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Book Capsules, January 2020

Running With My Head Down: An Entrepreneur's Story of Passion, Perseverance, and Purpose
Frank V. Fiume II
Greenleaf Book Group Press, 208 pp., $20.95

This book tells the inspirational story of Fiume's search for purpose and meaning, ultimately leading to business success and personal fulfillment. It is filled with valuable strategies relevant to entrepreneurs and anyone who wants to lead a happier life. Some of the transformative lessons and business insights include how to transform the needs of your soul into reality; learning when to take a risk and go all in—banking on passion, not on security; how to overcome the self-limiting belief that your identity is your business; and how to build a solid relationship with your employees without losing your authority.

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Agility: How to Navigate the Unknown and Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption
Leo M. Tilman and Charles Jacoby
Missionday, 256 pp., $27.95

The authors offer an assessment of the fundamental nature of organizational agility and describe the essential leadership practices for achieving it. They articulate that agility is the ability to detect and assess changes in the competitive environment in real time and then take decisive action. They show how to detect opportunities and threats, navigate complexity and unleash creativity, combine top-down vision and planning with decentralized execution, and enhance strategy by recognizing companies as dynamic portfolios of risk. Agility provides a road map for seizing the unprecedented possibilities of the new age and dominating change.

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The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.

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