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Krawcheck Discusses Stalling of Gender Diversity

Sally Krawcheck PictureYou may be aware that I presented Sallie Krawcheck‘s best-seller, Own It, last week at our monthly event, the First Friday Book Synopsis, at the Park City Club in Dallas.  If you missed it, you can buy the handout and live recording at www.15minutebusinessbooks.com.

The book’s premise was that we should not be concerned about excluding men, but rather, including women.  It is a book that will rival Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.

Randy Mayeux sent me this link, which is an article, and an interview, in which Krawcheck explains that progress in gender diversity in Wall Street firms has come to a slow crawl.  This is the link that you will be interested in:

http://www.marketplace.org/2017/02/15/business/corner-office/sallie-krawcheck-says-gender-diversity-wall-street-has-stalled

I found the book provocative, and as is true for many women-in-business books, we have done Own It Book Covera lot of talking about the problems that professional women have faced, and we have very few of the problems solved.  Maybe this book will help.

The New One Minute Manager Cracks the List

In 1981, Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson published The One Minute Manager.  It is one of the best-selling and most translated business books of all time.  Since then, Blanchard has published many variations on the subject.  All of these begin with a fable, followed by specific applications, concepts, and teaching points that are relevant to the story.

newoneminutemanagercoverSo, it was interesting to see that last week, another version of this book cracked the Wall Street Journal best-selling business book list (September 17-18, 2016).  The New One Minute Manager (William Morrow, 2015) came in at # 10 on the list.

Like its predecessors, the book begins with a fable.  However, it acknowledges changes in the work environment that were not present or profound in 1981.  These include the role of technology, limited resources, globalization, instant communication, and structured markets.

kenblanchardspencerjohnsonBlanchard, (pictured to the right) who typically publishes a new book each year, is also the founder of the best-selling leadership program in the marketplace, entitled SL-II.  Johnson (pictured to the left) is an M.D., and has authored more books on aspects of management than medicine.  His most famous is Who Moved My Cheese, about organizational change, which Randy Mayeux presented at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas a number of years ago.

I am personally tired of the “fable followed by learning” content of business books.  They served their purpose, and we should move on.  But, obviously I am in a minority.  Readers still have an appetite for them, as evidenced by the status of this book one year after its publication.

Do You Know Martin Lindstrom?

On Friday, August 5, I present a synopsis of the best-selling business book, Small Data:  The Tiny Clues that Unocover Huge Trends” (New York:  St. Martin’s Press, 2016) at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas.  You can register by clicking HERE.

But, you may not know much about the author, Martin Lindstrom.  Here is a bio from the Washington Speakers’ MartinLindstromPictureBureau that represents him (see citation below).

“Martin Lindstrom was named one of TIME magazine’s “World’s 100 Most Influential People” and is the author of several New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling books, including Buyology (Doubleday, New York, 2008), Brandwashed (Crown, New York, 2011) and Small Data (St. Martin’s Press, 2016). He is a trusted brand-and-innovation advisor to numerous Fortune 100 companies, including McDonald’s Corporation, PepsiCo, American Express, Microsoft, Nestlé, The Walt Disney Company and GlaxoSmithKline.

 “Lindstrom is recognized as one of the world’s leading brand experts, having pioneered the introduction of brands on the Internet (1994), using our five senses in branding (2004), introducing neuroscience in advertising (2007) and exploring the next generation of subconscious communication (2010). He was named a top “Thinkers50 Global Management Thinker” in 2015.

 “Due to his groundbreaking work, Lindstrom often features in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Economist, Harvard Business Review, The Independent, The Guardian and Der Spiegel. He regularly appears on ABC, CNN, CBS, FOX and the BBC.

 “Buyology was voted “pick of the year” by USA Today, and it appeared on ten of the Top 10 best seller lists in the U.S. and worldwide, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. His book BRANDsense was acclaimed by The Wall Street Journal as “…one of the five best marketing books ever published.” His books on branding have been translated into more than 50 languages and published in more than 70 countries worldwide.

 “Lindstrom is a regular contributor to Fast Company, TIME and NBC’s Today with his popular “Main Street Makeover” TV series.”

