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Book Title:   The Inspiration Code: How the Best Leaders Energize People Every Day
Author: Kristi Hedges
Publisher: American Management Association
List Price:   $24.95
Format: Hard cover, 288 pages
Publication Date:   2017    
ISBN: 978-0-8144-3789-6
Reviewer:  Yolanda Morgan-Davis
Review Date: July 2017

 



Introduction

At our monthly PMI meeting, I was drawn to this book but had some trepidation because I was not sure if a six week commitment was enough time for me to read and review a book. I am so glad that through my busyness I was determined to keep the commitment I made to my chapter representative. It was well worth it. The book was jam packed with information, inspiration, wisdom and practical applications that I could not skip around because each chapter built upon the other. For the methodical, A-personality with a streak of creativity that I am, this book was an absolute joy to read. From chapter one to chapter twelve I felt that Kristi was my personal coach and I loved every minute of it.

After 15-months in a DeVos training initiative my purpose evolved—to transform youth (11-18) to become balanced individuals in competence (what they know) and conscience (who they are) for college and career readiness through socialization skills training. There is not enough emphasis being placed on the social intelligence skills that future leaders need to be successful. I always tell my students that practice makes permanent.   If students are introduced to the Inspire Path conversation (be Present, be Personal, be Passionate and be Purposeful) at 11 years old, they have seven years to develop into an inspirational communicator. If they learn this concept as part of their after-school training, they will be better prepared to face the challenges that lay ahead of them in life.

The Inspiration Code is allowing my organization to developed leaders into eagles not ducks that Mac Anderson talks about in his book, You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School. I truly believe the notion that leaders are not born but made.

Overview of Book’s Structure

As I concluded this book and the memorable experience I had reading and taking notes, I thank God that He guided me on a journey while reading this book. The passion and purpose I have grew even stronger through my reading; however, what excited me the most about this book was the ‘concept-in-action’ sections that guided me on how to maintain and practice the learning. It gave you a clearer concept of the information Kristi just discussed in the chapter.

This made all the difference in truly making the learning my own. Now if you think you missed key points in the chapter, Kristi gives you “Takeaways after each chapter. Don’t just scan the takeaway pages in the book to think that you will get the big picture, you will not, Kristi has sprinkled nuggets all through the chapters, with book summaries, scholars’ sayings and practitioners’ research findings that you don’t want to miss.

I have a reading list for all the grade levels in my curriculum; I am adding this book to my senior high reading list. There are three books that had a significant impact on my life; I am making this a fourth one. It was life changing and thought provoking. I have a “who am I” section in my curriculum for my students; after reading this book I feel that I need to enhance that session to include a personal branding statement. I see so many possibilities that my mind is racing and I am off the chart excited.

Highlights

As leaders, we must create a condition for inspiration in others. The way we do this is to trigger inspiration through conversation. Seek to inspire others because you can. It is here in the introduction where the Inspire Path model was introduced.

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About the Reviewer

 


Yolanda Morgan-Davis

North Texas, USA

 

 

 

Ms. Davis helps to create opportunities that will transform how students look and approach school and life, resulting in life-long learners and change agents in the community. As a trainer, Ms. Davis feels that there is a bridge between information and transformation. In an academic setting through teaching, information is conveyed to students. In a training session, students build upon their academic knowledge and are opened to transforming possibilities of what they can do and become. This is where Ms. Davis greatest contribution comes in, when she can presents students with opportunities that connects with the fulfillment of their dream.

The level of education of its citizens defines the economic strength of a country. Ms. Davis is committed to empowering young people to achieve superior performance with motivational messaging tools, inventive personal development resources and academic city tours to compete in a global society. In 2000, The International NET XChange Group, a consulting, mentoring and college preparatory organization for youth between the ages of 11-18 was incorporated by Ms. Davis. The organization addresses areas of social development to maximize personal growth and academic potential.

NET XChange Accomplishments

  • Coordinated the “Chicago Career Shadowing” tour with nine corporations, colleges and universities for youth between the ages of 15-18
  • “Pathway to Freedom Traveling Exhibit” focusing on the Trail of Tears, Underground Railroad and the Civil Rights Movement ―       an exhibit for youth created by youth, parents and chaperones
  • Designed “Train2Serve” – Career readiness training for youth
  • Designed “Scholastic Marathon Training-Get Ready, Get Set Let’s Go – College-prep training for youth
  • Coordinated social skills training seminars for youth development
  • Established NETXC book club with youth facilitators — promoting reading, writing and vocabulary

While working to build a youth organization, I have held several successful positions in an effort to fulfill my career goals. My skills encompass the ability to manage projects from planning to completion, software and hardware installation, network conversion, multiple systems support (mainframes, client servers, PCs, laptops and mobile devices).

