Terri Schlichenmeyer

The Bookworm Sez: You’ll get around to reading ‘Soon’

Just do it.

That’s a demand that comes from everywhere. Sneakers say it, your spouse says it, the law demands it, your diet may say it. Your boss does, for sure. Just do it. Buckle down and get it done because, as in the new book “Soon” by Andrew Santella, delaying and dawdling are not so delightful.

Charles Darwin was a terrible procrastinator.

The Bookworm Sez: Make your own memorable moments

It was quite the event.

Your staff really outdid themselves, and you were proud of them. Everybody pitched in, clients were overjoyed, and there wasn’t one attendee who didn’t leave without a smile and a promise to come back next year. In “The Power of Moments” by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, you’ll see how to make your event even better then.

The Bookworm Sez: Who owns your ideas?

As a kid, what was your favorite toy?

You can probably remember it instantly: the thing you couldn’t bear to leave at home, the doll you spent hours with, the toy truck that road-tripped your imagination. Just thinking of it gives you a warm feeling and a wistful smile, but in “You Don’t Own Me” by Orly Lobel, you’ll read about two toy companies that weren’t playin’.

Years after it happened, Carter Bryant couldn’t tell you what spurred him to think the way he did that sunny afternoon.

The Bookworm Sez: Cutthroat comics chronicled

You know what your workplace needs?

A superhero.

Sure, a superhero! Someone who can leap tall problems in a single bound. An invincible mutant who can handle customers, recall conversations in great detail, dispense product in minutes, and stop time in the break room. Yep, for sure, that’s what your business needs, so read “Slugfest” by Reed Tucker.

The Bookworm Sez: Making a powerful pitch

Throw it out.

That’s what always seems to happen to your best ideas, your finest interviews, the proud moments that fall flat as pavement. Ugh. When it comes to The Big Ask, what are you doing wrong? Read “You Get What You Pitch For” by Anthony Sullivan with Tim Vandehey; the answer is no throwaway.

The Bookworm Sez: Plan to make most of retirement

White sandy beaches.

Waves that gently kiss your toes with warm water. In your mind’s eye, they stretch for miles and they’re yours to explore. That will be your retirement — or so you hope. But as you’ll see in “How Do I Get There From Here?” by George H. Schofield, Ph.D., you might dare to hope for more.

How long ‘til your retirement?

The Bookworm Sez: Memoir of a moving man

From here to there.

That’s where you need to move your stuff: from Point A to Point B. Take it out of one place and put it in another, possibly many miles away. And it’s not like you can wiggle your nose or wave a magic wand to do it, either; you need someone who knows what he’s doing. In “The Long Haul” by Finn Murphy, there’s somebody like that out there.

You could blame it on logo shirts and cheap beer.

The Bookworm Sez: Let’s get small

It’s always the little things.

A chocolate on the pillow or slippers beneath a turned-down bed. Stickers for a customer’s kids. A lagniappe in the box to make a baker’s dozen: all things to ensure a speedy return of buyer or client.

But are you missing anything in your zeal to retain business? Maybe; in “Small Data” by Martin Lindstrom, you’ll see that it’s always the little things…

The Bookworm Sez: Taking back the weekend


That was the sound of your last weekend as it passed by, but it probably doesn’t matter anyhow: it was packed with work, to-dos and obligations, kids’ sports, and more work.

Sometimes, you wonder why you even bother. You might as well just go to the office – but first, read “The Weekend Effect” by Katrina Onstad, before you zip out Friday afternoon.

When was the last time you had two full days without plans?

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Tough love’ on finances

You are so busted.

And that’s never a good thing in relationships, recreation, or in finances; especially in finances. When your wallet is empty, so are both calendar and stomach, but what can you do when even the word “money” scares you?

With the new book “Broke Millennial” by Erin Lowry, you can be a dinero hero.

BOOKWORM SEZ: The Bookworm Sez: Dealing with the office schmuck

Your co-worker is an idiot.

