Alibaba’s World Summary

Alibaba's World SummaryHow a Remarkable Chinese Company Is Changing the Face of Global Business

Sure – you know everything about “Amazon” and Jeff Bezos. But, do you know who is poised to become its main competitor during the following years?

You’re wrong if you’ve answered anything other than “Alibaba.” And as we’re heading for an Amazon-Alibaba e-commerce showdown, it’s about time you learned something more about the latter company.

Its former vice president, Porter Erisman, has all the details in “Alibaba’s World.”

Who Should Read “Alibaba’s World”? And Why?

Most of all, “Alibaba’s World” is about businessmen who are still failing to realize that what’s happening in China happens in the U.S. as well; soon enough, China will be a global leader, and “Alibaba” is the earliest evidence we have of it.

However, it’s also a book perfect for entrepreneurs – both would-be and struggling ones; because, let’s face it: there may be no better way to learn the basics of business than by reading the stories of successful companies.

About Porter Erisman

Porter ErismanPorter Erisman is an expert in e-commerce, especially when it comes to the emerging markets. In fact, he has advised and consulted many companies located in the so-called Third World, whether in Africa, Asia, or Latin America.

However, he’s most famous as the former Vice President of “Alibaba,” where he worked from 2004 to 2008, the period during which the company moved from Jack Ma’s apartment to the pedestal of world’s ecommerce.

He has written one more book, “Six Billion Shoppers” and written and directed a documentary about “Alibaba,” “Crocodile in the Yangtze.”

“Alibaba’s World Summary”

As every entrepreneur knows, good ideas are not enough. After all, every entrepreneur tries to change the world a bit, and his or her good ideas have the problem of being new ideas, as well.

However, selling something new also means trying to gain traction in a relatively new market. And new markets are difficult!

But, tell that to Jack Ma!

When he founded “Alibaba” – the now second greatest leader in the world, according to “Fortune” – had to found a market as well! Because, back in 1999, e-commerce was virtually non-existent in China.

No, scratch that: it was the Internet. Yes – Internet was non-existent in China only 20 years ago.

Really!

In 1999, only 1% of the Chinese population had an access to the Internet. And most of them didn’t even know that it’s possible to buy something online! Fast forward two decades, and “Alibaba” is a giant comparable to Amazon, possibly capable of even overcoming it in the following years, and, thus, becoming the first $500 billion e-commerce company in the world!

This has made Jack Ma – who owns about one tenth of Alibaba’s shares – one of the wealthiest people alive. And before he started “Alibaba” – knowing almost nothing about computers and technology – he worked as an English teacher, earning no more than $20 a month!

So, yes – there’s still hope for you!

However, don’t take it for granted! You’ve got to work a lot before becoming the next Jack Ma!

One of the lessons you can learn from him: build your company for growth!

For example, when he started “Alibaba,” Jack Ma wanted to found a company which will last for 80 years, i.e., a human lifetime. And he did everything he could to make this happen.

And he didn’t back off even during Alibaba’s buy-out of “Yahoo! China” in 2005!

Namely, that event may have signaled the end of “Alibaba” as we know it, since “Yahoo! China” asked that it is renamed to “Alibaba-Yahoo.” But Ma wanted his company to last – not a “Yahoo!” puppet. So, he completed the deal only after “Yahoo! China” gave up on the renaming demand!

The rest is history. Ignored up until then, afterward, everybody started making note of “Alibaba,” the fabled Crocodile in the Yangtze.

However, in order to get to there, “Alibaba” had to make some adjustments. And Jack Ma always knew where to look to when making them: the customers!

Even though his investors pressured him into doing something more profitable, Ma was sure that offering free premium services is the only viable option in a non-existent market. So, instead of copying eBay’s model, he launched Alibaba’s C2C service “TaoBao” as a free service.

The move was mocked by eBay at the start, but, soon after, they had to shut down their China website. Because – surprise! surprise! – TaoBao grew to become one of the largest online shopping websites worldwide!

eBay’s fall seems even funnier when you think about the length to which they went to deride TaoBao. Once, they even invited TaoBao’s team to a party they were hosting – and uninvited them at the last minute!

They wanted to show who’s the boss.

Soon enough, they couldn’t: TaoBao’s market share grew from 8% to 59% in two years, and eBay China’s plunged from 79% to 36%.

And soon, there was only one competitor.

Key Lessons from “Alibaba’s World”

1.      Alibaba is a Giant – and It Started in Jack Ma’s House
2.      Alibaba’s Success Is Based on a String of Bold Decisions
3.      Build a Company for Your Customers – Not for You

Alibaba is a Giant – and It Started in Jack Ma’s House

“Alibaba” was founded in 1999 in Jack Ma’s house – from where it was operated until 2004. Nowadays, it’s a multinational conglomerate for which the sky’s the only limit.

Here are the stats:

“Alibaba” is the world’s largest retailer, passing “Walmart” about two years ago. Along with “Tencent,” it’s one of only two Asian companies which have broken the US$500 billion valuation mark. It operates in 200 countries and is one of the world’s largest Internet companies.

Finally, its online sales surpass all US retailers – and that means: Amazon + eBay + Walmart – combined!

Alibaba’s Success Is Based on a String of Bold Decisions

Alibaba wouldn’t have become what it currently is, if Jack Ma hadn’t make few very bold decisions. And any future entrepreneur should really learn from him how it’s done!

Number one: he found an online e-commerce company in China, when 99% of the Chinese didn’t even have Internet.

Next, he offered many free services when eBay China – and everyone else – was charging.

