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
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
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
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
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?
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?
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
What change do you hate the most? For me, that’s probably changing a bad attitude into a happy one when I don’t feel like it. Resistance to change, any kind of change, is probably the most powerful force on the planet. Wouldn’t it be cool if a measurement process existed for those changing?[Read more…] about Is There a Formula for Change?
Think back to your last job change. How much did your pay increase? More than $10,000? How about more than $25,000? What if I told you that you were leaving the company run by the most revered CEO in the U.S. for another important position elsewhere?[Read more…] about How to Negotiate a $44,000 Pay Decrease
When you think of the 1990s, what quickly pops into your mind? Cheers, bulky cell phones, mood rings, low-fat packaged foods, Die Hard, combat boots, or President Clinton? Personally, I’d add parenthood, coaching youth sports, and career building to my short list.[Read more…] about Great Business Reads in the 1990s