High Performance Managerial Leadership: Best Ideas from around the World
by Andre A. de Waal
How can an organization learn to perform at a high level? The key is management. Based on years of intensive research and experience, André de Waal’s proven strategy for achieving positive organizational change can turn your company or team into a true High Performance Organization (HPO).
De Waal’s HPO Framework is the only management improvement technique that has been developed on a solid scientific basis, validated through longitudinal site-level research, and developed over years of measuring organizational results. In this book, de Waal focuses on the activities and behaviors of managers in organizations that have successfully transformed themselves into HPOs. The author and his team closely followed and measured organizations that have adopted and applied the HPO Framework over many years, uncovering the secrets to creating successful and transformative managers through the use of HPO coaches, the application of “silo-busting” techniques to spur collaboration, and use of the HPO transformation success wheel.
The resulting data set, analytics, and lessons presented represent a treasure trove of actionable tools for achieving successful managerial and organizational change and improvement.
André A. de Waal is director of the HPO Center and former professor of organizational effectiveness at the Maastricht School of Management.
by Troy R. Underwood
This book will teach you how to start, scale, and sell a small business from scratch. It is intended for entrepreneurs of all levels, from first-time business owners to seasoned executives looking for a new perspective. Once you’ve dug up enough pennies from between the couch cushions to start a new business, you’re going to need a plan. How to Launch Your Side Hustle will walk you through the process of crafting your venture.
Author Troy R. Underwood, a trained software developer and entrepreneur, emphasizes using low-cost techniques and creative ideas to finance, market, and run your business, even as it gains momentum. Using his previous company as a model of what to do―and sometimes what not do to―Underwood candidly takes you through the steps of building your business, guided by the principle of necessity.
Each chapter is dedicated to a particular facet of business, from hiring and training the right people to pricing your product or service, buying the right software and tools, navigating legal issues, and understanding when it’s time to sell the business. This book provides you with basic best practices in a quick and simple format, so you can get back to work on turning your aspirations into a reality.
Troy R. Underwood is the founder of multiple business ventures, including what eventually became triVIN as well as benefitsCONNECT.
Building a Brand in an Insincere Age
by Mark Toft, Jay Sunny, and Rich Taylor
Brands are alienating customers by telling the wrong story and championing a false purpose. Your business can avoid the same fate, attract loyal customers, and out-narrate the competition by embracing authenticity. Equal parts provocation and exhortation, the insights of Authenticity apply to business, marketing, and life in general.
Too many companies depend on marketing tactics that don’t match the needs and concerns of their customers, or embrace messaging and causes that don’t connect. Authenticity is an anti-gimmick business book. It prescribes clear strategies that enable companies to communicate in a more genuine, emotional way.
Authors Mark Toft, Jay Sunny, and Rich Taylor provide a series of approaches to help embrace and communicate the purpose of your brand with effectiveness. Whether you’re a business executive who wants to be more persuasive or an advertising professional looking to grow your brand, this book combines the authors’ successful experiences at top agencies into practical advice that can work for anyone in any business.
Readers will learn the importance of purpose and conflict in marketing activities, how to approach advertising with clarity and passion, and how to plan content while avoiding the false allure of aspirational advertising and insincere corporate social responsibility. Inauthentic messaging can often spell failure for a business, but the company that tells a genuine, compelling story to its clients is the one that succeeds.
Mark Toft, chief strategy officer and cofounder of the Narrator Group, was lead digital writer for the Staples Easy Button.
Jay Sunny, chief creative officer and cofounder of the Narrator Group, spent seven years as an art director at the two top advertising agencies in Switzerland.
Rich Taylor, senior vice president of the Narrator Group, is a marketing and sales leader with experience in planning, developing, and implementing successful marketing campaigns.
Essential Steps for Reaching Agreement with Your Kids
by Terri R. Kurtzberg and Mary C. Kern
Why do parents who can pull off multi-million dollar deals at work then go home and stumble with their kids?
