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Book Review - Rules of Engagement

    Rules of Engagement

    Building A Workplace Culture to Thrive In An Uncertain World

    By: Carolyn Swora

      A few months ago, I was contacted by Carolyn Swora (@PinnacleCarolyn) regarding her book. After researching it, I decided I’d want to read it and would be glad to do a review. As you know, I set a goal to read and review a book per month … clearly that didn’t happen, lol. Taking the time to sit down and read a book full through, has been difficult for me this year, even when they have been very good!

    I finally made it! You can purchase the book here on Amazon.

                This book worked very well for me because I learn by hearing the stories of others and Carolyn gave plenty of stories of her personal and professional life in every chapter of this book. She shares personal heartbreaking stories and the journey of finding yourself again. I feel like this is very important in the HR and Business world.

    The Preface to this book alone had me marking up the pages. I think many HR Professionals and Business Leaders need to read this book and connect with the ideas and honesty that is being given. It’s not saying that Carolyn has the answer you need, but she does allow you to think about it a little bit differently, which might lead to your solution.

    Looking back over this year alone, I’ve learned things about myself and about those “influencers” that I’ve thought so highly of in our HR community. In Part One of Rules of Engagement, Carolyn hits the ground running. Discussing and telling her stories of why what we are currently doing in the workplace is not working. A lot of us write the same blog post, a lot of conferences have the same speakers, we continue talking about the things our employees are needing or wanting, but not moving towards change.

    Chapter Two – Why Leaders Need to Pay Attention is one of my favorite early chapters in the book. The importance of understanding teams in the workplace and specifically the team you’ve joined or built for your business or department. As leaders, we talk about team building a lot in our organizations, but we then define the teams by the way we want them to look and not by what would work best, regardless of our, or the teams, wants.

    I don’t want to give the book away, because this is one I honestly believe we can learn from individually and together by taking the time out to read the book. She provides mini summaries at the end of each chapter. I loved this because it let me see what she felt was most important in that chapter, which might have been different from what I find most important.

    Rules of Engagement is definitely a book I plan to pass on to my boss and leadership team. It hits a lot of points that we are dealing with right now in the workplace regarding teams and the roles we play, individually and collectively, in order to create the environment and company success we want.

    Carolyn hits on Metrics, Leadership, Collaboration, Change, Disconnect, Accountability, and so much more in this book. All of those things we love to tweet about, that we might not actually be putting to use in our lives. I encourage you to read this book, no matter where you are in your career, it can help you understand the higher leadership you report to or get a better understanding of your role as that leader.

    If you have any questions, please reach out to Carolyn and make sure you connect with her on Twitter, Instagram (CultureCarolyn), LinkedIn, Website, and every platform to continue connecting and learning.

    This blog was written by Jazmine Wilkes and orginally posted on  

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