Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
The title "What is Killer Instinct?" is a misnomer for this fascinating discussion between novelist Joseph Finder and non-fiction writer Malcolm Gladwell. The talk coincided with the publication of Finder's "Killer Instinct" in 2006, though, so it must have been a tie in to that book's release.
Finder and Gladwell talk about their techniques for researching corporations, and their fascination with the business world. In 2003 and 2004, when Finder would have been writing "Killer Instinct", he couldn't find a woman executive in the tech manufacturing industry to base one of his characters on. Ten years later, Virginia Rometty is President and CEO of IBM; Ursula Burns is CEO of Xerox; Gayla Delly is CEO of Benchmark Electronics . . . and so on.
The niftiest part of the conversation for me was when Finder and Gladwell talked about reading and writing. Gladwell says that he often doesn't finish books because he gets close to the end - less than a dozen pages - and is worried that the writer will let him down. That's not something I've ever done and I don't know that I could start now, but I sure wish I could. I've been let down so many times.
Enjoy the listen, and enjoy a very recent moment in time, right before things changed.
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