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Posted Dec. 20, 2010 10:53 a.m. by dylan
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Harvey Schachter of The Globe and Mail has listed what he believes are The top 10 Business Reads of 2010. With a bias toward practical and immediately applicable books over "big idea" titles, this is an especially great list for managers. He chose:
- The Executive and the Elephant: A Leader's Guide for Building Inner Excellence by Richard Daft, Jossey-Bass
- The Management Mythbuster by David Axson, John Wiley & Sons
- Hundred Percenters: Challenge Your Employees to Give It Their All, and They'll Give You Even More by Mark Murphy, Jossey-Bass
- Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, Broadway
- Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink, Riverhead
- How To Hire A-Players: Finding the Top People for Your Team- Even If You Don't Have a Recruiting Department by Eric Herrenkohl, John Wiley & Sons
- Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It by Marshall Goldsmith, Hyperion
- Get Rid of the Performance Review: How Companies Can Stop Intimidating, Start Managing—And Focus on What Really Matters by Samuel Culbert with Lawrence Rout, Business Plus
- Smart Growth: Building an Enduring Business by Managing the Risks of Growth by Edward Hess, Columbia Business School
- Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best... and Learn from the Worst by Robert Sutton, Business Plus
To read why he chose the books he did, and to get a quick synopsis of each one, head over to his original post.
Posted April 23, 2010 12:24 p.m. by dylan
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➻ It was Earth Day this week, which prompted some to look at the eBook v. Paper from an environmental angle. Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence (one of The 100 Best) and Ecological Intelligence, wrote the most comprehensive analysis, and after crunching the numbers concluded:
With respect to fossil fuels, water use and mineral consumption, the impact of one e-reader payback equals roughly 40 to 50 books. When it comes to global warming, though, it’s 100 books; with human health consequences, it’s somewhere in between.
All in all, the most ecologically virtuous way to read a book starts by walking to your local library.
If you'd like to see how he came to that conclusion, you can check his Eco-Math.
➻ Bob Sutton likes his iPad, but he doesn't love it. After discussing why he doesn't like it for watching movies due to the glare and weight (He was watching Blade Runner, so you know it wasn't the movie's fault) he moves onto reading books on the device, writing:
It especially sucks for that—if reading books is important to you, do it the old fashioned way or buy a Kindle.
➻ Ken Auletta at the New Yorker, in the meantime, wonders whether the iPad can topple the Kindle, and save the book business, writing:
The industry’s great hope was that the iPad would bring electronic books to the masses—and help make them profitable. E-books are booming. Although they account for only an estimated three to five per cent of the market, their sales increased a hundred and seventy-seven per cent in 2009, and it was projected that they would eventually account for between twenty-five and fifty per cent of all books sold.
*BOOK* is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It’s so easy to use, even a child can operate it. ... *BOOK* is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. The pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence.
It's definitely not money--we don't pay our reviewers. We would love to pay reviewers. We really wish we could. But we can't. They get the book, of course, and whatever benefits come from having published in The Rumpus. But as far as I can tell, the main reason they're doing it is because they love books, and they want to contribute to the conversation about books. It's the same reason things like Goodreads and Shelfari are so popular--people still love books, and they can't help but talking about books.
This is what's so frustrating when you talk to people in the mainstream publishing industry. They're so sure no one loves books anymore--because the corporate accountants are telling them they can't hit a 15% profit margin. And so they're bending over backwards to find the magic bullet: Is it e-books? Can the iPad save us? What if we get Sarah Palin to write a vampire novel? But people still love books. Period. And they want to talk about them. They want to be a part of that conversation. And it's a much more important, healthier conversation for us to be having as a society than talking about stock options or Grand Theft Auto or America's Next Top Model all the time.
➻ Breaking Down the Mojo, Diane Sawyer sat down with on of our favorite folks this week—Marshall Goldsmith, author of Mojo. Marshall says "You have two choices in life: I can change me, or I can change it."
➻ Michael Lewis granted The Christian Science Monitor an interview for their recent Books podcast.
➻ Flashlight Worthy posted the 10 most "challenged" books of 2009 this week, and by challenged, they mean "someone requested the book be removed from their public library because of its offensive nature (and usually that means 'offensive to children')." Those books were:
- ttyl (series) by Lauren Myracle
- And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
- The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
I'm rather surprised nobody challenged Spointra, which is very graphic in nature.
➻ Alison Leigh Cowan of The New York Times reported this week that Mark Twain wrote in the margins of the books he was reading, following one of Todd Sattersten's rules for How to Read a Business Book. Being rather curmudgeonly as he was, however, Twain's marginalia was not generally of the useful sort Todd encourages, but of a more critical, acerbic nature.
➻ My favorite book, Voltaire'd Candide is turning 250 years old, and I'm missing it's birthday party.
➻ Scientists are now speculating that last week's volcano eruption can be traced to Iceland's Jonsi, and the recent release of his Go Quiet.
Marshall Goldsmith's MOJO
Posted March 30, 2010 11:40 a.m. by dylan
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Marshall Goldsmith brought his MOJO to Milwaukee today for our LeaveSmarter series, and I think he really woke the audience up in a way most business speakers just don't.
Our sponsors for these events always send us a list of attendees with seating arrangements ahead of time. The first thing Marshall did was rearrange that preordained seating, having everybody get up and sit next to somebody they didn't know. Then, throughout his time speaking, he would ask tough questions of the audience and have the attendees turn to their new neighbor to answer them, usually with a 20 second time limit, prompting the audience to quickly share their ideas without worrying if they'd sound ridiculous to a coworker—all while forming a very new, very real human connection. No, it wasn't always comfortable, but Marshall Goldsmith is always very effective.
