Meet Berlage’s summer must reads

    Summer holidays and well deserved rest are just around the corner! This is also a period to reflect on the first half of the year and start making plans for the future. To help you with this, we have put together a list of Summer Must Read’s together with the team of Meet Berlage. We hope they will give you as many new insights and ideas as they have given us and if you miss a must read book, please let us know in the comments!

     

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    Berend Jan

    At Meet Berlage it is my job to arrange the availability of top notch food and beverages. I Furthermore take care of our beautiful venue by operating the creditors administration and some parts of the facility management.[/fusion_text][/two_third][one_third last=”yes” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][/one_third][checklist icon=”fa-check” iconcolor=”” circle=”” circlecolor=”#81d742″ size=”small” class=”” id=””][li_item icon=””]

    The Wealth And Poverty Of Nations, D. Landes
    In The Wealth And Poverty Of Nations, Landes tries to explain the division of wealth and power in the world as we know it. He therefore investigates the different economic successes and failures of different countries and tries to find out what impact they had on the long term. The way in which he sweeps the floor with well know economic theories and the critics this caused, makes Landes an absolute must read!

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    The European Colonial Empires, H.J. Wesseling – 1815 – 1919.
    In The European Colonial Empires, Wesseling focusses on the conquest, occupation, organisation and civil operation of the European colonies and the societiet that emerged there. Wesseling discusses ‘people’, ‘goods, ‘powers’ and ‘ideas’ in order to explain the different developments in the big colonial empires of Europe. For one who wants to read about the widely condemed European colonialism in an exiting boylike way, read this book!

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    Simina

    At Meet Berlage we believe that everybody has an unique talent that deserves a moment in the spotlight! Meet Berlage inspires you to get on stage and show the world your talent, so that ideas will become reality with the help of others and serendipity. My role within the Meet Berlage team is to make sure you get your stagetime by being your co-producer for your event.[/fusion_text][/two_third][checklist icon=”fa-check” iconcolor=”” circle=”” circlecolor=”#81d742″ size=”small” class=”” id=””][li_item icon=””]

    Holacracy by Brian J. Robertson
    With our team @MeetBerlage we’re constantly working on how we can & want to work better together in a way that is aligned with our vision, our “Why”. And one way we’re looking at is Holacracy. The subtitle is “The revolutionary management system that abolishes hierarchy”. So a must-read for our team, but also for everyone who’s is triggered by Robertson’s metaphor of letting your organization function in the same the same way as the human body and be evolutionary.

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    The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
    Not yet starting reading this book yet, but it’s on my list for this summer. Together with Aimforthemoon we’re organizing the LeanStartupMachine-Weekend 2015 @MeetBerlage. And being part of the team, I thought it would be a good idea to read this book 😉

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    The Seven-Day Weekend & Semco Style by Ricardo Semler
    The Seven-Weekend hit home in several ways and gave words to the things I’ve been missing when working my way up the corporate ladder. Simple things, like treating people like the adults that they are, self-management, transparency on each level for everybody even the financials, and asking “why” three times with every new idea that’s proposed.

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    Leaders eat last by Simon Sinek.
    This is the second book by Simon Sinek (Start with Why) and it’s a great way to learn about what leadership really means and why some teams pull together and some don’t. What inspires me most is that’s not a management theory, it’s biology! And the best news is: everyone can be a leader, it’s a choice!

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    Getting to yes with yourself (and other worthy opponents by William Ury
    On my summer booklist thanks to the inspiring class by Louise Dancet at the School of Life! Every conflict is first and foremost an internal conflict. So getting to yes with yourself is the first stap to make before being able to getting to yes with life and others! Really looking forward to getting to yes with myself!

