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The Thriving Hive: How People-Centric Workplaces Ignite Engagement and Fuel Results

The Thriving Hive: How People-Centric Workplaces Ignite Engagement and Fuel Results by [Mari Ryan]

Anyone who has observed workplace trends and how employees in a company mingle while working together will agree that Mari Ryan wrote an informative book. The author bases all the information in the book on facts, experience, and years of research. The Thriving Hive gives you an insight into how different workplace cultures influence the productivity of employees and the rate by which companies grow. Organizations just like any entities need a specific framework to be run and a set of rules to be followed. If the management of the company puts minimum effort, then, the employees will reciprocate. The energy shown in company leadership has a huge effect on how the employees work.

In The Thriving Hive Mari Ryan talks about various types of employees, how the workplace can be a place of growth and the foundation for long-lasting goals and friendships. When reading this book, you realize that the workplace does not need to be too serious. A little fun and lightening up is allowed as long as everyone is taking care of their duties.

Through Mari Ryan’s personal experience, the reader learns how important it is for one to start their career in a warm and friendly workplace. The author writes about their lovely experiences which are encouraging. Working around people who show love and concern especially for junior employees is a pipe dream for many. Most times, seniors at a company tend to show juniors contempt due to their lack of experience and sometimes financial status. This should never be the case.

While reading this book, the general impression one gets is that the author is addressing the heads of companies and the management. Mari Ryan has solid advice for CEOs, managers, human resources, heads of departments, and all staff with senior positions. The message being reiterated throughout the book is that company heads should put their employees first. This includes employees from the lowest levels like janitors and messengers to those that hold the highest positions. Mari Ryan encourages organizations to treat their workers with dignity and in turn, they will get the best services from the employees. A happy employee will ensure that your client is also happy. This will lead to an increase in clients and thus growth of the company.

One notable thing in the book other than the solid advice is the beautiful storytelling done by the author. The narration skills are both modest and enthralling. The thriving Hive is for everyone in a leadership position or those aspiring to be leaders. This book will help business executives improve their administration skills and help shape the organizations that they head.

Pages: 234 | ASIN: B07H3879LT

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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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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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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.

8 Paradoxes of Leadership Agility: How to Lead and Inspire in the Real World

8 Paradoxes of Leadership Agility: How to Lead and Inspire in the Real World by [Chuen Chuen Yeo]

How can you become a leader in a world that is constantly changing? How can you become not just a good leader, but a great one?  Yeo Chuen Chuen shares how her powerful Re4 coaching model can help you accomplish this in her book 8 Paradoxes of Leadership Agility. We cannot stop the world from changing, so we must adapt and Yeo Chuen Chuen provides leadership guidance that will help you adapt and overcome any obstacle.

The keyword I picked up with this book is ‘agile’. How can leaders be agile? It starts with a mindset. But saying and doing are two different things and I think this is where 8 Paradoxes of Leadership Agility sets itself apart from other self/professional development books. The Re4 Coaching Model is plainly demonstrated in a way that helps you see the world through an unbiased lens. At the end of this practical leadership guide I felt that I understood why I needed to change, but much more importantly, I understood how to make the change happen. This is accomplished by the sharing of thought-provoking and diverse stories of leaders who faced similar challenges. I also appreciated the coaching exercises that are provided because they help reinforce what was learned and challenge you to think critically.

It could be Yeo Chuen Chuen’s proprietary coaching method, or it could be the pragmatic and approachable way that the information is laid out, but in either case I found the Re4 coaching model to be beneficial. But I will stress that you must have a willingness to embrace change as this method does encourage leaders to be agile in practice and in mindset.

If you have struggled with other leadership models, haven’t used one before, or are looking for a new one that is on the cutting edge, then I think you will find 8 Paradoxes of Leadership Agility fits your needs perfectly.

Pages: 138 | ASIN: B0893JQ6YH

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The Science Of The Deal: The DNA Of Multifamily & Commercial Real Estate Investing

The Science Of The Deal: The DNA Of Multifamily & Commercial Real Estate Investing by [Parsi Shravan]

The Science of the Deal by Shravan Parsi is an informative book on commercial real estate investing. Based on Parsi’s personal experience it starts in chapter one about how Parsi got started in the industry. Chapter two discusses important industry knowledge, building underwriting models, and introduces fundamentals on what to look for in a city or neighborhood. This is then explored more in chapters four and five as Parsi teaches how to systemically evaluate them. Chapter three delves into teamwork, leadership, and hiring the right people. The focus of chapter six is on you, the individual, and how to build important qualities in yourself, such as discipline, motivation, determination, etc. Finally, chapter seven explores how to appreciate your life and how you can create wealth while receiving the most satisfaction by doing good to yourself and the people around you.

Parsi creates an entertaining narrative that is complete not only with abundant knowledge and personal experiences in investing and sales but also in passion and dedication to a particular career path. This turns The Science of the Deal from the typical informative but stale work to one that is inspirational and enlightening. Parsi’s personal anecdotes are only one example of this as he describes how he adopted his disciplined mindset from his father, how he was able to turn his side hustle to his main, and how he was able to advance above others ins commercial real estate investing.

Though not everyone might appreciate this as the typical business-style format usually goes right to the point. Whereas this book, although extremely educational, takes more effort to be entertaining and motivational. In fact, Parsi blends his stories and lessons so smoothly that at times you end up learning without conscious effort.

If you are interested in real estate investing, or perhaps want to learn more about investing in general, then The Science of the Deal will prove to be essential for you. It covers everything in the industry from choosing a building to creating a strong investing team and a commercial real estate firm. There is an executive summary at the end of each chapter, recapping the key information that was explored in the previous chapter.

