Une fable numérique à la fois superficielle et profondément inquiétante : “Transparence” de Marc Dugain

Je rentre de vacances sur la côte Atlantique et prends le temps d’écrire – avant de me replonger dans les nombreux projets de la rentrée – quelques lignes sur Transparence, un roman d’anticipation qui place la collecte et l’usage des données personnelles au cœur d’une vision très particulière de notre monde en 2068.

Malheureusement, malgré quelques rebondissements savoureux, l’histoire est assez peu intéressante et une grande partie du livre est dédiée à critiquer de manière peu subtile la société actuelle. Mais j’ai trouvé cette critique parfois très juste, et la vision proposée a certainement de quoi nous faire réfléchir.

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Joachim Gaucks “Toleranz” ist eine wichtige Erinnerung an das, was Menschen verbindet

Ich habe das Buch des vorherigen Bundespräsidenten (geschrieben mit der Journalistin Helga Hirsch) vor knapp einem Jahr in Düsseldorf gekauft, und es lange liegen gelassen.

Erstens, weil ich Abends und während meiner Wochenenden nicht immer Lust hatte, ein Buch aufzuschlagen, dass so ein “schweres” Thema angeht. Zweitens, weil mir damals die ersten Seiten den Eindruck gegeben haben, dass das Buch viel hitorischer und philophischer war, als ich es erwartet hätte (was in den späteren Kapiteln nicht mehr der Fall ist).

In den diesjährigen Sommerferien habe ich mich endlich dazu entschlossen, es zu Ende zu lesen… und ich habe es sehr genossen. Hier teile ich einige meiner Lieblingspassagen. Continue reading →

Benjamin Franklin’s List of 13 Virtues

I have just finished Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography (full text here), a short and entertaining read written in 18th century English. Once you get used to the prose, it becomes very enjoyable to read. I learned a lot about the founding father, his life and travels (including that he started writing the autobiography just across the Seine, in 1784), his views, skills, inventions and various projects as a public servant.

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In February: A couple of books, a cool event format & Ubernomics

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This month, I am only sharing a single online article, one about academic research at Uber, and it dates back to October 2018 (it somehow showed up in my Twitter timeline last week). But besides, this month I just write about two books I have finished in February, one about economic warfare and another about information management, as well as a business speed-dating event format I have discovered: les BigBoss. Continue reading →

I loved “Five Dysfunctions of a Team” – What else would you recommend?

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I’ve recently written about my first years as a manager, the satisfactions and difficulties, the doubts and achievements that come with it. I’m pretty open about it for 2 reasons. First: I’ve always liked sharing and writing, so why shun this subject? Second, I believe I can learn from those who read – and will react to – it both online and offline.

So let me write about this book I just finished, that I found absolutely brilliant. Those who have MBAs and/or are versed to management literature probably know it already; those who don’t (like me) should. And here’s why. Continue reading →

My favorites of December: Armstrong’s investment, Google friendship & Future of books

Here google friendship new yorkerare my 6 favorite articles of December 2018, the last of a great year 2018 (despite the problems in the world and the worries we all have, I like to look at it positively). You’ll find a couple of articles about branding and the Parisian startup scene, but also 2 longer pieces about “the Google friendship”  and the future of books. Continue reading →

Crazitivity: A review of Butzi’s great book about creative self-confidence

Butzi is a friend, a magician, a keynote speaker and (now) an author. I’ve just finished his first book, in which he introduces a concept he’s quite passionate about: “crazitivity.” Take it as a mantra, a way of looking at life; not as a theoretical concept or method (even though Butzi says it’s a brainstorming technique) to come up with better ideas.

Butzi – real name Johannes Alinhac – uses the 150 pages of his book to make a point about the importance of creative self-confidence and the value of following one’s instincts. What makes the book powerful and interesting is that he is a living proof of what he writes. He shares many anecdotes about ideating for his magic tricks and freaking out when he first presented them to his audiences, from his parents to major corporate clients… This is what I found most impactful to bring his message across. Continue reading →