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12 04, 2017

Blog Tour: Extreme You by Sarah Robb O’Hagan

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: Business & Investing, Health, Mind, & Body, Management & Leadership, Motivation & Self-Improvement, Motivational, Nonfiction, Self-Help, Success|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments

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extreme you book coverPlease join Sarah Robb O’Hagan, author of Extreme You, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Richard Wisniewski

When I saw the title of this book, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to read it. There is something empowering about reading an empowering book from such an empowering female. Before jumping into this review, I have to say that simply reading the first 30 pages of Sarah Robb O’Hagan’s book motivated me more than ever.

Extreme You is a very simple concept that is often overlooked by millions of people around the world. We live in a culture where many people tend to conform to the societal standards of what is acceptable.

7 03, 2017

Review: Drop In by Sara Harvey Yao

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: Business & Investing, Health, Mind, & Body, Management & Leadership, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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drop in book coverReviewed by Richard Wisniewski

In 2017, social conditioning has programmed a society into a state of complete distraction. While many may have resistance to this notion, it’s true. In so many cases, people have complicated their lives to a place where complications, complexities, busyness, and stress seem normal. In fact, for some corrupt reason, people actually value their self-worth as a worker by how much stress they have. And these complexities of life and the constant state of busyness have caused people to, by default, stay in auto-pilot mode, as Sara Harvey Yao describes. Drop In: Lead with Deeper Presence and Courage is the perfect book for anyone seeking to truly focus on the here and now. 

24 01, 2015

Review: Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

By | January 24th, 2015|Categories: Business & Investing, Economics, Management & Leadership, Nonfiction, Social Sciences|Tags: , |2 Comments

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think like a freak book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Think Like a Freak is the sequel to Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics. The book provides readers with advice on revolutionizing one’s thinking to clarify thought processes, problem solve, and reform business models to move a business toward prosperity. The idea of thinking like a “freak” is actually meant to be a positive thing–it is the out of the box realism that makes the world go around. The book’s nine chapters cover what it means to think like a freak, the impact of words, problem-solving techniques, finding the root cause of a problem, thinking like a child, reviewing incentives, the theory of false positives, persuasion techniques and the upside to quitting.

Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner use an interesting mix of real life scenarios, hypothetical questions, examples from history and contemporary name brand companies to explain the genius behind

30 12, 2014

Review: The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin

By | December 30th, 2014|Categories: Business & Investing, Management & Leadership, Nonfiction, Psychology, Social Sciences|Tags: |4 Comments

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the organized mind book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

In his book, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload, Daniel J. Levitin discusses how people can keep organized in the current age of digital information overload. Levitin states that our human brains can only really process small amounts of information at one time. It can be very helpful to learn to separate various brain regions–for example, economic and ethical decisions are managed by different brain regions. We can learn to stretch our brains and their capacity by continuously playing stimulating brain games. Our own world provides clues as to how we can analyze and categorize information better.

Among other things, Levitin covers the processing capacity of the human mind, which is measured at 120 bits per second. This is the bandwidth at which the human brain can safely focus within itself to complete all of the

22 02, 2014

Review: Moments of Impact by Chris Ertel & Lisa Kay Solomon

By | February 22nd, 2014|Categories: Business & Investing, Health, Mind, & Body, Leadership, Management & Leadership, Nonfiction, Self-Help, Social Sciences|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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71s0K1x756LReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Businesses are in existence to be profitable and generate revenue. Most everyone will agree to this premise. Most managers have meetings to discuss company business, review issues of concern, and decide how to take the organization to the next level of profitability. Unfortunately, these meetings are usually ineffective at best because managers are often ill equipped in the skills of effective communication. Meetings are part of the workday at most businesses, and no one gets to a higher position without spending dozens of hours in meetings. I challenge you to make a phone call right now to the highest paid executive you know, and I guarantee that that person will most likely be in a meeting.

Meetings make the world go around. But some businesses in general and managers specifically notoriously waste time with meetings–through ineffective communications within (and