A useful guide for managers who are struggling to create a cohesive team.

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A debut self-help book that aims to provide a deeper understanding of the origins of effective leadership.

Despite finding considerable success as a physical therapist and executive coach, Scott says that she was miserable by the time she turned 30—exhausted, stressed, and with almost no personal life. She began practicing meditation and mindfulness, and she reached an epiphany that changed her life—that although her problem was within herself, so was the solution. She walked away from a $2 million-per-year job, started her own company (DS Leadership Life), and embarked on a lifelong “awakening,” which she says that anyone can have. The key to becoming an upbeat and effective leader, she says, is mindfully approaching one’s five key relationships—with time, money, one’s identity, one’s friends, and the unknown. This idea distinguishes the book from standard business how-to guides, which mostly focus on marketing, hiring decisions, and the like. Instead, the author stresses the inner state of a leader and how one can use it to help create a cohesive team without “toxic” elements. In three parts, the book addresses ingredients for success, the five aforementioned relationships, and leadership-development culture. Each part could make for an effective book of its own. One innovative theme is that a leader must overcome fear and replace it with trust—a heavy but critically important assignment. She spells out exactly how to approach this task through advice, exercises, and maxims from other experts. Her breezy writing style and bare-bones honesty about her own rocky start (“I created a big mess and disappointed a lot of people”) will instill confidence and make readers feel as if they’re having a conversation with a wise friend or mentor.

A useful guide for managers who are struggling to create a cohesive team.

Pub Date: Nov. 30, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5445-0482-7

Page Count: 300

Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2020



This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996




An extravaganza in Bemelmans' inimitable vein, but written almost dead pan, with sly, amusing, sometimes biting undertones, breaking through. For Bemelmans was "the man who came to cocktails". And his hostess was Lady Mendl (Elsie de Wolfe), arbiter of American decorating taste over a generation. Lady Mendl was an incredible person,- self-made in proper American tradition on the one hand, for she had been haunted by the poverty of her childhood, and the years of struggle up from its ugliness,- until she became synonymous with the exotic, exquisite, worshipper at beauty's whrine. Bemelmans draws a portrait in extremes, through apt descriptions, through hilarious anecdote, through surprisingly sympathetic and understanding bits of appreciation. The scene shifts from Hollywood to the home she loved the best in Versailles. One meets in passing a vast roster of famous figures of the international and artistic set. And always one feels Bemelmans, slightly offstage, observing, recording, commenting, illustrated.

Pub Date: Feb. 23, 1955

ISBN: 0670717797

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1955

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