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Fernando Torre, PhD
Computer Scientist, UI Developer, Teacher, Language Learner, Nerd, Amateur Triathlete, Father
Book Recommendations

The following is a list of books that I believe everyone should read. I have found them to be not only well-written but extremely useful and applicable to many areas of life.

Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations, Broken Commitments, and Bad Behavior

by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

This book gives great tools for approaching difficult accountability conversations. I have found it to be useful not only for the workplace but for every other area of life, even marriage. I have heard that the prequel, Crucial Conversations, is just as good.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

by Chip Heath, Dan Heath

This is an excellent book for learning how to convey ideas in ways that make them more memorable. The book is fun to read with great, vivid examples.

The Design of Everyday Things

by Donald A. Norman

A classic among designers. This introduction to what makes a design good or bad is fascinating and provides us with a new perspective to look at the objects around us.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

by Dale Carnegie

This classic has a rather misleading title, which sounds a bit manipulative. I would give it the subtitle How to Be a Decent Human Being. It contains great lessons about how to relate to other humans, which are still valid so many years after the book was written.

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

by Dan Ariely

Fascinating book with many stories of creative research studies and useful lessons applicable to daily life. It shines light on why we constantly (and predictably) make irrational decisions.

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