Review: The 10X Rule

An idea conceptualized in the book, “Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies” by Phil Collins and Jerry Porras, captivated, invigorated and permeated corporate America when it was released in 2009. And that idea was the BHAG or Big Hairy Audacious Goal. A BHAG is a long-term goal that changes the very nature of a business’ existence. BHAGs are big, bold, exciting and tangible. They are more powerful than

2017-08-13T12:47:43+00:00 August 13th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Career, Leadership, Personal Development|Comments Off on Review: The 10X Rule

Review: Where Are All The Minnesotans?

Rarely does a book cause an immediate physical response. But that’s exactly what Where Are All the Minnesotans did to me. I’m a Minnesotan, and this book captures the psyche (and stupidity) of Minnesotans. I smiled, I laughed and I reflected on my life and stories growing up in this ridiculously wonderful state. Yes, we drive to work after a four-foot snowfall. We create activities to busy ourselves on frozen

2017-08-11T12:03:50+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Book Review, Children-s, Picture Book|Comments Off on Review: Where Are All The Minnesotans?

Review: Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel Volume One

I grew up in the Bronze Age of Comic Books. An early love for Casper, Richie Rich, and Archie comics read late night with a flashlight in my sleeping bag in the loft of the Boyce’s Northwoods cabin led to a fervor for Spider-Man then MAD Magazine in my tween years. But my love for graphic reading ended when the ‘70s did. And although I’ve tried desperately (with a cute

2017-08-10T13:06:27+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Book Review, Fantasy, Graphic Novel|Comments Off on Review: Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel Volume One

Review: Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us about Who We Really Are

The premise of this book is that data gleaned online from Google and less so, other sites such as Facebook and porn sites reveal new insights about our human behavior that have eluded traditional research and resulting data sets. Of course, this makes sense: in the privacy of our homes, we are free to search online for whatever we desire—free from the judging eyes of others. Without any social forces

2017-07-31T12:07:13+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Book Review, Computer Science, Consumer Behavior, Data Science, Pop Culture, Social Science, Technology|Comments Off on Review: Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us about Who We Really Are

Review: Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

If your iPhone is more appealing than your first cup of coffee when your alarm goes off or if you’ve ever blown an entire evening on Pinterest, then you’ve experienced the phenomena detailed in this book: psychological marketing. Hooked is a guide for startup founders, product managers, marketers and designers for creating more of what we humans can’t seem to get enough of: habit-forming technology. Eyal takes us inside the

2017-07-21T23:25:15+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Book Review, Business, Consumer Behavior, Innovation, Marketing, Nonfiction, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

Review: Burn Math Class: And Reinvent Mathematics for Yourself

Burn Math Class: And Reinvent Mathematics for Yourself by Jason Wilkes My rating: 4 of 5 stars What a clever book that serves a brilliant purpose: helping adults and students alike get rid of “bad math tapes” and start anew with mathematics. Is it possible to shift a mental mindset around a subject that has terrified millions? I think so. And if anyone can do it, it’s Jason Wilkes. His

2017-07-09T12:14:37+00:00 July 9th, 2017|Book Review, Education, Mathematics, Study & Teaching|Comments Off on Review: Burn Math Class: And Reinvent Mathematics for Yourself

Review: Mother Bruce

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins My rating: 5 of 5 stars I rarely claim that anything is “the best” because I know that while there can be many exceptional things, there is rarely ever “a best.” I just may break my rule with Mother Bruce. And maybe it won’t go down in history as The Best Ever picture book (reviews and people are too subjective for that!), the book

2017-07-09T11:12:22+00:00 July 9th, 2017|Book Review, Children-s, Picture Book|Comments Off on Review: Mother Bruce

Review: Next of Kin

Next of Kin by James Tucker My rating: 4 of 5 stars I'm lovin' this book for two reasons. First, it's by a new, local author--book one of a two book deal with Thomas & Mercer. Second, it's just a super-fun read--heart-stopping suspense from page one. Ben, the 10-year old lone survivor of the savage murder of his wealthy family, will take hold of your heart and carry you through

2017-07-08T21:51:38+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Fiction, Thriller & Suspense|Comments Off on Review: Next of Kin

Review: The 48 Laws of Power

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have a love-hate relationship with this book. On the one hand, it's an instructional guide on how to be an asshole. And on the other, it reveals the assholes' ways to protect the good. The 48 Laws of Power is entirely unsavory, fascinating, and useful. Each of the 48 Laws is brought to life by

2017-07-08T20:34:15+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Ethics, History, Leadership, Nonfiction, Personal Development|Comments Off on Review: The 48 Laws of Power

Review: I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong My rating: 4 of 5 stars I Contain Multitudes is a wonderful, beautifully written book that transforms what could be a dull, tedious scientific read into a masterful, delightful adventure introducing microbes' role in health, evolution, ecology, and culture. Utterly fascinating, clever and filled with engaging stories, this book is a winner. And Ed

2017-07-08T20:24:03+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Biology, Book Review, Medicine, Nonfiction, Science|Comments Off on Review: I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
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