Book Review 2022!
Welcome to The Nest and Lisa’s Library. A few years ago, Writing in the Fast Lane’s Monthly Book Reviews took what was supposed to be a short hiatus. We had no idea the bumpy road the next few years would yield, but 2022 is a new year, and we’re ready to help you fill your bookshelves. Or at least, take you on some reading adventures. There’s a little something for everyone and a few surprises along the way. Keep reading and write on!
We knew it was time to get back to it when one of our favorite publishers reached out and asked us to review one of their books.
The nerdy bookworm in me said, “Sure, why not? And what else have you got?” Knowing I like thrillers, they sent me Our Trespasses: A Paranormal Thriller by Michael Cordell. You can find what I wrote on Amazon here for Our Trespasses: A Paranormal Thriller . Want to check out other books by this author? Visit his website.
So, to kickstart the new year, a special thanks to TCK Publishing for the opportunity to review two books I read after Christmas. The first book is On Purpose Leadership: Master the Art of Leading Yourself to Inspire and Impact Others by Dominick Quartuccio.
On Purpose Leadership:
Master the Art of Leading Yourself to Inspire and Impact Others
by Dominick Quartuccio
A few days before Christmas, I was asked if I’d be interested in reviewing the book On Purpose Leadership: Master the Art of Leading Yourself to Inspire and Impact Others. The author specialist reached out to me because I’d reviewed another business book for them a few years ago. As a writer learning how to run a business, I devour books like this one. They’re practical guides that read almost like fiction in the storytelling which is how we retain what we learn.
You didn’t learn the ABCs in one night. You were taught the song which you sang all the time. Now, you can string those ABCs into words, sentences, paragraphs, and stories.
You learned right and wrong from Sesame Street, the Electric Company, parables from the Bible, if you’re a churchgoer, and books like Pinocchio. But books like On Purpose Leadership and The Go-Giver teach our adult selves we’ll get much further along in business if we change ourselves before we ask others to change. You might also know this as ‘lead by example’. And this is what Quartuccio does. He leads by example through his books, his podcasts, and his seminars.
If you’re like me and eager to get to the book, you can find my quick review on Amazon here for
Want to take a deeper dive? Keep reading.
Shaking Up the Status Quo
The book opens with a newly minted executive ready to make some changes, shake up the everyday, and inspire her team. But there’s a strong pull to stay with what you know and sometimes it wins out even though you had much bigger and better ideas.
Have you ever thought to yourself, if I were in charge, I’d do X? We throw opinions around like ping-pong balls sometimes, but when push comes to shove, where would we stand under the spotlight? It takes a lot of gumption to challenge the status quo and ‘break some eggs to make the omelette’ of a better and brighter business for forward thinking executives.
Years ago, I worked for an established nonprofit. It would soon be celebrating its 75th year in business and they’d hired some fresh new faces with big, bold ideas, and yet those ideas met a brick wall for the most part. Sound familiar? The standard response was something like, ‘well, we’ve been operating this way for almost 75 years, why change what’s working?’
Books like this one and others of its ilk weren’t yet fully in vogue. But this is what makes this book and others like it special.
This is a textbook come to life where you’re invited to participate. Yes, you the reader, as if you were attending a session or a seminar or even listening to his podcast. It’s one of the reasons I’m now reading the book for the second time.
On the Second Read
Yes, I’m re-reading the book just days after I first read it. Why? Well, on the first read, you just absorb, find yourself nodding to the visuals the words evoke, and you read the questions the author asks of you, but now isn’t the time to answer them. That’s on the second read. This is where you can slow down and focus to get the most from the second reading. Am I the only one who reads some books more than once?
For me, business books are kind of like reference books. I return to them again and again, sometimes to re-read its entirety and sometimes to find a particular phrase or situation that spoke to me.
This review will be in two parts because I want to see what happens when you follow the authors steps for on purpose leadership success. It’s the end of the first quarter of 2022 and change doesn’t happen overnight. But it is Spring. Time for new thoughts, shaking up of my status quo, and time to see what happens next. Come back at the end of the year and see what I’ve learned. If you’ve picked up the book or have already read it yourself, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it, too.
Still on the fence? I recommend this book to anyone who wants to take themselves to the next level and lead by example. Whether you’re leading your family or a global sales team, this book has something for you. The takeaway is your own.
Want to see what else the author is up to? Learn more at Dominick Q. here.
Do you have a book you’d like reviewed this year or want to review one of mine? Write Me.
Disclaimer: While I do get some book for free either from publishers or authors themselves, some are already published and some are Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs), many of the books I’ve reviewed in the past and will review in the future, I have bought myself.
I do my best to support small, locally owned bookstores and independent authors.
Reposted from January 1, 2022.
©Lisa Street Rogers 2022.