Now this book is a little older than my previous review (first published in 2000). It’s a great read – not just for the insight to certain elements of Personal Networks. If anyone wants to get a better understanding of psychology, how to be a better parent … or maybe even make significant changes in a country with limited resources (sounds like a relevant challenge) – this is the book to read.
Malcolm is a great writer/journalists – and mixes some solid research with anecdotes and interview. It makes for a very enjoyable read. The only section that seemed a little dated was on Sesame
…..Thank you for visiting. My blog has moved. You can find the rest of this post by clicking here.
Street and Blues Clues (which revolutionised children’s TV in the 1970/80/90s) – but the rest was as relevant today as when written.
One of the best parts of the book was the short conclusion. Often books finish off with an enthusiastic/rushed repetition of the main themes – but Malcolm leaves you with key thoughts/actions.
The two areas that significantly touched on Personal Networking were:-
* Connectors, Mavens and Salesmen. I’ve mentioned the Connectors in a previous blog post. The author explained these three types of characters well – and their role in the Tipping Point. One thing he did not identify is how high a percentage of us have these characteristics. I’ll have to research further on-line – or maybe ask him on his blog – http://www.gladwell.com/
* Dunbar’s Number. He explains the principle of humans naturally having a most efficient group size of 150 people. Robin Dunbar (from Oxford University) has done research in to ancient civilisations – and modern business groups … and 150 keeps on recurring. There’s a great story about the Gore organisation (known for Gore-Tex) who only create buildings with 150 car park spaces, and when people start parking on the grass … they create a new building/division. Malcolm covers Dunbar’s ideas really well – and has set me on course to research this more thoroughly by reading Robin’s latest book – How Many Friends Does One Person Need?: Dunbar’s Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks.
Recommended reading – the research is great fun (my wife got bored with me telling her the amazing facts!!). I’m currently on a beach holiday – so will do the MindMap of the book when I get back to base. Anyone else read this book?
PLEASE NOTE - my website has moved to http://www.philobrien.com. Please continue your journey there!. Best wishes. Phil
- RT @w42st: Looking fly, @philobr. Our publisher gets a new look for our #style issue #w42st http://t.co/NbGG9aZj8R 5 days ago
- RT @w42st: The new issue of #w42st is out tomorrow! Here's a sneak preview of our #style cover illustration by @AlisaKrutovsky. http://t.co… 6 days ago
- Finished "A Dip In The Ocean" - a kind gift from @SarahOuten #ADMIRATION - go buy the book & follow her #AtlanticRow #London2London 2 weeks ago
- Any suggestions for what to do in Phoenix tonight with Joe (17) now @samsmithworld has been cancelled? #PhoenixNights 2 weeks ago
- Personal Space – juggling closeness and privacy
- Finding WOW – the Toxteth Riots & Wimbledon Photographers
- Where you live – creativity lessons from Bono & Bowie
- I met a man on the internet….
- Replacing half your friends every 7 years – and the tattoo consequences
- Small Worlds, Connecting the Dots and Dark Side of the Moon
- Reflexivity – I liked the word so much, I bought the domain name!
- “I’d Like to See the Manager”
- How Technology Fosters Strong Ties – a guest post by Joel D. Canfield
- Nepotism and Dunbar’s Number