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John Pearson
John Pearson is the president of John Pearson Associates, Inc., a board governance and management consulting firm in San Clemente, Calif.
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“Operation Mincemeat” is the perfect beach read this summer: WWII suspense story (true!) minced with leadership insights and detailed management savvy. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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Simon Sinek’s “Leaders Eat Last,” with an expanded chapter on leading millennials, is the perfect book for your summer reading list. Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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Convicting, but so, so inspiring! Another must-read: "The Softer Side of Leadership," by Eugene B. Habecker. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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Go slow…when you read “The Top 10 Leadership Conversations in the Bible,” by Steve Moore. It’s chewable and so, so convicting. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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“Joy Giving,” by Cameron Doolittle, is an extremely wise book on generosity—and aligns seamlessly with the poignant story of what Bob Buford put in his “box.” Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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“Leadership and Self-Deception,” by The Arbinger Institute, is both timely and so, so convicting. Yikes. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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If your mistake-making culture is all risk and no reward, “The Book of Mistakes” will delight and surprise your team members. Create a Hoopla! event! Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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I've preached SMART Goals. Michael Hyatt two-ups me with SMARTER Goals--and that ticked me off, until I thought about it. Must-read book! Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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The ECFA Governance Toolbox Series No. 4 on CEO succession planning suggest you avoid buses and boredom! Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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Oldies, but still goodies! I'm revisiting my Top 10 books of 2013, including my 2013 book-of-the-year, "What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: Discover the 20 Workplace Habits You Need to Break," by Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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Dan Ariely (the prof) and Jeff Kreisler (the funny guy) say we MISTHINK money. Read their provocative (and hilarious) book, "Dollars and Sense." Definitely changed my flawed thinking about how to spend smarter. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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"The Power of Moments" is my Book-of-the-Year pick for 2017 and nine more books made my Top 10 list. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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Here are 11 gift options for your last-minute Christmas shopping. Leaders are readers! Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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Jack Alexander’s new book, "The God Guarantee," says you can find freedom from the fear of not having enough. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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ECFA President Dan Busby and John Pearson team up to write "Lessons From the Nonprofit Boardroom" with 40 short chapters, including some boardroom bloopers. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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Chip Heath and Dan Heath, authors of "The Power of Moments," warn: "Beware the soul-sucking force of reasonableness." Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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The director of landscape services at Ole Miss creates Landscape University to address dysfunction and lack of leadership growth--calling it "leadership lessons from the ground level." Brilliant! Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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Here's a trend! Read "Illuminate" and "The Power of Moments" together--and you'll learn the art and science of creating defining moments. Powerful! Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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Chick-fil-A had a culture of "continual improvement," but not necessarily innovation. Then they launched the "Hatch" center--with a "break stuff" ceremony. Brilliant. Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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This amazing book, "Illuminate," says the path to strong movements is five-fold: Dream, Leap, Fight, Climb, and Arrive. I've never, ever read anything quite like this. Powerful! Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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John Maxwell says "The secret to a good meeting is the meeting before the meeting." And he waited until he was 60 before writing this lesson! Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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Hans Finzel's latest book is a winner! "Top Ten Ways to Be a Great Leader" provides succinct insights for your next 10 staff meetings. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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Warning! Before your church jumps on the latest gospel bandwagon…and “plants” another church (or adds a “church campus” as they're called)…read this book. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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Is "The Cubs Way" a baseball book or a management book? Yes. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog
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David McKenna's new book, "Call of the Chair," cautions boards not to speed-vote an ill-prepared person into the board chair seat. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at John Pearson's Buckets Blog