Book Reviews, Books

The Innovation Mentality by Glenn Llopis, Jim Eber (With)


Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: Companies and their leaders need a new strategy for success because, without it, change is merely substitution, not evolution. Simply put, business is becoming less about the business defining the individual and more about the individual defining the business. As individuals creating shared cultures that drive change and foster growth, people feel they are making contributions and connecting to leaders and their companies.

As a leader, you need the wisdom and courage to turn the spotlight of accountability on yourself. Problem is, most of us have no idea how to do this. Instead, leaders continue to manage by using old templates and cannot evolve to become the leaders America needs, because those templates stripped them of their identities, leaving them insecure about who they are and how to face change. To change the conversation, we need diversity of thought to stimulate new growth, attract new talent, and generate new marketplace opportunities.

That’s where Glenn Llopis comes in. Featuring six ways to disrupt the status quo and reinvent the way we work, The Innovation Mentality gives entrepreneurial and corporate leaders the tools they need to work with colleagues and employees to harness the power of positive change for the long term.


“Are you vulnerable enough to listen?”

When a book starts with such a powerful question, you know what’s coming ahead is about to be thought-provoking and boy that it was!

“Why do so many leaders not get that their employees just want a safe environment where no one is judged? Because they aren’t listening to the people.”

Do leaders listen? Do they know how to listen? Can we genuinely listen and understand one another without mastering the power of vulnerability? Sometimes we, unintentionally, tend to overlook the little things that could make all the difference in our everyday-interactions with others.

The leadership identity part was very enriching as it touched up on the personal brand and its value. I also found it quite interesting how the author paid a close attention to the diverse thinking, recognising it as an important part of the innovation mentality. Six ways, that’s all it takes to disrupt the status quo and reinvent the way we all work!

I found that the assessments and Q/As made the reading experience a lot more interactive and throughout the whole book, it felt like if the author was right there in the room, asking questions, listening, and discussing important leadership matters with the reader.

“How do you take the workplace culture and change it to embrace diversity of thought and the six characteristics of the innovation?”

This book asks the right questions and then skilfully walks you through the answers, showing you the power of positive change and how to sustain it. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an inspirational read!

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Authors for sending me an ARC of this book.

Goodreads link: The Innovation Mentality

Amazon link: The Innovation Mentality

Book Reviews, Books

The Inspiration Code by Kristi Hedges


Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: All it takes is the right conversation . . . Great leaders inspire action with their words. They spark enthusiasm and commitment. With a single conversation, they can change the direction of someone’s life. Everyone wants to be the kind of leader who energizes and mobilizes others–yet too few are. Why is it so challenging to crack the code? Executive coach Kristi Hedges spent years studying exactly what inspiring leaders do differently. Informed by quantitative research and thousands of responses from leaders at all levels, she reveals that inspiring communication isn’t about grand gestures. Instead, those who motivate us most do a few things routinely, consistently, and intentionally. Eye-opening and accessible, The Inspiration Code dispels common myths about how leaders communicate–and guides them in cultivating qualities that authentically excite. Inspired companies need inspirational leaders. Learn to unlock motivation, lift peoples’ sights, and lead them into the future.


“So we check our phones, send text messages, glance at our email, or scan social media while real people are right in front of us. But at least we acknowledge that there’s a price.”

What is the price of being connected and yet disconnected? This book was an eye-opener on so many levels!

“We all really need to listen to each other, including the boring bits. Because it’s when we stumble or hesitate or lose our words that we reveal ourselves to each other.” -Turkle

Conversations happen within our “human moments” and so taking that away could change everything. The thought of this is rather scary, especially that this is becoming our everyday-reality.

I found it quite helpful the way the author recapitulated each chapter’s main points in the form of takeaways. This book was full of interesting insights and inspirational ideas and I would definitely recommend it to everyone because at the end of the day, we could all use a sprinkle of inspiration to help us be a bit more present in the here and now.

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an ARC of this book.

Goodreads link: The Inspiration Code

Amazon link: The Inspiration Code