Just in case you haven’t heard, Freakonomics: The Movie is on its way…

Just in case you have’t heard, Freakonomics:  The Movie (Six Rogue Filmmakers Explore the Hidden Side of Everything) is on its way… From the website: FREAKONOMICS is the highly anticipated film version of the phenomenally bestselling book about incentives-based thinking by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Like the book, the film examines human behavior with… Read More Just in case you haven’t heard, Freakonomics: The Movie is on its way…

Switch & Tribes & Many Other New Business Book Synopsis Presentations now available at 15minutebusinessbooks.com

Karl Krayer and I have just completed our 12th year of monthly presentations of business books at the First Friday Book Synopsis. Our webmaster (thanks, Dana!) has just uploaded a number of these on our companion website, 15minutebusinessbooks.com.  When you purchase one of our presentations, you receive the handout, which includes representative key quotes from… Read More Switch & Tribes & Many Other New Business Book Synopsis Presentations now available at 15minutebusinessbooks.com

Now, this is an endorsement of a book! — Levitt loves Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto, as does Dubner

The Freakonomics/Superfreakonomics guys really like Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto.  (I will be presenting a synopsis of this at the April First Friday Book Synopsis). Here’s Levitt… If there is one topic that I have no natural affinity for, it is checklists. I don’t use checklists. I’m not interested in checklists. Yet, against all odds,… Read More Now, this is an endorsement of a book! — Levitt loves Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto, as does Dubner

My personal “Bests” — from business books I presented in 2009

In 2009, I presented twelve book synopses at the First Friday Book Synopsis (as I do every year).  At the bottom of this post, I list the books by month. (Remember, my colleague Karl Krayer presented a different book each month). Here are a few “bests” — my selections —  re. the books from the… Read More My personal “Bests” — from business books I presented in 2009

First Friday Book Synopsis Update – The Tyranny of E-mail and Trade Off, Coming in January

We closed 2009 with over 90 people gathered for the December First Friday Book Synopsis.  My colleague, Karl Krayer, was out of town, and guest presenter LIn O’Neill helped us get the key concepts from the book Busting Loose from the Business Game by Robert Scheinfeld.  (Thanks Lin).  I had a lot of fun with… Read More First Friday Book Synopsis Update – The Tyranny of E-mail and Trade Off, Coming in January

About that multi-tasking expertise…

A person using a computer experiences “cognitive drift” if more than one second elapses between clicking the mouse and seeing new data on the screen.  If ten seconds pass, the person’s mind is somewhere else entirely.  That’s how medical errors are made. Levitt and Dubner, Superfreakonomics The books say that women are better at multitasking… Read More About that multi-tasking expertise…

Superfreakonomics and the Parable of the Horse Manure — (There is So Much I Don’t Know)

One of my great embarrassments is that there is so much that I do not know.  There’s much that I don’t know that it’s ok that I don’t know, and then there’s more that I don’t know that I should know — but I don’t.  That’s the embarrassing part. Take the subject of horse dung. … Read More Superfreakonomics and the Parable of the Horse Manure — (There is So Much I Don’t Know)

The Freakonomics guys are back at it — with Superfreakonomics

The Freakonomics guys are back at it. In their first book, Freakonomics:  A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, the economist and journalist duo of Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner made quite a splash with a whole new set of questions, and a new way of looking at many things…  Here’s an excerpt:… Read More The Freakonomics guys are back at it — with Superfreakonomics