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Crossing The Digital Faultline

Crossing the Digital Faultline is an informative and engaging book. Anyone working in an upstart company or established business organization needs to read this book. The author digs deep into the corporate culture, change in digital trends, and why companies need to move with the times. The author’s tone when addressing missteps companies partake in is both firm and calm. When reading through the discussions, one gets to understand where the author comes from and why he makes the points that are written in the book. Sri Manchala tries to make his book as compelling to read as possible. The paragraphs are not long and the sentences easy to comprehend. Whenever the author fuses in a story, he ensures that he gives the reader a back story to avoid confusion.

Sri Manchala brings the future to the present. By talking about ways in which a company can win in the age of digitalization, the author gives solutions to businesses that perhaps are not familiar with the digitalization process. The advice given is solid and the examples given are real. Sri Manchala tries to be practical with all the examples he gives in the book. He modestly illustrates different aspects of digitalization and gives the reader a clear picture of how businesses are supposed to be run. A single example given in the book is enough to open one’s eyes regarding the subjects discussed. The author also suggests methods that companies can apply as they embrace digitalization patterns.

Sri Manchala is not just a great narrator, but also an amazing instructor. While reading the book, one gets the impression of attending a master class as the author particularly arranged related topics, and how modern trends impact the development of businesses. To understand the concepts in the book, one has to read keenly as sometimes the author uses technical words that may not be understood by the average reader who is not familiar with digitalization and related trends. The explanation the author gives is however enough to make a newbie master the jargon and key lessons.  Some of the most impactful discussions in the book talked about customer behavior and disruptive technologies, global markets, a leader’s role in handling a crisis, digital transformation and evolution, and encroachment by the tech industry.

The author is insightful, unbiased, and informed. The beauty of reading a book whose author is neutral in the subject matter is that you are able to form your own unbiased opinion. The author focused on informing people about the importance of digitalization and the rules to follow for a company to advance. There are immense lessons that leaders can take from the book and share with their subordinates and fellow leaders in similar positions.

Pages: 331 | ASIN: B089D9DLSS

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Mattie Boombalatty

Mattie Boombalatty by Wayne Gerard Trotman is a children’s illustrated short story that follows Mattie Boombalatty as she moves to a new town and falls victim to bullying by her new schoolmates. Trotman’s simple yet profound lesson about morality, combined with the book’s vivid and lively illustrations makes this a fantastic book for children.

Nhat Hao Nguyen, the illustrator of the book, is a skilled artist who makes each scene and character come to life. He uses vivid colors that pop, and his life-like yet cherub-like character illustrations add just the right amount of magic and realism to this children’s picture book. His attention to detail on each page is fantastic.

Trotman’s message about treating others who treat us lesser than we deserve is, as aforementioned, simple yet poignant. Mattie faces many anxieties that are understandable and normal for a school-aged girl. Some of her schoolmates decide for no reason that they do not like her and, as mean schoolchildren do, they make their feelings known. As distraught as she is over being taunted by her peers, she displays strength in refusing to wish them ill will, even when she comes across a glowing opportunity to get revenge. Mattie is ultimately rewarded for choosing the high road, and she reaches her happy ending in the story. While we as humans are not always rewarded for rising above our circumstances, Trotman makes it clear that the reward is not what matters – rather, the peace of mind that comes with choosing the right path is what ultimately matters.

Pages: 50 | ISBN-10: 1916184839

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Honeycake: Counting All My Blessings

When there’s a new baby in your home, it’s easy for a child to feel jealous or forgotten because the baby will need lots of attention and care. But having the right people there for you can change everything. You can learn to be thankful for all the things in your life instead of focusing on the bad things.

