Summaries of the Week

Think Smarter

Think Smarter

Being successful at business requires persistence and the ability to think critically. In Think Smarter, Michael Kallet explains how and when to apply critical thinking and shares the tools and techniques that foster effective thinking that produces high-quality solutions. Anyone can be a critical thinker, but it requires training and practice.

Kallet, Michael
9 Powerful Practices of Really Great Mentors

9 Powerful Practices of Really Great Mentors

Mentor-protégé relationships are a unique and particularly effective method for bringing out excellence in individuals. In 9 Powerful Practices of Really Great Mentors, Stephen E. Kohn and Vincent D. O'Connell describe proven practices that mentors can use to help their protégés reach their highest potential.

Kohn, Stephen E.
The First Mile

The First Mile

The first mile of innovation -- where an innovation moves from an idea on paper to the market -- is often plagued by failure. In fact, less than one percent of ideas launched by big companies end up having real impact. The ideas are not the problem. The process is. As Scott D. Anthony explains in The First Mile, the best way to gain an advantage at the outset of a new enterprise is through a process of trail-and-error experimentation called DEFT: Document, Evaluate, Focus, and Test.

Anthony, Scott D.
Evergreen

Evergreen

Just as evergreen trees remains green and lush through all the seasons, so should companies remain strong and steadfast, retaining their customers the way evergreen trees retain their leaves. Evergreen companies know that current customers are far more valuable than new ones. In Evergreen, Noah Fleming offers companies step-by-step advice on how they can build long-term relationships with their customers and increase profitability.

Fleming, Noah
Dare, Dream, Do

Dare, Dream, Do

Women can be so focused on doing for others that they forget to dream for themselves. In Dare, Dream, Do, Whitney Johnson encourages women to take the time to discover and pursue their dreams in order to realize their true potential. To get started, a woman must dare to consider a change,dream about her options, then do what needs to be done to make those dreams a reality. Once she has identified possibilities based on her talents and values, a woman should try out different dreams.

Johnson, Whitney