Category Archives: Productivity

Book Review – Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

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

Book Review – Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion

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

Book Review: Tools of Titans-The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-class Performers.

During my daily commutes and walks, I often listen to Tim Ferris as he interviews “billionaires, icons, and world-class performers.” His interviews are in depth and typically last two hours. During the interviews, he will ferret out what has made these individuals so successful. As a fan of his show and of his book The 4-Hour Workweek, I picked up Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers*. I was not disappointed, the book brought me right back to the interviews and the lessons I had learned. But there is more. Read the rest of this entry

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