The last two books of the year discuss corporate relationships, leadership, and management in the workplace.
Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People
Author: Elizabeth B. Brown
We are surrounded by people who we may not get along with or just don’t like. However, should that be something that stops you from accomplishing your goals? “Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People” teaches us that following:
1) Take back the power from the difficult people in your life
2) Respond productively when confronted
3) Remain poised and in control when everyone around you loses it
4) Win fairly in unfair battles
5) Let go of the past and live triumphantly now
Transformational Management and Leadership
Author: Richard A Hardy
Now, how do we manage those same people?
Transformational Management and Leadership teach us the do’s and don’ts of managing people with different backgrounds, different learning structure, and different personalities. It also teaches us how we behave and how we treat others affects how we lead and manage.
Cupcake’s story is about system failure, societal ignorance, and a little girl who, as a result, resigned to degradation, depression, deprivation, and defeat. The novel provides a first-person account of Cupcake Brown’s triumph over adversity. Brown is raped by her foster mother’s nephew, Pete. Brown provides a frank account of how Pete thrusts a glass of rum and coke into her hand, tells her to drink it and how ‘everything happened so fast’ afterwards. Although the drink makes Brown feel very good at first, she proceeds to relate what she describes as being a nightmare. She also decides that since God took her mother away from her as well as allowing the rape to happen to her, then He must not like Brown very much. She then decides that she hates God. After months of unrelenting abuse, Brown runs away and ends up meeting a prostitute, Candy, who teaches her about life on the streets. This includes how to smoke marijuana, and introducing her to prostitution. Brown ‘turns her first trick’ aged eleven. Her next foster-father, under the guise of “cheerleading practice” traded her LSD and cocaine for oral sex. She moved in with her great-aunt in South Central Los Angeles, where she joined a gang. She narrowly survived a shooting when she was barely 16, and she left the gang. Her boyfriend taught her how to freebase and introduced her to crack. Soon, she was a “trash-can junkie,” indulging in as many drugs as she could find. When she woke up behind a dumpster one morning, scarcely dressed and possibly close to death, she admitted that she needed help. She then attends an addiction clinic, where she embarks upon her road to recovery, which is successful.
“It no longer bothered me or shocked me that men, young or old, wanted young girls. I had been turning tricks since I was eleven. It was always the older men who paid willingly because of my age.” Cupcake Brown
The Glass Castle Book and Movie Review:
Author: Jeannette Walls
Movie date: August 11th, 2017
I personally loved both the book and movie. Jeannette Walls’s childhood story is the epitome of a nothing to something story. Having unreliable parents can damage a child. Some recover and become highly successful and some don’t. “The Glass Castle” is the transparent palace that Walls’s father often promised to build for his children functions as a metaphor for another fanciful construct, the carefree facade with which two people who were (to say the least) unsuited to raise children camouflaged their struggle to survive in a world for which they were likewise ill-equipped. Her father, Rex, is an alcoholic, and her mother, Rose Mary, a painter and artist. they live at the house for years as it falls further into disarray and Rex refuses to repair it. Their only money comes from the odd jobs Rex finds, and the infrequent checks Rose Mary receives from an oil company leasing a piece of property she owns. The children resort to dumpster diving to survive. Jeannette begs her mother to leave her father so they can go on welfare, but her mother refuses. Eventually Rose Mary takes a teaching job after a man from child protective services pays them a visit. The children believe their lives will change after their mother has work, but their money continues to evaporate and their mother suffers nervous breakdowns from the stresses of teaching.
The summer Jeanette is thirteen, her mother leaves to take teaching classes and her sister is away on scholarship. Jeanette gives her father some of the money her mother has left her to run the household. She ends up unwittingly working with her father in a pool hustling scam where she is groped and nearly raped by a much older man, then refuses to participate in any more of her father’s schemes. In an effort to find money, she lands her first real job, working at a jewelry store. After graduating from college in New York, Jeannette gets an internship at a newspaper. She encourages Brian to join her and Lori in New York, and he agrees. When her youngest sister Maureen is twelve, Lori asks her to move in with them as the house in Welch is on the verge of being condemned; Maureen readily agrees. A short while later, Jeannette gets a call from Rose Mary who tells her that she and Rex have moved to the city to be with their children. Though Lori and Brian try to help their parents, they must eventually ban them from their apartments. The parents become homeless and end up living in abandoned buildings. When Maureen enters her twenties, she moves back in with them. A fight eventually breaks out between Maureen and Rose Mary, and Maureen tries to stab Rose Mary. She is arrested and forced to spend a year in a mental institution. When she is released, she decides to move to California. A few years later, Rex calls Jeannette and tells her that he is dying. He dies a few weeks later. Years later, the family gathers on Thanksgiving where they toast Rex.
