Book Review:The Self-Evolved Leader- by Dave McKweon

Written by leadership and speaker Dave McKeon The Self-Evolved Leader is a primer for any leader who wants to get the best of their staff fousing on various team directions, developments, and that end up in positive results.

McKeon has a 3 step process to help leaders of all & kinds of processes that include creating a shared vision and sharing by using 5 disciplines.

The Self-Evolved Leader is divided into 4 parts. They are:

1. Preparing for a Self-Evolved Leadership.

2. The key elements of Self-Evolved Leadership.

3. Mastering the Self-Evolved Leadership Disciplines.

4. Sustaining the Self-Evolved Leadership.

All of these parts contain huge amounts of advice on issues like mediocrity, accountability, change, creativity, developments, and responsibility. And to maintain your progress McKeon has some ” homework” for you to do.

This book has a lot for you to do and can be a quite overwhelming. I suggest you bring out a high lighter, Post-it Notes, and notebook to mark key passages as you read this book.

Hopefully, this will guide leaders become more effective and make their staff top notch. Believe me, as someone who dealt with pretty bad bosses this is a much needed book.

 

Book Review: The Final Weekend-A Stoned Weekend by Neal Cassidy

What do you get when you combine the movie St. Elmo’s Fire it it was directed by Quentin Tarantino, with a script written by David Mamet and influenced by the movie Reefer Madness? You’d probably get Neal Cassidy’s novel The Final Weekend: A Stoned Weekend.

First, meet six college pals, Clarence the soon to be cop, Trent the screw up, Justin the medical intern, and wannabe business owner Harry.

Rounding out are besties who couldn’t be more different, Courtney and Ling-Ling who lives in an apartment that Courtney’s grandmother pays for (who’s a hooker turned millionaire).

All of these friends are connected by their beloved professors Goodkat who lives in a life of debauchery.

During the weekend these friends party, hook up, have lots of sex, and smoke a lot pot.

Yet, all of them have goals and desires that will propel them into the world of “adulting.” Meanwhile, Goodkat lives in a world of arrested development despite being nearly middle-aged.

As for Grandma? Cassidy could write a novel on her. She’s quite a character with a certain flair with a certain cuss word.

As for the final weekend? You won’t see it coming and when you do you will be thoroughly shocked.

Cassidy is an excellent writer, each chapter is written from each character’s point of view as they explore unrequited love that may blossom into true love, moments utter idiocy, sex romps, secrets, and moments of regret.

This novel is not for those who despise excessive cuss words, drug use, sex scenes and I did notice a few grammar errors. However, I was able to look past them. I hope Cassidy has writes more novels. He’s a literary voice to keep an eye on.

Book Review: Never Stop Dancing by John Robinette and Robert Jacoby

It is said April is the cruelest month and for John Robinette this is true. In April of 2010 he lost his wife Amy.

When it comes to losing a spouse there are countless books about and by widows by not a whole lot about widowers. The only two I can think of are books written by Rob Sheffield and Mathias Freese.

Now there is another: Never Stop Dancing.

Divided into four parts named in the four seasons starting in the summer after Robinette lost his treasured wife Amy and it’s aftermath.

Encouraged by his friend Jacoby, Robinette was asked to share his experience as an act of therapy and healing and Never Stop Dancing conveys both of their stories.

Robinette goes into heartbreaking detail about losing Amy from her sudden demise to moving on finding someone new to love like planning her funeral, cancelling her credit cards, to experiencing the stages of grief, not to mention being a single dad to two boys deeply entrenched in their own grief. And all of it truly pierces your heart.

And there are tales of why Amy was so loved. Described as Robinette knew her true self, Amy seems almost too good to be true, but one person I wish I new personally.

Jacoby also shares his experience helping his friend cope and his story is also necessary in conveying Robinette’s path of bereavement and healing.

Never Stop Dancing isn’t just about losing a spouse. It is also a story of male friendship.

This book is written in exquisite detail and when you finish it you just want to everyone a huge group hug.

Writer’s Block

In the age of Coronavirus I am sending my readers good health, healing, and hope.

It’s at times like theses I feel pretty unnecessary when we literally have people putting their lives in danger I realize I am pretty darn insignificant. I don’t work as a healthcare professional. I’m not a delivery driver or a janitor or housekeeper or teacher or necessary retail/service worker and so on. These are the helpers and the healers. These people have my heart.

However, books are a healing balm for and an act of selfcare in this day and age and I know know they are to book lovers everywhere. So here is to the readers and writers

 

Writer’s Block

Last couple of weeks have been nuts. My birthday was on the 2nd and I was busy with celebrations and spending time with friends and family.

But I’m currently reading two books so look for a couple of reviews shortly.