I'm a college dropout who is dependent on good books to further my education and give me a competitive edge. Below is an archive of book reviews I've published directly to this website. To see more book reviews and review my "bookshelves" where I list my favorite books by category click here.

Breath – A Book That Made Me Healthier And Changed My Life

By Jacob Paulsen | June 9, 2021

I read a lot of non-fiction but this book has had a more significant impact on my daily (and nightly) activities than any other book I've read in years. Breathe better and be healthier.

The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek – Book Review

By Jacob Paulsen | February 7, 2020

The Infinite Game by Simon SinekMy rating: 4 of 5 starsGreat read from Simon Sinek. I'm a huge Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action fan and while I liked Leaders Eat Last to me it wasn't nearly as good. Still well written just not as life-changing. The Infinite Game is…

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau – Book Review

By Jacob Paulsen | August 30, 2019

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau My rating: 4 of 5 stars I wish I had read this book a few years ago as it would have been more valuable then but all the same I'm glad I read…

I'm a Bear… Learning About One's Chronotype

By Jacob Paulsen | April 20, 2017

It is actually a little crazy to consider that with all the business and self-help books I've consumed there is a ton of information about WHAT to do and HOW to do it but as Breus points out there isn't really anything out there about WHEN to do it.

On Fire At Work by Eric Chester

By Jacob Paulsen | October 21, 2015

All leaders and managers need to read Eric Chester's new book, “On Fire at Work” a great look at how to engage people to help them grow and flourish while bringing their best to work every day.

Unlocking Potential by Michael Simpson

By Jacob Paulsen | December 9, 2014

The book reviews 7 key coaching skills that make for an effective leader/coach. I think each of the 7 skills could be lengthy books by themselves but as an overview

The Road to Reinvention by Josh Linkner

By Jacob Paulsen | November 5, 2014

One of my favorite insights was the need to reinvent processes. Sometimes we get stuck assuming that innovation and reinvention need to happen in our product line and development. Sometimes the biggest breakthroughs happen when we take a bigger look at the way we do something and reinvent the process. Organizations need to stop doing things the way they have always been done.

The Myths of Creativity by David Burkus

By Jacob Paulsen | August 29, 2014

Each chapter of this book discusses a myth, the science behind that myth, and the reality of how creativity really works. While this book plays well toward professionals who work in a “creative” environment I think anyone could benefit and enjoy reading this book.

Execution IS The Strategy by Laura Stack

By Jacob Paulsen | August 8, 2014

The majority of the book is dedicated to helping individuals, leaders, and organizations identify where their execution is weak and how to address it. As the diagram suggest, the book is divided into 4 core parts (which create the acronym L-E-A-D) with 3 sub sections to each of those 4 parts.

Turn the Ship Around by David Marquet

By Jacob Paulsen | July 1, 2014

This book is full of simple and clear insights that work together to help anyone create a “leader/leader” culture. The author tells the story of his own experience as a captain in the US Navy and uses his experience to illustrate how to transform an organization that is used to top down command type leadership into…

Compelling People by Matthew Kohut and John Neffinger

By Jacob Paulsen | May 7, 2014

This book is a unique and powerful look at real science and research to determine the various factors that influence others. The book is broken into two parts. First is “The Hand You Were Dealt” and this section deals with some of the research based facts that surround being a certain gender, ethnicity, have certain…

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

By Jacob Paulsen | March 11, 2014

One of the key things I took from this is how leaders have to essentially care for the people in their ranks the same way a parent cares for their children.