We've already posted about The Opposable Mind by our friend and Dean, Roger Martin.
Over at This Blog Sits at the Intersection of Anthropology and Economics, Grant McCracken says some pretty nice things about Roger's book and muses about the differences between the US and Canada.
I was in Toronto yesterday doing ethnographic interviews on the topic of Canada and Canadianness. One of my respondents was Roger Martin, the dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Part way through the interview, Martin identified a paradox. He noted that Canadians who are creative and free thinking as individuals can become dramatically less creative in groups. Let's call this the Martin paradox.
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Martin gave me a copy of his new book, The Opposable Mind, which I read on the flight home from Toronto. It's good. Friends of this blog will have noticed that I am usually unkind to books in the business literature category. I have drubbed Blue Ocean Strategy by Kim and Mauborgne, Lovemark by Roberts, The Long Tail by Chris Anderson, and the ideas of Zaltman, Rapaille and Sir John Hegarty. I have even dared challenge Freakonomics. I am, by this reckoning, a tough audience, but The Opposable Mind impressed me.
Read the whole post here (and ignore the comments from people who want to argue about who's really Canadian and who isn't -- that's not the point of the post, but I guess it gives people something to argue about.).
posted by Kevin Stolarick