Strategy could possibly be the most over-used word in business. We describe many business actions as being strategic. We attend off-site meetings called strategic planning retreats moderated by $5000-day consultants. CEOs buy books on strategy in the thousands each year. Yet, do you have a definition of strategy in a business context?[Read more…] about The Pillars of Strategy
I started writing answers on Quora to improve my writing skills. Some 2,300 answers later along with 4.3 million content views, my favorite part of Quora is getting to meet other people I admire and respect which has happened by phone and email.[Read more…] about A Chat With the Author, George Anders
When you finish a book, are you trying to figure out what you’ll read next? Sometimes, that’s the case for me. Would you like an idea to help end that dilemma? Create a list of 5-10 books you’ll read next which will save your brain calories from anxiety.[Read more…] about What’s On your 2020 Reading List?
Each year, Goodreads reveals its top book across several categories including fiction, mystery & thriller, historical fiction, nonfiction, history & biography, and memoir & autobiography. How about business? No listings. You’d have to roll back to 2014 to find that list.[Read more…] about 2014 – A Big Year in Business Books
I mostly read non-fiction. If it’s a non-business related, I gauge a book on its quality and value based on whether I recommend it to family and friends. That was the case for Tara Westover’s, Educated, a Memoir. A beautiful, but a painful story about a young woman on multiple journeys.[Read more…] about Educated Was One of My Favorite Reads in 2019
Think about the first business book you ever read. How did you stumble upon that title? I was doing audit work at a small TV station in Cape Girardeau, Missouri when my assistant recommended, Barbarians at the Gate. I loved it. The next book I read was also a referral by one of my bosses.[Read more…] about Developing a Reading List
I’m a slow reader. I took an Evelyn Wood speed reading course more than 25 years ago. I learned a few techniques to read more efficiently, but I’m still a slow reader. Still, I can plow through a book about weekly. But there are a few books that take me a year to read.[Read more…] about Books That Take Me a Year to Read
I’m guessing there are thousands of posts on how to read faster. If you are old enough, remember those Evelyn Wood speed reading courses? I took one back in the 1990s, but I’m not so sure my reading speed increased significantly. Does that mean we’re all doomed to being slow readers? Not necessarily as there is hope for you.[Read more…] about Help, I’m a Slow Reader
A loonshot is an idea that was initially ridiculed, put down, or given little or no funding. Some innovators were initially thought of as a loon or an unhinged person. Later these very loonshots saved lives (statin drugs), saved countries (radar) and broke box office records (e.g., James Bond Series, Slum Dog Millionaire).[Read more…] about What is a Loonshot?
Every morning, I scroll through my Outlook’s inbox looking for the numerous business newsletters with curated content culled by their publishers. CFO Dive is one of the new kids on the block, and they deliver the daily email I never miss.[Read more…] about Every Financial Leader Should be Reading CFO Dive