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How to become a learning machine. (Hint: it's HI related)

Updated: Aug 9, 2023

Warren Buffet courtesy of CNBC Adam Jeffrey.

High levels of human capital like human intelligence (HI) and learning agility of the founders and management has time again been linked to successful scale ups. So we should always be learning...

To quote Charlie Munger, Warren Buffet's business partner;

"I constantly see people rise in life who are not the smartest, sometimes not even the most diligent, but they are learning machines."

Here is a starter list of top business scaling and growth books and other recommended resources. This list has been created with input from founders and experts like Verne Harnish from Scaling up.

If you have a recommendation for the list, please email me on


"I just sit in my office and read all day. I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. "

Ah... wouldn't that would be nice!

Business Scaling Books and Recommended Resources


Crossing the chasm (Geoffrey Moore)

What is the ultimate job you are doing for the customer? (Clayton Christiansen)

From Good to Great” and “Great by Choice” (Jim Collins)

Scaling UP: Mastering the Rockerfeller Habits (Verne Harnish)

Traversing The Traction Gap (Bruce Cleveland)


Core Competencies


Olgivy 4Es of Marketing

This Won’t Scale (Drift Marketing Team)


Good, Better, Best Pricing

Confessions of a Pricing Man: How pricing affects everything (Hermann Simon)

Organisational Structure

Reinventing Organisations (PART 2) (Frederic Laloux)

Team of Teams (General Stanley McCrystal)

Teams and Culture

Five Dysfunctions of Teams

Loyalist Team

Measuring Mindsets for Success


What got you here, will not get you there (Marshall Goldsmith)

Podcasts (Spotify, Apple)

How I built this

Masters of Scale

Nathan Latka (SaaS companies)

Conversations at the Edge

Growth Manifesto by webprofits


Steve Blank on entrepreneurship

Alejandro Cremades on fund raising

Reid Hoffman on start ups, scale ups, tech & AI


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