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The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

April 12, 2013 Leave a comment

The Power of Habit explains how habits form and how we can change them. It’s a cycle that looks like this:

Cue – Routine – Reward,

For example: Stress – Coffee – Reward of caffeine high

The idea is that if you can identify the cue that is setting you to engage in the harmful routine you can replace that routine with something else that is healthy. The example above becomes:

Stress – run – reward of runner’s high

That is really the extent of the book, but it has some really interesting stories that are worth reading.

My wife Sara – lovin’ – Sara. That’s a habit I won’t quit – my wife’s a reward all in herself. Amen?

Categories: Book Review, Business

The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization by Peter F. Drucker and Friends

April 12, 2013 Leave a comment

The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization  are as follows:

  1. What is our mission?
  2. Who is our customer?
  3. What does our customer value?
  4. What are our results?
  5. What is our plan?

I suggest buying this book and reading through it, because it provides such an easy framework to kill any interview you go into.

Categories: Book Review, Business

Linchpin by Seth Godin

February 1, 2010 1 comment

Book: Linchpin by Seth Godin

Rating: Great

Lesson Learned: It’s your job to make yourself indispensable.

Steven Pressfield wrote the War of Art which explained how the resistance holds us back from doing the things that we really need to be doing artistically. It is a pep rally book, it makes you think and then go and do something because you cannot read it and not be motivated.

Seth’s new book Linchpin is a response to Pressfield. It takes the war of art and transfers the battle to the workplace. The premise is that only artists will survive in the new economy because they are the most valued and the hardest for employers to replace. In typical Godin style you are left inspired and excited to go to work understanding that in the end you are your own boss because your actions decide whether you keep your job or get fired.

A lot of what Godin wrote about I too wrote about in Breaking Into the Creative Class so it excites me a big timer would agree (in that the premise of my ebook is the same) with me. He is writing to a generation of workers who are tired of work and I am writing to a generation entering into the workforce.

You need to buy this book.

What the Dog Saw and other adventures by Malcom Gladwell

January 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Book: What the Dog Saw and other adventures by Malcom Gladwell

Rating: Great

Lesson Learned: How to think differently

This is a collection of Gladwell’s articles from the New Yorker. Therefore, you get to read great nuggets of truth without having to read the entire snarly magazine. This is way worth the money and is a great book to read over a couple of weeks since it is broken up into easily digestible articles. This is a must read for people who live in New York and go to those parties with the expensive wine.

The Poor Will be Glad: Joining the Revolution to Lift the World Out of Poverty by Peter Greer and Phil Smith

October 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Book: The Poor Will be Glad: Joining the Revolution to Lift the World Out of Poverty by Peter Greer and Phil Smith

Rating: Great

Lesson Learned: Tactics used to help bring sustainable development to developing countries and communities

This is the follow up book to A Billion Bootstraps by the same authors. It explores the different ways people are making an impact throughout poverty stricken areas. It is an exciting time to be involved with philanthropy since it is so results based and making sustainable differences.

They mention Global Art Inferno, my art import company, on page 231 so that was pretty exciting for me.

Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Book: Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith

Rating: okay

Lesson Learned: be authentic

If you are a big company and don’t get the whole ‘net youth culture’ this is a good book. I enjoyed reading it because the lessons seem so intrinsic to me since this is the time I grew up in. There isn’t anything here revolutionary unless you really don’t understand the power of blogs and the potential for your brand to spread online following simple rules.

Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself by Daniel H. Pink

September 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Book: Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself by Daniel H. Pink

Rating: Great

Lesson Learned: Mastering the New Economy

The name of the book sums it up. Daniel writes about the shift of people working for organizations to working for themselves as contractors and freelancers. I think it is great. However, I don’t think big companies or midsize companies will ever disappear. I would take his book and make it go a little further by saying that everyone is a Free Agent whether you are a contract graphic designer or you work for an enormous company. If you aren’t creating your own specialty and value you have no shelter when the storm comes.