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Here is the New York Times list of best-selling business books for August, 2020 – Atomic Habits by James Clear is still #1, in Pandemic America

What are people reading?

Each month, the New York Times publishes its list of best-selling business books, and I pass along the list each month on this blog.  I have always read a bunch of the books on each month’s list.  (There are relatively few “newer” books that make the list).

For over 22 years, I have hosted an event in Dallas, the First Friday Book Synopsis (although, currently, I am hosting the event on Zoom).  I present synopses of two books each month.  (In the past, I would present one book, and my former colleague, Karl Krayer, would present the other book.  For health reasons, Karl had to cease his participation, and I have been on my own in recent years).

For the last two months, I have broken my regular pattern, and presented one business book and one book dealing with racial issues..  I will continue with this pattern through October.

I feel a little adrift at the moment in my reading choices.  The traditional “this is how to be more successful in your business endeavors” books don’t quite seem to fit the moment.  Yes, I am referring to the Great Pandemic of 2020.  It has upended just about…everything.  So many traditional business themes – like customer service, employee experience, among others — are not quite right for the moment.

Atomic HabitsBut why not keep reading?  Maybe we can sort of stockpile our learning for better days ahead.

On this month’s New York Times list, Atomic Habits is still at the top spot.  I think maybe it is a Great Pandemic of 2020 must-read.

Of the ten books on this month’s list, we have presented synopses of seven of them at our monthly First Friday Book Synopsis events.  I have presented synopses of :  Atomic Habits, Dare to Lead, Extreme Ownership. Outliers, and The Ride of a Lifetime. My former colleague Karl Krayer presented synopses of Grit and Thinkmg, Fast and Slow. 

I can affirm that these seven books are all differently worth your time.  (I am unfamiliar with the other three).

Here is the New York Times list of best-selling business books for August, 2020.  Click over to their site for more information, including links to reviews of a few of the books.

Outliers first became a best seller when FDR was president, I think... (OK; not quite that long ago!)

Outliers first became a best seller when FDR was president, I think… (OK; not quite that long ago!)

#1 – Atomic Habits by James Clear
#2 – The Biggest Bluff by Maria Konnikova

#3 – Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
#4 – Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
#5 – Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
#6 – Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

#7 — Grit by Angela Duckworth
#8 – 
I Will Teach You to be Rich, Second Edition by Ramit Sethi
#9 – Traffic Secrets by Russell Brunson
#10 – The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger

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Well over 120 people are joining us on our “Remote” First Friday Book Synopsis gatherings. We had participants from all over the country. Please share this word far and wide — all are welcome!

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August 7, 2020 – Zoom
Two Book Synopses: The Deficit Myth by Stephanie Kelton
and White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.
Where: on ZOOM
When: This Friday, August 7, 7:30 am
The presentation will conclude shortly after 8:30 am
Speaker: Randy Mayeux

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We are all set for Friday’s Remote First Friday Book Synopsis.

#1 — Download, and print both synopses handouts by clicking here.

If you have ever attended our event, you know that I am handout intensive. You really will be able to follow along better with physical copies of the handouts in front of you. So, if you have a printer, please print the handouts.

#2 — Come on in for conversation whenever you can. I have enabled the “enable join before host” button. So, you can come in, and talk to folks. I will plan to join the meeting around 7:00, but will keep myself somewhat muted until I begin the program at 7:30. And, I will not “end the meeting” for a while after, if you want to continue conversations with others after we officially conclude.

#3 — Here is the info, with the link to join the gathering:

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Synopses in Progress; A Progress Report – The Deficit Myth, White Fragility, The Employee Experience,. and more…

What I am reading …

I have a bunch of synopses to prepare in the coming weeks.  Two for the First Friday Book Synopsis, one for the Urban Engagement Book Club, one for the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance, and one for a private climate.

Sometimes, when I am reading one book right after the other, it causes a touch of brain overload.

But, let me give a few thoughts about a few of my current reads…

Deficit Myth#1 — The Deficit Myth:  Modern Monetary Theory and How to Build a Better Economy by Stephanie Kelton.  This is my “business book” selection for the August 7 First Friday Book Synopsis.  Ms. Kelton is a leading economist, and this book is her explanation of Modern Monetary Theory.

Some are convinced that this entire theory is wrong, wrong-headed, and dangerous.  “Crazy” even.  But, if there ever was a time to at least become conversant in this theory, it is now.  Why?  Because in the book, she argues that when a country has its own sovereign currency, the government budget really is nothing like a household budget.  In other words, the government can “borrow” money because, in reality, it is not “borrowing” money.  And, during this pandemic moment, we are needing quite some infusion of government money.

