Book Review: Activators: A CEO’s Guide to Clearer Thinking and Getting Things Done by Mark E Green

Activators: A CEO’s Guide to Clearer Thinking and Getting Things Done by Mark E Green

George S. Patton once said, “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week”.  This could be a very good tip to many CEOs today.

The book Activators: A CEO’s Guide to Clearer Thinking and Getting Things Done by Mark E Green seeks to help CEOs, and others in leadership, overcome their fears and execute their plans.

This book is well-written and full of exercises to help leaders realize that the most important thing they can do is to formulate a plan, any plan, and get started.

To often, businesses fail because the leaders won’t make decisions and stick with them.

Activators also tells leaders about making those hard decisions to fire high achieving employees who have become toxic to the company or jettison projects that just aren’t working.

The only real problem I saw in this book is that some of the graphics, especially those written in yellow, are hard to read.

If you know someone in a leadership role in any business, large or small, you will want to give them their very own copy of Activators.

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Book Review: Creating Sales Stars: A Guide to Managing the Millennials on Your Team by Stephan Schiffman with Gary Krebs

Creating Sales Stars: A Guide to Managing the Millennials on Your Team by Stephan Schiffman with Gary Krebs

Many of we baby boomers see the Millennial Generation as a bunch of work-brittle, entitled, lazy, people who expect to be paid for not working. Many of us have experienced this first hand.

In the book Creating Sales Stars: A Guide to Managing the Millennials on Your Team by Stephan Schiffman with Gary Krebs, we are told that nothing could be further from the truth.

So, the question here is, do you trust what you see and experience or what an author tells you is the truth?

Readers are also told why we should adapt our way of looking at this generation.  The tone of the book appears to be, “Just deal with it”. We are given a lot of WHY we should just deal with it and only a little of HOW to deal with it.

There may be a little truth to what the author teaches. The fact remains that we are in a job seekers’ market because this generation switches jobs often and expects to be paid well while being trained. This book could well make the case that we have developed a new career, “Trainee”. Meanwhile, more and more jobs go overseas to places where people WILL work.

The book is well written and does provide some excellent advice.  However, reading this book won’t solve your problem. What it will do is make you feel a lot less empowered and, if you are the owner of a company, will probably make you want to close up shop or move to another country.

In the book, the author speaks of how ethical this generation is.  There may be some validity to that but, readers should trust what they see in the real world and not what they read in a book.  This is the same generation that often cheated on tests in college and also expected good college grades for very subpar work.

We can only give Creating Sales Stars a mediocre rating and very little in the way of recommendation.  This isn’t so much because the writing is flawed; it isn’t. We give it an average rating because the premise is flawed.

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Book Review: The Curiosity Muscle by Andy Fromm and Diana Kander

The Curiosity Muscle by Andy Fromm and Diana Kander

When a front line employee tells you, “It is corporate policy”, they mean, “We think it is stupid, too”.

The book The Curiosity Muscle by Andy Fromm and Diana Kander presents an excellent case regarding listening to your customers and your employees before corporate issues a new policy.

This book is interesting and engaging up until page 159, where the former owner of the company makes a statement that stops the flow of the entire book in its tracks. This statement really isn’t within the context of the rest of the book. It never really gets back on the rails after that.

This was sort of like when a high school class has that one shining example of a teacher who is respected by all. Then, for no apparent reason, completely out of context, they utter one foul word. You never hear them utter another word of profanity but, the whole tone of the class is changed forever more.

Overall, the lesson taught by The Curiosity Muscle is very important and spot on. We see what is happening at both Amazon and Walmart. It explains why both are struggling and losing ground, but continue to make a profit. Both have lost sight of their customers.

If you are in leadership or management you may wish to add this tool to your toolbox.

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Book Review: Conquer Change and Win: An Easy-to-Read, Fun Book about the Serious Subject of Change by Ralph Masengill, Jr.

Conquer Change and Win: An Easy-to-Read, Fun Book about the Serious Subject of Change by Ralph Masengill, Jr.

In any business, change is going to happen. Conquer Change and Win: An Easy-to-Read, Fun Book about the Serious Subject of Change by Ralph Masengill, Jr. addresses how best to change in business.

This book is chock full of jokes, stories, and quotes that help to illustrate the points being made by the author. Masengill has an excellent way of writing and telling us how to handle change in our business.

We give Conquer Change and Win all five stars. If you are in management or leadership, you owe it to yourself and your company to read this book. We think it should be required reading in any management training program.

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