Shravan Parsi expertly helps people interested in commercial real estate investing in his enlightening book, but he also includes elements of wisdom he has been taught by the people around him and what he has curated himself. This is a wonderful self-reflective, educational book. In terms of multi-family housing investing, I think that there is no other book better than this one.

Pages: 189 | ASIN: B081ZPFJLZ

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Sustainable Behaviours of Transformational Leaders

Tony Holmwood Author Interview

Tony Holmwood Author Interview

Best Behaviour outlines a strategy to develop culturally competent leadership that is essential for business transformation. Why was this an important book for you to write?

Throughout my professional career, I’ve been fortunate to work with brilliant leaders and have grown to respect the influencing and inspiring characteristics and qualities of servient leaders who transform workplace cultures by providing purposeful future pathways. The current prevalence of self-directed, linear, transactional leaders, highlights the need to develop and promote the more sustainable behaviours of transformational leaders who lead from the heart and can empower and motivate employee value. Transformational leaders have the capability and know-how to deliver substantial productivity and prosperity.

What do you feel is a common misconception people have about the manager-employee relationship?

Like a parent, manager’s need to be accountable and responsible for coaching and empowering the potential of an employee. This includes challenging the employee to step outside their comfort zone and experiment with new behaviours. This helps the employee to develop important life skills, self-awareness and be more independent in their decision making. These adaptive qualities are extremely valuable to organisations in today’s ambiguous, fast paced environments.

You are an accredited Ei, behavioural and change practitioner. How has that helped you write this book?

My expertise in behavioural and emotional development arose from my personal struggles with social phobia. I had to learn the behavioural methods and social skills to overcome my fears and shyness to function as an effective business professional. My struggles defined who I am and influenced a career in performance improvement and my passion for behavioural development and experiential adaptive learning. Gaining professional accreditations helped to build my credibility and influenced the approaches in my book.

What is the next book that you would like to write?

I am humbled by the positive testimonials and book reviews from renowned coaching practitioners and leading industry publications. This has influenced my decision to work with a team of experts to release a second edition of my book to target a wider audience beyond HR Leadership. The book will include case studies and practical tips to appeal to general management.

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A finalist in the Australian Business Book Awards and described as groundbreaking by Dr. John Demartini, this book provides a behavioural framework to develop employees and enable high performance.

Behaviours express how we act toward, interact with, react to, others, situations and events. Behaviours are how we learn. Historically, human behaviour has been dominated by left-brain (transactional) thinking. Standardisation, productivity, competitive advantage, compliance and incremental growth are products of a logical left brain. But we need to relegate this thinking and empower our workforces to develop their creative, collaborative, spatially aware, big-picture, right-brained (transformational) capability if we are to adopt the best behaviour that will succeed in a rapidly changing business environment. Backed by leading research, Best Behaviour examines how:

  • emotional development is key to creating a responsive, innovative, open culture
  • knowing our motivations and strengths builds a strong identity and a passionate workforce
  • trusting our intuition builds emotional intelligence (Ei) and enables our critical reasoning
  • learning Ei and addressing our weaknesses develops a powerful leadership cultural competence and enables proactive workplace cultures
  • managers and HR professionals can champion and coach business transformation.

Coaches will need to be aware of employee vulnerabilities, show empathy, promote trust, and be supportive and accountable for developing Ei in their organisations. To assist them in their task, Tony has created an innovative Behavioural Development Framework. This book is not for the faint-hearted – be prepared for some thought-provoking arguments on why we have an imbalance of command-control ‘boss’ styles and their impact on our security. Tony introduces an Ei, cultural change and business transformation framework, and presents a strategy to develop culturally competent leadership, essential for business transformation and to secure our communities for employee wellbeing.

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Best Behaviour

The workplace is ever-changing and there is a need to change how teams are lead and how training is conducted. Tom Holmwood suggests a system where leaders inspire instead of expecting pliancy. This book is an informative and educational road-map to better leadership in today’s environment.

Tony Holmwood speaks from a place of expertise and his command of the subject matter is evident. He provides evidence and sound arguments to support his approaches to the use of behavior to improve the workplace. His method does not disprove the traditional productivity centered approaches. He simply says that there is more to employees than the bottom line. Motivation is about more than just getting everyone in line. This approach to management shows a concern for the employee and their stance on issues. It shows recognition that the employee is not an asset to the company but rather a partner in success, thus, their opinion is of grave importance. This is a new perspective for me, but I found myself agreeing with many of the points put fourth.

Best Behaviour is an exceptionally well researched book, containing the appropriate tools required to implement the guidelines in your own company. Best Behaviour provides an actionable road-map that is thorough yet flexible enough to fit your unique position. Tony Holmwood has done an excellent job of using simple language to convey his ideas of managing people and their skills. This book left me with an appreciation for the employee as an individual, and a new perspective on how to manage that individual rather than the employee.

This type of leadership can be transformational for companies, organizations and even small teams that want to move away from an authoritarian type of leadership. Tony Holmwood allows readers to explore this concept with fresh eyes, unencumbered by a transactional culture deeply embedded in our society.

If you’re ready for a new approach to leadership, Tony Holmwood presents a brilliant alternative that allows one to see the benefits regardless of their position on the organizational food chain. This is not the first time transformational leadership has been tried, however the layered but simple way in which the idea is expressed in this book brings it to a new level.

Pages: 266 | ASIN: B07QZXTWVQ

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