Parents spend an awful lot of time negotiating with their kids―over everyday requests, rules and policies, and big decisions, and often end up derailed and frustrated. In Negotiating at Home, Kurtzberg and Kern offer parents a chance to look more closely at what they already do well (and why) and what can be done better. Grounded in decades of research on how to negotiate effectively, parents will learn about how to plan, recognize specific tactics, communicate and work in partnerships with other family members, address fairness, and handle conflict.
“I have been waiting for this book. It is a treasure of memorable stories and evidence-based takeaways that every parent will put to use immediately. As a parent and teacher/scholar of negotiations for 15+ years, I only wish I had this clear and compassionate guide sooner. ” (Dolly Chugh, Author of The Person You Mean to Be and Associate Professor at the NYU Stern School of Business)
“Although the managers I teach in executive education do as much negotiating at home with family as they do at work, translating how to negotiate interests and when to use rights, rules, or power from the workplace to the home front is not trivial. At last, a book I can enthusiastically recommend, for parents, teens, and tweens, that makes that translation for you.” (Jeanne M. Brett, Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University, author of Negotiating Globally)
Easily assimilated, useful guidance for parents seeking to create a more harmonious home environment.~ Kirkus Reviews, June 29, 2020
Terri R. Kurtzberg, PhD, is associate professor of management and global business at Rutgers Business School, Newark and New Brunswick.
Mary C. Kern, PhD, is an associate professor of management at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York.
A Practical Roadmap for Business
by Anastassia Lauterbach and Andrea Bonime-Blanc
Foreword by Ian Bremmer
This practical guide to artificial intelligence and its impact on industry dispels common myths and calls for cross-sector, collaborative leadership for the responsible design and embedding of AI in the daily work of businesses and oversight by boards.
Artificial intelligence has arrived, and it’s coming to a business near you. The disruptive impact of AI on the global economy―from health care to energy, financial services to agriculture, and defense to media―is enormous. Technology literacy is a must for traditional businesses, their boards, policy makers, and governance professionals. This is the first book to explain where AI comes from, why it has emerged as one of the most powerful forces in mergers and acquisitions and research and development, and what companies need to do to implement it successfully. It equips business leaders with a practical roadmap for competing and even thriving in the face of the coming AI revolution. The authors analyze competitive trends, provide industry and governance examples, and explain interactions between AI and other digital technologies, such as blockchain, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things. At the same time, AI experts will learn how their research and products can increase the competitiveness of their businesses, and corporate boards will come away with a thorough knowledge of the AI governance, ethics, and risk questions to ask.
“If you want to learn all about AI—the conceptual, the practical, the applications, all in the context of governance—then you must read this book. Written with great clarity for everyone from board members and CEOs to start-up entrepreneurs and students.”—Hans Decker, CEO and Vice Chair, Siemens USA (retired), USA
Anastassia Lauterbach, PhD, is an international technology strategist, advisor, and entrepreneur. She is CEO and founder of 1AU-Ventures and trains boards in cyber security and cognitive/AI-related technologies and their links to corporate governance.
Andrea Bonime-Blanc, JD, PhD, is governance, ethics, and risk strategist and founder and CEO of GEC Risk Advisory, serving companies, NGOs, and governments. She teaches at several universities, is NACD governance faculty, and author of The Reputation Risk Handbook and Gloom to Boom: How Leaders Transform Risk into Resilience and Value.
Strategies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
by Chris R. Groscurth, PhD
Provides executive leadership teams with the information, tools, and advice they need to lead their organizations into the “future of work,” characterized by transformative, smart, and connected technologies already under way, including artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and automation.
Future-Ready Leadership is an invaluable resource for leaders and leadership educators seeking to transform 4IR trends into a source of collaborative (as opposed to competitive) advantage. A blueprint for reshaping the future of work, the book meets readers’ “awareness need” by exploring cutting-edge research on technology’s impact on the workplace. Each chapter uses data to set up a specific future of work leadership challenge, offering readers practical solutions and advice, actionable recommendations, and tools for reflection and action that can be put into practice right away.
