52 Books in 52 Weeks, My Resolution

At the start of each year, many of us begin with New Year’s resolutions. All the things that we want to do better from personal health, to making more money come to light. These are wonderful ideas but ultimately only a small group  last the entire length (about 8%). My goal for the year was 52 books in 52 Weeks. To help keep myself on pace, I am going to list the books post completion and give my thoughts on them.

Books Read So Far in 2015  (List will be in order completed)

Andy Paul – Amp Up Your Sales “Powerful Strategies That Move Customers to Make Fast, Favorable Decisions” (Completed January 1, 2015)

It was the first book that I read this year and finished it on New Year’s day. It had good insights into some best practices that could help close more business. It’s a short read and a good one for someone new to sales. If you have been in sales for a while value is less but can still be helpful.

Andrew S. Grove – “High Output Management” ( Completed February 6, 2015)

One of the definitive books on management. It will remain on my desk for the rest of my career. So much insight, I completed it within a week, but will keep it on the desk to review forever. Buy, read and send a copy to someone that you know about.

Dennis Bakke – “The Decision Maker: Unlock the Potential of Everyone in Your Organization, One Decision at a Time” – (Completed February 16, 2015)

Another business book, I came across it via Buffer Apps Open blog post.  Buffer is a transformational company in that they’re transparent in all things. I don’t know if I agree with the total transparent method, but it was wonderful to read this book that was a genius of many of it. Yes, “The Decision Maker” is a business book, but it is unique in that the format is that of a fable. The Decision Maker was wonderful story that highlighted the decision making process. I am having the rest of the team at The BusBank read it. Here is to hoping that we may possibly put the methods into practice.

Anthony Bourdain Kitchen Confidential (Completed February 21st, 2015)

Interesting look at Anthony Bourdain’s early career as a chef. You learn a lot about the workings of the restaurant industry. One of the best chapters in the book is “So You Want to Be A Chef? A Commencement Address” the entire chapter could serve as a commencement address for anyone beginning a career whether in food, business, art, etc.  Definitely worth a read and is available as Kindle Unlimited book as well.

If you have any books that I should be reading, let me know!


Post Script – I failed at this one!  I stopped updating the blog and my reading pace slowed down to nothing.  Distractions such as working on big changes at BusBank, trying to make dinner and playing with Olaf.