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ReWork, Crush It, Linchpin & The 4 Hour Workweek (again)

I’ve been tracking the upcoming release of the book ReWork by the folks at 37Signals.com and today on their blog they published REWORK Trailer 1: Staying Late After looking at that trailer I clicked through to Amazon to per-order my copy and I found Amazon had...

How to Be a Good Boss in a Bad Economy

I’ve was working cleaning up my computer files the other day and I ran across a PDF of a Harvard Business Review article had downloaded a while back entitled How to Be a Good Boss in a Bad Economy by Robert I. Sutton. Bob Sutton is the author of the excellent...

A 2008-2009 Christmas/Winter Reading List

I’m putting together a Christmas/Winter reading list for 2008-9. It consists both of books I’ve reently read or am reading right now that I would recommend to other contractors and some new books I’ve just discovered and plan to read. The first book I’ll mention...

Relative Income

Relative Income, It’s a great concept so what is so many of us don’t seem t get it. As I was working today I was re-reading The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, by Timothy Ferris by listening to the audio book edition as I...

Why Starbucks Coffee Is Cheap?

There’s an interesting article in Reuben Swartz’s Dollars and Sense: The Pricing Blog entitled: Why Starbucks Coffee Is Cheap that presents a rational and explains that “if caffeine is what you want, and you want it in volume, Starbucks is your...

Estimating Book Recommendations

I’m often asked for recommendations regarding books on estimating techniques, not the data mind you, but the techniques and methods of estimating. Unfortunately there aren’t a whole lot of books out there to choose from but still there are some good ones...

Looking Back on My Thoughts On Reading from August in ‘97

Way back 90’s I used to have personal web site on AOL and writing at that time what we’re really essentially blog posts years before I had ever even heard of blogs I wrote this: In the introduction to his book Leadership Is an Art, Max DePree says:...

My Suggested Syllabus and Texts for for a Hypothetical Contracting 101 Class

My syllabus starts with The E-Myth Contractor: Why Most Contractors’ Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It . However on further thought it might be a good idea to read The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do...

The Company We Keep: Reinventing Small Business for People, Community, and Place by John Abrams

I think it was in researching employee ownership or growth that I first came across and read about Marthas’s Vineyard based The South Mountain Company. From an article SMC owner Jon Abrams wrote in the Journal of Light Construction entitled Taking the Pain Out...

Seth Godin and his book All Marketers Are Liars

In my opinion, Seth Godin is one of the most important thinkers and teachers in the world of business today and I’m sure I’m not alone in that thinking. A couple of weeks ago I bought his book All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories...