Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Book Review: KaChing: How to Run an Online Business that Pays and Pays by Joel Comm

In KaChing, Joel Comm provides the reader with basic tips on how to run an online business.

Some chapters are very basic while some areas can be 'too technical' for beginners.

I bought this book looking for ways to monetize my blog and this book met my expectations. Not only does it provide tips on monetizing a blog, but there are other information on ways to earn beyond blogging.

I do appreciate Comm's reminders on building it slow and making sure that we operate within the terms of service of any partner program.

If you are looking to start an online business, this book provides a 'buffet' of options. If you are looking for ways to monetize a blog, better check out Comm's AdSense books.

About the author:
Joel Comm is an entrepreneur, NY Times bestselling author, and new media innovator. An expert on harnessing the power of social media and mobile applications to expand your brand's reach and engage in active relationship marketing, Joel is a sought-after public speaker who leaves his audience inspired, entertained, and armed with strategic tools to create a new media campaign that will explode their business.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Book review: Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success by John Maxwell

In Failing Forward, John Maxwell shows that failure should not necessarily be a showstopper if we are able to manage the emotions.

Each chapter in the book shares a principle plus real-life examples on how apparent failures were turned into successes.

I read this book a long time back when I was starting out a small team and it was very helpful

I recommend this book to anyone who is stuck and would like to move forward again. Also recommended to those who have read it and are stuck again.

About the author:
John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, coach, and author who has sold over 19 million books. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and the John Maxwell Company, organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the National Football League, and the United Nations. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell has written three books which have each sold more than one million copies: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. You can find him at and follow him at
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Book Review: Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson

In Who Moved My Cheese, Spencer Johnson provides insight on how resistance to change brings about certain consequences.

Spenser uses mice and cheese as an analogy to typical human response to change. It's fun and entertaining.

A quick read but includes thought-provoking one-liners that will force the reader to think.

Highly recommended.

About the authors:
Spencer Johnson, M.D., is one of the world's most respected thinkers and beloved authors. Dr. Johnson earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.D. degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, and medical clerkships at The Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School. More than forty-six million copies of Spencer Johnson's books are in print worldwide in more than forty-seven languages.

Dr. Ken Blanchard is the cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Ken also spends time as a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University, where he is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees.

Ken has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management, leadership, and speaking. The National Speakers Association awarded him its highest honor, the "Council of Peers Award of Excellence." He was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame by Training magazine and Lakewood Conferences, and he received the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International. Ken also received The Thought Leadership Award for continued support of work-related learning and performance by ISA--The Association of Learning Providers. Ken has been inducted into Amazon's Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 best-selling authors of all time. The business school at Grand Canyon University bears his name. In addition, Ken teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.

Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, Ken received a master's degree from Colgate University, and a bachelor's and PhD from Cornell University. An avid golfer, Ken belongs to the Loch Lomond Golf Club in Scotland.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Book Review: How to Lead and Still have a Life by H. Dale Burke

This is different from the other leadership books I have encountered.

It starts with two topics discussing on the core qualities every leader who seeks to be very effective. The next section deals with four topics that are essential to effective leadership. The third section covers two topics on effective execution.

Even though this is a leadership book based upon Christian principles, every topic can easily be integrated to the workplace.

Divided into easy to digest chapters, every leader can apply the principles one chapter at a time. My personal favorite, Chapter 8 Concentration - The Power of Focus, is already well worth the cost of the book.

Highly recommended to new leaders or those leaders who are 'tired'.

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