The Power of Small: Why Little Things Make All the Difference
by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval
You may not be familiar with their names, but you are probably familiar with the authors’ work. They are the founding partners of the Kaplan Thaler Group, the advertising agency responsible for the Aflac duck campaign. One of them wrote the “I want to be a Toys R Us Kid” jingle earlier in her career. Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval previously wrote The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World With Kindness.
This book is about paying attention to little things which have a big impact. Continue reading
Good Business: Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Good Business is about enjoyment of work and productivity. It is based on the author’s research on flow, the psychology of optimal experience.
Flow is “a deep sense of enjoyment.” To be fully engaged in a state of flow, one must be skilled and challenged. “Basically, the more a person feels skilled, the more her moods will improve; while the more challenges that are present, the more her attention will become focused and concentrated.” Continue reading
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan
This book is about finding your focus and making it your top priority in order to achieve extraordinary results. Identifying your focus comes from asking The Focusing Question: “What’s the ONE Thing you can do this week such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?”
“The Focusing Question is a double-duty question. It comes in two forms: big picture and small focus. One is about finding the right direction in life and the other is about finding the right action.” Continue reading
18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done
by Peter Bregman
Peter Bregman writes, “The world doesn’t reward perfection. It rewards productivity.” 18 Minutes is a book about choosing your priorities and getting things done.
The author suggests finding your focus based on your strengths, weaknesses, differences, and passions. “Assert your differences… Don’t waste your year trying to blend in… Understand your obsessions and you will understand your natural motivation.” Continue reading