Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom – A Guide to Unleashing Team Performance, By Paul Sean Hill – A Book Review


Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Learning from the Legacy of Mission Control Management Team

In his book “Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom – A Guide to Unleashing Team Performance,” executive consultant and former director of Missions Operations with NASA, introduces Missions Control Department (MOD) leadership values and roles that can be adapted to any setting.

The book is made up of four integral parts. Part one deals with the elements of trust, technical truth, integrity, and courage in all decision making. Part two looks at key points on how management can lose the core purpose and values of the key to performance success. Part three addresses the transformation and empowerment of the management team in all facets of management and critical decision-making. Part four sums up some of the tips and challenges to success as an individual and a team with some final thoughts from the author.

Hill’s writing is engaging, forthright, and intense; written with the candor and passion of an evangelist. I was inspired by the story of his personal journey to success, and the importance of understanding the specific challenge, common cause, and mission of team building while accepting a high level of individual responsibility for its success.

“Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom – A Guide to Unleashing Team Performance” is essential reading for business executives, leaders and managers, and should be a readily accessible resource guide for ready reference.

Atlast Press, 978-0998634319, $16.99, 2017, 342 pages

 

The Art of Presentation – Your Competive Edge by Ray Hull, PhD and Jim Stovall


The Art of Presentation – Your Competitive Edge

By: Ray H. Hull, PhD and Jim Stovall

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Look at the Elements Involved in Effective Presentations

Ray H. Hull, PhD and Jim Stovall collaborate in “The Art of Presentation – Your Competitive Edge” to provide the reader with a distinctive balance of step by step instruction and compelling illustrative stories that reinforce the essentials involved in effective presentations.

The authors help the reader learn and develop skills of communication that will result in a freshness and individuality to the manner and style of the readers presentations, will hone their effectiveness, and encourage them to become more accomplished platform speakers.

Other tips the authors suggest include: practice your skills by placing yourself in situations that provide opportunities to improve your effectiveness, discover your strengths, determine your brand, and filter your media presentation for” accuracy, bias, and perspective.”

Stovall uses the examples of Paul Harvey, Zig Ziegler, Will James, and others with inimitable presentation skills to demonstrate the art of crafting visual images as powerful “as great movies. The perfecting of this capability, the use of humor, and well placed emotional stories will insure powerful, memorable presentations.

“The Art of Presentation – Your Competitive Edge” will resonate with anyone concerned about their building self- confidence while improving their delivery and enhancing their stage presence.

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

Sound Wisdom Books, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-193787987, $ 21.95, 2017, 192 Pages

 

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – A Book Review


Think and Grow Rich

By Napoleon Hill

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Thirteen Principles of Success –A Classic Model on Individual Achievement

“Think and Grow Rich,” written by Napoleon Hill is your passport to financial independence, personal growth, and peace of mind. Napoleon Hill’s thirteen principles of success are the result of 20 years of research. This edition is a reproduction of the unedited text of Hill’s 1937 original work.

These principles contain important philosophies that you will want to study, digest, meditate on, and absorb as you make them your own. Hill includes stories to illustrate his philosophy of the “Law of Success.” These stories include men like Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other leaders in industry.

The foundational principles of Hill’s “Law of Success” are the basic premise or substance of many success oriented authors, writing in the genre of visualization, positive thinking, and self-realization.

Personal treasures I gleaned from my reading include the wisdom found in these principles:

  • Faith, a burning desire, and persistence combined with a plan of action will produce miraculous results.
  • Every adversity brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage – handicaps can be converted into stepping stones.

Readers willing to commit themselves to Napoleon Hill’s thirteen steps to riches as found in his book, “Think and Grow Rich” can expect to find “abundant riches” in finances, business associations, family relationships, peace of mind, and a changed life.

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

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-1937879488, $ 27.95, 2017, 382 pages

Organize Your Business – Organize Your Life By: Rachael Doyle, A Book Review


Organize Your Business – Organize Your Life

By: Rachael Doyle

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Time Saving Tips, Tested Techniques, and Money Saving Systems that Work

Author Rachel Doyle draws from a wide-range of business experience and from her extensive personal wall-to-wall library jam-packed with motivational and success titles, a result of her fervent passion for lifelong learning. In her book “Organize Your Business – Organize Your Life.”

Doyle offers the reader compelling evidence that prioritizing and adopting simple organizational systems will result in important time management skills and monetary savings in all facets of personal, family and business life.

Tight writing and fast moving mini chapters provide action plans, suggested resources, tips, and techniques for getting organized and staying organized; with the result of more effectiveness on the job, personal achievement, and a balanced family life. Invaluable resources are included within each chapter. Online tools, websites, blogs, and bestselling books, all add value to the comprehensive material found in the text.

Chapter titles clearly express the content to be covered within each chapter. This enables the reader to preview, read, prioritize action steps, and read again later.  The format is reader friendly for ease in reading and assimilation.

“Organize Your Business – Organize Your Life” is written for readers frazzled, fatigued, and frustrated as a result of being unorganized. The fifteen short chapters suggest ten overriding principles, which if consistently followed insure success in business and a happier fulfilled life.

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

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

978-0768411379, $ 15.99, 2017, 174 Pages

Wisdom for Winners – Volume Two by Jim Stovall – A Book Review


Wisdom for Winners – Volume Two

By: Jim Stovall

Reviewed By: Richard R. Blake

Sage Wisdom for Contemporary Readers and Future Generations of Winners

Wisdom for Winners – Volume Two is a compilation of the writings of Jim Stovall, president of Narrative Television Network, and author of the bestselling The Ultimate Gift book and movie trilogy.

The book is made up of 10 fast moving, reader friendly chapters, packed with selections taken from Stovall’s Winner’s Wisdom syndicated columns, featuring keys to success in business, economics, and finances. Stovall writes for professional specialists, business entrepreneurs, self-help coaches, and educators. He offers inspiration, motivation, and guidance in areas of facing adversity, time management, character development, the value of wealth, and recognizing and taking opportunity through using applied wisdom.

Stovall is a gifted communicator and story teller. He never wastes words but delivers his message in an easy to read writing style using examples of winner’s who have overcome challenges to become successful.

Jim Stovall’s life speaks for itself; he has enjoyed success as an author of over 30 books, as an athlete, investment broker, and entrepreneur while dealing with the challenge of blindness. In the year 2,000 he was presented with the International Humanitarian of the year award. His life is proof of the credibility of his practical, powerful success principles.

Readers of Wisdom for Winners will agree that we exercise wisdom as we choose to pursue Jim Stovall’s counsel, advice and leadership. Highly recommended.

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

Sound Wisdom Books, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768410389, $ 19.99, 2016, 224 pages

 

 

Believe and Achieve – 17 Principles of Success – by W. Clement Stone – A Book Review


W. Clement Stone’s Believe and Achieve – 17 Principles of Success

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Time Tested Principles for Achieving Success

Clement Stone’s “Believe and Achieve – 17 Principles of Success” is an official publication of the Napoleon Hill Foundation. The writings and principles introduced by Clement Stone and Napoleon Hill have influenced and become the model for contemporary motivational writers. Nationally recognized leaders in industry and highly influential people in the medical and educational fields also validate the soundness of these principles

The book is divided into five categories:

  • Attitudinal Principles which emphasize the importance of a positive mental attitude and a well-defined purpose
  • Personal Principles which discuss initiative, enthusiasm, self-discipline, finances, and health.
  • Fraternal Principles which introduces the Master-mind alliance and teamwork
  • Intellectual principles that include creative vision, controlled attention and accurate thinking
  • Spiritual Principles of applied faith and the constancy of change

Anecdotes and success stories demonstrate the importance of learning from defeat; going the extra mile, taking initiative, and maintaining enthusiasm; these stories are interspersed throughout the book. Readers can easily identify with the testimonials, and become motivated to apply the principles personally.

This revised and updated edition of W. Clement Stone’s “Believe and Achieve – 17 Principles of Success” is must reading for anyone today seeking to achieve success in business, relationships, and a personal sense of finding purpose.

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

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 9780768408362, $ 15.99, 2016, 278 pages

The Power of Making Miracles – Supercharge Your Mind and Rejuvenate Your Faith – By Arnold Fox, MD and Barry Fox PH.D


The Power of Making Miracles, Supercharge Your Mind and Rejuvenate Your Faith

By: Arnold Fox, M. D. & Barry Fox, PH.D

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A New Look at the 10 Aspects of a Healthy Spirit – Living Out Your Full Potential

“The Power of Making Miracles,” an official publication of The Napoleon Hill Foundation” is coauthored by Dr. Arnold Fox, M. D. and Barry Fox, PH.D.   The book is made up of a 14 Day Making Miracle Program built on the premise that we are all born with an unlimited potential and that this “spirit” within us provides the key to achievement.

The authors describe 10 aspects of “spirit” as “the 10 pillars that will lift your spirit high;” and that “these 10 Pillars of the Spirit are the foundation upon which success is built.”

Powerful easy to understand stories demonstrate the influence of stress and negative thinking on the heart and every the function of all the body’s organs.   In contrast dramatic case studies reveal the impact of words of “faith, enthusiasm, love, joy, courage, and conviction” on the health of man’s spirit.

