I bought this in March of 2011 in my favorite Starbucks. The exceptional partners, manager and district manager all signed it for me.
I'm rereading itI bought this in March of 2011 in my favorite Starbucks. The exceptional partners, manager and district manager all signed it for me.
I'm rereading it now with a friend/co-worker over a weekly lunch together, and the freshness of what it takes to rediscover and reengage with what is really important in an organization is as big as a lift as a fresh quad espresso....more
I picked this up at the excellent comic shop, Third Eye Comics, in Annapolis because of the cover art and title. As soon as I flipped through it I wasI picked this up at the excellent comic shop, Third Eye Comics, in Annapolis because of the cover art and title. As soon as I flipped through it I was sold.
TinTin taking on the Soviets? Absolutely! Beautifully drawn, large format and the first of the TinTin books written (1930) - plus you can imagine each of the Soviets that TinTin thrashes while he uncovers sham after sham and survives each assassination attempt as Putin with a bristly Bolshevik beard!
This was my third time reading it. The first was in 1999, borrowed from the local library when I read/re-read a lot of his books for his 100th birthdaThis was my third time reading it. The first was in 1999, borrowed from the local library when I read/re-read a lot of his books for his 100th birthday. The second was when I bought a copy with a Border's gift certificate that my wife had given me in 2007. This time was when I brought it with me to read during a trip to Key West for my birthday because he wrote it there and it takes place there.
The highlight of reading it this time was reading it in our Key West hotel room on the Sunday that Isaac blew through town. We were just a couple of blocks from the Southernmost Point.
This is one of his most noir books, powerfully first person, and uniquely so in that he speaks through the minds of many of the characters. It is everyday people dealing with the desperation of everyday life, in powerfully frank ways.
It was interesting going to Captain Tony's, the original spot for Sloppy Joe's, and sitting in the place that doesn't seemed to have changed much since Hemingway wrote about it and put several of the characters there in the book.
Often jarring in its depiction of hard lives in hard times, this may not be one of his critically acclaimed novels, but it has so much power that it continues to deserve to be read....more
This book was one of those happy, unplanned discoveries. I was walking through the Annapolis, Maryland Barnes & Noble, looking for some fresh inspThis book was one of those happy, unplanned discoveries. I was walking through the Annapolis, Maryland Barnes & Noble, looking for some fresh inspiration, and spotted it on the shelf, facing out. I was intrigued by both the title, the cover design, and the small, carry-it-easily-in-your-bag format.
As I flipped through it, it was easy to see that it was designed to surround you with as many - in this case, 50 - different models of processing and understanding decisions. Each of the 50 models is about two pages long, and almost all of them are graphically illustrated. The authors make the point that most of them are designed to be expressed by drawing them out live, alone or with others, instead of in a more formal way. There is also a section at the end of the book with two drawing lessons, to help the reader apply what's read into a graphic understanding.
The book is divided into four sections strategic, decision-making models:
1. How To Improve Yourself
2. How To Understand Yourself Better
3. How To Understand Others Better
4. How To Improve Others
I read it through in a day, and I am eager to begin sketching out the models, especially with others. This is one of those books that appears to be very simple, and as soon as you get even a bit into it, reveals itself to be profound in its applicational simplicity.
It is also remarkably refreshing because it is not dominated by American views on processing and modeling. Originally published in Europe in 2008, this is the first edition in English, 2011.
This paragraph at the end of the introduction will give you a sense of their approach:
"You can read this book in the American or European way. Americans tend towards a trial-and-error approach: they do something, fail, learn from this, acquire theories and try again. If this approach suits you, start at the beginning with 'How to improve yourself.' Europeans tend to begin by acquiring theories, then doing something. If they then fail, they analyse, improve and repeat the attempt. If this is more your style, begin with 'How to understand yourself better.'
This blended approach to decision making models - you will find it repeatedly throughout this book - is one that is remarkably freeing, because it is so often counter-intuitive. Quite a few wows in this one - highly recommended! ...more