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The On-Time On-Target Manager was the sixtieth book of 2015, which I enjoyed.

I had to break up my reading after working my way through Seize the Fire and Five Lieutenants, so I chose The On-Time On-Target Manager.  I enjoyed this very quick book from the perspective of how to develop first myself, but also others.  The specific individual this book seeks to help are those that always are perpetually delivering just after the deadline or slightly less then what was required of them.  It talks about the impacts of this habit on the people who are doing it and those that they impact.

I will use The On-Time On-Target Manager as a tool to assist and develops those that I mentor and lead in order to develop them further.  Adding the ideas and methods, described in this story based self help book, will improve my toolset and hopefully myself and others that fall into the target group of people.

Recommended read if you or those you work with are consistently missing the mark or deadline, but just barely.  Grab a copy of the book here.

Make sure to check out all the books I’ve enjoyed in 2015.



Five Lieutenants was the fifty ninth book of 2015, which I enjoyed.

I chose this book as something to break up my usual reading a bit.  Five Lieutenants reviews the challenges and struggles of five dough boys from Harvard fighting through the horridness of the Great War (now known as World War I).  I read this to understand what the celebration of Veteran’s Day was originally about.  The celebration of those who fought, died, survived, and returned from World War I.

I enjoyed this book, it was a harder read for me because of the challenges described and the things that we take for granted in the information age.  It also highlights the development of aviation in warfare somewhat which, again today, we take significantly for granted.

Five Lieutenants is a recommended read and you can grab it here.

Make sure to check out all the books I’ve enjoyed in 2015.


Seize the Fire was the fifty eighth book of 2015, which I enjoyed.

The entire title of the book is Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and Nelson’s Battle of Trafalgar.  Now, I’ll tell you, I have two paintings of the Battle of Trafalgar, I have visited the HMS Victory, stood where Admiral Nelson was shot, and viewed where he died.  Yes, in the land of naval history nuttiness, I rank right up there.  With that said I REALLY enjoyed Seize the Fire.

I enjoyed Seize the Fire because it breaks down the Battle of Trafalgar in a manner which is easily understandable for any reader. It starts by framing where in history the French, Spanish, and English fleets were in their dominance.  It then goes further to review, in exceptional and exciting detail, the status of each specific fleet in their battle readiness.

My most favorite section of Seize the Fire, is where the book transitions into each specific part of the battle.  It actually breaks the battle into short periods and reviews how far apart the fleets were, what was occurring with navigation, weather, and the mindset of the sailors aboard each fleet.  But what stands out most in my mind is the discussion on how Admiral Nelson instilled his Commander’s Intent in his leaders.

The book gives exceptional content to one of my favorite commander’s intent quotes by Admiral Nelson, “No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.”

Having leadership responsibilities across different parts of my life, I continue to remind myself to first, develop this mentality in others, and accept how they solve the challenge… done well with review and examination this will always result in being able to accomplish much more.

Personally, this is my favorite book of 2015.  You should take the time and get it here.

Make sure to check out all the books I’ve enjoyed in 2015.


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