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
One of my favorite CFOs is Bruce Reed of PracticeLink, the number 1 physician job board globally. Like me, Bruce reads widely and is a deep thinker. He’s also good at making the abstract tangible. But he also knows when it’s time to close the book and take action.[Read more…] about This Lacrosse-playing CFO Learned by Doing
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
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?
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