Archive for Book Review

The Tipping Point

What small factors separate an incident from an outbreak?

Malcolm Gladwell’s book “The Tipping Point; How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference” made it to my list after I found “Blink” such a nice read.  Actually “Outliers” is on there as well, but I found this title on a library shelf first;-)

In it, Gladwell talks about what makes an event a phenomena and how seemingly small things can greatly influence its success.

Let me take you through a bit of it and leave you with a question.

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Book Review: Free

The future of a radical price

Chris Anderson’s book “Free, The future of a radical price” came recommended – and I enjoyed reading it.

Free explores the concept of building a business around that one word – free. The poster-child for the concept is of course google, and I’m a google proponent.  I’ve used my free gmail account for a long time, set my browser home page to google.com (for both speed and ease of use), and enjoy several of the features google has added over the years.

In searching online for extra material for this review, I stumbled across the plagiarism aspect of the book, and that perhaps sets me back a bit, but read on and we’ll work through it…

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Playing Fast with The Speed of Trust

Consider Stephen M.R. Covey’s work if you’re moving slowly

Stephen M.R. Covey’s book “The Speed of Trust; The One Thing That Changes Everything” came to me through a recommendation by a new acquaintance. The individual was commenting on my statement that I get most of my IT consulting and LinkedIn training work through direct reference … either from someone that I know from a previous relationship, or from someone who has talked with someone I know.

The point being made though was that it works because I’ve established a trust relationship with these business professionals, and that trust is extended to the person they know.

And that trust makes things happen – quickly.

Would you like to hear how that happens?
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Monkey Management

The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey

I recall reading this book early in my corporate career – and a recent comment brought it to mind, so I had to check it out of the library and review it;-)

What do you get when you take one writer whose philosophy is managing people well – in one minute increments, and team him up with another who compares life’s problems and issues with monkeys?

Ken Blanchard, William Oncken, Jr. and Hal Burrows team up to offer an insightful strategy for keeping everyone’s monkeys on their own shoulders.

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Blink

The moment when your unconscious comes to a decision

Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking” came recommended by a good friend – and I was fortunate enough to find a copy in the books-on-CD section of the library – read by the author.  Listening to a book in this way is not something I’ve done before, and I really liked hearing it with the emphasis and inflections the author had in mind when he wrote it.

Blink explores the way we come to understand things first – below the surface – with our unconscious mind.  In some cases, the quick version or thin slice of an event can give us a surprisingly accurate evaluation, and in other instances, we can be completely misled.

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