Book Reviews
Book Reviews

Below are reviews for a subset of books in the Be Good Ventures
archives.  The books have been read and reviewed by members of the Be
Good staff.  They cover a variety of topics in the Self-help and leadership
areas and are conveniently rated with a star scheme – 5 stars being the
best.  All are worth a look.

Of course, we’d be crazy not to recommend,
Lead Well and Prosper, and
Acting Up Brings Everyone Down, two must reads!  However, there is
always more to learn.  Certain books resonate differently with people.  Our
advice is to implement at least one suggestion from each book you read.  
If you do, you will benefit considerably.  Sounds simple enough, right?

Additional entries will be added on an ongoing basis.  If you have any
special requests,
jot us a note and we will make an effort to

If you find something to your liking don’t forget to take advantage of your
local library.  Should you decide to purchase the book, most have links to
Amazon dot com.  
Rating Key

**          Average. Some value.
***        Good. A welcome addition to your library
****      Very good. Much to learn.
*****    The cream of the crop.  

Title:  10 Ways to Make it Great
Author:  Phil Gerbyshak
Stars:  ***

Title: 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People: What Scientists Have
Learned and How You Can Use It
Author: George Niven, PhD
Stars: ***

Title:  The Aladdin Factor
Author:  Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
Stars:  ***

Title: All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive
Big Results
Author: Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton
Stars: ****

Title: And I Breathed: My Journey from a Life of Matter to a Life that
Author: Jason Garner
Stars: ***

Title:  Animals Inc.
Author:  Kenneth A. Tucker and Vandana Allman
Stars:  **

Title: The Art of Insight
Author: Charles Kiefer and Malcolm Constable
Stars: **

Title: Ballsy: 99 Ways to Grow a Bigger Pair and Score Extreme
Business Success
Author:  Karen Salmansohn
Stars:  ***

Title: Beyond Basketball:  Coach K’s Keywords for Success
Author:  Mike Krzyzewski with Jamie K. Spatola
Stars:  ****

Title: Bare Knuckle People Management
Author: Sean O’Neil and John Kulisek
Stars: ***

Title: Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation
Author: Larry Downes and Paul Nunes
Stars: ***

Title:  Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space
and Make Competition Irrelevant
Author:  W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
Stars:  ****

Title: Brainsteering: A Better Approach to Breakthrough Ideas
Authors: Kevin P. Coyne & Shawn T. Coyne
Stars: ***

Title: Brick by Brick: How Lego Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and
Conquered the Global Toy Industry
Author: David Robertson and Bill Breen
Stars: ***

Title: Bring Your Superpowers to Work: Your Guide to More Clarity,
Confidence, and Control
Author: Darcy Eikenberg
Stars: ***

Title: Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of
Truly Committed Managers
Author: Stan Slap
Stars: ****

Title: The Carrot Principle: How the Best Managers Use Recognition to
Engage Their People, Retain Talent, and Accelerate Performance
Author: Adrian Gostick, Chester Elton
Stars: ***

Title: Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases Through Build,
Test, and Deployment Automation
Author: Jez Humble and David Farley
Stars: ****

Title: Creating the Vital Organization: Balancing Short-Term Profits with
Long-Term Success

Author: Scott M. Brooks and Jeffrey M. Saltzman
Stars: ***

Title: Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products
to Mainstream Customers
Author: Geoffrey A. Moore
Stars: ***

Title:  Crucial Confrontations:  Tools for Resolving Broken Promises,
Violated Expectations, and Bad Behavior
Author:  Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
Stars:  ****

Title:  Dear Boss: What Every Manager Needs to Hear and Every
Employee Wants to Say
Author: Dr. William B. Werther, Jr
Stars:  *****

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