Thought Provoking but Obscure Articles from 2014 – 3 Best of the Rest

There are always a few articles that either defy categorization, are just fun to read, or both.  These are the few this past year that met these broad criteria, and finally made me realize that last year’s credo:

I Read, I Do, I Become

should also be broadened, now that I am more or less retired, to

I Read, I Ponder, I Blog

even though the latter activity doesn’t consume more calories.

The 2014 Jealousy List” (Businessweek, 19 December 2014).  Just for fun reading.  Besides, what better way can I slip in 44 marvelous articles in just one listing?  This is the selection of favorite articles that the Businessweek staff wished that they had written.  Some interesting stuff here, all well written.

The Most Influential Books of the Past Decade” (Adam Grant, LinkedIn, 9 November 2014).  Great list, with great criteria.  I was also happy to find that I have already read and/or possess on my “To Be Read” shelf half of them.

The Secret to a Better Reputation Isn’t Better Adjectives – It’s Better Storytelling” (Ryan Clancy, Fast Company, 28 April 2014), and The Leadership Pyramid” (Andrew Bryant, LinkedIn, 5 May 2014).  Both of these short articles present the skill of storytelling as a necessary added skill for leaders (or anyone, for that matter) to develop in order to be better able to communicate their vision and passions.  And to fix the nagging problem of Follow The Leader-ship style of telling other people’s stories while simultaneously sounding like Charlie Brown’s parent’s mumblings from the other room.  It’s about the ability to create buy-in convincingly.

The Physics of Fast Execution” (Lex Sisney, LinkedIn, 9 April 2014).  Applying physics concepts to business? What’s not to like!  Well, perhaps I exaggerate, but still a solid approach to recognizing the forces (and responses to them) that are prevalent in the market.  And if that doesn’t intrigue you, then perhaps consider reading it if you have a case of insomnia.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty” (Review by Martin Wolf, Financial Times, 15 April 2014) and An Immodest Proposal: A Global Tax on the Superrich” (Peter Coy, Businessweek, 10 April 2014).  These are two reviews of a larger work, French economist Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, which has attracted considerable attention (not the least for its policy suggestions).  The book is probably most easily characterized as “An economic, social and political history of the evolution of income and wealth.”  Income and wealth (and the difference between them, which apparently too few people understand) is on my “To Be Blogged” list, and the book is on my “To Be Read” shelf.  So many books; so little time…

Read.  Enjoy.  It is good for you.

It’s also good for your organization, and good for civilization as well.

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About Jim Edmonds

I am a husband, father, mentor, who once was a chemist turned physicist turned marketer turned executive turned missionary turned professor. And survived it all.
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