While the rating tells you how good a book is according to our two core criteria, it says nothing about its particular defining features. Therefore, we use a set of 20 qualities to characterize each book by its strengths:
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.
Comprehensive – You’ll find every aspect of the subject matter covered.
Concrete Examples – You’ll get practical advice illustrated with examples of real-world applications or anecdotes.
Controversial – You’ll be confronted with strongly debated opinions.
Eloquent – You’ll enjoy a masterfully written or presented text.
Engaging – You’ll read or watch this all the way through the end.
Eye opening – You’ll be offered highly surprising insights.
For beginners – You’ll find this to be a good primer if you’re a learner with little or no prior experience/knowledge.
For experts – You’ll get the higher-level knowledge/instructions you need as an expert.
Hot Topic – You’ll find yourself in the middle of a highly debated issue.
Innovative – You can expect some truly fresh ideas and insights on brand-new products or trends.
Insider’s take – You’ll have the privilege of learning from someone who knows her or his topic inside-out.
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.
Scientific – You’ll get facts and figures grounded in scientific research.
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.
In 1945, engineer Percy Spencer was working with magnetrons, electronic devices that create microwave radio signals. As he stood next to a functioning magnetron, Spencer felt the chocolate bar in his pocket suddenly soften to a gooey consistency. He deduced that the microwaves emanating from the magnetron had melted his candy. This serendipitous insight led to the invention of the microwave oven. Entrepreneur Thor Muller and Lane Becker, both web experts and customer satisfaction consultants, explain why serendipity matters to your business and how you can spark happenstance in your organization. Their pleasant tone of voice and easy way with complex concepts make for a delightful read. Although waiting for serendipity to pass through your organization may prove as fruitless as anticipating a visit from Godot, you can foster a work environment that supports good fortune, allowing you to grasp hold of it – if it occurs. getAbstract recommends this original treatise to readers who want to turbocharge their organization’s serendipity and reap the benefits of good fortune.
About the Authors
Thor Muller and Lane Becker co-founded Get Satisfaction, a customer engagement platform. Muller is a serial entrepreneur. Becker co-founded Adaptive Path, a user-experience design firm.