Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About People We Don’t Know

By Malcom Gladwell Little, Brown, and Company: (September 19, 2016) 400 pages; hardcover $30; e-read version $16; audio version $15 Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: In his latest book, writer Malcom Gladwell combines social science with his unique storytelling to explain why all of us are poor...

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman

By Yvan Chouinard Penguin Books; updated 2nd edition (Sept. 6, 2016), 272 pages, softcover: $10 Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: In an encore edition of a book first published in 2005, Yvan Chouinard, founder of the outdoor clothing company Patagonia, authentically tells the story of his business...

“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...