Reviews of Creating Community: An Action Plan for Parks and Recreation and The Triangle Formula of Success.
As executive director of the California Park & Recreation Society, Jane Adams developed a blueprint that has proven successful in jump-starting fiscal improvements at rec departments all over the state. Adams spells out her strategy in Creating Community: An Action Plan for Parks and Recreation (Human Kinetics, $29, paperback). Her "VIP" approach - it stands for vision, insight and planning - is designed to help administrators increase their department's spending power and reposition the department as a key player in the community. The first part of the book describes the VIP plan and provides strategies for immediate implementation, while the second part is designed to help industry professionals become media savvy when making the case for their department and its programs.
In Hook Me Up, Playa!, former NBA hoopster Lawrence Funderburke examined the financial fortunes (and misfortunes) of professional athletes and suggested money-managing lessons for players, coaches and fans (see March 2006, p. 16). Now the one-time Sacramento King and Chicago Bull returns with another advice book, The Triangle Formula of Success (Wetherby Press, $10, hardcover). In fewer than 100 pages, Funderburke explains how vision, knowledge and excellence - the three sides of his triangle formula - can help readers accomplish everything from losing weight to making a difference in their community. Order the book from thetriangleformula.com, and proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Lawrence Funderburke Youth Organization for at-risk kids.