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Random Quotes from New Books this November

Do Good: Embracing Brand Citizenship to Fuel Both Purpose and Profit by Anne Bahr Thompson

 DoGood“Technology has opened all our eyes—not only those of Millennials and Gen Zers—to new cultures and new lifestyles. And in doing so, it has widened everyone’s opportunities for belonging to global communities, alongside local ones, and to virtual groups side by side with physical cliques. Our technologically facilitated interconnectedness naturally promotes more fluid self-definition. Although some people have always broken out of their social group or taken on multiple personas, they historically did so cautiously—and, societally, not at such a large scale.” (p. 185)

Don’t Pay for Your MBA: The Faster, Cheaper, Better Way to Get the Business Education You Need by Laurie Pickard


“What will you do with your education? Or,
to put it another way, what skills will you learn and how will you use them to forward your career? Just sitting in a classroom or clicking your way through an online course won’t land you a job or win you a promotion or attract investors to your new business idea, unless you can put your education to work in the real world. An education is not the sum total of hours spent in the classroom or a gilt-edged degree hanging on your wall; it’s a key to solving problems and performing tasks that employers and investors value.   Money chases value, not vice versa.” (p. 60)

The Inside Guide to Funding Real Estate Investments: How to Get the Money You Need for the Property You Want by Ross Hamilton


“For anyone involved in real estate, it is very important to understand what asset-based lending is and how to find quality asset-based real estate lenders. Asset-based lending is a broad term that usually describes lending that is specifically used for business purposes. At its very core, asset-based lending is a business loan that is secured by some sort of asset as collateral. Assets can include a real property, business inventory, accounts receivable, or other balance sheet assets.” (p. 13)

Shift Ahead: How the Best Companies Stay Relevant in a Fast-Changing World by Allen Adamson and Joel Steckel


“Leaders of all organizations can’t help but know today that they face the threat of “disruption,” as they’ve watched companies such as Amazon, Google, Airbnb, and Netflix transform retail, advertising, travel, and media. It’s using threat of disruption as a positive prompt for sustainable, innovative solutions that separates the winners from the losers in making the shift.” (p. 13)


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Random Quotes from New Books this October

Find the Fire: Ignite Your Inspiration–and Make Work Exciting Again by Scott Mautz 


When inspiration isn’t evoked after a sustained period, your belief that it will ever show up rapidly wanes. You begin to mentally write off your job as hopeless and may even miss signals of inspiration trying to break through along the way – a double whammy. You deserve an occasional window of evoked inspiration to go along with the doors of inspirational opportunities you’re about to open elsewhere.  To enable this, proactivity, not passivity is the way forward. Hunting for external stimulus likely to spur inspirational opportunities you’re about to open elsewhere. (p. 17)

High-Impact Interview Questions: 701 Behavior-Based Questions to Find the Right Person for Every Job 2nd edition by Victoria A. Hoevemeyer, Foreword by Paul Falcone 


Culture fit matters. When an employee’s values are aligned with the company’s, the organization’s brand comes to life in the behavior and actions of the employee.  And this is exactly what customers look for. It’s what hooks them and makes them customers for life. Just look at Starbucks. It hires people who deliver a perfect cup of coffee and provide an experience that, regardless of which store you are in, is perfectly aligned with its culture and brand (p. 44)

Raise Your Team’s Employee Engagement Score: A Manager’s Guide by Richard P. Finnegan 

RaiseYrEmpEngmtScore-NEW-2.inddAre all work – related questions okay? Yes. Should I ask if little Johnny’s knee is okay since hurting it in Little League? Yes. How should I respond if an employee tells me his marriage is ending? With empathy and care, but without asking detailed questions that are not your business. The important message is that each one of your employees wants to know that you care about their happiness, in all corners of their lives. Even the employees who seem most distant or who perform least well.  (p. 9)

The Real Estate Investor’s Pocket Calculator: Simple Ways to Compute Cash Flow, Value, Return, and Other Key Financial 2nd edition by Michael C. Thomsett


The range of financial topics that are involved in finding, buying, and managing real estate investments is significant. This book breaks down the daunting range into a series of focused chapters, explains how the important measurements of value and feasibility are made, and explains how you then apply the information to smart decision making. (Introduction)



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Random Quotes from New Books this September

Profitable Podcasting: Grow Your Business, Expand Your Platform, And Build A Nation Of True Fans by Stephen Woessner 


