Posts Categorized: Books

Organizations Don't Tweet – Review

Managers’ authority is being replaced by the need to influence, so how will they manage in the future? How do you manage online environments and encourage them to be a productive use of people’s time? Being obsessively interested in what people are doing and asking great questions is the way to help steer their collective… Read more »

Betterness: Review

Umair Haque’s Betterness: Economics for Humans is a quick read and a very cheap book at $2.69 for a Kindle version. It’s worth much more than that. Haque starts with an invitation: If you’re delighted with the status quo, splendidly contented with the present, firmly convinced that the way live, work, and play is the… Read more »

Enabling Innovation – Book

I had the pleasure of writing an article for the book, Enabling Innovation: Innovative Capability – German and International Views as a follow-up to some work I did with the EU’s International Monitoring Organisation. An interesting aspect of this book is that major articles are written by German researchers and then shorter comments or additions… Read more »

The Hyper-social Organization – Review

The main premise of The Hyper-social Organization is that social media, connectivity and always-on technology are enabling what humans do naturally; be very social. The authors on knowledge management: Of course, one of the big challenges for companies is that, unlike information or data, knowledge does not flow easily, as it relies on long-term trust-based… Read more »

Where Good Ideas Come From – Review

The premise that innovation prospers when ideas can serendipitously connect and recombine with other ideas, when hunches can stumble across other hunches that successfully fill in their blanks, may seem like an obvious truth, but the strange fact is that a great deal of the past two centuries of legal and folk wisdom about innovation… Read more »

Third Industrial Revolution – Review

The future should be networked, writes Jeremy Rifkin in The Third Industrial Revolution. He sees the next industrial age, one bridging industrialism to continental collaboration as the most feasible post-carbon future. This era of networked energy will be based on 5 pillars, all essential for a successful transition: shift to renewable energy shift buildings to… Read more »

Grist for the cognitive mill

A book that influenced many of my opinions on education is Kieran Egan’s, The Educated Mind: How Cognitive Tools Shape our Understanding. Egan says that Western education is based on three incompatible ideas: Education as Socialization (age cohorts, class groupings, team sports) Education as learning about Truth & Reality, based on Plato (varied subjects, academic… Read more »

The Freelance Revolution

The notion that work is changing and that free agent knowledge workers will dominate the new economy was something I discussed in my Master’s thesis, published in 1998.  I’ve been talking about free agents as the future of work on this blog almost since I started it. I wrote that free agents are the future… Read more »

Outliers, success and chance

Summer seems to be for reading and I just finished Gladwell’s Outliers: the story of success, in two days. Like his other books, it’s an easy read with lots of anecdotes. At the end, I thought to myself, what I can take away from this, other than some interesting stories? The culture of our community… Read more »

The adaptive organisation

The adaptive organisation is the second-last chapter of Adapt: Why success always starts with failure, followed by Adapting and you. In the final chapters, Tim Harford examines how groups and individuals can strive to adapt, and here are some highlights. “So let’s first acknowledge a crucial difference: individuals, unlike populations, can succeed without adapting.” This… Read more »