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Solid Ground: A Foundation for Winning in Work and in Life

Solid Ground: A Foundation for Winning in Work and in Life by [T.W. Lewis]

T.W. Lewis speaks to everyone in his book Solid Ground; the elderly, young, those who have just started their careers, entrepreneurs, people that want to settle and have families, and many more. Reading Solid Ground: A Foundation For Winning In Work and In Life should be a routine for everyone who wants to change the direction their life is taking as the author has sound advice for everyone. I loved it when T.W. Lewis used his favorite phrases to get his message across. The words he uses enables the reader to connect with the author and the advice he was giving.

The author starts the book by talking about his personal journey. Part one of the book was one of my favorites because T.W. Lewis revealed things about his life that not many people know about. Despite being successful, the author lets us know that he too has had a fair share of challenges during different times in his life. It is encouraging to see a man of T.W. Lewis’ caliber open himself to the world. Personal stories and his individual experiences taught me that with hope, faith, and hard work, everything is achievable.

Solid Ground is divided into five parts. Each part has distinct topics that talk about various life experiences. Apart from the first part where the author talked about his journey, I also enjoyed reading parts three and four which talked about reaching one’s potential and life’s greatest achievements respectively. The two parts spoke to me on a more intimate level as the author made me realize that I can do more for myself. I appreciate T.W. Lewis and his advice as he makes you feel like he is your virtual life coach. His words are gentle and affirming, which is a great element in his writing as he makes the reading experience comfortable. T.W. Lewis makes an excellent counselor not just for students in school, but also for adults who may feel overwhelmed with life’s burdens.

In Solid Ground you will learn about making major decisions, living with people, appreciating what life offers, and aiming higher than the sky. I recommend this book to anyone who feels stuck and has no one to talk to. T.W. Lewis not only offers advice but also cheers the reader up with anecdotes and funny tales in between his narration. The book is perfectly balanced and one can tell when the author is serious about the discussions and when he wants the reader to enjoy some light moments. This is an inspirational personal development book that encourages you to do great things.

Pages: 368 | ASIN: B087H65FF4

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Literary Titan Book Awards January 2021

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and imagination of these talented authors.

Gold Award Winners

Silver Award Winners

   

 

Visit the Literary Titan Book Awards page to see award information and see all award winners.

 

Four Patterns of Healthy People

Four Patterns of Healthy People: How to Grow Past Your Rooted Behaviors, Discover a Deeper Connection with Others, and Reach Your Full Potential in Life and Business by [Matt Norman]

Four Patterns of Healthy People by Matt Norman gives a compact explanation of how to develop healthy thought patterns and live a better life. He emphasizes that in order to grow one has to develop healthy patterns when it comes to their thinking, relationships, ego and operations. He notes that issues such as anxiety, unhealthy attachments, ingratitude, and ego can hinder the process when you decide to grow. He includes exercises designed to help you question the unhealthy, self-limiting thoughts that might come up so that you can be very aware of what they are. He goes further to suggest ways to overcome the unhealthy habits by establishing patterns.

Author Matt Norman draws on the works of other thought leaders who have written about self-development in a thought-provoking book that is concise and easy to read. The exercises are also very simple and, if completed, can give real insight into issues you might not even realize could be a problem. After completing the self evaluations, you can decide whether or not to take the author’s advice on how to address the issues and challenges you may discover within yourself. The author also adds interesting personal anecdotes that make his suggestions a lot more accessible to the average reader. I was able to relate to his experiences and see that his advice works because they helped him in comparable and relatable situations.

If there is anything additional a reader might want, it is that the book could be more extensive. However, it allows the reader to do a lot more introspection rather than looking to the text for assurance or explanation of every single issue. Instead, the foundation issues are addressed which can serve as building blocks for a better life. Four Patterns of Healthy People is an enlightening personal development book that has the potential to change your life.

Pages: 112 | ASIN: B08JB4VHX2

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Adopt Disruptive Technologies

Dr. Srikanth Gaddam
Dr. Srikanth Gaddam Author Interview

The Future of Disruptive Technologies explores technologies that can change businesses, the workforce, and society. Why was this an important book for you to write?

As I started to do my research on various technologies, reading hundreds of articles and books, I soon found that there were so many different technologies to choose from. It’s so overwhelming and disturbing on how technology is going to impact us and our future generations. At the same time, how one can be proactive and take advantage of opportunities instead of living in fear.

This spurred me to gather together some of my findings in the hope that I can educate or provide useful information for kids and professionals in their mid-careers stuck with old technologies. I want to encourage everyone who reads this book to think of new and innovative technologies to adapt as they adjust in their careers, and also to get an understanding of how these technologies impact our future especially businesses and societies.

What is one thing you hope readers take away from your book?

The aim to educate and encourage every reader to adopt disruptive technologies, as well as to understand their impact on the future of businesses, workforce, and societies, “The Future Of Disruptive Technologies” was born.

Throughout this insightful book, readers will:

  • Learn how Cloud Computing is used to innovate in cheaper and faster ways
  • Find out why Big Data is the new “oil” — the new raw material for businesses
  • Understand how futures are reinvented with Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Educate themselves on why Data Privacy must be a priority in Cybersecurity
  • Immerse themselves in all the new ways people behave and interact with machines
  • Discover a world where dreams become reality — virtual and augmented realities
  • Find out how 5G networks are transforming lives at high speed
  • And so much more!

What is your professional experience and how has it helped you write this book?

Dr. Srikanth (Sri) Gaddam is an author, angel investor and a seasoned entrepreneur who launched three successful technology companies in the last seventeen years. Also, Dr. Gaddam’ s doctorate thesis is primarily focused on technology disruption “ROLE OF SENIOR LEADERS IN AN ERA OF TECHNOLOGY DISRUPTION: INFLUENCE ON TIMING OF ADOPTION”

Do you have plans to write other books on this same topic?

I am currently working on my new book “The Entrepreneurial Mindset: The Key Principles of Building and Growing Your Business”

Author Links: GoodReads | Amazon

Embracing Disruptive Technology & Leveraging – Each for Career Development is Possible — If You Keep Reading!

When Dr. Srikanth Gaddam’s 15-year-old son broached the possibilities of landing a high-paying programming job without a college degree, he had to pause and reflect. After all, “even Bill Gates or Steve Jobs did not complete college but became billionaires.”
On the one hand, society has conditioned us that college is the ultimate mark of success. On the other, it takes 10,000 hours to master anything if you’re truly keen.
This spurred author, angel investor, and seasoned entrepreneur Dr. Srikanth Gaddam to gather insights on the best technologies for people, young and old, to begin to study and master — whether or not they decide to undergo formal education.

With the aim to educate and encourage every reader to adopt disruptive technologies, as well as to understand their impact on the future of businesses, workforce, and societies, “The Future Of Disruptive Technologies” was born.
Throughout this insightful book, readers will:
•Learn how Cloud Computing is used to innovate in cheaper and faster ways
•Find out why Big Data is the new “oil” — the new raw material for businesses
•Understand how futures are reinvented with Artificial Intelligence (AI)
•Educate themselves on why Data Privacy must be a priority in Cybersecurity
•Immerse themselves in all the new ways people behave and interact with machines
•Discover a world where dreams become reality — virtual and augmented realities
•Find out how 5G networks are transforming lives at high speed
•And so much more!

With so many different technologies to choose from, it’s easy to become overwhelmed.
In “The Future Of Disruptive Technologies”, any young adult or professional in their mid-careers stuck with old technologies can take the first step to grasp both the present and future impacts of technology… and how to leverage each.

Destination Success

Destination Success: Discovering the Entrepreneurial Journey by [Sri Gaddam]

The feeling one gets after completing this book is that they are ready to conquer the world and use their skills to help in society. Destination Success: Discovering the Entrepreneurial Journey is like a career manual that has solutions for people who are stuck in different careers. Sri Gaddam takes you on a step by step guide where he explains how the career you choose impacts the path you take in life. By reading this book, you will accomplish your dreams and set bigger targets for yourself.

