Building Teams for your Start Up


Be careful with your new hires in a startup. Talented people want to work with other talented people because they enjoy the inspiration and celebrating each other’s success. Seeking creativity is different from running from restrictions and rules. Build a team, don’t just fill positions.

Is it really Excellance or is it Pride?

Why do we strive to excel? Is it for our "self-image" or is it to give thanks for our abilities and to help others? In our search for excellence, perfection and accomplishment we can become trapped. C.S. Lewis said "Pride gets no pleasure out o having something only out of having more of it than the next man.... It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone.”


"I Read Your Book", by Brent M. Jones


Erwin Rommel was a German general and military theorist A defining scene took place after Patton, played by George C. Scott, beat Rommel’s Tank Division. He had set a brilliant trap for the tanks and when the dust cleared after the battle was over, Patton was delighted with the victory and seemed to be talking directly to Rommel as he looked over the battle scene and yelled out joyfully. “Rommel I read your book”…………………….Study your competition!

Thoughts are Choices

by Brent M. Jones

C.S. Lewis said that "every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before."

Lewis didn't just imply that the process creates us he suggested our conscious complicity in the process.

We are in the final analysis still left with our thoughts. The choices we make clearly reflect those thoughts and we either become better or worse as a result.

FYI, C.S. Lewis can be found in the Literary Favorite Section of this blog. Links to many of his books reviewed on the site can be found there.

“As You Look at Your Own Life Story You See Yourself Differently” is an essay that resonates with this message above from Lewis. Click to Link to Story

What Does the Secret Life of Bees tell us about Christianity

Sue Ann Monk Kidd was born in Sylvester, Georgia, and attended local schools and she graduated from Texas Christian University.  Her first book, “The Secret Life of Bees” was set in the South and tells of her growing up being taught being taught that Catholic's were wrong and then finding her home with those who embraced much of Catholicism mixed with their own added tender feelings and emphasis.

Kidd’s book reminds me of some of the strong feelings for Catholic beliefs that William F. Buckley often included in his books.

Buckley’s book, “Nearer My God: An Autobiography” used the background of the world war and changing social mores for him to speak out about how his faith had sustained him. It was the softness of his words of appreciation for the rituals and teachings that reminded me of Kidd’s softness and tender approach to Lily’s feelings in her first book as she meet with the black neighbors and family to morn the loss of one of them.

Both Buckley and Kidd deliver an important message of tolerance. Seeing the love of the Lord expressed by others and accepting that it has beauty is the message.

Thoughts on Books Written in a Series

Dean Koontz’s books on Jane Hawk and Lee Child’s books on Jack Reacher are examples of suspense thrillers that have done well as a series. Many of these are included in the regular review section.

I have gotten to know the Jack Reacher character by Lee Child and look forward to the next book. I was a little disappointed to find that Jane Hawk had not really let us know if her little boy was ok at the end of The Crooked Staircase. It does bother me that Jack Reacher seems to really care for some of the women he gets close to and then he just leaves, or they do.

I still see Stephen King and the real master of suspense thrillers, horror, fantasy, science fiction, and mystery. He does well without having the characters as part of a series.

Books in a series perhaps could include a “Series of similiar approaches such as below

Lisa Genova has written five very good books, Still Alice, Left Neglected, Love Anthony, Inside the O’Briens, and Every Note Played. Each of her novels are about people who have heartbreaking diseases and she brings her own background as a Neuroscientists to the stories that bring a compassionate look at these lives.