Chris left Direct Sales in 2006 to pursue his passion of leadership and team culture development on a larger scale, and founded Actionable Books in 2008. ActionableBooks.com - a company dedicated to using business books as a platform for leader and team growth - earned Chris 2009's Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, a shortlisting for PROFIT's Fuel Awards (2011) and has been the topic of articles in the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star and Toronto Business Times, as well as an audio interview for Profit Magazine's BusinessCast.
Actionable Books is founded on a belief in the power of putting ideas into practice. Ideas are only valuable when applied. Sure, you read a lot of business books. But what are you doing with that information? Chris set on a personal mission of reading a business or personal development book each week, putting one small idea from each book into practice in his own life. The idea grew. People took notice and – even more rewarding – took up the mantle themselves, writing summaries from books they read, and sharing aspects of what resonated in their own lives.
To date, over 500 summaries of the world’s best business books are available for free. Each summary consists of a brief overview of the book, one key message and two ways you can easily integrate that message into your life in 5 minutes or less.
In 2010, Chris launched "Actionable Interviews" a video interview series with best selling business book authors and leading thinkers in the business space. To date he's conducted 42 interviews for the series, with highlights including Seth Godin, Dan Pink, Susan Cain and Sir Ken Robinson. It's through these conversations that Chris developed The Salaried Entrepreneur™; an innovative team development methodology that's being used internationally by companies large and small.
Chris currently lives in Spain with his wife, Amy.
My Top 5
What are the attributes that human beings look for in a leader? What are the circumstances in which leadership is natural for us? Read on and see how it is not the genius at the top giving directions that makes people great, it is great people that make the guy at the top look like a genius.
We Are All Weird is a manifesto for people who care. It’s a well-written reminder that life’s too short to simply adapt and adopt, and that we live in a world that rewards those who stand for something.
Entrepreneurship is a mindset, not a compensation structure. Let’s look at what it means to be a salaried entrepreneur, and the consequences for businesses that truly want to grow and succeed.
Tom Rath is better known for bestsellers How Full is Your Bucket and StrengthsFinder 2.0, but this book on the habits that truly make a difference in health may be his best. Read more to learn about how sitting is the new smoking, and the little things that can change your life for the better.
Business has long been about “boxes,” clearly defined individual products or services. Personally, I think the box is dead. And at the same time, more important than ever before. Let me explain…