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  • Book review: Payoff by Dan Ariely

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    Book review: Payoff by Dan Ariely

    Reviewed by Christopher Richards Payoff by Dan Ariely is a short book about meaning and motivation. The central thesis is that intrinsic motivators shape long-term beneficial results, whereas extrinsic rewards don’t. This small-format TED book is a companion to Dan Ariely’s TED Talks online. At...

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    April 19, 2017

  • Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini

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    Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini

    Reviewed by Christopher Richards A dangerous book Which messages cause people to comply? Robert Cialdini’s new book addresses this question. Pre-Suasion is a revolutionary way to influence and persuade. Pre-suasion operates by creating favorable conditions a few moments before trying to influen...

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    September 9, 2016

  • The Master Communicator’s Handbook

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    The Master Communicator’s Handbook

    Reviewed by Christopher Richards Your message won’t speak for itself Whether you’re speaking to a child about putting on her shoes, or you’re head of an organization trying to solve a global problem, you need to understand and be understood. The Master Communicator’s Handbook, by Teresa Erickso...

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    August 15, 2016

  • Negotiating the Impossible

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    Negotiating the Impossible

    Reviewed by Christopher Richards Conflict is a fact of life If you’ve ever tried to convince someone of your point of view, (and who hasn’t?) then Negotiating the Impossible: How to Break Deadlocks and Resolve Ugly Conflicts (without money or muscle) by Deepak Malhotra is a must-read. Negotiati...

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    May 20, 2016

  • The Cannabis Manifesto

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    The Cannabis Manifesto

    Reviewed by Christopher Richards The philosopher, Frederick Nietzsche, said something to the effect that madness is rare in individuals, but common in groups. And it’s nothing short of madness behind the failed policies of “War on Drugs.” Values Steve DeAngelo’s Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradi...

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    May 9, 2016

  • Online Marketing for Busy Authors

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    Online Marketing for Busy Authors

    by Fauzia Burke Reviewed by Christopher Richards “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four hours sharpening the ax,” said Abraham Lincoln. Fauzia Burke’s book, Online Marketing for Busy Authors: A Step-by-Step Guide, is about preparing to generate readership for yo...

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    May 4, 2016

  • Self and Others

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    Self and Others

    Selected works by R.D. Laing Reviewed by Christopher Richards Laing’s Self and Others isn’t what you’d think of as a business book. But with increasing interest in leadership self-development it has a place. With examples from clinical experience and theory, existential literature, fine art, an...

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    April 22, 2016

  • Age of the unthinkable

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    Age of the unthinkable

    Review by Christopher Richards The Age of the unthinkable: Why the new world disorder constantly surprises us and what we can do about it, by Joshua Cooper Ramo We may crave simple and easy-to-comprehend ideas but the world is complex. The Age of the Unthinkable relies on Chaos Theory for its p...

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    April 22, 2016

  • Payback: Debt and the shadow side of wealth

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    Payback: Debt and the shadow side of wealth

    Review by Christopher Richards Margaret Atwood’s book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, is fascinating. Her list of glittering prizes is long. The reader is treated to a mature voice; a voice of wisdom and playfulness. In other words, she knows how to tell a good story. Debt and cre...

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    April 22, 2016

  • Phishing for Phools

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    Phishing for Phools

    Reviewed by Christopher Richards Phishing for Phools: The economics of manipulation and deception, by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller There’s a sucker born every minute. Whether circus promoter P.T. Barnum actually uttered those words is a matter of dispute. Yet there is reason to bewar...

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    April 22, 2016

  • Decisive

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    Decisive

    Reviewed by Christopher Richards Everyone needs to decide, yet deciding is no simple matter. In Decisive: How to make better choices in life and work Chip and Dan Heath explain why the process of decision making is more effective than analysis. They then go on to show what a nuanced process loo...

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    April 22, 2016

  • The End of Average

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    The End of Average

    Reviewed by Christopher Richards The End of Average by Todd Rose is about a widespread institutional perception of how individuality doesn’t matter, and why it should. Mr. Rose’s book could have been called, How We Came to Have Screwed-up Ideas, and What to Do About Them. Instead of building sy...

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    April 22, 2016

  • The Lean Product Playbook

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    The Lean Product Playbook

    Reviewed by Christopher Richards The Lean Product Playbook: How to innovate with Minimum Viable Products and Rapid Customer Feedback, by Dan Olsen, is aimed at software developer teams. But it has much to say to anyone building and marketing a product or service. Mr. Olsen brings engineering pr...

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    April 22, 2016

  • Style Guide

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    Style Guide

    by The Economist (Economist Books) Reviewed by Christopher Richards Any style guide’s purpose is to make writing understandable—with the possible exception of academic writing. Style Guide by The Economist offers sound advice for business writers, particularly for people writing articles. Catch...

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    April 22, 2016

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