This is one of my favorite books of all time. I'm a big picture person who does not joyously eat details for breakfast. I work in a detail oriented pr...moreThis is one of my favorite books of all time. I'm a big picture person who does not joyously eat details for breakfast. I work in a detail oriented profession and would not have been able to cope with the daily volume of details without using Allen's system of how to get, and stay organized. This book changed my life.
This book suggests a systematic approach for managing all of the inputs of your life - e-mail, correspondence, papers, financial records, voicemail, texts etc. - so that you are not constantly in reactive mode trying to keep up.
David also understands the psychology of behavior change. Getting organized requires new habits, which take 30-60 days to form. David shows you how to form better organizational habits as easily as possible. Each time I read the book, I adopted a few more of David's tricks and now have a system that prevents me from being overwhelmed and allows me to be more proactive.
On a deep level, this book provides the third leg of a modern guide to meditation. If one tries to tame one's thoughts and emotions without simultaneously taming the inbox and the rest of life's daily inputs, attaining inner calm will be much more difficult, if not impossible.
I can't recommend this book enough, especially to people who are not detail-oriented and organized by nature. (less)
A book by Guy Kawasaki is always a fun read. Kawasaki has a great sense of humor and is not afraid to speak his truth. The Art of the Start and Rob Ad...moreA book by Guy Kawasaki is always a fun read. Kawasaki has a great sense of humor and is not afraid to speak his truth. The Art of the Start and Rob Adams' A Good Hard Kick in the Ass are two of my favorite books about the process of starting a company. Both authors speak their truth.
Kawasaki has an innate sense of how much information the brain can absorb at any one time. This book is composed of lots of digestible nuggets of advice, which he brings to life with stories and quotations. Kawasaki's use of language is loose and informal, and makes you feel like he is having a relaxed conversation with you. This book is easy to read and well organized.
Kawasaki was one of my role models for Great from the Start. I admire the comfort and ease of his communication style. He has high emotional intelligence and makes a strong heart-to-heart connection with his readers and those who hear his presentations. He is an effective communicator and a maven of marketing. His playful sense of humor makes his writer's voice comfortable to follow. His perspective provides insight into how to connect with audiences and customers.(less)
I wish someone had given me this book as a young man, not as a middle-aged one because I might have become a half-decent person sooner in life. David...moreI wish someone had given me this book as a young man, not as a middle-aged one because I might have become a half-decent person sooner in life. David Deida explains how men and women each run masculine and feminine energy but rarely make peace with these complementary life forces. Our society does a poor job of helping us embrace our masculine and feminine sides, and often celebrates sexuality at the debasement of the gifts of each of the gender archetypes. Too often the attraction of the radiance of a woman who operates from the full power of her feminine or the charisma of a man who operates from the full majesty of his masculine is conflated with sexual desire. Although the voice of the narrator is annoyingly omniscient, this book suggests how men can evolve beyond "the macho jerk ideal, all spine and no heart" into having spine and heart united. Although written primarily for men, this book also provides useful insights for women and suggests language for successfully navigating this charged and treacherous territory, which is unnecessarily painful for both genders. (less)
This book is a compendium of transcripts of interviews between the author and 32 successful entrepreneurs who tell the stories of their businesses. Th...moreThis book is a compendium of transcripts of interviews between the author and 32 successful entrepreneurs who tell the stories of their businesses. There is no better collection of first hand accounts of what it is really like to be in the pilot's seat of a start-up. It is particularly useful for an entrepreneur looking for a role model in a particular industry or domain.
The strength of this collection of interviews is in its raw immediacy. That is also its weakness. Each interview contains many nuggets of useful information and advice but also contains much excess ego and verbiage, which makes many of the interviews difficult to read. It's the written equivalent of a live concert recording, not a polished studio production. The interviews would be much more compelling in an audio book format.
Jessica Livingston was one of my role models for Great for the Start. I admire the raw, emotional edge of her collection of interviews. She has a gift for making her interviewees feel comfortable to reveal authentic stories. (less)
Rob Adams doesn't pull any punches in this book for entrepreneurs. A seasoned venture capitalist, Adams is brutally honest and direct about what it ta...moreRob Adams doesn't pull any punches in this book for entrepreneurs. A seasoned venture capitalist, Adams is brutally honest and direct about what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur. To the extent that you are delusional about how hard it is to build a successful start-up, Adams will quickly set you straight and provide much practical advice.
This book also provides invaluable insights into how venture capitalists think about investing in start-ups. It is one of my favorite books about how to build a start-up.
Adams was one of my role models in writing Great from the Start. I admire the authenticity, candor and clarity of his author's voice.(less)
Lawyers receive no formal leadership or management training in law school. As we rise in the profession, we are placed in leadership positions and mir...moreLawyers receive no formal leadership or management training in law school. As we rise in the profession, we are placed in leadership positions and miraculously expected to know how to lead. This book was an invaluable part of my informal leadership training. I highly recommend it to anyone who aspires to become a leader, who suddenly finds himself or herself in a leadership position or who is already leading. I've consulted and read my copy of this book so many times that the contents have separated from the spine. This book, like Robert Greene's The 48 Laws of Power, makes a useful leadership reference that ofter provides just the insight needed to overcome a difficult leadership challenge.
Maxwell is a crisp writer. Each law is set forth in its own chapter, and each chapter is divided into short sub chapters. My pet peeve with most business books is the omniscient narrator. Maxwell's voice strikes a nice balance in this book between illustrating the laws with personal stories and ones about leaders like Henry Ford and Robert E. Lee.
Maxwell was one of the role models for Great from the Start. I admire the clarity of his writing and the consistency of his pedagogy. His mastery of organizational structure enables him to effortlessly deliver his 21 laws of leadership. (less)
Blueprint to a Billion is an excellent book for entrepreneurs who have achieved a scalable, repeatable sales process for their businesses and are pois...moreBlueprint to a Billion is an excellent book for entrepreneurs who have achieved a scalable, repeatable sales process for their businesses and are poised at the threshold of exponential demand for their product. This book provides insight about how great companies achieved exponential growth to reach $1 billion in annual revenue.
Start-ups have at least four distinct phases - concept, start, build and growth. Each phase has particular characteristics and requires a distinct approach to leadership and management. Thompson understands the growth phase very well. This book is the best guide available for businesses wishing to grow from $5-$10 million in annual sales to $1 billion. It is well-researched, well-organized and brought to life with frequent anecdotes to illustrate Thompson's points.
Thompson was one of my role models in writing Great from the Start. Thompson's 7 essential points are well grounded in thorough research; he studied 387 companies that had an IPO after 1980 and grew to $1billion in revenue to uncover the common traits. Like Jim Collins' work, Thompson's is credible because he works hard to substantiate his conclusions.
"Humans are walking danger detectors. Because most of our brain and nervous system is hardwired to our fight or flight response, we are often highjack...more"Humans are walking danger detectors. Because most of our brain and nervous system is hardwired to our fight or flight response, we are often highjacked by fear into reactivity. Learning how to befriend and manage fear is one of the keys to becoming an effective leader, or to just managing life.
I liked Richo's book very much. It helps objectify our relationship with fear and provides many useful insights and tools with which to manage it.
Some readers may find Richo's writing to be too poetic and possibly not structured enough. For readers focused on cultivating mindfulness or doing shadow work, the book will provide a useful tool for understanding and transcending our complex relationship with fear.
This was the first book read on the Kindle Fire. I like the form factor, size and weight of the Fire. The back light is easy on the eyes and makes it easy to read in the dark without a reading light. I missed being able to make notes and book mark pages. Next up is learning how to use the equivalent features on the device. "(less)