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Book Review: The Innovators by Walter Isaacson

December 23, 2014 0 Comments
Book Review: The Innovators by Walter Isaacson

This book, and writing this review, was a trip through memory lane for me! Having spent more than three decades in the semiconductor and high technology space, the people listed in Isaacson’s excellent book were almost all familiar to me. Some I have met, others I have listened to in presentations and almost all I […]

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Book Review: Socially Close by John Jackson; Social media marketing for small business

December 4, 2014 0 Comments
Book Review: Socially Close by John Jackson; Social media marketing for small business

It took me longer than expected to read John Jackson’s excellent book Socially Close. I’m not a particularly fast reader, but that wasn’t the reason it took so long. Nor was it because the book was boring — it definitely isn’t. And it didn’t take me so long because Jackson’s writing is obtuse or difficult to […]

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Book Review: The Chinese Secrets for Success by YuKong Zhao

October 5, 2014
Book Review: The Chinese Secrets for Success by YuKong Zhao

In this interesting book, YuKong Zhao shares “Five Inspiring Confucian Values” which he states are the secrets for China’s success. And in the spirit of full disclosure, I will share that during the decade of the 90’s I spend a great deal of time studying Taoism and a bit of Confucianism. When it comes to […]

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Book Review: Failure; The Secret to Success by Robby Slaughter

October 1, 2014
Book Review: Failure; The Secret to Success by Robby Slaughter

The topic of failing as a path to success is not new. It is almost cliche these days that we “need to fail forward faster.” And Robby Slaughter has done a fine job of building a compendium of both famous and not so well known examples of how failure and persistence has led to success […]

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Book Review: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

September 17, 2014
Book Review: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman’s book Thinking, Fast and Slow required me to be slow and deliberate in my reading. I stopped frequently to mull over what Kahneman had to say and it was worth every bit of energy I expended. Kahneman starts with this “wish:” “So this is my aim for watercooler conversations: improve the ability to identify […]

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Book Review: Shift; Indigenous principles for corporate change by Glenn Geffcken

July 16, 2014
Book Review: Shift; Indigenous principles for corporate change by Glenn Geffcken

I am “always” on the lookout for interesting models for corporate governance, ethics and/or change. So when the publisher for Geffcken’s book, Shift, briefly described the content and asked me if I’d be willing to review his book, I accepted the request. After I purchased the book, it sat for a while so that I […]

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Book Review: Big Bang Disruption by Larry Downes and Paul Nunes

June 29, 2014
Book Review: Big Bang Disruption by Larry Downes and Paul Nunes

In case you have somehow missed the prevalent message of the day, this book is the latest addition to all the “reasons why” our business models and leadership training must change. According to Downes and Nunes, “Thanks to dramatic changes in the core economics of innovation in general, every industry is now at risk from […]

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Book Review: Conversational Intelligence by Judith Glaser

June 16, 2014
Book Review: Conversational Intelligence by Judith Glaser

We can now add Conversational Intelligence (CQ?) to Intelligence Quotient (IQ), Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Common Sense as traits we want to see in our leaders. As the subtitle suggests, in Conversational Intelligence, Judith E. Glaser explains how great leaders build trust and achieve extraordinary results. In my world, no significant relationship can exist without […]

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Book Review: The Everything Store by Brad Stone

April 24, 2014
Book Review: The Everything Store by Brad Stone

Brad Stone has written an excellent account of the building of Amazon. It appears to be a well balanced and not all pretty accounting of both Jeff Bezos and the company he built. The image Stone built in my mind was that of a focused to a fault leader who, in many ways, treated his […]

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Book Review: The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee

April 7, 2014
Book Review: The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee

I found this book to be fascinating since I’ve spent my professional life in and around technology companies. Even today while most of the business leaders I work with are not directly in the technology business, all are using and are affected by technology. So I’m still into technology up to my neck. The Second […]

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