Malcolm Gladwell

A Quote by Malcolm Gladwell on values, people, community, and example

The values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with have a profound effect on who we are.

Malcolm Gladwell

Source: Outliers: The Story of Success, Pages: 11

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A Quote by Malcolm Gladwell on experience, theory, and writing

People are experience-rich and theory-poor.

Malcolm Gladwell

Source: interview on Charlie Rose, December 2008

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A Quote by Malcolm Gladwell

We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limitations to the adequacy of verbal instruction.

Malcolm Gladwell

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A Quote by Malcolm Gladwell on invention, innovation, and ideas

In order to get one of the greatest inventions of the modern age, in other words, we thought we needed the solitary genius. But if Alexander Graham Bell had fallen into the Grand River and drowned that day back in Brantford, the world would still have had the telephone, the only difference being that the telephone company would have been nicknamed Ma Gray, not Ma Bell.

Malcolm Gladwell

Source: Annals of Innovation: In the Air: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/05/12/080512fa_fact_gladwell

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A Quote by Malcolm Gladwell on zaangha, weak ties, strong ties, social power, and tipping point

People weren't getting their jobs through their friends. They were getting them through their acquaintances. Why is this? Granovetter argues that it is because when it comes to finding out about new jobs -- or, for that matter, new information, or new ideas -- "weak ties" are always more important than strong ties. Your friends, after all, occupy the same world that you do. They might work with you, or live near you, and go to the same same churches, schools, or parties. How much, then, would they know that you wouldn't know? Your acquaintances, on the other hand, by definition occupy a very different world than you. They are much more likely to know something that you don't. To capture this apparent paradox, Granovetter coined a marvelous phrase: the strength of weak ties. Acquaintances, in short, represent a source of social power, and the more acquaintances you have the more powerful you are.

Malcolm Gladwell

Source: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Pages: 54

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A Quote by Malcolm Gladwell on tipping point, rules, law of the few, stickiness, and context

The three rules of the Tipping Point -- The Law of the Few, the Stickiness Factor, the Power of Context -- offer a way of making sense of epidemics. They provide us with direction for how to go about reaching a Tipping Point.

Malcolm Gladwell

Source: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Pages: 29

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A Quote by Malcolm Gladwell on epidemics, change, belief, and behavior

What must underlie successful epidemics, in the end, is a bedrock belief that change is possible, that people can radically transform their behavior or beliefs in the face of the right kind of impetus.

Malcolm Gladwell

Source: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Pages: 258

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A Quote by Malcolm Gladwell on law of the few, epidemics, and messenger

The Law of the Few,... says that one critical factor in epidemics is the nature of the messenger.

Malcolm Gladwell

Source: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Pages: 90

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A Quote by Malcolm Gladwell on character and context

Character, then, isn't what we think it is or, rather, what we want it to be. It isn't a stable, easily identifiable set of closely related traits, and it only seems that way because of a glitch in the way our brains are organized. Character is more like a bundle of habits and tendencies and interests, loosely bound together and dependent, at certain times, on circumstance and context.

Malcolm Gladwell

Source: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Pages: 163

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A Quote by Malcolm Gladwell on movements, ideology, group, and contagious

Have you ever wondered, for example, how religious movements get started? Usually, we think of them as a product of highly charismatic evangelists, people like the Apostle Paul or Billy Graham or Brigham Young, but the spread of any new and contagious ideology also has a lot to do with the skillful use of group power.

Malcolm Gladwell

Source: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Pages: 172

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