Friday, 2 September 2011

Book Review – Corporate Embers and Become in the Corporate World by Debbie Nicol


I’m excited to do this particular book review because it highlights the hard work and passion of a good friend of mine, Debbie Nicol, also known as ‘The Enablist’.  I’ve watched over the last several months (and put my two cents worth in every now and then) as she poured over this labour of love.

As business books go, this one’s in its own category, since it’s the product of a new way of thinking about leadership.  Debbie’s teachings bring her clients (and now readers) through a process where leaders: Reflect, Connect, Collaborate, Innovate and Become.

Corporate Embers is the ‘reflection’ part of the book duo and Become in the Corporate World is the ‘connection’ part, which is actually a workbook that guides you through the steps to finding your own leadership style.  If it does its job, and you are honestly interested in digging deep into your leadership soul, it can be very thought provoking and quite practical too.

Debbie created the ‘embers of the world’ concept itself as an illustration of her leadership style of story-telling around a campfire where the embers flick off the flames and we watch as they float up into the sky; we contemplate the ember (reflect and connect), let it percolate in our heart and mind and then share ideas (collaborate and innovate).  People who share stories tend to connect and learn from each other.  

Corporate Embers is Debbie’s contribution to the corporate world.  She tells stories from her vast corporate leadership experience and offers lessons that could lead to what she believes will be the leadership style of the future.

Corporate Embers is part of a series which will soon include: Traveling Embers,  Nature's Embers, Domestic Embers and Spiritual Embers.

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