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Select a category: BLOGS, recommended BOOKS, or selected VIDEOS. In each category, JD offers a collection of idea-generating picks.

Ask JD: Amid conflict, keep focus on best interests of family business —JD

I started a company several years ago. As part of the start-up process, I hired family members and gave them each small amounts of stock in the company. Recently, the company has begun to scale more quickly, and I offered stock to a non-family member who is a key link in our growth plan. I was surprised when my family reacted somewhat negatively to the concept of giving stock to a non-family member. What should I do?

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How can we keep growing – and keep people? —JD

I have a great leadership team, and my company is doing well. Recently, my company seems to have plateaued. We are not seeing the double-digit growth that I am used to. How do I put a sense of urgency back into the organization, especially my leadership team?

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Is It Time to Retire? —JD

How do I know when it’s time to retire? I am 75, am full of energy, feel like I am 55, and am excited about getting up and going to work every day. Almost every day someone asks me when I am planning to retire. This conversation upsets me. Should I be thinking about retiring?

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How are you showing up? Dean Minuto

Yescalate® Tip 27: Can people trust you? A great tip from Dean Minuto, Vistage Speaker of the Year.


Give first. Dr. Robert Cialdini

Robert Cialdini discusses the Rule of Reciprocity. You have to give before you get. A great rule for business leaders.


Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less —Greg McKeown

Every now and then a book makes a significant impact on you. While I was in Key West this winter, I read the book Essentialism by Greg McKeown. The disciplined pursuit of less is a lesson that every executive should learn. Learning to gracefully say no is only one lesson.  Read this book. It will make a material difference in your life. I use the lessons from this book daily.


Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War —P. W. Singer and August Cole

I heard about this book when I attended the US Army War College Annual Strategy Session. It is required reading for these folks posted at the Pentagon. Great entertaining read for the summer.