- Eye Opening
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Applicable – You’ll get advice that can be directly applied in the workplace or in everyday situations.
Analytical – You’ll understand the inner workings of the subject matter.
Background – You’ll get contextual knowledge as a frame for informed action or analysis.
Bold – You’ll find arguments that may break with predominant views.
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Eye opening – You’ll be offered highly surprising insights.
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Hot Topic – You’ll find yourself in the middle of a highly debated issue.
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Inspiring – You’ll want to put into practice what you’ve read immediately.
Overview – You’ll get a broad treatment of the subject matter, mentioning all its major aspects.
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Visionary – You’ll get a glimpse of the future and what it might mean for you.
Well structured – You’ll find this to be particularly well organized to support its reception or application.
Have you been able to move ahead in life because of your efforts and determination? Certainly, your strong character and hard work helped get you where you are today. But your genetic heritage also played a significant role in your workplace accomplishments. It did not directly cause your life’s path, but it influenced your behavior, your choices and the success you have realized. With a different genetic makeup, you might have ended up in another job or lifestyle. The science of this is irrefutable; someone lucky in the genetic lottery has a much better chance to do well. Economist Scott Shane explains all this in his iconoclastic report on genes and their indirect effects on workplace success. Though it is not an easy read, given its somewhat stilted syntax, getAbstract suggests this unsettling, yet eye-opening, book to anyone who really wants to know what makes people tick.
About the Author
Scott Shane is a professor of economics and entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of more than 60 scholarly articles on entrepreneurship and innovation management, and the author or editor of eight other books.