Filed under: Books in General, Conference/Event, General Business, Soundview Live | Tags: Book Summary, books, Business, business book, Business book summary, business books, Communication, Conference/Event, Fierce Conversations, Soundview Live, Soundview Summary, Summary.com, Susan Scott
The world of business books is similar to today’s pop music world in one regard. It takes something special for a book or an album to have longevity. For every The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, there are countless other titles whose reign lasts little more than a fortnight. In fact, that’s the reason that you won’t find certain “hit” titles at Summary.com. The criteria we use to select the 30 best business books each year include questions about a book’s long-term relevance. Our mission is to offer you titles that deliver a little more than a quick injection of trend-based knowledge.
One title that continues to deliver year after year is Susan Scott’s Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life, One Conversation at a Time. This title, originally released in 2004, remains a strong seller due to its no-nonsense tips and Scott’s straightforward writing style.
Now you have the opportunity to get in touch with Susan Scott! She’s the featured guest on the next installment of Soundview Live. Live from Seattle, next Monday, August 2nd at Noon Eastern. She will discuss Fierce Conversations as well as answer audience questions. If you’re currently having difficulty communicating with someone in your organization, regardless of where that person stands in the company, this is your chance to find out how to connect. Scott will help you make sure your message is heard loud and clear. Soundview has interviewed Scott before and she pulls no punches during her enlightening commentary. I hope you’ll join us next Monday for Soundview Live!
And don’t forget … subscribers attend this event for FREE!
Filed under: Books in General, Brands, iPhone app, Technology | Tags: Apple, Book Summary, books, Business, business book, Business book summary, business books, iPhone app, Rex Crum, Soundview, Soundview Summary, Technology, The Beatles
I noticed this piece from PCMag.com that discusses Apple’s attempt to keep up with demand for the iPad and iPhone 4. Apple is blessed with a rare commodity built into its audience; its consumers have patience. While many businesses would love to be in the enviable position of having a backlog of orders, this can occasionally panic successful companies. The traditional theory states that every day a customer waits for an order is an opportunity for a vendor of a similar product to steal him or her away. However, since the iPhone is a much a status symbol as it is a technology tool, people are willing to wait.
But does the innovative company’s modern image as the king of cool equate to being bulletproof? Not necessarily.
I stumbled across a great video yesterday that offers a unique vision of what could happen to Apple. Rex Crum, a technology correspondent for The Wall Street Journal‘s MarketWatch Web site, found a way to tie together two entities that left massive footprints on the cultural landscape: Apple and The Beatles. Crum points out that Apple hasn’t really suffered a setback since it revolutionized music with the introduction of the iPod. He claims The Beatles also enjoyed an uninterrupted string of successes until the late-1967 television film Magical Mystery Tour. Longtime fans of either entity could easily poke holes in this argument, but I prefer to focus on the picture Crum is attempting to paint with his broad, broad brush.
Success, adoration and loyalty, whether in business or music, carry a heavy set of expectations. I think Crum misses a key point about the upside of groundbreaking success. Being a member of the absolute elite also endows those entities with an extra amount of forgiveness on the part of the audience. I don’t necessarily agree with Crum that the initial problems with the iPhone 4 could signal the start of a trend. Apple has a way of making even a bad situation work in its favor.
What’s funny about Crum’s comparison is that he ignores the long-standing feud between his two subjects. You can’t find an original album by The Beatles on iTunes. But guess what you can find? Soundview iPhone apps.Which one is your favorite?
Filed under: Books in General, Economics, From the Editor, General Business, Strategic Management, Success | Tags: Book Summary, books, Business, business book, Business book summary, business books, Frank Koller, Lincoln Electric, Soundview, Soundview Executive Book Summaries, Soundview Summary, Spark, Strategic Management, Success, Summary.com
In the current economic climate, the idea of a guaranteed job seems like an implausible concept. However, there is one company who has delivered on its promise of continuous employment for decades. If you checked out ABC News online over the weekend, you may have seen the profile of Lincoln Electric. The Cleveland-based company builds arc welders and is a survivor in a region where industry has expanded and compacted over the last 30 years. How the company has managed to make this possible is an interesting story. The dedication and drive of the family that founded Lincoln Electric helped separate the company from its competitors and provide it a very unique position in the corporate landscape. Lincoln has endured changes in leadership, eras of profit and recession and, believe it or not, the administrations of 21 U.S. Presidents.
The company’s commitment to not lay off workers, even during times of economic turbulence, means that it’s been forced to find creative solutions to budget issues. Lincoln does not rely on the common practice of increasing reducing one’s budget expenditures by decreasing staff. The ABC News story references a few quotes by Frank Koller, the author of Spark: Lessons from Lincoln Electric’s Unique Guaranteed Employment Program. Koller’s book provides a great history of Lincoln Electric and the company’s commitment to the ideas of its founders. The book also reveals some of the details about how Lincoln Electric has been able to make guaranteed employment an ongoing policy.
Sounds like a good read, doesn’t it? Well, I’ve got good news. Soundview just debuted our summary of Spark, and it’s now available for you! Click on this link to head over to Summary.com and learn more about this great new release.