When I was at high school I had a fantastic Economics teacher, Bob James. One of the best tips he ever gave us as a class was to read widely (as he called it). I did it then and I continue to do it now. I find that absorbing information from different sources is really helpful in expanding my perspective and my thinking.
I recommend the same thing to my consulting clients as well.
If you’re looking for a place that summarises and collects the best articles and books that are worth reading then check out our FP Advance Facebook page. Every week we post the best articles from the web, great articles from the US Financial Planning journals and anything else I’ve come across that I reckon will be of interest.
I try to pick articles that I think will be really valuable to business owners and leaders. Reading widely helps me gain new perspectives and think differently about my own business and those of the clients I work with. In an ever-changing world that’s an important thing to be doing.
Here’s a short selection of the some of the most viewed articles we posted this year:
How quitting my corporate job for my startup dream f*cked my life up… And five questions I wish I had asked myself at the very beginning
I just love this article and it’s a must read for anyone running a business (or considering doing so). If you’re having a bad day, week, or year then this is the perfect pick me up. If you’ve lost friends because they just don’t get what it’s like to run your own show then read this and get your mojo back. Remember Ernest Hemingway’s wise words: “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
Deena Katz runs through some great ways of communicating planning and investment concepts to clients. If you’re looking for a few ideas on how to do this better, read on.
There are times throughout a leader’s tenure that he/she must look behind them and see if anyone is following. Are the goals that have been set being accomplished? Is the organisation moving in a positive direction? Are people working together to achieve the desired outcomes? Here’s an interesting piece and some straightforward advice for anyone trying to improve (or recapture) their leadership skills.
The best news? It’s completely free.
Check it out here.
Wishing you a happy New Year and a fantastic start to 2016.