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  • Plot: This is a necessary book written at exactly the right time. It may be used as a manual for those who are wanting to add a more collaborative aspect to their teams, and who are considering moving to having a larger amount of their workforce working remotely.

    Prose/Style: Readers will revel in Simon's prose. It is obvious he has experience as a professor, as it reads like an interesting college class. He peppers in anecdotes, humor, graphs, and images to get the concepts across, which really make this easily digestible.

    Originality: Simon’s book features an original and highly relevant topic. The author cogently challenges notions that have been held for decades and invites readers to rethink their own assumptions of best practices.

    Character Development/Execution: Structurally, this work unfolds intuitively, from an introduction regarding how work looked pre-COVID, then moving into the immediate changes that took place, then exploring potential models for “moving forward."

  • Plot: Scott takes a familiar, well-known concept—capitalism and how money functions in the world—and analyzes it from new angles, using interesting anecdotes, metaphors, and his own personal research to inform his opinions.

    Prose/Style: Scott’s prose flows well, and readers will find themselves twenty pages from when they started reading without even noticing that time has passed, because it all works so well together.

    Originality: Although the concepts here aren’t new, Scott takes a very interesting look at and spin on them. He talks about his family, games he has played, and unique, experimental monetary systems. Readers will learn a lot from reading this book, and especially enjoy the fact that he feels positively about the future of humanity.

    Character Development/Execution: The book could be organized a little more clearly, but it still works well. It feels like an informal conversation with your parent at the dining room table about their interests regarding finances—the execution meanders at times, but it works. The informality makes the stressful concept less exasperating for readers, and even fun, which is saying a lot for something as dry as the financial workings of the world!

  • Risk Intelligence

    by Gregory M. Carroll

    Rating: 8.00

    Plot/Idea: Carroll's Risk Intelligence smartly and clearly explains the importance of using new AI technologies to enhance the impact of risk management in the current business world. Carroll covers everything from dealing with supply chain challenges to managing cyberattacks in this incredibly useful guide.

    Prose: Carroll's prose is always understandable and precise, despite the technical content of the book. Technical terms are clearly defined, and practical examples of complex concepts always land.

    Originality: Risk Management is certainly original in its exceptionally up-to-date analysis of the contemporary business climate. Carroll discusses the impact of COVID on the workforce and the influence of younger employees on shifting attitudes on work, making this text an important current guide. The focus on Bayesian modelling, as opposed to the more commonly used frequentist approach, is also novel.

    Character Development/Execution: Carroll surely outlines the book's premise at the beginning and follows through evenly, executing a smooth text. Risk Management also offers impressively executed back matter for curious readers, including summaries and ideas for classes.

    Blurb: A unique and adept guide to employing prevailing AI technology to risk management, Carroll's Risk Intelligence is an innovative text that's sure to influence business managers.

  • Your Hidden Game

    by sharon rich

    Rating: 7.50

    Idea: Rich demystifies complex business concepts while proposing creative ways to cause change. Her overarching theme may be unconventional, but readers will appreciate its novelty.

    Prose/Style: Rich illuminates sophisticated ideas with her concise and clear writing style. Her prose is direct— and staunchly uncompromising—but supportive of her straightforward advice.

    Originality: Your Hidden Game hits all the marks for business gurus, with the added bonus of refreshing and unusual ways to analyze organizational dynamics. Rich’s focus on business milieu and psychological safety is a welcome change from many in the genre.

    Character Development/Execution: Rich delivers on her promises—in a user-friendly, transparent manner. She outlines conclusive steps in line with her primary vision, bolstered by sustainable actions and realistic hope for change.

  • Ideas: Kang’s guide to being more creative in the workplace reflects a common struggle in the modern world, and engages the reader to rethink problem-solving.

    Prose/Style: The prose of this guide is easy to understand and the pacing keeps the reader engaged.

    Originality: The author uses examples from their own life to relate to the reader, and explain how creativity can be stifled in the modern workplace. The usage of art and colorful text is attention-grabbing.

    Character Development/Execution: The execution in this how-to guide is finely organized and easy to read; the additional pages to take notes are a helpful and thoughtful element.