Summer Reading… for Entrepreneurs
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sometimes a beach book can be, well, a business beach book (not everyone wants a summer romance for their days off). We hear you. So, as part of GoLocalProv's summer celebration of reading of all kinds, we turned to Christopher Ciunci, founder and CEO of TribalVision, to take a look at what this highly wired marketeer has in his bookbag (or on his electronic reading device).
Rework, by Jason Fried
Rework is a business book written by Jason Fried and David Hansson, the executive team of 37signals. The book breaks down the definition of ‘work’ to its studs and rebuilds it in a way that completely challenges industry norms. Old paradigms are shattered, and a 21st-century mindset regarding working smarter is born. Ultimately, it’s a manifesto for doing work differently. And unlike other business books that are written by academicians, Rework carries an instant street cred given that everything espoused by its authors have been practiced at their wildly successful software firm. If you’re interested in thinking of ‘work’ in a whole new refreshingly updated way, and if you’d like to attract top talent in today’s free agent nation, then this is a must-read.
This book is a must-read for anyone who leads or aspires to lead an organization, and should serve as a ‘go-to business bible’ for any leader looking to build a world-class organization from the inside out. Some key takeaways from the book include:
Customer: “Connecting to the customer--being joined at the hip--is the beginning of defining your tomorrow.”
Competition: “There are no longer competitors, just better solutions and more choices that can be put together in more ways.”
Innovation: “The organization needs to be continually on the offensive.”
People: “Liberation and mobilization of human energies--rather than symmetry or harmony--are the purpose of organization.”
If you’re looking for a book that inspires and challenges the way you live your life, then go ahead and buy this book. A Million Miles In A Thousand Years takes us on the life journey of Donald Miller--a bestselling author who three decades into his life comes to the stark realization that until now he has lived a passive, uneventful, uninspiring life. Getting a wakeup call from two producers who force Donald to view his life as a movie played out on the big screen, Don eventually gets himself off his couch and embarks on a journey to edit his actual life into a better story. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years details that journey and challenges readers to reconsider what they strive for in life. It shows how not to let life pass you by, and posits that you are much more in control than you may have thought. As Don Miller so eloquently writes, “People love to have lived a great story, but few people like the work it takes to make it happen."
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