Books

 

A little bit about what I read…

Well…there’s the daily local paper, the weekly rag(s), the monthly periodicals, various newsgroups, snail mail, and of course tons of e-mail. So when do I find time to read books you may ask??? I sleep on them…

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Stuff that I read all the time…

Sacramento News & Review – The local Sacramento weekly alternative news source.

The Sacramento Bee – Sacramento’s daily mainstream source for news.

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Books that I have read…

Conceptual Blockbusting – A guide to Better Ideas by James L. Adams – 1979

“Few people like problems,” observes the author of this literally mind-expanding book. “Hence the natural tendency in problem solving is to pick the first solution that comes to mind and run with it. The disadvantage of this approach is that one may run either off a cliff or into a worse problem than one started with. A better strategy in solving problems is to select the most attractive path from many ideas, or concepts. This book is concerned with the cultivation of idea-having and problem-solving abilities.”

Whole Brain Thinking – Working from Both Sides of the Brain to Achieve Peak Job Performance by Jacquelyn Wonder and Priscilla Donovan – 1984

“As a businessman, author, and amateur painter, I know that creativity in any of these fields requires the ability to think in both traditional, linear ways and in less traditional, non-linear ways. Productive creativity also requires the ability to shift easily between the two modes of thought. The Wonder and Donovan book suggests some very practiced thoughts, ideas, and exercises on how to develop this facility.” – Robert H. Waterman

Chaos – Making a new science by James Gleick – 1987

“Gleick’s Chaos is not only enthralling and precise, but full of beautifully strange and strangely beautiful ideas.” – Douglas Hofstadter

Mind Tools – The Five Levels of Mathematical Reality by Rudy Rucker – 1987

Mind Tools is an original and fascinating look at various aspects of mathematics that is sure to fascinate the nonmathematician.” – Isaac Asimov

Rules of Thumb 2 – by Tom Parker – 1987

“The wisdom of the ages packaged unforgettably. Browsing in this book is like strolling along a beach completely covered with gem quality stones.” – Stewart Brand

Thriving On Chaos – by Tom Peters – 1987

Chaos is a provocative and worthwhile book, loaded with sound advice on how to manage our institutions in a world in which the old ways do not seem to work.” – Across the Board

Managerial Psychology – Managing Behvior in Organizations by Harold J. Leavitt and Homa Bahrami – 1988

Part 1 of this book is the most psychological part. It tries to pull together some important ideas about individual human beings. But this book is not primarily about the psychology of the individual. It’s about individuals in organizations and about managing small and large numbers of individuals in organizational settings. So they have tried to select from contempary psychological research and theory those ideas, concepts, and findings that seem particularly relevant to the world of managerial work.

Creativity in Business – by Michael Ray and Rochelle Myers – 1989

“New approaches to doing business were once considered a luxury, but now constant, rapid re-creating of our firms is a matter of survival. Mike Rochelle’s exceptional book not only tells us that we can do it, but it will even be fun. This one could have been called
The Joy of Business.” – Tom Peters

The Care & Feeding of Ideas – A guide to encouraging creativity by James L. Adams – 1989

Good ideas are not easy to cultivate. They need rich soil, attention, and encouragement to take root and grow. Jim Adam’s classic

Conceptual Blockbusting was a handbook to weeding your garden, to clearing your mind of rubbish that stifles creative thought. This book is its long-awaited sequel, a guide to creating a greenhouse environment in which ideas can thrive.

The Complete Problem Solver – by John R. Hayes – 1989

This book has two purposes. It is designed to provide you with skills that will make you a better problem solver, and to give you up-to-date information about the psychology of problem solving.

Lethal Lovers and Poisonous People – How to protect your health from relationships that make you sick by Harriet B. Braiker – 1992

There are periods of stress in every significant relationship. But important new psychological studies reveal that some relationships can reach poisonous levels of toxic emotions – and that our response to these stresses can be harmful to our emotional and physical health.

Open-Book Management – The Coming Business Revolution by John Case – 1995

“What a sensible and timely idea – to treat people like adults and surround them with enough business information to do the right thing. John Case’s message is appealing, his success stories engaging and persuasive, his lessons useful for every kind of company. Reading this book, and then opening your books, will do your employees and your bottom line a favor.” – Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Secret Life of Beer – Legends, Lore & Little Known Facts by Alan D. Eames – 1995

“Mankind: The animal that fears the future and desires fermented beverages.” – Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)

God’s Debris – A Thought Experiment by Scott Adams – 2001

“After readit and recommending it approximately everyone I know, and some people I don’t, I figured I should tell you how great it is. Really great. Honestly, really, really, great.”
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