The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness

[caption id="attachment_56385" align="alignleft" width="162"] 256 pages; published by HarperOne, 2017[/caption] Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: Most standards used to measure success are based on how we stack up against the average. Researcher and author Todd Rose explains why this is wrong and suggests what we can...

The Soul of an Entrepreneur: Work and Life Beyond the Startup Myth

By David Sax Published by Hatchett Book Group, April 21, 2020; 320 pages; hardcover, $28 Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: The way entrepreneurship is viewed in today’s popular culture and what is really happening in the world are two different things. Who's it for? Broad audiences. Author’s note: “When I...

Book Review: Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results - An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. By James Clear; published by Avery Publishing Group, October 16, 2019. 320 pages. Hardcover $27 Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: Author James Clear combines behavioral science...

Couples That Work: How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive in Love and Work

By Jennifer Petriglieri Published by Harvard Business Review Press, 2019, 251 pages Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: The changing dynamic of a dual career couple is explored by examining the underlying forces that create imbalances with home and work. Who’s it for? As the title suggests, Couples That...

The Infinite Game

By Simon Sinek Published by Portfolio Books, October 15, 2019; 272 pages; hardcover $28; e-book $15; audiobook $25 In a nutshell: There’s an important distinction between maintaining the status quo and working with a long-term purpose. Who is it for? General audiences, although the book’s examples make it pertinent...

A Decade’s Worth of Business Books

By Chris Wendel It’s the beginning of a new decade; time to both reflect and look ahead. It’s also been close to 10 years since I began reviewing business-related books for the TCBN.  It was recently suggested by local SCORE mentor Ed Ketterer that I put...