Sunday, 6 July 2014
Brajesh's Review : David & Goliath - Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants
"David & Goliath - Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants" is a Management Thriller at its best. Unputdownable, page-turner and riveting - all the adjectives that you would normally associate with a thriller.
Watch the beautiful TED Video at TedTalks, to get a glimpse into this fascinating book.
Separated into 3 parts, each part has 3 real stories around with Malcolm Gladwell builds his amazing model which questions all the traditional wisdom of advantage-disadvantage and power.
Experience is no longer a pre-requisite of success for a basket-ball coach, big or small aren’t advantageous in the inverted U curve of class-size and best universities are no longer a strength for students.
The second section explores the theory of desirable difficulty where dyslexia turns into blessing, traumatic childhood builds strength and ends with the story of Walker, the man behind Martin Luther King’s success.
In the final section he explores the limits of power through examples of IRA, 3 strike rule in L.A. and the Jewish resistance to Nazi oppression.
I can go on writing about this book, but would stop here and add a picture of my notes which will give you an idea about how immersed I was in this book. I am sure I will go back to this book many a times in future. A strong contender to my book of the year for 2014.
Rating : 5 / 5