December 4, 2017

October & November Reading

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I'd Rather Be in Charge, Charlotte Beers

I first heard of Charlotte Beers on a podcast and loved her no-nonsense approach to business.  Charlotte Beers became the first female to lead two giant, multi-national advertising agencies and built some of the most iconic brands around the world. In this book, she talks about how she built these brands that are household names as well as lessons in leadership.  

The One Minute Manager, Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

The One Minute Manager is a very short book that tells a story about three techniques of an efficient manager: one-minute goals, one-minute praisings and one-minute reprimands.  This book reminds me of The Go-Giver (I highly, highly recommend).  Both have similar writing styles and are very powerful.  I highly recommend both of these books!

The Power of Broke, Daymond John
Daymond John is one of the Sharks on ABC's Shark Tank.  In The Power of Broke, John talks about how he started FUBU with no funding and a $40 budget and had to come up with creative ways to promote his products.  He also provides case studies from other successful entrepreneurs, including Gigi Butler of Gigi's Cupcakes.  I love how this book incorporates business/entrepreneurialism and fashion.

Ten Apples Up on Top!, Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss???  Yes!  This book came up on a podcast and I had to check it out- it fits perfectly into the workplace. In this book, there are several animals that perform various tricks while balancing apples on their head.  Each time, they try and outperform the other.  A big, nasty bear comes along and tries to ruin everyone's success because she is jealous.  The moral of the story is that everyone can be successful and that there is plenty of room at the top.  Also, that you can accomplish more by working together, not acting like the jealous bear trying to undermine everyone else's success.  This is a cute, short read!

The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success, William Thorndike

This book was one of Warren Buffett's must-read books, so I decided to check it out.  The Outsiders tells the stories of 8 highly successful CEO's and how they consistently outperformed the S&P.  This book is a more complex read, but full of strategies on how to handle the corporate world.

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