In a country where government has been seduced by the majesty of free-markets, it's tempting to think that business leaders have somehow cracked the code when it comes to tackling the challenges we face as a society. They have not. In fact, business leaders are as clueless about defining excellence and understanding how to make effective decisions as your crazy uncle. The only difference is, they get paid millions to carry out their charade of competence.
To get a glimpse of just how muddled the state of business thinking is today, take a look at this week's business best sellers according to the New York Times.
I have to read stuff like this as part of my day job, and I will tell you without hesitation, it ain't a pretty sight. Sure there are nuggets of knowledge here and there (I found Kahneman's book especially interesting), but for the most part, what these authors do best is make money selling books.
The Power of Habit. A Times reporter's account of the science behind how we form and break habits.
Steve Jobs. A biography.
Thinking, Fast and Slow. An Nobel laureate in economics discusses how we make choices in business and in our personal lives, and when we can't trust our intuitions.
Imagine. An account of the science of creativity argues that is not a fife but a though process than can be learned
The Start-Up of You. Managing your career as if it were a start up.
Becoming China's Bitch. Solutions to the challenges that threaten America.
Great by Choice. The characteristics of companies that succeed in hard times.
Seeing the Big Picture. Viewing day-to-day decisions as keys to your company's success.
Strengths-based Leadership. Three keys to being a more effective leader.
Doing More With Less. Frugality and industriousness as the ways to wealth.