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Joel Adams

Philadelphia, PA
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Richard Wright for the 21st Century

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Reviewed: 08-04-19

From poverty to Professor at an elite college, one man's experience growing up black in America. No two people are the same and making generalizations from specific cases is usually fruitless. This is just the story of Kiese Laymon but it is captivating and enlightening.

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An Economic Explanation of Growth

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Reviewed: 08-04-19

This is not easy reading (listening), because Gilder can use some long sentences and big words. I have "read" the book twice, once from printed pages and once from Audible. But it IS breakthrough economic and political thinking. Gilder presents a compelling case that power separated from knowledge produces poor results. (For example, designing programs in Washington DC to improve local education is unlikely to produce anything valuable and is more likely to waste a lot of money. Moving the power to solve a problem close to the specific problem, is far more likely to produce a positive result.) Some Democrat readers will be turned off by Gilder's political references. He wrote most of the book believing he would be a policy adviser in a Romney administration. But economic theory is apolitical. It is either more useful at explaining the world or less useful. This book is VERY useful because of its insight.

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Digital Marketing on a Shoestring

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Reviewed: 08-04-19

Good explanation of the various ways an individual or small start-up can take advantage of digital marketing

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Already out of date

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-04-19

This tries to be a review of the latest technology. But if you stay up with technology developments, for example by reading The MIT Technology Review, or Wired Magazine, then everything in this book is already out of date. Note to Alec Ross, DO NOT read your own material. Get a professional voice/actor. This is dry material and needs a professional voice to keep up the energy. I will be honest, I did not finish this book. It would not have been a good use of my time.

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Depends on what your religious beliefs are

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-18

I was intrigued by the title and the concept of two halves of life. But the author's certainty of how "we" should interpret every biblical story drove me to not finish the book.

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Nothing much new

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-15-18

Some tried and true motivation and time management advice but not anything that hasn't been said by many motivational speakers and time management gurus.
Enough good ideas for half a chapter and restated with stories to make it long enough for a book, same as most business books.
If you haven't heard this stuff before, then this book is great.
I think I can sum up the book here:
1) the secret to success is focus.
2) What to focus on? Set your goal. Figure out what needs to be done. Do "the one thing that when done will make everything else easier or unnecessary.
3) How do you stay focused? time block by setting on your calendar time each day for your one thing.
4) Avoid interruptions by planning for them, if you really do get interrupted by something urgent, re-schedule your time block
Oh, and multi-tasking is a joke which actually decreases productivity on all tasks.
Again, this is good stuff...just not new.

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complete, but just too long

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Reviewed: 09-06-17

I am happy to learn about Woodrow Wilson, a figure I did not previously know well. This biography was too long for me. Comparing it to Caro.'s multi-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson, I found the Johnson biography an easier read.

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Executive Coaching article - less relevant now

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Reviewed: 06-04-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This was a short article plugging Executive Coaching. In 2004 this was best information. Today, we have good evidence that a coach using a wider stakeholder centered process is far more likely to produce the desired results than coaches focusing on the client-coach-coachee triangle described here.

If you’ve listened to books by Harvard Business Review before, how does this one compare?

An OK article for the time it was written.