I believe the greatest advice Marshall had to offer today is to "Be happy now." Stop believing you'll be happy when you get the new car, the bigger house, the corner office... be happy now. And that doesn't mean "be complacent," or "don't succeed." It is, in fact, to be truly successful, to be happy now as you're doing whatever it is you're doing. And, if you're not, to do something else.
Maybe that's not as easy as it sounds, but it is probably the most important thing we can do for ourselves and those around us. He illustrated its importance by asking a very poignant question, "What do you want your children to be when they grow up?" The most common answer, of course, is "happy." We don't care what they do or become; we care simply that they're happy. And that should be our goal for ourselves, as well.
We'll have video of the event available and an interview for you soon, but until then, I'd like to share two simple questions he asked us to consider.
➻ "How happy was I?" and "How meaningful was it?" Ask yourself those two questions after your next (and every subsequent) meeting. If the answers aren't satisfying to you, find a way to make that hour-long meeting less boring and actually worth your time. The responses those attending came up with were good, but my favorite was one the author suggested, (and I'm paraphrasing) "Take copious notes... on a different topic."
➻ What percent of all your interpersonal communication time is spent on: "People talking about how smart, special or wonderful they are (or listening to this) + People talking about how stupid, inept or bad someone else is (or listening to that)."
And, as I said before, he did more than just talk at the audience about addressing these issues; he had the audience members talk to each other about them, and they spent almost as much time on their feet moving around the room as they did in their chairs. It is not only an engaging approach, it is a fun one. And when people's awkardness falls away from the interaction, which it inevitably does, it is actually transformative.
You may not be able to have Marshall Goldsmith come to your home personally and do what he did today in Milwaukee, but you can get the next best thing—MOJO: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It.
Jack Covert Selects - Mojo
Posted Feb. 12, 2010 6:08 a.m. by 800-ceo-read
There are people on this planet who are scary smart, people who look at the world differently and help us see our own lives in a clearer light. Seth Godin is one. Marshall Goldsmith, a highly sought-after speaker and executive coach, is another. Goldsmith has written many books, but What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There from 2007 was a stand-out.
Mojo is Goldsmith’s latest work. While mojo is a ubiquitous word, here Goldsmith defines it as “that positive spirit towards what we are doing now that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside.” The way he refers to mojo reminds me a bit of Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Except “flow” is a strictly internal, “in the zone” state of being, while Goldsmith’s mojo moment is “the moment when we do something that’s purposeful, powerful, and positive and the rest of the world recognizes it.” Like Csikszentmihalyi. Goldsmith believes mojo is something that can be learned and continuously achieved once we have the right tools.
Goldsmith believes that your ability to get your mojo going is impacted by four factors: identity, who you think you are; achievement, what have you done; reputation, what others think of you; and acceptance, knowing what you can change (and letting go of the rest). I found Goldsmith’s approach to identity enlightening because many of the business books we sell focus on ways to change your behavior in order to change your circumstance. Goldsmith asserts that if you don’t first change how you think of yourself, any behavioral changes will feel false and fail to last. And his section on acceptance is a particularly hard, but imperative lesson. How many of us have given up on a friendship due to some small grievance instead of, as Goldsmith encourages, valuing what a friend gives us in total despite their sometimes-inconveniencing quirks?
Goldsmith is an interesting kind of storyteller. He doesn’t tell stories that are highly detailed with visual or emotional descriptions. But, at the same time, with casual language and a singular intuitiveness about people, Goldsmith’s stories about how people lose and gain their mojo keeps you turning pages like the best kind of novel.
Posted Jan. 14, 2010 5:18 a.m. by jon
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Mojo - Some people don't take this stuff seriously, but it's a big deal. It sounds mystical and fluffy, but it isn't. It's real.
In Marshall Goldsmith book Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It he explains it in a way that clarifies my point:
"When my children grow up, I want them to be..."
I have asked thousands of parents from around the world to give me one word to complete this sentence.
No matter what country I am in, one word is spoken more than every other word combined.
What is that one word?
do you want your children to be happy? Do you want your parents to be happy? Do you want the people who love you at home to be happy? Do you want the people who respect you at work to by happy?
You go first.
You be happy.
The people who love you want you to be happy.
Mojo is - that positive spirit - toward what you are doing - that starts from the inside - and radiates to the outside.
Do you want the people that you love and respect to have Mojo?
Show them yours!
There are good people out there who look up to us. They respect us. They want to be like us. We are role models for them.
What message do we send to the people we love at home when we communicate that we are unhappy and that our lives at home are meaningless?
Being with you does not bring me joy and my life at home really doesn't matter that much to me.
What message do we send to the people who we respect at work when we communicate that we are unhappy and that our jobs are meaningless?
I wish I were not here today. I would rather be doing almost anything than working with you or in this company.
On the other hand, what message do we send to the people - at work and home - when our Mojo is high?
I find joy in my life when I am with you. Being with you - in this home or in this workplace - matters to me. You are important and what I am doing with you is important.
Is there any better message that we can communicate to the people who trust us, respect us, and love us?
I can't think of one.
My goal in writing this book is, in some small way, to try to help you have a happier and more meaningful life. By doing this, you will help the wonderful people in your life find more happiness and meaning.
Don't just do it for you.
Do it for them!"
Happiness isn't just spread by doing good deeds, but in how we communicate and interact with others. Think about what Goldsmith says, and check out the rest of the book. Imagine working somewhere where everyone understood this stuff!