Am I Being Too Subtle?

Author: Sam Zell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698408888

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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The traits that make Sam Zell one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs also make him one of the most surprising, enigmatic, and entertaining mavericks in American business. Self-made billionaire Sam Zell consistently sees what others don’t. From finding a market for overpriced Playboy magazines among his junior high classmates, to buying real estate on the cheap after a market crash, to investing in often unglamorous industries with long-term value, Zell acts boldly on supply and demand trends to grab the first-mover advantage. And he can find opportunity virtually anywhere—from an arcane piece of legislation to a desert meeting in Abu Dhabi. “If everyone is going left, look right,” Zell often says. To him, conventional wisdom is nothing but a reference point. Year after year, deal after deal, he shuts out the noise of the crowd, gathers as much information as possible, then trusts his own instincts. He credits much of his independent thinking to his parents, who were Jewish refugees from World War II. Talk to any two people and you might get wild swings in their descriptions of Zell. A media firestorm ensued when the Tribune Company went into bankruptcy a year after he agreed to steward the enterprise. At the same time, his razor-sharp instincts are legendary on Wall Street, and he has sponsored over a dozen IPOs. He’s known as the Grave Dancer for his strategy of targeting troubled assets, yet he’s created thousands of jobs. Within his own organization, he has an inordinate number of employees at every level who are fiercely loyal and have worked for him for decades. Zell’s got a big personality; he is often contrarian, blunt, and irreverent, and always curious and hardworking. This is the guy who started wearing jeans to work in the 1960s, when offices were a sea of gray suits. He’s the guy who told The Wall Street Journal in 1985, “If it ain’t fun, we don’t do it.” He rides motorcycles with his friends, the Zell’s Angels, around the world and he keeps ducks on the deck outside his office. As he writes: “I simply don’t buy into many of the made-up rules of social convention. The bottom line is: If you’re really good at what you do, you have the freedom to be who you really are.” Am I Being Too Subtle?—a reference to Zell’s favorite way to underscore a point—takes readers on a ride across his business terrain, sharing with honesty and humor stories of the times he got it right, when he didn’t, and most important, what he learned in the process. This is an indispensable guide for the next generation of disrupters, entrepreneurs, and investors.

Am I Being Too Subtle?

Author: Sam Zell

Publisher: Portfolio

ISBN: 9781591848233


Page: 229

View: 5087

No one has ever accused Sam Zell of being conventional. One of the savviest, most mysterious, and most controversial investors today, he built his real estate empire by zigging when everyone else zagged. Despite a few notable failures, most famously that of the Tribune Company, his success with his own investment firm Equity Group Investments, and his ownership of companies like Sealy, Santa Fe Energy Resources, and Schwinn Bicycles is undeniable, and he remains one of the few truly self-made multi-billionaires in the United States. Zell takes readers inside his world, where the secrets of success are embedded in the dramatic and often surprising stories of his youth and business life. He tells the remarkable story of how the son of Holocaust survivors was able to grow the Equity network, which includes some of the nation's largest commercial real estate companies, and expand across industries--from real estate and railcars to energy, logistics, and others--amassing enormous wealth from nothing. Instead of handing out the same old advice, Zell cuts the bull and talks straight about how to make it in business. The books is packed with his characteristic nuggets of insight, such as- Trying to be right 100% of the time leads to paralysis. Business is not a battle to be waged. It's a puzzle to be solved. Keep it simple. Liquidity equals value. When others are going right, look left.

Summary of Sam Zell's Am I Being Too Subtle?

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 34

View: 3826

Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 I am known as the Grave Dancer, because I help turn around companies that have been neglected or devalued. I am not claiming to be altruistic; I am just optimistic and confident that I can turn those assets around. #2 I make a point of shutting out the noise and doing what makes sense to me. I want everyone’s opinion, but I determine my own path. I look for clarity, and if something isn’t clear, I get more information. #3 I am the son of Jewish immigrants who fled Poland to escape the Holocaust and come to the United States. I have always been drawn to the experience rather than the accumulation of wealth. I believe that 1 + 1 can equal 3 or 4 or 6. I never want that to be me. #4 I have never worked a day in my life. I’ve been able to do what I love because I’ve loved doing it. I thrive on inspiring and challenging people, and I take great pride in their accomplishments.

Help! I Work with People

Author: Chad Veach

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1493428128

Category: Religion

Page: 299

View: 1038

We know leadership isn't exclusive to corner offices and multimillion-dollar budgets--some of the best leaders are the mentors and technicians who are more comfortable behind the scenes. But what if being an effective leader isn't just about having innovative ideas and high levels of productivity? What if becoming a great leader is more about prioritizing self-awareness and people skills than production and performance? Help! I Work with People is not a book about leadership theory, but rather a handbook on how to connect with people and influence them for good. With his signature transparent and relatable storytelling, Chad Veach uses modern research and biblical principles to encourage you to lean into your leadership potential regardless of your level of influence or experience. In short and easily digestible chapters, he addresses the three phases of becoming a quality leader: · learning to lead the hardest person you will ever be in charge of--yourself · recognizing the power of becoming a people person · creating a culture and environment where the team's shared vision can grow People are the most important part of life. Let's learn how to lead as if we like each other.

Irresistible Attraction

Author: Alison Kelly

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1459269012

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 1126

Opposites attract! Bart Cameron believed that women should be ladies at all times…. But Alessandra had other ideas! So when they met it was inevitable that sparks would fly—and they did. Although Bart and Alessandra were total opposites, they couldn't keep their hands off each other! Their love affair was hot and passionate, but Bart seemed determined to avoid commitment at all costs. After all, Alessandra wasn't strictly his type; his ladylike neighbor, on the other hand, was closer to Bart's ideal woman. If only Alessandra wasn't so gorgeously irresistible! A wonderful debut novel from a talented new author. Fun, flirty and full of romance!

Stealing Mona Lisa

Author: Carson Morton

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781429972031

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 4482

A Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2011 Fiction and a Library Journal Best Mystery of 2011 What happens when you mix a Parisian street orphan, a hot-tempered Spanish forger, a beautiful American pickpocket, an unloved wife, and one priceless painting? The charming Eduardo de Valfierno makes a very respectable living in Argentina fleecing the nouveau rich—they pay him to steal valuable pieces of art, and Valfierno sells them flawless forgeries instead. But when Eduardo meets the beautiful Mrs. Hart on his latest con, he takes a risk that forces him back to the city he loved and left behind—Paris. There he assembles his team of con artists for their final and most ambitious theft, one that will enable them to leave the game forever: The Mona Lisa. But when a member of the team turns up missing, and Mr. Hart shows up in Paris, Valfierno and his crew must stay one step ahead of a relentless police inspector, endure a devastating flood, and conquer their own doubts to keep the priceless painting in play—and survive. Based on the actual theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911, and published on the 100th anniversary of the crime, Stealing Mona Lisa is a sophisticated, engaging caper, complete with a richly imagined group of con artists and a historical mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. Stealing Mona Lisa is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Mysteries title. One of Library Journal's Best Mystery Books of 2011


Author: Dr. Marvin C. McMaster

Publisher: Booktango

ISBN: 1468949322

Category: Fiction

Page: 1

View: 4287

The Aloysius Chronicles is a collection of 3 novels and 3 short stories of the adventures of the Royal wishing Pig of Northumber/Bothamly. Aloysius lives in a universe where magic works; his kingdom parallels Scotland and England. Aloysius is a 15th Century forest pig gifted with the ability to speak and to grant wishes, neither of which he wants, but must use to keep the bacon out of the fire, his personal. Book 1- Wishing Pig relates his efforts to escape from people who demand his wishes. He flees a greedy king, travels the world, and eventually returns to rescue his kingdom from invasion. Trying to go home, he finds that a badger has taken his den and decides that a job in the palace might be acceptable. Book 2 ? Power Pig. Aloysius is companion to Ritchie, the 9 yr, old heir to the throne, a royal wishing resource, and defender of the kingdom. The prince is kidnapped, Aloysius goes to rescue him, and the kingdom is invaded from within. The Pig and Prince flee seeking aid to save the kingdom. Aloysius learns the flavors of magic and understands that an enemy magician is blocking his magic. They go in search of a third from of magic to overcome the opposition. In a magic duel at the end all magic is lost. Book 3 - Sir Pig. Aloysius, Ritchie, and Meg are seeking allies to build a coalition army to re-invade and restore the kingdom to the King. They fight off intrigue and assassination attempts, while a star-crossed romance complicates matters. Eventually they successful save the kingdom and Ritchie comes to the throne.

Dangerous Games

Author: Steven F. Warnock


ISBN: 1365587649


Page: N.A

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Christmas With The Duchess

Author: Tamara Lejeune

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

ISBN: 1420120328

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 3643

Nicholas St. Austell's Christmas Wish List --An invitation to a holiday house party --A shiny gold pocket watch --An introduction to Emma, the Duchess of Warwick --Roasted chestnuts --A dance with Emma --A new pair of Hessians --A kiss from Emma under the mistletoe --Christmas with the Duchess. . .

Before He Finds Her

Author: Michael Kardos

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 0802191614

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 1108

A girl in witness protection hunts for her fugitive father in this thriller with “an ending you don’t see coming” (The New York Times Book Review). Everyone in the quiet Jersey Shore town of Silver Bay knows the story. One day in the early 1990s, Ramsey Miller threw a blowout block party—then murdered his beautiful wife and three-year-old daughter. But everyone is wrong. The daughter got away. Under another name, she has spent the last fifteen years in small-town West Virginia as part of the witness protection program. She has never been allowed to travel, go to a school dance, or even get onto the internet at home. Precautions must be taken at every turn, because Ramsey Miller was never caught and might still be looking for his daughter. But now she has a pressing reason to defy her guardians and take matters into her own hands. Returning to Silver Bay, she hopes to do what the authorities have failed to do: find her father before he finds her . . . “A compelling story about sad truths, loss, and resilience . . . should make fantastic fodder for book-group discussions.” —Booklist “[An] outstanding crime thriller.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “Read the first page and kiss the next 24 hours goodbye.” —Jeffery Deaver