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Seven principles for super-effective leadership: Creative strategies and tactics to become a great Christian boss – Book Trailer

This title is the second in the series “The Diamond Soul Character”, and deals with leadership issues from a Christian perspective. It follows the first title, “The Diamond Soul: 5 Stepping Stones to Christlike Character”, which develops the Diamond Soul character’s concept based on Christ’s main character strengths. This second volume, “Seven Principles for Super Effective Leadership: creative strategies and tactics to become the best Christian boss,” it is a leadership book. It provides a proven framework for developing practical leadership abilities by ordinary people. It offers competent advice on self-improvement, personal growth, and how to achieve your purpose in the context of living a Christian life. This text is not an academic textbook for use in MBA business schools or training professional managers and leaders. No, this book is to be used by the millions of common people who do acts of admirable leadership day in and day out and want to improve their leadership aptitudes. This book, therefore, addresses the needs of aspiring leaders of this country. If you are working as a pastor, teacher, or technician, this book is for you. If you are a healthcare worker, first responder, or National Guard member, this text is for you. Equally so, if you are a stay-home mom, teenager, or grandfather, this volume is for you. In fact, everyone interested in dealing with and leading other people, will find a wealth of information that can significantly assist them. I will particularly single out the two most essential skills you need to master: how to communicate better and cooperate creatively to achieve your purpose. I wrote this book to honor the unsung leaders of this great country. Of course, I am referring to you, the millions of ordinary Americans who do acts of authentic leadership every day, some even without knowing it. You are the silent heroes who work quietly, invisibly, and without applause. But you are as indispensable to this nation as the sun is to the earth. You do your jobs beyond the call of duty; you add that extra touch to your work every day. You carry out your responsibilities with dedication and passion, well above what’s written in the job description. You are the role-models for all to see and replicate. This volume defines the seven principles encapsulating the essence of leadership: a moral character based on faith, a substantial competency in the science of leadership, a mindset of achieving your purpose by service, and the all-important skillsets of communication and cooperation. It also outlines leadership strategies and practical tactics to be used along the way. Therefore, it is a step-by-step instruction manual that will educate, guide, and inspire you to become the best boss you can be. Its principles apply equally to believers as well as atheists, agnostics and people of other faiths. Dear reader, studying this material should be just the beginning of your long journey to become a better leader. I encourage you to take classes, courses, and seminars to reveal the beauty and uncover the mystery of the art of leadership. Continue to study the Word of God, mainly as it describes the leadership traits of Jesus Christ, the most excellent servant leader of all times. He is your perfect role-model to follow. Share your newly found knowledge and competencies with other people in your family, work, church, and neighborhood. Help other people to become servant leaders; mentor, coach, and inspire them.

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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.

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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.

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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Who Says, Women Can’t Lead? – Book Trailer

This book is about a biblical topic that is probably as controversial now as it was when Christ walked the earth.

What it has to do with is whether a woman can be called by God to any of the leadership positions in the church.

The traditional perspective that a woman is to be subservient to church authority; to her husband in the home; and the conjecture to males in the leadership positions of society has permeated culture for thousands of years.

I believe there is a worldwide audience of men and women in church, the political realm, and the home that would be interested in finding out if there is an alternative view to this biblical perception that would present a convincing case by providing both circumstantial and direct scriptural evidence that would support a women’s ordination in the church, her rightful place in the home, and her capacity to assume leadership roles that have for so long been against cultural norms.

Could an argument be made that might support such by providing both circumstantial and direct Bible scriptural evidence?

Join me in the search for the truth in this matter.

We will begin a thorough study by looking at those Jews who were called to the service of the priesthood, followed by some of the other positions of leadership such as Judges, Kings, and Prophets of the Old Testament, and ending with looking at those who were called to the leadership offices of the New Testament church, while including all that is in between.

In connection with this, we will revisit the many reasons that have been used in the past to support the conjecture that only males are called, such as Adam being created first by God; Eve being formed from his rib and being made to be his help meet; the husband designated as the head of the home; Jesus only appointing males to be his disciples and the slogan that this is the way it has always been.

You’ll find this study enlightening, thought-provoking, and with the presentation of earth-shattering direct evidence that will turn traditional views about this subject on their head.

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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 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!

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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.

Peernovation: What Peer Advisory Groups Can Teach Us About Building High-Performing Teams

Peernovation: What Peer Advisory Groups Can Teach Us About Building High-Performing Teams by [Leo Bottary]

There is nothing like the willingness of a group to work together to become a single unit working toward a common goal. The importance of group work is ingrained in us from an early age–from elementary school reading groups to cohorts in high school and college. Purpose-driven peer groups yield more than just an outstanding product; they mold and shape members along the way.

Leo Bottary, author of Peernovation: What Peer Advisory Groups Can Teach Us About Building High-performing Teams, sets forth five factors common to all high-performing peer groups as well as the process of turning individuals into a finely-tuned team. From cover to cover, Bottary lays out a framework for readers highlighted by quotes, excerpts from movies, and real-life examples of teams and peer groups that hit the mark time and time again. I was especially impacted by the scenario Bottary presents on pg. 25. The image of a lone woman trying to applaud fiercely in a room full of her peers stands in stark contrast to what happens when there is a room full of members working together to fill the room with thunderous ovation. What could, otherwise, be a dry and boring topic to absorb becomes a fascinating read filled with tips readers can take away and put to immediate use.

As a teacher who has used peer groups in my classroom for over 20 years, I can see the value of Bottary’s concepts. Not only does the author make clear the importance of careful selection of group members, but he drives home the fact that dedication to purpose and attention to group members’ contributions are both high priorities.

Leo Bottary’s Peernovation: What Peer Advisory Groups Can Teach Us About Building High-performing Teams is a quick, engaging, and informative read that gives readers exactly what they are looking for without beating around the proverbial bush. Bottary emphasizes that one thing remains the same no matter the age of its members or the goal of the group: peer groups, when carefully selected and with all members invested, get the job done and done effectively.

Pages: 152 | ASIN: B08LPFPMTQ

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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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