Category: books that I like

MBA in a Book – a jewel found in a book review on Amazon

I found a great review of “MBA in a Book – Mastering Business with Attitude” by Joel Kurtzman, with Glen Rifkin and Victoria Griffith on Amazon. In my opinion a total gem and worth much more attention than just being tucked away somewhere on Amazon (let’s not kid myself, it won’t get much more attention here either). It actually covers three “MBA-overview” books. See for yourself.

Title of the review: Essential Business Information & Diversity of Perspectives
(Jun 1 2004 By Robert Morris)
In recent years, there have been several excellent books which cover much of the same material found in this volume. For example, Steven Silbiger’s The Ten-Day MBA: A Step-By-Step Guide To Mastering The Skills Taught In America’s Top Business Schools and Milo Sobel’s 12 Hour MBA Program. (Both Silbiger and Sobel know it’s impossible to gain the knowledge-equivalent of an MBA degree in 10-12 months, much less in 12 hours or even in ten days.) Each of the their books is worthy of consideration as is this book. In fact, at least to business students and to relatively inexperienced executives, I presume to suggest that all three be purchased and then kept near at hand for frequent consultation.
Throughout history, all of the the most effective people were/are life-long learners. They fully appreciate the importance of knowing what they need to know; also the importance of knowing what they think they know…but don’t. As a result of all manner of new/better technologies, we now have access to more information than ever before…and both the quantity and quality of that information seem certain to increase faster than ever before. What we know as well as knowing what we don’t know are critically important. I am reminded of Derek Bok’s response to irate parents after a tuition increase at Harvard: “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”

In collaboration with Glenn Rifkin and Victoria Griffith, Kurtzman takes a different approach to various subjects than do Silbiger and Sobel. They provide a specific course of self-directed sequential study whereas Kurtzman provides a series of separate but related chapters, each of which focuses on fewer specific subjects but in greater depth and from several different perspectives. Although I recommend that Kurtzman’s book be read sequentially the first time, its greater value may derive — for many readers — from its discrete coverage of those subjects of most immediate relevance. Obviously, completing an M.B.A. degree program requires a much greater investment of time, concentration, energy, and (yes) money than does reading one or even several books. Even an excellent volume such as Kurtzman’s cannot replace that program, nor does he assert or even imply such a claim.

Those who share my high regard for this book are urged to check out Silbiger’s and Sobel’s books as well as Business: the Ultimate Resource, Stuart Crainer’s The Management Century as well as his The Ultimate Business Library: The Greatest Books That Made Management, Des Dearlove’s The Ultimate Book of Business Thinking: Harnessing the Power of the World’s Greatest Business Ideas, Daniel A. Wren and Ronald G. Greenwood’s Management Innovators: The People and Ideas That Have Shaped Modern Business, Daniel A. Wren’s The Evolution of Management Thought, (4th Edition), and The Leader’s Companion: Insights on Leadership Through the Ages (Thomas Wren, (Editor). In fact, every organization should have an in-house lending and/or reference library and these are among the titles which should be included.

Book Recommendation: Linchpin by Seth Godin

I’ve never really been star struck. As a sound guy I’ve met many stars, I’ve sat next to Shakira, was fortunate enough to work and hang out with Tom Cochrane, and many others. Until the moment when I had to clip a microphone to Seth Godins tie at a marketing conference about a year ago. Here I was, sharing a quiet moment with the man that had written “The Dip”, “Meatball Sunday” and “Tribes”. I wanted to say something smart, but nothing came out. So I just quietly went about my job.

In this book, Seth Godin has great new insights on how you should be completely and utterly outstanding at your job in your own rights.

Watch this quick book recommendation and hopefully you’ll give this book a shot. Let me know what you think about this book. Maybe we can share some thoughts about it. I almost didn’t read it, because I didn’t really agree with Seth in the beginning.

Book Recommendation: The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

This is a quick book recommendation for Dave Ramsey’s “The Total Money Makeoever”, a plan for financial fitness. It gives you a very practical plan on how to get out of debt and stay out of debt, and start saving for retirement in dignity.

I lik it a lot, because it is very practical and encouraging, with many testimonies of people who have gotten out of large sums of debt and started saving for retirement, generally within the time span of 5 years.

The plan is simple and very usable, although not always easy to execute, since it requires “gazelle like focus” (as Dave Ramsey calls it) to get out of debt as fast as you can.

Strongly recommended. Even if you are in perfect financial shape, you probably know some people that would benefit from this book.

Please also head over to Dave Ramsey’s website, which gives you lots of tips (and an actual outline of the plan as well).

Normal is Broke, Be Weird! (Dave Ramsey)

Book Recommendation: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Today’s Book Recommendation: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie. Excellent book, especially since a lot of people are worried these days. Very practical tips to not worry yourself to death – literally. You can pick a new one up for under $15 at Amazon, or a used one for under $5, or go to your local library and lend it for free.

Book: Getting Things Done

If you are an overachiever like me and need to get things done, you need to read this book which presents a really good method on how to keep on top of things.

“This constant, unproductive preoccupation with all the things we have to do is the single largest consumer of time and energy” – Kerry Gleeson


I picked up a book two days ago called “REWORK“. It was more of an impulse buy (although I really try not to do that too often).

David Heinemeyer Hansson inspired me when I saw and heard him on “This Week in Startup” and “The Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Series from Stanford University“. Check out the book, it’s very inspirational.


Book: Cashflow Quadrant

I’m self-employed and I’ve tried myself at owning a business (at least at this point it’s “tried”). I’ve often wondered how did people get to become business owners or investors? What does it take? What are the real differences in mind sets?

I read “Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant” right after reading “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” – the last one I read in the “Rich Dad’s Series”, so no worries, I won’t report on any more books from Robert T. Kiyosaki. It shows in really easy ways, how people that are in the different parts of the quadrant think and act.

It was a real eye opener to me (just like “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”). This book is not a how-to, just an overview that will help you understand weather you even want to operate in a different “quadrant”. Maybe you are self-employed and would like to own a business. Many “self-employees” don’t understand the difference between the two.

Here are a few excerpts from the first few pages of the book:

“Because my rich dad had explained the Quadrant to me, I was better able to see the small differences that grew into large differences when measured over the years a person spends working.”

“Changing quadrants is often a change at the core of who you are, how you think, and how you look at the world.”

If you are serious about becoming a business owner and gaining financial freedom, do yourself the favor and buy this book. You can get it at Amazon for under $13, if you buy it used, you can even get it for less than a $1. This book is definitely worth your time and money.

Book: Rich Dad, Poor Dad

A few years ago, when still living in Toronto, I started a journey of educating myself on money, entrepreneurship and business. Although I can’t say that I’m successful to this day yet, there are a few books that have really shaped how I think about money.

The first book that I read was “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert T. Kiyosaki. A best seller for many years. This book is like testing the water with your toes.

I use a high-lighter when going through these books, so I’m going to quickly quote a few things from this book:

” Learning how to have money work for you is a lifetime study.”

“Never forget, because your two emotions, fear and desire, can lead you into life’s biggest trap, if you’re not aware of them controlling your thinking. To spend your life living in fear, never exploring your dreams, is cruel. To work hard for money, thinking that money will buy you things that will make you happy is also cruel”

If this tickles your interest, I would recommend to go over to Amazon and check it out some more.