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Category Archives: Business and Other Serious Matters

Reactions to “Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution” by Fred Vogelstein

25-Dec-13

Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution by Fred Vogelstein My rating: 3 of 5 stars Vogelstein superbly reports the behind-the-scenes stories of the geneses of Android and the iPhone. But he goes off the rails with an overlong coda contemplating a looming industry convergence of media and technology. So […]

Reactions to “The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work” by Shawn Achor

15-Nov-13

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor My rating: 2 of 5 stars I’m a fan of the positive psychology movement when applied to the real world. It makes intuitive sense to me that it’s more effective to tackle problems with a positive […]

Reactions to “Unusually Excellent: The Necessary Nine Skills for the Practice of Leadership” by John Hamm

14-Aug-13

Unusually Excellent: The Necessary Nine Skills Required for the Practice of Great Leadership by John Hamm My rating: 4 of 5 stars Among the best in the crowded pop leadership category. Constructed clearly and usually concisely, written with an integrity and generosity of spirit that make even the tough advice feel worth following. I rate […]

Reactions to “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg

10-Jul-13

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg My rating: 4 of 5 stars A well-done version of the airport-bookshop pop-psychology/business genre. Peppered with sensible sound bites for the casual reader; backed up by just enough references to research to seem credible to someone who might […]

Clamp Boss: Adventures in Word Substitution

11-Mar-12

Last week my company issued a press release quoting me. Itself not necessarily worth reporting on this blog, but some web sites have published it substituting various words. I’m guessing they do this as link bait for SEO, so they show up differently from the sites that simply republish releases verbatim. But there’s some humor […]

Housing Markets in Wonderland

25-Aug-10

Economist Arnold Kling points out the absurdity of the US government’s residential housing entities: Old consensus: we need Freddie and Fannie in order to make housing “affordable.” New consensus: we need them in order to “prevent further house price declines,” in other words, to make housing less affordable. A crazy world we Americans live in. […]