Karma School

Episode 043

Business Builders’ Bookshelf: Essential Reads for Strategic Success

In this special episode of the Karma School of Business Podcast, we bring you a curated list of impactful book recommendations from our esteemed private equity industry guests, offering a wealth of knowledge to enhance your strategic thinking and personal growth.

1:34 – Author Nick Shaw's poignant and insightful "My Teacher, My Son," is a book that promises to transform your perspective on life and leadership
My Teacher, My Son: https://www.amazon.com/My-Teacher-Son-Lessons-Life/dp/B0CH7F5MGW

5:06 - Dive into the intricacies of technological advancements with Managing Partner Scott Estill's picks, "Chip Wars" by Chris Miller and "AI 2041" by Kai-Fu Lee and Chen Qiufan
Chip Wars: https://www.amazon.com/Chip-War-Dominate-Critical-Technology/dp/B09TX24J5Y/
AI 2041: https://www.amazon.com/AI-2041-Ten-Visions-Future/dp/B08SFL53HL/

9:50 - Gain historical business insights from private equity operating partner Joe DeLuca’s favorite, “The Making of the Atomic Bomb” by Richard Rhodes.
The Making of the Atomic Bomb: https://www.amazon.com/Making-Atomic-Bomb-Richard-Rhodes/dp/1451677618

13:00 – Entrepreneur and attorney Scott Becker emphasizes the significance of team building with “Good to Great” by Jim Collins and the importance of health and longevity with “Outlive” by Peter Attia.
Good to Great: https://www.amazon.com/Good-to-Great-Jim-Collins-audiobook/dp/B003VXI5MS/
Outlive: https://www.amazon.com/Outlive-Longevity-Peter-Attia-MD/dp/0593236599/

16:25 – Private equity partner John Kirk reminds us of the power of collective success over individual correctness through “Us” by
Terrence Real
Us: https://www.amazon.com/Us-Getting-Build-Loving-Relationship/dp/B09BBN9LGW/

19:48 – PE operating partner Brit Yonge explores the sovereignty of choice in Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning.”
Man’s Search for Meaning: https://www.amazon.com/Mans-Search-for-Meaning-audiobook/dp/B0006IU470/

23:35 – Private equity managing director Doug Horn provides a glimpse into the future of industry and geopolitics with “The End of the World is Just the Beginning” by Peter Zeihan and celebrates American entrepreneurial spirit in “Americana” by Bhu Srinivasan
The End of the World is Just the Beginning: https://www.amazon.com/End-World-Just-Beginning-Globalization/dp/B09CS8FRRD/
Americana: https://www.amazon.com/Americana-Bhu-Srinivasan-audiobook/dp/B075659K9K/

26:41 – PE managing director Mohit Kansal underscores the value of data over narrative with “Moneyball” by Michael Lewis.
Moneyball: https://www.amazon.com/Moneyball-Michael-Lewis-audiobook/dp/B005FFRQYS/

28:23 – Private equity managing director Marshall Phelps draws leadership lessons from "Washington" by Ron Chernow and delves into the intrigue of "Conspiracy" by Ryan Holiday
Washington: https://www.amazon.com/Washington-Ron-Chernow-audiobook/dp/B0045XYQ12/
Conspiracy: https://www.amazon.com/Conspiracy-Ryan-Holiday-audiobook/dp/B0794CLD44/

32:35 – Private equity managing partner Doug McCormick offers a refreshing perspective on global progress with "Factfulness" by Hans Rosling.
Factfulness: https://www.amazon.com/Factfulness-audiobook/dp/B07BFDCWZP/

Join us as we explore these diverse and thought-provoking works that have shaped the minds of business leaders and will undoubtedly influence your approach to business and life.

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