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CAREER CAROL

In their book, A CAREER CAROL: A Tale Of Professional Nightmares And How To Navigate Them, Helmut Schuster, PhD and David Oxley, DBA, veterans of leadership and management roles, provide relevant, entertaining, and practical business and life advice specifically designed for young professionals, though will resonate across generations. The book is an irreverent take on the Charles Dickens classic, graduation commencement speakers, and Gen Z expectations.

Drawn from the author’s own experiences and those they have helped to navigate career crises; the book contains practical tips on how to succeed. Drawing on the imagery of Dickens’ spirits, each visitation in the fable is focused on how progressing through the natural phases of human development can manifest in professional careers. The second part of the book takes each visitation in turn, explains the inspiration behind them, provides tools designed to help achieve self-recognition, and finishes with a real-life story from the authors.

Dr Helmut Schuster is a dual Austrian/British citizen who lives in London, UK. He is the former Group HR Director of BP PLC. Schuster is currently Chairman of the Board of Ivoclar Group, a world leader in aesthetic dentistry, an active entrepreneur, investor, and frequent contributor to leadership and AFS Intercultural Programs. He completed his PhD in Economics from the University of Vienna.

Dr David Oxley is a dual UK/US citizen based in Austin, Texas. He started his career as a management consultant before leading major people and corporate restructuring projects for BP PLC across Europe, USA, India, and the Middle East. Oxley worked closely with Reliance Industries in India, one of BP’s partners, as they embarked on their big corporate restructuring. He was awarded his doctorate in Organizational Change at Cranfield University and his MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

A PLACE FOR T

In A PLACE FOR T: Giving Voice To The Tortoise In Our Hare-Brained World, Lengel offers a reframing of the classic Aesop’s fable that pitted the fast and clever Hare against the slow and steady Tortoise. He presents a different slant, where the race is an internal competition between people’s Hare-brained heads and their Tortoise-inspired hearts. The outspoken Hare represents intellect, which feeds on information, rationality, and the practical; the soft-spoken Tortoise, ‘T’, represents the voice of humanity which feeds on emotion, relationships, and the impractical. In this light, the human-race reflects a competition between Hare-brained thinking honed in schools and reinforced in organizations and a desire to preserve and value the spirit of our humanity that reflects the ability to care, love, be compassionate and in general be civil, respectful and trusting of each other. Lengel poses that our Hare-brained thinking and its technological products are handicapping this race in a way that gives no voice to T, and the result is we are outrunning our humanity. We can’t talk to one another; there is increasing hate and violence in our culture; political polarization; failed change efforts in organizations; and the disappearance of leaders. This has implications for nations, businesses and organizations, and our personal lives.

Dr. Robert H. Lengel holds a BS and MS in aerospace engineering, an MBA, and a PhD that blended oceanography, environmental management, leadership and organizational dynamics in business. His career began designing jet and rocket propulsion systems, and meandered through fluid computer design and industrial sales, a stint on Wall Street, time in an environmental think tank, academics, consulting and now writing.

CREATE IN A FLASH

Identify the real problem. Don’t waste time and money solving the wrong problem.

Consistently create ideas. Make your business recession-proof and competition-proof.

Grow your business. Solve the tough problems holding you back.

Leading in today’s world is difficult, and it is not getting easier. To compete and be profitable in today’s marketplace, you need big, creative solutions and you need them now. Just as you follow a recipe to cook a great meal, there is a recipe to create great ideas. Create in a Flash is based on Dr. Roger Firestien’s 40 years helping companies unleash the innovation of their workforce. Roger’s clients include AT&T, SC Johnson, Disney, Hilton, NASA and over 600 other organizations big and small, including corporations, government, universities and churches.

Roger L. Firestien, PhD, has presented programs on innovation to over 600 organizations around the world including Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, universities, associations, and religious institutions.

His expert views on creativity have been covered in Fast Company, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, Inc. and The New York Times.