“For educators and practitioners alike, Chris R. Groscurth presents a compelling argument for why our rapidly changing times demand a special kind of leadership. To thrive in the new industrial age, he posits that leaders need to demonstrate presence, agility, collaboration, development, and discernment. Utilizing a multitude of unique self-assessment tools and practical recommendations, this book provides a clear recipe for what leaders and organizations need to do to prepare for and adapt to the future.” (Peter G. Northouse, PhD, Author of the Best-Selling Leadership: Theory and Practice, Eighth Edition)
Chris R. Groscurth, PhD, PCC, is a leadership and organizational effectiveness expert. For the past 20 years he has worked as a researcher and strategic advisor to leaders across healthcare, finance, manufacturing, government, and education. In addition to his consulting work, Chris addresses thousands of leaders annually through speaking engagements and workshops. Throughout his career, he has held leadership positions with Trinity Health and the University of Michigan. Chris received his doctorate in human communication processes from the University of Georgia and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in human communication studies from Western Michigan University.
Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace: Transgender and Gender-Diverse Discrimination
by Alison Ash Fogarty, PhD, and Lily Zheng
The transgender community is more visible now than ever before, but the diversity within this community has remained obscure in the workplace as organizations, corporations, and institutions struggle to keep up with the rate at which transgender communities are gaining visibility. For leaders seeking best practices related to bathroom access, workplace transition, hiring practices, inclusive workplace culture, and more, this book offers guidance and novel policy recommendations designed to ensure the success of transgender employees.
Extending the existing theoretical literature on masculinity in the workplace, gender discrimination, and gender performance, the book introduces the new concept of “doing ambiguity.” It contains original research complemented by humanizing narratives from transgender people that provide insights into rarely explored non-binary, gender-fluid, and genderless experiences. In addition, it identifies factors that may preclude and minimize discrimination, including strategies pursued by transgender people at the individual level as well as policies employed at the organization level, and outlines a pragmatic set of policy recommendations for employers, community leaders, and others looking to help transgender people thrive in organizational environments.
“This informative and analytical book, by Alison Ash Fogarty and Lily Zheng, focuses on the harsh workplaces experiences (embodying discrimination, isolation, and hostility) of 25 transgender and genderfluid individuals in the San Francisco Bay area. However, this work goes a step beyond by offering strategies for avoiding and reducing bias. It’s a must-read for employees and employers everywhere.” – Windy City Times
“A blunt primer and call to action for leaders serious about recruiting and retaining diverse talent.” – Associations Now
Alison Ash Fogarty, PhD, is a sociologist, and sexual empowerment coach and educator. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Sociology and Gender & Society. She earned her doctorate at Stanford University.
Lily Zheng is a design researcher with Stanford University’s Diversity and First-Generation Office. A writer and activist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Psychology Today, and Stanford Politics, Zheng speaks around the world on topics of social justice, transgender inclusion, and sexuality. She earned her master’s degree in sociology at Stanford University.
