Author Archives: Stan Skrabut, Ed.D.
Book Review – Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest
One of the benefits of my job is that I get a week and a half off over the Christmas holiday. During these extended breaks, I sit down and watch the entire HBO series called Band of Brothers*. To me, this series is a great look at leadership and sacrifice. One of the things I had not yet done is read the book upon which the series was made. Last week, I finally had an opportunity to read Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest and I am glad that I did. The HBO series follows the book quite closely; however, the book did share some details that could not be adequately shown on film. This was the second book I had read from Stephen Ambrose. I had previously read The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany 1944-45. I like the relaxed story-like pace of his books. Read the rest of this entry
Book Review – Write, Publish, Promote: How to write a best seller, self-publish, and then keep selling it
After reading the Kindle version of WRITE, PUBLISH, PROMOTE: How to write a best seller, self-publish, and then keep selling it …*, I thought it was so useful, I just ordered a print copy to have as a reference as I write my book. Debrah Martin packed this informative book full of tips and resources to help budding writers get books published and sold. If you are a writer, especially if you are looking to self-publish, I would certainly recommend this book. Read the rest of this entry
I picked up Stanley McChrystal’s book, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World* because I really enjoyed the message he shared when writing My Share of the Task: A Memoir. I was curious how he pulled it together and what lessons he had to share. More importantly, I was looking for ideas I could use for my small team and institution. I was not disappointed. This book helped to flesh out some points he made in his first book. Team of Teams focused on his operations in Iraq and the interworkings of countless agencies. I would be curious how the lessons could be applied for a business. Personally, I enjoyed the book; however, I think some would be put off on the heavy focus on military operations. Read the rest of this entry
The United States Marine Corps has done a fantastic job shaping the culture of their organization. They have accomplished this through a number of strategies to include developing a reading list to get members thinking under the same vision. The Commandant’s Professional Reading List is a requirement of all Marines. Each Marine must read three of the books on the lists each year. Commanders at all levels of the organization are responsible for the reading program.
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One thing you cannot deny is that Gary Vaynerchuk is a large personality. Whether you like him and his style or not, he has been successful. In his 2009 book, Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion*, Vaynerchuk discussed how he became successful as well as offer a strategy on how others can replicate his success. Read the rest of this entry