Category Archives: Booknotes

Governance and organisational structure

For a long time now I’ve been interested in self-organising ways of getting things done. Clay Shirky provides the metaphor of exploring the desert. The existing institution doesn’t need to explore the desert unless it is in crisis mode. The … Continue reading

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The Rainforest

…as a metaphor for an innovation ecosystem. I can always tell when I should write about a book because I find myself telling people about it before it has even gone cold on my bookshelf. This is one of those … Continue reading

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The Great Escape

…Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality. This book was a data nerdy feast. What a fabulous question to answer – are we better off? and is it at the expense of others? The stories that inspired it are personal. … Continue reading

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Insight – and how we have it

This is a great addition to any discussion on how the brain works, creativity and innovation. Because what is insight if it isn’t part of the novel discovery process that makes life creative? Gary Klein is one of a club … Continue reading

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The Four Hour Work Week

This book challenged me. I could not subscribe to Tim Ferriss’s values, I had no dream of joining the ‘New Rich’ but four hours was so extreme and I do think about work life balance a fair bit so I … Continue reading

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The Small Big

This book builds on much of the reading I’ve done around behavioural economics and the psychology of behaviour changes. I’ve discussed a bunch of my favourites in the two posts on Decision Making Trickery and Shaping the Path. Once you’ve … Continue reading

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Shaping the Path

…for energy productivity and procurement. This is the second blog capturing the bulk of the reading I’ve done on the psychology of choices, behavioural economics etc. You can read the first in Decision Making Trickery. I’m trying to focus this … Continue reading

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