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- Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (26 Jan. 2012)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00755MHA4
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For those who have already read everything by the brothers and cannot wait for the next one.Non-Obvious: How to Think Different, Curate Ideas & Predict The Future may be a suitable "cup of meat" for you.
Certainly these few articles left me wanting more. As articles they are written to pack a punch with some satirical / ironic humour as the author describes one observation then another and links them in a way that may encourage you to do something similar. As entertainment each article delivered and I particularly liked the idea of how we sponsor mba graduates instead of under-privileged children despite the lack of a fridge photograph. It certainly makes you pay attention.
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That’s a myth, according to authors Chip and Dan Heath in their book “The Myth of the Garage and Other Minor Surprises.” Moreover, perpetuating the myth of the lone action-hero type entrepreneur may mislead us about what it actually takes to create new ideas.
There are numerous examples, most easily debunked. The founders of YouTube, Steve Chen and Chad Hurly, both had extensive experience at PayPal. The “Steves” Jobs and Wozniak, who did in fact create Apple in a garage, did so after stints at HP. “What I learned there was the blueprint we used for Apple,” Jobs admitted.
Companies, the authors state, aren’t created in garages. They are born in companies.
This is among many other business myths that the authors Heath explore in this fun to read, as well as insightful, collection. It includes 16 articles that originally appeared in Fast Company, plus an additional bonus.
Many of the articles are a couple of pages long and written in a humorous style that is equal parts entertainment and information. It is perfect travel reading; more so as Amazon is offering the book as a free Kindle download.
We crave the excitement of the start up myth, say the authors, the way we relish action-adventure movies. Like in the movies, “some ordinary guys, without money or power, triumph via a brilliant insight and scrappy groundwork.” American history is filled with such myths, back to versions of how Columbus discovered the new world.
Such stories over time tend to focus on individuals, not the organizations that supported them. Reality is often different. If you want to start a company or launch a product, the authors suggest you don’t go find a garage. Instead, they suggest you first get a job.
Each of the articles tackles a different myth. They are each interesting reading no matter your business or focus. Among my favorites:
I LOVE YOU, NOW WHAT?
Exploring the lost art of saying thank you, this article cleverly ties in this simple action with economic as well as emotional issues. In a survey of 10,000 workers from the 1,000 largest companies, 40% cited ‘lack of recognition’ as a major reason for leaving a job. The “thank-you scarcity,” has been noted by a number of companies. American Airlines, for example, has a program called Applause that provides frequent travelers with preprinted cards to give employees who exhibit outstanding service.
IS TALENT PORTABLE?
Businesses often seem obsessed with hiring and keeping the “right” talent. Jim Collins provided us with the catch phrase, “Get the right people on the bus,” that has been a popular mantra in hiring for years.
Talent, however, may be more like a plant that thrives in certain climates and dies in others. The job performance of star talent that moved to a new job has been shown to suffer for up to five years. Your company may be better off growing its own talent than hiring from the outside,
GET BACK IN THE BOX
Thinking outside the box can actually reduce creativity. Maybe you don’t need to get out of the box; maybe you need a new one. A well-constructed box can help people generate new ideas. Brainstorming is more productive when it’s focused, according to research. If you’re sure your box isn’t working, the authors suggest it may be time to go box shopping.
THE INEVITABILITY OF $300 SOCKS
While paying $300 for a pair of socks may sound absurd, think about how our threshold for pair of $50 jeans has increased to $300. Jeans used to be working, casual clothes. Within a decade jeans became a $700 million industry.
Part of the reason for this is that the concept of luxury has changed. Luxury is now less about status and more an indicator of personal style and expression.
Products become ideas, whether jeans or socks. V.K. Nagrani, a designer of high-end men’s socks (currently $35,) suggests socks are a signal of intimacy. If someone takes off their shoes, they are more comfortable. The more comfortable, the more sock is seen—a “sock tease.”
If there was ever a collection of business stories perfect for summer reading, this is undoubtedly it. Dan and Chip Heath force us to laugh even while facing the tendency to create and perpetuate our own myths of the garage.
~The Rebecca Review
The writing is witty and informative and that is an unusual combination. Read this quick and informative little book and put a smile on your face and some new ideas in you brain.
In 17 myth busting essays with different subjects they tell you - in a common sense language - what researcher have found on each of the subjects:
- Why ideas are usually not invented in solitude in the garage.
- Why some ideas stick and others don't.
- Why it is harder to complain than praise, and why that's detrimental
- The horror of mutual funds
- Whether you can cherry pick talents to work for you - if they will grow or wither
- Why customers will pay you to restrain them.
- How to make dead material less dead and the talk of the town
- Why incentives often have unforeseen worse implications
- Why stigma are bad, when used for marketing
- How to explain new things by anchoring
- The benefit of feedback - watch the Game Film
- How to better avoid misreading the future technologies
- Why gut feelings can be better than self-deceiving logic
- Thinking outside the box - or find another box to think inside. We'll always create boundaries.
- Why some premium services are inevitable, and which have the potential
- How statistics can be explained better.
- Why seeing things true is a virtue. Moving a mountain.
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