Humanocracy (Gary Hamel), and The Color of Law – Coming for the September 4 First Friday Book Synopsis

color-of-law-bookFirst Friday Book Synopsis, September 4, 2020, on Zoom
Time: 7:30 am
Two Books: Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as the People Inside Them by Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini.
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein.
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September will be our third month in our brief four month diversion into books on issues of racial justice.

For over 22 years, we only presented business books at the First Friday Book Synopsis – two synopses each month; good, valuable, useful books.

But, since the death of George Floyd earlier this year, I made a decision to adjust the formula on a temporary basis.  For four months, I would present one business book, and one book dealing with issues of racial justice.

Here is my “final” schedule of these four books:

July:  Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
August:  White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
September:  The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
August:  How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.

Four books are not enough to give one a “complete” education.  But, four books provide enough to truly begin to think about the complex issues of race on our country.

There has been great interest in this series.  We had 195 participants join us on our Zoom gathering for the August session. That was encouraging, and revealed the hunger for this information.

And there is little doubt about this; issues of race are impacting businesses all across America.  These are timely books to study.

These Zoom gatherings are so very convenient.  You can choose to keep your video off (although, as I speak, I like seeing the faces of engaged learners).  You can join in at the last minute; no drive across town.

Of course, there are some disadvantages.  We miss the one-on-one, face-to-face conversations.  We miss the great Park City Club breakfast.  And, you have to print out your own copy of the two synopsis handouts. (I make these available, in an e-mail and on this blog, the day before our event.  We also throw them up on the chat).

For September 4, the book dealing with racial issues by Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, is a substantive look at how the law was used to keep people apart.  It is a revealing and disturbing book.

The book I have selected for the business book, Humanocracy, looks interesting.  It was just published (August 18), but I have been reading about it.  I think you will find it useful.  One of the two authors, Gary Hamel, was described by the Wall Street Journal as the best writer of business books in America.  He has one page in his book What Matters Now that is as important a page as I have ever read about hiring and promoting talent in the workplace.

Come join us.  There is so much to learn; always so much more to learn.


This meeting will be available to all for free. If you care to participate financially, you might send $12.00 to the First Friday Book Synopsis through Pay Pal. (Click here for a direct link to send money).

(Note: if you are a non-PayPal person, you can send money through Zelle by using my e-mail address, ).



Randy Mayeux is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: September 4, 2020 First Friday Book Synopsis
Time: Sep 4, 2020 07:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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