No More Excuses the Five Accountabilities for Personal and Organizational Growth by San Silverstein – A Book Review


No More Excuses, the Five Accountabilities for Personal and Organizational Growth

By: Sam Silverstein

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257

978-0768417325, $ 15.99, 2015, 198 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

The Imperative of Taking Responsibility for Personal Accountability

The highlight of my reading this month is the Book “No More Excuses” by Sam Silverstein. Silverstein is dedicated to helping company leadership create organizations that prioritize and inspire accountability. The book’s subtitle “The Five Accountabilities for Personal and Organizational Growth” describes this premise and is the primary theme.

Silverstein draws on his person experience, from case studies and interviews with 50 internationally known CEOs, and other highly accountable individuals in fields of business, sports, government, and medicine. These leaders are known for their productive and proactive accountability. Their true stories illustrate a standard of holding themselves and others in their organizations accountable for making accountable choices.

I benefited from the insights I gained on: Improving my communication skills; developing the skill of personal accountability, the importance of being openly transparent, the need to establish high targets, the art of empowering others, and the need for clarity in building relationships. I found the Accountability checks at the end of each chapter practical and challenging, providing helpful action steps for implementing and reinforcing each of the five growth accountabilities. A unique feature of this edition of “No More Excuses” is an excerpt from Silverstein’s new book “Non-Negotiable – The Story of Happy State Bank and the Power of Accountability.”

“No More Excuses” is an important book for Corporate CEOs, executives, and every member of their leadership team.

A complimentary review copy of this book was provided for review purposes.

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Things I Wish I’D Known – Cancer and Kids by Deborah J. Cornwall – A Book Review


Things I Wish I’D Known – Cancer and Kids

By: Deborah J. Cornwall

Bardolf & Company, 5430 Colewood Place, Sarasota, FL 34232

978-1938842221, $ 7.95, 2015, 60 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

KidCentric Keys to Helping Kids Deal with Cancer

“Things I Wish I’D Known – Cancer and Kids” is made up of tips from experts and heart felt stories gleaned from interviews with people who have experienced surviving the emotional highs and lows of helping children deal with Cancer. The book is divided into five chapters which focus on helping the reader better understanding how to better deal with children facing the complexities of coping with cancer.

Topics considered in these chapters include communicating the basic information of cancer as a disease, what the child can expect as they move through the process, and the impact it will have on routine family activities. Cornwall also speaks specifically to issues when the child is the patient, and when a child loses a parent or a sibling to the disease. She also introduces the prospect of death and dying, and the process of grief in the case of the loss of a family member.

The format of the book is reader friendly concise, yet comprehensive, filled with suggestions for resources available for further reference, reading or study. She includes website suggestions, and information available from the American Cancer Society. Cornwall long association with the Cancer Action Network and the Cancer Support Community validate and affirm her credibility and sensibility to the issues covered in the book.

“Things I Wish I’D Known – Cancer and Kids” is an important resource took for parents, pediatric professionals, family counselors, and social workers.

A complimentary review copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

The Cancer Solution – Taking Charge of Your Life with Cancer by Dr. Jack C Westman, M.D, M.S – A Book Review


The Cancer Solution – Taking Charge of Your Life with Cancer

By: Jack C. Westman, M.D., M. S.

Archway Publishing, 1663 Liberty Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana 47403

978-1480813083, $ 20.00, 2015, 298 pages

A Valuable Guidebook for Cancer Victims and Their Families

Dr. Jack C. Westman M.D, M.S Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health open his book “The Cancer Solution – Taking Charge of Your Life with Cancer” with his wife’s 34 year journey of living with cancer.

The book goes on to describe current prevalent cancer treatment, surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, its methods and results. He helps the reader understand how to take an active part in managing their own health and medical problems.

I found the review of the history and development of cancer care practical and helpful. Dr. Westman’s explanation of the multiplication of cancer cells, and neoplasia are especially informative.  Full chapters are devoted to cancer research, clinical trials and treatments, new approaches, immunotherapy, and nutritional therapy. Chapter eleven deals with complementing your treatment and is significant in that it relates to a holistic approach to cancer and personal responsibility.

Dr. Westman’s conclusions are, logically presented, authoritative and convincing. His extensive research is well documented and provides the reader with excellent suggestions for further reading.

“The Cancer Solution – Taking Charge of Your Life with Cancer” is a practical guidebook for anyone diagnosed with cancer, and their family, as well as for hospice caregivers, and professionals in the field of oncology, and healthcare.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.