Review: The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking

As the queen of the one-pager, it’s no wonder I am totally in love with this book—every two-page spread covers a strategic model to help frame your problem and your thinking. I know, right? How cool is that?! Not all the models are equally useful, but each serves an important job: they inspire you to act—to rally the team, gather around a whiteboard, and get going on ideating and problem-solving.

2017-12-13T12:37:07+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Book Review, Decision Making, Problem Solving|Comments Off on Review: The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking

Review: Scaling Lean: Mastering the Key Metrics for Startup Growth

Like becoming a parent, there are no requirements or required education to becoming a startup founder. In both cases, the job starts with a “seed”—in the case of the startup, a good idea—that grows. Lack of preparedness leaves a lot of newbies in the lurch—how does one do the basics of baby raising or business building? I can’t speak to baby raising but I do a lot of business building

2017-11-26T13:15:15+00:00 November 26th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Entrepreneurship, Mathematics|Comments Off on Review: Scaling Lean: Mastering the Key Metrics for Startup Growth

Review: Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

A fascinating journey into the hidden psychological influences that derail our decision-making, Sway will change the way you think about the way you think. Organizational expert Ori Brafman and his brother, psychologist Rom Brafman, marry organizational behavior, social psychology, and behavioral economics to help us understand the irrational thinking that plagues us all. Sway is a delightful, easy read. The authors make their point through the heavy use of research,

2017-11-18T20:14:27+00:00 November 18th, 2017|Book Review, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

Review: The Art of Choosing

The name is a bit of a misnomer, the book is less about the art of choice and more about the psychology of choice brought to life through her many experiments—particularly related to consumer choice. Iyengar is the researcher behind the famous jam study, in which shoppers could sample either 6 or 24 different varieties of jam at a grocery store, which led to six times more purchases when fewer

2017-11-16T00:10:49+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Book Review, Consumer Behavior, Decision Making|Comments Off on Review: The Art of Choosing

Review: If You Look Up to the Sky

The right book in the right child’s hand has the power to transform that child forever. I imagine, in time, If You Look Up to the Sky by Angela Dalton will transform thousands, if not millions of children’s lives. This is a book for all to love, but it is especially a book for girls of color to love. The story, inspired by Dalton’s own life and experiences, is about

2017-11-15T22:10:12+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Book Review, Children-s, Picture Book|Comments Off on Review: If You Look Up to the Sky

Review: From Somalia to Snow: How Central Minnesota Became Home to Somalis

As I was doing low rows at the gym this morning, I noticed two Somali women enter the personal training area. They were covered head to toe—one wearing a bomber jacket and skirt to the floor; the other in pants under a mid-length skirt with a long-sleeve shirt and bulky athletic jacket on top. Of course, their heads were entirely covered except for their fresh, young faces. I was both

2017-11-13T13:00:34+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Africa, Book Review, Immigration, United States|Comments Off on Review: From Somalia to Snow: How Central Minnesota Became Home to Somalis

Review: A Different Pond

A Different Pond is a quiet book and a simple, gentle story about an urban fishing trip for a boy and his dad before daybreak. It’s a love letter to a father, a celebration of family and Vietnamese culture, and a sneak peek into the immigrant experience through the eyes of a child. But it’s so much more than that. A Different Pond is a work of beauty and a

2017-11-13T12:54:28+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Book Review, Children-s, Immigration, Picture Book|Comments Off on Review: A Different Pond

Review: The Lying Game

I have a hard and fast book rule: engage fast and deliver the goods. I like quality. And I know it when I read it. If a book doesn’t cut the mustard in quality or engagement value in the first 50-75 pages, I quietly close it, return it to the library or tuck it inside my neighbor’s Little Library hoping that the author’s beloved art will connect with another reader.

2017-10-29T21:36:38+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Book Review, Thriller & Suspense|Comments Off on Review: The Lying Game

Review: Shapeholders: Business Success in the Age of Activism

For decades business school curriculum has included the study of stakeholders. Stakeholder [steyk-hohl-der]: A person, group or organization that has interest or concern in an organization. Stakeholders can affect or be affected by the organization's actions, objectives and policies. Some examples of key stakeholders are creditors, directors, employees, government (and its agencies), owners (shareholders), suppliers, unions, and the community from which the business draws its resources. Typically, students are trained

2017-10-29T11:38:03+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Public Relations|Comments Off on Review: Shapeholders: Business Success in the Age of Activism

Review: Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

If you like Al Franken, you’ll like this book. It’s as simple as that. It’s a personal memoir that takes us from the backrooms of SNL, inside the campaign trail to the inner workings of Congress. The audiobook—and Franken’s voice—captivated me for a week as I traversed the Twin Cities going about my everyday life. I laughed out loud. I cringed. I laughed out loud. I cheered. I shook my

2017-10-29T11:27:30+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Book Review, Memoirs, Political Science|Comments Off on Review: Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
Load More Posts