I think you might find this book enlightening.  If you reject it out of hand – and many do – you will at least know what it is you are rejecting.

I am finding it fascinating reading.

#2 — White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo.  This is my selection for the August 7 First Friday Book Synopsis dealing with racial justice issues.  This is the most talked about book on race during this racially tense time.  After the George Floyd murder, books on racial justice are flying off the shelves.  This book, written by a white author, primarily for a white audience, is very much worth reading.  And it’s the #1 best seller among the books dealing with this issue. (At this hour as I write this, it is the #6 overall best-selling book on the Amazon hourly list).

White FragilityThis book explains why white people have such difficulty talking about and dealing with issues of race; in the workplace, and in their personal lives.

#3 — For my private client, I have finished reading and am now preparing my synopsis of The Employee Experience Advantage: How to Win the War for Talent by Giving Employees the Workspaces they Want, the Tools they Need, and a Culture They Can Celebrate by Jacob Morgan.  This is a book that was not on my radar, and I found it quite compelling.  It argues that there are three elements that make for a superior employee experience:  The Physical Environment, the Technological Environment, and the Cultural Environment.  The author argues that mastering all three makes it possible for employees to have a good, productive, effective employee experience.  Maybe, think employee engagement, only much more.

In addition to these three, I have the two social justice books coming up soon.

In my life, I am always preparing the next book synopsis pretty much beginning the hour after I present the one I just finished.

So many books; so much to learn; so many areas to study; so little time…

The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger – Here are my six lessons and takeaways

(A personal note:  I am writing this blog post during the great pandemic of 2020.  Some of the books I read, and present, seem oddly out of place with our current reality.  Even as I write this post, Disney had quite a difficult reopening of Disney in Florida…
But this book is a terrific book, on business success, and on leadership.
One can only hope that life returns to “normal” as soon as possible).

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At its simplest, this book is about being guided by a set of principles that help nurture the good and manage the bad.The Ride of a Lifetime
I’ve come to believe that I have insights that could be useful beyond my own experience.
If you run a business or manage a team or collaborate with others in pursuit of a common goal, this book might be helpful to you.

We used to call our biggest, most exciting theme-park attractions “E-Tickets.” That’s what comes to mind when I think about the job, that it’s been a fourteen-year ride on a giant E-Ticket attraction known as the Walt Disney Company.

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At the July First Friday Book Synopsis, I presented my synopsis on The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger.

This is a very good book.

Robert (Bob) Iger has been at the top position of Disney for fifteen years.  (He stepped out of that role just before the pandemic, and quickly returned to the role because of the pandemic).  He started at the bottom, and was mentored by Roone Arledge at one point.  ESPN; ABC; Disney. Quite a resumé!

In my synopses, I always ask:  What is the point?  Here is my answer for this book: Leadership is earned. And respect is earned. Robert Iger came up from the bottom, learned his lessons, and earned the title of leader. 

And I ask, Why is this book worth our time?  Here are my three reasons for this book.
#1 – This book is a history of the Disney organization in modern times (along with some history of ABC and ESPN), and a tutorial on how to successfully pull off acquisitions and mergers.
#2 – This book is a reminder, yet again, that there are very few geniuses.  Steve Jobs was one of those geniuses.
#3 – This book is a reminder that success most often comes from the basics; getting lucky with your opportunities and mentors; working hard; cultivating the right mix of strategic insights and human-centered leadership.

I always include Quotes and Excerpts from the book – the “best of” Randy’s highlighted passages.  Here are a number of the very best from my synopsis handout:

• Optimism. One of the most important qualities of a good leader is optimism, a pragmatic enthusiasm for what can be achieved. Even in the face of difficult choices and less than ideal outcomes, an optimistic leader does not yield to pessimism. Simply put, people are not motivated or energized by pessimists.
• A company’s success depends on setting high ethical standards for all things, big and small.  Another way of saying this is:  The way you do anything is the way you do everything.
• However you find the time, it’s vital to create space in each day to let your thoughts wander beyond your immediate job responsibilities, to turn things over in your mind in a less pressured, more creative way than is possible once the daily triage kicks in.
• It’s about creating an environment in which you refuse to accept mediocrity.
• One lesson in this story, the obvious one about the importance of taking responsibility when you screw up.
• I learned from them that genuine decency and professional competitiveness weren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, true integrity—a sense of knowing who you are and being guided by your own clear sense of right and wrong—is a kind of secret weapon.  …They trusted in their own instincts, they treated people with respect, and over time the company came to represent the values they lived by.
• My instinct throughout my career has always been to say yes to every opportunity. In part this is just garden-variety ambition. …but I also wanted to prove to myself that I was capable of doing things that I was unfamiliar with.
• Your inexperience can’t be an excuse for failure.
• Managing creative processes starts with the understanding that it’s not a science—everything is subjective; there is often no right or wrong.  …a delicate balance is required between management being responsible for the financial performance of any creative work and, in exercising that responsibility, being careful not to encroach on the creative processes in harmful and counterproductive ways.
• When the two people at the top of a company have a dysfunctional relationship, there’s no way that the rest of the company beneath them can be functional.
• I would give him a stack of materials in advance of a meeting, and the next day he’d come in not having read any of them and say, “Give me the facts,” then render a fast opinion.
He was covering up for not being prepared, and in a company like Disney, if you don’t do the work, the people around you detect that right away and their respect for you disappears.
You have to be attentive. You have to learn and absorb.
• At its essence, good leadership isn’t about being indispensable; it’s about helping others be prepared to possibly step into your shoes—giving them access to your own decision making, identifying the skills they need to develop and helping them improve, and, as I’ve had to do, sometimes being honest with them about why they’re not ready for the next step up.
• Pessimism became the rule more than the exception, and it led him to close ranks and become increasingly cloistered. …but optimism in a leader, especially in challenging times, is so vital.
Pessimism leads to paranoia, which leads to defensiveness, which leads to risk aversion.
• “The world is moving so much faster than it did even a couple of years ago.” …Our decision making has to be straighter and faster, and I need to explore ways of doing that.”
• I even took a moment before I walked into the room to look again at Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena” speech, which has long been an inspiration: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.”
• In other words, demanding quality and integrity from all of our people and of all of our products is paramount, and there is no room for second chances, or for tolerance when it comes to an overt transgression that discredits the company in any way. In moments like that, you have to look past whatever the commercial losses are and be guided, again, by the simple rule that there’s nothing more important than the quality and integrity of your people and your product. Everything depends on upholding that principle. 

The book has so many lessons, and great stories. 

I especially appreciated the story of how Robert Iger salvaged the relationship with Roy Disney (the nephew of Walt Disney).  Mr. Iger has a heart of empathy, and that shows in his leadership decisions; especially in this decision.

He also was greatly helped by his close friendship with Steve Jobs.  His stories about that business and personal friendship are worth the price of the book!

Here are a few of the key points I included in my synopsis handout: 

  • a lesson in crisis management
  • after the alligator attack — Within twenty-four hours, they had ropes and fences and signs up throughout the park, which is twice the size of Manhattan.
  • a lesson in Innovation
  • you have to do it
  • you may need a whole new culture to do it; it may be much easier to acquire a true innovation culture than to make a non-innovative culture innovative
  • a lesson in pushing management and decision-making out to the teams…
  • Iger dismantled the strategy and decision-making culture – and he did it in one big swoop!
  • Their dismantled strategy was fairly simple. They were hypervigilant about controlling costs, and they believed in a decentralized corporate structure.
  • They hired people who were smart and decent and hardworking, they put those people in positions of big responsibility, and they gave them the support and autonomy needed to do the job. 
  • Take responsibility
  • In your work, in your life, you’ll be more respected and trusted by the people around you if you honestly own up to your mistakes.
  • What’s not okay is to undermine others by lying about something or covering your own ass first.
  • You will fail – learn from your failures
  • Of all the lessons I learned in that first year running prime time, the need to be comfortable with failure was the most profound.
  • You have got to be aware when the world is changing/has changed
  • Of great interest to me was the fact that almost every traditional media company, while trying to figure out its place in this changing world, was operating out of fear rather than courage, stubbornly trying to build a bulwark to protect old models that couldn’t possibly survive the sea change that was under way. 
  • You only get three — priorities (Disney: High quality branded content; embrace technology; global company)
  • A company’s culture is shaped by a lot of things, but this is one of the most important—you have to convey your priorities clearly and repeatedly. In my experience, it’s what separates great managers from the rest. …If leaders don’t articulate their priorities clearly, then the people around them don’t know what their own priorities should be. 

