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

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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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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