Dad of Divas' Reviews

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Book Review - Wilma's Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller

Wilma's Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller



About the Book

As a child in Oklahoma, Wilma Mankiller experienced the Cherokee practice of Gadugi, helping each other, even when times were hard for everyone. But in 1956, the federal government uprooted her family and moved them to California, wrenching them from their home, friends, and traditions. Separated from her community and everything she knew, Wilma felt utterly lost until she found refuge in the Indian Center in San Francisco. There, she worked to build and develop the local Native community and championed Native political activists. She took her two children to visit tribal communities in the state, and as she introduced them to the traditions of their heritage, she felt a longing for home.

Returning to Oklahoma with her daughters, Wilma took part in Cherokee government. Despite many obstacles, from resistance to female leadership to a life-threatening accident, Wilma's courageous dedication to serving her people led to her election as the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. As leader and advocate, she reinvigorated her constituency by empowering them to identify and solve community problems.

This beautiful addition to the Big Words series will inspire future leaders to persevere in empathy and thoughtful problem-solving, reaching beyond themselves to help those around them. Moving prose by award-winning author Doreen Rappaport is interwoven with Wilma's own words in this expertly researched biography, illustrated with warmth and vivacity by Linda Kukuk.



My Take on the Book
This is a great book that really opened my eyes to a woman that I did not know much about. I actually read this to my daughters and I am glad that I did as Wilma was a powerful woman that stood for equal rights and more. I loved reading this my daughters because even in their school district they do not spend a lot of time talking about what happened to Native Americans in the United States. Wilma's story is a powerful one that shows what one woman can do to impact her own people even when large obstacles were in her way. This is a powerful book that I am so happy to have been able to read with my own daughters. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with daughters but even more so to all as this woman is someone all should know.

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Book Review - Secrets of Topsea: The Extremely High Tide!

Secrets of Topsea: The Extremely High Tide!



About the Book
Talise knows more about the ocean than any kid in Topsea. Any adult, too. As the best-and only-bathymetrist in Topsea, Talise is able to predict important things about the sea, like the next tide (Severely Low with a threat of Wildcard) or the arrival of Seaweed Season. What she can't predict, however, are her classmates' behaviors. Sometimes it's as if they're speaking different languages.

When Talise discovers a mysterious message in a bottle, her classmates believe it must have been sent by someone stranded on a deserted island. (Not to be confused with a dessert island.) But Talise is convinced the message is meant for her. And it's telling her to build a boat.

Everyone seems to think Talise is just being silly. Even Talise isn't exactly sure why she has to build the boat. And who keeps sending those strange bottled messages, anyway? All Talise knows is that she'd better finish building her boat fast, because an Extremely High Tide is coming?


My Take on the Book
If you loved the first Topsea novel that I reviewed earlier this year, you will also love this second book in the series. In this book Talise is back using her unique gifts to predict things about the sea, but what she cannot predict are the messages she keeps receiving that make her think that she needs to build a boat (even though she does not know why). She also continues to be challenged by her classmates about why she is trying to build a boat when they believe the messages say something completely different. This book continues to shows great characters that you will really love to get to know. Overall, this is a great second book in the series and we can't wait for the next book in the series!

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Book Review - Hope

Hope



About the Book

As a family grows, so does its capacity for love, for dreams, and for hope. Two lions celebrate their grandchild and express all the ways this new life has expanded their world, and the hope they hold for his future.

A companion to Matthew Cordell's stunning Wish and Dream, this picturebook picks up with a new animal family celebrating their little one.


My Take on the Book
This was a beautiful book that really shows how life can and will change but just because life changes this only means that their world expands. The book looks at having a grandchild and what they does to a person's world, but more-so it shows the love that people can have for others.

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Book Review - 9 Dimensions of Conscious Success

9 Dimensions of Conscious Success



About the Book
Personal and professional success in today's crowded, competitive economy is dependent on your discovery of the answer to the following questions:

What is my best purpose to achieve conscious success?
How can I demonstrate high awareness for conscious success?
How can I positively differentiate myself from others?

In his book, The 9 Dimensions of Conscious Success, David Nielson addresses the dilemma of how to define your purpose in life to achieve conscious success.  Drawing upon his unique life experiences as a management consultant, executive coach and as an organizational developer at Coors Brewing Company, Nielson outlines a practical process model for you to achieve individual success. He uses real-life stories, humor, and a humble approach that has connected with audiences of all ages worldwide in his consulting practice and in the pages of this breakthrough book.

Nielson builds the foundation of his Conscious Success Model on three pillars: Purpose, Self-awareness, and Social Awareness. When combined and mastered, these essential starting blocks will bring you fulfillment on their own, but they can also be used to create your unique brand, style, and strong reputation.  They also support the structure of six key Differentiators identified to create Nielson's nine-dimensional model for achieving success. The six key differentiators include:
  • Authenticity 
  •  Work Ethic and Personal Responsibility
  •  Listening for Results and Connections
  •  Articulation for Impact
  •  Humor
  •  Gratitude
Each differentiator is a powerful tool (when mastered) to strengthen your brand, your reputation, and to open doors to opportunities that allow you to fulfill your purpose...as consciously planned!