Here was a real highlight of the book:  he began this book with “The Priniciples,” and he ended it with “lessons to lead by.”  Both of these were great lists, with explanation and commentary.  Her are just a few, from each list:

  • The Principles:
  • Optimism. — Simply put, people are not motivated or energized by pessimists.
  • Courage. — The foundation of risk-taking is courage,
  • Curiosity. — A deep and abiding curiosity enables the discovery of new people, places, and ideas, as well as an awareness and an understanding of the marketplace and its changing dynamics. The path to innovation begins with curiosity.
  • Empathy — essential, as is accessibility. …People committing honest mistakes deserve second chances, and judging people too harshly generates fear and anxiety, which discourage communication and innovation. …Nothing is worse to an organization than a culture of fear. — Empathy is a prerequisite to the sound management of creativity, and respect is critical.
  • The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection. — This doesn’t mean perfectionism at all costs, but it does mean a refusal to accept mediocrity or make excuses for something being “good enough.” …If you believe that something can be made better, put in the effort to do it. …be in the business of making things great.
  • Integrity. — Nothing is more important than the quality and integrity of an organization’s people and its product. …setting high ethical standards for all things, big and small. 
  • Lessons to Lead By:
  • To tell great stories, you need great talent.
  • Now more than ever: innovate or die. There can be no innovation if you operate out of fear of the new.        
  • Take responsibility when you screw up.
  • Be decent to people. Treat everyone with fairness and empathy.
  • As a leader, if you don’t do the work, the people around you are going to know, and you’ll lose their respect fast.
  • A company’s reputation is the sum total of the actions of its people and the quality of its products.
  • You can’t communicate pessimism to the people around you. It’s ruinous to morale.
  • Long shots aren’t usually as long as long as they seem. Take big swings.
  • You have to do the homework. You have to be prepared.
  • If something doesn’t feel right to you, it won’t be right for you.
  • When hiring, try to surround yourself with people who are good in addition to being good at what they do. — Genuine decency—an instinct for fairness and openness and mutual respect—is a rarer commodity in business than it should be, and you should look for it in the people you hire.
  • Most deals are personal.
  • The decision to disrupt a business model that is working for you requires no small amount of courage. — Deal with this kind of uncertainty by going back to basics: Lay out your strategic priorities clearly. Remain optimistic in the face of the unknown. And be accessible and fair-minded to people.
  • You have to approach your work and life with a sense of genuine humility.
  • Hold on to your awareness of yourself, even as the world tells you how important you are.

And here are my six lessons and takeaways:

#1 – You cannot live off of yesterday’s successes.  Innovate or die.
#2 – What is not paid careful attention to…becomes mediocre in a hurry.
#3 – It may not be possible to turn around a dysfunctional culture; especially one which spent a long time becoming dysfunctional.  The answer may be to acquire the culture you need.
#4 – Treat people decently! Cultivate empathy. – Remember the Roy Disney story.
#5 – Cultivate the key relationships.
#6 – A footnote – regarding Marvel, and a dinner which included the two leaders and their wives – (Note: Robert Iger is married to Willow Bay, who is quite accomplished. She is the current Dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism).

And, I wish I had included his strong emphasis on the leader’s need to “take responsibility” in my lessons and takeaways, which comes through throughout the book.  The responsibility is on the leader!

Though I always think it is better for folks to read a book for themselves, there are times when I think my synopsis will give someone “enough” of the book to be more than helpful.  I do believe my synopsis of this book is quite thorough.  But it cannot possibly give you the emotion or the full impact of the stories. This is a very good book.  I encourage you to read it, especially if you are in a position of leadership.

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I present synopses of two books a month at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas.  My synopsis of this book, with my comprehensive, multi-page synopsis handout and the audio recording of my presentation, will be available to purchase soon at the “Buy Synopses” tab at the top of this page.  Click here for our newest additions.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, and The Deficit Myth by Stephanie Kelton – Coming for the August 7 First Friday Book Synopsis (on Zoom)

White FragilityFirst Friday Book Synopsis, August 7, 2020, on Zoom
Time: 7:30 am (Central Time)
Two Books:
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, Foreword by Michael Eric Dyson
and
The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy by Stephanie Kelton
Link to join meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89254017070

Please invite one and all to participate in this session. 

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Let me share a few thoughts about White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism  by Robin DiAngelo, the book on race issues that I have selected for the August 3 First Friday Book Synopsis.

This book has been at the top of the best seller lists since the killing of George Floyd in May of this year.  A large number of people are finding this book helpful in thinking about race issues of race in America.

Shortly after the killing of Mr. Floyd, the CEO of American Airlines, Doug Parker, was reading this book on a Southwest Airlines flight, and it sparked quite a conversation with a flight attendant, who is African American.  Dave Lieber wrote about this encounter in this excellent article in the Dallas Morning News: White fragility is something white people must grow out of if we’re to solve racism in America Americans are reading to overcome racism. A best-selling book on the subject is sold out.

This is the second book dealing with issues of race that I will present at the First Friday Book Synopsis.  In July, I presented Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi.  I think that it is important that people concerned about issues of business – and, people concerned about our society – do some reading and pondering about issues raised in books like these.  I hope you will join us for our August session.

