Catherine Rampell looks at Jonathan Black's book on the world of motivational speakers and finds that the author may have had a personal agenda.
Throwing stones at motivational speakers is an easy sport - remember the father in Little Miss Sunshine? - but one person's mawkish can be another's inspirational. The fact that much of their advice is pretty basic should not discredit it.
Many of the major corporate disasters of our time did not occur because someone failed to do something complicated. They happened because a person or a group failed to do the basics.