I have reached the point where I just need to quit reading. It is all so confusing. (This is not the first time I have reached this point…) Malcolm Gladwell in Blink and the Heath brothers in Switch tell us that we are better off with fewer choices. Give us too many choices, and we… Read More Decision Paralysis vs. Preference for Variety
If you read this blog, you know that I am a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell. And as much as I like his books, I equally like his essays (all but the very most recent archived here). Here are some excerpts from his essay entitled The Risk Pool. (I re-read this essay after it was… Read More “Nobody Knows Anything” – Malcolm Gladwell sweeps through a large swath of the 20th century of American Business in a Tour de Force
There’s this great scene in Annie Hall. Alvy (Woody Allen) overhears this arrogant teacher comment about Marshall McLuhan. Here’s a condensed version of the scene from the script: ALVY you don’t know anything about Marshall McLuhan’s work! MAN IN LINE Really? Really? I happen to teach a class at Columbia called “TV Media and Culture”! … Read More Can we Really Blame it on Gladwell?
“It is a great principle in psychiatry that ‘all symptoms are overdetermined.’ This means that they have more than one cause…. I want to scream this from the rooftops: ‘All symptoms are overdetermined.’” M. Scott Peck, In Search of Stones Malcolm Gladwell has a new article out. Gladwell fans wait for these with great anticipation. … Read More Malcolm Gladwell has a New Article (on the Financial Meltdown) — and People are Already Disagreeing
Here’s an interesting little piece of insight — a lot of people claim to have read books that they have not actually read. Why? Because, to stay in the “admired/with it” group, they have to appear as with it. And reading the current hot books, in some circles, especially some business circles, is a way… Read More Everyone is Reading it – Are You?
My favorite book of the last few years is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. (and I also enjoyed Blink and his first, The Tipping Point). One of my favorite blogs is Seth Godin’s blog. I very much liked The Long Tail by Chris Anderson, and already have scheduled “Free” by Chris Anderson in the fall for the… Read More Game On: Handicap Match — Gladwell vs. Godin and Anderson
I just checked, for the fun of it. And Outliers: The Story of Success, is the second highest non-fiction book on the over-all list of bests sellers on Amazon.com. The Tipping Point, after nearly nine years, is still in the top 50. And his second book, Blink, is still in the top 100. This is… Read More Malcolm Gladwell’s Enduring Appeal — Consider Outliers and The Tipping Point
“Here’s a counter-intuitive thought: Shoppers with less information about a product are happier than those with more information.” (from Guy Kawasaki’s blog). ————— In the old days, an author would write a book. Then, we would read the book. And then, we would wait for the author’s next book. That was ancient history. Now, the… Read More Authors Have Blogs