Book Review: The Speed of Trust, by Stephen M.R. Covey

Book Review: The Speed of Trust, by Stephen M.R. Covey

The Speed of Trust, by Stephen M.R. Covey is one of those books that become a beacon for all of the work and efforts that you engage in. Recommended to me by a colleague, I have already taken advantage of numerous opportunities to embed the ideas presented in this book into my work. In typical Covey style, this book is jam-packed full of seemingly common-sense ideas that will transform your outlook on your actions, interactions, […]

Book Review: It’s the Mission, Not the Mandates, by Amy Fast

Book Review: It’s the Mission, Not the Mandates, by Amy Fast

It’s the Mission, Not the Mandates, by Amy Fast has become an essential resource in our efforts around re-imagining college and career ready standards. In fact, the Life Ready model being developed has, in many ways, been developed from principles found in this book. Amy Fast is an innovative leader in education reform and her book was simply inspiring. Every teacher, administrator, and leader in education should take the time to consider the ideas presented […]

Book Review: Talk Like TED, by Carmine Gallo

Book Review: Talk Like TED, by Carmine Gallo

Talk Like TED, by Carmine Gallo is a book for anybody that may find themselves speaking before a group of people. You don’t have to be preparing for a TED Talk to find a plethora of useful information packed between the covers of this book. So much of public speaking is tapping into your audience’s desire to be inspired. Whether you’re making a sales pitch, leading a meeting, or preparing for a keynote speech, inspiration […]

Book Review: The Discussion Book – 50 Great Ways to Get People Talking

Book Review: The Discussion Book – 50 Great Ways to Get People Talking

The Discussion Book: 50 Great Ways to Get People Talking was a fun, quick read. Essentially, the book contains fifty strategies to lead meetings, facilitate discussions, and communicate in groups. I took note of ten strategies that I plan on incorporating into my work but the one that stood out was a strategy called Canvassing for Common Ground. This is a strategy perfect for facilitating discussion around controversial issues. In today’s politically charged environment, this […]

Book Review: Well-Being, by Tom Rath

Book Review: Well-Being, by Tom Rath

The week after reading Well-Being by Tom Rath, I had the opportunity to sit with Tom and about fifteen of my colleagues over a great lunch and even better dialog. We discussed strengths, well-being, and how they can have an even greater impact on our educators, students, and communities. Well-being is so critical in a setting like education. In fact, it is often times the difference between academic success and struggle. I would even venture […]

Book Review: StrengthsFinder 2.0, by Tom Rath

Book Review: StrengthsFinder 2.0, by Tom Rath

I’m lucky to be employed by an organization that is so committed to the idea of leveraging strengths in all facets of life. Howard County has become a grow-strong school district by focusing on what is strong, rather than what is wrong. Students and staff are leveraging individual strengths, as learned through StrengthsFinder 2.0, to ensure that we are able to be at our best at work and home. Understanding MY Strengths I learned through […]

Book Review: The New Rules of Marketing & PR, by David Meerman Scott

Book Review: The New Rules of Marketing & PR, by David Meerman Scott

The New Rules of Marketing & PR, resulted in four full pages of typed notes and idea-generators for my work in communications and public engagement. Much of the book focused on public information efforts. Particularly leveraging a variety of web-based platforms to gain better traction of the message. However, the content that had the greatest impact on me related to establishing those within the organization as genuine thought leaders. As an organization that provides a […]

Book Review: The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell

Book Review: The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell

The book, The Tipping Point, explores how an idea becomes a mass movement. Malcolm Gladwell pulls from a plethora of stories that demonstrate the keys – and key people – that are the key foundation for a grassroots effort. From Paul Revere’s midnight ride, to health epidemics in our inner cities, and even the dramatic rise in popularity of Hush Puppies shoes, this book provided insights I had yet to explore. Though I’m not necessarily […]

Book Review: Resonate, by Nancy Duarte

Book Review: Resonate, by Nancy Duarte

This book was a gift given to me by the Superintendent of Schools, and one that has impacted my work as much as any book I have ever read. I make it a practice to take detailed notes while reading a book of points that I want to remember. When a particular point really has an exceptional impact on me, I print it and it is pinned to my board. I completed reading Resonate with […]