Past Books

 

Small Business Book Club

An avid fan of business and self-improvement books, I lead a monthly book club to help small business owners, freelancers, and entrepreneurs find inspiration, and provide a venue to discuss business practices and strategies with peers and other business leaders. Below is our current book of the month. If you'd like to join us, please RSVP through the meetup website.


"At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society. 

In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves."

April 5th in Tarrytown and April 10th in NYC


Locations

 Tarrytown   First Thursday of each month   Warner Library, 2nd Floor

Tarrytown

First Thursday of each month

Warner Library, 2nd Floor

 Manhattan   Second Tuesday of each month   Industrious Manhattan, 11th Floor

Manhattan

Second Tuesday of each month

Industrious Manhattan, 11th Floor


 

Coming Up...

May Book Club

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

"Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable.  The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.

The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively.  Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute.

Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs - in companies of all sizes - a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever."

May 3rd in Tarrytown and May 8th in NYC


July Book Club

MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins

"Money: Master the Game is based on detailed research gleaned from Tony’s one-on-one interviews with the greatest financial experts of our time. The Tony Robbins money book contains wisdom from experts like Carl Icahn, Ray Dalio, Warren Buffett and Steve Forbes, so you know it’s filled with advice from some of the top financial minds in the world.

But what sets Tony Robbins’ Money: Master the Game apart from anything else is the simple, easy-to-follow advice that Tony provides. He has the personal experience and charisma to help you understand and implement this important advice for both your everyday errands and future financial plans.

If you are ready to get help clearing the myth-laden cobwebs from your financial vision, let the Tony Robbins money book show you how. Robbins is a master of metaphors and anecdotes that can help you take action in your life, no matter your current financial situation."
 

July 5th in Tarrytown and July 10th in NYC


August Book Club

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin

"Since it was first published almost a decade ago, Seth Godin's visionary book has helped tens of thousands of leaders turn a scattering of followers into a loyal tribe. If you need to rally fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, or readers around an idea, this book will demystify the process. It's human nature to seek out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. Social media gives anyone who wants to make a difference the tools to do so. With his signature wit and storytelling flair, Godin presents the three steps to building a tribe: the desire to change things, the ability to connect a tribe, and the willingness to lead. If you think leadership is for other people, think again--leaders come in surprising packages. Consider Joel Spolsky and his international tribe of scary-smart software engineers. Or Gary Vaynerhuck, a wine expert with a devoted following of enthusiasts. Chris Sharma led a tribe of rock climbers up impossible cliff faces, while Mich Mathews, a VP at Microsoft, ran her internal tribe of marketers from her cube in Seattle. Tribes will make you think--really think--about the opportunities to mobilize an audience that are already at your fingertips. It's not easy, but it's easier than you think."

August 2nd in Tarrytown and August 14th in NYC