One line item in my 2013 “bucket list” was to upload the book summaries from my work business book club. Since we covered about 40 books, and I wanted to upload one book a week, March was about the latest date I could start this project, and still hope toContinue reading
A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that in Arizona, the Tucson Unified School District had suspended the teaching of Mexican-American studies, banned the teaching of certain books and confiscated books and teaching materials from classrooms. As this outrageous story has been unfolding, I have been appalled but, to myContinue reading
For the book club, a decision was made to ease into the new year (at the time, 2011 was a then-new year) with a book on finances. If for no other reason that a lot of people get stressed about money ’round the time Christmas bills arrive, and stressed employees aren’t productive employees.
J.D. Roth’s Your […]
The Corporate Lattice was chosen as the book club’s thirtieth book, in recognition of the fact that the “corporate ladder” is a poor metaphor for a companies of relatively stable size. The situation is different for rapidly growing companies, who might need an ever-enlarging cadre of managers or directors to oversee burgeoning work teams.
It was also recommended […]
Given the overriding importance of data presentation (read graphing skills) to the effectiveness of the modern “knowledge worker” it was decided that the book club would cover a book on that very subject.
Stephen Few’s Show Me The Numbers was chosen after a review of reviews (a meta-review?) on Amazon, which seemed to suggest that Edward […]
A long-time proponent of the “A3″ reporting format (which aims to summarize a problem and its solution in a roughly 11″ x17″ sheet of paper) it was a delight to cover Understanding A3 Thinking in the book club.
Having authored some epic reports and PowerPoint slide decks in my time, the prospect of condensing findings into […]
Hmm… life’s busy-ness sure didn’t return to normal, there…
Anyways, here’s the 27th book we covered in the work business book club: Financial Intelligence. It was chosen because of the feeling that a little financial literacy could probably go a long way for engineers and other technical types. The fact that the question “what’s EBITDA?” recurs in […]
Hmm… missed out a few weeks there. Life’s busy-ness has only now returned to normalcy.
Getting to Yes was chosen as the book club’s 26th volume because it deals with negotiations, which, like it or not, play a pivotal role in business. It was expected that book club members’ careers would benefit from knowing a bit […]