But Where will the Demand Be? – My Lessons and Takeaways from Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford

When there is a legitimate “best book of the year” award, complete with a cash component, then the winning book is worth looking at. Well, this book won the Best Business Book of the Year award from McKinsey and The Financial Times. So I selected this book, presenting my synopsis of Rise of the Robots:… Read More But Where will the Demand Be? – My Lessons and Takeaways from Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford

He Didn’t “Leave” Work Early – Maybe The Greatest Strength of the Great Peyton Manning

“You cannot retire from a commitment.” Elton Trueblood ——————– No, Peyton Manning did not have his greatest offensive game at the 2016 Super Bowl. But, he did not lose the game, either, which really is quite something. As the speculation mounts about what’s next for Peyton, let’s marvel at the greatest aspect of his game – his… Read More He Didn’t “Leave” Work Early – Maybe The Greatest Strength of the Great Peyton Manning

“Reading Makes Us Better People” – Wise Counsel from Dallas Cardiologist Dr. John Harper

A while back, one of the business books I read and presented at the First Friday Book Synopsis described this interesting finding: reading books – books of fiction, works of literature – can make people more empathetic, more understanding, more… human. So, I thought of that as I worked through my physical newspaper article stack.… Read More “Reading Makes Us Better People” – Wise Counsel from Dallas Cardiologist Dr. John Harper

Here’s the February, 2016 New York Times Business Books Best Sellers List – The Big Short by Michael Lewis is again at #1

  Here’s the February, 2016 New York Times business books best sellers list. The Big Short by Michael Lewis is again at #1 There are a couple of newcomers to this month’s list. #2, The Power of Broke, is the work of Shark Tank’s Daymond John. He has quite a following. The newcomer that most interests… Read More Here’s the February, 2016 New York Times Business Books Best Sellers List – The Big Short by Michael Lewis is again at #1

Coming for March: Deep Work, and I Know How She Does It – Our Book Selections for the March 4 First Friday Book Synopsis

This morning, we had a wonderful gathering for the February First Friday Book Synopsis. People are spreading the word – we had 100 gather for this morning’s session. Thanks to all who attend, and all who help spread the word. We have selected two good books for our next session on March 4. Karl Krayer… Read More Coming for March: Deep Work, and I Know How She Does It – Our Book Selections for the March 4 First Friday Book Synopsis

George E.L. Barbee: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

George E. L. Barbee is one of the original Batten Fellow faculty members (along with Jim Collins, Malcolm Gladwell and Jim Gilmore) at top-ranked University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and has been teaching innovation for the past 15 years to over 500 MBA students and senior executives. Barbee’s 45-year business career has taken… Read More George E.L. Barbee: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

When Does Something Become Contagious? – (With some encouraging news about our First Friday Book Synopsis)

But while it’s easy to find examples of social contagion, it’s much harder to actually get something to catch on.

 Jonah Berger, Contagious: Why Things Catch On read my blog post: Here are my Five Takeaways from Jonah Berger’s Contagious (& his 6 STEPPS) – You Want your Endeavor to Become Contagious, Right?  ——————– What… Read More When Does Something Become Contagious? – (With some encouraging news about our First Friday Book Synopsis)

“The Immediately Relevant” is Quite a Danger to the Pursuit of the Longer-Term Relevant – (Insight from Douglas Rushkoff, Present Shock)

This morning, in the midst of a helpful, thought-provoking presentation by business consultant Peter Sorenson, my mind took off on a tangent or two. (So did the “group mind” – we had a pretty wide-ranging discussion prompted by Pete’s presentation at this morning’s session of IMC DFW). Here’s one tangent. If we are living in… Read More “The Immediately Relevant” is Quite a Danger to the Pursuit of the Longer-Term Relevant – (Insight from Douglas Rushkoff, Present Shock)

Originals Learn Change for the Sake of Getting Better at Change – A lesson from Adam Grant’s Originals

I’m typing this on my iMac, and normally would load this into my blog using Safari. It turns that that may be a mistake. You see, Safari is my default browser. It came as the default browser on my iMac,, and my iMac before this one. I really don’t remember how many years I’ve been… Read More Originals Learn Change for the Sake of Getting Better at Change – A lesson from Adam Grant’s Originals

It Takes “Distraction-Free Concentration” to do Deep Work – Quite a Challenge in this new Era

Well, wouldn’t this be nice?… In this book I’m interested in Carl Jung’s commitment to the following skill, which almost certainly played a key role in his accomplishments: Deep Work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and… Read More It Takes “Distraction-Free Concentration” to do Deep Work – Quite a Challenge in this new Era