Studies have repeatedly shown that the most successful business owners are those who are constantly learning new ideas. The good news is there are lots of great business books out there to learn from – the challenge for most of us is finding the time to actually read them.
That’s where Aspire’s Business Book Reviews come in. A regular ongoing series where Kansas City business owners and professionals will be able to pick up the key ideas and themes from a great business book…and figure out how to start applying those ideas right away. For less than the price of a hard back, you’ll get breakfast (or maybe lunch) and a complete summary and review of an important book.
And the best part? You don’t even need to read the book! We’ll cover the key points, have a great group discussion and get you on your way. You’ll walk out with a several page summary, some new knowledge and introductions to like minded business owners and professionals who also want to learn and be successful!
The morning meetings may be kind of early – but we’ll have coffee and breakfast for you and you’ll be on your way, smarter, happier and better looking than you were before (well at least smarter and happier). We guarantee it!
“I thoroughly enjoyed the group discussion around the key points of the book…”
“I thought this was extremely valuable. It was very inspirational and my head is already spinning with ideas and things I want to implement.”
“Saved me time – gave me important information – had interesting discussions! Went back to work! (Great use of my time)!”
“This was a great experience. It allowed me to get the benefits of a book without having to read it all first! Shawn knows what he is doing and any time with him leaves a lasting impression.”
“This really added a dynamic to the way I would have been able to think about and comprehend the material on my own.”
Business leaders and professionals who have a need to keep learning, but don’t have the time nor the inclination to read (i.e. a lot of smart people we know)!
We’ll keep it simple – come in at 8:00, Aspire will provide breakfast (something tasty – bagel, pastry, kolache…) and some coffee and we’ll get rolling. You’ll have a few minutes to meet the other attendees and then we’ll dive into the review and discussion of the book. About 1/2 the time will be spent covering the key ideas and the other 1/2 will be more of a group discussion.
We’re limiting the group size to 20, small enough so everyone can participate, but large enough to have a lively exchange with lots of different viewpoints and ideas.
We’ll close on time and get you on with your day, secure in the knowledge that you know now more…and will be more successful.
If for any reason you don’t feel like you learned at least a couple of useful new ideas, then you will get a complete and cheerful refund…and get to keep your summary!
If you’re interested in getting notified for the next Business Book Review, contact us at 913.660.9400 or use our Contact Form and we’ll get you on a mailing list. The plan is to make this a regular (every 4 to 6 weeks) event and we hope to soon have a schedule out.
Also – if you would be interested in having a Business Book Review done for your company or private group, let us know – it can make for a great team building and growth type of event.
“Nice guys finish last” or “It’s better to give than receive”?
It turns out, based on research from Adam Grant’s new book Give and Take, that both of those statements are true! Grant, a professor at Wharton has done exhaustive research into what drives success and he uncovered that people can be broken out into 3 main categories – Givers, Takers and Matchers, with Givers tending to Give without asking for anything in return, Takers making sure they always get more than they give and Matchers, which is the majority, working to make sure their giving and taking is even.
Surprisingly, when it comes to success, Givers are substantially more successful at business (in terms of revenue and hard dollar types of measurements). Givers also tend to be the worst performers – with Takers and Matchers falling into the middle performance range. Why are Givers more successful? What makes for a successful Giver versus a struggling Giver? How does this apply to normal professional situations? This is the kind of cool stuff you’ll learn from Give and Take…and you will learn a lot from this book – but you’ll learn even more from the Book Review.
You’ll learn about the most connected person on LinkedIn – who also happens to be a wildly successful serial entrepreneur…and a Giver. You’ll learn more about Ken Lay and Enron (Taker) and how it would be a lot less likely that would have happened in today’s connected social world…and you’ll learn several other stories about Givers and how they achieved huge success…often in unplanned ways. It’s motivational, but also a lot of practical ideas if you are open to a new perspective.
The Business Book Review format drives great discussion and perspective. It’s a fantastic investment for any business professional. There’s no need to read the book in advance and you’ll still walk away with all of the key ideas and an easy to digest summary. If you’d like to learn more or to register – check out the Give and Take Business Book Review on Thursday June 27th from 8:00 to 9:30 in the morning.
I hope to see you there!