Summaries of the Week

Black Hole Focus

Black Hole Focus

The toughest decision a person will ever make is determining his or her ultimate purpose in life. Most people let life make this critical decision for them instead of making their own choices. The result is that they end up focusing on short-term objectives and frittering their lives away on endless streams of small, meaningless decisions that have no real impact. Black Hole Focus explains how people can avoid this hollow fate, decide on a purpose, and align their lives around a chosen path.

Hankel, PhD, Isaiah
Wiser

Wiser

Individuals often make snap decisions based on subjective factors rather than deliberative decisions based on reasoning. People therefore tend to believe that groups will make wiser decisions than will individuals, for group members can contribute additional insight into the process. However, studies show that groups are subject to a variety of behaviors (also known as groupthink) that cause them to make poor decisions. In Wiser, Cass R.

Sunstein, Cass R.
The Ultimate Competitive Advantage

The Ultimate Competitive Advantage

Business success is often a fleeting thing, so when an organization finds a competitive advantage, it must continue replicating that success over and over again. During the move from the Industrial Age to the Knowledge Age, companies have had to shift the way they lead their employees and acquire new competitive advantages. However, many are still utilizing antiquated systems and are not doing as well as they could be. In The Ultimate Competitive Advantage, Shawn D.

Moon, Shawn D.
Rookie Smarts

Rookie Smarts

Rookies, people tasked with doing jobs they have never done before, are not clueless, inept, or slow, as some people may think. Instead, rookies are creative, fast-moving, and willing to learn from everyone. In many situations, rookies’ ability to learn leads them to outperform experts, who fall back on their acquired knowledge. In an ever-changing work environment, having a rookie mind-set is the best quality to bring to a job. In Rookie Smarts, Liz Wiseman examines the rookie mind-set and provides tips and techniques for veterans to perform more like rookies.

Wiseman, Liz
The Enlightened Organization

The Enlightened Organization

By understanding the mental, emotional, and environmental forces that shape their organizations, leaders can make better business choices. In The Enlightened Organization, Catherine Berney taps into her organizational psychology expertise to help leaders overcome the personal and systemic issues that inhibit their creativity and reclaim their own purpose, passion, and potency.

Berney, Catherine