Branding with Powerful Stories: The Villains, Victims, and Heroes Model
by Greg Stone
“Communicating is the most important thing leaders do. Communicating well is the most important thing successful leaders do. Greg Stone’s Branding with Powerful Stories ranges from Greek philosophy to Hollywood blockbusters to provide an invaluable guide on how to convey your message powerfully, memorably, and reliably. If you’re a leader or you want to be one, Branding with Powerful Stories belongs on your bookshelf.” (Gautam Mukunda, Research Fellow, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School and author of Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter)
“Greg Stone is the go-to resource for all who want to hone their presentation skills and public speaking acumen―whether you are giving a keynote talk for thousands or an update at your book club or leading a conversation at a dinner party. Stone is a master craftsman of storytelling with a successful track record of transforming novices into confident presenters. His book offers both a practical roadmap and an entertaining narrative that will enlighten, entertain, and change the way you talk. Branding with Powerful Stories is a standout, radiating sound advice and commonsense approaches that will make a difference in your life.” (Gina Vild, Coauthor, The Two Most Important Days: How to Find Your Purpose―and Live a Happier, Healthier Life)
Greg Stone understands that the most potent language is the language of story. In this trenchant work, he draws on a wealth of sources―from Bezos to Bogart to Lear to Degas―to construct a compelling guide to the storytelling arts. A must-read for anyone who seeks to engage, inspire, and persuade.” (Francis Flaherty, Former columnist and editor, New York Times, and author of The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing)
Greg Stone is a highly sought after media strategist who began his career as a print and broadcast journalist. His professional honors include three Emmy nominations. He founded Stone Communications in 1989 and has since conducted media and presentation skills workshops for a broad range of clients, including Fidelity, Harvard Business School, IBM, Massachusetts General Hospital, Timberland, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He studied French, Italian, and German as an undergraduate, earning an AB with honors from Harvard University, followed by two master’s degrees from Columbia University in journalism and business. He is author of Artful Business: 50 Lessons from Creative Geniuses.
The Insightful Leader: Find Your Leadership Superpowers, Crush Limiting Beliefs, and Abolish Self-Sabotaging Behaviors
by Carlann Fergusson
“Leaders often hear they need to have deeper self-awareness but rarely has there been a book that so accurately charts a path of self-discovery. In The Insightful Leader, Carlann Fergusson systematically enables leaders to serve as their own executive coaches.”—Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Triggers and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
“This book turns traditional thinking about leadership on its head–and enables a different and more positive set of behaviors for leaders.”–Jack Stahl, Former CEO of Revlon and former President of The Coca-Cola Company
“Carlann Fergusson’s observations of leaders’ overused strengths are so accurate that you will have x-ray vision into yourself and your colleagues. Being able to see beyond the surface is incredibly valuable in navigating workplace dynamics.”–Steve Jacobs, PhD, CEO, Bright, and former Sr. Vice President of Digital Technology and Product of Hudson Bay Company
“The Insightful Leader is a guide to self-examination that has caused me, as a leader, to rethink the strengths I valued in myself. I now look at them from the employee’s perspective. Carlann is the most thoughtful and, in a positive way, confrontational organizational professional I have ever worked with. I am a better leader because of her coaching.”–Bill Sheppard, Executive VP of Operations, Vixar, and former VP of Technology and Manufacturing Group, Intel
Carlann Fergusson is an award-winning leadership change expert, a past corporate executive, a speaker, and founder of Propel Forward. She guides experienced leaders in becoming more insightful and strategic. Although a psychologist by education, she discovered her coaching and consulting methods while rising through the ranks of corporate leadership at Intel, Visteon, Press Ganey, and Meijer. In addition to assisting a variety of corporate and individual clients, Fergusson serves on the adjunct faculty for Northwestern University’s Leadership Certificate Program in Chicago. Her expertise has been cited in CBS MoneyWatch, International Business Times, Newsday, and the Boston Globe.
Transgender in the Workplace: The Complete Guide to the New Authenticity for Employers and Gender-Diverse Professionals
by Vanessa Sheridan
Foreword by Congressman Mike Quigley
Offering a fresh and practical perspective for employers and gender-diverse professionals, this book presents useful tools, information, and resources to help organizations and individuals to understand and leverage the power of gender authenticity as a pathway to business success.
The unemployment rate for gender-diverse individuals is disproportionately high. This book will help employers to better understand why this blatant discrepancy exists. It also provides useful solutions and potential remedies for the problem in the form of gender authenticity, an exciting and powerful concept that is taking the global business community in innovative directions.
The breakthrough paradigm of gender authenticity is helping many organizations to become more inclusive while simultaneously gaining a significant competitive advantage. The author, a leading diversity consultant, introduces five fundamentals for creating gender-authentic workplaces. Human resource and diversity professionals will not find a more useful source than this book to help people and organizations to deal effectively with the issue of gender diversity on the job, and gender-diverse employees will learn new strategies for advancing their careers while achieving and maintaining gender authenticity.
