Understanding the nature of my job as a flight attendant, I do spend most of the time in the air. As a result, I always take with me a book to read during a very long trip or during some night stop away from my home. As an avid reader, I have a huge collection of movie tie-ins, biography books, comics, in paperback, hardback or in an e-ink format (for Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s NOOK), which I can be only proud of.
Recently, I subscribed to kobo.com, which offers a large collection of downloadable books that you can read them right into your iPad while on the go. . I subscribed to Goodreads.com as well which keeps track of my collection. I plan to buy a copy of Collectorz.com, a powerful software that classifies all your collections of books on your computer and on the cloud.
You can check out my collection of books I read in the menu “What I Read”.
Bill Gates’s Business at the Speed of Thoughts (1999)
Business @ The Speed of Thought lays out Gates’s vision of the near future in worldwide business and society. His underlying message: You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. For all the productivity gains registered by businesses in the past decade through the skillful deployment of technology, the hot-wired organizations of the 21st century hold the promise of even greater progress.
The book is full of real-world examples of companies whose digital nervous systems are making them more efficient and profitable by improving the flow of information among decision-makers at all levels. Not all of these systems are necessarily produced by Microsoft. Gates uses his company’s inner workings to show the processes that go into digitizing a business, but he also candidly discusses Microsoft’s, and his own, failures of strategic vision in the past most notably its tardiness in embracing the internet’s potential.
Gates makes a persuasive argument that technology can be a liberating force. In businesses, improved digital information systems can empower employees to move beyond carrying out orders and take more initiative on their own. Beyond business in education, government, and elsewhere in society the same systems can benefit the common good.
Nashville journalist E. Thomas Wood is the author of Karski: How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust (Wiley)