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  • Jun 24, 2010
Stone Soup-
The Secret Recipe For Making Something from Nothing
Published by Bookshaker. com 2010
Author- Bill Liao the Co-founder of Xing

Reviewed by : Dr. Joseph S. Maresca

The book builds from a simple set of ingredients to a
considerable soup. Herein lies the stuff of the title
"Stone Soup". The presentation is folksy in places with
stories of ordinary people like Sister Dorothy.

We are urged to look for the best and help it bloom.
All endings are beginnings. Logically, this statement
makes sense because an ending necessitates that we seek
to do something else. Another pearl of wisdom is that
complex workable systems are derived from
simpler workable systems. By implication, a complex
system should not be derived from itself unless there
are simpler and smaller workable subsystems.
Is any part of this theory our problem with the oil
spill in the Gulf ?

There are corollaries to these statements on systems.
That is, never build a system or process that cannot
be turned off. Following logically,
a system or process should operate ; such that, the servicing
is uncomplicated and the downtime kept to a minimum.

I like the reference to Franz Kafka which states that
" Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind the
slime of a new bureaucracy."
The statement conjures up the theoretic rationale for anarchy.
Then again, how do major projects get done without some form of
social organization and management ? Adam Smith attested
to the need for management in the Wealth of Nations.

At some point, the author constructs an alphabet soup of advice
called " Stone Soup". There are a plethora of snippets stringed
together to assemble the "Stone Soup". i.e.

o Belief- People buy if they can be connected on an emotional level.
o There are one or more catalysts to accomplish getting things done.
o There is a well-defined catalyst communicated well.
o The soup has other ingredients like emotions, trust, empowerment
et al.

There is a memorable quote by Bertrand Russell.
" The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always
certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."

We can apply this statement to a whole range of decision-making in
business, government and our daily lives. Overall, I found that the
presentation was logical and easy to read . The acquisition
is perfect for both the young and old.

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review by . July 05, 2010
Bill Lia's Stone Soup is a light hearted read illustrating the journeys of Ruby and how she walked and searched and perservered to survive and even thrive. Many intersting turns and twists take place throughout as she encounters many hardships. However with perserverance Ruby never gives up and ends up inspiring the lives of many along her fantastic journey.    Ths summaries of her journies and lessons learned are quite worthy although I am a bit annoyed of the constant repetition …
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On a cold night a storyteller who knew the limitless power of words visited a famine-Stricken village and, finding no fireside for a fable, began boiling a stone in a big pot in sight of everyone. One by one the curious villagers were encouraged to join in the feast of "Stone Soup" and one by one they believed in and contributed to the feast that inevitably resulted. Once both stories and soup had been devoured it was agreed that in future, in tough times, a stone and a story were a marvellous way to bring people together. "Stone Soup" is a modern fable about business, community, entrepreneurship and sharing. Mixing a traditional folktale with telling the story of one woman's journey through life, it contains tasty morsels of wisdom on work, team-building, leadership and courage. This book will nourish the soul of managers, entrepreneurs, community leaders, activists and educators by giving you the fortitude to lead fearlessly in the face of apparently insurmountable obstacles and foster true innovation within your community, group or organisation. Social networking pioneer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Bill Liao, is the co-founder of the social network service XING (www.xing.com). He is also CEO of Finaxis AG, a privately held company in the financial services industry. Among his philanthropic endeavors is his participation as an investor and volunteer in The Hunger Project in Uganda, New York and Mexico. Bill is also a regular attendee at the TED...
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ISBN-10: 1905430973
ISBN-13: 978-1905430970
Author: Bill Liao
Genre: Nonfiction
Publisher: Book Shaker
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