Book Review: How to Win Friends & Influence People

This book is one of those books that I should have read earlier in life. In fact, it is a book I should have read every year for the past 56 years. This book has sold more than 30 million copies and is one of the most read books in history. The book is How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It is a book you definitely need to read. Read more

Book Review: 365 Ideas for Recruiting, Retaining, Motivating and Rewarding Your Volunteers: A Complete Guide for Non-Profit Organizations

365 Ideas for Recruiting, Retaining, Motivating and Rewarding Your VolunteersHad I read Sunny Fader’s book, 365 Ideas for Recruiting, Retaining, Motivating and Rewarding Your Volunteers: A Complete Guide for Non-Profit Organizations, when I started my Civil Air Patrol career, I am confident that I would have done many things differently. This is a useful book containing countless strategies for recruiting, retaining, motivating, and rewarding volunteers in a non-profit setting. If you work for a nonprofit organization that interacts with volunteers, you should pick up a copy of this book. Read more

Book Review – Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest

One of the benefits of my job is that I get a week and a half off over the Christmas holiday. During these extended breaks, I sit down and watch the entire HBO series called Band of Brothers*. To me, this series is a great look at leadership and sacrifice. One of the things I had not yet done is read the book upon which the series was made. Last week, I finally had an opportunity to read Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest and I am glad that I did. The HBO series follows the book quite closely; however, the book did share some details that could not be adequately shown on film. This was the second book I had read from Stephen Ambrose. I had previously read The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany 1944-45. I like the relaxed story-like pace of his books.  Read more