Reading Barry Schwartz and Ken Sharpe’s Practical Wisom

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Occiasonally, I receive invitations to review books.  Barry Schwartz Practical Wisdom was recently offered to me. And loving his Paradox of Choice I’m eager to read and review it. As a teaser, I have this promotion ad included on my blog. Hope u do not mind. Even better, that u might start reading 2. And then we are able to share our thoughts and opinion in the forthcoming weeks.

It’s in your nature to want to succeed.  It’s also human nature to want to do right.

But somewhere, sometime ago we’ve lost how to balance the two.  How do we get it back?

In the lively and provocative new book PRACTICAL WISDOM: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing, Barry Schwartz and Ken Sharpe explore the core idea of “practical wisdom” – the essential insights we must embrace to lead satisfying lives.

Based on one of the most popular TED Talks ever, this book is a reasoned call to break down the broken system of rules and incentives that make professional life ineffective and uninspiring—and to embrace the essential and practical human quality that has been drummed out of our lives: Wisdom.

In PRACTICAL WISDOM, Schwartz and Sharpe carry that argument forward. They introduce us to the “canny outlaws” who have worked around the inherent problems with business-as-usual to achieve inspiring and satisfying, hard-fought results in fields from education to law and medicine, even custodial work. And they introduce us to the System Changers who are building a new, better, more rewarding and ultimately more efficient ways to work.

Ultimately, Schwartz and Sharpe make us see that wisdom is above all a practical idea, and our surest route to a happier, more productive future


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