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Review: The Kinfolk Entrepreneur

What a surprise The Kinfolk Entrepreneur was. I discovered it in the Business—Startup section of my local Barnes & Noble. I thought it was a beautiful coffee table book that profiled entrepreneurs, and it is, but not of the traditional “startup” kind often associated with technology and Silicon Valley. It’s a beautiful book. And it profiles entrepreneurs. But they are entrepreneurs of a different sort: the creatives—i.e., the fashion designers,

2018-03-05T23:59:01+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Biography, Book Review, Business, Creativity, Entrepreneurship|Comments Off on Review: The Kinfolk Entrepreneur

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

Simon Sinek sees a better vision for the world and work, shares his Technicolor vision with us, and inspires us to join him on his journey that will unquestionably benefit us all. It’s hard not to like him and respond (intellectually and emotionally) to his unbridled optimism. Because of his TED Talk fame, his voice and delivery are as iconic as his words—swift, articulate, impassioned. I don’t “read” Sinek’s books,

2018-01-22T12:30:41+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Book Review, Business, Culture, Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Psychology|Comments Off on Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

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: 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: 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

Review: Shapeholders: Business Success in the Age of Activism

For decades business school curriculum has included the study of stakeholders. Stakeholder [steyk-hohl-der]: A person, group or organization that has interest or concern in an organization. Stakeholders can affect or be affected by the organization's actions, objectives and policies. Some examples of key stakeholders are creditors, directors, employees, government (and its agencies), owners (shareholders), suppliers, unions, and the community from which the business draws its resources. Typically, students are trained

2017-10-29T11:38:03+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Public Relations|Comments Off on Review: Shapeholders: Business Success in the Age of Activism

Review: Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

If you buy one book on decision making make it this one, read the first half, and then tuck it away in a handy spot. Forever. Decisive opens by outlining and explaining the four “villains” that prevent us from making optimal decisions in work and life. The decision process and the errors we make are: * You encounter a choice. But NARROW FRAMING makes you miss options. * You analyze

2017-08-13T18:36:07+00:00 August 13th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Personal Development|Comments Off on Review: Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

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
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