[BOOK REVIEW] The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You

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I had not heard of Lydia Fenet when I first saw this book as I was looking for something to read on the plane to Seattle. Lydia has been leading charity auctions for Christie’s for years and is now the Managing Director, Global Head of Strategic Partnerships at Christie’s. The book starts with “The most powerful woman in the room uses the strike method” and relates to how Lydia begins each auction with a sharp strike of her gavel on the podium at an auction, […]

[BOOK REVIEW] The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

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by Mark Manson I enjoy sharing books I’ve read that have a good message, either a new message to learn or a message reinforcing things already known.  I read this one on a recent airplane ride, and it has some good (and timely) reminders. First let me say, if curse words offend you, skip this book, because – as the title suggests – it has a lot of f-bombs, every time it talks about when you should and when you should not give a f*ck.  […]

[BOOK REVIEW] The One Thing by Gary Keller and Withjay Papasan

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I recently finished a re-read of The One Thing by Gary Keller and Withjay Papasan.  I had read this book once before a couple of years ago, and recently came across it again while unpacking some boxes, so I gave it another quick skim to refresh some of the concepts.  (Am I the only person who does that?) When I can work the way that works best for me, I work best by using my own version of “time chunking” to focus on one client, […]

[BOOK REVIEW] The No Assholes Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t

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We all know bullying behavior in the workplace kills morale and productivity.  It’s like a snowball building … it’s never one huge act but a series of small, demeaning acts which begin to permeate throughout the entire company culture.  It affects not only morale, but staff turnover, communication, employee self-esteem and even health.  The true cost (Total Cost of Assholes or TCA) is not just the salary of the Asshole but the impact of all of these interactions. These negative interactions have an impact five […]

[BOOK REVIEW] The Art of War and The Art of Peace

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Interesting concept, I may have to do a re-read and try this First read The Art Of War by Sun Tsu. Second read The Art of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba. But then after reading them and meditating on their content for a few days/weeks, read them again in the reverse order. The art of war principals can be just as easily applied to peace as to war, however the art of peace can only be used to end war. By war I mean any battle, […]

[BOOK REVIEW] Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

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This is a great book about organizational change, but can be related to any area of life. One of the things I try to remember from them book, when eating:  Bigger container = more eating. And not the first time I’ve read that the more willpower you use for one thing (even a small amount), the less you have leftover for anything else. Whether the switch you seek is in your family, in your charity, in your organization, or in society at large, you’ll get there […]