He is Associate Professor Emeritus at the Center for Applied Imagination at Buffalo State University, President of Innovation Resources, Inc., a founding member of the Buffalo Society for Creativity in Medical Education, and guest lecturer at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, NY.

EVERYTHING CONNECTS

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 In a world characterized by constant change, individuals and organizations need to pivot to adapt. In EVERYTHING CONNECTS:  Cultivating Mindfulness, Creativity, And Innovation For Long-term Value. Entrepreneur, thought leader, and innovator Faisal Hoque shows how to thrive in the environment of change in which we live and work.

The book – a revision of the first edition of EVERYTHING CONNECTS – includes new material on changes due to the pandemic, mindfulness and resiliency, all designed to help leverage and thrive in the flickering environment of change. These additional topics add substance to the seminal focus of the original edition, and further the core message that everything has a relationship to everything else, resulting in a powerful synergy.

Part philosophy, part business, and part history, this book is a kaleidoscopic view of the way humans―by being able to think out of the box―have been able to achieve greatness for themselves, their organizations, and the world at large.

Faisal Hoque is an accomplished entrepreneur, senior executive, author, thought leader, public speaker, and advisor to management teams and BODs with more than 25 years of cross-industry success. He is the founder of SHADOKA, NextChapter, and other companies; they focus on enabling sustainable and transformational changes.

FIRE UP INNOVATION

Today’s challenges – whether individual, business-focused, or collective world problems – are complex. Solving them requires diverse skills and thinking, but also a common understanding of thinking processes.

To create change, to adapt, and to innovate in organizations requires teamwork. Typically, teams are brought together because of their experiences, functional expertise, and background. Yet, they often don’t have a formal understanding and knowledge of how to work together as a team, particularly in high-stakes situations like innovation.

In FIRE UP INNOVATION: Sparking And Sustaining Innovation Teams, innovation consultant and strategist Helene Cahen provides a roadmap to support a journey of learning and a practice of new thinking and risk-taking. The book, with its multi-color energizing design, contains the keys to a self-guided journey to understanding one’s own creativity an

Helene (pronounced “L N”) Cahen, MS, is an innovation strategist, trainer, facilitator, and speaker with over 20 years of experience helping companies navigate innovation challenges. She is the founder and principal consultant at Fire Up Innovation Consulting (previously Strategic Insights), where she guides Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and non-profits to understand innovation, create innovative new products/services, build effective teams, and support a user-centered culture.

FRONTIERS

When doctors accustomed to saving lives are struck down by a debilitating health issue, they can either resign themselves to their fate or fight to get back on their feet. Dr. Siva Murugappan chose to do the latter. In FRONTIERS: The Journey of Two Surgeons Through Stroke, Dr. Murugappan and his wife, Dr. Prema Samy, also a surgeon, tell a powerful story of resilience in the face of adversity.

The book is a stroke survivor’s memoir through recovery and the expected and unexpected challenges. Told from the perspectives of Drs. Murugappan and Samy, FRONTIERS illustrates the ways stroke affects survivors and their loved ones alike.

Drs. Murugappan and Samy were inspired to share their story in the hopes of helping others. Their perspectives as practicing doctors, with Dr. Murugappan’s unwavering desire to return to work, will inspire stroke survivors to transcend their own frontiers. An inspiring tale of hope and perseverance, FRONTIERS will help anyone going through traumatic medical issues.

Dr. Siva Murugappan is a general surgeon and husband to Dr. Prema Samy, an ear, nose, and throat surgeon. Dr. Murugappan is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Canadian Medical Protective Association, and the Ontario Medical Association. They were inspired to share their story in the hopes of helping others.

Their perspectives as practicing doctors, with Dr. Murugappan’s unwavering desire to return to work, will inspire stroke survivors to transcend their own frontiers. When he’s not working, Dr. Murugappan enjoys reading and golfing.

