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12 of My Most Favorite Books of 2016

December 8th, 2016|

This blog post is devoted to sharing twelve of my most favorite books I read in 2016.  You’ll see that I like to read a variety of books.  If you’re interested in learning more about a particular book, click on the book title and the link will take you to its Amazon page.  If you have a favorite book you’ve read recently I’d like to hear from you.

#12 – The Orchardist: A Novel by Amanda Coplin

This book is historical fiction that takes place at the turn of the 20th century in rural central Washington.  It is a story about William Talmadge, a reclusive kind-hearted individual who lives alone on his property tending to his apple and apricot orchards.  One day, two runaway, pregnant teenage girls steal his fruit at the market.  This is the beginning of his relationship with these sexually abused young women.  The author, Amanda Coplin, does an excellent job of fleshing out the characters of her story.  She also gives the reader an understanding of a time and place in American history that is not well known.

#11 – Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean

Like most of us who grew up seeing Rin Tin Tin on television I thought the dog was only a fictional character.  Not true.  The real story of Rin Tin Tin begins on a World War I battlefield.  It is the story of an American soldier, Lee Duncan, who discovers the abandoned pup in France, nurses him to health and disobeys orders by shipping him back to the U.S.  In the early days of Hollywood, Duncan took the well-trained dog to several movie studios asking if Rin Tin Tin could be in a film.  The dog eventually gets his opportunity and so begins his movie career. (more…)

Do People Trust You? Learn the 13 Behaviors of High-Trust People

September 16th, 2016|

EVER WORK FOR SOMEONE YOU DIDN’T TRUST?

Years ago I was employed as a loan officer by a small bank.  I enjoyed working for my immediate boss but the more I got to know the bank president, the more concerned I became.  You see, this man didn’t mind cutting ethical corners in small ways and he demonstrated a complete lack of integrity towards his employees.  Have you ever worked for someone you didn’t trust?

About three years with the bank I realized that I couldn’t continue working there because I didn’t respect the bank president.  Fortunately I was able to find employment elsewhere as the economy was still going strong.

On the way out the door I remember saying to my fellow employees that when the next recession occurs this man won’t think twice about laying you off.  When the economy collapsed into the Great Recession my premonition proved true.  It wasn’t just that he laid people off.  In all fairness to the bank president, lots of people in commercial real estate lending were being laid off.  No it wasn’t what he did, it was how he did it.  Without getting into the specifics, his behavior exhibited a lack of empathy and respect for those who lost their jobs.

THE SPEED OF TRUST

Fast forward to this summer.  While vacationing on the Oregon coast I read an insightful book on the topic of trust titled, The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M. R. Covey (his father was the author of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People).  As I was reading The Speed of Trust I couldn’t help thinking back about the bank president.  You see, he violated several of the principles outlined in the book for generating trust.

How about you?  Are you someone that people naturally trust?  Do you know the behaviors that high-trust people exhibit?  In this book, the author identifies 13 behaviors that builds trust between individuals.

THE 13 BEHAVIORS OF HIGH-TRUST PEOPLE

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My Most Favorite Books of 2015

December 12th, 2015|

This blog post is devoted to sharing fourteen of my most favorite books I read in 2015. You will see I like to read a variety of books. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular book, click on the book title and it will take you to its Amazon page. If you have a favorite book you’ve recently read I would like to hear from you. (more…)

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MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

November 26th, 2015|

Earlier this year I listened to a Tony Robbins radio interview about his new book, MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom. Most of us know Tony Robbins as one the most recognized self-help gurus of our day. Yes he is an expert on self-help topics but what does he know about personal finances? So it was with skepticism that I listened to his interview. What I heard that day intrigued me sufficiently to buy his book. (more…)

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

April 18th, 2015|

What’s the ONE Thing you could do today such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary? That question is the premise behind the book, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. (more…)

The Five Most Interesting Articles I Read this Month

January 26th, 2015|

Hey, it’s me again. By now most of you know that I like to read. It’s my passion.

As you know there are lots of good quality commentary and insightful articles that are overlooked by most of us. But unfortunately for every good blog post or news article there are many, many more that are not. (more…)

My 11 Most Favorite Books of 2014

December 19th, 2014|

I am an avid reader and this blog post is devoted to sharing eleven of my most favorite books of 2014. You will see I like to read a variety of books. If you have a favorite book you’ve recently read I would like to hear from you. (more…)

Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds

September 29th, 2014|

I like to read. It’s one of my passions. While on vacation this summer I read Carmine Gallo’s new book, Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds. Do you want to succeed in this world? Those who can persuasively sell their ideas are the ones destined to influence those around them. The inside of the book cover says it best: (more…)

How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination

August 23rd, 2014|

I like to read. It’s one of my passions. While on vacation this summer I read Sally Hogshead’s new book, How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination. The overall premise of the book is that the greatest value you can add to those around you is to become more of yourself. The back of the book cover says it best:

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Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks

November 30th, 2013|

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I read a fascinating book, “Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks” by August Turak. Mr. Turak is a successful entrepreneur and corporate executive who several years ago was invited to a weekend retreat hosted by the monks of Mepkin Abbey. The abbey is located outside of Charleston, South Carolina and is the home for 25 or so Trappist monks. The retreat was a life changing experience for Mr. Turak who has since become a frequent monastic guest of the abbey. (more…)