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Evolution Book Shelf: Steve Jobs Says Be Willing to Fail & Ask for Advice (Interview Commentary)

Occasionally, I have the good fortune to speak to young people about entrepreneurship, opening the idea of self-employment as a career alternative. For the last few years, Denea Jackson (Evolution’s office manager) has facilitated the opportunity to present this message to the fourth-grade class...

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Evolution Bookshelf: Comments and discussion with Eyes Wide Open author Isaac Lidsky

At Evolution Capital Partners our purpose is to serve and inspire small business owners that we identify as Evolutionary leaders: continuous learners trying to build something bigger than themselves, something having a sustainable impact on the employees and communities they serve. Recently, I was...

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Evolution Bookshelf: Between the World and Me

I’ll start this post by mentioning my favorite read in 2016, J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy.  This book inspired me to believe that anything is possible and that the American Dream is still alive and well.  So, with this being said, during one of my...

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Evolution Bookshelf: The Power of Broke by Daymond John

  The Power of Broke was the selection for our 2016 third quarter book club discussion and honestly, it would not have been my first choice. But it has been fun to read the titles the team picks that are outside my long running...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “Hillbilly Elegy”

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

A timely deviation from my typical business focused titles, today’s book reflection is on Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. Describing his life growing up in small towns in Kentucky and Ohio prior to joining the...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “The Innovator’s Dilemma”

The Innovators Dilemma by Clayton Christensen

Over the past six months we had a summer associate who inspired me with an innovative way to get more reading in than I ever thought possible, taking my appetite for continuous learning to a whole new level.  How, you may be asking?  I...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “The Dip”

The Dip, A Book That Teaches Your When to Quit

As I recently listened to an entrepreneur describe her vision and business plan, outlining that insufficient capital was a piece of the puzzle she was missing in order to reach her business goal, she said “I’m in The Dip.” “You know, the one described...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “Liar’s Poker”

Liars Poker by Michael Lewis

It’s been another quarter, which means for the Evolution team that it is time to discuss our most recent book club pick. For this past quarter, the team picked one of the first business books I ever read, Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis. Published...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “How Google Works”

How Google Works, Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

During a Conscious Capitalism event this Spring in Chicago I had the pleasure of hearing Joe Mansueto, founder of Morningstar, owner of Inc. Magazine and Fast Company, and longtime conscious capital innovator, speak.  During his presentation, he answered this question (or something close to...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “David and Goliath”

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

As you all now know, turning 50 and my twin boys leaving the proverbial nest are the milestones I face in 2016.  Reflecting on the latter, I was having a discussion with my long time Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) advisory group (AKA my Master Minds)...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “Into Thin Air”

John Krakauer's Into Thin Air

Anyone that listens to our radio show, The Second Stage, or follows our Evolution Bookshelf blogs, knows that I love books, and more specifically, those that focus on business best practices.  But this past quarter, our selection for the Evolution book club was not...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “Contagious Culture”

Create a Contagious Culture in your business

As an entrepreneur, one of the most rewarding perks is the continuous learning journey that we are all on.  Surrounding ourselves with communities of fellow business owners, whether through entrepreneurial peer groups, conferences or reading, is crucial in growing both personally and professionally.  And...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”

The 7 Habits by Stephen R. Covey

A flurry of priorities and commitments pulling me in numerous directions, as the lines between personal and professional life continue to become blurrier and blurrier for us all; I want to share a resource that I recently revisited to help focus my attention on...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “Reclaiming Conversation”

Reclaiming Conversation on the Evolution Bookshelf

Reclaiming Conversation was recommended by Adam Kaufman, a longtime friend that was a member of my first Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) forum back in 2001.  Of course way back in 2001 the group was called Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO), permitting only members under the age...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “Start With Why”

Simon Sinek's "Start With Why"

Our book club pick for this past quarter at Evolution was Simon Sinek’s Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action.  Having heard Simon Sinek speak in the past, as he is a favorite among the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, I had for...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “10% Happier”

To be 10 Percent Happier, Meditate!

I keep a Microsoft Outlook task list of books highly recommended to me. Currently, the list has over 100 books. I average tackling 2-4 books per month, however the list never seems to shorten. Learning truly is a continual journey. On my list I...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive”

Patrick Lencioni's The Four Obsessions

The more I read, the more I realize just how much there is to learn about business leadership. Contemplating how much information is out there is overwhelming, yet exciting. As entrepreneurs, we are on a continual learning journey. This month’s book pick is The...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “Startup Communities”

Brad Feld's Startup Communities

As one of the organizers and a participant in the 2014 EO Thrive conference held here in Cleveland, I was thrilled to have Martin Babinec, the founder of TriNet and an entrepreneur passionate about building entrepreneurial ecosystems, as one of the keynote speakers. As...

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Evolution Bookshelf: “The Speed of Trust”

The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything

As you know from my last book summary, I was fixated on Trust…or lack thereof, so I dug out my running list of books recommended by fellow entrepreneurs and noticed that The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M.R....

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Evolution Book Shelf: “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”

Patrick Lencioni's The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

The second book in Evolution’s quarterly book club was The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. This is the second time I have read this book – it is a must read (or listen) for all teams that want to grow. Creating...

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