Honeycake: Counting All My Blessings, by Medea Kalantar is a touching story about a little girl named Nala that has to deal with all the attention being placed on her newborn brother. She begins to wonder why her brother is getting gifts and why he’s, seemingly, more important than her. Lucky for her, Nala has a wonderful family member to talk her through it and teach her to count her blessings. She learns all about the Green-Eyed Monster and its negative effects on her. She learns to be thankful for everything in her life and to accept this new change as the blessing that it is.

The way the author is able to send a message to young readers about the importance of being thankful is amazing. She is able to write in a way that would capture any child’s attention. I enjoyed the cute and emotive drawings that do a great job of showing how Nala is feeling. This makes it easy for any reader to relate to Nala. Not only do children get an eye-catching story but they learn an important life lesson.

Honeycake: Counting All My Blessings is definitely one of the most educational books for a child to read. It teaches thing not often taught in school. Young readers will learn about gratitude and thankfulness towards things in their lives.

Pages: 37 | ASIN: B08FPK3Q53

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Enterprise Agility

Sunil Mundra’s Enterprise Agility was written for people in the technology field or executives who want to grow their business and enterprises fast. Sunil Mundra focuses on subjects that would help any enterprise that yearns to expand and swiftly adapt to change. The author’s tone is professional and gives the reader an insight into how to manage an enterprise. His style of explaining is praiseworthy as the author uses easily comprehensible terms. Sunil Mundra selected crucial topics in the book, concentrating on specific areas when expounding on a topic. Through the text, you can tell that the author is an expert in this field and understands both the basics and technical sections when talking about enterprise agility.

Any company that gets into business aims to expand after a while. In his book, Sunil Mundra lists several reasons why companies and organizations fail to grow as expected, and offers suggestions on how to improve the growth rate of a business. Chapter two of the book carries some of the heaviest thoughts in Enterprise Agility. The author writes on everything from values and principles of agile, to the characteristics of enterprises with high agility. Some of the important components of agility that are discussed in the book include responsiveness, versatility, flexibility, resilience, innovativeness, and adaptability. The author gives practical examples that readers can relate to, which I felt improved my understanding.

Besides agility, one can also read Enterprise Agility as a leadership book. The author shares the qualities of good leadership and gives examples of how leaders can create a friendly environment that involves every stakeholder in the enterprise. Enterprise Agility is a great book for chief executives and everyone in management or parties that want to get the highest seat at the table.  One of the many things I learned from the book is that people with an agility-oriented mindset willingly share knowledge with others and do not treat knowledge as a source of power.

Reading this book will open your mind and enlighten you on issues that you had perhaps ignored. The author knows how to deliver his points well. After reading this book, the reader will learn how to focus on the areas to improve, adapting to changes, and how to use the best techniques to achieve the most in whatever one does. Sunil Mundra has the best words for you if you want to enhance enterprise agility. All the valuable lessons are in the book. Change begins from within and by progressing in one’s area of expertise. I recommend this book to readers that have an entrepreneurial spirit and want to build their agile mindset.

Pages: 492 | ASIN: B0788T1PSN

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Captain Fantastic

Tommy Balaam
Tommy Balaam Author Interview

I’ve Got You is a fun space adventure that explores fear and helping friends overcome it. Why was this an important theme for this book?

For me, it was super important to get this book out during Covid-19 as I wanted to help any children feeling lonely and to make sure they never felt alone! It times of trouble we must stay together and look after those in need the most.

This is book one in your Captain Fantastic series. What can readers expect in book two?

The next book is ‘Captain Fantastic and the Chocolate Planet’ and will be ready for Christmas 2020:
“Good grief,” cried the captain “we’re space monster stew!
Or perhaps it’s an ogre, a witch or some new
Strange kind of monster, a space ghoul or mummy.”
“Captain,” said Winston, “I think it’s my tummy!”

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First book in the amazing intergalactic Captain Fantastic series

Winston is one of the bravest dogs in the universe. He’s travelled through space and battled monsters with his best friend, Captain Fantastic, but there’s one thing that still scares him.

