So, our team divvied them up and read each one to glean any and all business advice and lessons within. Abbie’s, titled The Lost Thing, is detailed here.
My book, titled The Tale I Told Sasha, focuses on neither a person actually named Sasha nor the telling of a tale. Seriously, I googled it after I read it to make sure I wasn’t crazy. It is actually a story of a girl who obtains a yellow ball from her mother in their plain, dull, small home. Somehow, and with no transition paragraphs or pages, the narrator speaks of a clock in the home, which doesn’t keep time but apparently the face opens into a secret realm that both the ball and the girl walk into – must be a pretty big clock face to fit a full-sized child!
Through the clock face (or looking glass – does Alice in Wonderland know about this book? Is it a copy? Something to think about.), the girl finds a magical land with butterflies, bread crusts (eww – mold!), red balloons and apparently a boy (Is this boy trapped in there? Does he need saving? Neither the author nor the girl in the story seemed too concerned, but I want to know where his parents are!) who gives her directions to find the yellow ball. Turns out, a “keeper of the keys” had it the whole time (Thief! Are there police in this magic realm?), and when he throws it back, it goes back through the clock and brings the girl back to her home.
The morale of the story – I think – is that even seemingly dull and plain people, places and things can hold great adventures.
However, here are the business lessons I learned from the book:
Now, since Abbie found the blog that told her about these books, I am trying something out on my own – here are my suggested readings for those looking to glean some business insight and inspiration from non-traditional business books: