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7 Overall

6 Applicability

7 Innovation

8 Style


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.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why serendipity is beneficial and
  • How individuals and companies can implement a program of “planned serendipity” to make their own luck.

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.



Post-It Notes
Many major scientific, technical and product developments resulted directly from serendipity – the “intersection of chance and creativity” – including, for example, Post-it notes. In 1968, Dr. Spence Silver, a research chemist at Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company...

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    Harshad Sonar 6 years ago
    Great summary, Good book and some good stories - though the 3M one has been cited many other places. gA applicability rating at 6 is fair. Books will be a certain read if someone is looking to promote Serendipity at his or her workplace.

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