A History of America in Ten Strikes by Erik Loomis – Here are my seven lessons and takeaways

News item: The Business Roundtable said Monday that it is changing its statement of “the purpose of a corporation.” No longer should decisions be based solely on whether they will yield higher profits for shareholders, the group said. Rather, corporate leaders should take into account “all stakeholders”—that is, employees, customers and society writ large. David Read More

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss – Here are my Seven Lessons and Takeaways

What is negotiation? — The majority of the interactions we have at work and at home are negotiations that boil down to the expression of a simple, animalistic urge: I want. …Negotiation serves two distinct, vital life functions—information gathering and behavior influencing—and includes almost any interaction where each party wants something from the other side. Read More

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic – Here are my six lessons and takeaways

Bertrand Russell: “the fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.” — Putting more women in leadership roles does not necessarily improve the quality of leadership, whereas putting more talented leaders into leadership roles will increase the representation of women. Women Read More

Here is the August, 2019 New York Times list of best-selling business books – Dare to Lead by Brené Brown is at #1

The New York Times has published its list of bestselling business books for August, 2019. Sitting at #1 is Dare to Lead by Brené Brown.  Of the ten books on this month’s list (they always include just ten titles on the list), I have presented synopses of seven of them at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas, our Read More