Here are two important business success issues: #1 — how do I successfully get people to listen to my message? and #2 — how do I find, and get rid of, whatever is slowing us down in our company? Solve these 2 issues, and your path to business success becomes a little clearer. At the… Read More Coming for the August 3 First Friday Book Synopsis – Platform, & Goldratt’s The Goal
A while back, I spoke for the wonderful folks at The Dallas Foundation. Here is their tag line: Here for Good. It is a great tag line. And the phrase, “Here for Good,” should become some kind of mantra for many more companies and organizations. I thought about this, again, as I pondered the current… Read More Do You Have a Job, or a Career, or a Calling?
So, here’s the request that came in an e-mail: We are going on a cruise in September and I want to load my Kindle with three books. What are the three best books you would recommend for my reading? The request came from a very sharp, keen-minded, successful, independent business consultant. He attends one of… Read More “What Three Books Should I Load On My Kindle For My Cruise?” – w/update
We had a wonderful gathering of book lovers and serious learners at the First Friday Book Synopsis this morning – a surprisingly good attendance for a 2nd Friday of July morning. Next month, Karl Krayer will present a synopsis of the new, important book, Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements by Tom Rath, Ph.D. and James… Read More Coming for the August First Friday Book Synopsis – the new Wellbeing, and a business book classic, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits
I was revisiting Servant Leadership by Robert Greenleaf this week. It is a true classic. The phrase “Servant Leadership” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay that he first published in 1970. The book develops his thoughts more fully, and provides the true and sure foundation from which all… Read More There Is A Shortage Of Servant Leaders – This Is A Shortage To Worry About
In Leading Change, John Kotter states that some organizations try to implement a change program which is then likely to be “overmanaged and underled.” In The Leadership Pipeline: How to Build the Leadership-Powered Company by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter, and James Noel, that theme is more broadly developed. They write: Because of the new business… Read More Which is It? Overmanaged and Underled — OR, Undermanaged and Overled? How about Undermanaged and Underled?
At the First Friday Book Synopsis, we have chosen books that touch on every aspect of business life and success. A recurring theme seems to be communication. Getting your message out, clearly, concisely, without confusion — this is one tough assignment. I have presented synopses of Words that Work by Frank Luntz, and Made to Stick:… Read More Do You Communicate Clearly? Words that Work may be Lesson # 2
Boy, those old staid companies sure do get in trouble because they fail to innovate. Yes, the times are changing, and companies better learn how to stay fresh, keep improving, keep changing. When they’ve been around forever, it is awfully easy to get set in their ways, and watch the competition sweep right on by… Read More (The Woes of MySpace) The Future is Utterly Predictable — it is a Future of Constant Innovation