Finally, he didn’t sell any shares of “Alibaba” to “Yahoo! China” until they gave up on the demand to rename the company!

Build a Company for Your Customers – Not for You

What made “Alibaba” different than its competitors – Jack Ma claims – is his disinterest in computers and tech-related stuff. That’s why, he adds, he had no option but to look at his own business through the eyes of the customers.

And that’s the most important takeaway from “Alibaba’s World”: build your business for your customers. Of course, it’s essential to identify them and analyze their behavior first!

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“Alibaba’s World” Quotes

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Our Critical Review

Since “Alibaba’s World” was written, “Alibaba” just grew and grew. And it doesn’t show any sign that it will stop in the near future.

“Fascinating,” wrote “The Financial Times,” adding that “stories don’t get much better than Alibaba’s.” And Nick Arnold, former Head of Marketing for “Apple” Asia, was wordier and even more flattering in his assessment: “A must-read, full of practical learning for anyone seeking to understand Chinese entrepreneurship or build the business of their dreams.”

Back in 2015, “Wall Street Journal” chose this book as one of the best business books of the year. Unsurprisingly, three years later, we still agree!

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The Motivation Manifesto Summary

The Motivation Manifesto Summary9 Declarations to Claim Your Personal Power

About Brendon Burchard

Brendon BurchardBrendon Burchard is possibly the most successful and highest-paid online motivation trainer in history. He is also one of the best-known and “most influential leaders in the field of personal growth.”  According to “Forbes,” he has so far trained over 1.5 million students.

He has written five books: “High Performance Habits,” “The Charge,” “The Millionaire Messenger,” “Life’s Golden Ticket,” and, of course “The Motivation Manifesto.”

“The Motivation Manifesto Summary”

The Motivation Manifesto,” writes the world’s favorite inspirational novelist Paulo Coelho, “is a poetic and powerful call to reclaim our lives and find our own personal freedom. It’s a triumphant work that transcends the title, lifting the reader from mere motivation into a soaringly purposeful and meaningful life. I love this book.”

We love it too!

And although we may not be as wordy as Coelho, we can compensate with organization and thoroughness. Mirroring the book’s structure, we’ll divide our summary into sections.

Burchard dedicates the first on human nature.

The section is divided in three chapters which elaborately expand on the three introductory sentences: “A vibrant, genuine, and purposeful life is the right of all humankind. But most of us fail to grasp it. We are lions and lionesses living as mice.”

Burchard explains how freedom, fear and motivation are related, and how the last is the way you can trample the second to rich the first!

So, in order to motivate you to reclaim your freedom, he moves on to the lyrical section 2, where he announces his nine declarations. They are empowering and inspiring even as chapter titles.

First of all, Burchard shouts from the rooftops, we shall meet life with full presence and power. And this means that it’s time to crawl out of the abysses of oblivion and hop on the energy bus! And become not impassionate spectators of our lives, but conscious observers! Then – even directors and guardians of it, warriors, lovers, and leaders!

Next, we shall reclaim our agendas. We will stop letting our days pass by us as we watch them! And we shall grab them by the throat and pack them neatly within our organizers! We need three things: Clarity. Direction. Progress.

And, then, we shall defeat our demons! The world may be haunted by them, but we won’t let few goblins of delay and doubt to mess up our plans! No doubts, no delaying – we’ll stand up for what we believe from beginning to the end!

Declaration number 4: we shall advance with abandon! Any extraordinary mind has the power to bend reality. “Our destiny hinges on a mindset for bold action.” If we are lions – we won’t pass through life as if snails or turtles!

Fifth: we shall practice joy and gratitude! Science says so. The Dalai Lama says so. There are so many things in life we can be grateful about. So, let’s be! There are miracles all around us and they can help us be joyful and thankful even when pain and injustice is so overpowering!

Next – we shall not break integrity. We will think before acting, and never do anything we’re not passionate about! We shall keep our word and always tell the truth. And we shall treat everyone with respect. Above all, we shall always favor action. Because action – in the long run – becomes character.

We shall amplify love. Love is what made us – and love is what we need to share with the world around us. Because the duty of lovers is – sang Leonard Cohen once – to tarnish the golden rule…

We shall inspire greatness. Because the most frightening answer to the questions: “Am I in some way elevating humanity by leading others to see and activate their potential? Am I living a truly great life?” is not “No.” It’s: “Well, I never tried…”

And, finally, we shall slow time. Life is just a series of fleeting moments. Make them last longer. Extend them forever.

 

Key Lessons from “The Motivation Manifesto”

1.      You Are What Exists Between Freedom, Fear, and Motivation
2.      Hear the 9 Declarations and Reclaim Your Personal Power
3.      Learn the 9 Virtues of Greatness

You Are What Exists Between Freedom, Fear, and Motivation

Everyone wants to be free. Unfortunately, not many of us are. And the problem is simple: we are often crippled by fear. And just like the victims of abuse, we get stuck in some vicious cycles of pain, comfort, and relief of pain.

What we need: motivation. A lot of motivation.

Hear the 9 Declarations and Reclaim Your Personal Power

And Burchard has written an empowering motivation manifesto! (Really, it feels as if you’re summoned to start a revolution!). These are the nine declarations of motivation:

1. We shall meet life with full presence and power;
2. We shall reclaim our agendas;
3. We shall defeat our demons;
4. We shall advance with abandon;
5. We shall practice joy and gratitude;
6. We shall not break integrity;
7. We shall amplify love;
8. We shall inspire greatness; and
9. We shall slow time.

Learn the 9 Virtues of Greatness

If you want to inspire greatness – and be great yourself – it’s good if you take into consideration the 9 virtues of greatness. These are honesty, responsibility, intelligence, excellence, courage, respect, vigilance, service, and unity.

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“The Motivation Manifesto” Quotes

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Summary

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team SummaryA Leadership Fable

The best way to learn something is through a story. That’s why, upon realizing this, business writers started sharing their experiences through a new genre, the business fable.

And one of the most famous among them is, certainly, Patrick Lencioni’s “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.”

About Patrick Lencioni

Patrick LencioniPatrick Lencioni is an American author and motivational speaker. He is the President of The Table Group, a management counseling company. Lencioni has written ten books on different aspects of business management, mostly focusing on the importance of teamwork.

He is most famous as the author of “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” and “The Advantage.”

Find out more at https://www.tablegroup.com.

“The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Summary”

We’ve already introduced you to the “business fable” genre. We’ve read together some early examples such as “Who Moved My Cheese?” and “The One Minute Manager” as well as some recent ones such as “The Phoenix Project.”

Now it’s time for one of the most famous and enduring works in the genre: “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.”

In its bare essence, the fable concerns the fictional company DecisionTech, Inc. Its main characters include Kathryn Petersen, the newly appointed CEO, Jeff Shanley, her predecessor and cofounder, and a host of employees, such as: Jan, CFO; Nick, COO; Michelle, the Head of Marketing; Martin, the Chief Technologist; Jeff, the Head of Sales; and Carlos, the Head of Customer Support.

Through the stories of their day-to-day challenges and triumph, Lencioni manages to teach us few valuable lessons on what it means to be a functional team.

And he uses the best learning strategy: by reminding us the consequences of a dysfunctional working environment.

So, what are the five dysfunctions of a team?

Well, Kathryn Petersen, the CEO, explains these via a simple drawing, not unlike Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Namely, a five-sectioned pyramid which should look something like this.

And at the bottom of the triangle, you’ll find absence of trust.

Absence of trust is the foundation of all dysfunctions. And the root of it is the inability and unwillingness of employees to be vulnerable and open to each other. Teams which share personal insights and experiences always show better results!

Next, fear of conflict.

Conflict is nothing bad. In fact, if regulated, it’s usually more productive than you can imagine. Artificial harmony does nobody any good. So, dare to disagree.

Thirdly, lack of commitment.

Healthy conflict usually results in commitment. People don’t like compromises and especially not orders. Lack of conflict and discussion, in other words, means lack of commitment to the final decision.

Which leads us to dysfunction #4: avoidance of accountability.

Of course, you need to take full responsibility, i.e. be fully committed to something, to be accountable for it afterward.

And finally: inattention to results.

The worst thing that can happen to a team is to become a group of individuals. Take any sports team and you’ll understand how healthy teamwork leads to better results. If everyone works for him/herself, the results will never come.

Key Lessons from “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”

1.      Trust Each Other
2.      Master the Art of Disagreement
3.      Fully Commit to an Agreed Plan of Action
4.      Hold Yourself and Others Accountable for that Plan
5.      There’s No “I” in Team: Focus on the Collective Result

Trust Each Other

We’ll turn Lencioni’s strategy on its head for our “Key Lessons” section. Instead of telling you what a team should not be – we’ll tell you what it should be.

First of all, it should be a group of people who trust each other. They are in it together, and they need to have that in mind at all times. They must accept the risk of being vulnerable – in the name of the higher cause.

Master the Art of Disagreement

Teams built on trust know that disagreements are the only way to make some progress. Their members want to be part of the discussion – so that the decision they’ll finally reach would be the best one.

Fully Commit to an Agreed Plan of Action

Of course, if the opinion of every team member is heard and discussed through, commitment shouldn’t be a problem.

Hold Yourself and Others Accountable for that Plan

And commitment brings responsibility with itself. Not only is every member of a functional team responsible for his/her own action, but he/she also holds everybody else accountable for his/her.

There’s No “I” in Team: Focus on the Collective Result

Finally, cohesive team means a many-minded organism which functions as if a single mind. Everybody works for the team. Even if that means self-sacrificing from time to time.

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“The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” Quotes

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Failing Forward Summary

Failing Forward SummaryTurning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success

Not many people like to admit this but failing is an essential part of success. And “essential” means that you can’t be successful unless you fail before that. It may seem oxymoronic, but it’s anything but.

At least so says John C. Maxwell – and he is our go-to guy for questions related to leadership and success. From now on, failing backward is not an option. Because there’s also such thing as “Failing Forward.”

Who Should Read “Failing Forward”? And Why?

On its cover, “Failing Forward” features a telling blurb: “A New York bestselling author addresses everyone’s greatest need.” OK – it may not be everyone’s greatest need in itself, but “how to overcome failure” is certainly a question everybody has asked himself at least once or twice a life.

If so, you can do worse then hearing some worse of wisdom from a leadership expert. And probably you can’t do much better if you’re an ambitious person or a perfectionist.

About John C. Maxwell

John C. MaxwellJohn C. Maxwell is by acclamation the foremost authority on leadership in the world. He is the founder of EQUIP and the eponymous John Maxwell Company.

He has written over 40 books, which have jointly sold about 20 million copies. And we have written summaries about most of them. In other words – please, be our guest: “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” “Leadership Gold,” “The 360o Leader,” “The Five Levels of Leadership,” “Talent Is Never Enough,” “Put Your Dream to the Test,” and “Thinking for a Change”.

“Failing Forward Summary”

Statistics – and John C. Maxwell – point to one fascinating fact: almost every successful person you know now was a failure at one point in his life.

Because, failure is not the opposite of success; it’s an indispensable ingredient. In fact, you could say that successful people are on the top because they’ve failed more and better than the rest of the people.

Or, to be more illustrative even if that means borrowing a quote we’ve already used in another summary: “The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.”

In fact, there’s even a number!

On average, an entrepreneur will fail 4 times (3.8 to be more exact) before he finally does it. And some of these fails may be spectacular fiascos.

Take, for example, Sergio Zyman, Coca-Cola’s marketing executive in the 1980s. He was the man responsible behind the Diet Coke. And because of its immense success, he convinced Coca-Cola executives to stop producing the old version when he introduced the “New Coke.”

“New Coke” was a fiasco and cost the company $100 million, and Zyman his job. But then, when Coca-Cola reintroduced the old version under a new name, “Coca Cola Classic,” it was such a success that Zyman got his job back, and the company its money.

Even creative geniuses can’t always be right. But, their failures open new opportunities.

Such was the case with Thomas Edison. He wanted to improve the telegraph. He failed. But, along the way, he discovered the gramophone.

“A man of genius makes no mistakes,” wrote James Joyce. “His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.”

The point is that many of your failures are actually not your fault; all of your successes, however, are your responsibility. Roger Crawford, for example, wanted to become a tennis player, but he was born with a disability. Even so, he managed to overcome it.

Learn from his example the next time something bad and uncontrollable happens to your business. Face the obstacle with an attitude of a winner!

And that attitude is, actually, the attitude of a knower and an optimist.

Because, excepting that failures would turn into successes by themselves is the definition of stubbornness. What’s so good about failures is the lessons you can take out from them for your next endeavor.

Because, the Dalai Lama would say, that’s exactly how we learn best. You can think about it in this manner: after a failure, you’ll know at least one more thing you shouldn’t do.

We’ll describe the second element of the attitude of a successful person through a handy little anecdote.

Once upon a time, there lived two people who, after a series of unfortunate events, ended up in an almost underground prison. Through the prison bars, they could see the ground and a small patch of the sky. This depressed one of the two prisoners: what he saw through the bars was mud and mud only.

The other felt something altogether different. Because there, on that little patch of sky, he could see the stars. And he was the one who made it.

You don’t think that the story makes any sense?

Just ask Viktor Frankl if there was any other way to survive the Holocaust.

Key Lessons from “Failing Forward”

1.      Failures Are Portals of Discovery
2.      Turn Your Failures into Life Lessons
3.      So, You Failed…

Failures Are Portals of Discovery

One of the greatest favors you can do yourself is redefining the word “failure.”

Why?

Because, if you’re serious about success, failures will inevitable appear along your way. If you think of them as something final, then you’ve never really understood them. A child has to fall many times before it learns how to walk.

An entrepreneur, on average, has to establish 4 failed businesses before founding the multi-million-dollar company. You really think Twitter hatched out of nothing?

Think again.

Turn Your Failures into Life Lessons

The most important life lessons you’ll ever learn are failures. Someone else’s or your own.

Concerning the former – read books such as “Failing Forward” and look for other inspiring failure stories. Concerning the latter – try to find a way to learn something from a failure.

An example straight out of Charlie Brown:

If you’re building a sand castle and the tide destroys it, there’s a lesson somewhere in there, right?

Find it!

So, You Failed…

We’ll quote a Nobel Prize Literature winner so you can really remember the most important lesson from this book: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter./ Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”

For the ones who think that we’re a bit pretentious, here’s one pop-reference we like:

“So, you failed. Alright, you really failed… You failed… You wanna be really great? Then have the courage to fail big and stick around. Make them wonder why you’re still smiling.”

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“Failing Forward” Quotes

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Our Critical Review

Unsurprisingly (if you have read anything else by its author), “Failing Forward” is a triumph. (Or, to quote Borat, a “great success”.) It’s well-structured and finely written, and it is filled with inspirational anecdotes and real-life examples to support the theoretical framework.

In other words, you’ll close the book all pumped up and ready for another round. But, most of all, by the end of it, you might just learn how to cope with your failures.

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Hard Choices Summary

Hard Choices SummaryA Memoir

The growing unrest and tensions can be only reduced with diplomacy and the right approach. Hillary Clinton shares her ideas, vision, and plans for overcoming the crisis throughout the world.

About Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham ClintonHillary Rodham Clinton is a former secretary of state and a candidate in the presidential elections in 2008 and 2016.

“Hard Choices Summary”

Hillary Rodham Clinton served as a senator, and she was also the former first lady during the presidential tenure of her husband “Bill Clinton.” After Hillary accepted the offer and becoming the nation’s top diplomat, she began enforcing reforms.

To control the world, and cool down “heated” regions constituted the U.S. foreign policy. Such power as she describes can put to risk many nations, if not used properly.

During the 2008 presidential campaign and victory of Barack Obama, Hillary was offered a role to work as the new secretary of state, something that she gladly accepted. Her duty prompted an immediate counteroffensive at the initial period of many conflicts.

Asia

At first, she commenced seeking military and economic stability in Asia through the promotion of many reforms that will stimulate the economy. The Asia-Pacific region had several groups of high stature such Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which were supported by Clinton and her associates.

Hard Choices” give thoughts about the international affairs and how these relations affect the world economy.

In the 4-year tenure as a US secretary of state from 2009-2013, Hillary Rodham Clinton advocated for improving the U.S. relations by applying “smart power” and diplomacy to deal with the rising tensions. Such partnership will stabilize the regions and increase the American influence.

“Af-Pak”

Not everything went according to plan, and Clinton realized that Pakistan is vital for maintaining stability and prosperity in the rest of the world. To compensate for the operations on their soil in the past decade, Clinton gave her best shot in trying to convince the Pakistani government, to close the escape routes for potential terrorists.

Bin Laden admirers are still assembling in remote areas somewhere near the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Requesting support and shared accountability for the situation in Afghanistan, Clinton hoped that the supply roots would be reopened and cooperation will flourish.

Russia

Vladimir Putin’s unending reign in the Russian Federation somehow froze the US-Russian relations that were put on standby since 1945. This stigma temporarily reduced during the Dmitry Medvedev’s term as a head of state.

Many experts believe that it was Putin all along, who stood behind Medvedev’s decisions and he was the leader operating in the shadows.

Latin America

Latin America and Africa Latin America several times had been on the verge of bankruptcy due to political instability and drug trafficking problems. Clinton decided to reinstitute a valuable program with Organization of American States (OAS), to ease off tensions with Cuba and to use dialogue as an asset in handling conflicts.

Democracy was encouraged and promoted by Clinton whereby African leaders had two options: growth or growing unrest – which will further destabilize the country and destroy the economy.

The Arab Spring

Obama and Clinton discussed a possible peace treaty between Palestinians and Israel, but first – the establishment of a cease-fire zone in Gaza became a priority.

The Arab Spring spread all the way through Northern Africa, afflicting the stability and the economy of many countries including Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Libya, Iran, etc.

These tensions escalated in Syria in 2011. President Bashar al-Assad brutally killed approximately 150,000 protesters and people who demanded reforms. Russia and China condemned the Assad regime, but later on, especially Russia changed its policy – concerning the Arab Spring.

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Now, Discover Your Strengths Summary

Now Discover Your Strengths SummaryNow, Discover Your Strengths” is an insightful book that encourages out-of-box thinking, and increases the sense of awareness in tough situations.

About Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton

Marcus BuckinghamMarcus Buckingham co-authored First, Break All the Rules, and The One Thing You Need to Know.

Donald O. Clifton was a renowned American psychologist and he wrote several books.

“Now Discover Your Strengths Summary”

There are several equally practical techniques for enhancing the organizational performance. You can either address the weaknesses or place special attention on finding the strengths. Most companies acknowledge that there has been a slight cost overrun due to activity-allocating inefficiencies.  

Strategic thinking can further inflame the situation mostly because leaders tend to guide their efforts based on misleading ideas and predictions:

  • Anybody can receive the technical know-how with the right amount of training.
  • People improve their performance when they “assault” their vulnerabilities.

In general, many experienced managers have a habit of following a different route. Instead of emphasizing the weaknesses, they outline a field of satisfactory capabilities and zoom in on the details to fully exploit the strengths.

  • Efficient organizations are not only focusing on the positive assets, but also on ways to further enhance their impact.
  • Don’t skip the idea of utilizing the skills of your employees and discuss to see whether your strategy fits their extensive know-how.
  • Praise talented and hard-working individuals for displaying your devotion towards the company.  

The main recipe to success can be either cut to pieces or explained as one entity: “Regardless of your approach, taking advantage of the strong points, and bring under one’s control all the weak spots – is all that separates prosperity from failure.”

The ability to assess the situation and anticipate the effects of your decisions is regarded as a key element to reach another maturity level. Underestimating the impact of external factors can be fatal. The workplace atmosphere that forms or destroys the group cohesion can strike the companies at the very core.

Warren Buffett needs no introduction, and his tips come as a blessing to many. He associates success with the ability to accommodate professional obligations that put in the spotlight one’s strengths. Others describe Buffer, as an intelligent and calm person.  

In the same fashion, your yearnings describe whether you are a goal-oriented person or a delayer. If the task matches the employer’s area of expertise, the job will be done quicker and better.

Three tightly related, and yet unique aspects:

  • Talent” – The hidden incentive developed under the guidance of various feelings, emotions, and thoughts.
  • Knowledge” – Everything that you acquired through formal education.
  • Skills” – The unique know-how that distinguishes you from the rest.

Key Lessons from “Now, Discover Your Strengths

1.      Don’t neglect the significance of acquiring valuable information
2.      Balance in the company
3.      Create a supporting-work environment

Don’t neglect the significance of acquiring valuable information

Knowledge, unlike other elements, can be highlighted as a critical factor and information deriving from reliable sources.

This type of expansion is dependent upon studying techniques and learning processes. Knowing how and what you need to perform, will put you in a great position and reduce the human-error.

Balance in the company

Find the perfect ratio between talent and weakness. The synergy between these two defines all the other links that may hinder or stimulate the company’s progress.  

However, staying on track requires a bit more on your part. Make sure that the main focus is still positioned at the possibilities, rather than on the fragile elements.

Create a supporting-work environment

Delegating comes secondary due to the fact that to perform at your very best, you need support. This aid can arrive in different forms.

One of them is the ability to create a positive working atmosphere.

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The Republic Summary | FREE PDF |

The Republic PDFIn 1978, Alfred North Whitehead wrote that “the safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” And here we have the summary of his most famous work: “The Republic.”

Who Should Read “The Republic”? And Why?

This question has rarely seemed as futile and absurd as in this context. Because “The Republic” is quite possibly one of the ten most influential philosophical works in human history. So, you don’t have to be interested in history or politics to be interested in reading it.

It’s more than enough to express any kind of curiosity about justice, ethics, liberty, philosophy, governments, literature – or even books, for that matter.

About Plato

PlatoPlato is widely considered to be the most fundamental philosopher in the history of the Western civilization. For all intents and purposes, it’s not an exaggeration to say that he is both the first self-conscious philosopher in human history and the one who has explored the widest range of subjects.

Needless to add, he is also probably the most cited one; and the fact that his style is so poetically appealing makes him also one of the most memorable.

“The Republic Summary”

Just like the rest of Plato’s opera, “The Republic” is a dialogue. A Socratic one, in fact.

Meaning: its main character is Socrates (Plato’s teacher); and the philosophical ideas are presented by way of discussions between him and his arguers.

“The Republic” is mostly an elaboration of the ideal state, the beautiful city, Kallipolis. However, that is the case only because – Socrates claims – we can’t discuss justice or the just individual independently of the just society.

In fact, the real question posed to Socrates at the beginning of the book is much more problematic.

Namely, would a man who owns the Ring of Gyges – and, through it, the power to be invisible at will – will find the strength to be moral and just?

Socrates’ answer: yes. If the state hasn’t corrupted his innate goodness before that.

But, how would the state preserve it?

Obviously: through good organization.

And, according to Socrates (and Plato), a good state means a state-tailored to the needs of the individual. And since the soul of an individual has three parts, the state should have as many.

Which are these three parts?

First of all, we have the rational part. This is the golden part of our souls and the one which makes us ask questions such as “Who am I?”, “What am I doing here?” or “What is justice?” It’s the part interested in truth – and enamored with goodness.

Then, we have the spirited part of our soul. This is the silver part – the one who cherishes honor, but also the part who is responsible for our outbursts of anger and ire.

Finally, there’s the appetitive share of our soul, its bronze element.

This is the soul’s lowest part since it’s related to desires. And most of all to money – since it’s usually through them that we can satisfy our basest desires.

Now, each of these parts is dominant in different individuals.

the republic plato pdfCraftsmen, for example, are mostly bronze-souled. Soldiers’ souls are dominated by its silver element. And, finally, the philosophers are those whose souls are more golden than anyone.

In other words, the philosophers are the ones who have gone the furthest in terms of personal development.

Analogously, city-states ruled by them should be the best possible societies for everybody.

Because the philosopher-kings would rule with reason and self-sacrifice, putting rationality first, and desires last.

And because they would always make the best decisions for everybody – and not just for themselves.

Now, according to Socrates, this type of government – which he calls aristocracy – is the best form of government. The best rule the rest. However, it’s only one of five different kinds.

The next best government is timocracy, which is run by the silver-souled soldiers and which puts honor first (a good example is Ancient Sparta). Third, in line – oligarchy, run by the bronze-souled and corrupt money-lovers.

Are you seating down?

The fourth best – or second worst – possible government is a democracy, where everyone has his or her own way, regardless of his or her qualities.

Finally, the worst type of government is tyranny. It is the antipode of the aristocracy, Namely, the worst rule the rest for their own benefit.

Key Lessons from “The Republic PDF”

1.      Learn the Famous Allegory of the Cave
2.      Lies Can Be Noble Too – If You Believe Plato, That Is
3.      As for the Poets… Plato Says: Banish Them!

Learn the Famous Allegory of the Cave

Even if you don’t know anything about Plato, you must have heard something about his famous Allegory of the Cave. Well, you can find that allegory in “The Republic.” It’s both beautiful and unforgettable.

It concerns a group of people who’ve lived in a cave ever since their birth. Behind them, there’s a wall. And behind that wall, there are people who carry all kinds of objects. Behind these people, there’s a fire. (Here’s a better illustration of all this)

Everything the people of the cave can see on the wall are shadows of the puppeteers’ objects. And to them – these shadows are the reality.

When, in fact, there’s so much more to it. To Plato, that’s our whole world. It’s merely a shadow, a replica of some Ideal World somewhere out there.

The philosophers are those capable of leaving the cave and discovering the Forms of the Ideal World. Namely, those whose shadows are the reality of the rest of the people.

Lies Can Be Noble Too – If You Believe Plato, That Is

Alternate facts are nothing new. In fact, Plato talked about them at the very beginning of modern civilization. Strangely enough, he even endorsed them. Because, as far as he was concerned – lies can be good if they serve goodness.

That’s the whole idea behind the concept of the noble lie. It’s a myth which can supposedly make everybody better – if everyone believes in it.

Since then, many philosophers and thinkers have pointed out that, by proposing the concept of the noble lie, Plato gave ruthless leaders the best recipe for totalitarianism. Even the Holocaust was the final result of one such “noble” lie.

However, others find some more fundamental logic even behind this idea. After all, whether it’s the state, religion, or money – these are all noble lies which have to exist – to regulate our relationships.

As for the Poets… Plato Says: Banish Them!

Probably the most infamous part of Plato’s “Republic” is its last, tenth book. Because, among some other interesting things he says there, Plato also speaks about one which very few people would find any understanding for.

Namely, that there is no place for poets in the perfect society, Why poets of all people – you may ask.

Well, because they would corrupt the three classes. Producers will start dreaming that they can be something else; soldiers would cry over their verses; and philosophers would stop thinking rationally.

Talking about the power of poetry!

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Our Critical Review

“The Republic” is an essential read: it’s one of the most important books ever written – by anyone, in any language, on any subject.

Thousands of thinkers have built upon it; and thousands more have developed their systems of thought by opposing it.

Either way, even two and a half millennia after it was originally written, it’s as thought-provoking and influential as ever.

And there are reasons for it practically on each and every one of its four hundred pages.

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The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership Summary

The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership SummaryA New Paradigm for Sustainable Success

There are two types of leaders: conscious and unconscious. If you want to be the latter one – you don’t need this book; but, also, probably, not many of your employees like you. If you want to be the first one – then, here’s your manual.

Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman, and Kaley Warner Klemp’s “The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership.”

About Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman, Kaley Warner Klemp

Jim DethmerJim Dethmer is a leadership coach and motivational speaker, the founder of Conscious Leadership Group (CLG). He has co-authored two books, the second of which is with Jim Ware, “High Performing Investment Teams.”

Diana ChapmanDiana Chapman is CLG’s co-founder and a sought-after leadership advisor. She has counselled over 1000 leaders and has been a speaker at TEDx.

Kaley Warner KlempKaley Warner Klemp is a transformational leadership advisor and YPO facilitator. In addition to co-authoring “The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership,” she has also written “13 Guidelines for Effective Teams.”

“The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership Summary”

So, what kind of a leader are you?

According to “The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership,” you can be one of two types: conscious, or unconscious.

The names speak for themselves.

Unconscious leaders are, really, just going with the flow. They employ traditional models, don’t want to learn anything new, and when the push comes to shove, everyone can be blamed or motivated through fear and threats.

Don’t rush to any conclusions just yet: this kind of leadership works! But only in the short run. While creating a hostile and unsafe atmosphere where hate and distrust prevail.

So, believe us: you don’t want to be that boss.

But if you want to be the conscious one – you’ll have to spend some time working on yourself. And we’re about to teach you the 15 basic strategies on how to become that person.

Starting with commitment #1: taking radical responsibility.

The Navy SEALs do it, football managers do it – and you should do it too. The premise is as bright and clear as the sky in July: when something goes wrong, blame no one but yourself. That’s how you earn your employees’ trust and respect.

That’s how you learn as well! Learning through curiosity is the second commitment and, obviously, it means exploring, but, even more, understanding that it’s the pioneers who make the most mistakes. But, they are also the ones who pave the way forward.

Commitment #3: feeling all feelings. Or, in other words, mastering your emotional intelligence. Don’t repress or recycle bad feelings. Analyze them; talk them out.

The fourth commitment is related: speaking candidly. If you want your employees to be open with you, do yourself a favor and be open to them as well. Listen attentively and express yourself honestly. That way – you’ll eliminate gossip, which is the fifth commitment.

The sixth commitment is practicing integrity. If you’re committed to the five commitments explained above, you’re all but doing it. The only thing missing: keeping your word. Say what you do – and do what you say.

This should generate appreciation which is commitment #7. Return the favor: appreciate your employees as well for their abilities and their uniqueness.

Speaking of uniqueness: excel in your zone of genius. This is one of the reasons leaders are respected. Don’t forget that genius is not transferable – if you’re the best in one areas, you’re not the best in all areas.

Commitment #9: living a life of play and rest. Everybody wants to have fun. Be the role model and play yourself. Work shouldn’t be boring. Don’t forget: all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

The tenth commitment is just as important: exploring the opposite. Accept other people’s interpretations – because, you’ll be right in, at best, only half of the cases.

The eleventh commitment is worded much more complex than it actually is: sourcing approval, control, and security. In reality, it means finding a way to be happy with what you have.

Which brings us to commitment #12: having enough of everything. Time, love, money – it’s logical that at some point you’ll get enough of each of them. So, stop endlessly chasing them.

Experiencing the world as an ally is the thirteenth commitment. Not everyone is against you. On the contrary, in fact: virtually everything and everyone can help you in some way.

And if that’s not the case – see commitment #1 – it’s your fault. Because, you need to create win for all solutions. Compromise and competition aren’t the only ways to go. There’s always a third side to every argument.

And that third side is you. Which is why being the resolution is the final, fifteenth commitment of conscious leadership.

Don’t be the problem.

Key Lessons from “The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership”

1.      Be a Conscious Leader
2.      Take Full Responsibility for Your Actions
3.      Be the Resolution to All the Problems

Be a Conscious Leader

There are two types of leaders: unconscious and conscious.

Unconscious leaders don’t really need books to lead their companies. But, that’s not because they know how to lead; but because they listen to their instincts.

And, in the short run, their instincts work; but, in the long run, they make them unloved managers of an unloving environment.

Take Full Responsibility for Your Actions

The first commitment of any conscious leader: take full and radical responsibility for your actions. Which means: both your successes and your mistakes.

A word of warning: there will be many of both.

Be the Resolution to All the Problems

This is the final commitment: be the resolution. Never be the problem. There are many of the latter. Very few of the former.

By committing yourself to be the resolution, you’ll inspire resolute commitment from your subordinates. Which will make leadership a song!

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Thank You for Arguing Summary

Thank You for Arguing SummaryWhat Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion

Aristotle, Lincoln, Homer Simpson… a curious bunch! But, Jay Heinrichs says that you can learn a lot about the art of winning an argument from each of them. What else is there left to say, but: “Thank You for Arguing.”

About Jay Heinrichs

Jay HeinrichsJay Heinrichs is an American author, one of the leading theoreticians on topics such as persuasion and conflict. He is the founding editor of few magazines and a Professor of the Practice in Rhetoric and Oratory at Middlebury College.

He has written few other similar books, including “How to Argue with a Cat” and “Word Hero.”

“Thank You for Arguing Summary”

Nowadays, we tend to think of arguments as heated disagreements we should avoid at all costs.

But, if you think about it, the word “argument” itself has many meanings, one of which is basically “a debate” (as in: “philosophical arguments”) and the other “a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating truth or falsehood” (as in: “she presented a strong argument.”

In other words, “arguing” doesn’t only mean “quarrelling,” but also “making a case, exploring, claiming.” We need less arguments of the first kind; many, many more of the second, dying kind.

