Book Reviews

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

When about to deliver a particularly good sermon or speech, the nineteenth century Scottish pastor and statesman Alexander Whyte would announce, “Here is a sweetie. You can suck on it for a while.” The Heath brothers’ latest book, Decisive: How to Make…

The Power of Habit

What is your brain doing right now? Certainly, it is directing the functions that allow you to breathe, remain awake and read. How about other tasks—those functions we can’t observe? Despite the masses of data that today’s research is compiling about the…

Give and Take

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill   We all have an image of the successful businessman: hard-nosed, determined, maybe even ruthless. He–the image is usually male, but if female, she will have the…

FOCUS: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

  When I was seven years old, I bought my first record album, a 45 with a recording of On Top of Old Smokey. I had wanted the song for a good while so was very excited to own it. I rushed home, listened to it and loved it. Of course, I then turned the…

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being

While not old, I’ve lived long enough to observe that human beings tend to lapse easily into negativity. Wives and husbands grouse about their spouse’s shortcomings; neighbors gripe about one another’s irritating behaviors; professors complain about the…

The Pumpkin Plan

For many, many years, a couple of my relatives have been pursuing the promised riches of pyramid schemes. Though they work hard and spend money they don’t really have going to all the right seminars, they remain “one big score” away from realizing their…

Stand Out: The Ground-Breaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution

“Know thyself.” –temple of Apollo at Delphi “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” –Margaret Mead   Self-assessments are irresistible. We all love to compare ourselves to others, find out what our strengths are (and…

The Power of LEO: The Revolutionary Process for Achieving Extraordinary Results

  An absolute flood of new management books hits the bookstore shelves every month. Picking the worthwhile from the mundane (or worse) is progressively more challenging as the piles of the latest miracles of leadership mount up.  One has to wonder, then…

The Benevolent Dictator: Empower Your Employees, Build Your Business, and Outwit the Competition

  Reviewed by Jim Mullins When I saw the title of Michael Feuer’s book, The Benevolent Dictator, I heard my father’s voice reminding me over the years that a benevolent dictatorship was the most efficient form of government. He and I have discussed this…

The Dragonfly Effect

  Reviewed by Sherry Ladislas Social media always struck me as an adventure in a theme park. I didn’t have to ride the highest, scariest roller coaster if I didn’t want to; I could just listen to others rave about it after they got off. In fact, the…

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