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The Devil's Financial Dictionary
Jason Zweig - 2017-04-11 (first published in 2015)
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Your Survival Guide to the Hades of Wall StreetThe Devil's Financial Dictionary skewers the plutocrats and bureaucrats who gave us exploding mortgages, freakish risks, and banks too big to fail. And it distills the complexities, absurdities, and pomposities of Wall Street into plain truths and aphorisms anyone can understand. An indispensable survi...
Bob Sutton
One of many funny, true, and troubling definitions in @jasonzweigwsj's wonderful "Devil's Financial Dictionary." I timeless book that is especially timely right now!      source
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Open Plan
A Design History of the American Office (Cultural Histories of Design)
Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler - 2021-01-14
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Originally inspired by a progressive vision of a working environment without walls or hierarchies, the open plan office has since come to be associated with some of the most dehumanizing and alienating aspects of the modern office. Author Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler traces the history and evolution of the American open plan from the brightly-colored o...
Bob Sutton
@Tim_Org This book by @kaufmann_buhler is pretty close, and is excellent      source
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Getting Along
How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People)
Amy Gallo - 2022-09-13
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Bob Sutton
I strongly recommend Amy's book. I read an advance copy and blurbed it. It's the best book I've read about how to deal with difficult people at work--because Amy's advice is so good and her writing voice is so compelling. I just preordered a hardcover      source
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On Writing
A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King - 2020-06-02 (first published in 2000)
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Twentieth Anniversary Edition with Contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King. Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly ...
Bob Sutton
A first-time author asked me for writing advice. I'm not sure I have any, it is so different for everyone. The pain of a bad writing day and joy of a good sentence are still there as I work on my eighth book. My main advice was to read @StephenKing      source
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Orbiting the Giant Hairball
A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace
Gordon MacKenzie - 1998-04-01 (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
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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The Untapped Science of Less
Leidy Klotz - 2021-04-13
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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
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
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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 - 2021-02-02 (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
@blackspaceshipp @aaker @nbagdonas It is a great book. Enjoy      source
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Blood, Powder, and Residue
How Crime Labs Translate Evidence into Proof
Beth A. Bechky - 2021-01-19
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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
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 - 2019-03-19
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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
@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 - 2019-02-07 (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
This finding delights and troubles me. And it reminds me of @DanielPink's wonderful book "When"      source
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Daniel Kahneman - 2021-05-18
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