I write on the Quora platform in order to become a better writer. The jury is still out as to whether my experiment is working. One post resulted in more than 10 thousand eyeballs viewing my answer to the question about the difference between intensive (deep) and extensive reading.[Read more…] about Intensive and Extensive Reading
Ready for the Great Books You Haven’t Started?
I’m hooked on books. When I’m alone, I’m reading. When I’m driving, I’m listening to a book. On weekends while I’m working outdoors, I’m also listening to a book. While I’m waiting in line while buying family groceries, I’ll be reading from my phone. Yet, there are many great books I have not started.[Read more…] about Ready for the Great Books You Haven’t Started?
Guy Kawasaki’s Top 10 Book List
I’ve long been a fan of Guy Kawasaki, and I’ve lost count how many times I’ve recommended his 10-20-30 speaking rule for those about to give presentations. By a long shot, The Art of The Start is my favorite Kawasaki book. I also like his memoir, Wise Guy which came out in 2019.[Read more…] about Guy Kawasaki’s Top 10 Book List
A Broadcaster Teaches How to Get Free Publicity
Jerry Mills of B2B CFO® once told me on being interviewed, “Mark, I always ask the reporter what can I do to make them look good.” As a guy who used to be on the other side of the mic, that’s excellent advice. Looking for more sage advice when it comes to being interviewed?[Read more…] about A Broadcaster Teaches How to Get Free Publicity
Best Books about Accounting Fraud
I guess I have a pea-sized brain. While working for KPMG, first-year accountants (aka grunts) were inundated with internal controls training (alums, remember SEADOC?). But I just didn’t get it. How did/do accountants learn how to steal? If only I had these two books at my fingertips nearly 30 years earlier.[Read more…] about Best Books about Accounting Fraud
5 Questions I Would Ask Bill Gates
With all due respect to Dr. Carol Dweck, I do not have a fixed mindset regarding an interview with Bill Gates. It’s not happening, ever. Or never, or whatever. That’s not a fixed mindset, but a realistic mindset, a big difference. But just in case, I have a short list of questions I’d enjoy asking him–questions that he’s probably not heard before, but would enjoy answering.[Read more…] about 5 Questions I Would Ask Bill Gates
Revisiting the May 2019 Reading List
I generally cannot go anywhere without someone asking me what I’m reading. Or, I’m getting peppered with questions on what they should be reading or listening to. Accordingly, the list below might give you some reading and listening ideas for the months ahead.[Read more…] about Revisiting the May 2019 Reading List
Have You Planned Your Summer Reading?
Can you believe summer is here? That means travel plans, balancing family commitments with work requirements, and still maintaining an edge at the office. And how about the books you read? Will it be fiction? A bit of history, or possibly a memoir? If the answer is ‘no’ to all, here are some ideas.[Read more…] about Have You Planned Your Summer Reading?
Can FP&A Pros Improve their Interviewing Skills?
Quick, who is your favorite interviewer? What do you like about them? Is it Mike Wallace? Larry King? How about Barbara Walters? Perhaps you are a fan of Mixergy’s Andrew Warner? FP&A professionals will never reach the pinnacle of success these interviewers have achieved, or can they?[Read more…] about Can FP&A Pros Improve their Interviewing Skills?
Revisiting the April 2019 Reading List
If you think I’m going to tell you that you should be reading more, I will not. That’s a discipline you have to create for yourself. Can you learn without reading? Yes, but you are putting yourself at a disadvantage. If you are not a reader, hopefully, my reading list will inspire, maybe.[Read more…] about Revisiting the April 2019 Reading List