No time to read? Tired of hearing all your friends talk about that one book you know you should read? Each episode we unpack one book and bring you the best ideas - the bottom line - of the book in about an hour.
EP13: Thirteen Days: Lessons learned in the Cuban Missile Crisis
What does it take to stay calm under extreme pressure? JFK handled what was likely the most important moment in history, where humanity came closest to complete destruction. You'll want to hear the negotiating principles he took from a book he read years before. Learn how WWII shaped the leader he would later become.
In other news Matt shares his worst parenting and marriage moments, while John shares about the importance of keeping an open dialogue on difficult decisions in your family.
EP12: The One Thing by Gar Keller
"If you chase two rabbits, you will catch neither." There can be only one "main thing" in your life. So how do you decide what that is? Gary Keller built one of the most successful real estate business in the country and found this concept to be central to his success. Be sure to check out his 6 MYTHS OF PRODUCTIVITY in this episode!
In other news, John talks about working on his cars and Matt shares of his love for Billy Crystal movies.
EP11: The Collapse of Parenting
Have you wondered why kids are overweight, more fragile, overmedicated, and underperforming in school compared to thirty years ago? After twenty-five years as a family physician and psychologist, Leonard Sax wondered the same thing and sets down his thoughts in this book. In other news John shares some fancy Latin words, and Matt tells the secret to making sure at least one of your kids turns out ok.
EP10 Cash Flow Quadrant
Do you struggle with your mindset around work and money? Well you're in for a treat this week as we flip the script and Matt brings the knowledge. John admits he hasn't read this book, though his wife has read a lot of it aloud to him hoping he would read it. Tune in for loads of practical help around finances, Matt's area of expertise.
Principles by Ray Dalio
In what culture do you best flourish? In this episode we unpack Ray Dalio's book "Principles," where he delivers his principles for creating an 'idea meritocracy' culture. It's a mouthful, but it's a powerful concept. So much gold in this book, like the difference between open and closed minded people. In other news, John calls in Matt for back up on some pronunciations, and Matt shares how to avoid car wrecks.
EP08: 4DX The Four Disciplines of Execution
In this episode we unpack the book The Four Disciplines of Execution by Sean Covey and others. John says this book has had the greatest practical influence on his quality of life than any other he's read in the last five years. We talk about how to set Wildly Important Goals, the difference between lead measures and lag measures, tracking your progress, and the importance of accountability. In other news Matt tells about his days in the Ghetto, and John gets Matt to commit to actually read the book.
I love ideas but can’t seem to finish books. This is a great resource for guys like me, like audio Cliff Notes, highlighting the best of the books in the context of real life.
Deep dives into leading books
John is a deep thinker who pulls out deep truths from leading business and mindset books. What emerges is as hot as lava and hardens like igneous rock. More listenable to other podcasts reviewing and recommending books. If you enjoy “Read to Lead”, you’ll enjoy this as well. It’s a different, but needed, take.