“Obvious Adams” by Robert Updegraff (Persuasion Play Podcast #003)

I started the book reviews on PersuasionReadingList.com over two years ago. The first was My Life in Advertising by Claude C. Hopkins, a classic written in 1927.

Over those two years, I’ve summarized my favorite lessons from 17 books — and I have a dozen or more on my bookshelf waiting to be read and written up or otherwise shared.

Can you justify such behavior? Image from Steve Martin's movie "The Jerk", 1979
Image from Steve Martin’s movie “The Jerk”, 1979

It’s been fun and educational on my end — and I hope on your end too!

As I continue along my PRL journey, learning about the forces that influence us and how we, in turn, can influence the world around us, I was bound to Continue reading ““Obvious Adams” by Robert Updegraff (Persuasion Play Podcast #003)”

10 Things I Learned from “The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive” by Patrick Lencioni

My interest in Persuasion and getting people moving, getting them working and improving, overlaps with business and leadership.

I follow a number of successful entrepreneurs on Twitter. Many of them know that reality is flexible, that we create (and live by) our own limits.

Image "Put your hands up in the air" by Thomas Leuthard, Flickr, CC-By-2.0
Image “Put your hands up in the air” by Thomas Leuthard, Flickr, CC-By-2.0

Inspiring people to push past those self-inflicted limits is one view of Persuasion, and important for any self-starter like yourself.

Another aspect of persuasion, especially in larger businesses, is change management. Continue reading “10 Things I Learned from “The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive” by Patrick Lencioni”

“I aim very high, and then I just keep pushing”

Not everyone is born a deal-maker, Trump warns us. Some people have the instincts, and some don’t. Even if someone has the instincts, they may never get off their couch to try something more ambitious. People are afraid to take chances and that holds them back.

I think we can agree that Trump has been in business for a very long time. He probably knows a thing or two about deals.

"Trump Tower" by Tripp, Flickr, CC-By-2.0
“Trump Tower” by Tripp, Flickr, CC-By-2.0

Chapter two of The Art of the Deal covers Trump’s approach to deal making.

Continue reading ““I aim very high, and then I just keep pushing””