Drs. Arnold and Barry Fox capture of the key elements and principles of positive thinking, visualization, and affirmation championed by Norman Vincent Peale, Maxwell Maltz, Rene Dubos, and life principles from the Scriptures. They are leaders and pacesetters and models for leaders in the community of contemporary life coaching.

“The Power of Making Miracles” is for anyone looking to supercharge their mind, rejuvenate their health, and refuel their faith. By applying the principles of this 14 day program you will impact your health, your spirit, your relationships, and every area of your life.

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

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-07684-08386, $ 15.00, 2016, 266 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take Charge of Your Destiny, by Jim Donovan – A Book Review


Take Charge of Your Destiny – How to Create the Life You Were Meant to Live

By Jim Donavon

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Design, Take Charge of Your Dreams, and Watch Them Become Reality

International bestselling author, and highly recognized leader in the field of personal development, Jim Donavon, has done it again. His new book “Take Charge of Your Destiny” is a highly motivating, “Personal Development Program” designed to help you, the reader, tap into your power within, take charge of your destiny and live the life you were born to live.

Jim’s writing is conversational in style, and creates a feeling of a casual one to one approach as a confidant. It is easy to visualize sitting across the table from him in an informal personal coaching session; or to imagine being a participant in a live audience of thousands sensing the “power-driven” excitement and contagious enthusiasm created by the group dynamics of the crowd.

Jim helped me solidify my life’s vision and goals; by adapting the seven foundational principles developed throughout the book. The step by step exercises helped me set goals in key areas of my life.  “Take Charge of Your Destiny” is a book you will want to read for content, complete the suggested exercises, and read again to mark your progress on your goals, vision, commitments, and the reality of your dreams.

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

Sound Wisdom Books  P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-0768410464, $ 14.99, 2016, 160 Pages

 

 

 

 

 

The Chameleon – Life Changing Wisdom, by Merrick Rosenberg – A Book Review


The Chameleon – Life Changing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has a Personality or Knows Someone Who Does

By Merrick Rosenberg

 

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Powerful Lessons from the Wisdom of the Chameleon

In “The Chameleon” Merrick Rosenberg picks up the themes of the earlier book “Taking Flight” co-authored with Daniel Silvert in which they introduced the DISC model of human behavior using a story telling format incorporating the use of fables.

The book is made up of 22 fables based on the DISC personality system to show the unique flexibility of the chameleon and the behavioral styles of the parrot, the dove, the owl, and the eagle to demonstrate the four personality types. This enables the reader to identify personal leadership styles. Rosenberg combines his gift of storytelling with practical examples to help enhance your career, build strong relationships, influence others, and to live a more fulling life.

I found the practical applications used in the section Chameleon Wisdom especially helpful. These included specific tips for adapting or translating the teaching of the fable into life action steps that help you get the most benefit possible from your personal strengths. Rosenberg’s writing is entertaining, filled with practical illustrations, and inspiration that inspires positive transformation in self and others.

“The Chameleon – Life Changing Wisdom” is important reading for anyone seeking career advancement, improving relationships, or developing maximum personal potential.

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

Take Flight Media, 978-0996411004, 2016, 270 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jump Start your Motivation – 10 Jolts to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated – A Book Review


Jumpstart your Motivation – 10 Jolts to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated

By: Shawn Doyle

Sound Wisdom, P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 978-07684130144, $ 14.99, 2011, 176 pages

Reviewed By Richard R. Blake

Self-Motivational Principles and Strategies that Produce Leadership Characteristics and Qualities

“Jumpstart your Motivation – 10 Jolts to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated” is a incredible combination of personal success stories, examples, practical advice and proven techniques. Interactive Workit exercises are designed to help you, the reader, apply to your life the principles just discussed.

Each chapter is chock-full of insights, practical useful tools, and specific skills to help you achieve and maximize your life goals, personally and professionally, and to help you focus on your true purpose.

The book is made up of eleven foundational principles, which, when put into practice are life-changing, including: such things as finding your unique purpose, identifying your passion, becoming a lifetime learner, the art of achievement, and the importance of evaluation.

Doyle’s light hearted wit and subtle humor are understated reminders that sometimes we take our detours to our success too seriously to learn from them.

As I read the enthusiastic endorsements of Shawn’s writing, I was impressed with the superlative words and descriptive phrases that describe his passion for leadership development and human potential, for example; high caliber content, stimulating greater levels of performance, and masterfully written.

“Jumpstart your Motivation” will resonate with training managers, life coaches, and business leaders, and is must reading for anyone ready to realize their dreams, set goals, and move to the next level of success.

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