Book Review: Linked

Originally, I thought Linked would be more thoughts along the lines of Never Eat Alone and the value of networking, but boy, was I wrong! It was that and MUCH more. An in-depth investigation into network theory running the gamut of subjects from physics to cell biology to terrorism to the Internet. A fascinating read that, if…

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Book Review: Secrets of Consulting

I’m of the opinion that pretty much everyone in the “knowledge economy” is a consultant. What Secrets of Consulting does -pretty well-is boil down a lot of the truths about working with people (his first rule is, “no matter what, it’s ALWAYS a people problem”) into simple little proverbs (hey, like the one I just cited!)…

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More Powerful Than Microsoft…

Think that one person can’t match the marketing firepower of a company with a billion dollar marketing budget? Think again. The fact is that the game has changed and it’s critical that Microsoft-and every other company-understand this. Why? As Jackie Huba and Ben McConnell explain eloquently in their book Citizen Marketers, it comes down to a…

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Book Review: Never Eat Alone

The question I’ve got about Never Eat Alone is whether someone who is not already committed to the concept of networking as a critical strategy would take the ideas and run with them. For hardcore networkers, this book is a must read (My LinkedIn Profile and on Facebook). Not so much because of the vision (you already…

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Book Review: Juggling Elephants

I stopped by the mailbox in my office on Wednesday and found Juggling Elephants in an envelope. No indication whatsoever from whom it was sent. I don’t know if it was a message that I need to get my act together or just that I might enjoy it, but a parable in the spirit of Who Moved My…

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Book Review: Wikinomics

You’ve heard of Wikipedia, no doubt. What Wikinomics proposes to do is explain how the concept of mass (often, voluntary) collaboration (the wiki principle, as it were) among co-workers, peers, producers, consumers, partners, suppliers, etc. is going to change the way that products and ideas are developed for the marketplace. And, I have to say, they…

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Book Review: Cluetrain Manifesto

I remember the day about 8 years ago or so when my colleague, Matt van Horn, told me to read Cluetrain Manifesto. All I can say is that I made a mistake in not listening to him then.  The knowledge imparted by this book has been in my head for a while, but it gave…

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Book Review: Art of Possibility

As you get older, the neural pathways in your mind become like different paths in a forest. Those that are used more often become easier to navigate. The tendency then is to walk down the easier, more comfortable paths (for the most part).  It’s a self-reinforcing cycle. The more you walk, the more comfortable you…

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Book Review: Difficult Conversations

The higher you move up the experience ladder, the more you realize that success in most fields has less to do with technical/domain knowledge (obviously those are important) and more to do with the “softer skills” of things like interpersonal communications. As consultants say, “it is ALWAYS a people problem.” A friend of mine recommended the…

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Book Review: Wake Me Up When the Data Is Over

In principle, I agree with everything that the author advocates in Wake Me Up When the Data Is Over. Communication (and PowerPoint!) is about telling a story that resonates (see Book Review: Made to Stick) not bombarding people with data, facts, and figures. The author, editor really, emphasizes the need to tell a story and she…

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