They live in Chatham, Ontario, with their golden retriever

HIGHWAY TO YOUR HAPPY PLACE

Stress is an everyday occurrence in life, whether from work, personal relations, money, health, or a combination of factors. Anyone who experiences stress can relate to the heightened state of emotions which can often lead to irrational decision making.

The solution, according to physician Gary Sprouse, author of HIGHWAY TO YOUR HAPPY PLACE: A Roadmap To Less Stress, is to be mentally prepared so when stress does occur, one is able to manage it. Only then can people be in a position to take control over their lives and spend as much time living in their Happy Place as they can.

The book provides readers a roadmap to manage stress – worry, guilt, regret, boredom, low self-esteem, and the feeling of being overwhelmed – more effectively and efficiently.

Gary Sprouse, MD, is an internist who has seen patients out of his private practice in Chester, MD, since 1985. Prior to embarking on his career in internal medicine, Dr. Sprouse earned both his BS and MD from George Washington University, where he became a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class from the university’s medical school. Dr. Sprouse is often referred to as The Less Stress Doc.

LIFT

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Transformational leaders will leverage positive change

In a world of explosive change and transformation, leaders at all levels―from heads of state and global corporations to entrepreneurs and gig economists―will offer the best opportunity for leveraging change and transforming our lives for the better. This includes how we work, play, govern ourselves, and consider and plan for our collective futures.

This thought-provoking book invites you to explore the intersection of transformational leadership, systemic thinking, and experiential learning―all required to survive and thrive the tsunami of changes and disruptions caused by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, and misinformation trends.

Faisal Hoque is an accomplished entrepreneur, senior executive, author, thought leader, public speaker, and advisor to management teams and BODs with more than 25 years of cross-industry success. He is the founder of SHADOKA, NextChapter, and other companies; they focus on enabling sustainable and transformational changes.

REINVENT

In REINVENT: Navigating Business Transformation In A Hyperdigital Era, entrepreneur, innovator, and advisor with more than twenty-five years of cross-industry success, Faisal Hoque, makes the argument for reinvention – from the changing nature of consumers to shifting workforce priorities to the necessity for greater organizational security. Hoque introduces ideas, concepts, and a comprehensive framework (LIFTS — learn, investigate, formulate, take off, and study) to help position organizations to reap the benefits of business and digital transformation.

The skills and mindset taught in the book will equip transformational leaders to manage ongoing change and adjust to the upheavals that are taking place everywhere.

Faisal Hoque is the founder of SHADOKA, NextChapter, and other companies that focus on enabling sustainable and transformational changes. Throughout his career, he has developed over 20 commercial business and technology platforms and worked with public and private sector giants such as the US Department of Defense, GE, MasterCard, American Express, Northrop Grumman, CACI, PepsiCo, IBM, Home Depot, Gartner, and JPMorgan Chase. He is a 3 time winning Founder and CEO of Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ awards

SECRETS OF NEXT LEVEL ENTREPRENEURS

Entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and business owners must prepare for a future in which subject matter expertise will no longer suffice. To remain relevant – and to prepare for the next inevitable crisis – they must learn essential skills, understand themselves, and shift their mindsets accordingly. As strategy consultant Alex Brueckmann says in SECRETS OF NEXT-LEVEL ENTREPRENEURS: 11 Powerful Lessons To Thrive In Business And Lead A Balanced Life, the time is now to grow beyond existing limits – personally and professionally.

The book discusses three mission-critical pillars that contribute to building future-proof businesses: strategy, leadership, and self-care. “It’s essential to strategically re-adjust a business for success, consciously shape leadership and culture, and practice self-care as we humbly accept our limitations as entrepreneurs and leaders,” says Brueckmann.

A singular and powerful collection of resources for entrepreneurs, founders, managers, executives, board members, and other business leaders, this book is essential reading for the future of businesses worldwide.

