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"It’s Your Way, Or the HI Way" by Brian Kagan is a book for business leaders about how to lead businesses more effectively, by, as he says, “getting out of their own way.” This book goes over business presence and how to effectively listen, how to motivate others and encourage creativity, how to prioritize, how to achieve a company’s mission the right way, and more. This book also deals with how to manage risky situations, as well as how to say “no,” so you can say “go.” There is also a section about how to properly analyze business failures without finger-pointing. The appendix at the end hits the high (HI?) points in the book, and has exercises that help business leaders and their teams to apply what is in the book.
HI means “high impact,” and I think this book does just that. The principles of the FAST and stupid meetings made a lot of sense. I didn’t recognize the examples Brian used about Reba McEntire, but I still learned a lot. Partnering with a situation instead of fighting it, and the concept of “ready, fire, aim” were dealt with while keeping business jargon to a minimum. This book made normally stuffy concepts like meetings, mission statements, and goal setting easy to comprehend. How to create a living learning laboratory was new to me too. Redefining words like “fast” and “fine” was funny, and worked well, based on Mr. Kagan’s context. Using movies and popular culture references to liven up the book breathed life into a normally dry subject. A great addition to any business library.