I found this book to be a nice summary of his life, but it was clearly aimed at a middle or elementary school level. Is there a book about Douglas for the adult reader?
For the average progressive looking for a clear pathway for climbing out of the current economic and social dilemma's, Smith's book is an excellent start. His description of how corporate America has taken over the political process since 1971 provides examples for how to undo this problem. Best, his provides several examples of how we need to change our tax codes to provide sustainable support for those at risk. In particular, the tactics I intend to support are means testing for social benefits and eliminating the cap on payroll taxes that go towards social security, Futhermore, he reminds me how much I want the Democratic party to actively engage in the value of progressive actions at the level of house races. It is time to recapture the South as a bastion of progressive actions (as they were from 1920 to 1970). Let's recreate the Great Compression of the 50's and 60's!
This was a whole new area of history for me and it was a great introduction. Genghis Khan is an under-rated genius and had a more transformative effect on the world that is trully unparralled. Napolean step down
This book provides information that is instantly transferable to practice as a person, as a unit head, and a parent. Debunking the myth of talent is always helpful. It is the concept and examples of disciplined practice that were extremely useful. In simple terms, it points out that great performance comes from taking on the difficult tasks with purpose and focus. Much harder to do than one imagines.
I trained as an academic and have evolved into a management role. Not a linear path. Like many of us in this position I seek ideas that will help me manage my unit in a way that in is line with our mission and capability. This books was very helpful in thinking about ways to improve communication and accountability among my direct reports as well as remind me how to structure a task that will lead to productive outcomes.
Great to hear as a middle adult with aging parents and young adult children. What is the legacy of care that we want to leave? I am working on reading and listening to literature that we read as adolescents and young adults which were really meant for a later stage of emotional and intellectual development. This was a good one. Les Miserable, unabridged, was another.
Friedman does a great job of showing how digital communications is changing how we work and how it can level access to influence. His analysis is weakened by his comittment to a free market economy. There is a moral and social dimension to the reduction of national boundaries that will come as a result of these changes which Friedman does not address. Russia should be as much a case for analysis as is India. Their differences speak to the importance of a social democracy in guiding economic change to serve the greater good.
Really help me see my weak and strong points as a communicator and gave practical solutions which have been easy to implement.
I had read about Ghandi 40 years ago so it was great to learn the story again in the context of the Raj represented by Churchill. As India rises as an economic force, this is a good introduction to early failed relationships with the West
What I really liked about this book was the focus on using a diversity of talent and perspective to create a great and effective organization by getting people to really listen to each other and incorporate the other's perspectives into their thinking.
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