Alex Brueckmann is a strategy facilitator, speaker, and author. He talks about the power of strategy and identity, transformation leadership, purpose, impact, and legacy. Alex has impacted thousands of business leaders across the world, from multinationals to start-ups.

 He is an alumnus of EBS European Business School (Germany), and holds certificates in change management, leadership, finance, organizational development, and strategy from INSEAD (France), and Harvard Business School (USA)

SOLVE THE REAL PROBLEM

People train longer, specialize more, use ever-advancing technologies and still manage to solve the wrong problems. Why? Because they have been taught that when they face problems big or small, their initial impression/definition/hunch of what they think is the problem really is the problem, notes renowned innovation consultant Roger L. Firestien, PhD, in SOLVE THE REAL PROBLEM: Because What You Think Is The Problem Is Usually Not The Problem.

With all the information that they have at their fingertips, people still misdiagnose illnesses, create educational programs that don’t help students, sink millions into business plans that never get off the ground, and overlook simple details that cost time, energy and lives. “We

have been taught to find answers to problems, not to question the problem itself,” says Firestien.

Roger L. Firestien, PhD, has presented programs on innovation to over 600 organizations around the world including Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, universities, associations, and religious institutions.

His expert views on creativity have been covered in Fast Company, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, Inc. and The New York Times.

He is Associate Professor Emeritus at the Center for Applied Imagination at Buffalo State University, President of Innovation Resources, Inc., a founding member of the Buffalo Society for Creativity in Medical Education, and guest lecturer at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, NY.

THE FISHERMANS PATH OF LEADERSHIP

Anyone who has ever engaged in fishing, for recreation or for a living, knows that it is about interacting and learning from nature – the wisest leadership coach available. It is deep thinking, hard work, and an enhanced mindset. In THE FISHERMAN’S PATH TO LEADERSHIP: 224 Lessons From The Wisdom Of Nature, global thought leader Oleg Konovalov reveals how the secrets of nature can be leveraged to become a better leader.

Illustrated by his own experiences working on deep-sea trawlers in the North Atlantic and fly fishing for salmon in the Arctic rivers, the book draws parallels between fishing and leadership, as both require knowledge, experience, technical ability, and intuition. “Fishing is a labor of love. Leadership is a labor of love. Love and care are my tackle to catch people’s hearts and minds,” says Konovalov.

Dr. Oleg Konovalov is a global thought leader, author, business educator, consultant, and C-suite coach. Konovalov has been named one of the top eight global experts in leadership and shortlisted for the Distinguished Award in Leadership by Thinkers50. He is on Global Gurus Top 30 in Leadership, is the #1 Global Leading Coach (Marshall Goldsmith Thinkers50 Award), and has been named one of the Global 100 Inspirational Leaders 2022, along with Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Oprah Winfrey. Having been named ‘the da Vinci of Visionary Leadership’ by many leading authorities of our time, Konovalov is considered #1 in the world in the field of vision and visionary leadership. He is the author of The Vision Code, Leaderology, and other books.

THE STEADFAST LEADER

It’s imperative for corporate leaders to improve their ability to communicate, collaborate, manage stress, and meet the challenges of the workplace, in a world that is so unpredictable.

In THE STEADFAST LEADER: Control Anxiety, Make Confident Decisions, and Focus Your Team Using the New Science of Leadership, Randy Brazie, MD, SEP®, and Geoffrey VanderPal, DBA, CFP®, draw on the fields of neuroscience and business to transform the way people think about leaders and leadership.

Dr. Randy Brazie, MD, SEP®, is the former chief medical officer for Resilient Health, an Arizona nonprofit healthcare provider of innovative multimodal services for both public and private sectors. He currently serves as a medical director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and has a private practice. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry and is a Somatic Experience Practitioner. Brazie has extensive experience in multiple sectors, including both clinic and hospital-based services, as well as emergency and urgent care settings.

