CEO Verified .11
With a little more time added to our schedules while working from home and/or in self isolation, we’re typically spending that time reading a bit more, taking on a hobby, listening to music, whatever, you name it. The extra time can easily be derailed with all of the information that’s coming at us online and can be quite overwhelming. We can get lost in the news easier than we think. It’s hard to keep track of the stories we actually want to get a hold of or stay in the pieces that capture us. For this week’s CEO Verified, here are some works that will hopefully inspire your creative and entrepreneurial endeavors amongst these strange times and keep you enageed.
Book - What it Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence
I read King of Capital, the story of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone, back in 2012 – which was insightful from a business perspective. This book, however, is more focused on personal anecdotes and stories to further his views on how to be ’successful’ both professionally and personally. Even if you’re not in finance, I highly recommend it as there are a lot of gems and lessons in taking risks, thinking big, and always holding yourself accountable.
Podcast - Bill Simmons Podcast
Bill Simmons is undoubtedly one of the ‘godfathers’ and a unique voice when it comes to all things sports and pop culture. I listen to pretty much every episode of his podcast – this episode with Ben Thompson from last month is particularly a great listen as they discuss everything from business models around streaming and various media platforms to the NBA and Milwaukee Bucks (Ben’s favorite team).
Article - Compaq and Coronoavirus
Speaking of Ben Thompson, his blog Stratechery (accompanied by a newsletter) is a great source for macro-level business and technology trends (and thinking behind/around them). His latest article is a timely, interesting one comparing the rise and fall of Compaq with the potential curve of Coronavirus. It’s not the quickest read but I still recommend it.