Their childhood wasn’t easy. Yet, they seem to overcome enough of the struggle to become great adults. I loved the book more than the movie, but the story was a great one.
To purchase The Glass Castle, click on link below. https://www.amazon.com/Glass-Castle-Memoir-Jea…/…/074324754X
Our next book for month 9 is “A Piece of Cake” by Cupcake Brown
Cupcake Brown was not born into a life of privilege, intellectual stimulation, or professional dynamics. Her younger years were not a model for achieving success; her youth interrupted by violence and emotional turbulence. At 11, she regularly engaged in prostitution, drugs, and alcohol. By age 13, she had graduated to gang activities and street crime. Unfortunately, life would get much worse before it got better as Cupcake spiraled into a life that hovered somewhere above state prison, at best, and death on the mean streets, at worst.
Cupcake’s story is about system failure, societal ignorance, and a little girl who, as a result, resigned to degradation, depression, deprivation, and defeat. To purchase this book click on links below.
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/piece-of-cake-c…/1103292580
Part I is about focusing energy and prioritizing goals. Part II deals with balance and being centered. Part III defines productivity in comparison to mere busyness. Part IV encourages readers to aim for fulfillment, not just worldly success. Now and days everyone is being coached in some form. In this new age of technology, it is easier to go to Google and find an answer right away. Learning to be coached God’s way can lead you to places humans can’t take you. Jesus Life Coach guide us on paths that lead us to extreme accomplishments and great relationships. To purchase Jesus Life Coach, click on link below.
Book review: “Gather the Faces” by Beryl Gilroy.
In this richly comic novel of Black British life, the heroine has resigned herself to growing old and single in her bible-soaked family. But when she is introduced to a young man from Guyana, she decides to marry him and return to the Caribbean. But will this be another entrapment, another loss of self? Gather the Faces is set in the nineteen-eighties in London and Guyana, but in some ways, looks back to an earlier era. Marvella, the heroine and narrator, leaves Guyana when she is three, and grows up in London where ‘At the back of the house, a bombed-out block stared at us, like a gaping mouth full of broken teeth. It represented what I had been taught of the world, the flesh and the devil.’ The Guyana to which she returns is an idyllic one, peopled with characters like Uncle Buff, the village man of words, who makes a speech to ‘Mr. Bride and Mrs. Groom’ before his ‘melancholy and surreptitious rendering of “”Bless this house””.’ Uncle Buff and the tranquil beauty of the Guyanese countryside recall an earlier work by Beryl Gilroy, Sunlight on Sweet Water, her reminiscences of a Guyanese childhood.
To purchase “Gather the Faces,” click on link below.
Joseph’s story is the root of jealousy, envy, and pride. Eric Stender tells the story of betrayal against Joseph by those he loved the most. Joseph, who was loved dearly by his father, loved his family. His way of loving and caring for his brothers was not accepted the way he wanted it to be accepted. Instead, his brothers were jealous of the love their father gave to Joseph and felt it was more than the love they were receiving. The Joseph Perspective is written to give the perspective of not only Joseph, but also those who attempted to kill him, tried to save him, falsely accused him of a crime he didn’t commit. However, at the end the true character of Joseph, even though tested, was revealed and he became a king. Joseph’s life tells the story of what many face today when it comes to success, money, and gifts. Jealousy and envy can lead others to do the unspeakable because they fail to see the strength in themselves and focus too much on what others have. Those who suffer from the waft of others’ jealousy have a hard time understanding why it is happening to them, but despite what Joseph went through he never allowed the situation to change his character. His resilience led to him becoming a leader whose story changed the lives of others. Purchase your copy of “The Joseph Perspective,” by Eric Stender.