Lessons Learned from Business (and Other) Books

My friend Wendi loves when I give her the Cliffs Notes version of business books I read. So here goes for all of you, the best books I’ve read lately:


Making money isn’t a business goal. Money will come with success. Focus on becoming great in the thing(s) that make you special. – from Tony Hsieh, founder of Zappos

If a business falls apart after you retire, that is not success. Leaders need to train others to lead after they’re gone. – from Jim Collins in Good to Great

Ideas come from many places, so expose yourself to as much as you can. Meet new people, eat new foods, travel to new places. Soak up everything around you. – from Frans Johansson in The Medici Effect

If you’re unhappy at work, you’ll be unproductive. Your unhappiness will spread to everything in your life. Find what makes you happy, and go for it. Everything around you will benefit. – from We: How to Increase Performance and Profits Through Full Engagement

If you’re a no-nonsense femaleĀ talent agent in a male-dominated business, never open yourself to anyone. Never. Unless he’s a sexy and brooding documentary producer with a complicated past. – from Nora Roberts


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