Book review - David and Goliath

David & Goliath – Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants (Book Review)

I am a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell’s books and as usual David and Goliath challenges ideas and beliefs that most of us take for granted.  Like the title suggests, ‘big and strong’ do not always prevail, but it is not for the reasons that we believe.  Rather than actually being the underdog, David had many advantages but first and foremost, it was …

Strategic alliances – be careful who you endorse!

I am a firm believer in strategic alliances and the power of collaboration, and am in fact in the midst of setting up a community of small business owners to help them leverage off each other’s strengths and experiences.  As a result of my brain being in “collaboration fever”, I found myself susceptible to a marketing email that I would …

bias in decision making

Blink – The Power of thinking without thinking (Book Review)

As a fan of Malcolm Gladwell’s other two books Outliers (my favourite!) and Tipping Point, I jumped at the chance to read Blink when I found it at the local library.  It did not disappoint. I’ve often wondered how we separate a genuine gut feeling which forewarns us about danger and the less desirable fear-based stomach churn that stops us from moving forward.  Both …

The Tipping Point

I was so impressed by the Outliers that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Malcolm Gladwell’s other books.  The Tipping Point was his first and Outliers , actually his third, so I’ve gone about it a bit back to front.  I’m glad I did though because I feel that if I had started with The Tipping Point, I may …

Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps

Some of you might wonder how I could follow the Brain that Changes Itself with something as fluffy as this.  Well, sometimes it pays to be open-minded.  A book like this wouldn’t ordinarily catch my interest because I don’t like stereotypes and I particularly dislike “being” stereotyped but the title “…. and women can’t read maps” was a glaring challenge …