Tag: Masterclass

Laszlo Bock – Work Rules! | Review

Title: Work Rules!

Author: Laszlo Bock

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 406

Rating: 3.5/5


Laszlo Bock - Work Rules

Laszlo Bock – Work Rules


This book was interesting, but it also dragged a bit and got a little tedious towards the end. In fact, the only reason that I picked it up is because I had to write a review of it for a client, although with that considered it was actually pretty good. Bock used to work for Google and spearheaded many of their innovative HR campaigns, and in this book he shares his secrets on how they approached people management.

It’s interesting because they ran all sorts of different tests to see what worked and what didn’t. Many of their findings were counterintuitive, which Bock explains by comparing it to aircraft design during the war. The designers noticed that certain parts of the plane such as the wings and the tail were more likely to be damaged on the aircraft that were returning from combat, and so they focussed their attention on reinforcing the cockpit. Why? Because the planes that were damaged in the cockpit weren’t returning at all.

Because of all of this, it’s a pretty interesting read. It’s a masterclass in thinking outside the box and has a bunch of great ideas on how to keep people happy and engaged in the workplace. I just think it would have been more enjoyable if it had been 100 pages shorter, and I don’t think that Bock’s writing style did it any favours. It’s not that he’s a bad writer, it’s just that writing isn’t his main thing. He does a good job of conveying information here, but I’m not necessarily convinced that it flowed well or that it built up and conveyed a sense of emotion.

Still, if you want to learn how Google does things then there aren’t any better books than this one to help you to understand the way their minds work. Bock also sources pretty much everything he says and so there’s also a comprehensive appendix at the end if you want to read any further on any of the topics that are covered. I just wouldn’t recommend picking this up as your main read because it might put you in a bit of a slump. I read it a chapter at a time in bed and it worked out just perfectly.You can make of this review what you will. Read it or don’t bother!


Laszlo Bock

Laszlo Bock


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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Valley of Fear | Review

Title: The Valley of Fear

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 192

Rating: 9/10


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Valley of Fear

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Valley of Fear


The Valley of Fear is one of my favourite Sherlock Holmes novels, and second only to The Sign of Four – it’s a cracking detective novel, a masterclass in how it’s done by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This is Holmes at his best, in a format that’s unusual and incredibly interesting when coupled with the genre.

See, the second half of the novel is set twenty years after the first half, in which Holmes is presented with an unusual case – he’s asked to investigate the apparent death of a man called Douglas, who appears to have shot himself in the head with an American-style sawed-off shotgun.

However, not everything is as it seems, and the conclusion of Holmes’ investigation leads you in to the second half of the adventure. That was the best part, following a young man named McMurdo through a giant conspiracy which, frankly, I don’t have the time to talk about. Just grab a copy and read it yourself – I promise you won’t regret it.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


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