Malcolm Gladwell on Outliers

by Limbic on November 23, 2008

The Observer have a series of interviews with Malcolm Gladwell, best known for his superb book “The Tipping Point”, and and extracts from his new book “Outliers: The Story of Success“:

Stating the obvious, but oh so cleverly (Sun 23rd Nov 2008) – In investigating what sets geniuses apart, is Malcolm Gladwell also asking what makes him so special, wonders Jason Cowley

The man who can’t stop thinking (Sun Nov 16th 2008) – Malcolm Gladwell is a global phenomenon, one of the most brilliant and influential writers of his generation. His bestselling books, including The Tipping Point and Blink, explore and capture social trends and behaviour in ways that define the age. On the eve of his new book about the nature of success he discusses racial politics, obsessiveness, girlfriends – and his own fear of failure.

Why Asian children are better at maths (Sun Nov 16th 2008) – Extract from Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, ‘Outliers’

A gift or hard graft? – (sat Nov 15th 2008) – [Extract from Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, ‘Outliers’ ] We look at outrageously talented and successful people – the Beatles, Mozart, Rockefeller, Bill Gates – and assume there is such a thing as pure genius. Not necessarily, argues Malcolm Gladwell…

Outliers: The Story of Success – / .

A few more resources:

An introduction to the book and some of its ideas at Malcolm Gladwell’s website.

Secrets of their success (CNN Money) – What separates the legendary CEO from the chronically dissatisfied cubicle dweller? It’s not innate talent, argues Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell in his new book.

How to fly high: A genius guide, by Malcolm Gladwell (The Independent) – Malcolm Gladwell, author of ‘Blink’ and ‘The Tipping Point’, looks at the secrets of high achievers in his new book. Here he explains why outsiders like himself always have an edge, and why Obama’s recent win fits his theories

Slate discusses “Outliers”

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell (The Times) – reviewed by AC Grayling

The Uses of Adversity – Can underprivileged outsiders have an advantage? by Malcolm Gladwell (New Yorker, Nov 2008)

Malcolm Gladwell: Success Comes from Social Advantages – Psyblog (Nov 2008)

Geek Pop Star – Malcolm Gladwell’s elegant and wildly popular theories about modern life have turned his name into an adjective—Gladwellian! But in his new book, he seeks to undercut the cult of success, including his own, by explaining how little control we have over it. (9th Nov 2008)

Backlash against Gladwell and his ideas?

Is the Tipping Point Toast? – Marketers spend a billion dollars a year targeting influentials. Duncan Watts says they’re wasting their money. (Fast Company, February 2008)

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