Ideas for my blog posts materialize everywhere, especially from the books I read. Consultants travel all the time, and you will never guess what I do on flights….
I looked back and found most of the books I cited this year, listed here by author (See my post of March 16, 2008: Ian Ayres, Super-Crunchers: Why Thinking-By-Numbers is the New Way to be Smart (Bantam 2007); Nov. 21, 2008: Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman, Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior (Doubleday 2008); March 16, 2008: Robert H. Frank and Philip J. Cook, The Winner-Take-All Society (Penguin Books 1995); Aug. 29, 2008: Frank Furedi, Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone: Confronting 21st Century Philistinism (Continuum 2004); Sept. 9, 2008 #3: Robert Kaplan, The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero (Oxford 1999); and June 6, 2008: Theodore Levitt, Thinking about Management (Free Press 1991).)
Other books have been referenced in the past years (See my post of Sept. 9, 2008:.Richard B. McKenzie, Why Popcorn Costs so Much at the Movies (Copernicus Books 2008); May 2, 2008: John Medina, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School (Pear Press, 2008); Oct. 19, 2008: Leonard Mlodinow, The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives (Pantheon Books 2008); Aug. 27, 2008: Susan Neiman’s Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grownup Idealists (Harcourt 2008); Dec. 2, 2008: Michael Shermer, Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown (Time Books 2005); Jan. 4, 2009: David Sibbet, Best Practices for Facilitation (Grove 2007); and May 18, 2008: Edward Russell-Walling, 50 Management ideas your really need to know.).
More than a half-dozen books are sitting next to me, all read and dog-eared and annotated, but I have not had time to write posts from them.