Book review: Program Planning and Evaluation for the Public Manager

As part of a graduate course on program planning and evaluation for the University of Wyoming, I had the class read Program Planning and Evaluation for the Public Manager* by Ronald Sylvia and Kathleen Sylvia. I found this book to be very practical and a great foundational book for the class. The authors provided a straight forward look at program planning and evaluation. While it is not a comprehensive book on the topic, it does point out important elements to keep in mind for someone new to the idea of program planning. It serves as a starting point. I would continue to use it in future courses.  Read the rest of this entry

Book Review: Genius Biographies

This book was a very pleasant surprise. Four months ago, Ankesh Kothari asked me to read and possibly review his book, Genius Biographies*. I am glad I accepted the offer, I really enjoyed the book.  Read the rest of this entry

Book Review – Developing Programs in Adult Education: A Conceptual Programming Model (2nd Edition)

This is the second time that I’ve had an opportunity to read Boone, Safrit, and Jones’ book, Developing Programs in Adult Education: A Conceptual Programming Model (2nd Edition). The first time I read it,  I was a grad student taking Dr. Cliff Harbour’s course on program planning and evaluation.  The second time is while teaching the same course to graduate students for the University of Wyoming. I have mixed feelings about this book because I am looking at it and two different frames of reference. On one hand, I’m looking at it from an academic perspective and on the other hand, from a practical perspective. Read the rest of this entry

Book Review – The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

On the John Lee Dumas’ podcast Entrepreneurs on Fire, the book The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It* has been recommended countless times. I have finally had the opportunity to sit down and read Michael Gerber’s book. I was definitely not disappointed. I would certainly recommend it to other business owners. Read the rest of this entry

Book review – Scrivener Superpowers: How to Use Cutting-Edge Software to Energize Your Creative Writing Practice

Over the past six months, I have been working on writing a book. The process was initially slow going but it has increased in pace due to a program called Scrivner. Scrivner is a wonderful program designed with the writing process in mind. However, Scrivner is not necessarily the most intuitive program. There are a lot of internal settings that must be adjusted. This is where Matt Herron’s book, Scrivener Superpowers: How to Use Cutting-Edge Software to Energize Your Creative Writing Practice, comes into play. In one reading, Herron helped me make sense of Scrivner leading to a published book. Read the rest of this entry