Welcome to the Business Book Summary section of my website. Each month I create a summary of a well-know business or personal development book and post that summary to this site. In general, each summary is 8 pages long and provides an excellent overview of the key learnings from the noted book. Please review the books below and download any that you would like to read. In addition, you can enroll in my Business Book Summary Club, no cost, to automatically receive each new summary as it is posted. Enroll through the form to the right. Enjoy reading these summaries of excellent books.

Summary of Stories That Stick

Effectively created stories are a powerful means of delivering impactful messages, whether to current and prospective clients or to internal teams. All business owners should work on developing their Value, Founder and Purpose stories. The author provides an easy to follow framework to help in building effective stories and provides examples to illustrate her points. Lots of great points in this book summary. 


Summary of Crucial Conversations

NOTE: Stephen Covey, author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, wrote this about Crucial Conversations: “This book goes broader and deeper into the fundamental principles of high-stakes communication…But even more important, it draws our attention to those defining moments that literally shape our lives, shape our relationships, and shape our world.” 

Summary, "Extreme Ownership"

Jocko Willink and Leif Babin served as U. S. Navy SEAL officers through the Battle of Ramadi. They led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraqi War. This book takes Seal leadership principles and highlights how those principles came into play during the Battle of Ramadi. Going one step further, they then apply those principals to leadership in business (they are

Summary, "Five Dysfunctions of a Team"

“Organizations fail to achieve teamwork because they unknowingly fall prey to five natural but dangerous pitfalls. These dysfunctions can be mistakenly interpreted as five distinct issues that can be addressed in isolation of the others. In reality they form an interrelated model, making susceptibility to even one of them potentially lethal for the success of the team.”

Summary, "Why the Best Are the Best"

Author, Kevin Eastman was an Assistant Coach with the Boston Celtics for 8 years and later became the Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angles Clippers. During his time with the Celtics the team won the NBA title in 2008 and lost in the finals in 2010. Mr Eastman applies his observations of working with the very best of the best to the reader both personally and professionally.

Summary, "First Break All the Rules

What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently"

Introduction:  This book is based on results from two massive research projects undertaken by the Gallup Organization. The Gallup Organization set out to measure how to create strong workplaces (defined as ones which attract and retain the more productive employees and “scare way the ROAD warriors)”. Gallup interviewed over one million employees and eighty thousand managers. The most powerful finding from the employee interviews is that “Talented employees need great managers”.

Summary, "How To Win Friends and Influence Others"

“Even in such technical lines as engineering, about 15 percent of one’s financial success is due to one’s technical knowledge and about 85percent is due to skill in human engineering – to personality and the ability to lead people.” 

Principal #1: “Don’t criticize, condemn or complain”

President Lincoln said “don’t criticize them; they are just what we would be under similar circumstances”.

Summary, "Good to Great"

This book is based on 5 years research looking into what differentiated those companies that moved from good to great from those who didn’t move to greatness. The research team identified companies that beat the stock market average by 7 times over 15 years and compared those good-to-great companies (comparison companies) against good companies in their industries. This book became a #1 best seller and follows an earlier best seller by Jim Collins called “Built to Last”.


"The Advantage" by Patrick Lencioni

"Never Split the Difference - Negotiate as Though Your Life Depended on It" by Chris Voss

"The Road Less Stupid" by Keith Cunningham

"Unstoppable Teams" by Alden Mills

"The Truth About Leadership" by Kouzes and Posner

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