You did read Shoe Dog, right? If not, read it and thank me later. If you have already read it, did you find yourself wanting to read a similar title? Then you’ve come to the right place.[Read more…] about Books Similar to Shoe Dog
I love hearing about or reading stories of people learning a new skill that helps others in a significant way.
John Cuomo was an active firefighter and paramedic for nearly 25 years, and he tells the story of becoming a pension expert in his book, Leadership Refined by Fire.[Read more…] about The Firefighter Financial Expert
Your controller just handed you their resignation letter. Your company’s website suffered a serious security breach the night before. Your banker wants to add some meat to your LOC’s bank covenants. How about a quick diversion? I have one for you.[Read more…] about Books Published the Year You Were Born
Okay, that title is really bad, isn’t it? I live in the Midwest, so I can’t relate to surfing. Changing the oil–that’s an entirely different matter. If you’re still in the dark, I’m reviewing the Patagonia founder’s book, Let My People Go Surfing.[Read more…] about Let My People Go Change Their Oil
My assumption is that In Search of Excellence put the business book genre on the map, correct? If that’s true, did good business titles exist in the era of hold-a-job for life?[Read more…] about Good Business Books Before the 1980s
When I think of Henry Ford, the first assembly line pops into my mind. Plus, I have this opinion that he was great with his hands, but not a book-smart guy. That’s mostly right, but there are some fascinating leadership lessons in one of his biographies.[Read more…] about My Forty Years with Ford and Leadership
If you’ve read Gerber’s The E-Myth Revisited, you are familiar with his mantra of working on the business instead of in the business. Even financial leaders should be working on their departments, not just in them. But is that the right or full message?[Read more…] about Gerber is Partly Right, Partly Wrong
As a long-time financial professional and a neverending lifelong learner, reading fiction has its place for any student of business. Most of the best novels are about anything but business. That means fiction lovers are relegated to works like The Goal, Lencioni’s fables, or The Phoenix Project. Finally, Hernan Diaz has released a novel in which a wealthy financier is a central character. But is it any good?[Read more…] about Is Trust by Hernan Diaz a 3-Star Book?
Most of the businesses I work with have business huddles. Some have daily stand-up huddles. Some have weekly huddles either at the beginning of the week or at the end. Some of these businesses have started conducting monthly financial huddles that I’ve taught them how to run. Perhaps you use a different term for these meetings. Personally, I prefer the terms debrief and financial impact circles. In this discussion, we’ll stick to the term business huddles.[Read more…] about The True Meaning of a Business Huddle
Lynette Pretorius shared a picture of the books she was reading on a LinkedIn post. She made the point that only two of ten books in her pile were by women. Then she stated, “I’m committing the reading at least three books by women every month for the rest of the year.” But she needed some recommendations. Surprise … I had a few.[Read more…] about 30 of the Best Business Books by Women