Category: Malcolm Gladwell

Chapter 3: The Stickiness Factor

Now it is getting interesting.  As someone who grew up on Sesame Street, it was fascinating to understand how much effort was behind teachtaining (new word) me as a kid.  Learning what is behind making a TV show, initiative, or marketing effort sticky caused me to…

Chapter Two: The Law of the Few

Gladwell describes how all people were not created equal when it comes to their influence on others.  There are a “few” people with a “particular and rare set of social gifts” who are either Connectors, Mavens, or Salesmen. Connectors know lots of people and create those…

Chapter One: The Three Rules

The Law of the Few:  Well, there is nothing better when considering epidemic-like events than discussing the spread of STDs…but it does help make the case for how a few people can spread an idea or a product.  The 80/20 rule seems to apply well especially…

The Tipping Point (Introduction)

Malcolm Gladwell sets the stage for the Tipping Point by describing the rise in the sale of Hush Puppies, and the decline of New York City Crime.  Both events didn’t gradually change over time, but something (almost like the spread of a virus) caused a…

The votes are in: The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell

The votes are in and the winner is The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell.  I have read his other books, use Outliers in a training session with leaders, and am excited to read this book together.  This book club will get The Tipping Point off my nightstand and into…

Power Distance and Plane Crashes

I am a fan of Malcolm Gladwell.  I like his writing, his stories and his perspective. In Chapter 7 of Outliers (The Ethic Theory of Plane Crashes) he discussed Power Distance, or the space that is created when authority, hierarchy and culture disrupts our ability…

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