BOOK REVIEW: A Special Operations Forces’ Guide to Recruiting & Assessment for Organizational Excellence

BOOK REVIEW: A Special Operations Forces’ Guide to Recruiting & Assessment for Organizational Excellence

In The Talent War, former Army officer, George Randle, and former Navy Seal, Mike Sarraille, join forces to share their decades of experience in talent acquisition and management. Randle is a strategic advisor to Sarraille’s EF Overwatch, and VP of Global Talent Acquisition for Forcepoint, a human-centric cybersecurity company. EF Overwatch is an executive search…

BOOK REVIEW: “Dazzled” Author Provides a Gripping Guide to Overcome the Darkness that can hold us Hostage in Life

BOOK REVIEW: “Dazzled” Author Provides a Gripping Guide to Overcome the Darkness that can hold us Hostage in Life

by Thomas M. Loarie

BOOK REVIEW: “Trillion Dollar Coach” is The Ultimate Compliment for an Authentic Catholic Leader

BOOK REVIEW: “Trillion Dollar Coach” is The Ultimate Compliment for an Authentic Catholic Leader

I found Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell to be an excellent book. As someone who has served as a CEO of early stage companies for many years and has also been asked frequently for advice by growth minded professionals and entrepreneurs, this book resonated. My copy is dog-eared and…

BOOK REVIEW: Manby Focuses on St. Paul’s Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders and Life

BOOK REVIEW: Manby Focuses on St. Paul’s Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders and Life

Joel Manby’s Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders is an excellent book that is worth your time and money. Over the course of my career, there have been hundreds of books published on leadership effectiveness. While they all have their own twist, the best of them all share a common thread. They are all…

BOOK REVIEW: Which Pain Will You Choose? The Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Regret?

BOOK REVIEW: Which Pain Will You Choose? The Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Regret?

BOOK REVIEW: The Reinvented Leader: Five Critical Steps to Becoming Your Best, by Chuck Bolton (Paperback)

In The Reinvented Leader, author Chuck Bolton shares the wisdom and tools he has developed from working with more than 1,000 executives and 100 top leadership teams. Like Pat Lencioni and Ram Charan, Bolton sees patterns while working across many organizations and

BOOK REVIEW: Ram Charan’s Guide to Catching Structural Transitions before They Arrive, Using Perceptual Acuity, Reinvention and Courage

BOOK REVIEW: Ram Charan’s Guide to Catching Structural Transitions before They Arrive, Using Perceptual Acuity, Reinvention and Courage

Best-selling author and global consultant to CEOs, Ram Charan has been a privileged insider and an acute observer of business for more than 40 years. He has written and lectured extensively on strategy, execution, innovation, executive leadership, the board’s role, alignment, and global competition.

BOOK REVIEW: Responding to the Universal Call of Grace – riveting journey from Islam to Catholicism

BOOK REVIEW: Responding to the Universal Call of Grace – riveting journey from Islam to Catholicism

While attending the Napa Institute, I asked Ignatius Press’ Tony Ryan for his recommendation on a good book to read. Tony immediately told me, “From Fire by Water: My Journey to the Catholic Faith,” which was one of Ignatius’ bestsellers. I got a copy and found that Tony was right on the money. This is…

Upstream Thinking and Getting Ahead of the Coronavirus

Upstream Thinking and Getting Ahead of the Coronavirus

Review of Upstream: The quest to solve problems before they happen, by Dan Heath — As the coronavirus crisis (COVID 19) subsides, there will be many dissecting our failure to anticipate and prepare for it, despite warnings that a pandemic was not a question of “if” but “when.” There will also be many who, with…

Medical Science: What Politicians, the Media and For-Profit Marijuana Advocates Do Not Tell You About Pot Use

Medical Science: What Politicians, the Media and For-Profit Marijuana Advocates Do Not Tell You About Pot Use

A Review of Alex Berenson’s “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence” Over the past 35 years we have seen a sea-change in attitudes on recreational marijuana drug use. According to Pew Research an overwhelming majority of U.S. adults (91%) say marijuana should be legal either for medical or recreational use…

Book Review: Four Trailblazers Who Achieved Their Potential While Changing the Misguided Silicon Valley “Boys Club”​ Culture

Book Review: Four Trailblazers Who Achieved Their Potential While Changing the Misguided Silicon Valley “Boys Club”​ Culture

While I suspect that Julian Guthrie, author of Alpha Girls: The women who took on Silicon Valley’s male culture and made the deals of a lifetime, intended to show how four women “broke through” the “glass ceiling” in elite Silicon Valley venture firms and disrupted its “boys network,” I found the value of this book…

BOOK REVIEW: The Warning – An Amazing Story of Danger and Hope Written by an Amazing Woman Who Took the Path Less Traveled

