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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Influential Author

April 4, 2019
Book Review: The Influential Author

Revealed Complexity: Long ago I learned that the more I studied a topic, the more complexity I uncovered and the more I discovered what I didn’t know about that topic. Gregory Diehl’s seminal book, The Influential Author: How and Why to Write, Publish, and Sell Nonfiction Books that Matter, taught me just how much I […]

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Book Review: 1-Page Marketing Plan by Allan Dib

January 2, 2019
Book Review: 1-Page Marketing Plan by Allan Dib

Persuaded: I will admit that I picked this book up with grave misgivings. I was asked by the author’s assistant to review the book but declined to do so. Coincidentally, a week later, one of my clients was looking for a way to get his leadership team on the same page when it came to […]

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Book Review: The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

November 14, 2018
Book Review: The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

Following Lewis:  There are a couple of authors who I like to “follow.” By that I mean, I usually get any new book they publish. Michael Lewis is one of those authors. It all started with Moneyball, even though I’m a dyed-in-the-wool NON sports fan. And so The Undoing Project was a must on my […]

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Book Review: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

May 3, 2017 0 Comments
Book Review: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Harari hits another home run. I love the subtitle of this book, A Brief History of Tomorrow. And Harari builds a solid case for his views of how the world of technology might blend with or destroy Homo Sapiens. His book is broken into three parts and takes us through human history (much more detail […]

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Book Review: The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni

August 31, 2016 0 Comments
Book Review: The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni

In his usual engaging style, Patrick Lencioni has expanded on his previous book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, to show us how to make sure we find the ideal team player for our next hire. Through a parable he shows us how to recognize and cultivate the three essential virtues named as humble, hungry […]

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Book Review: Iditarod Leadership by Chris Fuller

June 29, 2016 0 Comments
Book Review: Iditarod Leadership by Chris Fuller

Chris Fuller has written a “lessons learned” leadership book based on his Alaskan adventure training as a dog sled musher. The structure of Iditarod Leadership is both interesting and quite useful for review. Fuller speaks of “taking notes in a small notebook” while learning the ins and outs of mushing. Those “notes” appear at the end of […]

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Book Review: Never Kick a Cow Chip on a Hot Day

March 21, 2016 0 Comments
Book Review: Never Kick a Cow Chip on a Hot Day

There are occasions when I receive requests to review books. As long as they are about leadership or organizational or personal development, I try to make time to do the reviews. Unless it’s a pre-published book, I decline the offer to have a copy sent to me and instead, purchase my own copy. I do […]

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Book Review: Everybody Matters by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia

December 4, 2015 0 Comments
Book Review: Everybody Matters by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia

I am grateful that I had Chapman’s book “on the shelf” (in the electronic reader) to read. I had just finished Jeffrey Pfeffer’s book, Leadership BS, and was pretty down based on what I had read. What a delight and contrast, to pick up Chapman’s and Sisodia’s book. It has renewed my faith in human […]

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Book Review: Leadership BS by Jeffrey Pfeffer

December 3, 2015 0 Comments
Book Review: Leadership BS by Jeffrey Pfeffer

Contrary to Pfeffer‘s advice, I want to be fully transparent: presently I am a Leadership Coach who is actively engaged in working with business leaders from startup companies to multi-billion dollar public companies. In addition, during my career in industry, I have had the good fortune to be a leader and to work with business leaders. […]

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Book Review: The Internet Is Not The Answer by Andrew Keen

April 15, 2015 0 Comments
Book Review: The Internet Is Not The Answer by Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen is not keen on the internet and where it’s taking us. Keen has taken on the conventional wisdom that the internet is a democratizing force lending power to the little guy and disrupting the old school “bad guys.” A strongly opinionated polemic–the passion of the converted believer is palpable in his writing. I […]

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