novel, seven years later, Europe was at war.