Despite a few flaws, a tidy, compact self-assessment manual.

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INSPIRING COURAGEOUS LEADERS

This guide seeks to spark reflection about the qualities of leadership.

In a book that is largely composed of well-curated quotations, leadership coach Morris (co-author: Eight Critical Leadership Skills Created Through Effective Diversity Partnerships, 2005) explores three primary areas: Truth, Courage, and Risk. Each one is allocated its own section, which consists of a brief introduction, numerous quotes, and “Thought Experiments,” some based on specific citations, which aim to involve readers in provocative exercises. For example, one Thought Experiment begins with the compelling question “Are you free to live your life’s purpose?” while another asks, “In what ways have you been the quiet voice of courage today?”  Interspersed throughout the sections are occasional blank pages with questions about how select quotes inspire readers to action. Clearly, the intent of such a volume is to engage the audience in an interactive process of primarily reading and responding to inspirational material. Indeed, many of the quotes from such notable and varied figures as Jane Austen, Winston Churchill, Steve Jobs, Rosa Parks, and Eleanor Roosevelt are meaningful and moving; as such, they are legitimate fodder for deep analysis. The quotes are particularly effective because they are smartly organized into the three areas. The design of the book is daring; a die-cut cover suggests the flames from a match and the page layout is airy and contemporary with creative type usage. The work does an excellent job of dramatically highlighting the quotes. All are in a handwritten font, some larger than others, some called out in a vibrant orange color, and others in white against a black background. On the downside, the small size of the book (nearly a 7-inch square) and the thinly ruled pages for writing may make it inconvenient, if not difficult, to fully respond to the questions. In addition, there is only a scant amount of editorial text regarding the serious subjects of truth, courage, and risk. Still, the strength of the quotes and the thought-provoking exercises create an involving workbook that can easily cross over from business to personal leadership.

Despite a few flaws, a tidy, compact self-assessment manual.

Pub Date: N/A

ISBN: 978-0-615-74610-4

Page Count: 198

Publisher: Integral Coaching, LLC

Review Posted Online: Dec. 20, 2018

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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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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