A business book meant for the real-working leader, Les McKeown gives an intuitive model to allow anyone to lead. The notion is that every team needs a blend of visionary, an operator, and a processor. And the often invisible but crucial role that blends all these 3 is a synergist, able to find and build the bridges necessary for a business to grow. I read this book with a lens towards my past life at Rubicon, and a current eye towards businesses I’m advising. I wish I had this book years ago. It’s amazingly grounded in real-life situations, and found myself vigorously underlining key points. It is one of those easy reads that is deceptively wise. Read it twice.
The Coming Prosperity
The first work of Philip Auerswald, the George Mason economist and Kauffman fellow… it’s called the Coming Prosperity. This is a book about how to think of the 3 billion people who will join the global economy in the next quarter century, as partners rather than competitors, as sources rather than sinks. But be warned, it is not a light read. It is a book written by a deep global thinker. It took me 3 full business trips to finish it (most books take 1, or part of 1) and the threads that weave the stories together are sometimes tenuous to find. They are there, but the author doesn’t call them out easily. (I call this the first-time author problem since I feel I did the same thing…) All that said, it was well worth the work to read it. And I believe it is a book that explains our global relationship to one another well.
By now, you may have already read about The Power of Habit. It sat on my shelf a bit too long after the publisher sent me an advanced copy. I was embargoed so didn’t want to read it too early, but then it got lost in the fray of stuff that was March. I started reading it a few weeks back, and then realized it made the NYT bestseller list yesterday. (So much for telling you something new, on this Yes and Know blog.) It’s a compelling, evidence-based read by a solid writer. It has me figuring how to make “being an athlete” as much fun and reward based, as “eating all the chocolate I want”. It has something for how companies can weave products into our lives, and how we can each understand how change our own habits … Something in this for everyone, so no wonder it’s a best-seller. Well deserved.