Stone Soup for Five: What I'm Reading--snapshots

What I'm Reading--snapshots

Walt Disney by Neal Gabler


 Snapshot thought:  DO NOT get into debt.  Debt changed SO much of the beginnings of the Disney studio. So much work had to be done to pay the bills, rather than for enjoyment or love of what they did.  Walt even seemed to hit a real low point in his life because of the debt load and requirements and changes that the banks imposed.  Debt STINKS.
(I picked up this book in Disneyland last year. It is HUGE.  STILL working through it a year later!)
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Good To Great by Jim Collins

Snapshot thought: Fascinating work done by Jim and his team with directly comparing similar companies that either succeeded or died.  So far it has stressed how important it is to have the RIGHT PEOPLE on the job rather than the BIG HUGE life changing ideas... and how important it is for those people to feel free to question, argue, and even fight for what they think.  Which is funny, because that's kinda the same mentality that I'm seeing in the Disney biography too.  Thinking about how this can also apply in our home.  I don't always have to have the answers and lecture about them. I can ask questions and LISTEN to other ideas too.
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The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood

Snapshot Thought:  This is a read-aloud I'm going through with my youngest son for school and we are both really enjoying it.  Short chapters make it a good even if you are pressed for time.  (Plus, the bad guy is fun to do a "voice" for... and I can work on my terrible English accent.)

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