Posts Categorized: Books

Management Rewired – Review

Management Rewired: Why feedback doesn’t work and other surprising lessons from the latest brain science by Charles Jacobs covers many of the areas discussed here, such as learning, management models and democracy in the workplace. Jacobs covers a variety of studies in science and management but this book is not a dry academic treatise but… Read more »

What is America?

A couple of times each week I head down to our local coffee shop and discuss politics, economics and our community with my friend Graham Watt. I’ve posted several of Graham’s articles on this blog, the latest being O Canada, so obviously I respect his opinions. For my birthday, Graham gave me a copy of… Read more »

Moving down-scale

Jim Kunstler spoke to a packed audience at Mount Allison University last night, covering much of the material in his book The Long Emergency with updated data. You can watch his 2004 TED Talk on The Tragedy of Suburbia. Kunstler opened with a most informative graph developed by C H Smith: Yes, that’s right; sometime… Read more »

The Fourth Turning

I picked up a used copy of The Fourth Turning (1997) as I had read some reviews, positive and negative, and for the price figured it was worth it. I won’t go into the entire premise of the book, as the reviews on Amazon give a good overview, but I find the recommendations from 1997… Read more »

Getting over a haggis

Guest post by Graham McTavish Watt Apropos of nothing other than a getting over a haggis munch yesterday at the Robbie Burn’s Evening, let me run this by your keen eyes. The Inuit people have been teaching and learning for at least a thousand years. And their learning is important because frequently the lack of… Read more »

Throwing sheep in the boardroom

Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom could be sub-titled everything you wanted to know about social media but didn’t have the time ask. The book is definitely comprehensive and is complete with hundreds of stories about the effects of online social networking. Anyone who is active in using and understanding social media may find this a… Read more »

Toward a Read-Write Society

With the election over and Bill C-61 dying with the last Parliament, the government is once again looking at making changes to copyright law. In A Copyright Call to Arms published in the Globe and Mail this week, the authors call for consultation from all sides of this complex issue: Ministers Clement and Moore have… Read more »

Academic Upstarts

The latest book from Clay Christensen and his team, authors of The Innovator’s Dilemma and others, is Disrupting Class, where they examine education. Tom Haskins reviews the book and provides his own perspectives in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and finally his own assessment on the value of college diplomas. Tom thinks that the… Read more »

Finding the Sweet Spot – Review

The first comment on the cover says: “This one is a keeper. Buy three. One for you, one for someone you care about, and one for a friend who really and truly needs it.” Seth Godin I was given a copy of Dave Pollard’s Finding the Sweet Spot by a friend and read it on… Read more »

Non-consumers in education

Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn say that Computer-Based Learning Could Transform Public Education within a Decade through “Disruptive Innovation”. This is based on Christensen’s models of disruption from his Innovators series of books, which I’ve discussed in Entrants and Incumbents. The authors use the model of innovation that shows certain advantages for entrants, namely motivations… Read more »