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Flawless Consulting by Peter Block

A Review of Flawless Consulting by Peter Block, by Bart Breen

Basic Human Relations

As a contractor/consultant on my second long-term assignment, this title caught my eye and served for listening on the commute.

Overall I was impressed. Much of what is presented is common sense and deals with the simple themes of professional and personal integrity.

Focus on What You Can Control

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True Self vs. False Self


What is our True Self, Really? Over the past several years, I've been increasingly challenged in some of my former beliefs as a traditional evangelical.  I certainly haven't abandoned my faith.  If anything, it has strengthened.  I don't put much … [Continue reading]

Lincoln’s Melancholy by Joshua Wolf Shenk

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Review of Lincoln's Melancholy by Joshua Wolf Shenk, by Bart Breen Did Abraham Lincoln Suffer Clinical Depression? Lincoln's melancholy has been referred to for years and glossed over attributing it to an unhappy marriage, loss of a child, … [Continue reading]

Git-R-Done by Larry the Cable Guy

Larry the Cable Guy - Dan Whitney

A Review of Git-R-Done by Larry the Cable Guy, by Bart Breen Pretty Much What You'd Expect Larry the Cable Guy is a pretty known quantity. He's a redneck stereotype, who specializes in fart and poop jokes and comes off looking like a rube. That … [Continue reading]

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt

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A Review of Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, by Bart Breen Conglomeration of Articles Freakonomics states several times that there is no consistent theme. It appears, as others have noted, to be a conglomeration of magazine articles expanded … [Continue reading]

Complaining vs Speaking Out


Is all Criticism Complaining? One of the things I ran across during my 20 years of ministry as a Pastor, District Worker and Church Administrator was what I now refer to as the "Gag Rule" in many churches where it's considered taboo to speak up or … [Continue reading]

Top 5 September 2014

Top 5 Posts in September at Bart's Barometer

Top 5 at Bart’s Barometer September 2014 Top 5 for September I had a few lulls in my posting in September due to some family travels, but it was still encouraging to see the interaction and interest for the articles I did get up.  I am … [Continue reading]

Toxic Church – Changing the Followers

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The Key to Change Lies with Followers, not Leaders In two previous articles, HERE and HERE, I've focused on some of the dynamics that are at work in Toxic Churches and Organizations.  Toxic Church, as I define it, is any church where the ultimate … [Continue reading]

Chess Openings by I.A. Horowitz

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Book Review of Chess Openings by I. A. Horowitz, by Bart Breen One of the Best Opening Books Available … [Continue reading]

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