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Spring cleaning book giveaway

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It’s (finally) spring here in Cleveland, and that means it’s time to clean out my office. I’ve got an entire shelf of books here that I’ve accumulated in the past 12 months that aren’t doing much, so during the next few weeks I’m going to send them to a few lucky readers.

First up is “The Checklist Manifesto” by Atul Gawande. I wrote about this one in a recent column:

In his latest book, β€œThe Checklist Manifesto,” Gawande talks about how simple checklists have helped doctors in ICUs across the country reduce infection rates to statistically zero. They make sure doctors remember stuff like wash your hands before operating and cover the patient in sterile cloths before you cut him open. Not rocket science, but easy enough to overlook in a crowded operating room.

The checklist programs started with nurses, the people doing most of the hands-on work with patients day to day. They really caught on after hospital administrators gave nurses the power to call out doctors when they missed key steps on the list.

Gawande describes three types of problems these lists help solve: simple, complicated and complex. A simple problem is like replacing a light bulb. It has a few steps that anyone could accomplish, and repeat. A complicated problem is one that involves lots of people and decisions, but can be divided into many simple problems – like launching a rocket.

It’s a quick read, and this slightly dog-eared copy is already lovingly annotated for increased ease of use.

It’s all yours. Just send me an email at and include a note about a simple process or tactic you’ve implemented in your business that has made you more efficient.


April 15th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Book winners and “7 Principles of Public Speaking”

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Here’s the next installment of our December book giveaway: “7 Principles of Public Speaking” by Richard Zeoli. You may not give keynote addresses, but these tips will help you lead team meetings and present at your next Chamber of Commerce event, for sure.

And, I’m still unpacking a Honda Civic’s worth of boxes, so stay tuned for more chances to build your library.

Congrats to the winners of our book giveaway so far! Hope you all enjoy them.

  • Jan Gross, Heritage Landscapes, San Anselmo, Calif.
  • Jerry Solis, Omega Lawn Care, Riverside, Calif.
  • Graham Oldreive, Ducke’s Lawn Care, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • David Burger, Burger Landscapes, Rome, Ill.
  • Paul E. Morgan, The RainHarvest Company, Snellville, Ga.
  • Matthew Lawonn, Lawonn Lawn & Landscaping, Milwaukee


December 9th, 2011 at 10:17 am

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A month’s worth of gifts – Built to Last

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The office clean out continues! Here’s the next installment in our December book giveaway: Jim Collins’ “Built to Last.”

After he published “Good to Great,” Collins’ books became legend in business as guides to success. Email me at if you want it.


December 8th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

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A month’s worth of gifts

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During the next week, we’re moving our editorial offices from our palatial corporate HQ in Richfield, Ohio, to our company’s historic main headquarters in Cleveland. Apart from making very important and serious decisions about desk assignments and where the printer needs to go, I’m also cleaning out my bookshelves.

So, all this month, I’ll be giving away the best business and books I’ve collected during the past few years. All you have to do is email me your mailing address, and our elves I will drop the book in the mail.

First up is Robert Glennon’s “Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to Do About It.” Glennon, a professor at the University of Arizona, spoke at the 2010 Irrigation Association show, and is an expert on water rights and the impact they’re having on our country. It’s a great read.


December 5th, 2011 at 7:58 am