Rather than simply memorizing chess games, they read old games and tried to predict what the next move would be - which the intermediate players didn't do (or at least not very much).
So if you want to be a business grandmaster, you may have to read the businessbooks in an entirely different way from what everybody else does.
His point was that memorizing notes wasn't going to help you pass; you had to actually work on solving problems in order to really learn the material.
That's why I (author of the essay) added that you have to look at the case studies and ask yourself what you would have done, how that could be applied to other situations, etc. That's the only way to build reusable mental patterns (IMO - not sure if there's scientific evidence for that! except mental practice of athletes, musicians, etc...)
Too bad I had a word limit to work with :D
What I really want is a place where people who run web startups post, "here's something I did to improve my product" and "here's something I did to reach my market" with specifics about their product and market. That's how I could build a mental database of "chunks".
HN is often too high-level (acquisitions, financing) or too low-level (programming techniques) and not right at that chunk level.
They have real discussions of what people did to get their business going.
Readwirteweb once wrote a post about this "the case against reading for entrepreneurs", good read, http://www.readwriteweb.com/start/2010/08/the-case-against-b...
The guy quoted in RWR slammed case study books because they are soft-touch "how to build great companies" - but that's only SOME of them. The - you guessed it - fluffy ones.
"Don't read books that are nothing but fluff" is just not a battle cry people click on, so instead they say "don't read business books!"
Read Positioning, Spin Marketing, Pricing with Confidence, Getting to Yes, Rules for Revolutionaries, Purple Cow, etc., etc.
If you read, say, Purple Cow, or Positioning, or Pricing with Confidence, and don't come away with actionable ideas, you either have an empty head or were just running your eyes over the words and not thinking.
And read lots of biographies. They're practical storytelling - learn from me, kid - pinned down on paper.
So first I try, then read about it, and see if my intuition came up with a better approach or if what I read was better. In any case, the reading will make more sense because I am constantly comparing it to what I tried.
I believe I ran across it on Fog Creek's book list which has some other good books as well.
Seriously, you're missing people.
It seems I am not alone:
quite a lot of results when typing this into google:
site:news.ycombinator.com Peter Drucker
You might also find Charles Handy to be interesting - he's sort of a business spiritualist.
But I don't think I'd qualify it as a business book. Inspirational for sure, but it's not about DOING business exactly.
It is not about thinking like an entrepreneur... it is more like living like one, you are goal/dream oriented, work a lot to get there, work from home and from anywhere, your mind never stops thinking about how to get something better, or how to create something new.
It might be that author was trying to say "read different opinions", which makes sense. Which is way different than "read it all, don't cheerypick" advice
Turns out there are 13 women grandmasters in history, and over 1,300 total grandmasters.
She's particularly remarkable because her father believed "geniuses are made, not born" - and set out to train her himself. His methods are based on chunking, repetition, and study -- like I described. He wrote a book on it called "Bring Up Genius!"
Ta-da! You're right - my use of the feminine pronoun is hilarious!