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    Het oudste dochter effect by Lisette Schuitemaker en Wies Enthoven
    Being the eldest daughter, I found it very comforting to read the discovery made by the two authors of this book. The discovery that firstborn girls (the eldest daughter) share more or less the same five qualities of character. We are alike and apparently that’s no coincidence! The authors, also both the oldest daughter, show you how being the firstborn girl effects – both positive and negative – the way you are regarding friendships, work, relationships, children and the constantly relationship with the other members of the family you grew up in. This book gave me some inspiring insights in my current search for my own “why” and strengthens me in my belief that I’m ok, just the way I am. And last but not least – and this is the best part – it confirmed what I have always known, that first borns are more intelligent than the children that follow! Told you so, my sweet little sister ;-)[/li_item][/checklist][two_third last=”no” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]

    Sharon

    I’m the contact person for the teams of SpeedUpEurope program; coordinating and organizing workshops for the start-ups. Furthermore I organize tours through our beautiful and historical building and enhance the promotion of Meetberlage with productions like a promotion video or an art exhibition.[/fusion_text][/two_third][one_third last=”yes” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][/one_third][checklist icon=”fa-check” iconcolor=”” circle=”” circlecolor=”#81d742″ size=”small” class=”” id=””][li_item icon=””]The seven day weekend; Ricardo Semler
    Holacracy and organizational structures of the future. And it also helps that we are in the middle of this proces ;)[/li_item][li_item icon=””]The Difference (How the power of diversity creates better groups, firm, schools and societies) – Scott E. Page
    Using different researches this book describes how diversity in today’s society has a positive and effective outcome in both business and education etc.[/li_item][li_item icon=””]In het licht van wat wij weten – Zia Haider Rahman
    Literary debut, contains all the themes of life. An unraveling of the world after 9/11. Especially a very exciting and thrilling book is always pleasant read during holidays.[/li_item][/checklist][one_third last=”no” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][/one_third][two_third last=”yes” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]

    Felix

    I am the founder of Meet Berlage and together with the team we are creating the most energetic location for people to meet and connect. Brining people together around ideas and elevating them to a higher level gives me energy and Meet Berlage is the perfect location to do so.[/fusion_text][/two_third][checklist icon=”fa-check” iconcolor=”” circle=”” circlecolor=”#81d742″ size=”small” class=”” id=””][li_item icon=””]Holacracy: An innovative way to drive results by distributing authority.
    With the upcoming new forms of organisations in the form of swarms of connected independent professionals who swarm around a great shared vision, we’ll need to look for new and smarter ways of organising ourselves around work. Holacracy offers this method, and our first tests at Meetberlage supported by a great coach from Energized.org has great effects on our organisation![/li_item][li_item icon=””]Eckhart’s notes.
    This book is in Dutch (not sure if translated), and it’s the story of one of the netherlands greatest entrepreneurs, Eckhart Wintzen. He writes about his cell-splitting principle (when a company grows to 50 people, split it up and keep everyone happy) in a very compelling and natural way. A must read![/li_item][li_item icon=””]Daring greatly
    This book is a must read for just about anyone. Brené explains in the most compelling way how her research shows that embracing vulnerability, imperfection and engaging with others is the best way to take life a step further. One of the most inspiring works. Her TED video’s are also great to watch.

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    André

    Meet Berlage welcomes everybody who wants to create interesting and inspiring stories together with us and our network. Within the team of Meet Berlage, I am responsible for making sure these stories reach the outside world and spread the word that we offer this stage to people with great ideas and loads of enthusiasm.[/fusion_text][/two_third][one_third last=”yes” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][/one_third][checklist icon=”fa-check” iconcolor=”” circle=”” circlecolor=”#81d742″ size=”small” class=”” id=””][li_item icon=””]Holacracy: An innovative way to drive results by distributing authority.
    With our team we are always trying to improve the way we organize ourselves. Holacracy provides us with a new model to do exactly this and I advise everybody to pick up this book and start challenging the organizational theories that don’t allow our full potential to grow within our day to day work.[/li_item][li_item icon=””]Getting things done
    Being curious and always wanting to contribute to cool initiatives is a good thing but also causes a few challenges for me. One of them being the fact that I can loose the overview of my work and what needs to get done. This book will hopefully (this is one of my summer reads) help me organize my workflow in an efficient way and help clear my mind so that I can keep contributing to all the cool initiatives I come across at Meet Berlage and Seats2meet.[/li_item][li_item icon=””]Who moved my cheese
    Somewhat of a cliché, but I read this book several times a year and every time I read it, I get something different out of it. As the author explains it: Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life – whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money or a possession, health or spirital peace of mind. Let’s see what I get out of it this summer![/li_item][/checklist]