Summaries of the Week

Tough Things First

Tough Things First

In Tough Things First, Ray Zinn--the longest serving CEO in Silicon Valley and former CEO of Micrel Corporation--argues that the most effective entrepreneurs are those with vision and unrelenting discipline. By chronicling his own experience launching and growing the most consistently profitable semiconductor company in Silicon Valley, Zinn illustrates how entrepreneurs can forgo venture capitalists, create enduring organizations, and make employees better people.

Zinn, Ray
Disrupt Yourself

Disrupt Yourself

In Disrupt Yourself, Whitney Johnson seeks to empower individuals to actively take risks and understand how applying their personal strengths to their problems can yield big payoffs. Johnson outlines seven steps that can help professionals use personal disruption to advance their careers, break down obstacles, and climb new learning curves.

Johnson, Whitney
Chess Not Checkers

Chess Not Checkers

As Mark Miller explains in Chess Not Checkers, leading a company can be like a game of checkers--highly reactionary and fast-paced. However, in today's complicated business climate, the game is changing, and leadership is now more like a game of chess.

Miller, Mark
The Definitive Personal Assistant & Secretarial Handbook

The Definitive Personal Assistant & Secretarial Handbook

The term assistant may identify a secretary, office manager, administrative assistant, or similar title. Regardless of the moniker, these individuals are responsible for making their bosses—and themselves—appear professional, competent, and likeable, while navigating office politics and competing priorities. In The Definitive Personal Assistant & Secretarial Handbook, Sue France provides a practical guide that includes invaluable tips for achieving success in the role of an assistant.

France, Sue
Speaking PowerPoint

Speaking PowerPoint

Visual communication is the new language of business. When a leader explains an idea clearly, persuasively, and simply, that idea can spread to others. Therefore, leaders who can master visual communication will drive their business strategies. In his book Speaking PowerPoint, Bruce R. Gabrielle outlines the Mindworks Presentation Method for visual communications. This method of creating PowerPoint presentations helps leaders use this tool to communicate more effectively.

Gabrielle, Bruce R.