Malcolm Gladwell, Jordan Peterson

There is a wonderful psychologist at the University of Toronto called Jordan Peterson… He says that if you look at the big five personality traits, entrepreneurs are characterized by openness — which is obvious — creativity; conscientiousness – again, obvious — diligence [and being] disagreeable. That is to say, they are not people who require the social approval of their peers.

Malcolm Gladwell

I realize now that an effective leader or manager can come in a virtually infinite number of forms. I have way more respect for the heterogeneity of excellence. That took a long time because it is so tempting to try and paint a very specific picture of what you think effective leadership is or what an effective organization looks like. The older I get and … [ Read more ]

Malcolm Gladwell on the Advantages of Disadvantages

In his new bestseller, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, Malcolm Gladwell looks at what happens when ordinary people confront powerful opponents. Wharton management professor Adam M. Grant recently interviewed Gladwell about his new book. Gladwell shared why he never roots for the underdog, where he comes up with the ideas for his books and sets the record straight on … [ Read more ]

Malcolm Gladwell

What is the question we always ask about the successful? We want to know what they’re like – what kind of personalities they have, or how intelligent they are, or what kind of lifestyles they have, or what special talents they might have been born with. And we assume that it is those personal qualities that explain how that individual reached the top … I … [ Read more ]

Priced to Sell: Is free the future?

Chris Anderson’s book, “Free: The Future of a Radical Price,” is essentially an extended elaboration of Stewart Brand’s famous declaration that “information wants to be free.” The digital age, Anderson argues, is exerting an inexorable downward pressure on the prices of all things “made of ideas.” Anderson does not consider this a passing trend. Rather, he seems to think of it as an iron law: … [ Read more ]

Reinventing Invention

Malcolm Gladwell discusses the shortcomings of today’s hiring practices. He cites examples of professional sports, teachers, lawyers, and pilots. [Hat Tip to Guy Kawasaki]

Malcolm Gladwell: What we can learn from spaghetti sauce

Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry’s pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce — and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

The premise of this facile piece of pop sociology has built-in appeal: little changes can have big effects; when small numbers of people start behaving differently, that behavior can ripple outward until a critical mass or “tipping point” is reached, changing the world. Gladwell’s thesis that ideas, products, messages and behaviors “spread just like viruses do” remains a metaphor as he follows the growth of … [ Read more ]