Category: Reading

Reading: Deloitte HCM Trends 2011

Deloitte has published their latest Human Capital Trends study titled “Revolution/Evolution”. It’s a good 30 pages on 12 trends that are shifting the HR landscape and reads well. Deloitte mentions that two broad themes – innovation and global markets – are influencing human capital organizations around the world. Each theme is described in a few paragraphs and is followed by…

Reading: Mindset

Mind Set!: Eleven Ways to Change the Way You See–and Create–the Future by John Naisbitt In this book John Naisbitt explains his method of looking at the future. The book is divided in two parts. Part I, Mindsets, consists of 11 mindsets – certain rules to discipline the mind and filter information. In Part II, Pictures of the Future, he…

Reading: Nobility of Spirit

Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal by Rob Riemen I read this book a couple of weeks ago. This is a thought-provoking book, and to fully comprehend it, the author assumes a certain knowledge in history, literature and philosophy. The author travels through time using input from great thinkers like Socrates, Spinoza, Goethe, Mann and others and includes his own…

Reading: Outliers

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell I bought this book because I enjoyed two previous books written by this author: Blink and The Tipping Point. And even though Malcolm Gladwell once again provides a highly entertaining read, I came away disappointed, as this book does not deliver on its promiss. Nevertheless, the author is very adept at telling an interesting story and…

Reading: Predictably Irrational

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely Over 200 year ago, Adam Smith already knew that the economist should not ignore emotions, feelings and morality as aspects of human behavior, but instead treat them as topics worthy of investigation. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, it seems that many economists overlooked this word of…

Reading: The Perfect Prey

The Perfect Prey by Jeroen Smit A collegue recommended that I should read this book while on holiday. It was a terrific read. Jeroen Smit has done a wonderful job in describing the rise and fall of one of the largest Dutch banks and has┬ámanaged to write a fascinating story. The book reads like a novel, I was unable to…