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8 01, 2014

Review: How to Buy Stocks Online by Michelle Price

By | January 8th, 2014|Categories: Business & Investing, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , |0 Comments


12133737-hear-how-an-author-went-from-idea-to-published-author-with-sales-in-two-monthsIf you’re like me, chances are you don’t know a lot about the stock market. You do know, however, that some people are making a lot of money buying and selling stocks from home. Michelle Price’s book How to Buy Stocks Online: For All Experience Levels, Step-By-Step Guidance, and Without a Broker, newly updated for 2014, is an excellent and must-read guide to help you understand what a stock is, how to choose and buy stocks, and how to manage your growing investment portfolio.

Although this book describes itself as “for all experience levels,” it is really designed for the beginner: that is, someone who has never purchased stocks online before. The first third of the book explains how stocks work and how investors make money in simple, easy to understand language. The rest of the book takes the first-time investor through

27 12, 2013

Review: Smart Trust by Stephen Covey

By | December 27th, 2013|Categories: Business & Investing, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , |0 Comments


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Stephen Covey’s book Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy, and Joy in a Low-Trust World discusses how people and organizations build, develop and practice trust in all professional and business relations. The idea is that smart leaders understand how to build rapport with others and have better personal and professional relationships as a result. Trusting people is at the core of all human relationships, and many people confuse trusting someone with merely liking the person (although the two concepts are interrelated). By using Smart Trust principles, a person can minimize risk, maximize opportunities and hopefully find a new avenue to prosperity, energy and joy in their life and professional career.

The book features nine chapters that describe the actions of trust, the paradox and promise of trust and how to create more trust in one’s life. There are five basic

10 11, 2013

Review: Breakout Nations by Ruchir Sharma

By | November 10th, 2013|Categories: Business & Investing, Economics, Education, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |1 Comment


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Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles, by Ruchir Sharma is about the nations that are making the competitive leap to becoming new world players. This is not so much of a surprise actually, that some developing countries are “getting it,” and they are beginning to pull themselves up “by the bootstraps”. The surprise is that so many countries are now doing it, and that there will soon be a new perspective on what a developing nation is, does and can manage in the world economy going forward. Sharma is quite knowledgeable on this topic. The view finder is definitely through the eyes of a capable investor, but the reader will follow along anxiously to see who does what, why it’s happened and form a critical opinion regarding which breakout nations have in effect “broken

7 11, 2013

Review: Focus by Daniel Goleman

By | November 7th, 2013|Categories: Business & Investing, Nonfiction, Psychology|Tags: , , |1 Comment


focusReviewed by Sophia Chiu

Daniel Goleman, former science writer for the New York Times and author of Emotional Intelligence, explores the mental attribute of attention in Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. He identifies attention—to one’s self, others in one’s surroundings, and the outer environment at large—and the ability to shift among them as an essential ingredient for success.

Goleman’s journey includes interesting highlights, from observing a house detective of a large department store scanning for shoplifters to finding out how the English-language translator for the Dalai Lama can translate 15 minutes at a stretch. Starting with the “anatomy of attention,” he outlines the neural circuitry that underpins the ability to pay attention (or often not, as the case turns out to be). Having some background in neuroscience would help, but is not strictly necessary. He then discusses attention to self,

28 05, 2013

Review: Ultimate Guide to Pinterest for Business by Karen Leland

By | May 28th, 2013|Categories: Business & Investing, Computers & Technology, Nonfiction|Tags: , |4 Comments


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Why I read this book:

I chose to read Ultimate Guide to Pinterest for Business because I’m a multimedia-based marketing professional. It’s important for me to stay up-to-date on the latest social media trends so that I can place my clients at the forefront of their industry. I also love Pinterest for myself as well! When this book claims to be the Ultimate Guide, it’s not lying! Karen Leland covers everything starting from the basics of how to set up an account and how things work. Once readers get the hang of it, she moves on to strategy, user guidelines (like copyrights, ethics, etc.), and bonus features. Then, she explains how Pinterest can be used for business or career professionals, and even shares some helpful ideas for specific industries.

