Category Archives: Books

J.S. Bach – top value for money for over 250 years

Psychiatrist Ian McGilchrist‘s “The Master and His Emissary” is proving a more engaging read than I anticipated. Lured along by the title of his RSA event – “The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World” – I found myself queuing for a copy of his book afterwards (despite being one of those consultants he mentions). The second chapter on what the hemispheres “do” … Continue reading J.S. Bach – top value for money for over 250 years »

Dan Pink: Drive – The surprising truth about what motivates us

Dan Pink’s TED Talk provoked some interesting conversations in HR last year, so I signed up immediately when his appearance at the RSA was announced. Dan’s point is that treating people in complex roles which require creativity and thought the same way as you would treat a worker on an assembly line is counter-productive. The assembly line worker can be motivated to improve output with … Continue reading Dan Pink: Drive – The surprising truth about what motivates us »

Bookmap: Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger

I’ve just finished David Weinberger’s Everything is Miscellaneous. From the opening story about the prototype shop stationer Staples uses to design more effective experiences for shoppers to the final coda about the lack of structure in an ephemera shop, Weinberger tells thoughtful stories to outline his ideas, most of which I hadn’t heard before. Weinberger’s point is that multiple viewpoints result in multiple categorisation systems, … Continue reading Bookmap: Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger »