Onward

How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul

This week’s book review is Onward by Howard Schultz.

Schultz artfully weaves the story of Starbucks from its humble beginnings, through it’s astronomic growth, it’s desperate decline, and it’s eventual reinvention and re-invigoration. The main focus of the book is the process he led to turn Starbucks back into the customer focused, coffee centered, culture forming icon that it is today. The book is packed with great stories and profound business wisdom.

What are You and Your Business Becoming

“Becoming” is a state of continuous learning and redefinition. The moment you stop Becoming, you start an inevitable slide towards irrelevance.

Kevin Kelly defined the term “Becoming” as one of the most prevalent trends in the next 30 years that will make or break businesses as well as individuals. He defines “Becoming” as; “technology is taking us to protopia. More accurately, we have already arrived in protopia. Protopia is a state of becoming, rather than a destination. It is a process. In the protopian mode, things are better today than they were yesterday, although only a little better.”

Grain Brain

The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers

This week’s book review is Grain Brain  by Dr. David Perlmutter

Although this is not a business book, it is critical for each of us to do whatever we can to maintain and improve our health. Obviously we are not very effective as people or business leaders if we are not healthy.

How to Guarantee Remarkable Value From Learning

Back in the late 1500’s, Francis Bacon, a renowned English philosopher, statesmen, scientist, and author stated that “Reading maketh a full man, discussion a ready man and writing an exact man.”

Basically, what he was saying is that reading about something but never doing anything with the new knowledge limits our growth as individuals. According to Bacon we need to discuss what we read or learn and then write about it.

How Discussion Helps With Learning

Lead, Sell, or Get Out of the Way

The 7 Traits of Great Sellers

This week’s book review is Lead, Sell, or Get Out of the Way by Ron Karr

Karr explains his time-proven and successful sales philosophy in this book. Essentially, salesmen need to be leaders and sales leaders have five beliefs:

  1. You have everything you need
  2. You can improve any area of your life that you choose
  3. Everything is possible
  4. Preparation maximizes your potential
  5. Customers come first

These beliefs enable the seven essential traits of a sales leader: