5 Reasons Why 15minutebusinessbooks.com is Different – and Useful

First, let me say, as I always say, it is better for you to read a good book for yourself. But sometimes, even if you have read a book, you need a little help pulling out the most important concepts to ponder, the most useful transferable principles and lessons to put into action. We can… Read More 5 Reasons Why 15minutebusinessbooks.com is Different – and Useful

Here’s the July, 2012 New York Times Hardcover Business Books Best Sellers List – Steve Jobs Still at the Top

(Scroll down to see the actual list). After a few month’s absence, the New York Times has returned with its list of Hardcover Business Books Best Sellers. As I always note, this is the list that feels “most accurate” to me.  The weekly lists, and the hourly updated Amazon lists, represent too narrow a time… Read More Here’s the July, 2012 New York Times Hardcover Business Books Best Sellers List – Steve Jobs Still at the Top

“You Owe A Debt To The Unlucky” – Michael Lewis Gives The Best Commencement Advice Of 2012

(Note:  the links are to the text of each of these speeches.  You can also find the video of each with little trouble.  And there are plenty of “compilations” of the “best  commencement speeches of 2012” out there, like this one). ————— I like commencement addresses.  I do not remember the one I heard when I… Read More “You Owe A Debt To The Unlucky” – Michael Lewis Gives The Best Commencement Advice Of 2012

Innovation + Communication – 2 Obvious Lessons From Apple’s Latest Big Event

So, Apple had their newest big roll out yesterday.  (Watch the WWDC keynote here).  I am an Apple fan, but really only barely use my Apple devices (I have three; iMac, iPad, iPhone) to their capabilities.  But I loaded the Macrumors live blog of the event, glanced at it frequently, and followed along.  (And I… Read More Innovation + Communication – 2 Obvious Lessons From Apple’s Latest Big Event

Twyla Tharp and Steve Jobs – (There are Good Tough Bosses and Bad Tough Bosses…)

Everybody probably has a bad boss horror story or two.  And there are some genuine horror stories out there. But, there are good bad tough bosses and bad tough bosses.  What is the difference?  One difference may be this:  is the boss tough because the end result is worth all the coaching, coaxing, demonstrating, demanding,… Read More Twyla Tharp and Steve Jobs – (There are Good Tough Bosses and Bad Tough Bosses…)

Continually Innovate, Or Else – Hinting At TED’s True Value

What do we mean when we say that every company, every organization, needs to continually innovate? It means that every company and every organization needs to continually innovate!  Or, they will be left behind, and maybe even cease to exist. There is no alternative. This post is prompted by a question that I asked a… Read More Continually Innovate, Or Else – Hinting At TED’s True Value

Charles Dickens, Twyla Tharp, Steve Jobs – Focus; Focus on the Core, the Spine

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 Charles Dickens, Twyla Tharp, Steve Jobs – Focus; Focus on the Core, the Spine

Three Crucial Roles that Can Create Business Success (A Case Study about Apple from the NY Times)

{This is prompted by a terrific article, with many images that add insight, in the New York Times about Apple:  How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work by Charles Duhigg and Keith Bradsher.  Both Tyler Cowen and Paul Krugman have praised this article.  Cowen says it deserves one of the Sidney Awards from David Books: … Read More Three Crucial Roles that Can Create Business Success (A Case Study about Apple from the NY Times)

“Steve Jobs was the greatest advocate for the customer I have ever seen” – the insight of the year!

Last Friday at our First Friday Book Synopsis, I presented my synopsis of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson for the first time.  I repeated it to another audience on Tuesday and, I suspect, will do so a number of more times in the weeks/months to come.  I have found that a book synopsis is a… Read More “Steve Jobs was the greatest advocate for the customer I have ever seen” – the insight of the year!