Are You a Person of Depth? – A Reflection on our “Shallow” Tendencies (with insight from Neil Postman and Nicholas Carr)

“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.” ―… Read More Are You a Person of Depth? – A Reflection on our “Shallow” Tendencies (with insight from Neil Postman and Nicholas Carr)

When You’re Stuck, You Need An IDEA – Insight from Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit

The first steps of a creative act are like groping in the dark: random and chaotic, feverish and fearful, a lot of busy-ness with no apparent or definable end in sight. There is nothing yet to research. For me, these moments are not pretty. I look like a desperate woman, tortured by the simple message… Read More When You’re Stuck, You Need An IDEA – Insight from Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit

“There is no Permanent Fix” – A Tough Reality to Face, and Lesson to Learn, from General Stanley McChrystal (from Team of Teams)

…the constantly changing, entirely unforgiving environment in which we all now operate denies the satisfaction of any permanent fix. The second was that the organization we crafted, the processes we refined, and the relationships we forged and nurtured are no more enduring than the physical conditioning that kept our soldiers fit: an organization must be… Read More “There is no Permanent Fix” – A Tough Reality to Face, and Lesson to Learn, from General Stanley McChrystal (from Team of Teams)

Innovation Superstars: Shock Therapy for the Status Quo – (announcing our new seminar)

This is not a post about speaking. But, let me start with this: A good speaker, an effective speaker, has to get the attention of the audience at the get-go. To fail at this is to…fail. Dr. Tom Hollihan, Professor at the University of Southern California, reduces effective speaking down to this formula: arouse, then, fulfill.… Read More Innovation Superstars: Shock Therapy for the Status Quo – (announcing our new seminar)

Your Company Needs Some Business-Book Book Clubs – Download Our White Paper

  There is so much good advice, good counsel, good advice out there in so many places.  But, it is tough to beat a good book for the best “where do I go to learn about” counsel. You know the old wisdom — “readers are leaders.” Maybe it is better to say that leaders do plenty of reading. And so… Read More Your Company Needs Some Business-Book Book Clubs – Download Our White Paper

The Equalizer (Denzel Washington) Reading Through the “Top 100 Books You Should Read Before You Die”

In the old days, I would go to movie theaters. Not so much anymore. Now, I mostly watch movies through some form of streaming or premium or on-demand access. So, I’m a little “late” on my movie comments. This past weekend, I watched The Equalizer. If you haven’t seen it, Denzel Washington plays a former… Read More The Equalizer (Denzel Washington) Reading Through the “Top 100 Books You Should Read Before You Die”

Managing Yourself is Only Half the Battle – Supervising Yourself is Just as Important

Being your own manager is only half the battle. In the old days, as you learned a trade (a skill), you would work under a journeyman (it was pretty much always a journeyMAN), until you became a journeyman yourself. (And then, if you made it to the pinnacle, you would become a master). Today, so… Read More Managing Yourself is Only Half the Battle – Supervising Yourself is Just as Important

Where to Start to Reduce Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Against Women

Since our focus at the First Friday Book Synopsis is on business, we have covered very few books of interest to general society.  However, a great friend of mine encouraged me to investigate domestic violence against women and sexual abuse.  I have made several FB posts about this, and am preparing a formal persuasive presentation… Read More Where to Start to Reduce Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Against Women

Complacency; Loss of Focus – Lessons from Elon Musk and a SpaceX Catastrophe, and a Prison Escape in New York State

Complacent: marked by self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies The good news on attention comes from neuroscience labs and school classrooms, where the findings point to ways we can strengthen this vital muscle of the mind. Attention works much like a muscle—use it poorly and it can wither; work it… Read More Complacency; Loss of Focus – Lessons from Elon Musk and a SpaceX Catastrophe, and a Prison Escape in New York State

Rising Inequality; Rising Levels of Poverty (still!) – Let’s At Least Have Some Meaningful Conversations About This

News item: the number of children below the poverty line is now greater than it was in the great recession of 2008. cf., More US children living in poverty than before recession: report Indeed, the distribution of wealth is too important an issue to be left to economists, sociologists, historians, and philosophers. It is of… Read More Rising Inequality; Rising Levels of Poverty (still!) – Let’s At Least Have Some Meaningful Conversations About This