“Rest assured, you have not missed the podcasting wave.The sun has not set on your opportunity. This is the perfect time for you to get started. In fact, this may be the perfect time to get started because the trailblazers have gone before you. A path had been marked, and you can learn from their success and failures. Your learning curve will be shorter so that growing your business, will be the most efficient it has been for any business owner up to this point.” (pages 8 and 9)


Retire On Real Estate: Building Rental Income for a Safe and Secure Retirement  by K. Kai Anderson 


“You can’t change the fact that you don’t have a workplace pension, or that you have a very small pension, or whatever the case may be for you. Yet, you do have the ability to create a pension-like plan for yourself, through real estate. It’s up to you to understand this difference and take action.” (page 11)



The Sales Survival Handbook: Cold Calls, Commissions, and Caffeine Addiction – The Real Truth About Life in Sales by Ken Kupchik 


“Sales is stressful, demanding, frustrating, and also incredibly fun and rewarding. There is no other profession with as many ups, and downs, where you can go from crying in the bathroom one minute to popping a bottle of champagne the next and then back to crying in your car all in the same day. This book is for anyone who is brave enough to wake up in the morning, drink an unnatural amount of caffeine, and live the life of a salesperson. It’s rarely easy, but oftentimes it’s worth it” (page 1)


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Random Quotes from New Books this January

Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change by Frank Sesno


“Barry trains FBI and Secret Service agents and U.S. Marshals in questioning potential serial killers, terrorists, or would-be presidential assassins before they act. … Barry teaches ‘rights respecting’ questioning, which most experts say is the most effective way to get a hostile person to open up. His objective is to lower a person’s defenses and move his or her brain out of red alert territory. His questions are framed to generate conversation, however halting, as a means of establishing trust and building a dynamic that will coax information from the most reticent personalities(pages 66 and 68).

Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies by Paul J. Zak

Jacket cover of Trust Factor

“The chronic stress that comes from the uncertainty about what will happen in an organization affects parts of the brain that undermine motivation and cognition. Uncertainty causes us to be hyperaware of possible threats: We need to pay attention to everything because danger could arise anywhere. This steals neural bandwidth from the rest of the brain, reducing concentration and productivity. We also lose the ability to properly evaluate future events and to integrate multiple streams of information. Uncertainty puts the brain and body on high alert, wanting to escape from lions and their corporate cousins, pink slips. In a true neurologic sense, you can’t think when you face high uncertainty. And you certainly cannot be an effective team member” (page 110).

Power of Presence, Paperback Edition: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others by Kristi Hedges

Jacket cover of Power of Presence, paperback

“You may be saying, ‘Hold on. Isn’t this book supposed to be about authenticity? Why does it matter so much what other people think?’ Here’s the deal with presence: It’s part communicating in alignment with your intention and part being received with clarity. You can’t figure out how you are doing on the latter without some sort of feedback, formal or otherwise. Finding out the effect you have on others gives you a helpful framework for focusing on your own presence” (page 58).

Agile PR: Expert Messaging in a Hyper-Connected, Always-On World by Marian Salzman and the Team at Havas PR

Jacket cover of Agile PR

“Consider the fallout The New York Times’ extensive, highly critical investigation of the workplace culture of Amazon…The article describes an instruction to employees to ‘climb the wall’ if they hit the wall from the relentless pace and late nights; encouragement for employees to ‘tear apart’ their colleagues’ ideas in meetings and backstab them in private messages to their bosses; and a ‘purposeful Darwinism’ model in HR. And that’s just in the first four paragraphs.
It’s a cautionary tale. People live and validate a corporate culture, so if a company is selling its culture–and the reality is that in this radically transparent, socially minded age, every company is selling its culture, whether it’s pitching business pubs on how great that culture is or not–it must be aware that it can’t simply spin the story” (page 43).


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Random Quotes from New Books This December

Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion, Second Edition by Dale McGowan

Jacket cover of Parenting Beyond Belief, second edition

“He was eight when he started in with the classic interrogation: How does Santa get to all those houses in one night? How do the reindeer fly? How does he get in when we don’t have a chimney and all the windows are locked and the alarm system is on? Why does he use the same wrapping paper as Mom? All those cookies in one night–his LDL cholesterol must be through the roof!

“This is the moment, at the threshold of the question, at the natural inquiry of a child can be primed or choked off. With questions of belief, you have three choices: feed the child a confirmation, feed the child a disconfirmation–or teach the child to fish.” (page 131).

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