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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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Patterns Are Inevitable. Growth Is Optional

Matt Norman
Matt Norman Author Interview

Four Patterns of Healthy People helps readers build better behaviors in order to reach their full potential in both life and business. Why was this an important book for you to write?

Seeing people grow beyond unhealthy patterns has been the most rewarding part of my career. As a leadership speaker and coach, it’s clear to me that everyone gets into patterns of thinking or behaving because of their family influences or as a way of adapting to their life circumstances. Every day, those ways of thinking and behaving get repeated until one day they are often no longer helpful. Whether it’s a new relationship, a job, a new phase of life, or a trial we’re facing, we realize our old ways of thinking and behaving don’t serve us well. At that point, we can either self-confront and grow, or remain stuck. That’s why I thought this book was important to write – to help people and organizations thrive by identifying and improving patterns that need to change.

What do you feel is a common misconception people have about success in life?

People often associate success with gratification or comfort. The truth is, success is more about joy, meaning, and purpose. And those things come from doing hard things – like working hard, enduring suffering, having difficult conversations, and thinking critically. This never ends in life. Those who stop growing and doing hard things may achieve a level of pleasure but miss out on true joy, meaning, and purpose.

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

Patterns are inevitable. Growth is optional. Growth requires the ability and willingness to self-confront patterns in how you think, relate to others, view yourself, and operate your life. That’s painful work but it leads to the greatest joy and impact.

Do you have plans to write more books on this topic?

Yes, my next book will likely be related to influencing others to grow in positive ways.

Author Links: Website | Twitter

Identify Recurring Patterns to Grow Beyond What Is Holding You Back from Success and Fulfillment!
Your most powerful work is overcoming the mistakes, flaws, and wounds you have internalized throughout your life. Are you ready to harness that?
Recurring themes of conflict, cognition, addiction, time allocation, and situational responses become patterns that affect your decisions, both positively and negatively.
Once you are aware of these recurring patterns, you can use them to place emphasis on the positive impact and minimize the negative.
Understanding these patterns is step one to becoming a healthier version of yourself.
Do you believe that you can change patterns in how you think and relate to others to have a more fulfilling life?
You can.
In 2002, Matt Norman suffered from debilitating panic attacks that sidelined him from business meetings, making it difficult for him to interact with others. Once he learned to recognize the patterns that were causing his anxiety, Matt was able to overcome it. Now, he is a leader in the industry that mentors others on how to do the same.
You have a choice.
You can stay stuck in the same recurring patterns or you can identify and confront those patterns in an effort to grow.
Your brain will remind you of trauma and past experiences to keep you in the same pattern of survival, “Be careful, you got hurt last time!”
It makes you resist change because it might be risky! As a result, you remain in fixed patterns that can limit productivity and be downright debilitating.
This is the brain’s natural reaction, but that does not mean you have to be locked into this limiting behavior. You can create new connections in your brain that encourage new thoughts and actions.
Don’t you think it’s time for you to grow and lead a more fulfilling life?
You’re the reason Matt wrote this book. His passion is to show you how to recognize recurring negative patterns that are holding you back and help you embrace the growth that will carry you to new heights!
Matt Norman is President & CEO of Norman & Associates. Through Norman & Associates, he helps people think and work together more effectively. Matt’s coaching has helped Fortune 100 corporations, non-profits, and entrepreneurs change the way they engage with their employees and clients.
If you’re ready to begin identifying the recurring patterns that are holding you back, confront them, and advance to a healthier and more fulfilling life, then you’re in the right place.

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.

 

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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Manufacturing Civility

Manufacturing Civility: People Treatment as a Continuous Improvement Strategy by [Christian Masotti, Lewena Bayer]

Christian Masotti and Lewena Bayer are here to make your workplace better and to make Human Resources understand that being civilized at the workplace is the way to go. The authors have done extensive research and have come up with a list of reasons why people loathe their workplaces. Manufacturing Civility will open your eyes to how toxic some workplaces can be. The authors have highlighted and discussed in depth what makes the workplace toxic and how to improve on that. Another topic that is discussed is different workplace cultures and workplace incivility. They describe workplace incivility as low-intensity deviant workplace behavior with an ambiguous intent to harm. Are you allowed to have light moments in the workplace? Are titles and job descriptions so important? Are you happy as an employee? The authors will help you answer these and related questions as they help you understand the importance of being productive and engaging at work. In the book, the authors list down character, courage, change readiness, critical communications, competency, and consistency as the 6Cs. Each of these Cs is discussed in detail, with the authors giving real life scenarios and relatable examples for better comprehension of the context.

The topics in the book may seem basic until one reads, reflects, and gets to compare notes. When reading this book, you realize that people can be more productive if the human resource or management make working spaces a little friendlier than they are. The tone and language used in the book is friendly and encourages one to read more. The authors are also honest in their discussions. They talk of the good things that happen at the workplace and also expose the bad that some managers and human resource practitioners engage in.

Manufacturing Civility: People Treatment as a Continuous Improvement Strategy is an informative book that will open your eyes to some of the things that people endure in the workplace. You will realize that the toxicity at some workplaces is at an all-time high, and gets to be overlooked in workplace culture. The authors also had advice for employees who do not know what to do when put in this difficult position. I recommend this book to every reader who wants to learn about different workplaces and how to improve the workforce. This book is both for the subordinates and those in managerial positions.

Pages: 158 | ASIN: B08711N71J

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How To Be Your BADASS Self

How To Be Your BADASS Self: A Guide to Using Your Inner Energy for Brand Success by [Annie Koshy]

How to be your Badass Self by Annie Koshy speaks about personal branding and steps on how to make use of her advice. She begins by outlining the reasons why personal branding is important backed by a good understanding of one’s worth, talent and values. She emphasizes the importance of communication, consistency and community. She notes that the thoughts others have of us will be dependent on the thoughts we have of ourselves. We need to know our strengths, pursue opportunities for growth in the areas where we are weak and continue to use our very specific expertise to help others. In doing so, one is able to create a brand identity that will resonate with the desired clients.

Annie Koshy delivers a well thought out and intuitive plan for personal success and branding with an easy to read practical guidebook. This book is useful for individuals as well as entrepreneurs, especially if they are just starting out. It is not overly stuffed with personal stories or too many research statistics that might be difficult to understand. The author does draw on references with her personal clients with strategies that worked for them and why. It is a pragmatic and accessible read for a beginners in the branding space. Each chapter has a set of key takeaways so that the reader can have a summarized reference and use it for review.

The title might suggest that it is more of a morale boost or some type of packaged bad-assery but it is a lot more sober and strategic. As the author notes, the book will only be useful if the advice given is applied. It is a process and can be a lengthy one, because it involves even as small a detail as what color best represents your ideals. Social media is very trendy recently and there is also a chapter that speaks about how to use it in branding. One other notable and useful chapter is “Making failures your success.” This is the type of information that can be useful for anyone, even those who are not necessarily building a public brand.

Pages: 151 | ASIN: B08H3HP4VD

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Peernovation: What Peer Advisory Groups Can Teach Us About Building High-performing Teams – Book Trailer

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.

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