Book Review: Start with Why

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek. (2009). NY: Portfolio/Penguin. “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.” Simon Sinek repeats these two phrases a dozen times or more during the famous TED Talk that inspired this book. It’s a simple concept that is […]

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Book Review: First, Break All the Rules

First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently, by Gallup (2016). NY: Gallup Press. The first thing you should know is that this is a re-release of a bestseller from 1999. As far as I could tell, the only thing different was an update of metadata at the end. So, if […]

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Book Review – Real Leadership: 9 Simple Practices for Leading and Living with Purpose

John Addison demonstrates Southern charm and homespun wisdom in his memoir about his leadership of Primerica during the last decade’s economic downturn. He and his co-CEO managed to keep their financial company from melting down, unlike so many others. Instead, they separated Primerica from the parent company and went public, becoming a major success story. […]

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Book Review: Bridging the Soft Skills Gap

Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: How to Teach the Missing Basics to Today’s Young Talent, by Bruce Tulgan. 2015. NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Whenever I talk to colleagues about their work situations, most of those who are over 40 complain about young workers. In the past few weeks I’ve heard: “they often don’t […]

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Book Review: The End of Average

Every day we are measured against the yardsticks of averages. The assumption that metrics comparing us to an average—like GPA, personality assessments, standardized test results, and performance review ratings—reveal something meaningful about our potential is so ingrained in our society that we rarely question it. That assumption, says Harvard’s Todd Rose, is spectacularly, and scientifically, […]

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