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Wisdom, by Stephen Hall

I have a list of books to read as long as my arm and, I’ll admit, Wisdom wasn’t on that list. I came across the book in a rather serendipitous way as I wandered around Portland visiting a friend. Dotted through Portland’s peaceful little neighborhoods are “Little Free Libraries” – Read more…

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Books: The Origin of Wealth

At the advice of co-worker Hammans Stallings, the next book for 2014 is The Origin of Wealth: The Radical Remaking of Economics and What It Means for Business and Society by Eric Beinhocker. Complex Adaptive Systems: The purpose of this book is to propel a shift from traditional economics methodologies Read more…

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Book: The Power of Habit

The second book of 2014 is The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg.  In it, Duhigg deconstructs habits in a series of anecdotes and that help us understand what they are, how they form, how they change, and what the aggregate effects Read more…

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Books: Nudge II

I’ve made it a little further in Nudge and would like to outline the authors’ rules for designing useable systems which they have, well, stretched, into the acronym NUDGE: Incentives: Provide Incentives for good decision making, even if they are small.  It is important to remember that the fundamentals of Read more…

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Books: Nudge I

So, the first book of 2014 is Nudge, Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, by Richard H Thaler and Cass R Sunstein.  I picked it up because my new goal, here in a few years, is to go back to grad school for a degree in Economics and I’d like Read more…