All day long, he’s blah-blah-blah, telling you how great he is, the coolest guy ever. If you’ve done something, he’s done it better. Twice. You’d love it if the boss fired the jerk, but then you’d be short-handed and that’s no good, either.

So read “The Schmuck in My Office” by Jody J. Foster, MD, MBA (with Michelle Joy, MD) and find out a better way of dealing with him.

The Bookworm Sez: When good enough is good enough

You know exactly where Monday’s report is.

That, of course, doesn’t mean anybody else could find it. You put that report in a safe place in your office, which is organized to work for you. But is it really organized, or is it just a mess?

Admit it: it’s probably the latter and nobody’s perfect, but with “Organized Enough” by Amanda Sullivan, you might find a perfect solution.

The Bookworm Sez: Find out why time flies

Your last vacation was really fun.

Those seven days felt like 10 minutes. And then you were back to work, where 10 minutes can seem like seven days. Why is that? How come enjoyable things whiz by fast and why do you wake up seconds before the alarm goes off?

Read “Why Time Flies” by Alan Burdick, and just watch…

The Bookworm Sez: Fill your tank, rev engine

At the end of the day, you’re out of gas.

There’s nothing left in your reserves, not a drop. You’re done, wondering if this is as far as you’ll ever go but somehow open to new suggestions. So read “The Full Tank Life” by Ben Tankard. It might just rev your engine again.

Imagine this: you’re driving down the highway on your way to somewhere important, when you glance at the gas gauge and oh, boy, it’s almost on “E.” That’s what your life may be like but Ben Tankard says you can boost your inner fuel with his “Full Tank Life” method. Since it’s easy to do, you can start now.

The Bookworm Sez: Kareem shoots for solutions

The fix won’t be quick.

It never is. There’s no magic wand to change the things that’ve been on your mind lately: social issues, inequality, poverty, politics, apathy, violence. Those ills didn’t arrive quick and they won’t leave quick but, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, they can be repaired.

In his new book “Writings on the Wall” (with Raymond Obstfeld), he explains.

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Extra degree’ doesn’t move needle

Pick, pick, pick.

That’s how you get to success these days. A little win here, a victory there, a couple losses, four steps ahead and two back. So many times, you’ve felt this close to the prize, only to have to start over again. Now read the new book “212: The Extra Degree” by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson, and pick another way to fight.

The Bookworm Sez: Being happy costs nothing

The board is all set up.

All your pieces are ready for play, the cards are split, and the moderator has gone over the rules again. Once around the board, try not to get behind, keep all your pieces, and you win. Isn’t that the whole reason for the game of business? Maybe, but read “Profit from Happiness” by Jake Ducey before you roll the dice.

The Bookworm Sez: Make most of managing money

Back-to-school time is almost here, which means back-to-school bills.

Your first-grader needs all-new everything. Your third-grader needs a certain kind of crayon. Middle school requires three different notebooks, and everybody wants new clothes. You’re not sure how that’s going to happen this year, but with “Smart Mom Rich Mom” by Kimberly Palmer, you’ll learn how being financially savvy can help your future.

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Famous Nathan’ is a weiner

Mom always loved you best.

I can beat you at that. You got more than me, more from Santa and a bigger birthday cake. I was Dad’s favorite, I’m better than you, and sibling rivalry can linger long past childhood. It’s not pretty and, as you’ll see in “Famous Nathan” by Lloyd Handwerker (with Gil Reavill), it can bring down an empire.

The Bookworm Sez: ‘Born’ isn’t all good advice

You have a job. It’s fine.

Really, it’s nothing earth-shattering. You show up, do the work, get paid, go home, and do it again the next time. Sometimes, you’re miserable but mostly, it’s okay — though you wonder every now and then if that’s all there is. In the new book “Born for This” by Chris Guillebeau, you’ll see that it doesn’t have to be.

Your best buddy has a job he loves and you have to admit, you’re a little envious. Your job is okay, at best; “soul-crushing,” at worst.


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