Category: Books

Book Review: Sailing True North

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I really wanted to like Sailing True North: 10 Admirals and The Voyage of Character by James Stavridis. I didn’t. A good editor might have saved it. In the preface, Admiral Stavridis says, “I hope to illuminate for the reader the most essential qualities of character, demonstrate how they contribute to effective  »  Read More

The 5 Best Books for Business Leaders I Read in 2019

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Books are an important part of my life. Most books I read are business, history, or biography. I also read mysteries and thrillers and westerns.  Professionally, I help 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  »  Read More

Book Review: How to Think Like A Roman Emperor

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When I was 19, I got a copy of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations from the Walter J. Black Classics Club. I still have that volume. I’ve been dipping into the Meditations several times a week for more than 50 years. The original volume traveled with me in my seabag. It was my companion on trips as a young man. It’s still  »  Read More

Leadership & Management Book Podcast with Art Petty: Biographies

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If you don’t read you’re limited to your own experience. You must figure out everything for yourself. I love biographies because they let me experience the entire scope of a person’s life. You learn how they matured and aged. You learn the lessons they learned along the way. And you get a glimpse at the role luck  »  Read More

Book Review: The Art of Being Unreasonable

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I bought The Art of Being Unreasonable soon after it came out in 2012. I wanted to learn from the only person who has created two Fortune 500 companies in different industries. I read the book and liked it. Since that first reading, I’ve dipped back into the book several times to read an individual chapter or two. In  »  Read More

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