May 6, 2008
News & Opinion: Predictably Irrational
A book that's seen a lot of press and hit the bestseller lists this year is Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely. Paul Dunay over at MarketingProfs had a chance to interview Dan. You can listen to that interview here. And follow Dan's blog over here.
NEWS & OPINION: The Behavioral Economics of Penguin Classics and A Long Tail Discussion
By 800-CEO-READ, published July 21, 2008, at 6:03 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture
The Penguin Blog has an excellent post on behavioral economics and why people buy more Penguin Classics than other publishers. Sales Managaer Fiona Buckland has obviously been following business literature, as she references not only the classic Why We Buy, but also recenty released Predictable Irrational and Nudge--the latter of which they've recently acquired the paperback rights to and will be releasing in January. (In her post, Buckland also links to a great review of Predictably Irrational from The Guardian) Seth Godin had a very interesting post on the profitability of The Long Tail on Friday.
NEWS & OPINION: Sway: The Irresistable Pull of Irrational Behavior
By 800-CEO-READ, published August 5, 2008, at 7:43 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture
The other day I had an interesting conversation with the two Brafman brothers -- Ori and Rom -- who wrote Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior. Turns out we shouldn't always trust our gut instinct. I just posted the podcast if you'd like to learn why that's true.
NEWS & OPINION: The 2008 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards - New Perspectives Category
By 800-CEO-READ, published December 4, 2008, at 6:08 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture
The books on our 2008 shortlist for the New Perspectives Category are: Creating A World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism by Muhammad Yunus with Karl Weber (PublicAffairs, January 2008) Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his work in creating the Grameen Bank and evangelizing the use of micro-credit lending to alleviate poverty. He believes the next wave of possibility is social business: organizations whose purposes shift from generating profits to solving the problems of those in poverty. The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow (Pantheon, May 2008) The Drunkard's Walk is a wonderful addition to a growing category that Amazon recently called "Why We Act This Way.
NEWS & OPINION: In the Books - Off to the Printers V
By 800-CEO-READ, published December 30, 2009, at 5:54 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture
Yesterday, you got a brief look into Rebecca Schlei Hartman's immense brain. Today, we will glimpse the bizarre workings of her husband's. Robbie Hartman is the author of one of my favorite lines in recent years: Though I fully support guns, children, the flag and American entrepreneurship, I do not condone guns that shoot flags at children for money.
NEWS & OPINION: Hudson Booksellers Best Books of 2008
By 800-CEO-READ, published November 18, 2008, at 4:52 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture
Airport retailer Hudson Booksellers has announced its best books of 2008, and chosen five in the business category. They are: Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely, HarperCollins Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown and Company Simplexity: Why Simple Things Become Complex (and How Complex Things Can Be Made Simple) by Jeffrey Kluger, Hyperion Books Earth: The Sequel: The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming by Fred Krupp & Miriam Horn, W. W.