Dad of Divas' Reviews

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Book Review - Build Your Own Brand

Build Your Own Brand

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About the Book
The names Oprah, Michael Jordan, Donald Trump, and Bill Gates are great personal brands, and yours can be a personal brand too. This insightful book guides professionals and businesspeople to harness the power of their personal brands to build their client base. Readers will be able to carve a niche in the market in an inexpensive and productive way.



My Take on the Book
Sometimes as an individual and as an entrepreneur you have to focus on yourself and the brand that you are building within yourself too. As you consider this you have to also understand the steps and the issues that you may need to consider while building your own brand and being able to differentiate yourself from the pack. The book is filled with valuable tips and resources that will help you start moving the needle on your own brand!





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Book Review - Creativity for Leaders

Creativity for Leaders

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About the Book
Focusing on effective time management, creativity, stress reduction, and spiritual advice, Fellers promises a lasting impact on your life.



My Take on the Book
I know that as a leader I am always looking to try to find creative ways to encourage, motivate and inspire the people who report to me. I am not always able to do this but I continue to aspire to be better and through books like this you can gain some great insights into new ways that you can add some creativity to the mix and change your own work and life in the process. The book is a very practical look at ways in which you can be more creative in your work life, and also step back, de-stress and re-evaluate your work life and processes. This was a great book and easily implemented! You will leave reading this with a ton of ideas for the future!


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Book Review - Dear Family

Dear Family

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About the Book
This uplifting collection of Zig Ziglar's personal letters paints a vivid portrait of a family in which love abounds-and serves as the foundation of every relationship. These letters reflect the innermost thoughts and feelings of a loving husband and devoted father who is totally committed to the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of his family.

In Dear Family, Ziglar addresses the issues that confront him, along with countless others, as a father and husband:

  • The cultivation of personal qualities that will sustain each member of the family throughout a lifetime
  • The need to establish, early in life, the values that anchor any successful, happy life
  • "Quality time" versus "quantity time"
  • A parent's obligation to lead his children through the maze of sibling conflicts and relationships with members of the opposite sex, and the myriad fears and uncertainties of every youngster en route to adulthood
These letters reflect the innermost thoughts and feelings of a loving husband and devoted father who is totally committed to the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of his family. For readers everywhere, these intimate communications about life and love and family can provide a practical guide for building and strengthening their own family relationships.



My Take on the Book
I have always been impressed with what Zig Ziglar had to say and how he shared it too. Not only through his books and public speaking, but in how he lived his life and how he loved his family. This book gives you an inside look into Zig Ziglar's heart and in how what we saw in his external life also continued in his writings to his own family too. This book allows you to see Zig Ziglar as a human and you leave with valuable insights into how each of us should aspire to live our own lives too.


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Book Review - Tad Lucas: Trick-Riding Rodeo Cowgirl


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About the Book
Tad Lucas has been called the greatest woman rider of all time. She traveled the world in the early 1900s dazzling crowds with her daring trick riding, bronc riding, and steer riding. After competing and performing for more than forty years, she was recognized by her peers for her accomplishments. She is the only woman honored by all three rodeo halls of fame: the National Rodeo Hall of Fame, the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, and the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Lucas, born Barbara Barnes, embodied the spirit of the American West. Her courage, independence, and compassion helped keep that heritage alive. In her will, she established the Tad Lucas Memorial Award to honor women who excel in any field related to Western heritage. Her spirit lives on through her daughters and the millions of girls who follow their hearts—and ride their horses—across the West.

Author and educator Laura B. Edge earned a BA in education from the University of Texas at Austin. After years of teaching, she jumped into full-time writing. Edge enjoys research and uses her love of history to create books that bring the past to life. Her story of the 1909 Garment Workers strike, We Stand As One, won the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year award and the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Young Adult Top Forty award. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a team leader for the Women’s Storybook Project of Texas. Like many young girls, she loved horses and dreamed of owning one. She resides in Houston, Texas.

Artist and educator Stephanie Ford has always had a strong interest in art and horses. Like Tad, she hung upside down on a cantering horse on purpose! Ford competes in Western art shows across the country. Her signature scratchboard art has won awards for its depiction of the historical West, the American Civil War, and, of course, horses. Ford is a member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists, Women Artists of the West, and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives with her husband and daughter on a small beef-cattle ranch in Texas.