Read on…

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We did something different for the July First Friday Book Synopsis, and we will continue this pattern for at least three more months.  For 22+ years, we have focused almost exclusively on books that deal with business issues at the First Friday Book Synopsis. Oh, there have been a few wanderings here and there, usually dealing with leadership in sports, or politics, and a few other books that might have seemed a little far afield. But I have always kept the overall subject of business improvement and excellence and success in mind.

But, this is a moment that beckons us to pay special attention to a national problem and challenge. And, it certainly has implications for every business in America.

So, for July and August and September and October, I have chosen to tackle the issues dealing with race in America through my book selections. Thus, one book will be a business book; the other book will be the book on issues of race.

If you were to ask me what is the most important book to read, I would pause, and ask you to reconsider your question. This is an issue that requires more than any one book. You simply will not learn enough to tell you what you need to know with any one book.

Last month, I wrote a blog post about the current best sellers (read that post here). Of the top 15 books on Amazon’s overall list of best–selling books on a recent day (they update this list hourly), twelve of the fifteen dealt with issues of race.

I am not “new” to this; I have some long-term interest in this subject. I have presented books on racism, social justice, and poverty, each month for over 15 years at the Urban Engagement Book Club in Dallas, sponsored by CitySquare. And, in addition to the academic work I did on civil rights rhetoric in my graduate student days at the University of Southern California, my wife and I have taken our vacation trips in recent years to the civil rights cities of Atlanta, Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery, Little Rock, and Memphis. In other words, I have paid attention to this issue for…decades.

For August, I have selected White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. And in September, I will present How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.

As for the business book that I have selected for August 7, I will present my synopsis of

The Deficit Myth by Stephanie Kelton. This book deals with bigger issues of the economy, and it jumped right to the New York Times business books best sellers list for July.

Our August 7 meeting will be on Zoom again; 7:30 am. Please mark your calendar now. (Meeting info is below). Come join us!

(The synopsis handouts will be e-mailed out to all a day or two before the event).

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Thank you to all who have been participating financially in our Zoom meetings. I do appreciate it.

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Here is the information for the Zoom meeting. Please save it to your calendar.

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Have you missed our Remote First Friday Book Synopsis sessions? We are now putting the video, on YouTube.

Click here to go to my blog post for links to the last three sessions now on YouTube. (Handouts are also available).

First Friday Book Synopsis now on YouTube – If you missed our live session, catch up here: Stamped from the Beginning and The Ride of a Lifetime, our July session, now available.

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Announcement about Success North Dallas

I encourage you to also attend the Success North Dallas meeting, virtual, on Wednesday, July 15, 7:00 am.

Speaker: David Pillsbury, ClubCorp CEO
Topic: ClubLife Redefined
Click here to learn more, and register – SuccessNorthDallas.com

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Announcement about the Urban Engagement Book Club
Sponsored by CitySquare

I invite you and encourage you to also attend the Urban Engagement Book Club meeting, also on Zoom, on Thursday, July 16, 12:30 pm.

Speaker: Randy Mayeux
Topic; Book Synopsis of: White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America by Joan C. Williams, foreword by Mark Cuban
Click here to join the meeting:
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First Friday Book Synopsis now on YouTube – If you missed our live session, catch up here: Stamped from the Beginning and The Ride of a Lifetime, our July session, now available

The video recording of our July session of the First Friday Book Synopsis is now available on YouTube.  Click here to download the synopsis handout for these two presentations.

The two books are:
The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger
and
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

(Each of the two book presentations is around 25-30 minutes in length)

Here is the YouTube link.

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Some of what you might do with these recordings.

#1 – You can watch them.  The best way to watch them is to print out the handout in advance, have it in front of you, and follow along as you go.  If you have never seen one of  my presentations, you will see that I am quite handout intensive.

#2 – You can share the link with others.  You may know someone who would like to know the key content of the books being presented.  Please share the link to these presentations with others

#3 – You might use them as a discussion starter for your team.  Some of these presentations are perfect for that.  Get everyone to print out the handout, then watch the video as a group, and then discuss lessons and takeaways and implications for your team.

This is a time for learning and reflection.  My synopses can help.  I hope you find these useful.

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Here are the other First Friday Book Synopsis sessions now available on YouTube.
May, First Friday Book Synopsis:
Click here to download the synopsis handout for these two presentations.

The two books are:
The Catalyst by Jonah Berger
and
The Innovation Stack by Jim McKelvey

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June First Friday Book Synopsis
Click here to download the synopsis handout for these two presentations.

The two Books are:
Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life by Ozan Varol.
and
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz

Here is the YouTube link: