Category: Books

Recent Read: “A More Beautiful Question” by Warren Berger

In the world of business, as in many others, answers (and answerers) get all the glory. We like answers: they give direction, settle arguments, erase […]

Recent Read: Auténtico: The Definitive Guide to Latino Career Success

As has often been remarked, the United States is undergoing a demographic transformation, and a large dimension of that evolution is the significant increase in […]

Recent Read: Geoffrey West’s “Scale” and the Physics of Corporate Life and Death

Recently, a colleague of mine recommended I read Scale, the new book by Santa Fe Institute physicist, Geoffrey West. At 448 pages, West’s book certainly does […]

Must Read: “The Future of the Professions”

In 1540 a legendary union took place in England, in which the Guild of Surgeons agreed to merge with the Guild of Barbers to form the Company of […]

My Reading Year Topic for 2016 Is “Light.” What’s Yours?

When I was in grad school, one of the more interesting traditions I was forced to complete was known as the “Reading Year.” It was the beginning of the process […]

Recent Read: “The Design of Business” by Roger Martin

Business thinkers and writers are, if nothing else, a wide-ranging bunch. There is almost no subject, from engineering to chemistry to the lives of historical figures, that […]

Recent Read: “Scarcity: The New Science of Having Less and How It Defines Our Lives”

What do a harried college student trying to finish a paper at the last moment, a poor farmer in India trying to survive until the […]

Recent Read: “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity In A Time of Brilliant Technologies.”

I was really looking forward to reading Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee’s The Second Machine Age. It’s a NYT best seller, and it was hyped in […]

Must Read: “Capital in the 21st Century” by Thomas Piketty

Well, I finally finished the most talked-about economics book in the last decade, and my overall opinion is that it is worth all the praise […]

Piketty and the Paradox of “Human Capital” in the 21st Century

I am now about two-thirds of the way through Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century, and so far I have been struck not just by […]