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Smartcuts: A book review by Bob Morris

August 22, 2019

Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking Shane Snow HarperBusiness (September 2014) “Sacred cows make the best burgers.”  Robert Kriegel As I began to read Smartcuts, I was again reminded of the fact that many (if not most) human limits…

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The Age of the Democratic Revolution: A book review by Bob Morris

August 20, 2019

The Age of the Democratic Revolution: A Political History of Europe and America, 1760-1800 R.R. Palmer Princeton University Press (2014) A brilliant synthesis of immensely complicated historical issues In his highly informative Foreword, David Armitage quotes Franco Venturi ‘s opinion…

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Igniting the American Revolution: A book review by Bob Morris

August 18, 2019

Igniting the American Revolution Derek W. Beck Source Books (May 2016) Those were indeed the times that “tried men’s souls” I was reminded of that observation by Thomas Paine, as well as another: “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered;…

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Kochland: A book review by Bob Morris

August 16, 2019

Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America Christopher Leonard Simon & Schuster (August 2019) One of Charles Koch’s greatest skills: “analyzing and mitigating risk” in order to achieve long-term success Until reading this book, I…

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The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell: A book review by Bob Morris

August 12, 2019

The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell Paul Smith Sourcebooks (August 2019) How almost anyone can communicate with high impact every time Albert Einstein once suggested that if you cannot explain your “great idea” to a six-year-old, you really don’t understand…

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Nincompoopery: A book review by Bob Morris

August 1, 2019

Nincompoopery: Why Customers Hate You — and How to Fix It John  R. Brandt HarperBusiness Leadership (July 2019) How to understand, design, and deliver great value for everyone involved For such a colloquial word, nincompoop actually has a very learned…

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Super Thinking: A book review by Bob Morris

July 30, 2019

Super Thinking: The Big Book of Mental Models Gabriel Weinberg and Lauren McCann Portfolio/Penguin (June 1919) How to develop a mind that can jump jurisdictional boundaries to create unique value J. H. Flavell was probably the first to use the…

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Digital Transformation: A book review by Bob Morris

July 22, 2019

Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction Thomas M. Siebel Rosetta Books (July 2019) Creative disruption and natural selection in the 21st century  Years ago, Charles Darwin observed: “It is not the most intellectual of the…

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Superforecasting: A book review by Bob Morris

July 19, 2019

Superforecasting:The Art and Science of Prediction Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner Broadway Books (September 2016) How and why the best decisions are based on the best information The best decisions really are based on the best information. That is, information…

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Range: A book review by Bob Morris

July 16, 2019

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World David Epstein Riverhead Books (May 2019) “Obsolescence never meant the end of anything, it’s just the beginning.” Marshall McLuhan All of the best works of non-fiction are evidence-driven in one or more…

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