Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Book Review: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech, Book Reviews

Harari hits another home run. I love the subtitle of this book, A Brief History of Tomorrow. And Harari builds a solid case for his views of how the world of technology might blend with or destroy Homo Sapiens. His book is broken into three parts and takes us through human history (much more detail in Harari’s book Sapiens: A brief …

Iditarod Leadership

Book Review: Iditarod Leadership by Chris Fuller

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

Chris Fuller has written a “lessons learned” leadership book based on his Alaskan adventure training as a dog sled musher. The structure of Iditarod Leadership is both interesting and quite useful for review. Fuller speaks of “taking notes in a small notebook” while learning the ins and outs of mushing. Those “notes” appear at the end of chapters summarizing the lessons learned. …

Todd Ordal

Book Review: Never Kick a Cow Chip on a Hot Day

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

There are occasions when I receive requests to review books. As long as they are about leadership or organizational or personal development, I try to make time to do the reviews. Unless it’s a pre-published book, I decline the offer to have a copy sent to me and instead, purchase my own copy. I do actually read the books (I’m …

Leadership BS

Book Review: Leadership BS by Jeffrey Pfeffer

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

Contrary to Pfeffer‘s advice, I want to be fully transparent: presently I am a Leadership Coach who is actively engaged in working with business leaders from startup companies to multi-billion dollar public companies. In addition, during my career in industry, I have had the good fortune to be a leader and to work with business leaders. Therefore, I have developed my …

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

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

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 understand. On the contrary, he …

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

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

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 could finish the books already …

The Second Machine Age

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

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech, Book Reviews

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 Machine age discusses the trends …

On Intelligence

Book Review: On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins and Sandra Blakeslee

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

In this very well written book, Hawkins and Blakeslee describe a new model of how our human intelligence has evolved, how it “works” and what it means to have a “massive” cerebral cortex. Much of the description of the brain’s neuronal structure will be familiar to those who follow developments in neuroscience. However, what’s new here is a working model …

In this groundbreaking book, Schmidt and Cohen combine observation and insight to outline the promise and peril awaiting us in the coming decades. At once pragmatic and inspirational, this is a forward-thinking account of where our world is headed and what this means for people, states and businesses.

Book Review: The New Digital Age by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen

Dave Kinnear 2-Jobs & Tech, Book Reviews

I looked forward to this book for a couple of weeks as I was finishing up a few books which I had committed to read. When I finally got around to The New Digital Age, I found I was quite disappointed. There were very few new insights from what I’ve been reading for years now and this book could easily …

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Book Review: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Dave Kinnear 1-On Leadership, Book Reviews

As always, Malcolm Gladwell gave us a new twist on a very old story and shakes our image of how the world is. Many readers of this blog will almost immediately understand the reference to that Jewish Old Testament story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17 if you want to investigate). Perhaps most have read that story with the …