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The Network Always Wins, By Peter Hinssen, McGraw Hill 2015

JP-pic 2A book review by Dr. John Psarouthakis, Executive Editor, www.BusinessThinker.com

This book eloquently and effectively “talks’ about the complexity of our world today and particularly about the complex systems in Business. It is a fascinating read and amazingly effective in communicating the complexity and what to do about it. In one page Peter presents the thermodynamic property of Entropy and Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle and being understood. That is an achievement in itself since Entropy is inter-wound with the second law of thermodynamics and the other with quantum mechanics! Not a simple achievement.

Though I believe complexity has existed for as long as humans began to deal in groups those early people and for many thousand of years they dealt with complexity with simple linearity approach

Because the complexity and the changes that came with it then occurred at a very slow pace and the linear approach was practical and effective. Today the change comes at a high acceleration rate that we do not have the time to deal with the gross deviations that linearity will require to deal with the issues at hand. Adding to this is the great interdependence of our activities on a global scale and instantly felt effects of actions occurring on the other side of the glob from us, etc.

This book, not only made me more acutely aware of the complex world we live in, but also provided me with approaches to the complexity so that I can deal with it and not fall in to “panic”!

I strongly recommend this book that deals with difficult concepts in a way that we build our confidence in dealing with the complexities of today’s business world.

Book: CALL TO GLORY, by George A. Haloulakos, A review

JP Bio PhotoReview by Dr. John Psarouthakis,
Executive Editor, www.BusinessThinker.com

George A. Haloulakos — CFA Charterholder, Finance Professor and Author — has written a new and distinctly different book titled CALL TO GLORY – How the Convair B-58 Hustler Helped Win the Cold War. Business Thinker readers may already be familiar with some of his published work that has been featured in this web site as well as his last book HIGH FLIGHT – Aviation as a Teaching Tool for Finance, Strategy and American Exceptionalism.

CALL TO GLORY is an economic and strategic analysis of the B-58 Hustler that reads like a time capsule out of the 1960s. This historic reappraisal of the B-58 enables the reader to view the “soaring sixties” as a decade in which the USA deployed the Hustler as an exclusive nuclear strike weapon to be used in a “massive retaliation” strategy that characterized Strategic Air Command’s posture during that era of the Cold War. George deconstructs this strategy through a Game Theory narrative [using Chess as the explanatory vehicle] that unifies both the qualitative and quantitative content of CALL TO GLORY.   George writes that “Deterrence was based on the display of decisive, overwhelming force coupled with the willingness to use it.” Along this line of thought, CALL TO GLORY includes an insightful, behind-the-scenes look at the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis that includes a detailed breakdown of the nuclear arsenals for both the USA and USSR while quantifying how the B-58 Hustler was the ultimate difference maker that resulted in a “draw” rather than all-out war.

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11 Fascinating Books on Harvard Business School’s Required Reading List


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Written by Lauren Pedigo 

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There’s no better time to revamp your reading list than the beginning of the summer. The question is … what should you read?

With so many business books out there to choose from, sifting through all those online descriptions and reviews could take up an entire summer in and of itself. We figured you’d rather spend that time actually, you know, reading.

To help you narrow down your search for the best business books out there, we combed through a plethora of online syllabi from Harvard Business School. Much to my surprise, most of the books centered around leadership rather than economics, marketing, or general business best practices. It really does take a fearless leader to build a truly remarkable organization.

Below, you’ll find a list of 11 of the most intriguing books on Harvard Business School courses’ required reading lists. If you’re looking for a few great summer reads, then this is just the list for you.

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