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Review: The Tenacity of the Cockroach: Conversations with Entertainment’s Most Enduring Outsiders

I’m not sure how The Tenacity of the Cockroach landed on my nightstand but I’m glad it did. The book is a collection of interviews with various entertainment industry “stars.” And I use that word loosely—some of the individuals are household names, some are off the radar screen entirely, most have had some success—if short lived. All are “outsiders”—and that’s what makes this book so darn interesting: it’s a sneak

2018-01-13T12:43:58+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Book Review, Criticism, Entertainment & Media, History|Comments Off on Review: The Tenacity of the Cockroach: Conversations with Entertainment’s Most Enduring Outsiders

Review: Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say

Tell Me More is a lovely little book. Each chapter is a personal essay centered on a common phrase that characterizes the story: - It's Like This - Tell Me More - I Don't Know - I Know - No - Yes - I Was Wrong - Good Enough - I Love You - No Words at All - Onward - This Is It All 12 essays are about relationships—her

2018-01-13T12:18:50+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Biography, Book Review, Essays, Memoirs|Comments Off on Review: Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say

Review: Key Management Models: The 60+ Models Every Manager Needs to Know

I came across this gem a few weeks ago as I was finishing a similar book, The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking. (See My Review Here.) While both books follow a similar format: one strategic framework per two-page spread, they are created for different audiences. The Decision Book is designed for the proverbial ‘everyman’—the models are simple, widely applicable, and easy to digest. One does not have to

2018-01-01T17:41:23+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Book Review, Business, Management, Strategic Planning, Strategy|Comments Off on Review: Key Management Models: The 60+ Models Every Manager Needs to Know

Review: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose

Zappos is known for delivering WOW service and having a great corporate culture. Customer-centricity is more prevalent (and easier to deliver) than employee-centricity so I was intrigued to learn more about Hsieh’s secret sauce. I’m a newbie to graphic novels but I admit, nothing delivers the goods or the guts more swiftly than a picture book. And that’s exactly what I wanted. There’s more than a few great sound bites

2018-01-01T17:30:20+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Book Review, Business, Culture, Entrepreneurship, Graphic Novel|Comments Off on Review: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose

Review: The Ten Commandments of Business Failure

We’ve all become familiar with the statement “content is king” particularly as it relates to digital content. The Internet has brought about one mega-monstrosity of a global “data dump” right into our homes, bringing us everything we want—and everything we don’t want too. Some of the content is excellent, other content is poor—all of it is easily accessible. There is no doubt that the overabundance of information available to us

2018-01-01T17:04:06+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Book Review, Business, Innovation, Management|Comments Off on Review: The Ten Commandments of Business Failure

Review: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Maybe it’s because I’ve always known my brain was terribly flawed. Or because I’ve spent a lifetime wading in complexity and finding my way through it successfully with planning and organization tools that this author’s argument—that we can overcome complexity and minimize errors in medicine, government, disaster recovery and more by utilizing checklists—fell flat on me. I just couldn’t help but scratch my head: “do professionals not already know this?”

2018-01-01T16:53:40+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Administration & Policy, Book Review|Comments Off on Review: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Review: Business Model Generation

“Are you an entrepreneurial spirit?” “Are you constantly thinking about how to create value and build new businesses, or how to improve or transform your organization?” “Are you trying to find innovative ways of doing business to replace old, outdated ones?” If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, the authors of Business Model Generation, welcome you to their tribe. (And thank you for picking up their book.) Business

2018-01-01T16:41:33+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Book Review, Business, Strategic Planning|Comments Off on Review: Business Model Generation

Review: Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

I’ve irked more than a few people over the years sharing my views on innovation. Specifically, that if we could simply remove our “industry blinders” that prevent us from seeing the world untainted by our experiences and built-up perspectives, disruption shouldn’t occur—i.e., that all innovation builds on prior innovations. It doesn’t drop from out of nowhere, like a meteor. I never had a good way of explaining my thoughts of

2017-12-21T14:02:42+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Book Review, History, Innovation, Technology|Comments Off on Review: Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

Review: The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking

As the queen of the one-pager, it’s no wonder I am totally in love with this book—every two-page spread covers a strategic model to help frame your problem and your thinking. I know, right? How cool is that?! Not all the models are equally useful, but each serves an important job: they inspire you to act—to rally the team, gather around a whiteboard, and get going on ideating and problem-solving.

2017-12-13T12:37:07+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Book Review, Decision Making, Problem Solving|Comments Off on Review: The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking

Review: Scaling Lean: Mastering the Key Metrics for Startup Growth

Like becoming a parent, there are no requirements or required education to becoming a startup founder. In both cases, the job starts with a “seed”—in the case of the startup, a good idea—that grows. Lack of preparedness leaves a lot of newbies in the lurch—how does one do the basics of baby raising or business building? I can’t speak to baby raising but I do a lot of business building

2017-11-26T13:15:15+00:00 November 26th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Entrepreneurship, Mathematics|Comments Off on Review: Scaling Lean: Mastering the Key Metrics for Startup Growth
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