Come along on this adventure to find out what makes Winston tremble, and discover how Captain Fantastic comforts his loyal space dog so he’s once again a happy, waggy-tailed space hero.

First in the exciting new series of intergalactic adventures, based on the awesome and educational Captain Fantastic parties.

“In this lovely story about friendship and fears is an important message about being there for each other and being able to face our fears when we have someone to face them with. Now more than ever, this is an important message for children – I’ve Got You is like having a hug delivered in the form of a storybook.” Dr Gummer, Good Play Guide

A Significant Role to Play

Hong Wai Onn
Hong Wai Onn Author Interview

A Chemical Engineer in the Palm Oil Milling Industry helps readers discover the opportunities chemical engineers have in the palm oil industry. Why was this an important book for you to write?

Edible oils are big business. Especially palm oil. Palm oil has been widely used in food and non-food industries. More than half the products on sale in supermarkets are made with palm oil—yet many people hardly know anything about this industry. They don’t even know chemical engineers have a significant role to play in this industry. Hence, I am motivated to write a book to provide a series of episodes for readers to discover the opportunities chemical engineers have in the palm oil milling industry. I hope this non-fiction memoir book could bring readers closer to the most enigmatic profession of all time. The book is available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Kobo and other major retailers.

This book sheds light on an enigmatic profession. What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

I would love the readers to feel that they have been presented at a talk given by an expert who knows his topic. Everyone after reading “A Chemical Engineer in the Palm Oil Milling Industry” should feel that they came away with insights not only about what made a good chemical engineer easily transferred into the palm oil milling industry but also how widespread palm oil is in everyday life.

You have 15 years of operational experience in the palm oil industry. How has your experience helped you write this book?

When I got involved in the Institution of Chemical Engineers, I often found myself drawing upon my experiences at one of the country’s leading oil palm plantation companies. I learned that many of the experiences and knowledge I gained are lessons from which any chemical engineer could benefit from. Through my speaking engagements, I realize that there was tremendous interest in the society in gaining a better understanding of the inner workings of this profession. That is how my first nonfiction memoir, “A Chemical Engineer in the Palm Oil Milling Industry” came about in my late thirties. As I wrote this book based upon my expertise and experience, I didn’t have to rely heavily on research or on knowledge that comes from others. My writing flowed more smoothly when I was not struggling to interpret data, interviews, or to make my story realistic. When my book stemmed from my knowledge and experience, I felt more passionate about what I write, which showed in my finished work. As a result, I produced episodes that read well.

What is one thing that surprises most people about palm oil?

Interesting question. While there are many fun facts about palm oil, these are by far my favorite: Palm oil is an incredibly efficient crop, producing more oil per land area than any other vegetable oil crop, and is the most commonly produced vegetable oil in the world. Palm oil has been widely used in food and non-food industries. It can be found in a wide range of products in a typical grocery store, including shampoo, toothpaste, candles, baked goods, lipstick, processed foods, and even as a component of plastic produce bags that helps them to open more easily.

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HERE IS THE FIRST BOOK THAT HAS COME OUT WITH STORIES FROM THE PALM OIL MILLS.

Palm oil is a big business. Palm oil has been widely used in food and non-food industries. More than half the products on sale in supermarkets are made with palm oil—yet many people hardly know anything about this industry. They don’t even know chemical engineers have a significant role to play in this industry. This book provides a series of episodes for you to discover the opportunities chemical engineers have in the palm oil milling industry. This book is an illuminating memoir that brings readers closer to the most enigmatic profession of all time.
It is a promise that Hong Wai Onn has fulfilled again and again. More people have gained a better understanding of the role of chemical engineers in the palm oil milling industry by listening to his sharing. You do not have to be a chemical engineer or work in this industry to enjoy his memoir. The insights are just as valuable for any discipline of engineering, and for any business, for the sake of inspiration.

What I Tell Myself About Talent

What I Tell Myself About Talent is a fun children’s book that places exploration and self actualization center stage. What are you good at? What’s your talent? How can you ever know until you try. This book helps kids make the connection between their current talents and their future jobs, whether it’s an innate talent or something they have to work at. Rather than telling children to be one thing or another, What I Tell Myself About Talent let’s readers know that it’s okay to not know, and exploring the possibilities is part of the fun.

Michael Brown has once again created a book on a topic that I have rarely, if ever, read about in a children’s book. Talent, and how to find it in everyday places with a little exploration, is accomplished in this book with simple rhymes and vibrant illustrations of diverse children doing different activities. This picture book will encourage readers to get out into the world and try things out. It will open their eyes to the idea that they can continue to do the things they like even into adulthood. From doctors to construction workers Michael Brown makes it clear that going out and finding what your good at is part of the fun. The ending of the book has Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs which is a great opportunity for further discussion beyond the book. What I Tell Myself About Talent is a great way to start a conversation about finding talent in everyday activities.

Pages: 30 | ASIN: B08CBQR6XJ

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A Catalyst for Change

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Regina M. Christian-Massey Author Interview

Co-Teaching: The Professional Behind the M.A.S.K. helps educators gain greater insight into each partner’s role within a co-teaching classroom. Why was this an important book for you to write?

There is a growing need for special education students to be placed with their peers in the general education classroom. In doing so, the gap that is faced by the special education students can decrease. This book is important as it serves as a catalyst for change in the collaborative relationship. Co-Teaching: The Professional will help readers M.A.S.K. The inevitable. Learn to MANAGE the stress, ACCEPT co-teaching as a valuable tool, STRENGTHEN your relationships, and create the KEYSTONES that will allow for personal growth.

What do you think is a common misconception educators have about co-teaching?

One misconception is that one of the teachers are not certified. Co-teaching is a classroom with TWO certified teachers that are charged with educating a group of students both special ed and general ed in the same environment. Each teacher adds value to the classroom. The general education teacher is considered the content/curriculum expert. The special education teacher is the strategist, they add strategy and technique to the content to make it accessible to all learning level. The two certified teachers work hand in hand to deliver the curriculum in a way that allows for learners to thrive.

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

One thing that I’d like readers to take away from Co-Teaching: The Professional is the need to effectively communicate with colleagues. Classrooms are not the only areas that collaboration is key to engagement and success. In every profession, the expectation is that there is a level of teamwork that increases productivity and efficiency. We should abolish the fixed mindset and embrace growth to meet the needs of the current generation. We must work together to discover the best approach for personal growth as well as company development.

What is your experience in the education field and how has that helped you write this book?

My experience in the education field has moved from managing front offices, working as a principals secretary to now teaching in the classroom. I have been an advocate for children for more than 20 years. I wrote this book based on my experiences in the coteaching classroom. As an advocate, it is my desire to enhance the coteaching classroom. Co-Teaching: The Professional will help guide the relationship into a collaborative experience that utilizes the talents and abilities of both certified teachers.

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Discover the art of standing out professionally when challenged personally. Are you frustrated with the co-teaching experience? Does the thought of entering a new co-teaching relationship have you feeling overwhelmed? In this book, you will gain a greater insight into each partner’s role, the expectation of co-teaching, and moving forward in a purposeful relationship. Co-teaching classrooms have become the norm, a system of working collectively must be a reality. TMS’ goal is to lead the co-teaching relationship into a collaborative experience that utilizes both teachers’ abilities, talents, and expertise to meet the needs of the whole classroom. Increase effectiveness by:• MANAGING co-teaching stress• ACCEPTING co-teaching as a valuable tool• Learning how to STRENGTHEN relationships and• Creating KEYSTONES that allow for personal growth. “Learn to implement practical methods to develop a co-teaching partnership that focuses on shared outcomes of students achieving learning objectives through co-planning, co-instruction, co-implementation practices, and co-assessment design.”

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