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Last month, finished I the book by Jonah Berger, (a marketing professor at the Wharton School), Contagious: Why Things Catch On.


Overall, I thought the advice in the book was sound.

There’s just a little problem with books like this.


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Clean Sweep

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Book Recommendation:


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up


by Marie Kondo


We all have our own associations with the word, “tidy.” My associations are actions. I fly though my home, straightening pillows on the couch, sliding dishes into the washer, and shunt (my wife’s) shoes into the cubby near the front door. This is NOT what Marie Kondo’s book is about.

About 75% of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is about throwing things away. A slim 25% covers a mix of organizing items in the home, and truly understanding the deep emotional attachments that prevent us from throwing things away. I recommend reading (or listening) to this book to get the practical, step by step instruction that Kondo provides for “tidying.” As a matter of fact, I’ve already applied the advice  in my own home. Rather than detail each of Kondo’s methods, I’ll cover the two big messages I got from the book.

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Holding Court

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Book Recommendation:

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

Before explaining THE LAWS OF POWER, Greene opens by pointing out there is always a powerful person and around this powerful person a court will assemble, trying to get a sweet slice of that power.

We can see what Greene is talking about here:

  • King or queen with their court

  • President and their cabinet

  • CEO with their other C’s, VP’s and directors

  • Oprah and her chef, relationship counselor, and spiritual adviser

Like the above image, there will always be a king and people like weeds will try to crop up around them. This means games will be played to get power. Now it might Continue Reading »

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Book Rec: The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker


The Effective Executive stands as a simple strong lighthouse guiding us away from cheap productivity hacks, time squandering multi-tasking, and good projects that are the enemy of great projects.

Here is a work problem for you to chew on:

Productivity = Effectiveness x Efficiency

This book is helpful because, it clearly describes that of those two inputs, effectiveness is far more important. 

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How to Banish Waste


Book Review: A Factory of One By Daniel Markovitz






When people say, “survival of the fittest” they seem to mean “survival of the strongest.” Interestingly, what Darwin actually stated was, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” So, the word “fittest” is about adaptability. Adaptability is the first fish to sense the water beginning to churn. Adaptability is the first fish to respond and dart out of the way of the net that would most certainly ensnare it. When thinking about adaptability,  keep in mind that there are two parts: 

1. Speed of sensitivity to change and,

2. Responding to that change. 

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