First Principles: The Elon Musk Way to Problem Solve

First Principles

First Principles: The Elon Musk Way to Problem Solve One of the services I offer is ghost blogging, so to start 2015 the right way, I decided to write a blog post about the books that influenced some of the most successful leaders. Elon Musk was among them, and I had also written a post on leadership lessons from the billionaire serial entrepreneur. While conducting this research on Elon Musk, I watched an interview that Kevin Rose conducted with him. Musk talks about using The First Principles Method for problem-solving - he gave an example of what he means by First Principles. It's a concept from physics, but I have forgotten most of … [Read more...]

Tips on Note-taking: The Art of Writing While Listening

note-taking

Tips on Note-taking: The Art of Writing While Listening Taking notes while you are listening is very different from when you are reading. When you are reading, you can easily flip the pages if you missed key information. That is not the case when you are attending lectures and speaker events. And even if you are taking a course online, it is annoying when you often have to rewind or pause. Many of you who have hung out here for a while know that I conduct many interviews and that I dislike transcribing. I am working on a paid project where I am conducting interviews and writing success stories for a trade organization. Before I … [Read more...]

Have you read these 6 must read books?

Have you read these 6 books?

Have you read these 6 must read books? I have thought about some of the books that I have read and enjoyed and decided that I would share the reviews again 6 must read books since I have a lot of new blog readers. The interesting thing about The Invisible Mentor blog is that most of the content is evergreen and the most popular blog posts are ones that I wrote a few years ago. These books will inspire you, and are very appropriate for the start of a new year. Review: Four Seasons: The Story of a Business Philosophy by Isadore Sharp: Four Seasons: The Story of a Business Philosophy by Isadore Sharp, Founder, Chairman and CEO is an … [Read more...]

Creating a personal advisory board

personal advisory board

Creating a personal advisory board A recent study revealed that 93 percent of small medium enterprises attribute their success to mentors. No business or professional for that matter can succeed without the right kind of support, and the support needed changes at different life cycles of the business and person’s career. Several years ago, I attended an event, and I was delighted to hear the speaker say that one mentor is not enough, since no one person can give you all the support you may need to attain professional success. This is something that I have believed for a long time. If you are a business owner or a senior level executive … [Read more...]

Think Like A SheEO by Vicki Saunders, Book Review

Think Like A SheEO

Think Like A SheEO: Succeeding in the Age of Creators, Makers and Entrepreneurs by Vicki Saunders and MJ Ryan I used to say all the time that I do not read business books because they usually do not provoke deep thought. Recently I changed my mind because there are some interesting and game-changing books are being published. Last week, I wrote the summary/review of Storyscaping: Stop Creating Ads, Start Creating Worlds by Gaston Legorburu and Darren McColl. And today, my focus is on Think Like A SheEO: Succeeding in the Age of Creators, Makers and Entrepreneurs by Vicki Saunders and MJ Ryan. There is change in the air, and that is a … [Read more...]