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Outliers: The Story of Success

Malcolm Gladwell

In this stunning investigation of success, Gladwell asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? Brilliant and entertaining, "Outliers" is a landmark work that will transform the way success is understood.

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Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publish Date: 06/07/2011
Pages: 309
ISBN-13: 9780316017930
ISBN-10: 0316017930
Language: English

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December 14, 2011

Revisiting Malcolm Gladwell

By Sally Haldorson

One of the most fascinating trends to follow in business literature is the continual expansion of what a business book actually is. The parameters have widened significantly from the influential management and theory books of the 1980s. While there are still books made available each year on such practical matters as team building, developing a social media strategy, making a new hire, and sensible budgeting, there are also a great number of books that study decision-making from a neuroscience angle or theorize about how social and environmental influences affect human behavior. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 03, 2008

If you follow business books, you no doubt know that The Financial Times and Goldman Sachs award one book each year The Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year. What you may have escaped your business book radar is The Financial Times Management Blog and their picks of the 2008 crop. Most of the books that made the FT/Goldman Sachs shortlist made this list as well (I'll point them out below), the sole exception being William J. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

April 30, 2008

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Following in the wake of The Tipping Point and Blink, Little, Brown and Company has announced Malcolm Gladwell's third book. Entitled Outliers: Why Some People Succeed and Some Don't, it is set to be released in November of this year. I haven't been able to track down much information about it online, but the publisher catalog reads: In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 14, 2009

Jack was asked—along with author and editor-at-large Bo Burlingham, Inc. 's Leigh Buchanan, columnist Joel Spolsky, and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh—to recommend books for Inc. Magazine's list of The Best Books for Business Owners of 2009. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

May 27, 2009

Channel Insider recently posted a slide show of 21 Must Read Books for Business Success. It was compiled by asking "successful solution providers what books have both inspired them and shaped their approach to making their businesses a success. " You can get detailed descriptions of the books by viewing the slide show, but the list itself, with links, below. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

November 18, 2008

Airport retailer Hudson Booksellers has announced its best books of 2008, and chosen five in the business category. They are: Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely, HarperCollins Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown and Company Simplexity: Why Simple Things Become Complex (and How Complex Things Can Be Made Simple) by Jeffrey Kluger, Hyperion Books Earth: The Sequel: The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming by Fred Krupp & Miriam Horn, W. W. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

September 14, 2009

A few weeks ago, Fred Wilson from avc. com kicked up interest in books that entreprenuers should read. Fred, in particular, made the point that "there is way more insight to be gained from stories than from business books. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

July 29, 2009

We know summer is already starting to wane, but we haven't linked to Business Week's recommending reading for the season. Having recommended quite of few of these, we think this is a great list. Rubies in the Orchard by Lynda Resnick with Francis Wilkinson Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging and Outmarketing Your Competition by Guy Kawasaki Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty: Managing in a Downturn by Ram Charan The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 10, 2008

While we're in the midst of announcing the shortlists for our annual awards, I think it behooves us to look at what others found worthy of the "best" title. Last week, BusinessWeek gave their blessing to what they see as The Best Business Books of 2008 in an article by Hardy Green. The following books made the article: The Trillion Dollar Meltdown by Charles R. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 17, 2008

Business Pundit knows business books well, and has chosen the 10 from 2008 they think are the best. I think they have the right idea in describing the popular feelings of the year: 2008 came in two parts. Part I, which ran through Bear Stearns, carried the vestiges of prior years, when we thought we could get away with everything, never anticipating that in actuality, everything would get away from us. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.

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