Structural Shift vs. Cyclical Downturn (w/insight from Zakaria & Friedman) – Where will the Jobs Be? (ongoing series)

This slump is worse than most; so is the mood. Once demand returns, they say, jobs will come back and, with them, optimism. But Americans are far more apprehensive than usual, and their worries seem to go beyond the short-term debate over stimulus vs. deficit reduction. They fear that we are in the midst of… Read More Structural Shift vs. Cyclical Downturn (w/insight from Zakaria & Friedman) – Where will the Jobs Be? (ongoing series)

It’s a Good Time to Take a Deeper Look at Jared Diamond’s Collapse

Last night, I presented my synopsis of Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman.  It was a large, opinionated, animated group.  The conversations were passionate, and the whole evening really was quite a learning experience. One participant walked up afterward, and asked “have you read Collapse?”  (I love it when I can answer yes to… Read More It’s a Good Time to Take a Deeper Look at Jared Diamond’s Collapse

After The Great Oil Spill — Revisiting Thomas Freidman’s Hot, Flat, And Crowded

(note from Randy – I am certainly no expert in this field.  I read books, and then try to let the authors and the books speak.  This post is an attempt to let Friedman’s book speak to us). ———————————— The news is not yet turning any better in the aftermath of the Gulf Oil disaster. … Read More After The Great Oil Spill — Revisiting Thomas Freidman’s Hot, Flat, And Crowded

The New “Zippies” — and the Growing Skill Deficit

• The new “zippies” — “a young city or suburban resident, with a zip in his stride.  Generation Z.  Oozes attitude, ambition, and aspiration.  Cool, confident, and creative.  Seeks challenges, loves risks, and shuns fear.” (Describing younger adults in India — Thomas Friedman, The World is Flat) ———————— Last night, I spent a really wonderful evening… Read More The New “Zippies” — and the Growing Skill Deficit

When Does it Become Good Business to Go Green? — When enough people (and especially customers) insist on it

News item: Last Monday, Apple announced that it would be quitting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because of the Chamber’s opposition to global-warming legislation. And that was just the latest in a series of defections: in the past few weeks, the public-utility companies Pacific Gas & Electric, PNM Resources, and Exelon all announced that they’d… Read More When Does it Become Good Business to Go Green? — When enough people (and especially customers) insist on it

Fantasy vs. Reality – Will there ever be enough Green Jobs to make a Difference?

This is a blog primarily focused on business books.  And one of the biggest best selling books of the last couple of years is Thomas Friedman’s Hot Flat and Crowded:  Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How it Can Renew America.  In it, he argues – he is convinced! – that we need… Read More Fantasy vs. Reality – Will there ever be enough Green Jobs to make a Difference?

The President’s Summer Reading List – Hot, Flat, and Crowded makes the cut

Slate.com has an article by John Dickerson on the president’s summer reading list.    It includes a great trip back through time, reminding us that John Kennedy liked Ian Fleming, (here’s a witty line from the article.  President Obama is unlikely to choose Fleming, because “in the heat of this year’s health care debate, the president… Read More The President’s Summer Reading List – Hot, Flat, and Crowded makes the cut