Saturday, June 24, 2017

Book Review: What If Common Sense Was Common Practice In Business?: Don’t Expect Fish to Climb Trees By Rex Conner


What If Common Sense Was Common Practice In Business?: Don’t Expect Fish to Climb Trees
By Rex Conner

 

FTC Required Notice:  We were given a copy of What If Common Sense Was Common Practice In Business?:  Don’t Expect Fish to Climb Trees written by Rex Conner by the publicist for the purpose of writing a review.

What If Common Sense Was Common Practice In Business?   is an informative read. One criticism of the book might be that it is, in a way, an advertisement for Mager Consortium.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though.  We are given enough actual content in the book to make up for it.

This is a fast read.  The book is only 120 pages long.  There are a lot of simple to follow charts in the book and several Dilbert comics that relate well to the subject matter.

The author, Rex Conner, gives his readers some very good ideas regarding common sense ways to recruit, hire, train, utilize, and promote employees.  This method takes the guess work out of human resources.  

We have known several companies where this common sense approach to running a business would have been helpful to the business and the employees, too.

We rate all books on a scale of zero to five stars with zero being terrible and five being wonderful and perfect.  We rate What If Common Sense Was Common Practice In Business? four stars because of the recurring promotion of the company that produced the method in the book. Although it is not a bad thing to promote your business, after awhile it gets annoying.

That annoyance aside, we think that What If Common Sense Was Common Practice In Business? is a very good read with a practical approach to business. This is the kind of book that someone might want to accidentally leave on the CEO’s desk when he isn’t looking.

Most executives will benefit from having read the book.  We think you will benefit from reading it, too.






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Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Review: A Walk With Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur By Michael D. Becker


A Walk With Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur
By Michael D. Becker




FTC Required Disclosure: We received a review copy of A Walk With Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur by Michael D. Becker free of cost or obligation for the purpose of writing this review.

Grab yourself a box of tissues and sit back for the best read you have had all year. We are talking about the great book A Walk With Purpose by Michael D. Becker

In this book, Becker takes us through his life, starting out as a child with his one and only experiment with drugs, through his life as a young computer geek who dropped out of high school, all the way through his life as a stockbroker, Biotech stock analyst, CEO, CFO, entrepreneur, and more.

Throughout his career, Michael Becker was in contact with numerous doctors, scientists, researchers, and more who were on the cutting edge of cancer research.  

Little did he know at the time that he would soon draw on the self-education he was getting to fight the disease himself.

A Walk With Purpose is an excellent read that you can’t put down.  From a business perspective, it is a great read giving the history behind some companies that we had never heard of that evidently are very big players in the biotech industry.

From a Life Recipe perspective, this book is a great read because it has such a positive message. A message of hope.  

From an entertainment perspective, A Walk With Purpose is a wonderful read.  Bittersweet would be a good way to describe the book.

This book is happy, sad, funny, serious, informative, pretty much anything you want to find in a book is in this book.

The actual book is over 400 pages long.  That sounds like a lot, especially to anyone who normally only reads the 99¢ ebooks.  But, it is a very fast read. Primarily because it is impossible to put down.  We read it in less than a day.  Of course, part of that day was spent eating, blogging, etc., too.

We give A Walk With Purpose all five stars on our scale of zero to five stars.  It fits into just about every category of book we can think of, except maybe poetry.

We think you will enjoy your copy of A Walk With Purpose. Maybe you will be giving copies of it as gifts.  

Our video review is in production now and will be available soon as it is on an express schedule.

 





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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book Review: The Pen and the Brush By Anka Muhlstein

The Pen and the Brush
By Anka Muhlstein
Translated by Adriana Hunter

We were provided a copy of The Pen and the Brush in order to review it.

Wow! This book is a wonderful blend of art and literary appreciation. Often, I felt like I was in way over my head, but it was exciting and invigorating.

I have always enjoyed history, literature, and art, and this book is a perfect blend of all three. The focus of the book is how art inspired literature, but we also learn how literature inspired art, too.

There are some very funny moments in this educational book, as well as information that I never knew about a well-known American inventor. Maybe I’m the only person on the planet that didn’t know this about him, but just in case I’m not, I won’t spoil the surprise for you.

This book is inspiring and has made me want to explore art even further. It has also been the cause of a big increase in my to-be-read stack.

The Pen and the Brush was better than any art or literature appreciation class that I have ever had. If you love art and history, you will not be disappointed or bored with this book. Quite the opposite; you will be enlivened!




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Book Review: Eat Wheat By Dr. John Douillard

Eat Wheat
By Dr. John Douillard

We were sent a copy of Eat Wheat, written by Dr. John Douillard, for the purpose of writing this review.

