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Book Summary: Ackoff’s Best His Classic Writings on Management by Russell L. Ackoff

This book collects provocative, insightful essays by Russell L. Ackoff, architect turned city planner turned behavioral scientist turned professor. True to his convictions about systems thinking, his pieces form a coherent whole. Like a successful system, the whole of this book is greater than the sum of its parts. And what parts: the roots of …

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Book Summary: 40 Chances – Finding Hope in a Hungry World by Howard G. Buffett and Howard W. Buffett

Do you know that you’ll have dinner tonight? If so, you’re lucky. Nearly a billion people around the world are “food-insecure.” Howard G. Buffett – an Illinois farmer and president of an eponymous foundation endowed by his famous father, billionaire Warren E. Buffett – scours the globe for projects that will help end world hunger. …

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Book Summary: The Latest Updated Edition of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

In this updated edition of the late Stephen R. Covey’s bestseller, Sean Covey draws on ancient wisdom, modern psychology, and 20th-century science and wraps the mix in a distinctively American can-do program of easy-looking steps calling mostly for self-discipline. This classic – now in a new 30th-anniversary edition with a foreword by Jim Collins – …

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Book Summary: 13 Bankers – The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

This intriguing study concludes that for all the talk of new world order after the devastating 2007-2009 financial collapse, Wall Street looks remarkably the same. Money and power are concentrated in fewer hands, but the Street’s fundamental philosophy, favoring light regulation and markets dominated by a few huge banks, survives. In this eye-opening account, former …

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Book Summary: The Advice Trap – Be Humble, Stay Curious & Change the Way You Lead Forever

Everyone hates to receive advice, but everyone loves to give it. Unfortunately, most advice is useless. To stop giving other people a piece of your mind, Michael Bungay Stanier – author of the best-selling The Coaching Habit – urges you to corral your “Advice Monster.” Stanier’s guidebook, which he describes as “a manual, a playbook, …

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Book Summary: Reengineering Retail, Post-Digital by Doug Stephens

E-commerce has been growing steadily over the past two decades, and the current situation has only accelerated this tectonic shift from brick-and-mortar retail to online commerce. Today’s summary affords you a glimpse of what’s in store for both consumers and companies vying for their business. Retail’s future is both bright and harsh. Yet companies that …

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Report Summary: The Psychological Impact of Quarantine and How to Reduce It

Quarantines and other social distancing measures are a vital means for slowing the spread of pathogens like the SARS-CoV-2 virus causing the current COVID-19 pandemic. But they are difficult. Studies of people placed under quarantine for other epidemics over the past 20 years have shown that they can suffer from a wide range of psychological …

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Article Summary: The Modern Supply Chain Is Snapping, The coronavirus exposes the fragility of an economy built on outsourcing and just-in-time inventory

Can’t find your favorite shampoo or toothpaste in the store anymore? Blame the modern supply chain. Indeed, the coronavirus crisis has revealed how fragile our global supply chains have become. Find out why so many Western manufacturers today are left scrambling to find crucial ingredients and components for their products in today’s summary:

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Book Summary: How to Think Like a Roman Emperor by Donald Robertson

How to Think Like a Roman Emperor by Donald Robertson is an engaging introduction to one of history’s greatest figures: Marcus Aurelius. Thus the subtitle, “The Stoic philosophy of Marcus Aurelius.” “This entire book is designed to help you follow Marcus in acquiring strength of mind and eventually a more profound sense of fulfillment,” Robertson …

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