Have you noticed how thoughts have a habit of evaporating? Journaling, writing down thoughts and observations, can deliver valuable insights. In other words, journaling is the conversation you have with yourself. Keeping a journal or diary isn’t a new occupation. Business and political leaders keep notes of events for posterity, or at least as something to give… Continue reading Ideas!

Is slowing down bad?

You’d think promoting counter-urgency in business would be as popular as a middle-of-the-night-car-alarm-wake-up-call. Do a news search on “slow and business” and you get nothing but misery, pain, and frustration. Don’t we associate slow with failure, inefficiency; and perhaps worse — laziness? Speed worship We love speed. We have speed dating, speed networking, and fast… Continue reading Is slowing down bad?

Negotiating the Impossible

If you’ve ever tried to convince someone of your point of view (and who hasn’t?), then Negotiating the Impossible: How to Break Deadlocks and Resolve Ugly Conflicts (without money or muscle) by Deepak Malhotra is a must-read. Negotiating the Impossible is a high-value book that offers its readers accessible and practical lessons in the art of negotiation.… Continue reading Negotiating the Impossible

Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth

Margaret Atwood’s book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, is fascinating. Her list of glittering prizes is long. The reader is treated to a mature voice, a voice of wisdom, and playfulness. In other words, she knows how to tell a good story. Debtors and creditors are joined at the hip. Debit and credit… Continue reading Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth


Payoff: The hidden logic that shapes our motivations by Dan Ariely is a short book about meaning and motivation. The central thesis is that intrinsic motivators shape long-term beneficial results, whereas extrinsic rewards don’t. This small-format TED book is a companion to Dan Ariely’s TED Talks online. At 103 pages, it’s a quick read, something you… Continue reading Payoff

Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini

A dangerous book Which messages cause people to comply? Robert Cialdini’s new book addresses this question. Pre-Suasion is a revolutionary way to influence and persuade. Pre-suasion operates by creating favorable conditions a few moments before trying to influence. This is a powerful book, and not without its ethical concerns. I’ll get to that in a minute. A conjurer intentionally misdirects an… Continue reading Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini

The Master Communicator’s Handbook

Whether you’re speaking to a child about putting on her shoes, or you’re the head of an organization trying to solve a global problem, you need to understand and be understood. The Master Communicator’s Handbook, by Teresa Erickson and Tim Ward, is written primarily for professionals who need to communicate better. Yet anyone can learn from… Continue reading The Master Communicator’s Handbook

Phishing for Phools

There’s a sucker born every minute. Whether circus promoter P.T. Barnum actually uttered those words is a matter of dispute. Yet there is reason to beware. Phishing for Phools is crammed with examples of beastly things intelligent evil doers do to unsuspecting, lazy, or naïve folks. And it’s these stories from personal finance, medicine, politics, banking,… Continue reading Phishing for Phools