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By Conny Withay
Published on June 27, 2013

Author: Dr. Carl M. Powe, Jr.
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4787-1692-1

Author: Dr. Carl M. Powe, Jr.
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4787-1692-1

The skills described in this book coupled with a systems approach to all professional and personal activities will provide you with a foundation for lifetime learning and a satisfying life,” Dr. Carl M. Powe, Jr. states in his book, The Personal Management Handbook.

Targeted toward a broad audience including students who want to improve the probability of achieving success in their lives, this four hundred and eight page book is a companion book to the author’s Career Planning and Development – In Reverse. After a sixteen page table of contents, there are twenty comprehensive chapters that include figures, charts and diagrams, with some drawn by the author that are hard to read or too small to decipher. Each chapter ends with a short, helpful summary.

Now in his late seventies, author Powe has had over sixty years as an adult observing human nature, focusing on describing skills that provide success in one’s life. Since success knows no socioeconomic levels, he feels that it is not only an accumulation of wealth; it is an achievement of an established goal.

Considering nurture verses nature, Pose discusses a myriad of topics ranging from how the brain works, intuition, imagination, perception, personal appearance, work ethic, time management, and communication to memory, learning, knowledge, brainstorming, understanding, finance, computing, meetings, systems, persistence, physical fitness, religion, morality and integrity. No stone is unturned as a plethora of topics is discussed that one may encounter throughout a normal lifespan.

Running the gambit from graphology, photography and psychology of risk perception verses reality, sources are gleaned from icons like Lincoln and Edison, theories such as the James-Lange Theory, Marzano’s New Taxonomy, Reid’s Nine Steps of Interrogation, Robert’s Rules of Order, and the Von Restorff Effect along with the Bible and Wikipedia.

One can learn how to professionally dress and properly use facial expressions or improve memory through spatial orientation, letter mnemonics, chunking or mind mapping. Or they can learn what are time wasters compared to time savers, about investing wisely or how to write a book.

Stating there should be three major facets to every person’s life – spiritual, physical and mental - the Christian writer promotes a strong religious background for achieving long-lasting goals as he presents different avenues to success grounded on a lifetime of learning. Although extremely broad-based, this textbook offers the author’s familiarity and knowledge of subjects seen through his experienced well-observed eyes.

This book was furnished by the publisher for review purposes.

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