“Range”: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

By David Epstein Riverhead Books, May 28, 2019 339 pages hardcover $28; softcover, $23; e-read version $15 Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: Reversing a popular belief, author David Epstein makes the case that having a diverse set of skills is more effective over time and more fulfilling...

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? (and how to fix it)

By Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic Harvard Business Review Press, March 12, 2019 240 pages, Harvard Business Review Press, Hardcover: $25, E-book: $15 Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: The number of leaders in business and politics far outnumbers women. Author and authority on talent management Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic explains...

Company of One: Why Staying Small is the Next Big Thing in Business

By Paul Jarvis Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, Jan. 15, 2019 272 pages, Hardcover Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a Nutshell: For years we have been taught that fast growth is the way to financial success and happiness. “Company of One” explains how this dynamic has changed. Who’s it for? Aspiring entrepreneurs;...

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

By Cal Newport Portfolio Publishing, February 5, 2019; 304 pp.; hardcover, $15 Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: Steve Jobs intended for cell phones to be an enhancement to our work, not an addictive device that dominates our attention span. "Digital Minimalism” describes how this happened and what we...

Leadership in Turbulent Times

By Doris Kearns Goodwin Published by Simon & Schuster, Sept. 18, 2018, 473 pages, hard cover - $30 Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: To determine the makeup of a strong leader, writer Doris Kearns Goodwin delves into the lives of presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin...

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

By Brene´Brown Reviewed by Chris Wendel 260 pages, Random House, Oct. 2018, Hardcover $20 In a Nutshell: In the latest of her bestselling books, research professor, author and speaker Brené Brown takes on the issue of vulnerability that prevents us from leading our companies, groups and families. Who’s it for?...