A consultant explains a strategy for rebooting one’s business and personal life in 90 days.
In this business book, Sillitoe (Managing the Mist, 2013) draws heavily on his own experiences, opening with stories of his consulting-work challenges, the breakup of his marriage, and his chronic health problems. His book focuses on the titular “4 Keys” self-improvement program, which he developed at a speaking engagement. The Keys refer to “business, body, relationships and mindset,” and, in these pages, he lays out the self-help elements of his plan—from developing a clear vision to establishing measurable goals to making lasting behavioral changes. The author encourages readers to come up with a big-picture understanding of their ambitions; for instance, he presents the idea that one should exercise not to develop a six-pack, but to be able to do outdoor activities with the family. The book includes examples of various 90-day plans that Sillitoe and his program’s participants have developed, as well as exercises to help readers create their own. The author’s prose is moderate and straightforward: “if you always do the work, make no excuses, are always ready and completely honest about how you feel and what you want in life, the people around you will come to know you as a person they can rely on.” Much of the terminology will be familiar to business-book aficionados, but Sillitoe manages not to get bogged down by buzzwords (and he reminds readers about his TEDx presentation only three times). His background as a hockey player and coach brings some variety to his frequent sports metaphors. Although the idea of a “90-Day Reset” isn’t entirely unique, Sillitoe’s vision is well-executed and will provide a robust framework for readers who may want to customize it to their own needs. Those who enjoy the author’s can-do approach (“Write your story. Find your superpower. Then share your superpower by telling your story to others”) will find the book to be a useful addition.
An enthusiastic and concise guide to making measurable life changes.
Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.
Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").
Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)