Choosing Books to Present at Upcoming sessions of the First Friday Book Synopsis – Here’s what I am thinking about (with a list of the books I have presented in 2021)

(For a complete list of the books I have presented January-November, 2021, scroll to the bottom of this post). ——————— As we begin to wrap up the First Friday Book Synopsis for 2021, I face , yet again, the hardest part of my job at the First Friday Book Synopsis: choosing books to present. The Read More

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson – Here are my five lessons and takeaways

• THIS BOOK IS about the huge differences in incomes and standards of living that separate the rich countries of the world, such as the United States, Great Britain, and Germany, from the poor, such as those in sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, and South Asia. • One might think that the fact that world inequality Read More

My synopsis of Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson  is Today, Thursday, October 21, 12:30 pm, over Zoom – Come Join Us – (And, here is the synopsis handout)

  Click on image to download the full synopsis handout If you have an open lunch time window Today, Thursday, October 21, 12:30 pm (CST), I am presenting my synopsis of Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson, Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 12:30 (CST) for the Urban Engagement Read More

Four Thoughts from Ed Catmull’s terrific book Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

I recently presented my synopsis of Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull, for a team within a large organization.  I first presented this book a few years ago, and I always love it when I re-visit a book for a new group. This is Read More

Accidental plagiarism in our everyday life – a reflection about life-long learning

This morning, I was on a call with facilitators who work in the training arm, as independent contractors, of a larger organization.  This is a smart, accomplished group (excluding me, of course). In the course of our one-hour meeting, at least four times, someone said: “I don’t remember which book I read this in, but Read More