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

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WAKING UP A LEADER

FIVE RELATIONSHIPS OF SUCCESS

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

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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DEAR MR. HENSHAW

Possibly inspired by the letters Cleary has received as a children's author, this begins with second-grader Leigh Botts' misspelled fan letter to Mr. Henshaw, whose fictitious book itself derives from the old take-off title Forty Ways W. Amuse a Dog. Soon Leigh is in sixth grade and bombarding his still-favorite author with a list of questions to be answered and returned by "next Friday," the day his author report is due. Leigh is disgruntled when Mr. Henshaw's answer comes late, and accompanied by a set of questions for Leigh to answer. He threatens not to, but as "Mom keeps nagging me about your dumb old questions" he finally gets the job done—and through his answers Mr. Henshaw and readers learn that Leigh considers himself "the mediumest boy in school," that his parents have split up, and that he dreams of his truck-driver dad driving him to school "hauling a forty-foot reefer, which would make his outfit add up to eighteen wheels altogether. . . . I guess I wouldn't seem so medium then." Soon Mr. Henshaw recommends keeping a diary (at least partly to get Leigh off his own back) and so the real letters to Mr. Henshaw taper off, with "pretend," unmailed letters (the diary) taking over. . . until Leigh can write "I don't have to pretend to write to Mr. Henshaw anymore. I have learned to say what I think on a piece of paper." Meanwhile Mr. Henshaw offers writing tips, and Leigh, struggling with a story for a school contest, concludes "I think you're right. Maybe I am not ready to write a story." Instead he writes a "true story" about a truck haul with his father in Leigh's real past, and this wins praise from "a real live author" Leigh meets through the school program. Mr. Henshaw has also advised that "a character in a story should solve a problem or change in some way," a standard juvenile-fiction dictum which Cleary herself applies modestly by having Leigh solve his disappearing lunch problem with a burglar-alarmed lunch box—and, more seriously, come to recognize and accept that his father can't be counted on. All of this, in Leigh's simple words, is capably and unobtrusively structured as well as valid and realistic. From the writing tips to the divorced-kid blues, however, it tends to substitute prevailing wisdom for the little jolts of recognition that made the Ramona books so rewarding.

Pub Date: Aug. 22, 1983

ISBN: 143511096X

Page Count: 133

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Oct. 16, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1983

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