The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changes Our Minds

By Michael Lewis Hardcover $28.95, E-read edition $16 Norton Press, 362 Pages Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a Nutshell: The story of an academic odd couple that shape and form the field of behavioral economics. Who’s it for? General audiences, anyone who has enjoyed Michael Lewis’ other books (“Moneyball," “The...

Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time

By Jeffrey Pfeffer Harper Business, September 2015 Hardcover $29.99, Ebook edition $14.99, 272 pages In a Nutshell: The dirty secret is that leaders of many U.S. companies are poor managers and the hype surrounding our leadership industry is mostly bunk. Who’s it for? Managers who need to improve their...

Book Review: The Misfit Economy

Lessons in Creativity from Pirates, Hackers, Gangsters and Other Informal Entrepreneurs By Alexa Clay and Kyra Maya Phillips Simon & Schuster, 2015 286 pages   In a Nutshell: People living on the fringe create unique and profitable business models because they aren’t afraid to bend the rules of the...

Book Review: The Obstacle is the Way

By Ryan Holiday Portfolio Press, May 1, 2014, 224 Pages Hardcover $14.95, electronic addition $9.99, audible version $4.49 In a Nutshell: “The Obstacle is the Way” shows with its philosophical anecdotes and historical references that there is a right way to approach the inevitable adversity that comes our...

Book Review: The Gen Z Effect

By Thomas Koulopoulos and Dan Keldsen Published by Bibliomotion, Nov. 11, 2014 256 pages, Hardcover $22.95, e-read addition $9.99 In a Nutshell - Throw away your biases about the generational differences in the workplace. With evolving technology and demographics, all of us will soon be working in a...

Book Review – Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business

By Paul Downs 352 Pages, Blue Rider Press, 2015 Paperback: $16, e-Read version: $12.99 In a Nutshell – A year in the life of a furniture company owner who is more than candid about his failures and success. Who’s it for? – Those seeking to understand the true rigors...

Book Review: Endzone

Reviewed by Chris Wendel St. Martin’s Press, September 2015 Hardcover $27.99, E-read, $12.99 In a Nutshell – The business philosophy of profit and growth runs head first into tradition and longstanding customer expectations. Who’s it for? – Anyone associated with the University of Michigan. Although this is a sports-related...

Book Review: Do The KIND Thing

Do the KIND Thing Boundlessly, Work Purposely, Live Passionately By Daniel Lubetzky Ballantine Books, 2015 Hardcover $26, E-read $14, Audio $11 In a Nutshell – Hidden inside this unique autobiography is the recipe for building a major food company from scratch. Who’s it for? – Business owners, aspiring social...

Book Review: Die Empty, Unleash Your Best Work Everyday

In a nutshell – With its somewhat misleading title, “Die Empty” serves as a reminder of the importance of today. We won’t always have tomorrow to do our best work. Who’s it for? – Anyone trying to find solace in life by doing what they love...