Top 5 Books of 2013 :: My Next Book….

Arriving Summer 2014

Arriving Summer 2014

The Libro 52 Challenge…. So what? 

After the dust settled, which were the highest scoring books in the Libro 52 Challenge?


Good question. 

Here they are:


Titles, Authors and Scores

#1: The Firm by Duff McDonald :: 9.50

#2: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg :: 9.30

#3: Adapt by Tim Harford :: 9.30  

#4: The Illustrious Dead by Stephan Talty :: 9.00   

#5: The Business of Belief by Tom Asacker :: 9.00



The Firm and The Illustrious Dead are biographies about incredible leaders and their legendary, yet flawed organizations: The Firm’s Marvin Bower of McKinsey and Co. and Napoleon and his Grand Armeé in The Illustrious Dead


The Power of Habit and Adapt both include stories about Safety and plenty of thought-provoking material on how to provoke your thinking.       


If you can read only one…

Read The Illustrious Dead

I made it through 20 years of schooling without knowing much about Napoleon. I’m sure I should have learned about him somewhere along the way, but I didn’t. 

Well, Stephan Talty did for me what no teacher or professor was able to do… make Napoleon’s career fascinating, demanding further study.

The lessons in the The Illustrious Dead apply to every business, family and nation. 

We’d be wise to understand these lessons.   


So what’s next?


Now I’m focusing on completing the remainder of my next book, Behind Your Back: What Purchasing Agents at the Country’s Largest Builders Say Once You Leave the Room and How to Get Them to Say Yes.


Prior to launching Red Angle, I spent years purchasing materials and labor for the Midwest Area of Pulte Homes. Our team frequently discussed what the best contractors, suppliers, and manufacturers did to win our business, our attention and how they made our lives easier.  


These contractors, suppliers, and manufacturers made themselves indispensable to our operations. In doing so, they increased their revenue and their profitability. These individuals made our jobs a lot of fun.  


Of course… we also discussed those things contractors, suppliers, and manufacturers did to lose our attention, our minds – and our business. 


These lessons shouldn’t be secrets.   

Both sides benefit when expectations are understood. 


As the economy improves, the lessons in Behind Your Back will save contractors, suppliers, and manufacturers time, energy and money. 


It will also make for happy Purchasing Agents.



Arriving Summer 2014

   Arriving Summer 2014



Bradley Hartmann is founder and El Presidente at Red Angle (, a training and consulting firm bridging the English-Spanish language gap in the construction industry.    

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