The Prince

This week I read The Prince, written by Niccolò Machiavelli, translated by Ninian Hill Thomson. In a technical discussion centered on deep learning aided computer architecture design space exploration, a colleague brought up the word “machiavelli”. From there, it is trivial for me to trace a path to this book The Prince that in turn … Continue reading The Prince


This week, I read Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert B. Cialdini. If you are interested in this topic, I highly recommend reading this book. Cialdini presents six universal principles of influence: reciprocation, commitment and consistency, social proof, liking, authority, scarcity. In this book, based on decades of evidence-based and rigorous research, Cialdini shows … Continue reading Influence

The Testaments

First of all, I have not read any prior work by Margaret Atwood, I have not watched any movies or TV series adapted from her work either. Personally I do not derive much pleasure from watching the adaptations on the screen; reading the words with my imagination tangoing together with those precious words is almost … Continue reading The Testaments

The Culture Map

The Culture Map: decoding how people think, lead, and get things done across cultures is written by Professor Erin Meyer at INSEAD, one of the world’s leading business schools.  This is not a random choice of reading material. For a long time, I have prided myself as being very internationally-minded, getting along and working well … Continue reading The Culture Map