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Summary of The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Summary of The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

3.0 out of 5 stars The Doppleganger to 'How to Win Friends...", March 3 2016
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This is the snappy 1 hour read version. Some of the rules are contradictory, some are outright devious. Helpful since I have seen others use on me and others before.

The Destroyers: Rachel Notley and the NDP's War on Alberta
The Destroyers: Rachel Notley and the NDP's War on Alberta
by Sheila Gunn Reid
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.22
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Enemy is Us - Alberta's Trojan Horse NDP Party, Feb. 7 2016
Albertans miscalculated their resolve for change and overshot the real objective. Lesson learned again. But who are these new faces governing from the pulpit of ideology? Some of them are "us" yet many are not following the values and principles of its own citizens. They are OUTSIDERS. Who are they? Why are they here? Who asked them to come? What is their agenda and motivations? You will be SURPRISED and SHOCKED who we gave they keys to our province.

Read this book. Arm yourself with the true intentions.

For non-Albertans, let this book serve as a warning. Be careful of the "utopian" party sitting outside the political gates of government.

Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again
Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again
by Donald J. Trump
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 24.44
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trump's Achilles Heel Revealed, Jan. 16 2016
Folks are missing the underlying premise of Trump's campaign and his motives.

(1) Hates to lose
(2) He thinks his country is losing
(3) His pride can't handle it

His recollection of the smells post 9/11 is his debate with Cruz resonated. He was proud of how America pulled together, however the sense of greatness and resilience has past. The current political elite have made his country weak and made him feel weak. He wants to make a difference. A major renovation just like his building projects.

His Achilles Heel? You would have to deny your own pride and become un-American to win that debate. But by doing so, you would also lose the general election.

Wish I was around the campaign strategy table to see how far in advance the "what if" sequence of events has been played.

Simply Effective: How to Cut Through Complexity in Your Organization and Get Things Done
Simply Effective: How to Cut Through Complexity in Your Organization and Get Things Done
Price: CDN$ 16.49

5.0 out of 5 stars How are you going to help your organization reduce complexity?, Jan. 16 2016
A presentation?
A better run meeting?
Concise email... fewer massive threads?

Take the challenge. Read the book. Execute and deliver.

Rework
Rework
Offered by Random House Canada, Incorp.
Price: CDN$ 15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars How much is rework affecting your productivity? Your Team?, Jan. 16 2016
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There is a difference between rework and iterative/incremental development. Do you know the difference? Can't deliver or show your product until it's completely done? Don't wait for the massive launch... mini feature launches, gather feedback and next phase launch. This isn't rework, but rather accelerated work improvement. Use the principles of this book to boost your productivity and demonstrate progress.

The Clock Of The Long Now: Time and Responsibility
The Clock Of The Long Now: Time and Responsibility
Offered by Hachette Book Group
Price: CDN$ 9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Long View and Short Life to make an impact, Dec 21 2015
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Thoughtful, many highlights. Pondering one's own existence in a moment can make a significant impact, but does it last more than a week?

Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era
Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era
Offered by Macmillan CA
Price: CDN$ 10.99

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1.0 out of 5 stars Good topic; poorly written... but I gave never written a book myself, Dec 20 2015
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I normally do not provide critical reviews. They aren't necessarily helpful. However, this book was awful repetitive; enough to make an active reader go "bonkers". Too bad. The topic was is compelling. Also, the author was plagued by their own opinion and desire to pound the reader over and over again. Again, too bad. Yet I was still compelled to read each regurgitated chapter. I know that is a hateful description but to rehash the same argument over and over again was poor choice of in how to treat readers. Having an editor critically read and reread to deliver a focused content and chapter would have served readers better. Again, sorrily disappointed. I hope the author can learn from this venture.

Throwback: A Big-League Catcher Tells How the Game Is Really Played
Throwback: A Big-League Catcher Tells How the Game Is Really Played
Offered by Macmillan CA
Price: CDN$ 11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Best baseball 101 with insightful stories, July 27 2015
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I have been playing ball since I was seven... And read several books on ball, but this was most comprehensive, insightful on the sport so far. If you want to understand what's going on during the game, read this book! Find baseball too slow or boring? Read this book, and you'll need to slow the game down. Read the book, go to a game, and talk with those around you... what agree at way to get more out of the game!

Repeatability: Build Enduring Businesses for a World of Constant Change
Repeatability: Build Enduring Businesses for a World of Constant Change
Price: CDN$ 14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff... but loses its stride (so best to skip the strategic learning regurgitation), April 7 2014
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Was completely engaged for the first half of the book and then the authors went down a very long dissection of learning companies... But it didn't tie into the other principles if the book. Guess they had a page count to hit. Ignore this section and you will enjoy the read and will find something worth highlighting every other page.

Read This Before Our Next Meeting
Read This Before Our Next Meeting
by Al Pittampalli
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Manifesto for creating the "Modern Meeting", Sept. 3 2011
Al's book highlights all that is wrong with the `traditional meeting' and suggests a better, more productive way to do business through the `Modern Meeting`. It's almost the opposite of the continual, daily meetings promoted within "Mastering The Rockefeller Habits" by Verne Hamish.

Describing Microsoft Office email appointments as `weapons of mass interruption', Al SCREAMS that it is too easy for people to call a meeting... without thinking or caring about the impact it will have on others. "Its simply what work is about."

Pittampalli believes meetings should be held AFTER a decision has been made, but only if you are willing to change your mind.

I especially like the summary made by other Amazon book reviewer, "Furthermore, [Pittampalli] points out how meetings have become stalling tactics and havens for complacency and collective indecision in too many organisations around the world. Too many meetings with too many people (or the wrong ones) leads to inaction, compromise and mediocrity. `Less talk, more action' should be the new mantra.

Key lessons and methods of enacting a "modern meeting":

- If you make a decision and will not change your mind... write the memo, don't call a meeting. If you think you may change your mind, call a meeting to discuss your decision. Invite only those who are affected directly by your decision.

- brainstorming sessions are NOT meetings; but be clear on what you are "storming" and invite ONLY those who can help\

- Circulate "homework/pre-meeting work" reading materials before the meeting; insist that everyone read them beforehand. If they haven't done the reading, they have "elected" to not have a say at the meeting or ask "could you remind me again...". Information meetings are a waste... read your email and the memo.

- Just showing up is not good enough. Be engaged and contribute... if not, you may not be asked to attend next time.

- Use a timer; finish on time (I just bot a "T.I.M. Timer"; TIM = "Time Is Money")

- My favourite, which I implemented almost 2 years ago... the person calling the meeting should also take their own notes and follow things up personally.Circulate the minutes ASAP with listed action items. Flag for follow up.

Al's manifesto rules summarized below:

(1) Meet only to support a decision that has already been made.
(2) Move fast. End on schedule.
(3) Limit the number of attendees.
(4) Reject the unprepared.
(5) Produce committed action plans.
(6) Refuse to be informational. Read the memo, it's mandatory.
(7) Work with brainstorms, not against them.

The above may no be well received, but hold yourself accountable to these rules for running your OWN meetings... protect your time and set an example for others.

Good luck!

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