Category: Books

Book Review: Leaders: Myth and Reality

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I’ve been waiting 40 years for this book. I read James MacGregor Burns book Leadership when it came out in 1978. It was a fascinating and thought-provoking book, but there were several things I didn’t like. Leadership was primarily about political leaders. Political leaders are important. But most of the leadership  »  Read More

Book Review: It doesn’t have to be crazy at work

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What images leap into your mind when I say, “high-tech startup?” For many people, it’s Silicon Valley, lots of stress, free laundry service and meals (because you’re spending 18 hours a day at work), and Dave Filo sleeping under his desk. It’s Mark Cuban talking about the great sacrifices you must make and the  »  Read More

The 5 Best Books for Business Leaders that I Read in 2018

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My professional purpose is helping people find and create great business books. I help my clients write their books, improve their writing so they can write a great book, and structure their books in the best possible way. I evaluate manuscripts for publishers. And I write book reviews. The books on the list are books for  »  Read More

Book Review: Decisive

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Chip and Dan Heath open their book, Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work describing a woman considering whether to fire her firm’s IT Director. They ask you to reflect on your mental activity as you read their description. Next, they tell you what you probably did. They nailed that part for me. Finally  »  Read More

Book List: Best Books on 21st Century Management and Leadership

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In 2007, Gary Hamel and Bill Breen challenged readers to look ahead a decade and think about what management will be like then. That was a challenging question, and Hamel and Breen described key issues and offered guiding principles. Naturally, viewed from a decade later, they got some of it wrong and some of it right. If  »  Read More

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