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Strategies from Three Great CEO's

Steve Jobs, Andy Grove and Bill Gates are probably the three best CEO’s of all time. So it was with great interest that I read the book “Strategy Rules” by David Yoffie and Michael Cusumano. It was a wonderful read and getting into the minds of the three greatest strategists was enormously helpful The five rules they identified to describe the framework were Look forward, Reason BackMake Big Bets, Without Betting the CompanyBuild Platforms and Ecosystems – Not just ProductsExploit Leverage and Power – Play Judo and SumoShape the Organization Around Your Personal Anchor  To understand the impact of three please read the following. Bill Gates was Microsoft’s CEO from 1975 to 2000. Over that span the company’s annual profit grew from practically zero to $11 billion. Andy Grove became Intel’s CEO in 1987 and the prior year Intel had lost $135 million. In 1997 Grove’s last year on the job, Intel earned nearly $10 billion. In 1997, when Steve Jobs returned to Apple, the company lost more th…

50 Great Books that have impacted me

I wanted to share some of the latest books I have read over the last year which runs from 1 through 25. All of them have had a profound influence on me. Here is the list of my top 50 books to read which covers leadership, management, success, health, personal development, psychology, motivation and finance. Humans are Underrated by Geoff Colvin - The world of work is changing. This book talks about the key 21st century skills that machines can’t replace. Empathy, connections, and social sensitivity are the most important skills we need and will not be replaced by machines. What we need more than knowledge workers are relationship workers. It was a great read and gives hope that machines ultimately can't replace everything humans do. There is a detailed account of how the military used after action reviews to improve outcomes. There are chapters on storytelling and innovation as well.Work Rules by Laszlo bock - This book contains a wealth of wisdom on how to hire people, keep peopl…