Here is the January, 2012 New York Times Hardcover Business Books Best Sellers List (Steve Jobs at #1)

Here is the January, 2012 New York Times Hardcover Business Books Best Sellers list.  I just presented my synopsis of Isaacson’s Steve Jobs (#1) at the January First Friday Book Synopsis; and Great by Choice (#5), and Switch (#11) at earlier gatherings of the First Friday Book Synopsis.  My colleague Karl Krayer has presented Strengths-Based… Read More Here is the January, 2012 New York Times Hardcover Business Books Best Sellers List (Steve Jobs at #1)

What Does Warren Buffett Know That Steve Jobs Didn’t?

I thought it was interesting when Warren Buffett made a major turnaround and chose to invest in a traditional newspaper.  On November 30, Berkshire Hathaway, where Buffett is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, purchased the Omaha World-Herald Company, publisher of six daily papers in Nebraska and Iowa.  Such a deal is counter to the flow of… Read More What Does Warren Buffett Know That Steve Jobs Didn’t?

Steve Jobs, and the latest from Steven Covey – for the January, 2012 First Friday Book Synopsis

We will launch the 2012 First Friday Book Synopsis with the Walter Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs, my selection for January.  I am well into the biography, and it is, as all good biographies are, a terrific look into the life and times of Steve Jobs.  Where did he come from?  It is impossible to… Read More Steve Jobs, and the latest from Steven Covey – for the January, 2012 First Friday Book Synopsis

Kirsten Dunst With the Presentation Tip of the Day – Prepare!

I haven’t yet seen Melancholia.  I intend to.  It is clearly a provocative film. Kirsten Dunst, who has been acting since she was 12 (actually, since she was about 3 or 4), has apparently given the performance of her life.  She won the Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her role.  Here’s a… Read More Kirsten Dunst With the Presentation Tip of the Day – Prepare!

Blah, Blah, Blah & Demand – December Choices for the First Friday Book Synopsis

We had a terrific session yesterday at the November, 2011 First Friday Book Synopsis.  Karl Krayer presented his synopsis of The Shallows, and I presented my synopsis of the new book by Jim Collins, Great by Choice.  It was a valuable session.  Both books were terrific, and I view Great by Choice as an important… Read More Blah, Blah, Blah & Demand – December Choices for the First Friday Book Synopsis

Simple. Keep it simple. Know What to Leave Out – (Insight from Tony Bennett & Steve Jobs)

Everywhere we turn, the message of “simple” screams out at us.  And this weekend, I heard and read that message reinforced time and again. On Saturday, Scott Simon interviewed Tony Bennett.  Here is a great slice of that interview: SIMON: Who do you think you can put into a song in your 80s that you… Read More Simple. Keep it simple. Know What to Leave Out – (Insight from Tony Bennett & Steve Jobs)

Steve Jobs Took Things Seriously

Serious:  not joking or trifling; being in earnest ————- Here’s a simple truth about Steve Jobs.  He took things very seriously. Every task; every word; every presentation; every-thing.  Though he made his presentations fun, you got the distinct impression that they were very important to him.  He took them seriously. Where did this come from?  Where… Read More Steve Jobs Took Things Seriously

Steve Jobs: He Had No Respect For The Status Quo – & It Seems Clear That We All Wish To (Still) Be Mentored By Him

“You can be mentored by someone without ever meeting them.” Kathy Ireland ———- I have never learned so much so fast.  Steve Jobs died, and everyone seems to be writing about him, reflecting on his insanely great contributions.  I thought about linking to the best ones – but there are way, way, way too many of… Read More Steve Jobs: He Had No Respect For The Status Quo – & It Seems Clear That We All Wish To (Still) Be Mentored By Him

Where Do You Find The Very, Very Best Idea? – Insight from Steve Jobs, from 2004

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 Where Do You Find The Very, Very Best Idea? – Insight from Steve Jobs, from 2004

Here It Is – Steve Jobs’ Business Philosophy In Three Short Sentences

I’m not a techie.  That’s why I have always relied on Apple.  I’ve used nothing but Apple for all the years I have had a computer, and now I’m on my third iMac (and can’t wait for my next one), I use an iPhone and an iPad.  The iPad is the best “thing” I have… Read More Here It Is – Steve Jobs’ Business Philosophy In Three Short Sentences