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Obliquity by John Kay
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Sep 28, 11

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Read in August, 2011

I read this book in Dutch (for Managementboek.nl). I rated it as "okay" because the message is interesting, as are the examples but I didn't see the practicality of it. Even the chapter "Obliquity in practice" gave more arguments and not the "how to apply this" that I hoped for. Kay argues that often goals for success, happiness aren't reached directly but indirectly. People or companies that aim at being successful, often aren't so successful. I found the concept of Franklin's Gambit interesting. It's the "game" people play, according Kay, where they've already taken a decision and then rationalize it. The decision to attack Irak is one example. Franklin's Gambit can be disastrous. That made me think.
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