Book Review Short Take: The Ecosystem Economy

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There are, conservatively, 300 gazillion books published every year. No one has the time to list them, let alone read them or review them. That’s a problem because there’s a lot of value in many books you may not hear about because of the clutter.  “Short Takes” is my humble effort to cut through  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Schedule time for you

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Your life is hectic, with demands on your time and attention coming from all points of the compass. You need to take some time for you. I’m talking about time to be alone, time to go out to dinner with someone you care about, or time to do something you love. Here’s reality. You won’t get that time if  »  Read More

Don’t Drop the Glass Balls

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Debbie was little then. But she already had the radiant smile that would inspire her high school classmates to dub her: “Girl most likely to get her picture on a Wheaties box.” It was after church, on a clear California day, and Debbie was charming anyone who came in range. I was acting the role of a proud  »  Read More

6 Non-Business Books for Business Leaders

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Leaders are readers and the best leaders read widely and deeply. They know that leadership is a human endeavor and that understanding the world around us makes us more effective. They also know that the very best ideas usually come from outside the world they’re familiar with. Here’s a list of six books I think  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Make routine things routine

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If you squander your attention remembering when to do routine tasks or re-inventing the way you do them every time, stop it. Make routine things routine. Use follow-up files and digital reminders to bring routine tasks and events to your attention. Make a list of what you must do every day, week, month, quarter, or  »  Read More

The Law of the Loaf

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The ancient Romans had a genius for organizing. The Roman Army was one example. It was not only a powerful and effective military force but its organization is still with us in most of our companies. And the Romans found elegant ways to solve little everyday problems. Here’s one example. The Army allotted a  »  Read More

Lists of the Best 2002 Books for Business Leaders

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Leaders are readers. Reading helps you discover ideas to try and expand your mental models. In this post, I point you to reviews of recent business books. Here are pointers to lists of the best books for business leaders in 2022. Special thanks to Bruce Rosenstein who is the master curator of reading lists. We lead off  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Relationships require attention

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Relationships are one of the keys to happiness, but you must give them time and attention if you want your relationships to flourish. This is only one of 347 tips in my ebook, Become a Better Boss One Tip at a  »  Read More

“Picnic” and What Matters

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I remember the day we gathered at a cold and windy gravesite at the far end of the state to say goodbye. There weren’t a lot of people there, in the cold middle of the week, but some had driven more than three hours. The woman whose body we buried didn’t have one of those lives that are significant in the  »  Read More

Book recommendations for business leaders: 1/9/23

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Leaders are readers. Reading helps you discover ideas to try and expand your mental models. In this post, I point you to reviews of recent business books. You’ll find pointers to reviews of True North: Leading Authentically in Today’s Workplace (Emerging Leader Edition), Team Emotional Intelligence 2.0: The Four  »  Read More

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