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Back to school

schoolNot just for kids

It’s time for back to school, but once the kids are settled in it’s also a good time for you and your team to learn more and do better for yourselves and your business. Expand your knowledge or take a refresher in the fundamentals for better personal and business performance.

You probably have already established your preferred sources for ideas and inspiration, but consider expanding your horizons, dig a little deeper, try something new.

Go beyond scanning the Tweets and posts on Facebook or LinkedIn. Read your favourite guru’s latest book, or try somebody completely different. Take a course, hire a coach, or go to a conference or seminar outside your industry or profession. Maybe learn more about sociology, economics, political history or comparative religions to better understand what is going on in the world around us.

Share what you learn or coax others through the process. Become the teacher and be surprised by how much better you will understand the subject yourself.

Feel like a kid again, go back to school.


Your Uncle Ralph, Del Chatterson

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In conversation with Stephen Goldberg, a discussion of the value of Business Planning. “It’s about the process, not the product.”

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Your Uncle Ralph, Del Chatterson
Read more Learning Entrepreneurship Blogs.
Join our mailing list for more ideas, information and inspiration for entrepreneurs. 
 Click Here to check out Uncle Ralph’s books, “Don’t Do It the Hard Way” and “The Complete Do-It-Yourself Guide to Business Plans” Both are available online or at your favourite bookstore in hard cover, paperback or e-book.



Don’t Do It the Hard Way” has been released to the printers!

You should see it soon at your favourite bookstore. Here’s what to look for …. Learn to be a better entrepreneur and do better for yourself, your family, customers and suppliers, your community and the planet.

Ambitious I know, but that is my mission.

Don’t Do It the Hard Way” is based on the principle that entrepreneurs learn best by sharing stories with other entrepreneurs. In the book, Uncle Ralph shares his stories and the lessons learned to help other entrepreneurs be better and do better. His advice is presented through discussions in breakfast meetings where you will meet other entrepreneurs and learn from sharing their stories and the lessons learned.

Seth Godin has to be the best at capturing concepts and then communicating them creatively.

You may know him best from his books, if you’ve heard of “The Purple Cow”, “Survival is not Enough”, “Meatball Sundae”, “The Big Red Fez” or his original claim to fame -“Permission Marketing”.

His Blog is also recommended reading for thoughtful inspiration on marketing and communications in general. (Click on the Blog link in the right margin.)

But even Seth Godin doesn’t get it right all the time. And he admits it as he has re-issued his book “All Marketers are Liars” under the new title, (same contents) “All Marketers Tell Stories”.

As he discovered, it may be a catchy title, but it is insulting and unappealing to the intended audience. Another lesson learned.

Two long summer weekends and two short weeks every year at the end of June. (Unique to Québec?) Followed by the so-called “construction holiday” where almost everyone leaves for the last two weeks of July. Hard to be productive with clients or any other business partners during this period.

Should be a good time for blogging, but other summer attractions have more appeal. All of which is to admit I don’t have much new to say.

Some more progress on summer reading and my reviews for your consideration:
  • Crime and Punishment, by Dostoevsky. A classic on my “must read” list. Written in the Russia of the 186o’s and considered the original psychological murder mystery. Intriguing and very different from the modern murder mystery as it is told primarily from the point of view of the murderer.
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. One of the originals (consider also Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill.) written in the 1930′s and still worth a read. Not so serious or so slick as the current crop of self-help books that are so effectively mass marketed. Adds some perspective to the basic skills required to be effective in working with other people.

I’ve also agreed to teach two summer courses in Financial Management at Concordia so I’m reviewing the current textbook, “Principles of Corporate Finance” by Gitman and Hennessey. The principles haven’t changed in the thirty years since my MBA and the first time I taught the course, but the text is well done and covers the elementary to the advanced topics.

Happy summer reading on your own list.

Now that I’ve said I’m committed to blogging for the greater good, more than just the personal satisfaction, I’m going to have to keep it up.

Flurry of topics to consider – more business advice from Uncle Ralph, comments on the Virginia Tech massacre, business issues discussed at lunch, or the best seller I finally bought “Good to Great” by Jim Collins?

Let’s settle on the latter – best business books that must be read if you’re serious about being a better manager or running a more successful business.

On my list:
  1. Built to Last, also by Jim Collins
  2. In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters and Tom Waterman(?) the original business best seller that is claimed to have started an industry.
  3. Ben Franklin’s 12 Rules of Management by Blaine McCormick and the Autobiography of Ben Franklin by Ben himself (obviously).
  4. Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive by Harvey Mackay
  5. The Bootstrapper’s Bible by Seth Godin
  6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  7. First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman

And on your recommended reading list?