Career Accomplishments

  • Texas A & M Commerce, MBA; Texas Woman’s University, BS; PMP Certified
  • Shekinah Radiance Academy – Community Liaison
  • Allstate Insurance – IT Project Manager
  • Halliburton Company – Network Professional
  • Texas Instruments – IT System Administrator and Trainer

Educational, Certification and Professional Training

Texas A& M Commerce, Commerce, TX – MBA: Instructional Design Training

Business Management

Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX – BS: True Colors Certification

Business Administration

Project Management Professional

DiSC Certification

Foundation in Professional Ethics Training

DeVos Urban Youth Leadership Training

Beyond the Open Door— To Servant Leadership: A servant leader requires a deep humility as well as a willingness to pour yourself into the good of others. You get greatness out of people by expecting it from them. In the words of Karen Pittman, “We must be able to undergird a sustained effort to bring all young people into the civil, social and economic arenas of their communities as lifelong learners, workers and change agents.” Ms. Davis encourages young people to become purpose-driven and balanced individuals in competence and conscience.

She can be contacted at [email protected]

 

Editor’s note: This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library. PMI Dallas Chapter members can keep the books as well as claim PDUs for PMP recertification when their reviews are published. Chapter members are generally mid-career professionals, the audience for most project management books.

If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected]

Call for Papers Continues for Special issue of International Journal on Managing Projects in Business on subject of Project Management Maturity

CALL FOR PAPERS

The International Journal on Management Projects in Business has issued a Call for Papers of a special issue on the topic of “Project management maturity”.  Editors of this special edition, to be published in 2013, are Dr. Beverly Pasian, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and Dr. Nigel L. Williams, University of Bedfordshire.  Both are active members of the project management community with leadership roles in IPMA, PMI and the upcoming IPMA Delta Baseline project.

Core idea – The last 15 years has seen much debate concerning definitions of project management maturity and use of various associated models. Despite this activity, a universal definition does not exist, and more than a dozen maturity models are in use by organizations across industry. The time has come to revisit and challenge the underlying theory and assumptions concerning Project Management maturity. The editors are interested in original research articles and case studies by researchers and practitioners in this area. Certain themes of special interest are:
• Barriers and enablers to Maturity model adoption in firms
• Application of maturity models in specific industry, country or organizational settings
• Development of new measures of maturity

These areas are meant to be indicative, not exhaustive and contributors are encouraged to propose topics that can expand understanding of the field.

Process – A four-step process will be used: 1) potential contributors should send a brief abstract describing the project management maturity issue they want to focus on. Ideas can range from theoretical issues to more practical questions concern maturity assessments to debates over the merits of maturity model adoption (but we are certainly open to others). 2) The editors will let the ones selected know that they are invited to proceed to the next stage 3) Submission of full paper. 4) A round of review will follow and necessary revisions done before final submission of the paper. More instructions will follow for those that pass the first selection gate.

Dr. Beverly L. Pasian is an Associate Professor at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands). She is a specialist in the management of e-Learning projects and used her doctoral work to document their unique management practices to extend the theory and practical implications of project management maturity (and associated models). In addition to being a successful author and editor (‘Plan to learn: case studies in e-Learning project management’), she is the founding President of the Project Management Association of Canada and a member of the IPMA Delta Baseline project. Upcoming projects include the first book on research methods in project management (www.gowerpublishing.com/pmresearchmethods).

Dr Nigel L. Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Project Management in the Business Systems Department at the University of Bedfordshire and is currently the Council Lead for the Organizational Project Management of Practice of PMI. Before joining the University, Nigel worked for 15 years as a Project Manager and Business Consultant for manufacturing organizations in the Caribbean Region.  Nigel holds a BSc  in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Marketing  from the University of the West Indies and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. A member of the Project Management Institute, he holds the Project Management Professional qualification. He also holds the Prince 2 qualification.

Submission details

Submission of abstracts due: January 11, 2013 (around 200 words)
Submission of full paper: August 30, 2013 (4 000 – 6 000 words)

Send the abstract to: [email protected] or [email protected]

The special issue will follow the formatting guidelines of the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business (Emerald).

The International Journal on Managing Projects in Business (IJMPiB) publishes original, in-depth articles on the latest developments in project management, with a distinct focus on business.  The journal aims to provide the broader community of managers of projects with cutting edge research and practice in the management of projects across as wide a basis as possible.  The IJMPiB is published by Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, UK; more information can be found at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=ijmpb.

Call for Papers for New PM World Journal

Project management experts, professional leaders, practicing project managers and executives of project-based organizations are invited to submit an article, paper or story for publication in the new monthly PM World Journal (PMWJ).  This is an opportunity to share knowledge, get published or gain visibility for yourself and your organization in the global project management community.  Launched with the August 2012 edition, the PMWJ will be published at the beginning of each month, so submittals should be received by the 15th to make it into the next edition.


The PMWJ is seeking articles and papers in the following categories:

  • Featured Papers – professionally researched, referenced and written papers similar to what would be presented at a professional conference; these can also be the results of research studies or reports
  • Case Studies – a write-up on an actual project or program, or how some aspect of program or project management was implemented in an organization
  • Advisories – advice on how to solve a problem or address a specific program or project management related issue
  • Commentaries – short articles expressing an opinion or point of view about a program or project management topic
  • Student Papers – well written research papers prepared by graduate or undergraduate students of project management, recommended by a responsible faculty member or organization
  • Personal Stories – short descriptions of personal experiences on a project or related to project management
  • Reports – updates about PM professional activities, events or developments in a city or region of the world; these can provide information from national societies or local branches and chapters of international bodies
  • Book Reviews – professionally written reviews of project management books (a template can be provided for book reviews)
  • News Stories – articles about actual programs and projects, and P/PM-related research, education, publications, professional activities, events, organizations and people

A separate Category – Second Editions – allows authors to republish papers that have been previously published in a language other than English or in previous years, for example, at a project management conference.

