Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Annotated Table of Contents: Miscellaneous 01

Books. Book on the Bookshelf. Henry Petroski. The author described the growing problem through the centuries of finding enough shelf space for books.

Business. Up the Organization. Robert Townsend. A common-sense (to me) book about how to help organizations succeed by treating employees as people, not “personnel.” Townsend’s theme is getting things done through organizations. The best leader is the one who, when people are successful, the people say, “We did it” and not know they have been led. The model for organization is a round table. Stop using the organizational system of the Catholic Church and the Roman legions.

Creativity. Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, graham and Gandhi.  Howard Gardner. Distinguishes between creative thinking which is diverse and convergent thinking that uncovers the right answer.

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