Vanessa Sheridan is an expert business consultant, a respected author, an in-demand speaker on transgender workplace issues, a highly skilled transgender inclusion/awareness trainer who works with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies across the United States, and a leading national voice for transgender equality and gender authenticity. She is currently director of gender equity and inclusion at Chicago’s Center on Halsted, the most comprehensive LGBT community center in the Midwest.
The Business of Cannabis: New Policies for the New Marijuana Industry
by D. J. Summers
What happens when corporate culture takes over counterculture? This book explores the contradictions present within the cannabis industry from a business and policy perspective.
Despite the unique culture surrounding cannabis, this new industry follows the same economic principles as does any other agricultural product―that is, it would if the federal government allowed it to. Four distinct challenges prevent the cannabis industry from becoming fully legal and federally regulated in the United States, equivalent to the alcohol, pharmaceutical, or tobacco industries: federal regulations counter to state laws, an unfriendly financial system, a U.S. attorney general bent on keeping the drug war running, and Prohibition’s 70-year-old legacy of distrust between legalization advocates and opponents.
Policy, however, is changing. Already the world’s most heavily consumed illicit drug is in the midst of an international transformation. Globally, a new international trade market has emerged from efforts to legalize it for medical or recreational use, and in the United States, the nascent cannabis industry has acquired lobbyists, well-financed industry kingpins, an extensive ancillary industry, and taxation. The Business of Cannabis explores these issues in depth and contextualizes U.S. drug policy at a time when lawmakers across the nation are deciding which way to lean on the issue.
“This book is an essential primer on the current state of the marijuana industry. . . . There is huge potential in investing in cannabis as well as massive risk and uncertainty, and this book is an excellent aid in understanding the full picture that surrounds cannabis. With the legalization of cannabis for recreational use in Colorado, Washington, and other states, cannabis is a hot topic. . . . [This] is a great book for any library but especially those in states that have legalized or are considering legalizing marijuana. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals.”—Choice
D. J. Summers is a freelance journalist covering developments in the cannabis industry in Colorado. Formerly he was a business and investigative reporter for the Alaska Journal of Commerce, covering Alaska’s recreational marijuana industry since it began in 2015. Summers earned his master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University.
Future Jobs: Solving the Employment and Skills Crisis
by Edward E. Gordon
Bronze Medalist in Business, Independent Publisher Book Awards
A pervasive disconnect exists between the job/career culture and the present economic reality in America. This book offers powerful strategies for stemming the employment crisis and proposes comprehensive solutions for businesses, government, and job seekers alike.
“Edward Gordon brings a good deal of data, insight, and clarity to a hotly debated topic: the skills required by the workers of the Postindustrial Age. . . Future Jobs maps out the dimensions of an underappreciated crisis confronting not only the United States but also many of the world’s developed and emerging economies: the rapidly growing shortage of adults who possess the basic skills to qualify for high growth, information-intensive jobs of what the author calls the age of ‘cyber-mental work.’ . . . Future Jobs makes a convincing case that there is an urgent need to provide tens of millions of U.S. workers―both the unemployed and employed―with advanced cognitive skills. . . He concludes that the only effective means by which America can timely address its workplace skills crisis is through local initiatives: employers collaborating with educators, government, and civic leadership to provide millions of individuals with the specific skills required to perform the jobs of our Cyber-Mental Age.” – The Futurist
“Gordon, a business consultant, examines how the United States can reduce workforce skills shortages by offering comprehensive regional solutions. . . . Recommended.” – Choice
“With wisdom, integrity, compassion, and determination, Dr. Gordon identifies and analyzes the issues, and proposes with demonstrably workable solutions. Gordon concludes, ‘As an optimist, I believe that American society’s greater flexibility and dynamism will prevail as in past eras. My hope is that Future Jobs will inspire people in many walks of life to take a proactive role in shaping that new jobs and talent era.'” – The National Career Development Association
Edward E. Gordon, PhD, is president of Imperial Consulting Corporation in Chicago, IL. His published works include Praeger’s The 2010 Meltdown: Solving the Impending Jobs Crisis; FutureWork: The Revolution Reshaping American Business; and Literacy in America: Historic Journey and Contemporary Solutions. Gordon holds a doctorate in psychology and history from Loyola University Chicago.
Trump, Trade, and the End of Globalization
by David S. Jacoby
Global trade is heading toward chaos. Globalization has in part been a zero-sum game over the last 20 years, as China’s middle and upper classes have grown sharply while Western economies have stagnated. Wealthy countries, most notably the United States and the United Kingdom, are now on the brink of abandoning free trade. Prevailing protectionist attitudes and policies are based on short-term thinking and will disappoint future generations.
According to author David S. Jacoby, a “new multilateralism” can provide a way out of this impending disaster by preserving innovation and growth while also curbing the impact of countries that manipulate currency, disparage the environment, and violate human rights.
“Globalization is the most contested topic of our time. Jacoby tees up the right questions, and his analysis and conclusions about trade and globalization are insightful, important, and timely.” (Dr. Mauro F. Guillen, Director of The Lauder Institute and Professor at The Wharton School)
“The scenarios, which are interesting and present some polar positions of where the world could go, emphasize important policy decisions which could have major consequences for the U.S.’s place in the world and its economic prospects.” (Scott Livermore, COO, Oxford Economics)
“David Jacoby’s experience in international business and his insights into the politics and social realities of trade make this book credible and interesting. His assessment of the future role of multilateral trade institutions and regional trade agreements makes sense, and with proper negotiation and implementation, the ‘new multilateralism’ that he outlines can create sustained and balanced economic growth.” (Dr. Oliver Massmann, General Director of Duane Morris LLC)
David S. Jacoby, president of Boston Strategies International, is an economist, consultant, and trade policy adviser. He wrote The Economist Guide to Supply Chain Management and taught operations management at Boston University’s Graduate School of Business. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School, a master’s in international business from The Lauder Institute, and a bachelor of science in finance and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
The Wise Inheritor’s Guide to Freedom from Wealth: Making Family Wealth Work for You
by Charles A. Lowenhaupt
Wealth should never consume or imprison the wealth holder, but it can. This book provides solutions to the issues many wealth inheritors encounter, including problems with trust, family wealth secrets, and family legacy.
The next generation may witness one of the largest transfers of wealth in history. By one estimate, millennials and Generation Z are set to inherit $30 trillion over the next 30 years. The sudden inheritance of significant wealth creates a variety of challenges that seem counterintuitive and can be difficult to understand and deal with, making inheritors of wealth feel isolated from friends and colleagues. Meanwhile, the wealth industry is fed by revenue paid by wealth owners, not inheritors, causing misalignment of priorities and generational conflict.
The Wise Inheritor’s Guide to Freedom from Wealth helps readers to put their new wealth in perspective, preparing them to lead inspired lives of self-actualization and freedom. As a third-generation wealth counselor and industry leader, Charles A. Lowenhaupt has helped wealth creators and inheritors to manage almost every imaginable challenge, including marital tension, family dysfunction, and addiction. Few people actually have the knowledge and experience to figure out the purpose of wealth and set it on its course. In this book, he helps wealth inheritors to develop a healthy relationship with wealth at a young age, thus enabling readers to live in harmony with both their wealth and their families.
