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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Personalized Wisdom

One CEO's system for summarizing information gleaned from books on business.
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AUGUST 1988

The problem with new books is that they keep you from rereading the old ones, retailer Stew Leonard says. "You're so busy trying to keep up with what is coming out that you can forget what you've already read. And it's hard to convince yourself to go back and reread a 300-page book.'

The owner of Stew Leonard's, in Norwalk, Conn. -- an enterprise Ripley's Believe it or Not! calls the world's largest dairy store -- has come up with a solution.

As he reads useful texts, Leonard underlines passages he likes and scribbles notes in the margins. When he's done, his secretary types up everything he's marked, and he has a 20- to 30-page summary -- which, Leonard says, is better than anything he could buy, because he has personalized it to his business. Periodically, he goes back and rereads his summaries.

"You can also give your outlines to employees," Leonard adds. "If you give them a 300-page business book, they'll never read it, because it's too long. But they'll read 30 pages.'

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Last updated: Aug 1, 1988




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