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Advantages of Disadvantages

In his book “David and Goliath,” Malcolm Gladwell talks about cases where an apparent disadvantage may have helped an individual to actually perform better. He starts with the example of David, a small-boned shepherd who defeats the giant Goliath. Gladwell reasons that David was very light and quick on his feet, while Goliath was big, clumsy, . . . → Read More: Advantages of Disadvantages

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Book Review: "Blink" by Malcom Gladwell

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

by Malcolm Gladwell

This is Malcolm Gladwell‘s second book after “The Tipping Point.”  In The Tipping Point, Gladwell writes about how sometimes things considered little and insignificant can unexpectedly cause big changes. Blink is about something very different; it is about how much information processing is . . . → Read More: Book Review: "Blink" by Malcom Gladwell

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Trapping Mavens With The Web

In his book The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell coins the term “maven trap.” Mavens are experts in a particular field who are always trying to help others with their knowledge. They are the kind of people you turn to for advice when you want to buy a car or a HDTV, book a trip to Europe, . . . → Read More: Trapping Mavens With The Web

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What You See Is What You "Think" You Get

In his book “Blink,” Malcolm Gladwell writes about “Sensation Transference.” He describes what a beer manufacturer realized when they tried to figure out why their competitor’s beer was always doing better in the market, in spite of their beer being of good quality, having good advertisements, and having been priced competively. After a series of marketing . . . → Read More: What You See Is What You "Think" You Get

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What You Create Is What You Love

In his book, “Predictably Irrational,” Dan Ariely describes what he calls the IKEA effect.  This concept has been selected as one of  Harvard Business Reviews’  Breakthrough Ideas for 2009.

The essence of this effect is to make us “love what we build.” It’s what you feel when you go to IKEA (or Home Depot, or whatever your . . . → Read More: What You Create Is What You Love

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Book Review: "Outliers" – by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers: The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell

This book, Malcolm Gladwell’s latest, focuses on something completely different from his earlier ones, “The Tipping Point,” and “Blink.” The Tipping Point is about how small factors can add up to cause a big change, or, to tip something over. It’s about the proverbial “straw that broke the . . . → Read More: Book Review: "Outliers" – by Malcolm Gladwell

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"Who You See Is What You Get."

I have been listening to the audio-book “How Doctors Think” by Dr. Jerome Groopman for the last few days. I will write a review when I have listened to it fully — and may be one more time — but something  I heard today kept me thinking.

Dr. Groopman describes how doctors sometimes are influenced by their . . . → Read More: "Who You See Is What You Get."

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How Pilots Think in the Blink of an Eye

I just completed listening to the audio-book “Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell and started listening to “How Doctors Think” by Jerome Groopman (review coming soon). I have been reflecting on what both these highly insightful authors have to say about how our mind works during a crisis.

Critical Thinking In a Crisis
Gladwell says that a well-trained mind gets . . . → Read More: How Pilots Think in the Blink of an Eye

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My Audible Book Collection

Looking at my audio-book library that I have collected from my almost 2-year subscription to audible.com, I am pretty sure that if I had bought print versions of these books, most of them would have been sitting on my shelf, partially read, due to lack of “quality time” to sit down and read them. My decision . . . → Read More: My Audible Book Collection

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Audio-Book Listening Tips

Now that I have been listening to audio-books for almost 2 years, here are some tips that might help you enjoy yours.

Be patient – If you are new to listening to audio-books, you might find it a bit hard to concentrate the first couple of times. Stick with it, and you will soon get the hang . . . → Read More: Audio-Book Listening Tips

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