Starfish and the spider
The “Chaos Imperative” is from the author of “The Starfish and the spider”, which is one of my favourite books on organizational development.
I had high hopes. Was a little afraid too, as I am working on a book about asymmetric management and the title suggested a lot of overlap.
I need have worried or bothered. As a book it reads well, you can finish it in a few hours, but the lessons from the book are nothing new.
Much better books to read
Instead read “Loose” or “Antifragile” or “The business model innovation factory” or “Digital disruption” or “Creative Intelligence”. In fact any book on innovation will do.
Chaos is good
The crux of the book is that chaos is good for you. You need to create some white space to allow for the creative juices to flow, you need unusual suspects (read “Mavericks at work” or “The rare find”) and you need planned serendipity (which is a contradiction in terms) or at least get out of the way of not letting serendipity happen.
And that is the book.
Einstein, Jobs, Six Sigma
He talks about Einstein, Steve Jobs, neuroscience, Silicon Valley, Six Sigma (kills serendipity) and I have read it all before. Better explained, with a lot more depth.
Disappointed and delighted. The plan to write the book on asymmetric management is alive and kicking.
The cover of the book is nice………