Posted Wednesday, October 04, 2017 - 12:14 pm
You know what your workplace needs?
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.
Posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 12:11 pm
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.
Posted Wednesday, September 06, 2017 - 12:19 pm
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?
Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 12:30 pm
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.
Posted Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:35 pm
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…
Posted Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 12:43 pm
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?
Posted Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - 12:36 pm
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.
Posted Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 1:07 pm
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.
Posted Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 1:16 pm
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.
Posted Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 2:31 pm
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…
Posted Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 1:32 pm
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.
Posted Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 2:26 pm
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.
Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 11:39 am
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.
Posted Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 12:55 pm
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.
Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 12:49 pm
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.
Posted Wednesday, July 06, 2016 - 6:35 pm
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.
Posted Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 4:24 pm
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.
Posted Wednesday, June 08, 2016 - 3:12 pm
Sign you up.
That’s one of the things of which you’re most proud: you freely give of your time. Rotary, Jaycees, Lions, your local hospital, if they need help, your name is on the list. Sign you up and they benefit but, if you’re honest with yourself, so do you. In the new book “Tribe” by Sebastian Junger, you’ll see why it comes naturally.
Posted Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 8:43 am
Sometimes, your job is everything you want it to be.
At other times, your workweek feels like it’s ballooned-to-bursting — especially when you’re overloaded, overly-irritated, and overwrought, which seems to be happening more and more lately. So how do you deal with thorny workplace situations without making things worse? “Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO” by Beverly E. Jones might help.
Posted Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 4:11 pm
You’ve got mail!
Always nice to hear that coming from your computer, but these days, it’s doubly-nice when it comes from a metal box. Greeting cards, checks, bills, even those offers-you-can’t-refuse, it all comes right to your door. And in the new book “Neither Snow nor Rain” by Devin Leonard, you’ll never take it for granted again.
When 14-year-old Ben Franklin ran away from home in 1723, the only job he could find was a printer’s apprenticeship. Five years later, Franklin started a newspaper, but he needed the postal service to grow it.