For more information, visit https://pmworldjournal.net/?page_id=9.

For those holding a PMI project management certification, professional development units (PDUs) for recertification can be claimed for authoring a paper published in the PMWJ.  (Visit the PMI certification website for more information.)  For all authors, this is an opportunity to add another publication to your resume.  Interested authors should contact [email protected] or just email a paper for publication.

According to Managing Editor David Pells (pictured), “We are excited about our new eJournal and its mission, to support the creation and sharing of new knowledge about program and project management.  We are interested in articles and papers from around the world, with advise or knowledge that could be useful for managing projects in many different environments.”

‘The process is easy,” he adds.  “Just email the paper to me; we reformat it to a standard layout and return it to the author for approval.  Unlike many publications, you won’t have to wait months for approval or to see your paper published.  We are especially looking for articles on how project management can or is being used to solve global problems.”

The contents of each month’s PMWJ will be archived in a new PM World Library at www.pmworldlibrary.net (to be launched in the near future)  As a major new benefit for authors of PMWJ articles and papers, each author will receive an Author Showcase webpage in the library where her or his articles and papers will be showcased and easily found.  This will provide an individual and personalized archive for each PMWJ author.  For those who publish many articles and papers, such a personal showcase page should be useful as a reference to others.

The PM World Journal is a global online project management publication published by PM World Inc. in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PM World Journal features dozens of new articles and papers, and news stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  To see the latest edition or to subscribe, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.

Call for Papers Continues for Special issue of International Journal on Managing Projects in Business on subject of Project Management Maturity

The International Journal on Management Projects in Business has issued a Call for Papers of a special issue on the topic of “Project management maturity”.  Editors of this special edition, to be published in 2013, are Dr. Beverly Pasian, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and Dr. Nigel L. Williams, University of Bedfordshire.  Both are active members of the project management community with leadership roles in IPMA, PMI and the upcoming IPMA Delta Baseline project.

Core idea – The last 15 years has seen much debate concerning definitions of project management maturity and use of various associated models. Despite this activity, a universal definition does not exist, and more than a dozen maturity models are in use by organizations across industry. The time has come to revisit and challenge the underlying theory and assumptions concerning Project Management maturity. The editors are interested in original research articles and case studies by researchers and practitioners in this area. Certain themes of special interest are:

• Barriers and enablers to Maturity model adoption in firms
• Application of maturity models in specific industry, country or organizational settings
• Development of new measures of maturity

These areas are meant to be indicative, not exhaustive and contributors are encouraged to propose topics that can expand understanding of the field.

Process – A four-step process will be used: 1) potential contributors should send a brief abstract describing the project management maturity issue they want to focus on. Ideas can range from theoretical issues to more practical questions concern maturity assessments to debates over the merits of maturity model adoption (but we are certainly open to others). 2) The editors will let the ones selected know that they are invited to proceed to the next stage 3) Submission of full paper. 4) A round of review will follow and necessary revisions done before final submission of the paper. More instructions will follow for those that pass the first selection gate.

Dr. Beverly L. Pasian is an Associate Professor at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands). She is a specialist in the management of e-Learning projects and used her doctoral work to document their unique management practices to extend the theory and practical implications of project management maturity (and associated models). In addition to being a successful author and editor (‘Plan to learn: case studies in e-Learning project management’), she is the founding President of the Project Management Association of Canada and a member of the IPMA Delta Baseline project. Upcoming projects include the first book on research methods in project management (www.gowerpublishing.com/pmresearchmethods).

Dr Nigel L. Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Project Management in the Business Systems Department at the University of Bedfordshire and is currently the Council Lead for the Organizational Project Management of Practice of PMI. Before joining the University, Nigel worked for 15 years as a Project Manager and Business Consultant for manufacturing organizations in the Caribbean Region.  Nigel holds a BSc  in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Marketing  from the University of the West Indies and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. A member of the Project Management Institute, he holds the Project Management Professional qualification. He also holds the Prince 2 qualification.

Submission details

Submission of abstracts due: January 11, 2013 (around 200 words)
Submission of full paper: August 30, 2013 (4 000 – 6 000 words)
Send the abstract to: [email protected] or [email protected]

The special issue will follow the formatting guidelines of the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business (Emerald).

The International Journal on Managing Projects in Business (IJMPiB) publishes original, in-depth articles on the latest developments in project management, with a distinct focus on business.  The journal aims to provide the broader community of managers of projects with cutting edge research and practice in the management of projects across as wide a basis as possible.  The IJMPiB is published by Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, UK; more information can be found at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=ijmpb.