I will present a synopsis of the recently updated and reissued The Mary Kay Way: Timeless Principles from America’s Greatest Woman Enrepreneur by Dallas and international business legend Mary Kay Ash at the August First Friday Book Synopsis. I am just barely into it, having skimmed it and just now beginning my deep dive into… Read More The Mary Kay Way — a First Impression
Information overload has set in. People have been talking about this for quite a few years. But now it is getting serious. Everywhere I go, somebody else is writing about the problem. Too many e-mails. Too many distractions. The people in the United States are losing any ability to take an actual vacation. Most can’t… Read More The Crunch of the Immediate and our Struggle with Information Overload
Last Friday, April 4, we had a wonderful 10 year anniversary celebration for the First Friday Book Synopsis. Over 85 people gathered (some literally could not get to the Park City Club due to an overturned truck on the Tollway). We had our usual presentations of two good and provocative business books, but we also… Read More The First Friday Book Synopsis 10 Year Celebration
I had breakfast with Robert Morris this week. Robert is the business book reviewer extraordinaire for Amazon and Border’s, along with a few other venues that use his expertise. We pondered this question: with so many business books out there, why are there not more excellent companies that remain excellent over the long haul? It… Read More How to Read a Business Book (or – How to Listen to a Book Synopsis)
“Seldom do we completely overcome even a single fault, nor do we aim at daily improvement.” (Thomas A’ Kempis). I’ve been doing some thinking lately. What drives people to write so many books? And, more perplexing, what drives people to read so many? Here’s my theory: we all know that we have to do better.… Read More Relentless Improvement — the Consistent Business Book Message
“Here’s a counter-intuitive thought: Shoppers with less information about a product are happier than those with more information.” (from Guy Kawasaki’s blog). ————— In the old days, an author would write a book. Then, we would read the book. And then, we would wait for the author’s next book. That was ancient history. Now, the… Read More Authors Have Blogs
Let’s have a conversation. About business books. Karl and I have each read a minimum of one business book a month for nearly 10 years. We know the field. We have traveled the terrain. And there have been periods of really good books, and a few sparse periods. I wonder – are we in one… Read More Let’s Have A Conversation
“The library (i.e., your personal library) should contain as much of what you do not know as your financial means, mortgage rates, and the currently tight real-estate market allow you to put there.” (Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the HIGHLY IMPROBABLE.) 2007 – It Was a Very Good Year As we… Read More 2007 — It Was A Very Good Year!