The principles of remote leadership

The events of 2020 have made The Long-Distance Leader, by Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel, an extremely timely and important book. A survey from Gartner from over the Summer showed that 82% of business leaders were willing to allow at least a degree of remote-working going forward. An even more notable 47% stated that theyContinue reading “The principles of remote leadership”

The scientific method of sales

When we think of sales, we usually think of it in terms of art or personality rather than hard science and data. In his 2016 book, The Science of Selling, sales consultant David Hoffeld brings together a wide range of data and studies on the psychology of sales to give a practical, grounded, and fascinatingContinue reading “The scientific method of sales”

Find your vision and pursue it: The ONE Thing

The ONE Thing, by real estate titan and author Gary Keller, is an excellent analysis of the simple but critical role played by focus and vision in achieving success in life. It takes a lot to stand out in the vast ocean of self-help and productivity manuals out there, and this book does. The overarchingContinue reading “Find your vision and pursue it: The ONE Thing”

Puttin’ on the Ritz

Renowned psychologist and keynote speaker, Joseph Michelli, probably understands the importance of providing excellent customer service better than anyone. Across numerous books, he has explored the branding, service, and excellence that has allowed certain companies—from Starbucks to Mercedes—to stand out from crowd and turn their product into an unforgettable experience. In his 2008 book, TheContinue reading “Puttin’ on the Ritz”

The future according to visionaries

Back in 2015, a joke went around about how short we had come of the advanced, gadget-filled 2015 predicted in the 1985 classic, Back to the Future II. Where were all the flying cars and hoverboards? That future, and in fact a much more radically advanced future, may be a lot closer than we generallyContinue reading “The future according to visionaries”

Finding freedom in habits

Most motivational books or manuals on forming good habits focus on practical, actionable advice. Planners, workflow, daily exercise. Whatever. Million Dollar Habits, by Robert Ringer, is not like most motivational books. Instead of practical advice to squeeze every ounce of efficiency out of a packed schedule, Ringer presents a gripping, bold, at times provocative philosophyContinue reading “Finding freedom in habits”

Of money and good character

In the fast-paced and increasingly technocratic modern world, we have a heavy bias towards intelligence and expertise. Tech gurus like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk, captivate our imaginations with their brilliance and vision. But there is a great deal more to success than mere intelligence. People waste their natural talents all the time.Continue reading “Of money and good character”

Of branding and the hero’s journey

Any product or venture is often only as strong as the marketing and branding that surrounds it. You could create the greatest thing since sliced bread. But without a way of capturing and engaging a potential client’s imagination, you will not be able to capitalize on your own creativity. In other words, branding is critical.Continue reading “Of branding and the hero’s journey”

Become a better leader with more disciplined decision making

The 4 Disciplines of Execution, by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling, lays out a simple but powerful approach to business leadership. The 4 Disciplines of Execution, or 4DX, model focuses in on effective decision making. Instead of taking a one size fits all approach to leadership, the 4DX model is flexible and dynamic.Continue reading “Become a better leader with more disciplined decision making”

Forming habits to reform your life

The butterfly effect describes the hypothetical phenomenon where a butterfly flapping its wings in South America sparks a chain of increasingly dramatic events ending in a tornado in the Great Plains. It is a term rooted in high-level physics and mathematics that basically describes the way in which small changes in initial conditions can resultContinue reading “Forming habits to reform your life”