BOOK REVIEW: The Warning – An Amazing Story of Danger and Hope Written by an Amazing Woman Who Took the Path Less Traveled

Christine Watkins is a remarkable woman who has become one of today’s most important Catholic authors. “The Warning: Testimonies and Prophecies of the Illumination of Conscience” is her seventh book and is a top bestseller in Mysticism and Catholic Theology. Her primary interest is spiritual transformation, which is rooted in her own transformation, a story…

BOOK REVIEW: Inviting God into Your Life

BOOK REVIEW: Inviting God into Your Life

Invite God into Your Life and into a world in desperate need of spiritual solutions for today’s challenges, a review of Rev William Watson, S.J.,’s Inviting God Into Your Life: A Practical Guide for Prayer. We live in turbulent times characterized by injustice, violence, and misinformation (what we use to call propaganda). Happiness and peace…

BOOK REVIEW: Warren Buffet: “In My Office, You Will Only See My Dale Carnegie Certificate!”

BOOK REVIEW: Warren Buffet: “In My Office, You Will Only See My Dale Carnegie Certificate!”

If Warren Buffet hadn’t conquered his fear of public speaking, he may never have become the billionaire we admire today. He was “terrified” of public speaking and took specific steps to overcome his fear. He took the Dale Carnegie course and today, his certificate is the only “degree” that he displays in his office. He…

BOOK REVIEW: Fake News, Smears, and the Failure of Modern Media’s Stewardship of Honest Reporting

BOOK REVIEW: Fake News, Smears, and the Failure of Modern Media’s Stewardship of Honest Reporting

Book Reviews of Sharyl Attkisson’s The Smear and Howard Kurtz’s Media Madness. Journalism is in my blood. My grandfather was editor of the Chicago Times and then served as Executive Editor of the Chicago Sun-Times after the Times was acquired by Marshall Field Enterprises. My mother followed in his footsteps with a local newsletter, SCOOP,…

BOOK REVIEW: Steve Jobs Copied Horst Schulze’s No-Nonsense Guide to Becoming the Best

BOOK REVIEW: Steve Jobs Copied Horst Schulze’s No-Nonsense Guide to Becoming the Best

Horst Schulze was at age five, a boy with a dream. He wanted to work in a hotel. The rest is history. He went on to be the founding president and COO of one of the foremost brands in the hotel industry, the Ritz-Carlton. Under his legendary leadership, Ritz-Carlton became the first and only hotel…

BOOK REVIEW: One Nation Under God: A Review of THE SOUL OF AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT

BOOK REVIEW: One Nation Under God: A Review of THE SOUL OF AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT

Little has been written about President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s faith journey. Those who wrote about Ike’s faith generally characterized it as something that was politically expedient. He was accused of using his religious faith only as a means to stir up patriotic fervor during the Cold War. In The Soul of an American President: The…

BOOK REVIEW: The Real and Only Adventure In Life is to Learn and Face Truth

BOOK REVIEW: The Real and Only Adventure In Life is to Learn and Face Truth

The Rev. James V. Schall’s “Docilitas: On Teaching and Being Taught” is an antidote to what has evolved on today’s college campuses with the suppression of dialogue among students, faculty and administrators. In this book, the late Fr. Schall, a Professor Emeritus from Georgetown University, reminds us about the ‘sacred’ search for Truth, the importance…

BOOK REVIEW: Embrace the Worthwhile Struggles of Life and Become All You Are Intended to Be

BOOK REVIEW: Embrace the Worthwhile Struggles of Life and Become All You Are Intended to Be

For author Patrick McCaskey, Worthwhile Struggle is the fourth book of his “Sports and Faith Series” and his best effort yet. As with past books, McCaskey draws heavily from his experience with the Chicago Bears as the grandson of George Halas*, his passion for his Catholic Faith, his commitment to family, and his formative years…

BOOK REVIEW: A Torch Kept Lit—A look at the 20th Century thru the eyes of America’s undisputed Godfather of Modern Conservativism

BOOK REVIEW: A Torch Kept Lit—A look at the 20th Century thru the eyes of America’s undisputed Godfather of Modern Conservativism

William Buckley, Jr. is considered to be the “undisputed godfather of modern American conservativism.” He was on the national stage for 50 years as the founder and publisher of the National Review, which is published semi-monthly; and also as the TV host who had the longest-running public affairs show in television history, Firing Line (33…

BOOK REVIEW: Invest Yourself, How to Lead with Abundance

BOOK REVIEW: Invest Yourself, How to Lead with Abundance

After going through his own “Road to Emmaus” experience, Catholic businessman John Abbate wanted to encourage business leaders at all levels to stay true to their faith-driven, ethical compass. To that end, and as a successful central California owner-operator of 37 McDonald’s outlets and one of central California’s largest employers, Abbate was inspired to author…