Many people stop eating certain foods because they cannot tolerate them any longer.  They feel relief, but that does not last long.  Soon, the problems return.

Eat Wheat addresses why that happens.  Dr. Douillard gives us good, healthy choices that will help detox and reset the body so that we can again eat the foods we love.

This book is well-written and well-researched.  It is a very entertaining read as well.  Often times we find ourselves zoning out when reading books that are medical in nature.  Not so with Eat Wheat.

Why certain things have happened to us because of food is addressed in Eat Wheat.  Once David stopped drinking a name brand diet soda water for awhile. His blood sugars improved. Then, he treated himself to one 20 oz. diet soda water.  His blood glucose went crazy.   Dr. Douillard explains why that happened.

If you are having health problems of any kind, we suggest you get a copy of Eat Wheat and see if it might be caused by diet.  Of course, ALWAYS consult your medical provider before you start any nutritional  program.

We give Eat Wheat all five stars and two snaps up in a circle.  We would give it a bag of chips, too, if they are baked, not fried, and do not contain preservatives or overly processed ingredients.


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review: Do The Right Thing By David A. Duryea


Do The Right Thing
By David A. Duryea

We were sent a copy of Do the Right Thing in Business Improvement, Including Process and Technology written by David E. Duryea for the purpose of writing this review.

Do the Right Thing is not geared towards the casual reader. It is geared towards those business professionals who are tasked with making improvements to existing businesses.  

Do the Right Thing reminds business improvement professionals that it is important that a business first understands what its core business is and, then, if improvements are really needed, to make improvements while keeping that core business in mind.

Too often we see new management come into a business with the change guns ablazing. These alleged professionals seek change for the sake of change and forget all about what made the business what it is.

We have seen this in Avon. Avon was once the best way for a woman with little start-up money to build a business. But, when the company restructured to become The New Avon LLC, they forgot all about what Avon has been all along.  

Once customers could place an order for an Avon product and KNOW that in two weeks or less, she would have her product.  Now, Avon has added new products that were never part of its core group of products. A customer can now place an order for a product and not get it, EVER!

Do the Right Thing provides great advice for anyone who is in leadership of a company that is contemplating a merger, acquisition, or technology change.

We give Do the Right Thing all five stars on our scale of zero to five stars.  It is well-written, but we will not go so far as to say it is well proofread.  There are places in the book where the proofreader dropped the ball. The overall quality of the writing and the great information provided make it easy to overlook that.

Do the Right Thing would make a great gift for anyone in business leadership.






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Monday, June 19, 2017

Book Review: The Supply Chain Revolution By Suman Sarkar


The Supply Chain Revolution

By Suman Sarkar


We received a pre-launch review copy of The Supply Chain Revolution: Innovative Sourcing and Logistics for a Fiercely Competitive World written by Suman Sarkar for the purpose of writing this review.

Walmart allegedly has the most sophisticated logistics system in the world, bar none.  It has been studied by the U. S. military and other organizations because it is so sophisticated.  And yet, they still can’t keep Lorna Doone or their own brand of water in stock consistently. Why is that?

Once you read The Supply Chain Revolution, you will have the answer.

Suman Sarkar has been in the field of fixing the supply chain and sourcing for many years.  In The Supply Chain Revolution, he shares with his readers very interesting stories of how different companies approached fixing their supply chain and/or related sourcing and what worked and what did not.

Suman Sarkar has an interesting writing style that makes the reader yearn to learn more.  

The Supply Chain Revolution is geared towards those in the C-suite, but can be a useful tool for anyone in management or leadership.  

Even a mom and pop business could benefit from reading The Supply Chain Revolution.

We give The Supply Chain Revolution all five stars and make it a suggested reading for our Redneck MBA course. We think any business leader will do well by reading it and discussing it with others inside his organization. 


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Book Review: The Galena Nuclear Project by Marvin L. Yoder

The Galena Nuclear Project
By Marvin L. Yoder


We were given a review copy of  The Galena Nuclear Project: Pursuing Low Cost Energy in Bush Alaska for the purpose of writing this review.

The Galena Nuclear Project is a very short read.  It is more like a report, actually.  However, it is very informative and truly an enjoyable read.

The book is well-written.  Marvin L. Yoder was the city manager of Galena and worked tirelessly to find a good, cheap source of electricity for this very small community on the Alaskan frontier.

Readers of The Galena Nuclear Project will learn why the U. S. infrastructure is falling behind its needs and how the U. S. federal government drags progress to a halt for no logical reason.

The 62 pages in this book take little time to read but, you will be glad you did.  You will learn a little about this town’s history and the history of the United States as well.

We give The Galena Nuclear Project all five stars and recommend you add this to your summer “To Be Read” pile. You will be glad you did.







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