Sunday, July 19, 2015

Book Review: Like a Virgin

Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business SchoolLike a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School by Richard Branson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Among the many, many reasons why I enjoy having a book by Sir Richard to read is that his writing style is punchy and fun. He never dwells on tedious points and does not worry about building complex arguments to make his case. He just says what he thinks.  Let others spin their wheels proving him wrong. He's got other stuff to do.  Like making a multi-million dollar deal from his hammock at Necker Island. 

The subtitle here says it all: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School.  Can't get more clear than that.  Branson is an alum of the University of Been There, Done That... and he has graduated with honors.  In 76 chapters of about four pages each, Branson provides wisdom on everything from taking risks, innovating, and making change to office relationships, leadership, and listening to frontline staff.  He writes of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and putting family life first.  He advises us all to follow our passions and have confidence the money part will follow.  Focusing on money gets us nowhere. All golden.

Like a Virgin is liberating... Branson not only encourages readers to break with conventional wisdom in a host of ways, he also gives us permission to follow our own lights.  Make it up as we go.  Focus on what we think is important. Mess up. Try again. Have fun. Give back.  It's OK Mom (Boss, Mr. Banker) Sir Richard said I could.

Here's my two-page summary for free download.

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