Articles, Ideas, and Books That Have Changed My Life As an Entrepreneur

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Books, skmurphy, Tools for Startups

This is a start articulating a set of resources for entrepreneurs that are for the most part not yet widely appreciated as applicable to entrepreneurship but that have had a significant impact on my perspective. I welcome any suggestions or lists from readers for what has influenced you, and opened you to new perspectives on your entrepreneurial journey.

What follows are my two year old answers, in no particular order to a question on Hacker News:  Articles, Ideas, Books and/or Concepts that have changed your life.

I developed the list thinking about my approach to business and entrepreneurship, which is narrower than “life” and accounts for a lack of spiritual, marital, self-mastery, and personal improvement books and ideas.

  • Myers-Briggs Model for Personality
  • Four Steps to the Epiphany” by Steve Blank
  • John Boyd’s OODA Loop as a model for competitive decision making
  • Decision Analysis techniques: in particular
    • decision trees,
    • expected value of perfect information,
    • “good decision, bad outcome.”
  • BATNA (best alternative to a negotiated agreement) concept for negotiation planning
  • Secrets of Consulting” by Gerald M. Weinberg
  • Bionomics: Economy as Ecosystem” by Michael Rothschild
  • SimCity computer game
  • Analysis of Competing Hypotheses methodology
  • wiki (social process) model for small team collaborative document development
  • community of practice model for knowledge management
  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert Heinlein (in particular TANSTAAFL)
  • activation energy, catalyst, and phase change concepts from physics/chemistry
  • Amplify Positive Deviance model from Jerry Sternin (Save the Children)
  • The Empowered Manager” by Peter Block, in particular his trust vs. agreement matrix
  • Crossing the Chasm” & “Inside the Tornado” by Geoffrey Moore
  • Maneuver Warfare Handbook” by William Lind
  • “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life” by Daniel Amen
  • Micromotives and Macrobehavior” by Thomas Schelling
  • Appreciative Inquiry Techniques

Here are a few more techniques or perspectives that I have added upon some further reflection.

August-16 2014: Two more after more reflection

  • TacOps computer game – you provide doctrine and guidelines to units with limited intelligence of overall situation but cannot micromanage.
  • Johari Window especially the blind spot and facade.

Wed-June-24 2015 Another triggered by a post by Valdis Krebs (@orgnet)

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