Dad of Divas' Reviews

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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Book Review - The Upside Down Marriage: 12 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Right Side Up

The Upside Down Marriage: 12 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Right Side Up
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About the Book
Jim Keller, a nationally known marriage counselor, gives unconventional advice for a successful marriage in his new book ,The Upside Down Marriage.

As the bride stands at the back of the church on her father's arm, looking at her beaming groom waiting for her, neither one of them assume that their marriage will be anything but blissful an exciting adventure of two people bound by love. Oh sure, they don't presume that they will be without problems, but theirs will be a union of joy and understanding. But what happens when the marriage becomes less about the better and more about the worse of their vows?

Having counseled couples for more than 25 years, Keller shares his expertise and insight on the best ways for couples facing the challenges of healthy marriage to come together and make things work. But Upside Down Marriage is not just for couples already in the throes of a troubled relationship, but also for those looking to keep a good marriage from heading down that path.

The Upside Down Marriage is for couples:
Already in the throes of a troubled relationship
Looking to keep a good marriage from heading down a bad path

Keller uses humor to share his expertise and insight on the issues of marriage.




My Take on the Book

None of us are really told what to expect when we marry our significant other. There is no manual and while there is some counseling that may happen depending on your faith, you usually will not touch on many of the issues that this book examines. This is the type of book that personally I wish I had read at the beginning of my marriage as it may have opened my eyes earlier to some of the bumps that we definitely hit along the way. You can tell that the author really knows what he is talking about and as a professional counselor the examples that are used throughout the book was tangible and truly something that is easily implemented. One of the things that I appreciated within the book outside all of the content, was the feeling of support that permeates the entire book. From beginning to end, as a reader you feel that the author is here to hold you up and that he empathizes with what you have or may experience in your life. This is definitely a book that will help you build or rebuild a marriage that you will be proud of and that will last you a lifetime.

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Book Review - Laugh a Lot: Your Daily Dose of Wholesome Humor

Laugh a Lot: Your Daily Dose of Wholesome Humor
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About the Book
Laughs. We share them, send them, feel them, and seek them. We sing about laughter, talk about it, write about it, dream of it, and even Tweet about it. Sadly, sometimes we can’t spare even one laugh.

But the laughs are there, for the enjoying. Steve Martin said that a comedian’s job is simply “talking about what’s going on. And there will always be something going on.” This is good news, because, of all the gifts life gives us, humor is one of its sweetest. We laugh with our kids, laugh at our pets, and, sometimes, laugh right in the face of danger, fear, or grief.

Most of all, we love to laugh with those special people God has placed in our lives. This book celebrates laughter, in all its glory, foibles, and mysteries. In the following pages, you’ll find a literary feast of things ridiculous, remarkable, and downright wonderful. We hope this book will help you celebrate the many ways laughter can surprise, delight, amaze, comfort, and enrich life like nothing else on earth.




My Take on the Book
We all need to laugh! We may not consider ourselves to be funny, but being able to let loose and relax is always good for the soul. This book is definitely funny and I found myself laughing outloud in numerous areas. There is a wide array of humor types in this and the author has even shared some great cartoons within the book too. This is not your typical humor book, but it is definitely one that you will love to read and will give you some great things to share with others as well!

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Book Review - One to Ten: Squirrel's Bad Day

One to Ten: Squirrel's Bad Day
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About the Book
Squirrel is running along a tree limb when she trips, losing all her acorns into the rushing water of the river below. Angry and frustrated, she doesn't know what to do. Her good friend, Rabbit, lends both a sympathetic ear as well as a solution. Rather than get angry, Rabbit tells her, rate the problem on a scale of one-to-ten. By identifying and realizing the true importance of the issue, the issue may not seem so overwhelming. Adorable forest creatures help the sad squirrel put everything into perspective so he does not to get stuck in a rut over something that may not be a big deal after all.


My Take on the Book
This was a great book for young readers that explores the idea of solving and dealing with problems. This book was written with a young readers' and it is told through a very cute story that young kids will love. Even though this book is written for younger readers, the author still incorporates some words that were great too.


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Book Review - If You Were Me and Lived in...Israel: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World

If You Were Me and Lived in...Israel: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World
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About the Book
Join Carole P. Roman when she visits the exciting land of Israel in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the Middle East to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land through the eyes of a youngster like you and understand what life is like in this exciting place. Don't forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair world traveler.


My Take on the Book
This is a great book that really allows you to explore Israel. This book really allowed me, someone that has never been to Israel to explore the culture and customs of this land that has existed for so many years. I loved that you get to learn more about s much about the land, culture and people. You even get to learn about the food of the area too. On top of this the book also teaches you a few words in the native language too.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

TAUN Provides Skin Care Perfect for Dads!

TAUN Provides Skin Care Perfect for Dads!

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About the Product

TAUNama
knows best when it comes to Caring for Dads! We know that most dads don't take the time to really pamper themselves, so now we're giving you a good reason to because this high quality grooming product is a must-have for dads! Trust us, when your family asks you want you really want this holiday season, you'll want to drop a hint about this one.

Knowing how to find the right skincare product can be especially daunting, and something most men don't even bother to think about. Nonetheless - it's very important! Thank goodness the two men who created TAUN did extensive research on this subject, and discovered what key ingredients are absolute "must haves" when choosing the right facial cream. TAUN’s highly effective formula was reviewed by top chemists and researchers in order to ensure this product was the best on the market.


Through countless hours of research with chemists, dermatologists and speaking with customers, TAUN introduced their Facial Repair Formula. Other anti-aging products stop at one or two ingredients to fight premature skin aging, but TAUN Facial Repair Formula uses 13 scientifically proven, effective natural ingredients to reduce the signs of aging, which include:

  • Retinol 
  • Niacinamide 
  • Hyaluronic Acid 
  • Vitamin-C 
  • Ester Blend 
  • Peptide Blend 
  • Jojoba Oil and 
  • Apricot Kernel Oil 
TAUN’s vital blend of ingredients fights all signs of aging like crow’s feet, frown lines, under-eye bags, uneven skin tone, dark spots, and restores firmness and elasticity. This potent anti-aging moisturizer is non scented and absorbs quickly, without leaving behind a greasy residue.

TAUN is vegan-friendly and made in the U.S.

TAUN also comes with a 30-day guarantee for a full refund if you're not happy! Price: $79.00 (60 ML / 2.0 OZ) for one time purchase; renewal program: $59.00.

About TAUN
TAUN Small Batch Men’s Skin Care started as a couple of guys approached their 30s and wanted to know how to improve their skin as they aged. There were plenty of moisturizers out there and anti-aging products that promised to slow the signs of aging, but the field of skin care for men had a shortage of premium, high-end products that actually worked. With a slew of impressive, active ingredients and a bent towards natural skin care, it is the best product available in a market sorely missing this sort of quality. As a result, TAUN has been awarded the prestigious GQ Grooming Award and has been highlighted in the media like Best of Seattle and Birch Box, as a must-have grooming product for men.





My Take on the Product
I have been using this product now for about a month to see what it could do. I place the serum on at night. I find that the serum goes a long way as you do not need much to go a long way. I found that after using this that my skin was definitely feeling better than it had prior to using this. While I do not tend to use high end skin care products the ends of this make me think about making the switch. Prior to using this I definitely was having issues with dry skin, but now after a month in using this I found that my dryness is gone. This is definitely a product I would recommend to all!


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