Those who know me, know I am an avid reader. Devouring a book a week is not uncommon. I enjoy reading about non-fiction, business strategy, entrepreneurship and personal growth.

Hopefully, over the holiday season, you will find some time to enjoy the pleasure of a great book.  Here are four of my recent favourites:

1.   When Genius Failed by Roger Lowenstein

A riveting true story of how Long-term Capital Management melted down 100-Billion-dollar fund in the space of a week.  This cascade effect put the entire global financial system in jeopardy.  This NE plus ultra-group of Nobel Laureate Economists, PhD Mathematicians and former Federal Reserve heads thought they were the smartest guys in the room … a real page turner filled with intrigue.

Lesson for Business Owners: When someone tries to tell you he/she is the smartest person in the room --- Don’t believe them! And don’t be intimidated!

2.   Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life (How to Finally Really Grow-Up) by James Hollis

This book is a bit of a cerebral read but Hollis shows us genuine wisdom and his insightful soul.  We are shown the path across that critical bridge to finding true meaning in later life. Hollis takes is though many exercises such as challenging ourselves to look at our ego choices in life vs. living a truly authentically life.

Lesson for Business Owners: Separate ourselves from the daily noise – to our inner reflection and magically the fog clears and “True Authentic Life Appears.”

3.   Finish Big – How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top by Bo Burlingham

I have had the pleasure of personally meeting this multi-published author in Denver. This book should have been titled “For Owners that want to do more in life than just take poker chips off the table and leave something behind.” This is Bo Burlingham’s insightful drill down on “Why some owners create a meaningful life after exiting their business; while others suffer and wander without purpose.”

Lesson for Business Owners: Bo has created a simple 4 step process. Explore – Strategy – Execution – Transition … the Easy Way.

4.   The Power of Curiosity – “How to Have Real Conversations That Create Collaboration, Innovation and Understanding” by Kathy & Kirsten Taberner

Truth is Disclosure: This book is authored by clients of mine. Personally, I like this book so much I bought a hundred copies and gave it out as Christmas presents last year. These talented authors show us tools to unleash the Power of Curiosity.

The thank-you’s I received from the Business Owners and my Collaboration Network: They said it “helped relationships with significant others and family”; it also “accelerates negotiations and helps overcome blockages”.  Personally, I am experimenting with my adult children and getting some fascinating results.

Please enjoy and do offer me your best treasured reads.

“The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.  We can help write that story by setting goals.” Melody Beattie.

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