A well-written and insightful business memoir that informs with humor and thoughtfulness.

ACTING UP

WINNING IN BUSINESS AND LIFE USING DOWN-HOME WISDOM

A longtime business owner shares methods and advice for entrepreneurs at all levels.

In this book, Howroyd (The Art of Work, 2009) discusses the principles and techniques that she used to build a multinational staffing agency. With a combination of anecdotes and exposition, the author guides readers through questions of leading, risk-taking, developing confidence, and networking, among other topics—some of which are unexpected, such as the importance of always having a fully charged cellphone. The volume discusses the significance of data-driven and strategic business decisions (“You’re dispensable unless you’re so necessary to the client’s business that they can’t function without you”) and encourages readers to take a holistic approach to making the most of both their professional and personal lives. One of the work’s particular strengths is its approach to diversity; Howroyd writes about being a black female entrepreneur while also urging readers not to define her by demographics. Sections on resiliency and respect in the workplace are particularly well done. The book’s easy, conversational tone makes for an enjoyable reading experience. The author’s voice blends down-home humor (many stories from her North Carolina childhood appear throughout the text along with descriptions of her high-powered work life) and professional sophistication (“Self-discipline you own. Self-discipline isn’t federally regulated. It isn’t taxed. You don’t need anyone’s permission”). Asides—“Mama Says,” featuring tips from her mother; “Janicisms,” delivering Howroyd’s key insights (“You lead people; you manage processes”); and “The Art of Bernie,” showcasing her husband’s advice—appear in callout boxes throughout the text. Several of the author’s mnemonics (“Our employees live by their F.E.E.T.”) may be too cutesy for some readers, but others will likely appreciate the structure for presenting memorable concepts. The volume will be most useful for readers in search of big-picture business counsel presented in an open-ended format that offers few concrete answers but plenty of inspiration, motivation, and starting points for self-awareness. Howroyd’s passion for work and well-defined voice combine to make an effective vehicle for valuable information.

A well-written and insightful business memoir that informs with humor and thoughtfulness.

Pub Date: Aug. 13, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5445-0456-8

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing

Review Posted Online: Sept. 11, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2019

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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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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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