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Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

There’s a lot of meaty goodness to Creativity, and some sleepy time too, but overall it’s insightful and instructional. The backbone of Creativity is interviews with 91 exceptional individuals by Csikszentmihalyi and his students at the University of Chicago. Their primary goal? To demystify the creative process. But before we delve into the guts of the book, let’s start with Csikszentmihalyi’s presuppositions: 1. Creativity is defined as “a process by

2018-02-12T12:07:43+00:00 February 11th, 2018|Book Review, Creativity, Psychology|Comments Off on Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

Review: Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

I’ve been reading a lot of books on creativity lately—most by 20th-century scholars. They offer intriguing insights but are also a tad heady and dry to consume. Wired to Create is not a compendium of sober research. It’s a highly readable, fun peek into creative minds—something to devour in full on a quiet, snowy Sunday. And why wouldn’t it be? It’s inspired by Gregoire’s hit Huff Post article “18 Things

2018-02-05T12:59:12+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Book Review, Creativity|Comments Off on Review: Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

Simon Sinek sees a better vision for the world and work, shares his Technicolor vision with us, and inspires us to join him on his journey that will unquestionably benefit us all. It’s hard not to like him and respond (intellectually and emotionally) to his unbridled optimism. Because of his TED Talk fame, his voice and delivery are as iconic as his words—swift, articulate, impassioned. I don’t “read” Sinek’s books,

2018-01-22T12:30:41+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Book Review, Business, Culture, Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Psychology|Comments Off on Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

Review: The Tenacity of the Cockroach: Conversations with Entertainment’s Most Enduring Outsiders

I’m not sure how The Tenacity of the Cockroach landed on my nightstand but I’m glad it did. The book is a collection of interviews with various entertainment industry “stars.” And I use that word loosely—some of the individuals are household names, some are off the radar screen entirely, most have had some success—if short lived. All are “outsiders”—and that’s what makes this book so darn interesting: it’s a sneak

2018-01-13T12:43:58+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Book Review, Criticism, Entertainment & Media, History|Comments Off on Review: The Tenacity of the Cockroach: Conversations with Entertainment’s Most Enduring Outsiders

Review: Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say

Tell Me More is a lovely little book. Each chapter is a personal essay centered on a common phrase that characterizes the story: - It's Like This - Tell Me More - I Don't Know - I Know - No - Yes - I Was Wrong - Good Enough - I Love You - No Words at All - Onward - This Is It All 12 essays are about relationships—her

2018-01-13T12:18:50+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Biography, Book Review, Essays, Memoirs|Comments Off on Review: Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say

Review: Key Management Models: The 60+ Models Every Manager Needs to Know

I came across this gem a few weeks ago as I was finishing a similar book, The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking. (See My Review Here.) While both books follow a similar format: one strategic framework per two-page spread, they are created for different audiences. The Decision Book is designed for the proverbial ‘everyman’—the models are simple, widely applicable, and easy to digest. One does not have to

2018-01-01T17:41:23+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Book Review, Business, Management, Strategic Planning, Strategy|Comments Off on Review: Key Management Models: The 60+ Models Every Manager Needs to Know

Review: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose

Zappos is known for delivering WOW service and having a great corporate culture. Customer-centricity is more prevalent (and easier to deliver) than employee-centricity so I was intrigued to learn more about Hsieh’s secret sauce. I’m a newbie to graphic novels but I admit, nothing delivers the goods or the guts more swiftly than a picture book. And that’s exactly what I wanted. There’s more than a few great sound bites

2018-01-01T17:30:20+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Book Review, Business, Culture, Entrepreneurship, Graphic Novel|Comments Off on Review: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose

Review: The Ten Commandments of Business Failure

We’ve all become familiar with the statement “content is king” particularly as it relates to digital content. The Internet has brought about one mega-monstrosity of a global “data dump” right into our homes, bringing us everything we want—and everything we don’t want too. Some of the content is excellent, other content is poor—all of it is easily accessible. There is no doubt that the overabundance of information available to us

2018-01-01T17:04:06+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Book Review, Business, Innovation, Management|Comments Off on Review: The Ten Commandments of Business Failure

Review: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Maybe it’s because I’ve always known my brain was terribly flawed. Or because I’ve spent a lifetime wading in complexity and finding my way through it successfully with planning and organization tools that this author’s argument—that we can overcome complexity and minimize errors in medicine, government, disaster recovery and more by utilizing checklists—fell flat on me. I just couldn’t help but scratch my head: “do professionals not already know this?”

2018-01-01T16:53:40+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Administration & Policy, Book Review|Comments Off on Review: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Review: Business Model Generation

“Are you an entrepreneurial spirit?” “Are you constantly thinking about how to create value and build new businesses, or how to improve or transform your organization?” “Are you trying to find innovative ways of doing business to replace old, outdated ones?” If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, the authors of Business Model Generation, welcome you to their tribe. (And thank you for picking up their book.) Business

2018-01-01T16:41:33+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Book Review, Business, Strategic Planning|Comments Off on Review: Business Model Generation
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