Book Reviews

Create the Future: A book review by Bob Morris

March 31, 2020

Create the Future: Tactics for Disruptive Thinking Jeremy Gutsche Fast Company Press (March 2020) “The future is already here — It’s just not very evenly distributed.” William GIbson This volume serves as Part 1 of the operations manual for Jeremy…

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Language Is Leadership: A book review by Bob Morris

March 30, 2020

Leadership Is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say–and What You Don’t L. David Marquet Portfolio/Penguin (February 2020) Earn respect and trust by what you do and how well you do it, and that includes communication As I began…

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The Innovation Stack: A book review by Bob Morris

March 29, 2020

The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time Jim McKelvey Portfolio/Penguin (March 2020) This methodology produced the greatest breakthroughs throughout history…and will continue to do so The term “stack” may seem irrelevant in the context…

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The Catalyst: A book revIew by Bob Morris

March 24, 2020

The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone’s Mind Jonah Berger Simon & Schuster (March 2020) “If you want to truly understand something, try to change it.”  Kurt Lewin Years ago while in Washington (DC), I attended a reception for the new…

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The Autonomous Revolution: A book review by Bob Morris

March 24, 2020

The Autonomous Revolution: Reclaiming the Future We’ve Sold to Machines William Davidow and Michael S. Malone Berrett-Koehler Publishers (February 2020) Changes each day “are transforming the terms of life for billions in every corner of the world.” in the Introduction,…

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Washington’s End: A book review by Bob Morris

March 23, 2020

Washington’s End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle Jonathan Horn Scribner (February 2020) The end of “the American Cincinnatus” and the beginning of a city “that no one could control” There are two periods in U.S. history that have received…

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Margin of Trust: A book review by Bob Morris

March 20, 2020

Margin of Trust: The Berkshire Business Model Lawrence Cunningham and Stephanie Cuba Columbia Business School Publishing (January 2020) Value investing depends on “margin of safety”; organizational health depends on “margin of trust” In my review of The Essays of Warren…

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The Enlightenment That Failed: A book review by Bob Morris

March 19, 2020

The Enlightenment That Failed: Ideas, Revolution, and Democratic Defeat, 1748-1830 Jonathan I. Israel Oxford University Press (January 2020) A brilliant examination of previously unexplored dimensions of the Radical Enlightenment thesis Those who have a passionate interest in world history are…

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What’s Your Problem? A book review by Bob Morris

March 18, 2020

What’s Your Problem?: To Solve Your Toughest Problems, Change the Problems You Solve Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg Harvard Business Review Press (March 2020) If you don’t solve the right problem, you’ve only created many more problems. What is the thesis of this…

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The Splendid and the Vile: A book review by Bob Morris

March 17, 2020

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Erik Larson Crown (February 2020) Popular narrative nonfiction of the very highest order Having read all of Erik Larson’s previous books, I have stopped trying…

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