The Essential Baker’s Dozen – 12 (OK – 13) Books to Read to set yourself up for more success in business and in life, in 2021; and beyond

I am frequently asked: “what is the best book you have ever read?”  After I make a silly joke about “The Illustrated History of Professional Wrestling,” I usually answer with either The Grapes of Wrath, or Man’’s Search for Meaning. And, sometimes, the question is:  “what is the best business book you’ve ever read?”  And my Read More

Caste: The Origins of our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson is my choice for the Social Justice Book of the Year, 2020 – Here are my six lessons and takeaways

• The price of privilege is the moral duty to act when one sees another person treated unfairly. • And only recently have circumstances forced us, in this current era of human rupture, to search for the unseen stirrings of the human heart, to discover the origins of our discontents. • Caste is the infrastructure Read More

Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath is my Business Book of the Year for 2020

It has been a strange, and truly challenging year. Each year in recent years, I have made my selection for the business book of the year. First, my constraints:  I select my book of the year from the books I have presented during the year at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas (now in our 22nd Read More

Here is the video of my synopsis presentation of Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, from the December, 2020 Urban Engagement Book Club

{For other videos, click here for the YouTube Channel for Randy Mayeux.  You can find earlier months of the First Friday Book Synopsis, with synopses of business books and some sessions of the Urban Engagement Book Club, with books on social justice issues, on this channel}. —————— Here is the video of my synopsis presentation of Caste: The Origins Read More

Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World by Fareed Zakaria – My six lessons and takeaways

• This is a book not about the pandemic, but rather about the world that is coming into being as a result of the pandemic and—more importantly—our responses to it. • In the case of the novel coronavirus, the impact is being shaped by the reality that the world is deeply interconnected, that most countries Read More

My Synopsis of Caste: The Origins of our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson is today, Dec. 17, 2020, on Zoom – Come join us!

  If you have an open time window today, 12:30 pm (CST), I am presenting my synopsis of Caste: The Origins of our Discontent today, December 17, 2020 at 12:30 (CST) for the Urban Engagement Book Club, sponsored by CitySquare, on Zoom. This is the best book I have ever read on issues of racial justice.  It explains things – Read More