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Strengths-Based Leadership: A book review by Bob Morris

September 1, 2019

Strengths-Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow Tom Rath and Barry Conchie Gallup Press  (2009) If you don’t care about your skills and their development, why would anyone else? Note: This book was first published a decade ago…

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Emily Wilson’s translation of Homer’s Odyssey: A book review by Bob Morris

August 30, 2019

The Odyssey Homer; Emily Wilson, Translator W.W. Norton & Company (November 2017) A brilliant exploration of “both the origins of Western literature, and our infinitely complex contemporary world” The last time I checked, Amazon offers 221 English translations of Homer’s…

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The Expanding Blaze: A book review by Bob Morris

August 29, 2019

The Expanding Blaze: How the American Revolution Ignited the World, 1775-1848 Jonathan Israel Princeton University Press (2017) A briliant examination of “the crucible of demographic modernity” As is often true of my reviewing efforts, I read this book in combination…

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The Success Equation: A book review by Bob Morris

August 24, 2019

The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing Michael J. Mauboussin Harvard Business Review Press (2012) How and why to “untangle” skill and luck to improve at “the art of good guesswork” when making decisions Note:…

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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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