April 02, 2006


One reason speaking about books is easier than writing them – for me at least – is that the feedback is a lot more immediate. It’s possible to change a presentation while it's being delivered, based on the smiles, frowns or dazed looks of an audience. The feedback cycle for book is longer. You toss something out, then wait and wonder.

My friends and colleagues are a supportive bunch of people, but their comments about Bigger Isn’t Always Better are those I’d expect to hear from them. Fortunately, reviews are starting to come out, and they’ve also been pretty positive. Here are a few.

Steven Pearlstein of The Washington Post (Feb 19) said the book is:

" ...a powerful antidote to Wall Street's poisonous fixation with gigantism and growth."

He also says I ramble a bit, but am best in:

" ...combining the insights of psychology with the lessons of corporate management and strategy."

Steve finishes with:

"The book is chock full of good tips and sound advice for managers of any sized operation."

Some other reviewers agreed with the Post. Tami Brady’s internet review called the distinction between fixers and growers “enlightening” and went on to say:

"There are quite a few gems in this book. I found the descriptions of the 21 mind bugs particularly useful. (Mind bugs are common ways that we think and things that we tell ourselves that distort reality and act as hurdles to healthy growth.)"

Robert Morris is one of Amazon’s top ranked reviewers. He was also very generous with praise:

"What we have in this volume is a brilliant explanation of what 'real business growth' is, and how to achieve and then sustain it."

To read his full review, click the "Buy the Book" link on the right.

Morris also commented on the book’s practicality:

"While re-reading this book, as is my custom, I highlighted key passages. In this instance more than 100 which caught my eye."

It feels great to be called brilliant, but I think I like the ring of “useful” even better.

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