Read The Strangest Secret, Watch Cosmos, Get Back to Life!

Read, watch, stop:

  • The Strangest Secret is one of my top favorite books of all time.  I’ve recommended it in my blog, and I’m recommending it again.  This book is worth a yearly read.  “We become what we think about.”
  • Stop saying no to friends, co-workers, and others… or maybe this one is just for me.  When COVID hit, after researching past plagues, I learned that survivors used being away from the masses as key.  So, we did.  Today, I’m saying yes to meetings, lunches, and conferences; it feels good to be back.

Read Happy-Go-Lucky, Watch Norm Macdonald, Stop Not Delegating

Read, watch, stop:

  • Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris is a laugh-out-loud read.  He’s my favorite satirist.
  • Stop not leveraging support staff.  I used to feel guilty about having others do work I could do.  Today, for anything I’m doing, my first question is, “Who else can do this?”

Read ITR Economics, Watch Waco, Stop Worrying About In-Person or Online

Read, watch, stop:

  • ITR Economics by brothers Brian and Alan Beaulieu provide a-political insights on current and upcoming economic conditions.
  • While starting my firm out of my house, I remember being overwhelmed by what was happening at Waco.  There has been a docu-drama and a follow-up series on Waco and the aftermath of Waco.  I’m not sure it’s worth a subscription to Showtime, but if you are a subscriber, check it out.
  • Stop worrying and balance in-person or online meetings.  One size doesn’t fit all.  With COVID in the rearview mirror, I question whether meetings should be held in person or online.  We continue to have those meetings online via Teams for daily management huddles.  For get-togethers, like our quarterly meeting, where we bring the whole company together to review progress on strategic goals, anniversaries, and celebrations, we hold them in person but also simulcast on Teams.  A hybrid approach makes sense.

Read Those Bastards, Watch The Last of Us, Stop Not Taking Notes

Read, watch, stop:

  • Those Bastards by Jared Dillian is a book that was just released, and disclaimer:  I haven’t read it.  I’ve subscribed to his financial newsletters for years and find him insightful and challenging common opinions and thoughts. If you’re willing to risk $20, give it a shot.
  • Our firm’s attorney mentioned The Last of Us when we met for a wonderful dinner and a Minnesota Wild game (thanks again, Steve).  The Last of Us is intense, entertaining, and binge-worthy. Every episode has a pretty gory scene. If you’re not a fan of gore, learn to fast-forward because the plot is that good.
  • Stop not taking notes.  I use a notebook and pen instead of notes on my phone or laptop for meetings where I want to focus and have no distractions from email or other apps (yes, I know my last post was about digitizing content). While a little old school, I think it shows respect for the others in the room and my written notes always work regardless of battery life.

Best Books List For Leaders

I was asked by Shepherd, a group dedicated to helping others discover the best books, to share my top books for real-world business leadership. Here are the best books for practical, hands-on business leadership. Of course, I needed to include my book in the list:

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For additional reading, another list I found helpful is the Best Leadership Books where 90 authors picked their favorite books about leadership and tell why they recommend each book.