Lessons from the genius of Leonardo da Vinci

Fair warning. This post has nothing to do with HR. It is all about personal improvement. I  just finished reading Walter Isaacson’s biography, Leonardo Da Vinci. This is a well-written book about a fascinating man. I knew he was a master and was considered a genius both in his time and especially in the present …

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Midpoints are important: A third observation from Dan Pink

As you would expect in a book about timing, Pink in his book When talks about midpoints and their importance to us. Most of us are familiar with the concept of the “midlife crisis”. Movie after movie has been created and image after image of people taking off to reinvent themselves have been created. Pink, …

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From the Archive: One secret to understanding people better

I was able to read and finish a book on a flight to a conference in Las Vegas last week. The book is Dave Kerpen’s The Art of People. It is a very readable book chocked full of pretty sound advice. The subtitle of the book is “11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You …

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GRIT: Do you have it? Can you get it? A Podcast bookreview

We have all heard of perseverance. We have all heard of “stick-to-it-ness.” Now courtesy of Angela Duckworth we have Grit. She wrote a book called Grit The power of Passion and Perseverance.  I read her book recently and was impressed by it. It wasn’t all science, though she talked about the science behind what she …

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The Coaching Habit: A book review

As part of my consulting I am often asked “What is the best way to say this?” or “How do I talk to someone?” or even more directly “I need help in being a better coach.” Thus, when I was offered the opportunity to review a book on coaching I accepted. The book The book …

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Great advice on leadership: A review of Don’t Just Manage Lead!

I have to be honest, when I started reading this book I expected a book of leadership platitudes and truisms written by yet another CEO trying to make his name as an author. I am happy to say that was NOT what I found. Arthur E. Coombs III has produced a book that is generously …

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Three Men & A Book: Book Review of Start by Jon Acuff

      The Three Men & a Book trio, of Todd Schnick, Bill Ramsey and I reviewed Start by Jon Acuff. Acuff provides the reader with advice on how to leave the life of average and embrace “awesome.” He tells you how to face your fear and just “start.” He tells you how to …

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A Book Review of Predatory Thinking: A Podcast

The third podcast of Three Men and a Book focused on a book by Dave Trott, a copywriter based in the U.K. The book was Predatory Thinking, A Masterclass in Out-thinking the Competition. This was an interesting book, probably not one I would normally read. It is good, however, to read out of your normal …

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A Podcast Book Review of Pink’s To Sell is Human

  Most of us do not really consider ourselves in the field of sales and are generally happy for it. Dan Pink, who keynoted at the SHRM 2013 conference (see my notes here) told us differently. His research found that 8 out of every 9 people in the U.S. do some sort of sales in …

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