I like that Sri Gaddam was not stern throughout the book. There were light moments in some chapters, which made the reading easy. Sri Gaddam knows business and also knows where to add in a little humor. The author makes the reading easy and comfortable for readers of all levels. Every page has information that is helpful either in one’s personal life, entrepreneurial journey, or professional life. The author has written guidelines that will help people balance the two, a problem that many people who are struggling to climb the career ladder face.

Even with the formulas shared in the book, the author reminds every reader that it is their personal responsibility to make things work. The systems in place may not be reliable but what are you doing as an individual to improve your situation? The author’s tone is friendly but also firm. Sri Gaddam wrote this book to push everyone who reads it to be better. The tone in the book is inspiring and what anyone who feels stuck needs. I liked the parts in the book where the author went raw with life happenings. He talks of challenges people face and discusses consequences for every action. The narration in the book was excellent, and the definition of new terms and phrases pleasing.

Other than the advice in the book, one can tell that Sri Gaddam is an amazing storyteller. The author knows how to capture the reader’s interest by telling engaging and fascinating tales. The stories in the book are relatable and make the reader virtually connect with the author. In whichever industry one is, the author has nuggets of wisdom that will enable one to move forward. Destination Success is an inspiring book that will appeal to anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Pages: 189 | ASIN: B07499SX9S

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The Future of Disruptive Technologies

The Future of Disruptive Technologies: Impacts on Business, Workforce, and Societies by [Dr. Srikanth Gaddam]

In The Future of Disruptive Technologies Dr. Srikanth Gaddam explores modern day problems, solutions and how technology affects each one of us. The book discusses tThe shapers of technology and how everyone should embrace the positives brought by technology while being cautious of the adverse effects. I enjoyed reading this thought-provoking book because the author used real stories and gave practical examples when explaining his points. Some of my favorite parts of the discussions were where he spoke about movers and shakers in the industry, and how their background did not necessarily shape their future and success.

In one chapter, the author goes into detail on how data privacy and the safety of internet users is paramount. I appreciate the author for giving facts and statistics as he expounded on this topic, as it enables the reader to get a clear picture of how things are in the world. Data and information are widely shared today thanks to swift online platforms. While this may appear as a blessing to many, the safety and privacy of any internet users may not be guaranteed given rogue characters and other malicious internet users online. While reading this chapter, I was made to understand why it is important to have at least the basic knowledge on formation security and how to protect the network that one uses.

A lot of things are made easy in the world thanks to technology. Reading Dr. Srikanth Gaddam illuminating book will open your eyes on big data, artificial intelligence and other things that have changed how the world operates today. I like Dr. Srikanth Gaddam’s writing because he explains every new term to readers who are not familiar with tech terminologies, before proceeding with the discussion. At no point does the user feel out of touch with the author’s text even when Dr. Gaddam uses heavy cyber jargon. The author made the book more interesting by including personal stories and experiences he has been through. I loved this about the author because the reader despite not relating with all, gets the impression that everyone goes through different challenges and learning stages in life.

The Future of Disruptive Technologies is a great read for both tech aficionados and people that are least bothered by digital trends and technology in general. The author gets one thinking about the different types of technology and how societies across the world work. The book is wonderfully written with a friendly tone and using an easily readable format. I recommend this book to all readers that want to learn more about technology, the impact it has in the world and how it affects small communities and individuals on a personal level. The content in the book is evergreen and educative. This book will enable readers to change their perspective on things and help them make better decisions in the respective industries that they work in.

Pages: 173 | ASIN: B08NXWHKF9

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The Power of We Begins With Me

Leo Bottary
Leo Bottary Author Interview

Peernovation helps readers build high performing teams with a system that is easy to follow and understand. Why was this an important book for you to write?

I’ve been studying high-performing peer advisory groups for more than a decade, and it’s clearer to me now more than ever that teams have a great deal to learn from what these groups do so well.  During a time in our history when we need to focus on cooperation and collaboration, I felt it was important to write this book. 

You are a thought leader on peer advantage and Peernovation. How has your professional experience helped you write this book?

