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Likeable Business

Likeable Business: Why Today’s Consumers Demand More and How Leaders Can Deliver, by Dave Kerpen

December 26, 2012 No Comments

Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Computers, sat in a meeting with his people for 45 minutes without speaking – in fact he just listened.  Dave Kerpen, author of Likeable Business did the same with his team – an hour long meeting without him talking at all!  These are just two stories that illustrate one of the principles espoused by Kerpen to develop a likeable business – listen.

Likeable Business is in fact a series of stories – stories of how businesses and business leaders have developed their businesses to be the best in their field.  Unlike so many books of a similar ilk, the vast majority of author Dave Kerpen’s stories are about positive events – how people have succeeded, not where they failed.  So, it’s a very invigorating and uplifting book to read.

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Getting Things Done – The Art Of Stress Free Productivity

November 24, 2008 No Comments

David Allen’s premise (which is a good one) in “Getting Things Done – The Art Of Stress Free Productivity”, is that the skills needed to become more productive are not new to us. We know how to do the things we need to do. It’s more a matter of making a commitment, jumping in, and then having a system to ensure we keep it up. Allen helps us on all three challenges.

On making a commitment Allen provides ample and simple concepts, case scenarios and a good dose of common sense. The introduction and chapter one should provide enough push to get anyone started. For example, he suggests that for everything we think we need to do (or get done) we should:

• Clarify the intended outcome – “What do we really want to achieve?”
• What’s the next physical action needed to move us toward the outcome?
• Then, to maintain our commitment, put both the outcome and actions into a system – one that works for us (not a “one size fits all” approach).

I liked this book. It is well written and easy to follow. Everything he says makes sense. I particularly liked the core concept diagram which was repeated at the appropriate places throughout the book. What’s most important in a book like this, is that Allen provides enough tools, concepts and techniques for anyone to become more productive.

As a reviewer of a self-help book, it’s a good sign that I have implemented some of Allen’s suggestions.

Highly recommended.