Book Recommendations

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Bill Yoh

Learn, Love, Lead

An embattled son becomes a patriarch. An untested employee becomes a CEO. A husband becomes a caregiver. A student becomes a teacher, and ultimately a student. Spike Yoh’s life story paints a vivid picture of the profound and very human forces that shape leadership. From a troubled childhood that would have propelled most into a cycle of broken relationships and self-doubt, he rewrote the rules of his own life, and in the process built his father’s company into a billion-dollar enterprise. 

Through self-determination and a commitment to see the glass as more than half full, Spike Yoh became a loving family man, a business leader, and a philanthropist whose keen intuition and unmatched ability to connect with others have inspired individuals and organizations to achieve unprecedented levels of success. 

Drawing on interviews spanning eight decades of relationships; more than one hundred years of research, correspondences, and family diaries; as well as personal perspectives, Spike’s youngest son Bill Yoh creates a candid and emotional journey of love and grit, of business and blood, of admiration and imperfection that covers the drama, the comedy, and the tragedy of a life well lived.

From the deep-rooted influences of American ancestry to the complexities of modern family dynamics, the Spike Yoh story offers readers a rare glimpse of a life that bridges the divide between the twentieth-century industrialist and the twenty-first-century man. His journey is both energizing and relat able, regardless of one’s background or beliefs.

Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia
Starting in 1997, Bob Chapman and Barry-Wehmiller have pioneered a dramatically different approach to leadership that creates off-the-charts morale, loyalty, creativity, and business performance. The company utterly rejects the idea that employees are simply functions, to be moved around, "managed" with carrots and sticks, or discarded at will. Instead, Barry-Wehmiller manifests the reality that every single person matters, just like in a family. That’s not a cliché on a mission statement; it’s the bedrock of the company’s success.
Bryan Dodge & David Williams

The Principles of an Unstoppable Family-Business is all about building a family-based business on a set of specific principals that are absolutely necessary for it to survive. It’s an enormous challenge to be in business with kin and actually make it work. Family-business consultant Bryan Dodge goal is to provide the best practices and key elements needed for a solid foundation. It’s all about making something very challenging into something very rewarding with this go-to resource for understanding the key concepts behind a successful family-business.

Carl L. Sheeler

Equity Value Enhancement ("EVE"): Governance, Risk, Relationships & Knowledge ("GRRK") provides the information and tools practitioners and business owners need to work with the multitude of intangibles ("GRRK") in equity investment decisions. The author engages readers with an insightful and brief claim:  "Values are more than numbers."  He then provides support for just how important human capital is to the value creation paradox.  He doesn't stop there because ideas without definitive actions don't promote transformation.  He further challenges the reader with:  "If you don't think outside of the box, you're doomed to live in the box."

Carolyn J. Friend and James M. Weiner
Gleaned from over 30 years of the authors' discussions as psychologists with families, The Legacy Conversation addresses issues with the common practices and systems of wealth planning by highlighting the distinction between "Tangibles" and "Intangibles."
Traditional planning generally focuses on the things we can touch; cherished possessions, property, and money, yet families place a higher value on such things as their guiding principles and beliefs, family traditions -- their Wisdom, the family's true legacy.