A like-minded productivity nerd and I have been comparing notes on approaches and tools for personal organisation. It’s occurred to me that others might find my system valuable, and may have suggestions about ways in which it could be improved.
So here it is.
This acts as a digital kanban, a set of online post-it notes, organised in columns. …
Told through the lens of AG Lafley and Roger Martin’s journey to double P&G’s sales and quadruple its profits in the 2000s, Playing to Win is an explanation of what business strategy is and how it works.
At the book’s core is ‘the Strategic Choice Cascade’, a framework they demonstrate with case studies about brands such as Gillette, Pampers and Olay. …
Traction is essentially a framework of (not very catch-ily named) templates and meetings to clarify an SME’s vision, and execute it. Leaning heavily on the work of Jim Collins, Patrick Lencioni, Michael Gerber and Dan Sullivan, Gino Wickman aims his method at business leaders who:
Without proof from ‘real’ customers that business ideas have genuine potential, founders risk building a new organisation around a product or service which nobody wants or will pay enough for.
Reis pitches his approach to starting a new business as an alternative to ‘just doing it’ on the one hand and traditional, inflexible business planning on the other. It has broad applicability — he defines ‘startup’ as any human institution designed to create a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty.
A serial entrepreneur, Priestley is the founder of Dent Global, an accelerator which specialises in scaling traditional service businesses with 6–7 figure revenues, by helping founders differentiate their brand.
Essentialism is to your mind what Marie Kondo is to your wardrobe. McKeown’s mantra — ‘the disciplined pursuit of less, but better’ — seems apt in a modern western world full of anxiety and excess, where many of us feel ‘overworked and underutilised’.
A Great Day At The Office is based on the premise that however impressive our capability or resilience, flourishing in life and work requires energy. The amount of energy we have available impacts our willpower, physical performance, mental capacity, and mood. The book is about optimising various aspects of lifestyle for energy, in order to improve how its readers feel and function.
A practicing doctor, a journalist, and an international speaker, Briffa’s consultancy provides wellness training services to organisations, focusing on how dietary and lifestyle factors can treat and prevent health issues that erode professional performance.
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Habits are important; they make up some 40% of our daily decisions. Charles Duhigg’s book aims to help readers understand these vital elements of our lives, and how to change them — within ourselves, our organisations and our society.
A sound business built with a sale in mind — even if that option is never used — has much more value, carries significantly lower risk, and can be much more personally enjoyable to run, according to John Warrillow.
The author uses two different approaches in Built to Sell to make this point. The first is the fictional story of Alex Stapleton, design agency owner, his serial entrepreneur mentor Ted Gordon, and their quest to sell Alex’s business. …
Few people manage to keep their New Year’s resolutions. Given they’re fundamentally ineffective, is gradual change through the cultivation of habits a viable alternative?
To that end, a new year is as good as any to take another look at an old(ish) book — Stephen Covey’s ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’. Awarded ‘the most influential business book of 20th century’ by The Wall Street Journal, it is by some distance Covey’s best-known work, a man whom The Economist called ‘one of the most successful management gurus ever’.
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