If you need to explain what it is I offer, try this:
Randy Mayeux provides a thorough synopsis of the content of a useful, best-selling business book. He provides a comprehensive, multi-page synopsis handout, that concludes with his own lessons and takeaways from each book he presents.
Friday, April 3, 1998. The first book I presented was The Circle of Innovation by Tom Peters. It was not the last book I presented by him. Karl Krayer presented The Leadership Engine by Noel Tichy.
The group was small, but the idea took hold. And we are still at it, beginning year 24.
Through the now complete 23 years of the First Friday Book Synopsis, as close as I can tell, Karl Krayer and I together have presented synopses of 547 books; 2 books every month. Except that we missed two months in our 23 year history. One from an ice storm; another from a power outage at the Park City Club. And, last year, in April, the first month we went to Zoom during the Great Pandemic, I presented only one book. All of the other months during our 23 year history, it has been two books every month.
547 book synopses in 23 years. Not bad…
Only a very few have been bad books. Many have been good books. And a fair number have been exceptional books.
If you ask me “Randy, what is the best book you ever presented?,” I would go with Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. But, I’m cheating a little; I did not present that at the First Friday Book Synopsis regular gathering. I presented that at a special luncheon gathering a few years back.
But, if you circle back and ask, “so what is the best book you have presented at the First Friday Book Synopsis main gathering?,” I defer. You need to give me a category. And even then, there may be more than one; more than one good book on: leadership; women in business; strategy…
In other words, life-long learning requires life-long learning, and there is no “one book” that provides a life education, or business education.
As we begin our 24th year on April 2, I am grateful to Karl Krayer, my colleague of so many years. And I am grateful to all who have supported, and participated, and helped make this a true long-term learning experience.
And I have selected two important books for April 2. One is the new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need by Bill Gates. It landed at the #1 spot on the New York Times best-selling business books list this month. Mr. Gates has been all over television interview shows about this book. And, to put it simply, it is a book that we should know about.
The second book is 2030: How Today’s Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything by Mauro F. Guillen. A Wharton professor, he pursues this question: what are the biggest trends coming at us right around the corner?
We are continuing to meet on Zoom. The Zoom info is below.
I will e-mail the link to download the two handouts the day before the event.
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We have over 100 people join us on Zoom each month. Please plan to be with us, especially on April 2, as we begin our 24th year. And, please invite many to join in with us.
Let’s keep learning – join us!
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Topic: April 2, 2021 – First Friday Book Synopsis
Time: Apr 2, 2021 07:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 864 5542 4962
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