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The New, New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story
The New, New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story
von Michael Lewis
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The New New Economic Realities, 12. März 2000
I bought this book at an airport I was passing through en route to someplace else. I knew Michael Lewis as an author, having read Liar's Poker, so I knew I would find his style appealing. I had no idea about Jim Clark at all.
To my utter surprise, the book was not only entertaining, but it brought to my attention some facts about the world that I live in that I had never fully realised:
1) You can choose to be a down and out misfit on the road to nowhere, or you can choose to show 'em all and make something of your life
2) Having decided to do something, there is no actual limit to how big you can think
3) An individual can actually swing the entire economy and all of its big established companies around to a different agenda and different competitive landscape
4) If you are blessed/cursed with the kind of mind that loves to dwell in "pure possibility", is never satisfied with the way things are and can always see how they could be, do what Jim Clark does - get on with changing the world! Actions speak louder than words.
5) Engineers have finally realised that they should be more fairly compensated, relative to the amount of value they create in the economy. The consequence of this is that financiers, who really don't understand what or how an engineer does what he does, must now compete to get a piece of the action. A financier, even if he has infinite money, cannot personally create anything of tangible value with his financial skills. Contrast this to what an engineer with good skills can create and you realise that what really counts is the creation of tangible things that make the human condition somehow better. This realisation is driving the new new economic realities - engineers can build a better world, financiers can only pay for them to do it.
6) You don't have to be especially bright or gifted to change the course of business history, but if you are, you owe it to yourself and others to use those gifts to the best advantage you can
So, all things considered, this book was a revelation and an especially welcome pleasant surprise.

The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge into Action
The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge into Action
von Jeffrey Pfeffer
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Preis: EUR 34,09

4.0 von 5 Sternen ...And then the penny dropped...., 12. März 2000
I think it was the late Frank Zappa who once said that the most plentiful element in the universe was not hydrogen, it was stupidity. Followers of Dilbert will know that the corporate world is full of stupidity, but how does it get there? For me, this book went a long way to explaining why seemingly smart people do such stupid things in business and what to do about it.
If you have ever been frustrated by the way people in your company act or by yourself and your inability to get anything done, read this insight into what causes the gap between knowing what to do and actually doing it.
It all comes down to fear. If you follow the advice in the book and drive out fear, both within yourself and in those around you, things will get done. Deming, it seems, was right.
I read this at the same time as reading David Schwartz' excellent "Magic of Thinking Big". Put the two works together and the penny will suddenly drop for you, as it did for me.
From that moment forth, you will see how knowing things just isn't enough. Unapplied ideas are simply worthless vapour. What counts is getting stuff done. Results are everything.
Follow the advice in this book and you can get things done too.

Magic Of Thinking Big (A fireside book)
Magic Of Thinking Big (A fireside book)
von David Schwartz

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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book shouldn't be sold, it should be issued!, 12. März 2000
In life, you encounter many situations where, with a little guidance, you could have succeeded and excelled, but without it you apparently floundered, blundered and failed. Well, the good news in this book is that with the right attitude, you never fail, you just learn. In fact, if you follow the advice in this book, you find there are only two things you can possibly be doing at any given time - succeeding or preparing to succeed!
I have been trained in management, leadership and motivation by some of the best management training organisations in the world, yet I am sure that most of what they taught me is already in this book.
Take my advice, spend more time succeeding and less time learning. Read this book cover to cover then LIVE the messages it contains. You cannot help but succeed if you do.

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