The Rise of the Rest: How Entrepreneurs in Surprising Places are Building the New American Dream by Steve Case – Here are my Seven Lessons and Takeaways

The Rise of the Rest means just what it says: a way to lift the prospects of the rest of the nation—those who live and work outside the coastal tech centers in California, New York, and Massachusetts. Currently, 75 percent of venture capital for startups flows to those three states, with the rest of the Read More

Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of November Twentieth Century by J. Bradford DeLong – Here are my five lessons and takeaways

Utopias are, by definition, the be-all and end-all.   The history of the long twentieth century cannot be told as a triumphal gallop, or a march, or even a walk of progress along the road that brings us closer to utopia. It is, rather, a slouch. At best. …Slouching, however, is better than standing still, Read More

My synopsis of Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes by Elizabeth Lesser is Today, Thursday, November 17, 12:30 pm, over Zoom – Come Join Us – And, here is my synopsis handout

A special encouragement to attend today’s session, November 17, 2022, on Zoom Today’s book, Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes by Elizabeth Lesser is a provocative, somewhat convicting book. Please join us. All details below. ———— If you have an open lunch time window Today, Thursday, November 17, 12:30 pm (CST), I am Read More

Neoteny – The Essential Trait for the Perpetually-Learning Generation – (Thanks to Bill George, True North)

Warren Bennis described his philosophy of the third phase of leadership with the little–known term neoteny, “the retention of all those wonderful qualities we associate with youth: curiosity, playfulness, eagerness, fearlessness, warmth, energy.” …Older people with neoteny continue to grow while retaining the youthful qualities of joy, exploration, and discovery. Bill George, True North: Leading Read More

Are we Adrift? Are we Lacking in Discipline? – Two challenging books for the December 2 First Friday Book Synopsis

At the First Friday Book Synopsis, we make each month’s session a genuine learning event.  You learn from the best business books, and then it is up to you to put into practice the things you learn. For the December 2, 2022 session, I (Randy Mayeux) will present my synopsis of the challenging new book by Scott Read More

The New York Times has published its list of best-selling business books for November, 2022. Atomic Habits is still at the top spot; but there are some new books joining this month’s list

The New York Times has published its list of best-selling business books for November, 2022.  Though Atomic Habits is still at the top spot — it pretty much has been since Abraham Lincoln was president, at this point —  there are some new titles on this month’s list. At the First Friday Book Synopsis, where I Read More