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Every couple of months, I go back to a book that I have read and write up a book review. In these book reviews, I try to organize my thoughts and learning – this helps me to document my understanding and hopefully it also shares some worthwhile insights for you.

For the past several months, I’ve been working through the book Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss. Yes, this is the same guy who has made this phenomenon of a 4-hour workweek common language among entrepreneurs. If you are like me though, I didn’t read The 4 Hour Workweek. The simple reason is that I completely dismiss this notion because I find it insulting to me – a four-hour workweek – “in who’s world?” However, when Tools of Titans came out toward the end of 2016, I heard so many positive reviews from a number of authors, speakers, and leaders that I follow and respect. So, why not, I’ll give this Ferris guy a shot and see what he is all about. Read more

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Do you have one of those books that you keep telling yourself that you should read, and yet for whatever reason, that book stays on the shelf. Well, for me, Small Giants – Companies That Choose to be Great Instead of Big, by Bo Burlingham was that book that sat on my shelf for years. However, it caught my attention again as I was captured by the title as I related it to my role as a business owner and an advisor to other small business owners. Isn’t this the question we ask ourselves and our customers ask themselves every year – “do we want to grow big?”

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Scott KregelWe are all seeing the influence of technology on our lives. It is rewiring our minds; it is accelerating the pace of innovation, and it is causing dramatic changes in how we live our day to day lives. Some people embrace this and say, ‘bring it on’; others are a little more resonant about it; and a few others still reject and deny the impact of technology. Kevin Kelly, the founding editor of Wired is one of those prophets of technology and when he speaks to what is going on, people take note. Kelly gave a talk in 2007 (after what many consider the first 5,000 days of the internet) about the next 5,000 days of the internet. In that talk, he shared the following highlights: Read more

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Scott Kregel“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way” – Marcus Aurelius

What does this mean? Obstacles, challenges, diversions all interrupt our line of thinking and course of action. However, in many ways, these very hindrances can be confronted and turned to opportunity and this is where we experience the Advantage of Disadvantage (from Malcolm Gladwell, David & Goliath). Read more

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Scott KregelOne of the greatest characteristics to exhibit is one of teachability. We admire those who operate with a pursuit of lifelong learning. In fact, how noble it is to call ourselves a lifelong learner. Or how impressive is it to call ourselves a coach who brings transformation to others. If you peel back what is at the core of learning and growth, the ability to give and receive feedback is right there staring at us. Read more

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Scott KregelI have been a fan of Todd Henry since reading The Accidental Creative several years ago. His first book so uniquely expressed for me the idea that even an accountant can be a creative. In Thriveal, we talk regularly about approaching our businesses from the perspective of a creative, but I always wondered if we could really be taken seriously as a creative – just because we called ourselves creatives. We needed to develop practices and environments to fuel creativity in ourselves and in our firms. The Accidental Creative set the stage for building practices into our daily lives to help generate brilliant ideas “on demand.” Practices such as intentional journaling, identifying a Big Three, and curating new stimuli to generate new ideas. These are the ideas that creative professionals and knowledge workers are rewarded for. If you haven’t read The Accidental Creative, I highly recommend this as a must read for anyone who uses their mind to deliver value to others. With Todd’s third book, Louder than Words, we have a manuscript for developing our unique voice.

“Voice” is the expression (idea) you make through a medium (platform) in order to achieve a desired outcome (impact). Your authentic voice is the expression of your compelling “Why.” Read more

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