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Where Good Ideas Come From By Johnson; Doing Both By Sidhu – Two Great Choices for the December 3 First Friday Book Synopsis

This morning, with nearly 90 people present, we presented our synopses of Derailed: Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership by Tim Irwin and Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams.  It was a terrific morning!  (Handouts, with audio, will be available on our companion web site, 15minutebusinessbooks.com, in about two weeks).

And special thanks to Kelly Lane and The Association for Women in Communications and the Dallas Freelance Alliance for their sponsorship this morning.  Because of their sponsorship, we had five copies of each of the books to give away (we normally give away only one copy of each book).  So, a big thank you to Kelly and both of these organizations.

Next month, December 3, we will present synopsis of these two books:

Doing Both:  How Cisco Captures Today’s Profit and Drives Tomorrow’s Growth by Inder Sidhu, with guest presenter Cathy Groos (Karl Krayer will be out of town).

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson, which I will present.  I have already done a quick take of this book – it is profound!

I hope you will mark your calendar, and plan to join us on December 3.

 

 

 

 

Coming for the November First Friday Book Synopsis – Tapscott’s Macrowikinomics, and Derailed: Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership

We had a wonderful morning at the October First Friday Book Synopsis.  Karl presented a synopsis of the terrific new Tony Schwartz (et. al) book, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance.

I presented my synopsis of The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World’s Toughest Problems by Richard Pascale, Jerry Sternin, and Monique Sternin, which described how the worst problems can be solved — in fact, in many cases have already been solved – by the successful “positive deviants” found in almost any and every group.

Both books were really good, useful, challenging, books.  We will have our synopses, with handouts + audio, up on our companion web site, 15minutebusinessbooks.com, available in a couple of weeks.

For next month, (the first Friday of November, November 3), we have chosen these two books.  Karl will present  Derailed: Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership by Tim Irwin, Patrick Lencioni (Foreword).

And I will present a synopsis of the brand new book by Don Tapscott (et. al) Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World.  (I can’t wait to read this!)  His earlier book, Wikinomics:  How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (which I presented at the May, 2007 First Friday Book Synopsis), is a genuinely significant book in this/for this connected age.

If you are in/will be in the DFW area, come join us on November 3.  As one enthusiastic participant said this morning – “great content, really good food, great networking – the best event I attend each month.”

We agree!