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?...

Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most

By Steven Johnson Reviewed by Chris Wendel 256 pages; published by Riverhead Books; September 2018 Hardcover $28, softcover $20, e-read edition $13, audio book version $15 In a nutshell: Complex decisions seldom come with a road map or text book. Writer Stephen Johnson studied the imperfect science of decision-making...

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

By Daniel Coyle Reviewed by Chris Wendel 304 pages; published by Bantam Books, January 2018. Hardcover $28; softcover $14.95; E-read edition $13.95; audio book version $14.95 In a nutshell: Virtual office places and technology have drastically changed the modern workplace. With this in mind, how do groups work best...