Articles by Leo Mallette, EdD

Leo Mallette, EdD, provides technical and programmatic support at The Aerospace Corporation. Previously, he worked in system engineering and project management of satellite systems at the Boeing Company for 30 years. He received the BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida and the MBA and Ed.D. (in organizational leadership) degrees from Pepperdine University. He is co-author of the book Writing for Conferences (Greenwood, 2011), co-editor of The SPELIT Power Matrix (CreateSpace, 2007), and author of Images of America: Rancho Mirage (Arcadia Publishing, 2011). Dr. Mallette is a supporting business faculty at Pepperdine University and the University of Phoenix’s doctoral program, and was an Instructor of Engineering at the University of Central Florida. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a member of the advisory board for the Precise Time and Time Interval Conference, and a board member of the Society of Educators and Scholars.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

Larson’s book, The Devil in the White City, is a case study of a very large project in the early 1890s—the project was the conception and building of the 1893 World’s Fair; also known as the Columbian Exhibition.

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The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, How They Can Help You by John Covert and Todd Sattersten

The 100 Best Business Books of All Time is crammed with book reviews and allows you to learn about all those books that you think you should have read or relearn the ones you did read but forgot the reason why it was so valuable at the time.

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Understanding the Dynamics of Typical People: An Introduction to Jungian Type Theory by Richard Bents and Reiner Blank

The vast bulk of the book is a description of the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MTBI), and Bents and Blank specifically identify how each of the 16 personality types react to stress.

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Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin

This is a fascinating book covering a powerful businessman and a grand experiment in vertical integration.

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The On-Demand Brand: 10 Rules for Digital Marketing Success in an Anytime, Everywhere World by Rick Mathieson

The book is replete with real-world examples—those that worked, those that didn’t work, and why.

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Who’s Your Gladys? How to Turn even the Most Difficult Customer into your Biggest Fan by Marilyn Suttle and Lori Jo Vest

A review of “Who’s your Gladys” by Suttle and Vest, who say “customer service is about seeing the positive qualities in a client with negative behavior.”

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Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results by Thomas H. Davenport, Jeanne G. Harris, and Robert Morison

Analytics at Work is about improving performance in key business domains using data and analysis. Five stars.

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The Magic Circle: Principles of Gaming and Simulation (3rd and revised edition) By Jan H. G. Klabbers

The Magic Circle is still the most comprehensive review of Gaming and Simulation by one of the field’s experts – and comprehensive is probably an understatement.

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The Power of Collective Wisdom and the Trap of Collective Folly By Alan Briskin, Sheryl Erickson, John Ott, and Tom Callanan

This conveniently-sized book is well researched, very readable, filled with examples, and insightful. I would recommend it for those interested in in-group dynamics.

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Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges By C. Otto Scharmer

Most readers will take away from this book a new view of themselves and of how to deal with the world.

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