The 9 Dimensions of Conscious Success is a must read for young executives, career professionals, entrepreneurs, or anyone committed to a personal and professional development journey.  A critical starting point on that journey is utilizing the interactive Conscious Success Assessment® - an added bonus for readers. This assessment allows you to increase your self-awareness before creating your own Conscious Success Action Plan. 

If you are tired of the trial and error approach to your life, read this book and find yourself on the path to conscious success today!

For additional information on the Conscious Success model, additional assessments, speaking engagements, or Conscious Success group training programs, visit DNAworldwide.net


My Take on the Book
This is a book that really allows people to gain a better sense for purpose, self-awareness, social awareness and more. While this may seem to focus on college age readers, I think readers of all ages will find great ideas throughout this book that will help them better guide their future.

The book is truly practical and talks directly tot he reader without lowering the bar of the knowledge that is being shared without talking down to anyone.

I found so many practical ideas throughout the book and I found that the book really is one that you will either want to have a highlighter in hand or to have a pad a paper to take notes as well.

The author has created a book that will truly give you a handbook to expand your own personal awareness and help you build stronger relationships. Best of all this book gives you what you need whether you are getting ready for your first job or later in your career.


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Book Review - Outwalkers

Outwalkers



About the Book
In a frighteningly real near future England, Jacob escapes from the Academy orphanage to reenter a world that is grimly recognizable. The Coalition can track anyone, anywhere, from a chip implanted at birth. Now Jacob must fulfill his promise to his parents, find his dog, Jet, and navigate his way out of England. Their only hope is a band of children who have found a way to survive off the grid: The Outwalkers. Their rules are strict, but necessary if they're going to get out alive...


My Take on the Book
My youngest daughter loved reading this book. This book has both political and historical components which drew her in but also great characterization of the differing personalities throughout the book. You get pulled into the world of the orphans and the author really paints a picture that makes the world vivid and one that you can relate to from beginning to end. I read this book along with my daughter and while I think some of the historical and political references went over my 10 year old's head, but many others she did seem to connect with. We were able to have conversations about the other historical references that she missed. This is a book that really keeps you reading from beginning to end. It disrupts your sense of reality and really allows you to see the world in a new way. 

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Book Review - 1501 Ways to Reward Employees

1501 Ways to Reward Employees



About the Book

Today more than ever, businesses need fresh ideas to nurture talent and retain employees—enter 1,501 Ways to Reward Employees, thoroughly revised, updated, and even more chockablock with ideas than 1,001 Ways to Reward Employees, the groundbreaking national bestseller.

Adapted to meet the needs of an evolving workplace—especially to deal creatively with virtual employees, freelancers and permalancers, international colleagues, and the rule-bending expectations of millennials—its 1,501 low-and no-cost rewards and strategies are drawn from thousands of companies across the globe. Ideas range from the informal (Wells Fargo’s thank-you e-cards) and the offbeat (JS Communications two free “I Don’t Want to Get Out of Bed” Days) to the formal (J. C. Penney “affirms” new managers in a moving ceremony) to the totally nutty (the legendary honor of having your office “sodded”—literally, grassed over—at Microsoft). For bosses, managers, entrepreneurs, small-business owners, consultants—anyone who’s responsible for working successfully in an ever-tougher economy—this is the rewards bible.



My Take on the Book
This is such a great book. I have found this to be an amazing resource as a manager. On every page you will find such valuable through ideas and stories that are shared throughout the book. I wish that I would have found this book earlier in my career as there are so many creative ways to be able to reward your employees.  What I loved were all of the ideas that were of low cost which is always a positive thing when it comes to working with others. This book gives you everything that you need as a manager and I for one would recommend this to everyone!


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Book Review - 1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work

1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work



About the Book

1001 WAYS to Take Initiative at Work is about managing up--about employees taking ownership of their jobs, whether it's an assistant working for a manager or a VP working for the CEO. Third in the 1001 Ways series by bestselling business writer Bob Nelson, whose 1001 Ways to Reward Employees and 1001 Ways to Energize Employees have over 900,000 copies in print, TAKE INITIATIVE is the first management book for employees. Weaving together case studies, examples, quotes, research highlights, and the author's own "Tool Box" of management techniques and exercises, this practical handbook will show every reader how to develop self-leadership, set goals, create learning opportunities, take risks, build a team, sell ideas, and work both within and outside the larger organization. Taking initiative is about a former secretary at Johnsonville Foods who originated and now runs the company's thriving mail-order business. It's about a technical writer who created Xerox's popular "webmaster" website. And it's about you. As Bob Nelson proves, employees have much more power than they think--taking initiative is how to harness that power and reap its rewards. By the bestselling author of 1001 Ways to Reward Employees and 1001 Ways to Energize Employees, with over 900,000 copies in print.


My Take on the Book
This book has a number of stories that you can page through to find ideas that will give you perspectives about how you can take initiative in many ways at work. The book was easy to read and the examples were easy to follow. The book has some great concepts within the margins and in the stories. Some of the examples were a little dated, but the book still had great concepts that you can use in almost any venue!

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