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CEO of Yahoo shares the business and self-improvement books she is impressed with

                  ”The Design of Everyday Things” by Don Norman

– from interview to

While the black-and-white imagery may not be very contemporary, this work still appeals to the designer in us all. The author points out pros and cons of designs we ignore in daily life, and makes his audience think about the functions of objects that are taken for granted. You will never see a door or a toaster in the same light, though it may be a temptation to overlook some gems in this work due to its quaint pre-Internet insights, though the diatribes about confusing telephonic systems still apply.

                  “The Charisma Myth” by Olivia Fox Cabane

– from an article on

Who knew that charisma could count as an application of scientific principles? If you’ve ever wondered why people can turn charm on and off like a tap, this book holds the answers. Charisma can be a learned art; the author lived this truth by holding Stanford and MIT audiences captive as well as catering to big-name businesses like Google and Citigroup. For critical readers who get tired of the clichés and overused illustrations that pepper most professional self-help books, be prepared for something really different.

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