Dr. Geoffrey VanderPal, DBA, CFP®, Project Management Professional, Society of Human Resource Managers Senior Certified Professional, is a professor in the Master of Science in Finance program at Purdue University Global, where he teaches financial planning–related courses. He has taught at various universities on four continents in the areas of finance, leadership, and business. He also spent over twenty years as an entrepreneur founding several successful businesses and leading teams. VanderPal is the author of Invincible Investing and several dozen peer-reviewed research articles.

THE STRATEGY LEGACY

What separates competent leaders from true visionaries? This question is vital for those who wish to leave a positive legacy on their clients, customers, employees, and society. In THE STRATEGY LEGACY: How To Future-Proof A Business And Leave Your Mark, strategy and leadership expert Alex Brueckmann argues that great leaders are distinguished by their ability to combine strategy with organizational identity, focusing not only on what they do, and why, but beyond.

Brueckmann’s goal is to help leaders understand business strategy as the number one driver of both corporate culture and commercial success. “I would like you to approach strategy by decoupling the topic from the metaphorical ivory towers of corporate functions and put strategy at the heart of your organization’s identity,” he says.

Whether a corporate leader, an entrepreneur, or a startup founder, readers of THE STRATEGY LEGACY will be equipped to boost their business and leave a positive impression across the board.

Alex Brueckmann is an executive thought partner, strategy facilitator, speaker, and author of Secrets Of Next Level Entrepreneurs: 11 Powerful Lessons To Thrive In Business And Lead A Balanced Life. He talks about the power of strategy and identity, transformation leadership, purpose, impact, and legacy. Brueckmann has impacted thousands of business leaders across the world, from multinationals to start-ups.

He is an alumnus of EBS European Business School (Germany), and holds certificates in change management, leadership, finance, organizational development, and strategy from INSEAD (France), and Harvard Business School (USA).

WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

…we’ve all asked the question one time or another. The answer is almost always the same. When we miss opportunities, it’s because we’re not looking for problems to solve.

Why Didn’t I Think of That? is a short story we can all relate to, shedding an eye-opening light on our classic approaches to work and problem solving.

You’ll discover how to innovate on demand, develop more options, and implement ideas that make a difference.

Creativity is a skill. Just like you learned how to ride a bicycle, you can learn how to be creative. In Why Didn’t I Think of That? you will learn how to turn on your creativity at will instead of waiting for ideas to happen.

Roger L. Firestien, PhD, has presented programs on innovation to over 600 organizations around the world including Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, universities, associations, and religious institutions.

His expert views on creativity have been covered in Fast Company, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, Inc. and The New York Times.

He is Associate Professor Emeritus at the Center for Applied Imagination at Buffalo State University, President of Innovation Resources, Inc., a founding member of the Buffalo Society for Creativity in Medical Education, and guest lecturer at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, NY.

YOUR FINEST WORK

The journey to an ideal career is not a straight line, but one full of twists and turns. The complexities of these times and the scramble to come to terms with them are almost overwhelming. More than ever people want their work to be fulfilling and count for something. But how does one go about this without a playbook. Career strategist and executive coach Merideth Mehlberg, MMC provides a clear roadmap in her new book, YOUR FINEST WORK: Career Fulfillment In A Complicated World.

A Master Certified Coach, Mehlberg, CEO of Merideth Mehlberg Group, draws on nearly twenty years of working with emerging and established executives in Fortune 100 companies, startups, and nonprofits, to transform careers and lives. Using a practical and heart-based approach, she guides readers in their desired direction, regardless of whether they are growing in place or making a job or career change.

Merideth Mehlberg is CEO of Merideth Mehlberg Group. An ICF-certified Master Coach, she helps executives look forward to Monday mornings. For almost twenty years, she has walked alongside senior and high-potential leaders to define their career priorities, measure the gap with their current opportunities, and close the space between the two. Clients grow their professional satisfaction, impact, and success, transforming their careers and leadership styles from the inside out.