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Power Score: Your Formula for Leadership Success
Power Score: Your Formula for Leadership Success
by Geoff Smart
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.26

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Operate at Full Power, May 18, 2015
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If you are looking for a way to measure your company’s performance on matters that count, then you will find some surprising insights in this book.

Geoff Smart, Randy Street and Alan Foster, authors of Power Score, have written a powerful and thought provoking guide to helping business owners dramatically improve their company’s performance.

The starting premise is that company performance is based primarily on three factors which they call the power formula. The three components of the Power Score are 1) Priorities 2) Who and 3) Relationships. The formula is PxWxR. If you rank each component on a scale of 1 to 10 and then multiply out the formula, you gain some amazing insights. A perfect score would be 1,000 (10x10x10). The biggest insight here is the impact that a low score in any one area can dramatically impact the overall score.

Take for example, if you scored a 9 in each category, your PWR Score would be 729. But let’s say your priorities were not as focused as they could be and you only scored an 8 there. And if your Who – the people on your team were not all “A” players, you might score a 7. If your Relationships leaved a little to be desired and you only scored a 6, then your PWR Score would be 336 – less than half the score of a company with all 9s. Go one step further and assume your PRW values were all 4s, your PRW Score would be a lowly 64. This dramatically highlights the impact that low to average scores can have on the overall profitability of your company.

I am not totally convinced that the scores correlate precisely with a company’s overall performance – but by calculating the PWR Score, you can get a real wake-up call about where and how you can make dramatic improvements in your company.

It is not enough to just provide the PWR Score. The authors go into detail explaining how to set priorities, how to attract the right employees and make sure they are in the right positions and how to build relationships that foster the growth of your company. There are some valuable insights and real world examples of companies that greatly improved their results by understanding their PWR Score and taking the steps to improve it. You need to work on the items in the order presented – that is work on Priorities first, Who next and then Relationships.

The authors write in a very conversational style. Actually it is like two people having a conversation, one asking questions and the other providing answers. The writing is really down to earth, humorous at times and includes lots of examples and stories based on their actual use of the PWR Score.

You will gain some valuable, actionable insights that will improve your business in a number of positive ways.


Energizer CR2032 3 Volt Lithium Coin Battery 10 Pack (2 packs of 5)
Energizer CR2032 3 Volt Lithium Coin Battery 10 Pack (2 packs of 5)
Offered by HUB HUBER
Price: $5.10
23 used & new from $5.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Great price, Brand name Battery, May 16, 2015
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This is an outstanding price for a brand name battery. Buying local at Target or Walmart would cost more for just 2 batteries. This pack contains 10 batteries, for around $5, making the cost per battery just a little over fifty cents each.

The batteries are by Energizer and they fit perfectly and do the job. I now have a good back up supply. These are for a bathroom scale. I like having spare batteries on hand for when the old one wear out. You pay so much more by buying 2 at a time locally.

Shipping is free and rather quick. Placed the order on a Sunday and received in the mail on Wednesday.


Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win
Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win
by Fred Kiel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.37
52 used & new from $14.65

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Guys Finish First - by a Wide Margin, May 15, 2015
Leo Durocher was a Major League Baseball player, manager and was elected to the MLB Hall of Fame. He is probably best known for his quote, “Nice guys finish last.” Although the quote was taken out of context, it represents a cultural belief that has permeated American business and life for a number of years. We have come to believe that in order to succeed you need to be tough, cut some corners and take advantage of others.

Fred Kiel, author of Return on Character (ROC), not only challenges that belief, he uses sound research to prove that self-centered behavior falls far short when compared to leadership based on character.

The first task of Mr. Kiel is to define what character means. Like so many words in the English language, the word character does not enjoy a shared understanding. Mr. Kiel defines character, “as an individual’s unique combination of internalized beliefs and moral habits that motivate and shape how that individual relates to others.”

He next shares a matrix showing character is a combination of head, or rational habits of integrity and responsibility and heart – emotional habits composed of forgiveness and compassion.

The book is basically a multi-year research study conducted by KRW International – a company founded and lead by Mr. Kiel – that studied a group of CEOs to determine the impact character had on the bottom line. In conducting the study, KRW interviewed the CEOs and did 360s of randomly selected employees in the respective organizations.

For the study, the character scores of all CEOs were plotted on a curve. Then the researchers took the top 10 CEOs and compared the results against the bottom 10 CEOs. The top 10 CEOs were labeled Virtuoso and the bottom 10 CEOs were labeled Self-focused. The results were astounding. The return on investment of the Virtuoso CEO was approximately 5 times higher than the return realized by the Self-focused CEOs.

Mr. Kiel walks the reader through the research, showing exactly how the character of the CEO plays such an important role in the success of the company. Part one of the deals with ROC and the Path towards Leadership, Part two is about ROC Leadership at Work and Part three discusses ROC Habits Workshop. At the end of each chapter is a summary of the chapter for quick reference. The Appendices gives complete information on the research structure and findings.

This is a well-researched book. Mr. Kiel’s writing is conversational and very clear. There are plenty of specific examples which illustrate and illuminate the points being made.

Based on this book, I think we should finally put Mr. Durocher’s quote in the proper context. The truth is nice guys, leaders with character finish first – by a comfortable margin.

I was provided a review copy of this book.


Sketchbook for Mixed Media Art (5.8"x 8.3")- Premium, Hardcover, Black Leather Travel Sketch Pad Journal - Recycled Blank White Pages - Deluxe Gift Pen Box Set - Perfect for Pro Artist Designers, Beginner Artists, Kids - 100 Sheets
Sketchbook for Mixed Media Art (5.8"x 8.3")- Premium, Hardcover, Black Leather Travel Sketch Pad Journal - Recycled Blank White Pages - Deluxe Gift Pen Box Set - Perfect for Pro Artist Designers, Beginner Artists, Kids - 100 Sheets
Offered by Airship Notebooks
Price: $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Professional Looking, Well made, Well Designed Sketch Pad, May 15, 2015
Length:: 1:49 Mins

The Airship Sketchbook for artist is a premium, hardcover, black leather sketch pad or journal that would make a very nice gift or your own personal sketch book/journal. The journal has a very nice look/feel and you will look very professional when carrying this around.

The sketchbook comes in a nice hard cover gift box. This makes an impressive presentation as a gift. The sketch pad/journal fits in rather nicely and it comes with a ballpoint pen. On the outer edge of the sketch journal is an elastic band that holds the pen in place. The pen uses a standard Cross type refill.

The journal itself contains 100 blank pages. The pages are 80 pound recycled paper, so the pages are heavy duty - you will not have bleed through. The pages are unlined. There is an elastic band to keep the journal closed and an interior book marker.

On the first page is a place for your personal information and on the inside rear is a pocket for storage of notes, receipts, etc. This is very professional looking, attractive and well designed sketch pad or journal.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


Silicone Kitchen Utensil Set of 6. Superior Quality and Hygienic Silicone Bakeware & Cookware. Includes a Complimentary Paleo Cookbook! Tongs, Whisk, Spatula, Turner, Spaghetti
Silicone Kitchen Utensil Set of 6. Superior Quality and Hygienic Silicone Bakeware & Cookware. Includes a Complimentary Paleo Cookbook! Tongs, Whisk, Spatula, Turner, Spaghetti
Offered by The Modern Chef
Price: $39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Looking, Will Not Harm your Pots/Pans, May 14, 2015
Length:: 2:14 Mins

With more and more of our pots and pans having non-stick or ceramic coatings, we need cooking utensils that are designed to work with the non-stick surfaces. The Modern Chef, six piece, silicone set gives you a complete set of high quality utensils that look great and are highly functional.

There is the flat spatula, the spoon type spatula, the whisk, a set of tongs, a large ladle and a pasta spoon/strainer. All the tools are made of silicone. The tongs and the whisk have stainless steel for parts of the handles.

The silicone is food grade and will hold up to high heat. It is easy to clean and dishwasher safe. The tools are ergonomically designed and there are holes in the end if you like to store them by hanging them up. The tongs have a clever design - a push/pull button that locks the tongs together when not in use. This allows neater storage.

I have gotten rid of almost all my stainless steel and plastic cooking utensils and replaced them with silicone ones. I really like 1) the fact that these will not damage the surface of my no-stick or ceramic pots/pans 2) are very easy to clean 3) are heat resistant and 4) look great and will hold up very well.

I was provided a sample set for testing/review purposes.


ECR4Kids School Stack Resin Chair (6-Pack), 12", Assorted Colors
ECR4Kids School Stack Resin Chair (6-Pack), 12", Assorted Colors

5.0 out of 5 stars Well Made, Colorful, Very Functional, May 14, 2015
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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Length:: 1:46 Mins

If you are looking for a sturdy, well-made, attractive set of chairs for small children, then the ECR 4 Kids School Stacking Chairs deserve a good look.

The chairs are one piece design. There are no parts of break off or fall off. The entire chair is made without any sharp corners or protruding points. There is nothing to catch the clothes or pose a safety problem for children.

