After analyzing this case study with thousands of executives from all over the world, the author proposes the legendary story of the Titanic as a means to draw out practical lessons and highlight important mistakes that should be avoided. Especially valuable for teams that are good at what they do, but that want to ensure the sustainability of their success.
From the legendary former Fed Chairman and the acclaimed Economist writer and historian, the full, epic story of America´s evolution from a small patchwork of threadbare colonies to the most powerful engine of wealth and innovation the world has ever seen. Shortlisted for the 2018 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award From even the start of his fabled career, Alan Greenspan was duly famous for his deep understanding of even the most arcane corners of the American economy, and his restless curiosity to know even more. To the extent possible, he has made a science of understanding how the US economy works almost as a living organism--how it grows and changes, surges and stalls. He has made a particular study of the question of productivity growth, at the heart of which is the riddle of innovation. Where does innovation come from, and how does it spread through a society? And why do some eras see the fruits of innovation spread more democratically, and others, including our own, see the opposite? In Capitalism in America, Greenspan distills a lifetime of grappling with these questions into a thrilling and profound master reckoning with the decisive drivers of the US economy over the course of its history. In partnership with the celebrated Economist journalist and historian Adrian Wooldridge, he unfolds a tale involving vast landscapes, titanic figures, triumphant breakthroughs, enlightenment ideals as well as terrible moral failings. Every crucial debate is here--from the role of slavery in the antebellum Southern economy to the real impact of FDR´s New Deal to America´s violent mood swings in its openness to global trade and its impact. But to read Capitalism in America is above all to be stirred deeply by the extraordinary productive energies unleashed by millions of ordinary Americans that have driven this country to unprecedented heights of power and prosperity. At heart, the authors argue, America´s genius has been its unique tolerance for the effects of creative destruction, the ceaseless churn of the old giving way to the new, driven by new people and new ideas. Often messy and painful, creative destruction has also lifted almost all Americans to standards of living unimaginable to even the wealthiest citizens of the world a few generations past. A sense of justice and human decency demands that those who bear the brunt of the pain of change be protected, but America has always accepted more pain for more gain, and its vaunted rise cannot otherwise be understood, or its challenges faced, without recognizing this legacy. For now, in our time, productivity growth has stalled again, stirring up the populist furies. There´s no better moment to apply the lessons of history to the most pressing question we face, that of whether the United States will preserve its preeminence, or see its leadership pass to other, inevitably less democratic powers.
The #1 New York Times Bestseller ´Walter Isaacson is not an art historian, he´s simply a lover of Leonardo, who manages to communicate the sheer joy of this remarkable man´ Books of the Year - The Times ´Walter Isaacson keeps the mortal man to the fore. For all his supernatural gifts as an artist and natural scientist. Leonardo was resolutely human (illegitimate, vegan, in need of patrons) rather than the near deity of legend. Isaacson is an assured guide to Leonardo´s fallibility - so many projects started, so few completed - as well as his extraordinary curiosity and his even more remarkable painterly skills that were sharpened by intense observation.´ Michael Prodger, Books of the Year - The Sunday Times ´Infinitely curious, easily distracted, vain and vegetarian, Leonardo is brought to vivid life in this accomplished biography.´ - The Sunday Times . ´an illuminating guide to the output of one of the last millennium´s greatest minds.´ - The Observer ´Isaacson doesn´t claim to make any fresh discoveries, but his book is intelligently organised, simply written and beautifully illustrated.´ Book of the Day, The Guardian . ´Isaacson´s scholarship is impressive-he cites not only primary sources but secondary materials by art critics, essayists, and da Vinci´s other biographers. This is a monumental tribute to a titanic figure.´ - Publisher´s Weekly ´´A powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life...a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it.´´- The New Yorker ´´Vigorous, insightful.´´- The Washington Post ´´A masterpiece.´´- San Francisco Chronicle ´´Luminous.´´- The Daily Beast ´To read this magnificent biography of Leonardo da Vinci is to take a tour through the life and works of one of the most extraordinary human beings of all time in the company of the most engaging, informed, and insightful guide imaginable. Walter Isaacson is at once a true scholar and a spellbinding writer. And what a wealth of lessons there are to be learned in these pages.´ David McCullough The creator of Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World) officially sold at auction in New York in November 2017 for the record-breaking sum of £341 million. He was history´s most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo´s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo´s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa . But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry . His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man , made him history´s most creative genius. His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from having wide-ranging passions. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history´s most memorable smile. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper . Isaacson also describes how Leonard