Here are some quotes I highlighted while reading HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Strategy. The essence of strategy is in the activities—to perform activities differently or to perform different activities than rivals. Otherwise, a strategy is nothing more than a marketing slogan that will not withstand competition. Strategic positions emerge from three distinct sources, which… Read more

There was a time when I read about fitness and nutrition websites for hours. I tried to work out and follow exactly what I read online, but I came nowhere close to getting the six-pack abs. I almost gave up on the idea—until a friend who challenged me to a bet said: “If you don’t… Read more

As a music producer I sometimes produce MIDI orchestra that is meant to accompany a choir or vocal performance. Here are a few things to consider when working on such a project. work with the choir director or conductor to spell out all tempo changes to make the music seemingly natural. Ritardando or accelerando are not enough… Read more

I hire freelance musicians all the time to produce music for my clients. I’m ok at orchestration, but I’m not good at other skills, like mixing and mastering, or arranging in a certain genre of music. Sometimes it’s faster to get other musicians and engineers onboard to create the music that delights the client. This is what I… Read more

If you produce music, you have to interpret the instruction of the client and relay to whoever that you’ve hired to do the job (freelance arranger, audio engineer, composer, etc). If you’re in that shoe, you really have to do your communication right. Here are my thoughts. A) Don’t just relay the client’s instruction to the… Read more

The timeless idea of “focusing on one thing” never gets old. It’s a great read and certainly better than reading a bunch of low quality blog posts with a headline like, “10 Ways to Blah…”   Below are my notes. My Notes “What’s the ONE Thing you can do this week such that by doing… Read more

[Book Notes] Essentialism

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckeown has been on my radar for sometime now. It’s only a little more than 250 pages so I gave it a try. It was a good book to rethink about my priorities and sort out vital few from trivial many. The thesis of the book, as the title suggests, is to… Read more

I’ve set my goal of reading one book a week for 2014, and Cal Newport’s “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” was in my reading list. The premise of the book is that, “Follow your passion” is bad advice. Instead, you should focus on developing rare and valuable skills, and passion will follow after you’ve… Read more

[Book Notes] Rework

A tech company has no office, no meetings, and focuses on simplification instead of expansion. 37signals is a small tech company that has become hugely successful with its web app products. The founders share how they ran their business in a collection of essays, Rework.

This book contains nuggets of wisdom about productivity and running a business. I love how their writing cuts to the chase and helps me focus on essentials.