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Malcolm Gladwell: The Outlier!

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Reviewed: 16-12-20

Malcolm Gladwell's use of music and original soundtracks make this book very creative.

Here are a few sentences which I summarized for myself, to remember of the book, in the future.

There is no way to understand what is in the minds of strangers. What we need is restraint and humility to understand them better.
Assumptions pursued by many and reconsidered by few make dealing with strangers difficult.
"Because we don't know how to speak with strangers, we blame the stranger when things go wrong."

Malcolm Gladwell always sets you on a path of introspection!

A big academic pursuit: pleasure to listen!

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Reviewed: 16-12-20

This is my first book written by Thomas Piketty.
Some key thoughts I have retained for myself from the book.

The history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of struggle of ideologies and the quest for justice.
A combination of Historical, Sociological, Cultural and Political approaches needs to be considered while arriving at Economical decisions.
Resolving complex issues would need the participation and deliberation of each and every person.
I love the humility of this sentence, "My purpose is to begin debate not to end it."

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A concise book on a HUGE life!

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Reviewed: 16-12-20

This book gives beautiful illustrations of: 'Comprehensive anticipatory design science'.
Buckminster Fuller has always been a great motivation of mine!

Some thought provoking quotes I cherish from the book,
To anticipate comprehensively, the present day design scientist must be sensitive to the natural patterns of change and human patterns of activity, extrapolating from fragmentary evidence.
Comprehensiveness must be collective. "All knowledge comes together when all minds come together."

Scholarly work!

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Reviewed: 16-12-20

I found this book very insightful. Am keen to look out for titles by Ms. Lovell.

I summarize the book for the future through these sentences from the book,

The West had assumed for long that China needed to evolve over a period, to make it adapt more and more of Western thoughts and culture, to enable a peaceful global coexistence.
It was assumed that Mao and communism would become history, but the opposite has happened. Maoism had been underestimated as a global phenomenon.

Lights Out cover art

A book written with conviction

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Reviewed: 16-12-20

The authors succinctly capture the journey of a company, from where I had several ex colleagues in my career.
Some memorable quotes and learning's I remind myself always,

"Chairman Jeff Immelt's success would be seen as his predecessor's, while the failure would be all his doing,...... in a job on which he never slowed down for 16 years."
"GE represented more than it made. It represented a capitalistic meritocracy. A locus of not just success but a virtue of targets made and goals surpassed....."
"The will to meet a target could supersede the math, even though the livelihood of millions hung in the balance."

I am left with the thought: does the business environment which breeds the same organizational culture elsewhere has no blame to share? Was it only the fault of the company?

Gary Hamel: pathbreaking as always!

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Reviewed: 16-12-20

My take-away quotes from this very original book.

Think like an activist. Activist's not Bureaucrats make change possible.
Current business environment is, "All punctuation and no equilibrium."
Change needs to be socially constructed. Employees need a hand in creating the change.
Organizations are inertial. Freeing the human spirit is the objective of Humanocracy!

Revealing!

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Reviewed: 16-12-20

2 insightful quotes from the book, for me summarize its contents,
"For the first time in my presidency, after the Abbottabad raid, we didn't have to sell the work we had done..."
"Is unity of purpose possible only when the goal involved killing a terrorist? Can't we unite the country for anything other than an attack on external enemies?"
The challenges of the world's most powerful commander and the CEO of a business remain the same!