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Posted Jan. 14, 2010 3:49 a.m. by dylan
In - 800 CEO Read Blog
In Pursuit of Elegance author Matthew May reads around 200 books a year. That means he's read approximately 2000 books since the year 2000. Of those, he has picked five that he feels defined the last decade, writing "these 'big idea' books stand out because not only did they help us better understand the world, they gave us a new lens through which to view it."
- The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization by Thomas Friedman
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malclom Gladwell
- Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself by Daniel Pink
- The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations by James Surowiecki
- Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
Though you're picks may look slightly different, it's a difficult list to argue with, and one I like all the more due to the fact that—as Jack and Todd did in the 100 Best Business Books of All Time—he eschewed Friedman's more popular The World is Flat for The Lexus and the Olive Tree.
To read more about why May chose these books, head over to the original post: Five Books That Defined the Decade.
Dan Pink interviewed by Oprah
Posted Feb. 17, 2009 6:59 a.m. by tom-ehrenfeld
In Personal Development - 800 CEO Read Blog
In case you missed it, here is Oprah's interview with Dan Pink, featured in the December 2008 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Oprah interviewed Dan about "how right-brain thinkers are wired for 21st-century success," a concept from his groundbreaking book A Whole New Mind.
Dan Pink is also the author of Free Agent Nation, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko, and the forthcoming DRIVE: The Surprising Truth About Human Motivation and How It Can Change Your Life (out in December '09).
Read the entire interview on oprah.com.
Here's a snippet from the dialogue:
Daniel: I'd say "design." Design is the ability to create something that has significance as well as usefulness. Even hospitals are bringing in designers to redo waiting rooms. A young designer in New York re-created the prescription bottle because she noticed that her grandparents were getting their medications confused. She put the medicine's name in large type at the top instead of the doctor's name, and Grandpa gets a green band on his medicine bottle and Grandma gets a yellow band so they can see the difference more clearly. That's an example of how design can literally save lives.
Oprah: How do we begin to create more design in our lives?
Daniel: Carry a notebook and write down examples of good and poor design. After a week, you'll begin to realize that nearly everything is the product of a design decision. The type of lid you put on the cup of coffee you bought this morning was a design decision. So were the shoes you're wearing.
Oprah: Before reading your book, I'd always thought of design in terms of fashion. But then I started noticing the plates that I chose for my home, the kinds of kitchen counters, the knobs, the cabinets, all were about the design.
Daniel: I'm not trying to turn everyone into star designers. I'm trying to help people become more literate about design.
(Photo by George Burns. Source: www.oprah.com.)
Dan Pink on Peter Drucker
Posted Nov. 16, 2005 4:19 a.m. by kate
In Current Events - 800 CEO Read Blog
Several months ago, when A Whole New Mind came out, my publisher and I sent copies of the book to several dozen thought leaders, opinion makers, and other notables. I received a handful of letters and emails in response. But only one letter did I tack to my office wall, right beside my iMac. I see it each time I sit down to write. Its a short note from Peter Drucker, thanking me for the book and telling me he found it -- cue the skeptical Austrian accent -- most interesting.
In that gesture is my small remembrance of Peter Drucker. Because in that gesture is a legacy of Druckers life that has gone largely unremarked.
Everyone knows that Drucker invented the field of management. His contributions to business thinking were monumental. All of us who have the good fortune to study and write about business for a living stand on his (and, I would argue, Tom Peterss) shoulders.
But Druckers greatest legacy at least to me, if youll forgive my personalizing this tribute is not so much what he said. Its how he lived. Forget the brilliance of his thought. Look at the texture of his life. The man was a glorious role model.
He worked his butt off and never became complacent. With all his accomplishments, Drucker could have started phoning it in 30 years ago. He didnt. He pushed and pushed and pushed. He wrote more than a dozen books after he turned 65! Amazing.
He was a non-stop learner. Drucker said that every few years he liked to master a new subject. Thats why this Austrian guy with a law degree and penchant for economics decided to study . . . Japanese art. He became an expert, of course. But more important than this particular expertise was the broader lesson: Theres always more to learn and the most valuable learning often exists outside the cramped cabin of management. Druckers long life proved the principle: Being curious is the only way to be fully alive.
He devoted himself to a higher cause. The essence of Druckers philosophy was that, at its best, business could be about something noble. Business in contrast to centralized government, which he once called obese, muscle-bound, and senile offered a powerful way to liberate human potential and elevate our lives. He counseled companies not only to perform better, but also to be better. And he pressed himself to be better as well. He devoted much of his later life to advising non-profit groups (though he often made them write a check he never cashed so they knew the full value of his advice.) Drucker lived modestly, but his reason for living wasnt modest at all: He wanted to change the world.
One packet of advice that Ducker often dispensed was to set goals for a six-month segment and then revisit those goals at the end of the six months. I started doing that about ten years ago and it has been profoundly helpful. But for my next set of six month goals and most likely every set thereafter Ill have a new entry: Be more like Ducker, the man whose gracious and unexpected note hangs on my wall.
Author of A Whole New Mind
Dan Pink's Latest
Posted Dec. 15, 2004 7:42 a.m. by jack
In Personal Development - 800 CEO Read Blog
One of the most quoted and referenced books from this weekend REI Summit with Tom Peters was Dan Pinks latest called A Whole New Mind. Dan just sent me the manuscript of the finished book that is due this Spring.
I have to admit to being a big Dan Pink fan. I loved Free Agent Nation and have talked with Dan during the writing of this book so I have looking forward to reading the book. Ill let you know what I think.
What Do You Recommend? - Ardinger
Posted May 19, 2004 3:06 a.m. by todd-sattersten
In Marketing - 800 CEO Read Blog
In this new feature "What Do You Recommend?", I am going to highlight a blog that I have run across in my travels and list the business books they recommend you read. Simple enough?
This week's blog is Ardinger, The Design Studio for Big Ideas:
- Chasing Lightning: The Pursuit of Successful Living in America by Chris Moeller (Iuniverse 2002)
- Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working For Yourself by Dan Pink (Warner 2002)
- Unstuck: A Tool for Yourself, Your Team, and Your World by Keith Yamashita and Sandra Spataro (Penguin USA 2004)
- Free Prize Inside by Seth Godin (Portfolio 2004)
- Purple Cow by Seth Godin (Portfolio 2003)
- The Brand You 50 by Tom Peters (Knopf 1999)
- The Project 50 by Tom Peters (Knopf 1999)
- The Pursuit of Wow by Tom Peters (Random House 1994)
- Re-imagine by Tom Peters (DK 2003)