Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior Ori Brafman has previously co-written The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations along with Rod Beckstrom. I’ve previously mentioned the book a couple of times, and was looking forward to delving into Ori’s new book, Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior, written with his brother, Rom Brafman.  I was pleased when it arrived by FedEx, and I devoured it pretty quickly.

Comparing well with Blink and The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, Sway, like Starfish, is well-written and entertaining as the Brafmans explain how people’s judgment is swayed in various contexts.  Recognizing the types of context in which one’s judgment is likely to be swayed can help avert poor decision-making.  As the old saying goes, “forewarned is forearmed.”

Emergent Task Planner — Enhanced!

I’ve previously mentioned David Seah’s Printable CEO Series, which I really like — it has all the hallmarks of a system that’s been designed by someone who has actually used it, and refined it over time. The real gem (imho) of the series is the Emergent Task Planner, which according to David’s blog

Zen To Done (ZTD): The Ultimate Simple Productivity System

Leo at ZenHabits has taken a stab at simplifying the GTD system with Zen To Done (ZTD): The Ultimate Simple Productivity System. He says,

ZTD captures the essential spirit of the new system: that of simplicity, of a focus on doing, in the here and now, instead of on planning and on the system.

If you’ve been having trouble with GTD, as great as it is, ZTD might be just for you. It focuses on the habit changes necessary for GTD, in a more practical way, and it focuses on doing, on simplifying, and on adding a simple structure….

ZTD attempts to address five problems that many people have with GTD. I should note that GTD isn’t really flawed, and doesn’t really need modification, but everyone is different, and ZTD is a way to customize it to better fit different personality types.

The Value of a Business Book

Earlier this week I was sitting with a colleague at the Prairie Ink Cafe. We were sipping a Lindemans chardonnay and, at one point, pontificating on the subject of business books. “They need to be not significantly more than 200 pages,” I said, with a touch of cynicism. It isn’t that a lengthier treatment of a worthwhile subject will inevitably run out of steam by page 200, it’s just that it may not sell all that well if it’s much longer. People don’t want to read, and I quipped wryly that your average CEO’s attention span was no longer than that.