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June 18, 2012

News & Opinion: New KnowledgeBlocks Explorations

By: Sally Haldorson @ 9:07 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Every month over on KnowledgeBlocks, we publish three business book explorations that examine a narrow subject within a broader business topic. Each begins with a featured book and then branches out, introducing you to author insights via podcast or interview, other related books, curated links, and brief analyses that will help you build your business knowledge.

In June, members can access these Explorations:




On the Being a Leader channel, you'll find an exploration titled "Beyond Pros and Cons" which features the book Judgment Calls: 12 Stories of Big Decisions and the Teams that got Them Right by Thomas Davenport and Brook Manville as a jumping off point for a deep dive into decision making. We'll look at why knowledge is not enough, why leaders have a superhero complex, what happens when new leaders began as creators, and why leaders should be more concerned with how a decision is made, not who it is made by. And finally, we close the Exploration with a podcast Q&A with Judgment Calls authors Davenport and Manville.

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The Creativity & Innovation exploration for June features Tina Seelig's inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity, a book based on her course on creativity and innovation through the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, and answers the question: "Can Creativity Be Learned?" Seelig assures us that it can, so we set out to explore how to wake up our latent creativity, why it is important to do so, how what you already know can inspire your own brand of creativity, how to turn your observations into actionable innovations, and why it is important to ask the questions that can generate lots of answers. A Q&A with Tina Seelig is forthcoming.

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And for our Running a Business exploration, we looked toward Jason Jennings' The Reinventors to instruct us on the dangers of standing still, the value of letting go, why small steps take the risk out of the possible reward, why the need to be resilient and adaptive are the only guarantees in 21st century business. A business isn't always going to stay "up." But you can make the decision to surf the wave--become a partner with change--, and that starts with becoming a reinventor. A Q&A with Jason Jennings is forthcoming.

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Still not sure what KnowledgeBlocks is?


KnowledgeBlocks is an interactive, subscription-based site powered by the business book experts at 800-CEO-READ. Our mission is to help build your business knowledge by offering the following four features:

Explorations: Every month we publish three business book explorations that examine a narrow subject within a broader business topic. Each begins with a featured book and then branches out, introducing you to author insights via podcast or interview, other related books, curated links, and brief analyses that will help you build your business knowledge.

Thinkers in Residence: Our showcase for business authors and thinkers with bios, brief interviews, reading lists, curated blocks, Q&As, and webinars.

Blocks & Stacks: Blocks and Stacks offer a system for you to save, highlight, and aggregate the business information that is important to you.

Book Giveaways: Each month we give away 20 copies of a current business book. (Membership not required.)

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About Sally Haldorson


Sally Haldorson's job as 800-CEO-READ’s General Manager is to make 800-CEO-READ a great place to work for our employees, and a consistently high-performing customer service organization for our clients, authors, and our partners in the publishing industry. In addition to her General Manager duties ensuring collaboration, integration, and quality, she reads, writes, reviews, curates, and edits for the company. Helping craft The 100 Best Business Books of All Time used parts of both skill sets. Outside of work, she is most likely to be found hitting a tennis ball around or hanging out with her boys (husband, child, dog) at home.