“Sprint” – Business Concept Tested By Friday

Product pivot? New service offering? Stuck trying to hire the right people? All great candidates for this Sprint process that gets answers to your gnarliest business problems in just 5 days. My 3 big “Aha!” moments from this book: 1) Use Sprint to solve your biggest problems with your top team. Sprint is not about […]

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“Purple Cow” – Seth Godin

“The opposite of “Remarkable” is “Very good.”  Seth Godin, Purple Cow Seth’s classic is a timeless 2-hour plane ride read and one of the most powerful lessons in marketing. A Purple Cow is remarkable, it stands out from the field of brown cows. People talk about Purple Cows. So how will your business stand out? What […]

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“The Ideal Team Player” – Patrick Lencioni

Don’t hire a “Jackass!” Another Lencioni fable, another over-simplified story, but “The Ideal Team Player” packs a powerful  lesson about building great teams: Hire people who are Humble, Hungry and People-Smart. 1 – Humble Do they credit their team? Do they genuinely care about others? Lencioni’s test: How do they treat the administrative folks? 2 – Hungry […]

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“Team Of Teams” – Stanley McChrystal

McChrystal takes too long to make his point in “Team of Teams”, but you won’t care because the book is jam-packed with gripping combat stories. The book’s big insight: Pushing for organizational efficiency kills speed and adaptation. What? Speed requires you to push decision-making down. Command and control is way too slow. But unless you want chaos you’re going to […]

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“Disrupted” – A Cautionary Tale

Two truths underly this book: 1 – Dan Lyons should not have joined HubSpot. 2 – HubSpot should not have hired Dan Lyons. “Disrupted”, by Dan Lyons, is a hilarious, frustrating and depressing account of startup life that has been creating quite a ruckus. No matter who wins your sympathy, I hope you see the cautionary tale: Diversity is […]

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