I’ve led my own small companies and subsidiaries, worked with senior-level executive cohorts in academic settings, played a leadership role at Vistage (which assembles and facilitates peer advisory groups for senior-level executives in 20 countries), and facilitated more than 160 workshops with CEOs and business leaders throughout North America and the UK – a healthy combination of personal experiences, academic study, and practical fieldwork.

What is a common misconception you feel people have about teams?

Most people don’t necessarily understand how powerful they are to make their team better.  I listen to people who complain about their team as if they don’t recognize that they are part of the team they are dissing. 

What is one thing you hope readers take away from your book?

A central tenet of Peernovation is that the power of we begins with me. Whether you are the leader of your team or a leader in your team, you are not just there to fill a spot – you are there to make a difference!

Author Links: GoodReads | Twitter | Facebook | Website | LinkedIn

Peer•no•va•tion (pir-n-v-shn) combines the words peer (people like me) and innovation (creativity realized). It’s teamwork of the highest order.  

Leo Bottary follows up on his two earlier books about leveraging the power of peers in business and in life. With its roots in CEO and executive peer groups, the team-building framework presented in these pages is designed for leaders who want to coach engaged, adaptable, and higher-performing teams. Peernovation embraces lessons from more than a decade of academic research, fieldwork, and personal experiences throughout North America and the United Kingdom. Whether you’re a team leader or team member, learn how to:

select the right people for your team
create psychological safety and inspire greater productivity
build a positive culture of accountability
become a better team leader
foster a robust learning-achieving cycle

If you believe “the power of we begins with me” and that meeting future challenges will require building the best teams possible, then Peernovation is for you.

NOT Too Tired To Care

NOT Too Tired to Care: Learn Evidence-Based Mindfulness Practices to Support Well-Being, Improve Patient Care, and Address the Unique Challenges of These Times by [Angela Thomas Jones, Dr. Arthur Hengerer, Roger Carroll, Michael Meit, Frances Feltner, Megan Heffernan, Dr. Sally Garhart, Elizabeth Ropp, Diane Fontneau, Lara Cooley]

The demands on public service workers are only increasing, and the pressure involved in all of these jobs is building by the day. Human Resource offices are inundated with contacts from employees who are on the verge of giving up–in more ways than one. How can we help them? What can be done to save them and their broken spirits?

Angela Thomas Jones’s book, Not Too Tired to Care, takes a close look at the growing concern surrounding burnout and how it affects workers across careers. Considering the intensive demands currently placed on our nation’s healthcare workers, Jones’s work is both timely and much-needed. It is not enough to say that we should do more to address the well-being and mental health of our essential workers–we should act on it. Jones delves into how burnout began to manifest itself among workers and offers a great many resources as well as strategies to combat this rising problem.

I found the pacing of Jones’s work to be refreshing. Not all nonfiction books are written in a format that makes for an easy read, but Jones takes care of her readers. She includes breaks in some of the heaviest parts and provides readers with the opportunity to note valuable resources throughout the reading. Jones leaves no stone unturned. From facts to reflection breaks to tips, she covers all the bases and creates a flow in the reading that is well-matched with the subject matter.

The personal stories peppered throughout the text draw readers into the book and give faces and names to the cold hard facts and figures supplied by the author. Jones’s work reads as much like a personal narrative as it does a self-help book. These touching and relatable scenarios give voices to the thousands of men and women suffering on a daily basis, heading for complete burnout. Jones has managed to explain the phenomenon known as “burnout” in a way which instantly draws empathy and coaxes a reaction from readers. Kindness is key, and Jones knows this. Making others aware of the plight of public service workers, especially in the time of Covid19, is a key first step in changing the course of their lives.

I am giving Angela Thomas Jones’s book, Not Too Tired to Care, 5 out of 5 stars. As a teacher and sister to a nurse, I can appreciate the work that has gone into this book. Jones has done her homework. From cover to cover, she provides readers with facts and strategies, all designed to improve the plight of our public service workers. I recommend Jones’s heartfelt work to anyone who works in or has loved ones in the medical field. Jones’s insight is truly invaluable.

Pages: 214 | ASIN: B08NY21F1W

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