My Take on the Book
This was a powerful book that really explored an amazing woman and champions the spirit of girl empowerment! I loved reading this to my daughters as it truly showed them that they could be anything that they wanted to be if they put their mind to it in the end. The book is filled with amazing images and you can truly appreciate all that Tad Lucas accomplished in her career and her life through this great tribute of a book!

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Book Review - Steps to the Top

Steps to the Top

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About the Book
Beginning where See You at the Top left off, this volume offers important messages about life and the active steps that help you reach your goals.


My Take on the Book
This is a powerful book that builds on the original book that I loved reading the first time I read it. I loved that in this book he goes even deeper and continues to give sage wisdom that will inspire you to keep reaching toward the top. While some of the words shared in this are also shared on some other texts, the way that Zig Ziglar shares his messages and the vivid tales that he shares will be etched in your mind's eye as you continue on your own professional journey. I know that I, for one and very glad to have read this and I am even more encouraged to read further books by Zig Ziglar now in the future!



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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Book Review - Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization

Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization
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About the Book
Arms you with powerful tools for overcoming resistance to change and creating a culture of collaboration, engagement, and employee empowerment Your people are your most valuable asset, and if you want them to excel (and your profits to soar), you'll need to abandon your traditional command-and-control management style and adopt a collaborative, open leadership approach—one that engages and empowers your people. While this isn't a particularly new idea, many leaders, while they may pay lip service to it, don't really understand what it means. And most of those who do get it lack the skills for putting it into practice. In Flat Army you'll find powerful leadership models and tools that help you challenge yourself and overcome your personal obstacles to change, while pushing the boundaries of organizational change to create a culture of collaboration.


  • Develops an integrated framework incorporating collaboration, open leadership, technologies, and connected learning
  • Shows you how to flatten the organizational pyramid and engage with your peoples in more collaborative and productive ways—without undermining your authority
  • Explains how to deploy a Connected Leader mindset, a Participative Leader Framework, and a Collaborative Leader Action Model
  • Arms you with powerful tools for becoming a more visible leader who demonstrates the qualities and capabilities needed to become an agent of positive change




My Take on the Book
I am continually working to engage my kids in many ways, but I cannot way that I am an expert, in Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Community the author works to build a definition of an engaged employee and how to get to that point in your own organization. The nice things about this book are the examples that are given and in the fact that the book focuses on re-engaging employees that may have disengaged from the organization in some way. The whole concept of building a flat army that is working to build a culture that supports productive engagement at all levels of the organization.

I also love that the author is talking about the important of building leadership at all levels, thus creating a flat organization!

The book is practical and you will truly learn so much in every chapter of this book, or at least I know that I did!


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Book Review - Admissions by Design: Stop the Madness and Find the Best College for You

Admissions by Design: Stop the Madness and Find the Best College for You
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About the Book
The race to matriculate into the most-prestigious-university-possible is killing America's students. There is a better way!

Admissions by Design is a poignant, unorthodox, and thorough guide that upends the traditional paradigm of college admissions. Incorporating the latest research in brain science and human development and using stories from her nearly 20 years of work with students, Lisa Fisher offers students practical tools to reframe the college admissions process to one of an inspired and authentic journey toward self-discovery.

Building from the root of the word “admission,” meaning “toward purpose,” and tying the college admissions process to the development of self and to emerging trends in economic development, the author argues that the admissions process shouldn’t be about getting into a prestigious “name” school, but about a journey to knowing one’s self, heeding one’s callings, and identifying the “right fit” school that will serve as the catalyst to embracing a purpose-led life.

Presenting facts and details about the ways in which the current system of college admissions negatively impacts students, the author challenges prevailing methods and offers new ideas and solutions to reinvent the approach to college admissions to be more humanistic and student-centered. This practical guide challenges students to define and pursue their unique paths and offers hands-on tools to help students in their process of self-discovery and in identifying and applying to the “right fit” college.



My Take on the Book
As someone that has been working in College Admissions for almost 20 years it is so important that people understand what they are getting into when looking at college and understanding the competitive market for which applying to college has become. This is a great book that really puts the whole college admissions process into perspective and allows you to be systematic with your child as it comes to looking and applying to colleges. The book was an easy read and very practical. The book also tries to help minimize stress for parents and kids alike so that they come into the college process much more relaxed in the end. The author brings many years of experiences into the writing of this book and prides examples that you will relate to as well as specific goals and tasks that you will need to accomplish to move yourself and your child forward. By the end of this book you should be able to have a very targeted approach to meeting your college goals. Get ready to move your life forward with this amazing resource!

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