Negotiating Is Non-Negotiable

We’ve been getting a lot of communication books to read around here lately that seem a little bit adversarial at first glance: a tome on the virtues of arguing, and now one on negotiation. The Only Negotiating Guide You’ll Ever…

Thank You For Arguing? Can't Argue With That

Thank You For Arguing? Can’t Argue With That

If the title of “Thank You For Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion” by Jay Heinrichs sounds harsh to you, you may be exactly the person who needs to read it….

How Music Works

How Music Works

How Music Works by David Byrne is an interesting foray into the world of music-making, appealing to general history as well as delving into his personal experience with Talking Heads, Brian Eno and others. He explores social forces, technological changes…

Red Teaming

Red Teaming

Even before starting “Red Teaming: How Your Business Can Conquer the Competition by Challenging Everything” we presumed from the title it had military roots. It does, and it also starts with a quote from Sun Tzu’s “The Art Of War,”…

Hacking Growth: How Today's Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success

Hacking Growth: How Today’s Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success

Does “growth hacking” sound cliched to you? It might, but it shouldn’t: it’s really just a term coined for a set of methodologies designed for taking your company from zero to hero. I mean, nobody knew what Facebook, Pinterest or…

All These Wonders

All These Wonders

Storytelling is something of a re-discovered art these days; not sure if we can thank marketing for that, or if something else sparked its renaissance, but it’s a good thing, regardless. In All These Wonders by Catherine Burns (forward by…

This is not a (Rorschach) Test

This is not a (Rorschach) Test

The Rorschach test has become a common theme in art, design, and pop culture: from the cover of Jay-Z’s “Decoded” to Andy Warhol’s art, it’s taken on a life of its own. We were excited to get a copy of…

Nonsense: The Power Of Not Knowing

Nonsense: The Power Of Not Knowing

How does the brain react to ambiguity? And are those reactions a good thing or a bad thing? Jamie Holmes takes a look at this and other concepts in Nonsense: The Power Of Not Knowing, an exceptionally relevant book these…

You're Saying It Wrong

You’re Saying It Wrong

Well, you might or might not be saying it wrong. We had the pleasure of flipping through You’re Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words–and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse by Ross and Kathryn…

The Art of People

The Art of People

“They like me. They really, really like me” – Sally Field. And, theoretically, everyone else can say that too, after reading this book, The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want. Author Dave…