Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Review of: "Giinius Unchained: Everyone's a Giinius at Something" by Kate McKeown


Kate McKeown was the co-author, with Lou Mobley, of the classic study entitled "Beyond IBM." Almost thirty years after its initial publication, this study in innovation remains timely and relevant. Professor McKeown now offers "Giinius Unchained" as a prescription for systems change in one generation.  She takes aim at our current models of education, which she pejoratively labels "RAMIT" and offers an alternative approach that she calls "SPIIRIT," which is a comprehensive approach to lifelong learning and creating.

The author has proved her theories with more than a thousand Giinius" students, many of whom have become  successful entrepreneurs after she taught them in the MBA program at Fordham University.  Along the way, the  book offers links to relevant works of innovators, entrepreneurs and artists whose work exemplifies the ethos of the SPIRIT approach to learning and living - from Bruce Springsteen to Plato, from Lady Gaga to Pete Peterson, from George Lucas to Joseph Campbell..

The book as a delicious smorgasbord of intriguing and stimulating ideas, with calls to action for those who resonate with the author's passion.

Enjoy!

Al

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Review of "The Man In The Rockefeller Suit" by Mark Seal - The Saga Of A Serial Imposter


I followed closely the unfolding story of Clark Rockefeller when he kidnapped his daughter and fled with her.  The event began just a few blocks from where I work.  Author Mark Seal takes the facts of Rockefeller's life and multiple identities and presents the story in a way that is as intriguing as any novel.  Mr. Seal has thoroughly researched every aspect of the life of the man who began his existence as Christian Gerhartsreiter in a small town in Germany.

One of the aspects of this complex sage that most interested me was the way in which Rockefeller was able to control and manipulate his otherwise very capable wife, Sandra Boss.  Ms. Boss rose to be a partner with the prestigious consulting firm, McKinsey, yet she allowed Clark to control all of the family finances, where they would live and how their daughter would be raised.  It is a study in how convincing and controlling a clever sociopath can be, even when faced with a very intelligent victim of his cons.

The cross-country aspect of Clark's pilgrimage was of interest to me because I have knowledge of almost all of the communities where he lived and where he plied his trade as serial imposter - Boston, Fairfield County Connecticut, Pasadena and San Marino California, Baltimore.

This book will delight any reader who enjoys true crime, investigative journalism and exploration of the human mind.

Enjoy!

Al