“For those who have, or will be, inheriting great wealth, no wiser counsel or guidance can be found than Charles A. Lowenhaupt. By sharing a lifetime of stories and experiences, Lowenhaupt reveals the essential secret to leading a successful life for wealth inheritors. The secret? Being able to use your wealth as a tool in order to pursue and develop your true passion and calling. As you engage in this exciting journey, The Wise Inheritor’s Guide will prove to be an invaluable companion along the way.” (Mark R. Rank, Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare, Washington University, St. Louis)
“This book is a must-read because the reader hears true voices of the wealthy and because Charles A. Lowenhaupt has been listening―for decades. His considerable wisdom will inspire inheritors and parents alike. ‘Spoiled, entitled, unmotivated’ are what we too often hear about wealthy inheritors. Imagine the possibilities when inheritors discover how to journey from entitlement to self-actualization.” (Charlotte Beyer, Founder, Institute for Private Investors)
Charles A. Lowenhaupt is chairman and CEO of Lowenhaupt Global Advisors.
by Kenneth O. Doyle, PhD, and Larry K. Houk, JD
“This book is more than just a financial toolkit; it is a brilliantly informed, humane, and thoroughly readable treatise on well-being for aging parents and those who care about them. I strongly recommend it for thoughtful persons of all ages as we prepare for the greatest generational transfer of wealth in history.” (Daniel Seymour Bowling III, Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke Law School)
“This book raises the questions you should have been asking―but perhaps haven’t―and points you to the answers. A ‘must read’ for those with elderly parents and for CPA financial advisors.” (Houston D. Smith Jr., CPA/PFS, MBA, CGMA)
“A masterly account that completely covers all the important financial topics appropriate to your aging parents. The book’s four continuing personality types help you understand on a step-by-step basis all the key questions you need to ask, including communication suggestions. It’s a wonderful read.” (E. Thomas Garman, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech University)
Kenneth O. Doyle is a professor of mass communication at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, a licensed psychologist, and a retired financial planner. He holds a PhD in psychology from University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
Larry K. Houk is a retired attorney who practiced law in Minnesota for four decades. For most of his career, his focus was estate planning and elder law. He received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis.
The Financial Rules for New College Graduates: Invest before Paying Off Debt—and Other Tips Your Professors Didn’t Teach You
by Michael C. Taylor
From financial expert Michael C. Taylor comes a proposed means by which to not only pull oneself out of debt but to start building wealth from the first day on the job: adoption of modesty, skepticism, and optimism. The Financial Rules for New College Graduates explains that by embodying modesty, the opposite of status-seeking ostentation; skepticism, the ability to recognize scams, false promises, and the hyperbole and short-sightedness of financial media; and optimism, the belief that financial security can be yours with little to no risk, anyone can attain financial security.
“This book is a gift that will keep giving. Michael C. Taylor’s sharply organized insights and clear language provide invaluable advice. Essential reading and reference for anyone who aspires not just to financial literacy but to a lifetime of smart decisions and wealth creation.” (Benjamin F. Jones, Gund Professor of Entrepreneurship, Kellogg School of Management)
“Not only is Michael C. Taylor on an admirable mission to give everyone a fair shot at building wealth, he manages to make financial literacy entertaining. The book is, as the kids say, ‘unputdownable’ and readers will come away with ethical, evolved approaches to making key financial decisions with confidence.” (Callie Enlow, Editor-in-Chief, Make Change/Aspiration)
“For the average investor, simplicity reigns. MIchael C. Taylor does an excellent job of describing the power of compounding interest in simple terms while addressing the seemingly contradictory requirement for investors to embrace long-term risk to build wealth. This is critically important advice in a world increasingly focused on short-term thinking and fear mongering.” (Edward A. Hart, President, Sendero Wealth Management)
“The key to success in investing is demystifying the process. If you can do that, wealth should follow. Michael C. Taylor provides easy-to-remember guidelines and principles that anyone could apply.” (Lars Kroijer, Author, Investing Demystified: How to Invest without Speculation and Sleepless Nights)
Michael C. Taylor sold bonds on Wall Street, founded and closed a private investment business, and dedicates himself to the mission of teaching, consulting, and writing about finance. He writes a weekly column for the San Antonio Express News and the Houston Chronicle and founded the finance blog http://www.bankers-anonymous.com.