October 2, 2006

News & Opinion: An Elegant Book

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 10:05 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity

I am 100 pages into The Elegant Solution by Matthew May. I just like this book. I like the message. I like the tone. The design of the book fits well with the content.

I am really attracted to the Toyota's idea of always getting better. Mr. May takes the philosophy from the factory floor and applies it to the knowledge worker.

My favorite quote thus far:
Slaying dragons and storming castles isn't for the faint of heart. The root meaning of ingenuity means free thinker. In a world run by powerful bosses and inflexible systems, rarely if ever is creative license granted freely. It's taken. And that takes basic courage. Or at least a soldier's bravado. It's the obstacles that make the achievement so impressive. If it was easy, we wouldn't be talking about it. No challenge, no creativity.

Expect more from us on this book...

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.