Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


To begin the New Year on an ambitious note, we thought to share some inspiring literature on leadership. Seth Godin’s Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us explores how the internet age is changing the way we come together and connect as a group. Social media, blogs, and other products of the technological age make it easier than ever for diverse tribes to gather around a political cause or environmental initiative. The book poses the question “Who is going to lead all these tribes?” and encourages everyone to take a stand and seize the opportunity to lead. Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander’s The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life offers 12 practices for infusing creativity into all human endeavors. The authors, a psychotherapist and a philharmonic conductor, interweave their unique perspectives and professional experiences into stories that draw out the inspired person in all of us. A critical success, Thinking, Fast and Slow written by Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Prize winner in economic science, leads the reader on a tour through the mind explaining the two systems that drive the way we think. The hope being that if we understand the origins of our intuition and impulses, we can avoid the pitfalls and “mental glitches” that lead us astray.

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Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



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