Eclectic Lip: Book Club 08 – Cradle to Cradle

One line item in my 2013 “bucket list” was to upload the book summaries from my work business book club.  Since we covered about 40 books, and I wanted to upload one book a week, March was about the latest date I could start this project, and still hope to finish within the calendar year.  ...

Teresa Healy's Blog: Reading as Liberation

  A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that in Arizona, the Tucson Unified School District had suspended the teaching of Mexican-American studies, banned the teaching of certain books   and confiscated books and teaching materials from classrooms.   As this outrageous story has been unfolding, I have been appalled but, to my surprise, have also encountered a ...

EclecticLip: Book summary #31 – Your Money: the missing manual

For the book club, a decision was made to ease into the new year (at the time, 2011 was a then-new year) with a book on finances.  If for no other reason that a lot of people get stressed about money ’round the time Christmas bills arrive, and stressed employees aren’t productive employees. J.D. Roth’s ...

EclecticLip: Book summary #30 – The Corporate Lattice

The Corporate Lattice was chosen as the book club’s thirtieth book, in recognition of the fact that the “corporate ladder” is a poor metaphor for a companies of relatively stable size.  The situation is different for rapidly growing companies, who might need an ever-enlarging cadre of managers or directors to oversee burgeoning work teams.  It was also ...

EclecticLip: Book club summary #29 – Show Me The Numbers

Given the overriding importance of data presentation (read graphing skills) to the effectiveness of the modern “knowledge worker” it was decided that the book club would cover a book on that very subject. Stephen Few’s Show Me The Numbers was chosen after a review of reviews (a meta-review?) on Amazon, which seemed to suggest that ...

EclecticLip: Book club summary #28 – Understanding A3 Thinking

A long-time proponent of the “A3″ reporting format (which aims to summarize a problem and its solution in a roughly 11″ x17″ sheet of paper) it was a delight to cover Understanding A3 Thinking in the book club.  Having authored some epic reports and PowerPoint slide decks in my time, the prospect of condensing findings ...

EclecticLip: Book club summary #27 – Financial Intelligence

Hmm… life’s busy-ness sure didn’t return to normal, there… Anyways, here’s the 27th book we covered in the work business book club: Financial Intelligence.  It was chosen because of the feeling that a little financial literacy could probably go a long way for engineers and other technical types.  The fact that the question “what’s EBITDA?” recurs ...

EclecticLip: Book club summary #26 – Getting to Yes

Hmm… missed out a few weeks there.  Life’s busy-ness has only now returned to normalcy.  Getting to Yes was chosen as the book club’s 26th volume because it deals with negotiations, which, like it or not, play a pivotal role in business.  It was expected that book club members’ careers would benefit from knowing a bit about ...