Between The World And Me


I’ll start this post by mentioning my favorite read in 2016, J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy.  This book inspired me to believe that anything is possible and that the American Dream is still alive and well.  So, with this being said, during one of my neighborhood holiday parties, I brought up and spoke highly of Hillbilly Elegy.  During [...]

Between The World And Me2018-10-31T12:31:42-05:00

The Power Of Broke By Daymond John


The Power of Broke was the selection for our 2016 third quarter book club discussion and honestly, it would not have been my first choice. But it has been fun to read the titles the team picks that are outside my long running list of business books to tackle, in addition to the enthusiastic discussions (like [...]

The Power Of Broke By Daymond John2018-10-31T12:33:00-05:00

“Hillbilly Elegy”


A timely deviation from my typical business focused titles, today’s book reflection is on Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. Describing his life growing up in small towns in Kentucky and Ohio prior to joining the Marines, attending Ohio State University and subsequently Yale Law School, Mr. Vance’s background [...]

“Hillbilly Elegy”2018-10-31T12:35:29-05:00

“The Innovator’s Dilemma”


Over the past six months we had a summer associate who inspired me with an innovative way to get more reading in than I ever thought possible, taking my appetite for continuous learning to a whole new level.  How, you may be asking?  I was introduced to “Speed Listening.”  An innovation I didn’t know I needed. It [...]

“The Innovator’s Dilemma”2018-10-31T19:19:42-05:00

“The Dip”


As I recently listened to an entrepreneur describe her vision and business plan, outlining that insufficient capital was a piece of the puzzle she was missing in order to reach her business goal, she said “I’m in The Dip.” “You know, the one described by Seth Godin.”  Honestly, I had never heard of the book, [...]

“The Dip”2018-10-31T19:20:37-05:00

“Liar’s Poker”


For this past quarter, the team picked one of the first business books I ever read, Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis. Published in 1989, one year after I graduated from DePauw University, and started my banking career at American National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago, it was a fun flash back. Michael Lewis is a wonderful [...]

“Liar’s Poker”2018-10-31T19:21:58-05:00

“How Google Works”


During a Conscious Capitalism event this Spring in Chicago I had the pleasure of hearing Joe Mansueto, founder of Morningstar, owner of Inc. Magazine and Fast Company, and longtime conscious capital innovator, speak.  During his presentation, he answered this question (or something close to it), “Mr. Mansueto, how have you been able to keep your work life balance?”  His response was inspiring.  [...]

“How Google Works”2018-10-31T19:23:57-05:00

“David And Goliath”


As you all now know, turning 50 and my twin boys leaving the proverbial nest are the milestones I face in 2016.  Reflecting on the latter, I was having a discussion with my long time Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) advisory group (AKA my Master Minds) about how I wished that my twins were 7 years old again, around [...]

“David And Goliath”2018-10-31T19:25:46-05:00

“Into Thin Air”


Anyone that listened The Second Stage, or follows our ScaleCo Bookshelf blogs, knows that I love books, and more specifically, those that focus on business best practices.  But this past quarter, our selection for the ScaleCo book club was not one I was super excited about, as I thought it would not fall under the business best [...]

“Into Thin Air”2018-10-31T19:26:52-05:00

“Contagious Culture”


As an entrepreneur, one of the most rewarding perks is the continuous learning journey that we are all on.  Surrounding ourselves with communities of fellow business owners, whether through entrepreneurial peer groups, conferences or reading, is crucial in growing both personally and professionally.  And while learning experiences take many forms, the common thread is learning through [...]

“Contagious Culture”2018-10-31T19:28:01-05:00

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