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Bits And Pieces — June 25, 2016

by David Brock on June 25th, 2016

A few updates you may find interesting to peruse over the weekend.

What I’m Learning:

I’m in the middle of an outstanding course entitled:  Model Thinking on Coursera.  It’s taught by Scott Page of the University of Michigan.  It’s a fascinating course.  I think every sales professional should look at courses on models and systems thinking.  Not only do they help us makes sense of our own complex work environments, they provide us critical thinking and problem solving skills to help our customers.

Movies You Should See:

Just saw The Music Of Strangers.  It follows Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Silk Road Ensemble in appearances around the world.  It is beautiful visually and the music is stunning.  The movie is incredibly moving, as it explores innovation, collaboration, creativity, and preserving cultural traditions, while simultaneously driving cultural revolution.  It’s a small movie, that won’t get a lot of visibility, but it’s impeccably produced, directed, and edited.  Take some time to look at the movie.

More widely known, Genius, is the story of Max Perkins, the Scribner editor responsible for the works of Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Outstanding movie, provoked me to buy and start reading the book, Max Perkins:  Editor of Genius.  It’s also a fascinating book.

Sales Manager Survival Guide:

The activity around the launch of Sales Manager Survival Guide continues to be very high.  I’ll be providing links to the various reviews in a later post.  However, since many of you are purchasers of the book, I did want to provide and update on the Charity:Water campaign launched with the book.  I had launched the book with the Get Smart, Do Good theme.  In the first week of the launch, I committed to donating 100% of the profits, following the first week, through the end of August, I’ve committed to donating 25% of the profits.  So far, we’ve raised close to $3000.  This will fund water projects for over 100 people.  Thanks to all of you who’ve bought the book and contributed to this great effort!

If you haven’t bought the book, do so now.  Not only will it help you in your own professional development, but you join the rest of us in doing good for others.

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