The Man Who Broke Capitalism: How Jack Welch Gutted the Heartland and Crushed the Soul of Corporate America, and How to Undo His Legacy by David Gelles – Here are my five lessons and takeaways

Note: General Electric was dropped from the Dow in 2018, and three years later, the once-dominant conglomerate revealed that it planned to split its businesses into three public companies focused on aviation, energy, and health care. Its market cap is now $81 billion — roughly 20% of what it was under Welch’s leadership. ———– Welch Read More

Are things as bad as they seem? The End of the World is Just the Beginning; and The Crux, by the strategy expert Richard Rumelt, for the September 2 First Friday Book Synopsis

There is a best-selling new book by Peter Zeihan that says, yes, things are bad – really bad – but, there is reason for hope. And Richard Rumelt, the strategy guru, is out with a new book to help you develop your business strategy.  (I presented his earlier book, Good Strategy, Bad Strategy, a number Read More

The New York Times has published its list of best-selling business books for August, 2022. Yes, Atomic Habits by James Clear is still, yet again, at the top spot

The New York Times has published its list of best-selling business books for August, 2022.  Yes, Atomic Habits by James Clear is still, yet again, at the top spot Yet again…still…for such a long time now…the #1 book on the list is Atomic Habits by James Clear. It is a very good book; truly helpful and useful.  Read More

Download the two Synopses Handouts for the Friday, August 5, 2022 First Friday Book Synopsis (over Zoom) — The Man Who Broke Capitalism (about Jack Welch) and A New Way to Think by Roger L. Martin 

In our 25th year! You are invitedFirst Friday Book Synopsis,Friday, August 5, 2022, 7:25 am (Central Time), on Zoom.I hope you can join us! Meeting On Zoom Over 100 people (in our combined in-person and Zoom participants) have been joining us for our First Friday Book Synopsis gatherings. We have had participants from all over the country. Please share this Read More

Things are a little tough out there – A few thoughts about our current reality…

A few thoughts about our current reality… Things are a little tough out there. For some arenas, really tough. How is it tough? With inflation, possible recession (economists seem divided on whether or not the traditional recession definitions fit this moment), and still-ever-present-COVID realities (no; COVID has not gone away), there are: Layoffs — The Read More

Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation by Kristin Kobes Du Mez – Here are my five lessons and takeaways

Christian nationalism—the belief that America is God’s chosen nation and must be defended as such—serves as a powerful predictor of intolerance toward immigrants, racial minorities, and non-Christians. It is linked to opposition to gay rights and gun control, to support for harsher punishments for criminals, to justifications for the use of excessive force against black Read More