Friday, May 28, 2010

Malcolm Gladwell in Malaysia!

Grab hold of any planners, and every one of them can tell you about the tipping point phenomenon. That concept was coined by a New Yorker writer who is also one of the milennium's most astounding business scientists, Malcolm Gladwell. If he sounds familiar, you should know that he wrote 'The Tipping Point', 'Blink', 'Outliers' and the latest best seller 'What the Dog Saw'.

Gladwell doesn't write a lot of books but the ones he penned contain some of the most influential thoughts of this century, which challenge us to take a step back and question the origins of everyday incidents and the automatic rituals of just being human. One of his cases written in 'Outliers' argues that success is gained from practice and chance, and it may not be a question of born brilliance which the latter was given a tad too much credit compared to the endurance put in by those who finally reaped the sweet reward of victory.

I've been an ardent follower of his works because I'm simply too intrigue with the way he sees things and his investigative methods deployed to dispute conventional thinking. And I've always always dreamed of attending one of his book readings in New York. And now, for the first time in Asia, he will be speaking in Malaysia. And needless to say. I've got my seat ;)

I highly recommend you to attend this occasion if you're jaded and tired of ineffective systems at your workplace or wherever you are and get inspired. Gladwell was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential people in 2005 and again as one of the top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 by Foreign Policy Magazine.

Alongside with Gladwell, there will also be James Surowiecki who authored ‘Wisdom of Crowds’ and ‘The Future of Leadership'. He will be discussing and explaining ways to get people to work better in a community to produce strategies collectively for true competitive advantage. I also have his book, but guilty as charged. I haven't manage to finish it. And... it's been a couple of years. But I'll get into it. Soon. Really soon. After the talk maybe.
But anyway, see you there :)

Note: Tickets are now available at selected MPH bookstores.

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