Great by Choice / Thinking, Fast & Slow

By John Kessel | Nov. 02, 2011, 12:18 p.m. (ET)

OK, One down, two books to go…. 

I blogged about the one down The Rare Find last week.

The two to go?....

Well, I’m now reading Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow. (remember that article “Decisions, Decisions,” that impacted my so greatly in the 1980s on the concept of “regression to the mean,” now also part of IMPACT)  Back cover praise?

“Daniel Kahneman is one of the most original thinkers of our time. There may be no other person on the planet who better understands how and why we make the choices we make. In this absolutely amazing book, he shares a lifetime’s worth of wisdom presented in a manner that is simple and engaging, but nonetheless stunningly profound. This book is a must-read for anyone with a curious mind.”  - Steven Levitt, co-author of Freakonmics and SuperFreakonomics.


“This is a landmark book in social thought, in the same league as Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nationsl and Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams.” – Nassim Taleb, author of Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan.

So what is next up?  Great by Choice, by Jim Collins and Morten Hansen…  Good to Great is a must read from a decade ago, and this new one just came out Oct 11th…the last chapter of the book is much like the New York Times article linked below, well worth the read all by itself.   Amazon reviews are quite praiseworthy of it, and general notes include:

Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns with another groundbreaking work, this time to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? Based on nine years of research, buttressed by rigorous analysis and infused with engaging stories, Collins and his colleague, Morten Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times…. Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus not just on performance, but also on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

A nice Fortune excerpt from the book on managing through chaos is found here...think of coaching in tournaments and all we do in the chaos of the game...

And check out this NYT story on the spark of luck…. Please share other articles and books that are impacting and changing your coaching for the better…it is how we all get better...

Oh and on that sharing note, what did I order today? …. Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman…Why?

Cuz of this…

So since next week I fly to Germany to work with the Paralympic Military Program over there-  as Bill and Elliot are at the ParaPanAm in Mexico at this same time,, i now have more than enough to read and learn from...and hope you have the time to do the same.  Thanks for your help in growing the game!

P.S. Yet another great NYT read to catch before it might be locked away...

The following comments were made on our previous web platform and have been transferred here to maintain the historical record.

On November 04, 2011 James Sayno wrote

Jon, thank you so much for the great suggestions. Looks like my nightstand will be weighed down and falling over by the end of the month. I really appreciate the way you not only suggest these works, but frame the value in them for us. best, jcs

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