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Where Good Ideas Come From By Johnson; Doing Both By Sidhu – Two Great Choices for the December 3 First Friday Book Synopsis

This morning, with nearly 90 people present, we presented our synopses of Derailed: Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership by Tim Irwin and Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams.  It was a terrific morning!  (Handouts, with audio, will be available on our companion web site, 15minutebusinessbooks.com, in about two weeks).

And special thanks to Kelly Lane and The Association for Women in Communications and the Dallas Freelance Alliance for their sponsorship this morning.  Because of their sponsorship, we had five copies of each of the books to give away (we normally give away only one copy of each book).  So, a big thank you to Kelly and both of these organizations.

Next month, December 3, we will present synopsis of these two books:

Doing Both:  How Cisco Captures Today’s Profit and Drives Tomorrow’s Growth by Inder Sidhu, with guest presenter Cathy Groos (Karl Krayer will be out of town).

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson, which I will present.  I have already done a quick take of this book – it is profound!

I hope you will mark your calendar, and plan to join us on December 3.





Are You on the Track or Derailing?

On Friday morning, November 5, at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas, I will present a synopsis of Derailed:  Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership by Tim Irwin (NelsonFree, 2010).

As has become typical of many best-sellers, you can take a free on-line assessment to determine where you stand on the book’s content and factors.

From his web site, Irwin explains:  “This exercise will help you to identify your risk for derailment in four key areas. The qualities measured in this assessment were surfaced as key differentiators for those individuals who derailed.

One of the hallmarks of highly successful individuals is self-awareness. While it is perfectly normal for us to put our best foot forward, this exercise will be far more meaningful if you answer the questions on the following pages by giving the most honest description of who you really are at this time.

There are 48 questions within this assessment. It should take you 5-10 minutes to complete. When finished, you will instantly receive a personalized feedback report that contains not only your results, but also helpful developmental recommendations as well. The report will display within your browser window and is formatted to print from your screen.”

Click here to take the assessment

After you take this, write back and tell me what you think!  Are you derailing? 

Let’s talk about it.

Coming for the November First Friday Book Synopsis – Tapscott’s Macrowikinomics, and Derailed: Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership

We had a wonderful morning at the October First Friday Book Synopsis.  Karl presented a synopsis of the terrific new Tony Schwartz (et. al) book, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance.

I presented my synopsis of The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World’s Toughest Problems by Richard Pascale, Jerry Sternin, and Monique Sternin, which described how the worst problems can be solved — in fact, in many cases have already been solved – by the successful “positive deviants” found in almost any and every group.

Both books were really good, useful, challenging, books.  We will have our synopses, with handouts + audio, up on our companion web site, 15minutebusinessbooks.com, available in a couple of weeks.

For next month, (the first Friday of November, November 3), we have chosen these two books.  Karl will present  Derailed: Five Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership by Tim Irwin, Patrick Lencioni (Foreword).

And I will present a synopsis of the brand new book by Don Tapscott (et. al) Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World.  (I can’t wait to read this!)  His earlier book, Wikinomics:  How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (which I presented at the May, 2007 First Friday Book Synopsis), is a genuinely significant book in this/for this connected age.

If you are in/will be in the DFW area, come join us on November 3.  As one enthusiastic participant said this morning – “great content, really good food, great networking – the best event I attend each month.”

We agree!