The chairs come in a variety of colors, red, blue, green and yellow. You can stack the ECR 4 Kids chairs - I stacked all six chairs in one neat stack and it is very sturdy and stable. You certainly could stack another 4 to six chairs without posing any danger from tipping over.

They will not peel, crack or chip. The colors should not fade. The chairs are contoured for seating comfort. There is an air vent in the back of the chair.

I am very impressed with the simple but sturdy design. This chair should hold up well under a lot of wear and tear that young children can inflict on chairs.

The chairs are 12" high - floor to seat. When stacked, they have a very small footprint.
This chair is ideal for pre-school, church nursery, party room or any time you will have a group of active children that need a place to sit. The design for stacking is well engineered.

Very impressive, colorful set of chairs that should last a long time.


[Brightest Book Light Ever] Anybest 8-Led Bulbs Rechargeable Flexible Clip on Desk Table Usb Light Lamp - Dual Adjustable Long Arm with 2 Head Perfect for Bbq, Grill, Reading, Working, Laptop, Book, Music, Piano, Bed, Desktop, Tabletop- Lifetime Warranty
[Brightest Book Light Ever] Anybest 8-Led Bulbs Rechargeable Flexible Clip on Desk Table Usb Light Lamp - Dual Adjustable Long Arm with 2 Head Perfect for Bbq, Grill, Reading, Working, Laptop, Book, Music, Piano, Bed, Desktop, Tabletop- Lifetime Warranty
Offered by US Grand LLC
Price: $16.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Versatile Reading Lamp, May 12, 2015
Length:: 3:24 Mins

The Anybest 8-Led Bulbs Rechargeable Flexible Clip on Desk Table USB Light is a very unique and versatile reading lamp.

The lamp is powered by a lithium ion rechargeable battery. There are two charging cables that come with the light. You can use the 110 volt outlet to USB adaptor that comes with the set or you can plug one of the charging cords into any USB port on a computer or other USB charging device such as a battery pack. It has an alligator type clip that can clip onto the side of a desk, book, music stand or podium. This makes it the perfect lamp for camping, long automobile trips, music stands, speaker stands, dorm/motel rooms - any where you need light focused on a small area and do not want to disturb others.

The lamp has two flexible arms - you can adjust the lamp heads in an infinite variety of positions. There are two separate lamp heads and each one has two different light levels - low and high.

There are 8 LED lights in total (4 in each light head). The on/off switch in on the back of the light head. The lights operate independently of each other. You can turn on one or both, operate one or both on either high or low power.

This is small, light-weight, easy to carry lamp that has many uses. The area lighted by the lamp is small because the light is highly focused. The adjustable arms make it easy to direct the light exactly where you want it and avoid bothering others who may not want the interference of the light.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


G40 Globe String Lights Set with 25 Clear G40 Bulbs Included, End-to-end - UL Listed Indoor & Outdoor Lights Settings With Warm Romantic Ambience - Patio Lights & Patio String Lights - Perfect for Backyards, Gazebos, Patios, Gardens, Pergolas, Decks, City Rooftops, Weddings, Bbq, Dinner Parties, Holidays - Commercial Quality String Light Fixture for Indoor / Outdoor Use - Updated Incandescent Energy-efficient Bulbs - 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
G40 Globe String Lights Set with 25 Clear G40 Bulbs Included, End-to-end - UL Listed Indoor & Outdoor Lights Settings With Warm Romantic Ambience - Patio Lights & Patio String Lights - Perfect for Backyards, Gazebos, Patios, Gardens, Pergolas, Decks, City Rooftops, Weddings, Bbq, Dinner Parties, Holidays - Commercial Quality String Light Fixture for Indoor / Outdoor Use - Updated Incandescent Energy-efficient Bulbs - 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
Offered by Lumanux
Price: $49.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Festive, Versatile - Indoor/Outdoor, May 12, 2015
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If you are looking for a nice set of bulbs to brighten up your backyard, patio or for indoor mood lighting for a den or party room, then these deserve a serious look.

There are 25 bulbs in this string and the bulbs are spaced 12” apart. The first bulb is only 6” from the plug, so you will probably want or need to use an extension cord to run from an outlet to where you actually string the bulbs.

The light string as well as the base of the bulb socket are a deep green color. You could certainly string them in plants or trees. Each bulb socket has a plastic clip for attaching the socket where you want it and keeping it securely in place.

The bulbs are round globe shaped, and fairly small, measuring about 1.75” tall. They are clear and produce a nice amount of light. The sockets are C7 and use bulbs with an e12 Candelabra base.

