Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell

(June 27, 2010) – Gladwell says this is the most personal of all the books he has written, and the very last section details his mother’s family history. He stresses the importance of community and opportunity. Sometimes those things are created by chance, sometimes not. He talks about education in the US and how poorer children…

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

June 14, 2010 – Another great book from author Daniel H. Pink.  I’m not sure how surprising the research really is if you have read other books such as Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience which he references quite a bit. He explains the work of Edward Deci & Richard Ryan on Self Determination Theory and…

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

May 18, 2010 –  Author is Jared Diamond. This is an excellent book that traces the many factors that affected the disparate evolutions of civilizations throughout the world. Those factors are not always obvious. Understanding how societies evolved is very illuminating in understanding the behavior and evolution of current cultures, countries, communities and even companies. Great read!…

Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average

April 18, 2010 – Author is Joseph T. Hallinan. A really terrific book that addresses why we routinely make mistakes. It’s extremely well researched and it’s a very engaging book to read. Some of the root causes for our mistake inducing behaviors are remarkably simple. It helps to understand what effects our judgment in order to…

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

April 13, 2010 – I actually listened to the unabridged audio version read by the author, Donald Miller. It is awesome. Really life changing. I saw a video review that Chris Brogan had done on his blog about this book and I can assure you it was everything he said it was. One of the greatest…

Go-Givers Sell More

April 3, 2010 – Authors are Bob Burg, John David Mann. This is an excellent book and a companion to the original Go-Givers. Many of these principles I already cover in the presentations I give on using social media tools for business. The concepts are well articulated here and the benefit to me is understanding how I…

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