If you haven’t yet jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon, I highly

22 02, 2013

Review: Bitter Brew by William Knoedelseder

By | February 22nd, 2013|Categories: Biographies, Business & Investing, Historical, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments


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In Bitter Brew, experienced journalist William Knoedelseder tells the remarkable, juicy, inspirational, and at the end, disappointing story of the rise and fall of America’s largest family owned brewery. Christened Anhueser-Busch in 1879, the company started out as a very small brewery that produced a small amount of locally consumed beer. By 1900, the company was the largest brewery in the country, producing over 1 million barrels of its famed Budweiser a year. They remained the No. 1 brewer, with the exception of a short period of time after WWII, until the company was sold to InBev, a four-year old Belgian company owned by three Brazilian billionaires, in 2008.

As much as the story of the brewery itself, it is also the story of the four generations of Busch men who founded, shaped, grew, and loved the

14 12, 2012

Review: The Pocket Small Business Owner’s Guide to Taxes by Brian Germer

By | December 14th, 2012|Categories: Business & Investing, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , |2 Comments


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As its title suggests, The Pocket Small Business Owner’s Guide to Taxes by Brian Germer offers tax advice for small business owners, but it also applies to people who are self-employed or who consider themselves employees (such as shareholders in C or S corporations). Simply stated, small businesses pay taxes which are a combination of the employee and employer portion of the Social Security and Medicare Tax (although the employer part is tax deductible).

Anyone looking for quick answers to complex tax questions will have a friend in this book. The chapters are easy to access and are arranged in three sections: the small business owner essentials, information on business structures, and information on how to maximize your deductions. If the reader has a tax question, it is easy to skip to the chapter that is the most appropriate to get

27 11, 2012

Review: Management Culture by Denise Moreland

By | November 27th, 2012|Categories: Business & Investing, Nonfiction|Tags: , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

If you have ever had a lousy boss, then Management Culture is for you! Since we have all had less than ethical, wholly inept, completely unknowing, mean or rude managers or supervisors at some point in our careers, it is definitely helpful to know how to manage them. But Management Culture is much more than a “how to manage your boss” discussion; it focuses on all of the meaty issues such as attitudes of employees and employers and answers the questions we’ve all never known to ask. Such as: Who actually owns you when you are at work?

The chapters cover topics like who owns the worker, the work and the organization, the real motivators to get employees to increase productivity (coercion, control and domination or compliance, resignation and submission), and discuss how an organization can work to motivate employees

7 10, 2012

Review: Wild Company by Mel and Patricia Ziegler

By | October 7th, 2012|Categories: Arts & Literature, Business & Investing, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Stop and think for a minute about how many items you use without knowing where they actually came from. Now stop and think of all of the brands you are very comfortable with. Think of brands that have become mainstream and household names. Do you know where or how those brands originated? Chances are you don’t. I did not know how Banana Republic began and Wild Company: The Untold Story of Banana Republic by Mel and Patricia Ziegler told me in a lively, engaging way that will make me look at the brand in a new way forever now. In their charming book, they discuss how they went from broke to discovering an accidental dream, to helping run the major corporation/brand we know today. The path was not always easy for the Zieglers and they not only

20 07, 2012

Review: Love Works by Joel Manby

By | July 20th, 2012|Categories: Business & Investing, Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Joel Manby is the president of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation (HFE), and the author of Love Works. He uncovered a new trend that companies can focus on today to make a more positive work environment for the employees. This new approach promotes love in the workplace along with Christianity and Christian values. The book discusses what a person can do to give organizational leaders an edge with the seven timeless principles developed by Manby which promote effective leadership.

Manby experienced an epiphany after taping a reality television show called Undercover Boss with CBS. In the program, Manby pretended to work as a new prospective employee among the real employees of his company. He learned how people’s attitudes about their jobs at his company affected their productivity and the attitudes of others.

By going undercover at his own company