Dad of Divas' Reviews

Friday, April 21, 2017

Book Review - Precise Leaders Get Results

Precise Leaders Get Results

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About the Book
Throughout my career, I have observed, studied, and interviewed many leaders including CEOs, presidents, vice presidents, executives, consultants, coaches, managers, and teachers. My goal all along has been to identify what the best leaders do in order to influence, inspire, and bring out the best in people. What I have discovered is that the truly great leaders have a clear and precise understanding of three things:

  1. 1. The context—they know how to diagnose and evaluate the current environment. They see both the problems and opportunities. Afterwards, they are able to clarify “what is” and identify “what’s possible.”
  2. Themselves—they are self-aware. They know who they are and what they believe. They are clear on their mission and priorities, as well as their strengths and weaknesses. 
  3. The interaction—they know how to connect with people and make a positive impact. They understand how to present their ideas in a clear, concise, and compelling way. 

All great leaders find precise answers to the following questions:
  1. What are my core beliefs and values?
  2. What is the current situation and what is possible in the future?
  3. Why change is needed?
  4. Who needs to change and what specific changes are required?
  5. Are people able and willing to change?
  6. What is the plan to increase people’s knowledge, skills and desire?
  7. How will people benefit?




My Take on the Book
The author of this book delved deep into some great examples of leaders from numerous companies and industries. Paul Thornton examined these leaders and these businesses and found that great leaders leave nothing to question. In actuality, the author finds that the opposite is true. Instead, he found that leaders that were seen as world-class were striving for a 'precise' understanding of the company culture and employee behavior that they are seeking. The book is honest and forthright and while shorter than some books, this book goes deep, and is a book that all leaders should read!

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Book Review - Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten

Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten

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About the Book
Arnold has a plan.

The evil genius Zorgo-disguised as Mr. Zachary-will never stop him. That's because Arnold is . . . SUPER SAURUS! No kindergarten in the universe can hold him.

Or can it?



My Take on the Book
All young readers will love this story and will appreciate the fact that a mild manner character has an alter-ego. The story is a ton of fun and the images are even more fun. You will love reading this with your young readers!

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Book Review - Matylda, Bright and Tender

Matylda, Bright and Tender
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About the Book
Sussy and Guy are best friends, fourth-graders who share their silliest thoughts and deepest hopes. One afternoon, the two of them decide they must have something of their very own to love. After a trip to the pet store, they bring home a spotted lizard, the one with the ancient face and starfish toes, and they name her Matylda (with a y so it’s all her own). With Guy leading the way, they feed her and give her an origin story fit for a warrior lizard. A few weeks later, on a simple bike ride, there is a terrible accident. As hard as it is, Sussy is sure she can hold on to Guy if she can find a way to love Matylda enough. But in a startling turn of events, Sussy reconsiders what it means to grieve and heal and hope and go on, for her own sake and Matylda’s. By turns both devastating and buoyant, this story is a brave one, showing how far we can justify going for a real and true friend.



My Take on the Book
This book was an emotional roller-coaster. You get to see the main characters go through anger, despair, confusion and more all set within a middle-school context. This powerful book was written in such a way that kids in middle school can understand and appreciate and while the story is about friendship, you also see that that the deep emotions that are shared lead to a story that is honest and real. The topics covered are deep and sad at times but also the friendship that is shared is deep and the connections between the characters are truly tangible.



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Book Review - The Secret Grave: A Hauntings Novel

The Secret Grave: A Hauntings Novel

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About the Book
Nightshade can be deadly.

Hannah and Scooter's sprawling, ramshackle house is named for the lethal plant that grows in the dark woods behind it. Hannah knows she's not supposed to explore the forest or nearby Moonlight Lake. But she's feeling lonely and desperate for an adventure. And there Hannah meets Cady, a mysterious girl who promises everything Hannah's been missing. Only Cady has a secret:

Cady wants Hannah all to herself.

Soon Cady is copying Hannah's style so they can be more alike. She lies to Hannah's friends, insults Scooter, and begs Hannah to break her parents' rules and sneak out for a midnight swim. Hannah wants to believe Cady's just a little insecure. But when she discovers a cemetery beyond the lake with an eerily familiar headstone, she must decide whether to trust her new friend or dig for answers that may lead her to a watery grave . . .



My Take on the Book
If you love a good scary story this book will bring you an amazing story with characters that were well developed. The story was truly engaging and scary. You will want to go further to see what is coming on the next page and the climax of the book is held to the end and you will not see it coming! The book was a fun read that really drew me in. I found that I could not put the book down and neither will you or your kids.


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Book Review - Happily Ever Afterlife: Crushed


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About the Book
Lucy is ready for her next challenge at Limbo Central Middle School: joining a club. Or actually, forming one. Lucy and her best friend Cecily were awesome ballet dancers in life, so obviously they can start a Dance Club in the afterlife!

Not according to Georgia Sinclaire. The head of the Cheerleading squad wants to forbid cheerleaders from even trying out for Lucy and Cecily's club.

Who knew starting a Dance Club would be all about drama?



My Take on the Book
Again Lucy is trying to have a great afterlife while having to go through middle school. In this book you get to see her getting involved in different ways. While starting an organization is challenging, this book shows that it can also bring in some amazing challenges too. The book allows you to meet some new characters that were not in the first book, but brings back some loved characters too. All-in-all this was a fast read that your middle-schooler will love!

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Book Review - Happily Ever Afterlife: Ghostcoming

Happily Ever Afterlife: Ghostcoming

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About the Book
Lucy has just joined the afterlife, and as a brand-new ghost she's mostly see-through, not able to stand or sit normally, stuck in the ballet clothes she was wearing before she crossed over...and stuck in middle school. Can't a ghost get a break?

But then the cutest (ghost) boy she's ever seen turns out to be her very own guide to school, and things start looking brighter. Maybe she's not quite solid yet, but Lucy is definitely going to make this the best afterlife ever!



 
My Take on the Book
This was a fun book that lets you get in the afterlife, but also into the life of a middle school girl. You get to experience some ups and down in this characters' afterlife, but in the end you can tell that Lucy is working hard to make her afterlife an amazing one. My daughters loved reading this and I found that they did not want to put this down!


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Book Review - Vampirina at the Beach

Vampirina at the Beach

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About the Book
When the summer moon is full, a beach trip is an epic way to spend the night.



My Take on the Book
This was a fun book that lets you meet and hang 10 with a very fun Vampire. I loved the idea of being able to spend time at the beach in the Moonlight just like you would during the day. You get to have a ton of fun with her and my daughters loved being able to read another book with this memorable character!


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