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Orbiting the Giant Hairball
A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace
Gordon MacKenzie - Apr 01, 1998 (first published in 1996)
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Creativity is crucial to business success. But too often, even the most innovative organization quickly becomes a "giant hairball"--a tangled, impenetrable mass of rules, traditions, and systems, all based on what worked in the past--that exercises an inexorable pull into mediocrity. Gordon McKenzie worked at Hallmark Cards for thirty years, many o...
Bob Sutton
Sep 26, 2021
My favorite creativity book? So many choices! I love @francescagino's and @steingreenberg's stuff. My top pick:"Orbiting the Giant Hairball" by the late Gordon McKenzie, the "creative paradox" at Hallmark. His spirit, stories, and wisdom are irresistible      source
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Tim Kastelle
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The Untapped Science of Less
Leidy Klotz - Apr 13, 2021
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Blending behavioral science and design, Leidy Klotz's Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less offers a scientific appreciation of why we underuse subtraction—and how to access its untapped potential. When humans solve problems, we overlook an incredibly powerful option: We don’t subtract. We pile on “to-dos” but don’t consider “stop-doings.” We crea...
Bob Sutton
May 13, 2021
Springsteen, Strunk and White, and the virtues of removing the old Embarcadero freeway in San Francisco. @Leidyklotz makes a compelling case that less is more. Best book I've read this year. #frictionproject      source
Also recommended by
Adam Grant
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Humor, Seriously
Why Humor Is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life (And how anyone can harness it. Even you.)
Jennifer Aaker - Feb 02, 2021 (first published in 2020)
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Anyone--even you!--can learn how to harness the power of humor in business (and life), based on the popular class at Stanford's Graduate School of Business.Working professionals have fallen off a humor cliff. In fact, around the time we enter the workforce, the number of times we laugh and smile on an average day statistically starts to plummet.And...
Bob Sutton
Feb 23, 2021
@blackspaceshipp @aaker @nbagdonas It is a great book. Enjoy      source
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Guy KawasakiBJ Fogg
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Blood, Powder, and Residue
How Crime Labs Translate Evidence into Proof
Beth A. Bechky - Jan 19, 2021
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A rare behind-the-scenes look at the work of forensic scientistsThe findings of forensic science--from DNA profiles and chemical identifications of illegal drugs to comparisons of bullets, fingerprints, and shoeprints--are widely used in police investigations and courtroom proceedings. While we recognize the significance of this evidence for crimin...
Bob Sutton
Jan 29, 2021
I am delighted that the @nytimesbooks gave Beth Bechky's book such a glowing review. Beth is one of the best workplace ethnographers and she writes beautifully. I love this book.      source
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How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries
Safi Bahcall - Mar 19, 2019
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What do James Bond and Lipitor have in common? What can we learn about human nature and world history from a glass of water?In Loonshots, physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bahcall reveals a surprising new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behavior that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs.Drawing o...
Bob Sutton
Jan 27, 2021
@SafiBahcall Such a great book. I never read anything quite like it. And it is true to who you are. I disagree with some of it. Who cares? I even love the parts I want to argue with.      source
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The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
Daniel H. Pink - Feb 07, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork.Timing, it's often assumed, is an art. In When: The Scientific Secrets of ...
Bob Sutton
Jan 12, 2021
This finding delights and troubles me. And it reminds me of @DanielPink's wonderful book "When"      source
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Derek SiversKat Cole
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Remote Work Revolution
Succeeding from Anywhere
Tsedal Neeley - Mar 30, 2021
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“I often talk about the importance of trust when it comes to work: the trust of your employees and building trust with your customers. This book provides a blueprint for how to build and maintain that trust and connection in a digital environment.” —Eric S. Yuan, founder and CEO of ZoomA Harvard Business School professor and leading expert in virtu...
Bob Sutton
Dec 12, 2020
An excellent and timely book!      source
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Adam Grant
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A Flaw in Human Judgment
Daniel Kahneman - May 18, 2021
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From the bestselling author of Thinking, Fast and Slow and the co-author of Nudge, a groundbreaking exploration of why most people make bad judgments, and how to control for that noise.​ Imagine that two doctors in the same city give different diagnoses to identical patients — or that two judges in the same courthouse give different sentences to pe...
Bob Sutton
Dec 01, 2020
This is a very important book. Noise may be a bigger problem than bias when it comes to explaining (and avoiding) bad decisions and bad human relationships.      source
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Profound Simplicity
Foundations for a Social Philosophy 3rd,Subsequent edition by Will Schutz (1982) Paperback
Bob Sutton
Dec 05, 2019
Wise and wonderful. Reminiscent of an old book "Profound Simplicity" by Will Schutz, which argues,(much as Carl shows) knowledge moves from simplistic, to convoluted, profoundly simple. As Carl implies, simplistic and profound are often had to distinguish!      source
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Startup, Scaleup, Screwup
42 Tools to Accelerate Lean and Agile Business Growth
Jurgen Appelo - Apr 15, 2019
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Real-world tools to build your venture, grow your business, and avoid mistakesStartup, Scaleup, Screwup is an expert guide for emerging and established businesses to accelerate growth, facilitate scalability, and keep pace with the rapidly changing economic landscape. The contemporary marketplace is more dynamic than ever before--increased global c...
Bob Sutton
May 08, 2019
Great book! And Jurgen is VERY thoughtful. Check it out.      source
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The War for Kindness
Building Empathy in a Fractured World
Jamil Zaki - Jun 04, 2019
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"In this masterpiece, Jamil Zaki weaves together the very latest science with stories that will stay in your heart forever."--Angela Duckworth, author of GritEmpathy is in short supply. We struggle to understand people who aren't like us, but find it easy to hate them. Studies show that we are less caring than we were even thirty years ago. In 2006...
Bob Sutton
Dec 27, 2018
19 New Leadership Books to Read in 2019. Great list from @AdamMGrant, especially The War for Kindness:"Jamil Zaki is one of the bright lights in psychology, and in this gripping book he shows that kindness is not a sign of weakness but a source of strength"      source
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Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull