The Genius Machine

[box] THE GENIUS MACHINE: The 11 Steps That Turn Raw Ideas Into Brilliance Gerald Sindell Published by New World Library ISBN: 9781577316503[/box]

Gerald Sindell, a former movie producer turned writer, explains in eleven exquisite steps how to turn your ideas into something tangible. The Genius Machine: The Eleven Steps That Turn Raw Ideas into Brilliance is a great book for every entrepreneur to read!

Some of his statements may seem trite and full of cliché. But, don’t put the book down! Keep reading!

It’s hard to teach creative thinking. So often our day-to-day prejudices get in the way. But to be successful, we need to learn to think creatively and not just in a problem solving manner.

The Greek philosopher Plato once said, “Necessity… the mother of invention.” Sindell writes that nearly all innovation begins with a “need.” We have to learn to discover that need and define the plan for achieving our goal.

Our creative thinking process must be tuned into making distinctions. What is it that we see or feel when in the discovery mode?

One of the most important points in this book to me was Sindell’s distinction between “seeing” and “looking”:

Seeing, as opposed to looking, is the beginning of thinking.

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The Rules of Work

[box] THE RULES OF WORK: A Definitive Code for Personal Success Expanded Edition Richard Templar Published by FT Press ISBN: 9780137072064[/box]

Every aspect of life has a set of rules and the workplace is no different. Instead of thinking that these “rules” set restrictive boundaries, the author wants you to learn how to get more out of your skills and talents. This book doesn’t really tell us anything we do not know, rather it explains how we should follow these guidelines to be more successful in life.

Having a plan and knowing the people who count in your workplace are key to your success. Richard Templar goes through ten rules and presents guidelines on how to execute. Some of these rules include:

  • ‘Learn to Ask Why’ – there is a right way and a wrong way!
  • ‘Never Stand Still’ – especially in this economy!
  • ‘Volunteer Carefully’ – ask “why” this person is asking for volunteers.
This was a rather quick read and present solid ideas on how to take what we already know and use it to our benefit. If you’re at the library or your favorite bookstore, pick up a copy of The Rules of Work, Expanded Edition: A Definitive Code for Personal Success (Richard Templar’s Rules) today.

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Present Your Way To The Top

Present You Way To The Top, David J. Dempsey, JD, McGraw Hill 2010, 9780071739948.

What steps do you take to get ready for a presentation? Do you go out of the way to avoid speaking publicly? If you answered with such responses as, “I wait to the last minute,” or “I’d rather have a root canal than speak in public,” then perhaps a thorough read of Dempsey’s book would be a good first step!

I have had friends that have had great success with Toastmasters. And then there are those that need a little nudging to get started. If you’re a small business owner, then you need to be able to articulate your vision. If you need a stepping stone to feel more comfortable before Toastmasters, then Present Your Way To The Top may be the book for you.

I feel that anyone can become a good communicator. While there’s no guarantee that you’ll achieve such oratory greatness as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr or John F. Kennedy, you can still develop the skills and passion to communicate your vision. That’s where Dempsey’s book comes in. It is packed with such tips as:

  • Master the Mental – believe and envision yourself delivering a successful presentation
  • Channel Your Anxiety – learn how to transform your stage fright
  • Prepare Methodically – don’t wait until the night before!
I highly recommend that you check this book out from  your local library or purchase it from your favorite retailer. (NOTE: the links in this article will direct you to my Amazon Affiliate account.)