Source:  https://www.washingtonspeakers.com/speakers/biography.cfm?SpeakerID=4168

Why Chaos Monkeys Flew in to the Best-Seller List at # 5

Only one new book debuted on the Wall Street Journal business best-selling list, published on July 16-17, p. C10.

Chaos Monkeys coverThe book is entitled Chaos Monkeys:  Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio Garcia Martinez (New York:  Harper, 2016).  The book was distributed on June 28, 2016, and debuted at # 5 in the list, which is incredibly high.  It has also been on the New York Times best-seller list, thus qualifying the book as a potential selection at our First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas.

One description of the book is “Liar’s Poker meets The Social Network in an irreverent exposé of life inside the tech bubble.”

Here is a summary of the book, from Amazon.com:

After stints on Wall Street and as CEO of his own startup, García Martínez joined Facebook’s nascent advertising team, turning its users’ data into profit for COO Sheryl Sandberg and chairman and CEO Mark “Zuck” Zuckerberg. Forced out in the wake of an internal product war over the future of the company’s monetization strategy, García Martínez eventually landed at rival Twitter. He also fathered two children with a woman he barely knew, committed lewd acts and brewed illegal beer on the Facebook campus (accidentally flooding Zuckerberg’s desk), lived on a sailboat, raced sport cars on the 101, and enthusiastically pursued the life of an overpaid Silicon Valley wastrel.

“Now, this gleeful contrarian unravels the chaotic evolution of social media and online marketingAntonio Garcia Martinez and reveals how it is invading our lives and shaping our future. Weighing in on everything from startups and credit derivatives to Big Brother and data tracking, social media monetization and digital “privacy,” García Martínez shares his scathing observations and outrageous antics, taking us on a humorous, subversive tour of the fascinatingly insular tech industry. Chaos Monkeys lays bare the hijinks, trade secrets, and power plays of the visionaries, grunts, sociopaths, opportunists, accidental tourists, and money cowboys who are revolutionizing our world. The question is, will we survive?

I haven’t read this book yet, and I don’t know if we will present it at the First Friday Book Synopsis.  But, I’ve been doing  this long enough to know that people love to buy books that are exposes. Also, books about scandals sell very well.  Perhaps that is how this book vaulted all the way to # 5 in its debut on the best-selling list.

 

 

5 Days to New Ideas: Key Image

 

On Friday, June 3, I present the best-selling book, Sprint: Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days (New York:  Simon and Schuster, 2016) at the First Friday Book Synopsis at the Park City Club in Dallas.

The authors are Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, and Braden Kowitz.  All are associated with Google Ventures.

For more information or to register for the book synopsis, click HERE.

This image represents the activity the authors discuss for each of the five days:

 

Sprint5DayImage

It is the cornerstone of the book, with sections that detail activities for each day.

 

SPRINT Authors Have Diverse Backgrounds

On Friday, June 3, I present the best-selling book, Sprint: Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days (New York:  Simon and Schuster, 2016) at the First Friday Book Synopsis at the Park City Club in Dallas.

To obtain information and register, click HERE.

Here is a brief biography of each of the three authors, as presented from the book’s website.  I am sure you will agree that their backgrounds are quite diverse.

Jake Knapp created the Google Ventures sprint process and has run more than a hundred Knapp Picturesprints with startups such as 23andme, Slack, Nest, and Foundation Medicine. Previously, Jake worked at Google, leading sprints for everything from Gmail to Google X. He is currently among the world’s tallest designers.

Zeratsky PictureJohn Zeratsky has designed mobile apps, medical reports, and a daily newspaper (among other things). Before joining Google Ventures, he was a design lead at YouTube and an early employee of FeedBurner, which Google acquired in 2007. John writes about design and productivity for Wall Street JournalFast Company, and Wired. He studied journalism at the University of Wisconsin.

Braden Kowitz founded the Google Ventures design team in 2009 and pioneered the role Kowitzof “design partner” at a venture capital firm. He has advised close to two hundred startups on product design, hiring, and team culture. Before joining Google Ventures, Braden led design for several Google products, including Gmail, Google Apps for Business, Google Spreadsheets, and Google Trends.