A good example of this are marriages. According to a study by psychologist John Gottman, both divorced and happily married couples argue. The difference is that the latter use arguments to reach some kind of consensus!

That was the way all of Ancient Greece functioned. And that is the way you should start functioning too.

And the first lesson: always have some goal in mind before starting an argument! Afterward, work toward that goal with every part of your body and reason. Because, humans are predictably irrational. Or, in other words: logic and arguments in themselves won’t work.

Seduction will. Says none other than Aristotle.

A quick throwback: John Kerry won all the debates against George W. Bush. Yet, the later one won the presidential race.

Why?

Because, he seduced the population by giving them what they wanted in the first place; or convincing them that they wanted what he was about to offer.

And he used the very basic tools of persuasion, as illustrated by Aristotle in his “Rhetoric”: logos, pathos, and ethos.

Logos is all about logic. It’s about using the best rational techniques to persuade your audience. It’s not only about having the arguments at your side – it’s about using the ones you have at the very right moments.

Pathos is the emotional element. This one’s all about recognizing your audience’s feelings and aligning with them. Or, even worse: toying with them. Politicians promise things they know they can’t deliver upon. They don’t care: the goal is simply to win over the emotions of the voters.

Finally, ethos is all about character. And, strangely enough, Aristotle considered it the most important element of winning an argument.

Why?

Because, people believe more those who not only talk the talk but have walked the walk as well. That’s exactly why you can’t win an argument about war against a veteran!

Key Lessons from “Thank You for Arguing”

1.      Persuasion Is an Ancient Greek Art of Three Tools
2.      In an Argument, What You Say Means Less Than Who You Are
3.      Detect Bad Examples and Tautologies and Win the Audience

Persuasion Is an Ancient Greek Art of Three Tools

Persuasion is an Ancient Greek art. In fact, one of the very first books on rhetoric is as influential today as it was when first written about two and a half millennia ago.

After all, its author was Aristotle.

And in his opinion, you can persuade someone using one of three tools. The first one is logos, or the authority of reason and arguments. The second one is pathos – or the power of emotions. And, finally, the third one is ethos – or the integrity of character.

In an Argument, What You Say Means Less Than Who You Are

Aristotle considered the last one – ethos, character – the most important tool of influencing people. In his opinion, having the arguments and sympathizing with your audience will eventually come to nothing – if you don’t point out your strengths to it, and use your opponent’s weaknesses.

Charismatic leaders are nothing else but people who have convinced other people they can trust them. Take Abraham Lincoln for example. He was against slavery – and the majority of people in his days were for it. But, it didn’t matter in the end; because people simply liked Lincoln.

Detect Bad Examples and Tautologies and Win the Audience

Thank You for Arguing” is a great compendium of relevant examples – ranging from anecdotes to pop culture references – and great advices. One of the best: detect bad examples and tautologies, because people use them on a daily basis and look perplexed and stumped when someone points them out to them.

An example of a bad example: a mother concluding that her kids aren’t safe outside because she has just heard a story about the murder of a child. (Yes – that leads to helicopter parenting).

An example of tautology: “It’s no exaggeration to say the undecideds could go one way or another.” George Bush said that.

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Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe Summary

Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe SummaryWhat describes a one-of-a-kind leader? The incentive to guard against any external factors that may jeopardize the stability of the company and as a result put the employees in a difficult position.

About Simon Sinek

Simon SinekSimon Sinek is the author of “Start With Why” and “Leaders Eat Last”; and he is also a non-profit consultant.

“Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe Summary”

When there is a threatening situation, out of instinct, people tend to adopt new ideas that apply to the rules. Sometimes these concepts are converted into devices, developed to enforce the rigidness of the system.

As an illustration, Simon shows this example – One day, a gate agent at the airport prevented a passenger from climbing on board too early.

The agent on numerous occasions explained its reaction: “If I don’t follow the rules, I could get fired or endanger my position.” Perhaps, such similar situation would not have raised the roof in other company that stimulates the employees to stick to the agenda without any exceptions.

Southwest Airlines, among them, is a firm whose roots are deeply connected to certain norms, which don’t endanger the efficiency and productivity.

If you want to keep a safe distance from corruption; show your unconditional support towards the employees. With the wind in their backs, they will improve the cooperation with the rest of the group, a mentality that elevates the company to the next level. Great leaders foster the employees to become moral and ethical individuals, a line that overlaps good parenting.

Protecting your employees’ interest is a responsibility for every CEO. However, many subordinates feel the injustice deriving from the disproportionately divided salaries. The art of betrayal is typical for many leaders, but it doesn’t serve the company’s long-term interests because it arouses a sense of deception and reduces productivity.

Unlike some of his fellow colleagues, CEO Bob Chapman refused to fire some of the employees due to the crisis that struck the world economy and inflicted a recession in 2008. As a response, he enforced the well-known four-week furlough program.

Instead of laying off only a small group of workers, he spread the stress and financial stroke evenly, at the expense of all members including the management.

We don’t know if you concur that real form of leadership can only be tested in times of crisis or not. Bob got more than he had ever bargained for, the employees with an intention to help those who could not afford any unpaid absence, swapped personal gain for compassion and friendship.

Evidently, rank and status don’t collide with leadership. Your authority grants you the right but not the command if you lack the ethical skills. Real leaders must exist at all layers, for the purpose of providing good care for their fellow colleagues.

Making sacrifices for improving the well-being and stability of others is a trait that is a rarity in today’s world. Nonetheless, leaders who put their people’s satisfaction first, deservedly hold the primacy – of true moral managers and decision-makers.

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