Category: Books

How Art Petty gets the most from a business book

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How Art Petty gets the most from the business books he reads. I have not thought about my process, but I do have one. If this is a business book, I love to read the preface or introduction and strive to understand the author’s motivation and purpose for the book. Then in what is I am sure a violation of everything an  »  Read More

Book Review: The Outward Mindset

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I have no evidence that it happened, but I imagine the folks at the Arbinger Institute sitting around and brainstorming what they should do next. “I think we need another book,” said one. “Great idea!” said another. “What should we write about?” “We need a buzzword. How about ‘mindset?’” That seems to  »  Read More

Book Review: The 4 Disciplines of Execution

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I bought and read The 4 Disciplines of Execution in January of 2017 because Cal Newport gave it high praise in his book, Deep Work. At first glance, I thought it was some of the same old, same old. I waited more than six months before writing my review because I wanted to see if what was in the book really worked. It does  »  Read More

Book Review: Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

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If you’re worried that a book with this title by a prominent retired General is just another version of “Super leadership secrets of the Navy SEALs” don’t worry. The lessons in Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World were learned in war, a crucible that produces a lot of innovation. In this case  »  Read More

Book Review: Creativity Inc

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Creativity Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in The Way of True Inspiration is the intertwined stories of Ed Catmull and Pixar Animation. It’s more than that, though. It may be the best book you’ll ever read about how leaders and organizations can make it possible for people to use their whole creative brain  »  Read More

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