Book reviews

Rosinski, Philippe, Global Coaching: An Integrated Approach for Long-Lasting Results

Reviewed by Dr. George Simons at diversophy.comIn my most recent visit to California, I was introduced to a couple of people in their mid to late 20’s who described their job as “life coach.” I must say I was a bit skeptical about this claim. But the fact is that there are many people of various ages describing themselves with this professional title. “Coach” and “coaching” are at the top of the buzzword list now, right along with “leadership”—at least in managerial English. And, in Rosinski’s view, they are connected––coaching is critical to the development of global leadership.Already familiar with...

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Lautman, Osnat, Israeli Business Culture: Building Effective Business Relationships with Israelis

Reviewed by Dr. George Simons at diversophy.com Several years ago, I was hired by an Israeli company to do a cross-cultural workshop for managers of a US Philadelphia organization that it had acquired. Basically, as it was explained to me, the US personnel were terrified at the prospect of continuing to deal with the Israelis whom they labeled as "tank commanders", in your face, demanding, argumentative. Given that, I did my best to acquaint my participants with Israeli values and behaviors such as the specific form of directness known as dugri that were a part of everyday life. The soft-spoken...

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Medina, John, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

Reviewed by Dr. George F. Simons at diversophy.com Ongoing research in neuroscience is doubtless revolutionizing our understanding of culture, how we make it and how it makes us. John Medina has furnished us a very readable and enjoyable, even entertaining introduction to our brains, their evolution and their functions. Medina spares us the overdose of technical terminology so often found in discussions of our cognitive system and the mapping of its functions. He gives us the lay of the land and marks the trails, providing an interesting and easy to follow route. This book thus serves as a very useful...

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Farrell, Warren & John Gray, The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It

Reviewed by Dr. George Simons at diversophy.com One endorsement of The Boy Crisis claims that is “the most important book of the 21st century.” I would amend that to “most necessary book.” Encyclopedic as it feels–almost 500 pages–it could have been four or five books, given the wealth and variety of its topics. While aimed at parents, particularly fathers, as they assist struggling young men to find healthy purpose and true male success in life, reading it causes me to reflect on my life as a man. For some women it may be a tough read, given that it incisively challenges many...

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Perry, Grayson, The Descent of Man

  Reviewed by Dr. George Simons at diversophy.com             Clearly written by an artist (and illustrated as well), The Descent of Man is the most articulate and easy to comprehend presentation of the masculinity crisis of our time that I have seen to date. It’s also a beautiful book to hold in one’s hands.  Men’s issues are extremely difficult to discuss in a productive way, given the feminist challenges to how gender is socially constructed, and the problems attributed to male hegemony. While women are actively defining meaningful lives and filling roles hitherto restricted, men...

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