Book Reviews

07
Dec

As leaders and professionals, often our toughest job is in expressing our needs, concerns and ideas, and understanding those of others. It is often a mystery why we find communication to be so difficult, and it has not been until we acknowledged the role of our emotions in our thinking, deciding and communicating that we have started to really master our understanding of how to improve our communications. Certainly there have always been those who seemed to know this stuff intuitively or perhaps figured it out, but while we have seen the anecdotal evidence, the data to support it was ...

15
Oct

Google is a quintessential Gen X company, much less fettered by the beliefs of the industrial age organizations that define how to be successful, and even what is success.  They have provided a number of new standards and ideas for those who want to thrive in the 21st century.  Many of the companies started by Gen X-ers follow different rules and embrace different values – Google is one that is so successful that people take notice. One such practice that is being talked about is mindfulness.  Usually the talk is quiet, as is the practice!  Among the Baby Boomers it is ...

24
Aug

I know I'm honest (mostly) but are you?  What do you fib about?  What compels people to lie outright?  If you think it would be interesting to know the science behind lying, here it is. This is the third book by Dan Ariely, Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University.  Behavioral economics is a new field of study, crossing the practices of psychology and economics. (As of this writing, there are no degrees offered in behavioral economics, though there are courses ...