What Makes a Book Great?

What makes a book great

What Makes a Book Great? You have been told many times that the most successful people, the greatest leaders and innovators who ever lived, are/were voracious readers. Many of these accomplished people seldom disclosed the names of the books in their personal libraries because that was a private matter. However, there is no shortage of lists of the best books of all time to read, but many of those lists are very subjective. For instance, Amazon published a list of 100 Must-Read Books, and as a powerful and well-known organization, many will pay close attention to that list. I printed out the list and looked closely at each book … [Read more...]

The Personal Library of Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg

The Personal Library of Carl Sandburg When it comes to reading books, quality always trumps quantity because the right books have the capacity to shape your mind and thinking. I have often wondered why people become successful, what books do they read that influence their thinking and perhaps catapult them to success? A few weeks ago while conducting research on the personal libraries of successful people, I discovered legacy libraries. I was very happy with my discovery because I wanted to do a series on the topic for this blog. I started off the series a few weeks ago with Theodore Roosevelt’s library. The intent of the series is to read … [Read more...]

Claire Hoy – Recovering From Bankruptcy, Summer Series Interviews

Once a week during July and August, I am featuring one of the interviews from my book,  Tales of People Who Get It, and post it on the blog so that you may learn from some of the interviewees, as well as introduce the interviewees to a new audience. This week, I feature Claire Hoy, who reminds us that bad things can happen to anyone. Claire Hoy was a public figure, and after a big high in his career had to declare bankruptcy. A satirical magazine had a field day with Claire Hoy's experience. Related:  Living an Authentic Life – Gabriel Draven, Summer Series Interviews Leading Women toward Self-Sufficiency, Anthea Rossouw – Summer Interview … [Read more...]

How to Find an Ideal Mentor

How to Find an Ideal Mentor

How to Find an Ideal Mentor Recently, Suzi Dafnis from the Australian Businesswomen’s Network held an enlightening webinar on “How to Find an Ideal Mentor”. Although the intent, like most webinars, is to use the person’s or organization’s services, Dafnis delivered some very good information. As you know, we talk about invisible mentoring, which is about taking responsibility for your development by using the tools and resources that are available to you. We assist you by providing you with content – book reviews/summaries, interviews, tips, and resources - for you to apply. Even though we provide invisible mentoring, we have also … [Read more...]

Nanci Govinder – Downsizing Risks, Summer Series Interview

Nanci Govinder

Nanci Govinder - Downsizing Risks, Summer Series Interview Each week during July and August, I am featuring one of the interviews from my book,  Tales of People Who Get It, and post it on the blog so that you may learn from some of the interviewees.  This week, I feature Nanci Novinder, who showed her vulnerability and asked for help. Related:  Living an Authentic Life – Gabriel Draven, Summer Series Interviews Leading Women toward Self-Sufficiency, Anthea Rossouw – Summer Interview Series Pay Your Taxes – George Fraser, Summer Series Interviews Building Relationships – Andrea Nierenberg, Summer Series Interviews Samy Chong – … [Read more...]