Expand your cognitive arsenal

As human beings, we are often very rigid and set in our ways. This certainly applies to the way that we cling to our preconceived notions and most deeply cherished beliefs. But what if our whole approach to intelligence and cognitive ability is incorrect? What if the ability to pivot and reconsider things is moreContinue reading “Expand your cognitive arsenal”

Radical candor: Speak the truth and build relationships

Radical Candor by Kim Scott sets high expectations. The book’s subtitle promises that it will teach you “How to Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity.” A tall order. How does it stack up? The book made quite a splash when it was first released in 2017, and its principles have been adopted andContinue reading “Radical candor: Speak the truth and build relationships”

The world after COVID

The jury is still very much out on the longterm effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic and subsequent economic lockdowns. Everyone has a sense that the world is profoundly changed from a year ago, although very few have the breadth of knowledge or confidence to say precisely how. Scott Galloway is the exception. In Post CoronaContinue reading “The world after COVID”

Leading with empathy

What does it mean to be a leader? What responsibilities does leadership entail? And what are the risks? In Leaders Eat Last, speaker and author Simon Sinek thoughtfully considers all these questions and more, combining moral intuition with scientific research to paint a compelling picture of good leadership. Sinek has a unique voice among writersContinue reading “Leading with empathy”

The million dollar mindset

The Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Keller Williams co-founder Gary Keller is one of the best introductions to the real estate business out there. In it, he lays out the key principles and practical actions you need to achieve success investing in real estate. As the tagline of the book says, “Anyone can do it…NotContinue reading “The million dollar mindset”

Put on your thinking cap(s)!

Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono first comes off as a gimmick. Why would multinational corporations and major business leaders find so much inspiration from a book about different colored hats? Six Thinking Hats is definitely not the sort of book you want to judge by its cover. It offers an excellent, if quirky,Continue reading “Put on your thinking cap(s)!”

Freedom from rules, freedom for excellence

In the span of two decades, Netflix went from being a little-known start up struggling to break even to one of the biggest forces in the entertainment industry, and indeed one of the most powerful mass media corporations in the world. In the 2020 book, No Rules Rules, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings reveals the freeContinue reading “Freedom from rules, freedom for excellence”

Stop the backsliding: Traction by Gino Wickman

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman is all about taking ownership of your business, figuring out where you need to change, and then using and implementing that knowledge to elevate your company to the next level. The core idea of the book is what Wickman calls the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS).Continue reading “Stop the backsliding: Traction by Gino Wickman”

A classic take on leadership

The Effective Executive, by Peter Drucker, opens with an oddly specific and dated reference to Harry Truman. Not exactly the bread and butter of books on leadership. That’s when you realize Peter Drucker was born in 1909 and published his first business book in 1939 and that The Effective Executive was first published in 1967.Continue reading “A classic take on leadership”

Strategies for social media success

Social media is an ever more powerful force in both our personal and professional lives.There are over 60 billion digital messages delivered via smartphone every day. Success on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube can often seem more a matter of luck than planning and work. Opaque algorithms summon videos out of the depths andContinue reading “Strategies for social media success”