Business from Hamsters to Buddha.

AuthorMoore, Alex
PositionBook review

Work Title: Business from Hamsters to Buddha

Work Author(s): Alex Moore


Byline: Alex Moore

Each day this biblio-office receives bundles of books, a significant portion in the business category. As in most cases, books that focus are the ones that provide value, as opposed to those that only graze the surface of general subjects. Honing in on a specific topic within a broad category like Business provides for nearly limitless range. Here are some outstanding recent examples, from the allegorical to the altruistic, from email to optical illusions, from hamsters to Buddha.

In The Hamster Revolution: How to Manage Your E-mail Before It Manages You (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 978-1-57675-437-5), the authors say "E-mail is a great production tool, but we're overusing it and in some cases---we're abusing it." Offered are four strategies to improve e-mail handling; the first is to reduce e-mail volume by sending fewer replies. Through an amazing mathematical formula worthy of Pythagoras, the authors conclude that twenty-five days a year are wasted on non-value e-mails. Reducing this "boomerang" effect saves time.

"It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances," wrote Oscar Wilde. Looks: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined (American Management Association, 978-0-8144-8054-0) is a treatise on the pervasiveness of what the authors call "PA" -- physical attractiveness. They conjure the term "Lookism"---the beauty bias, and show how it has seeped into everything from the courtroom system to the Human Relations Department. Looks is a book of awareness that scares up the beauty beast.

Another "awareness" book presents lessons gleaned from a NASA satellite project that uses luck-optimizing habits to make the best of opportunities. The author's premise in Optimizing Luck (Davies-Black publishing, 978-0-89106-222-6) is based on what Thomas Jefferson said: "I find the harder I work, the more luck I seem to...

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