In many ways, an entrepreneur's career is like a football game. Both combine a swift pace with a highly competitive atmosphere. The "game" is divided into four quarters. In the first quarter you assess the other team's strengths and weaknesses based on your scouting report.
I'll begin where the majority of successful entrepreneurs begin--"follow your passion." It may be a shopworn phrase, but this advice is as valid today for how to succeed in business as it was a hundred years ago, and it has certainly proven true for me.
What does luxury really mean? How do you create a luxury brand? What does time tell us about luxury? Ketty Pucci-Sisti Maisonrouge's latest book, The Luxury Alchemist, is sure to appeal those who want to take an insider's look at the premium market.
Many of us want to be more mindful, but few of us know how. Below I have compiled a sampling of eight exceptional books on mindful living that will help you become a better leader and a more fulfilled human being.
It's time to kill the breakfast meeting. Kill it dead. I seriously think the first breakfast meeting was convened by a bitter boss who was unhappy with their family life, couldn't wait to get out of the house in the morning, and wanted to inflict pain on subordinates.
It's surprising how few organizations encourage risk taking and foster a culture of outside-the box thinking. We are taught to set goals, achieve measurable results and assess success. But we are rarely encouraged to push the boundaries of new ideas and pioneering thoughts.
Eighty-one percent of Americans say they want to write and publish a book. That's 200 million people. Could all these people be right? I know from personal experience that writing a book can put your business on the map, big time.
The impetus to write Opting In was a belief that those running a business, such as product or brand managers, would be more inclined to read about social business, the process of connecting people with people and people with information.
These are two fascinating life stories by two visionaries, and I found them especially interesting in terms of their unique approaches to leadership. I highly recommend them for anyone interested in the dynamics of organizational leadership, either in the private or the public sector.
The over-the-top adulation of the private sector, which pervades Conscious Capitalism, might be tolerated by readers seeking the secrets of Whole Foods' success. But those looking for rigorous analysis and informed inspiration will be disappointed.
Summertime isn't just for swimming when you want to start and grow a profitable small business. Yes, you should recharge with a summer vacation, but you should also find ways to add to your pool of knowledge about your industry, your customers and your competition.
On New Year's Eve, the much-admired Rubaiyat restaurant in scenic Marquette, Michigan held its last supper. Why did the lights go out January 1st, leaving hundreds of devoted but disappointed customers? It was another case of first-time entrepreneurs going too far too fast.
The holiday season really isn't about relaxing by the fireplace and snuggling into a good book.
Nonetheless, if there is a sliver of hope that you'll have some down time, these are the books that you've got to add to your wish list.