April 20, 2018

CRUSHING IT!: HOW GREAT ENTREPRENEURS BUILD THEIR BUSINESS AND INFLUENCE-AND HOW YOU CAN, TOO

Gary himself introduces this book as “new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands.” I don’t disagree with this at all. However, as someone who Gary would consider undeniably┬ánot an entrepreneur, an outsiders view of this book is much more that of a cult/clique leader than that of a book of wisdom and truth. This reads often as simple peddling and self indulgence of someone who has worked his ass off for years and now can sow the seeds of that work with a…

January 23, 2018

Start with Why

Start with Why answers some of the most complex questions about business and culture in the most obvious of ways that has left me honestly confused. I am not sure how this kind of brilliance has eluded business culture for so long, and yet it makes perfect sense that the best companies in the world; certainly the ones that have the most interest from a talent perspective, attribute the philosophies found in Simon Sinek’s book. Perhaps the simplest explanation is simply that┬áCulture = Value * Behavior. That is to say the values of your organization are literally meaningless if the behavior of the individuals at the organization do not mirror…

December 21, 2017

The 48 Laws of Power

Understanding that much of this book is exaggeration and/or conjecture, I have found there to be shockingly appropriate “laws” that I have immediate real-life examples to reflect upon. Coincidentally they happen to also be the first two laws: Never Outshine “The Master.” In my younger years, I thought the ambition and passion were enough (and transparent) to warrant praise and recognition, and it was shocking to me when executives in one particular former company would deliberately muffle or silence the efforts I was taking with completely honest intentions. Looking back this makes perfect sense now as their technical and professional insecurities were on full display. Never put too Much Trust…