Category: Book Review


In my last post, “Reading with the Intent to Teach,” I wrote about how I improved my absorption of the material from The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People by simply changing my approach to reading. As I read, I thought about how I would teach the material — and my capacity to retain and practice  … Read more

I’m working my way through Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (again). I read the book for the first time many years ago, and back then I read it like any other book: trying to get through it so I could get to the next one. It was like a race to the end.  … Read more

The Five Temptations of a CEO by Patrick Lencioni is another business self-help book to address a CEO’s demons and propel him/her to lead the next Apple or Google. That is, unless you notice (which I didn’t) the small text under the title that categorizes the book as “a leadership fable.” When I started The  … Read more

The book: Youtility, by Jay Baer The big idea: In the introduction to his newest book, Youtility, Jay Baer states there are “only two ways for companies to break through an environment that is unprecedented in its competitiveness and cacophony. They can be ‘amazing’ or they can be useful.” This statement sets up the premise for  … Read more

I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about the music streaming service Rdio recently–so much that I thought it was new to the scene. It’s not, alas—I’m just out of the loop! Rdio has been out of beta since August of 2010, but it has remained largely overshadowed by Spotify and Pandora—probably because it’s not  … Read more

#app #music #rdio #technology

The Article: Foolishly Viral: Lessons From a Million Pageview Day, by Jacob Klein as posted on moz.com The Big Idea: How you can achieve viral content success – some tips, guidance and notes from Jacob Klein, a SEO consultant from Distilled, and his personal blog HBOWatch.com The Gist: Jacob talks about his success in preparing relevant, strong  … Read more

#Blogging #content creation #outreach #viral content

The book: Drive, by Daniel Pink The big idea: People are more motivated by internal factors than by external drivers. The desire for mastery, a sense of autonomy and driving purpose are what Pink refers to as intrinsic motivators. Combining intrinsic motivation with others’ perspectives and feedback is the best route to creating flow and  … Read more

#daniel pink #leadership #motivation