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The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to
Handle Whatever Comes Their Way
has a title that says it all. Norm Brodsky has been writing
for Inc. magazine forever and is a serial entrepreneur. The
books demonstrates the mindset of successful entrepreneurs
and identifies the mindset that helps them solve problems, spot
opportunities, and lead their ventures to success.
Robert F. Brands provides a series of 10 rules to insure that
enterprises maintain creativity and innovate on a continuous basis.
His 10 rules use the mnemonic device of INNOVATION to help one keep them in
Like MIT, PARC
(Xerox), Bell Labs, and IBM, this agency of the Pentagon develops highly
sophisticated products and processes for the military- with utility for
civilians. And, like with NASA, DARPA's inventions has made our lives
better and richer. The Department of Mad Scientists gives us a first
hand look at how and what DARPA does.
This book, the Ultimate Question, says
that we only need to know if someone would recommend our service or product
to a friend or colleague. It stresses that we should seek profits only
from those things that satisfy customers. If we seek profits from any
old sale, we lose the customer and will slowly wither at the vine.
The Washington Post called this
book " a keeper".
Wargaming is an exercise
used by military leaders to determine scenarios for various events with the
probable outcomes. This book aims to cultivate that technique for
business leaders to help them anticipate and crush the competition.
Mark Herman (Booz Allen master) gets help from two other authors to expound
on the process in detail.
I had the opportunity to meet
Dr. Adizes about two decades ago. While this book is fairly old,
its salient analysis of corporate growth cycles is critical for managing
enterprises of all sizes. I have heard venture capitalists use similar
analyses describing the management structure needs for their investments and
been on boards who were trying to pin down the requirements for new or
existing management of the enterprise.
The changes in the social contract between business and its employees,
between business and its local communities has led to the decimation of the
Middle Class. And, it affords business the ability to make society as a
whole to subsidize its employees, as they lower the wages paid below
subsistence (and overpay their executives at the employees expense).
Any choice you make -any
decision -will benefit from 10-10-10. Are our decisions the right
ones? Or are we being governed, time and time again, and against our best
intentions, by the demands of the moment? 10-10-10 provides you a
concept to get control of your life- home, work, love...: What are the
consequences of my decision in 10 minutes? In 10 months? And in 10 years?
This concept started out as a magazine article in O (Oprah)- and the book
fleshes it out a little (with a lot of stories to amplify). The article in O
may be enough to get you started...
The key facts that small (less than 99 full-time employees) businesses need
to know to assure they are in compliance with the Affordable Care Act
(Obamacare). Facts- not inuendo.
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