You can string multiple sets of these together – up to 3 sets – to cover a larger area. For small settings, one string provides plenty of light.
The string set is UL approved, so it meets strict safety standards. It is rated for indoor or outdoor use.

These lights will really add a nice touch to your patio, deck or pergola. They would also serve very well in a restaurant outdoor bar/patio or entrance area.

I was provided a sample for testing/review purposes.


Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life
Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life
by Margie Warrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.30
42 used & new from $11.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Guide For Facing Our Fears, May 7, 2015
It’s very rare to meet someone who does not want to improve their lives in some manner. The human spirit has this innate desire to grow and achieve. Yet for a large number of people, their hopes and dreams are just that. One of the primary reasons people fail to achieve their dreams is fear. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, of looking foolish … the list is endless. But if we hope to have any chance of achieving the life we long for, we need to learn ways to take action in the face of fear. We need to learn to be Brave.

Margie Warrell, author of Brave – 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Live, has written a comprehensive guide which will help us find the courage to face our fears and act with bravery to achieve our goals.

The book is divided into five parts: Part 1 – Live Purposefully; Part 2- Speak Bravely; Part 3 – Work Passionately; Part 4 – Dig Deep and Part 5 – Dare Boldly.

Part 1 is foundational. You should read part one in its entirety. It contains 10 essays on how to live your life on purpose. After that, the book can be read in any order. These lessons after part one do not necessarily build on each other in sequential order. They are all important and present a philosophy for living a purposeful life and understanding how fears pop up in all phases of our lives. Each essay deals with ways to act with bravery. At the end of each essay is a short “Train the Brave” text box with a short note on how to implement the lesson.
Ms. Warrell offers additional resources on her website that will help the reader learn to take action in the face of fear.

She writes in a very conversational style. She is from Australia so be warned that you will come across quite a few words that are spelled slightly different from the American spelling. And even though she has lived and worked in America, her writings still contain some references to her native land. She brings a great deal of real world experience to her writing. She has lived and worked in a number of different locations. Her writings are a reflection of her own growth journey. So she is sharing authentic lessons that she lived and worked through.

If you love quotations, you will find some real treasures scattered throughout the book. You will also find some very insightful one liners from the author, here is my favorite, “A curious mind will take you further than a clever one.”

Lack of talent, skills or resources is not what holds most people back. What holds most people back is fear of trying. This is a wonderful resource for learning to deal with the fears we all face.

I was provided a review copy of this book.


The Power of Being Yourself: A Game Plan for Success--by Putting Passion into Your Life and Work
The Power of Being Yourself: A Game Plan for Success--by Putting Passion into Your Life and Work
by Joe Plumeri
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.80
82 used & new from $9.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Insightful Lessons, May 5, 2015
As little children, we are fiercely independent. We want to do things our way. But school teachers, peers and parents soon condition us to fit in, to become a part of the crowd. Blending in makes us indistinguishable from all those around us. So we never stand out. We never make a mark on the world.

Joe Plumeri, author of The Power of Being Yourself, somehow escaped the forces of conformity. He was always a bit of a maverick – part was his role model father. Who can say what other factors influenced him to always be his own man.

The book is in part a memoir and also a self-help guide. Mr. Plumeri has led a mostly successful life. He has worked as CEO of Willis Group (the multinational insurance company), Citibank North America and Primerica (the personal life insurance company originally founded by A.L. Williams). He certainly has the credentials to talk about achieving success.

The book is very interesting – he talks about a chance meeting in Paris that led to his becoming CEO of London based Willis Group. He also discloses how almost by chance he was able to negotiate the change of the name of the Sears Tower in Chicago to the Willis Tower.
Mr. Plumeri also shares how his father got Babe Ruth to play an exhibition game in his hometown. He also shares the story and struggle of his father bringing minor league baseball to his home town. This was the impetus for a rebirth of Trenton, N.J.

Even the most successful people often have tragedy in their lives. That was certainly true for Mr. Plumeri. His son had plenty of opportunity to be successful. But he got mixed up with drugs and could never break the habit. He did time in jail and eventually died from an enlarged heart. A very sad part of Mr. Plumeri’s life.

Mr. Plumeri shares his life – both the good and the bad, the light and the dark side. His life’s story is interesting and colorful. He uses his own journey to teach others how to be their own authentic self and in doing so become the best they can be.

Mr. Plumeri writes in a very conversational style. His stories give a behind the scene glimpse of how business is conducted at the highest levels. You will find some interesting tidbits of business history that are not available anywhere else.

I was provided a review copy of this book.


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