Book: The First 90 Days

“The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter” by Michael D. Watkins “When more than two hundred company CEOs and presidents were asked for their best estimates of the time it takes a typical midlevel leader who has been promoted or hired from the outside to […]

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Book: Option B

“Option B: Facing adversity, building resilience, and finding joy” By Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant “Resilience is the strength and the speed of our response to adversity–and we can build it. It isn’t about having a backbone. It’s about the strengthening the muscle around our backbone.” “three P’s can stunt recovery: (I) personalization–the belief that […]

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Book: Angel

“Angel: How to invest in technology startups — timeless advice from an angel investor who turned $100,000 into $100,000,000” by Jason Calacanis “The world has trillions of dollars sitting in bonds, cash, stocks, and real estate, which is all really ‘dead money.’ It sits there and grows slowly and safely, taking no risk and not […]

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Book: The Alliance

“The Alliance: managing talent in the networked age” by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh. “In an alliance, employer and employee develop a relationship based on how they can add value to each other. Employers need to tell their employees, ‘Help make our company more valuable, and we’ll make you more valuable.’” “Employees need to […]

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Book: The Art of People

Here are my notes on “The Art of People” by Dave Kerpen. “1. Write down the names of three people in your life whom you’re struggling to get. 2. Commit to asking one to have coffee with you after you finish this chapter. 3. Walk into the coffee meeting determined to get this person (even […]

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Book: The Amazon Way

“The Amazon Way: 14 Leadership Principles Behind the World’s Most Disruptive Company” by John Rossman “Consider ‘obsession’ versus ‘satisfaction.’ Typical management strives to create and measure ‘customer satisfaction.’ They work to create a slightly more satisfied customer than the competitor and measure the experience in various ways. What if, instead , you ‘obsessed’ over your […]

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Book: LOVE ‘EM or LOSE ‘EM

“LOVE ‘EM or LOSE ‘EM: Getting Good People To Stay” By Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-evans. “Love ’em leaders genuinely care about their people. They appreciate, nurture, grow, recognize, challenge, understand, and respect them. And they believe this is the job of being a leader.” “What will keep you here?” “What might entice you away?” […]

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