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Energy (Schwartz, et.al.) and Positive Deviance – Coming for the October First Friday Book Synopsis

We had a wonderful gathering this morning for the September First Friday Book Synosis.  Karl Krayer presented the best-seller, Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh (of Zappos fame).  I presented the provocative book The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity by Richard Florida.  Both of these synopses will be up soon on our companion web-site (with audio + handout) at 15minutebusinessbooks.com.

For next month, October  1 (the First Friday of October), we have chosen these two books:

The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance by Tony Schwartz, Jean Gomes, Catherine McCarthy Ph.D. (synopsis to be presented by Karl Krayer).
and
The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World’s Toughest Problems by Richard Pascale, Jerry Sternin, Monique Sternin.  (I will present this synopsis).

In his review of the Schwartz book on our blog (read his full review here), Bob Morris wrote this:

Schwartz suggests that there are four categories of energy needs that must be accommodated for people to work at their best: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Only by fulfilling these generic needs can we fulfill corresponding needs: sustainability, security, self-expression, and significance. The illustration of all this on Page 9 bears at least some resemblance to Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs.”

And in his review of The Power of Positive Deviance (read his full review here), Bob Morris wrote this:

As for “positive deviance,” Richard Pasquale, Jerry Sternin, and Monique Sternin explain it as an awkward, oxymoronic term. “The concept is simple: look for outliers who succeed against all odds…The basic premise is this: (1) Solutions to seemingly intractable problems already exist, (2) they have been discovered by members of the community itself, and (3) these innovators (individual positive deviants) have succeeded even though they share the same constraints and barriers as others.”

We have a wonderful community of learners gathering on the First Friday of every month.  If you are in the DFW area, come join us.  (You will be able to register for this event from this web site soon).

Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness & Florida’s The Great Reset – Coming for the September First Friday Book Synopsis

This morning, a large crowd gathered for the August First Friday Book Synopsis. Karl Krayer delivered the synopsis of Wellbeing:  The Five Essential Elements by Tom Rath and Jim Harter, and I delivered the synopsis of the immensely practical Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm by Verne Harnish.

For September, traditionally the official launch of the new school year, we have chosen two important books.  Karl Krayer will present the big best-seller, Delivering Happiness:  A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh.  Hsieh is the CEO of the successful and popular Zappos.com.

I will present the synopsis of The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity by Richard Florida.  Florida is the pace-setting author whose earlier book, The Rise of the Creative Class, generated thought and conversation for so many.  The very title of his new book is profound:  we are in a time that demands, and is experiencing, a great reset.

You can read the review of The Great Reset by Bob Morris, from our blog, here.  Here is his last line: In my opinion, The Great Reset to be the most valuable book that Richard Florida has written…thus far.

One person, a first-time participant this morning, described the event as a fast dose of content, “fire-hosed from the speakers into the minds of the participants.”  I think this is a pretty apt description.  Our event is definitely fast-paced, content-rich, and content-focused.

If you live in the DFW area, plan to join us on Friday, September 3, for this gathering filled with content, great networking, and good food.

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A New Title at the top of the NY TImes List: Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh of Zappos

As I have blogged about before, I believe the best list of business best-sellers is the New York Times Hardcover Business Best Sellers list.  It comes out at the beginning of each month.  There is a new title at the top of the list, a title that we have not yet presented at the First Friday Book Synopsis.  Seldom does a book come from “nowhere,” and land at the top of the NY Times list in its first month.  But…  here it is:  DELIVERING HAPPINESS:  A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose, by Tony Hsieh. (Grand Central, $23.99.) Lessons from business (pizza place, worm farm, Zappos) and life.   Tony Hsieh is the “visionary CEO of Zappos,” and the cover of the book looks like Zappos.

The rest of the list is what we expected, and we have presented most of these except the “finance” books (and I have presented The Big Short for a client at his request).

The list was published July 1, 2010.  Here’s the list.

1 DELIVERING HAPPINESS, by Tony Hsieh. (Grand Central, $23.99.) Lessons from business (pizza place, worm farm, Zappos) and life. (†)
2 THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis. (Norton, $27.95.) The people who saw the real estate crash coming and made billions from their foresight.
3 OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) Why some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent — from the author of “Blink” and “The Tipping Point.”
4 SWITCH, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. (Broadway Business, $26.) How everyday people can effect transformative change at work and in life. (†)
5 DRIVE, by Daniel H. Pink. (Riverhead, $26.95.) What really motivates people is the quest for autonomy, mastery and purpose, not external rewards.
6 THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK, by Timothy Ferriss. (Crown, $22.) Reconstructing your life so that it’s not all about work. (†)
7* THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER, by Dave Ramsey (Thomas Nelson, $24.99.) Debt reduction and fiscal fitness for families, by the radio talk-show host. (†)
8 THE FACEBOOK EFFECT, by David Kirkpatrick. (Simon & Schuster, $26.) The origin of Facebook.
9 THE UPSIDE OF IRRATIONALITY, by Dan Ariely. (Harper/HarperCollins, $27.99.) How we can make better choices about money and relationships given the human tendency toward irrational, emotional decision-making.
10 SUPERFREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. (Morrow/HarperCollins, $29.99.) A scholar and a journalist apply economic thinking to everything: the sequel.
11 MORE MONEY THAN GOD, by Sebastian Mallaby. (Penguin Press, $29.95.) Hedge funds and how they came to be.
12* CRISIS ECONOMICS, by Nouriel Roubini and Stephen Mihm. (Penguin Press, $27.95.) How the global financial system broke down in 2008, and what may happen if new regulations are not embraced.
13 CONQUER THE CHAOS, by Clate Mask and Scott Martineau. (Wiley, $21.95.) The way to the top for entrepreneurs over¬whelmed by a small business. (†)
14 STRENGTHS BASED LEADERSHIP, by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie. (Gallup, $24.95.) Three keys to being a more effective leader. (†)
15* REWORK, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. (Crown Business, $22.) Counterintuitive rules for small-business success, like “Ignore the details early on” and “Good enough is fine.” (†)

To purchase our synopses/briefing of some of these titles, with audio + handout, check out our companion site, 15minutebusinessbooks.com.