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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000)

by Malcolm Gladwell

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New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in our society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Ideas, behavior, messages, and products, he argues, often spread like outbreaks of infectious disease. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.… (more)
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I began reading The Tipping Point in preparation for an interview at W.L. Gore & Associates. The company culture is covered in chapter 5 where a size of about 150 is set as an upper limit for an organization before communication begins to break down.

Having read the book, I see why it has remained so popular a decade after initial publication. ( )
  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
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  chapterthree | Jun 5, 2020 |
Malcolm Gladwell is a good writer. This book has it's fair share of high points, as it attempts to outline ways in which societal trends spread across society like a virus. The main focus intrigued me- the idea that, like viruses, trends reach a "tipping point" where it comes from minor and unimportant, to suddenly raging and unstoppable.

Gladwell tells a lot of entertaining stories, introduces a lot of entertaining people. But ultimately, it all felt very fluffy and mild, a little watered down. The grand idea behind the book- in which Gladwell tries to outline this sociological principle and philosophy, despite the fact that Gladwell is neither a sociologist nor a philosopher- comes out hollow. This isn't to say Gladwell is necessarily wrong, just that his argument had a lot of reaching and a lot of shaky ideas, propped up by entertaining anecdotes.

It's an airplane read. It won't change your life, but it's a thought provoking read for laying on the beach. ( )
  MaxAndBradley | May 27, 2020 |
Éste es uno de esos libros en los que el autor se marca un ensayo tochísimo a partir de una única idea. Parte la idea en trocitos fáciles de digerir y a cada trozo le dedica un capítulo.
La idea en sí es simple: las modas aparecen repentinamente y sólo dependen de tres factores: la Ley de los pocos, el factor "pegajoso" y el poder del entorno. Malcolm Gladwell [MG] establece a lo largo del libro una comparación casi biunívoca entre las modas y las epidemias. Ilustra sus ideas con varios ejemplos, de empresas que vieron cómo sus ventas se multiplicaban (por números mayores que uno) en pocas semanas, de la ciudad de Nueva York, que redujo su tasa de delitos a la mitad en unos meses...
Básicamente, la Ley de los pocos dide que para que algo se propague por la sociedad sólo necesitas que se unan a tu causa unas pocas personas, siempre que sean Conectores, Vendedores o Expertos. A cada uno le otorga su papel en la cadena de transmisión de las modas.
Después, hay una learga exposición sobre el factor pegajoso, poniendo como ejemplos los programas para niños "Barrio Sésamo" y "Blues' clues", expolicando cómo sus creadores hicieron pruebas y más pruebas hasta conseguir que los niños quedasen enganchados al programa. Por último, habla del poder del entorno, que es el que da el espaldarazo o mata la moda.
El libro está interesante, aunque para mi gusto MG peca de querer hacer de su idea una máxima universal, válida para todos los entornos, situaciones, países y contextos. Sí es cierto que cuando te cuenta los ejemplos parece que todo encaja a la perfección, pero a veces hay argumentos y justificaciones bastante traídos por los pelos. Mi nota: Interesante. ( )
  Remocpi | Apr 22, 2020 |
Excellent Book ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
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I wish Malcolm Gladwell had chosen to use his considerable skills as a journalist to describe more examples of actual tipping points. In reaching instead for theory, he reaches well beyond where he, or anyone else, can safely travel.
 
What Mr. Gladwell has to say is instructive. If he hasn't got all the answers, he certainly offers a fresh way of looking at the problems.
 
Gladwell's narrative voice is so chummy and seductive, it's easy to get drawn into his worldview.
 
But still: $1 million ... Here's a tip: Don't believe the hype.
 
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference is both interesting and engaging. It is a medicine chest of a book, full of seemingly unrelated concoctions, each available for strategic application to manipulate the equilibrium.
 

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In this brilliant and groundbreaking book, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in out society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Ideas, behavior, messages, and products, he argues, often spread like outbreaks of infectious disease. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.
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