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Leading for Learning, a new book by Lisa J. Koss, introduces a program that develops the people-manager into a manager-coach, embracing learning and development as a leadership strategy. The book outlines the leadership development program, Development Coaching Model (DCM), authored by Koss with insightful background information and case studies that make it easy for the reader to absorb each lesson. Her program has already had remarkable success with organizations in 16 different countries.

Lisa makes a compelling case for organizations adopting such a leadership/development model particularly given the change that businesses are experiencing today. …

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Stephen Winston’s newest release, One True Story is the album that was never supposed to be an album. It’s a collection of material that was written in the middle of the 2000s, yet for the most part, feels refreshingly modern. Some of the songs written from 2003 to 2007, landed on Winston’s first album. The remainder were preserved by Musician/Producer, Michael Pfeifer, and have now found their way onto One True Story. Though the entire scenario seems terribly complex and hard to comprehend, Winston feels the process has held great meaning for him.

URL: https://www.stephenwinstonmusic.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/stephenwinstonmusic/

Winston draws comparisons…

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Life is full of pleasures simple and sophisticated alike, but there’s nothing quite like the thrill of the open road and the soundtrack that comes with it. In the new album Hitchhiking to California, Alan Bibey & Grasstowne hit the highway with a bluegrass melody as the only fuel they need to take us from the heart of southern soul in Nashville to the surprisingly bucolic beaches of the Cali coast — painting us a string-born picture of Americana along the way. …

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Simmering to life in a dizzying flood of noise, we discover what will become the opening bars of “Born Too Late,” one of the two debut singles Leo Sawikin is releasing solo. Though initially greeting us with a stony wall of sound, things soon soften for the backbone of “Born Too Late,” just enough for Sawikin to enter the fold with his voice sounding as velvety as ever. He’s in complete control here, straddling the groove with a delicate nature that will become quite domineering sooner than we’re expecting. …

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Barry Abernathy — Barry Abernathy & Friends (LP)

Searing and full of a raw humanity rarely found on the FM dial, Barry Abernathy and Vince Gill’s “Birmingham Jail” starts the tracklist for Barry Abernathy & Friends as the record’s lead single and opening cut, and although none of the material it precedes could be considered subpar, this is definitely the song to get the album off and running right. The award-winning Gill and Abernathy set the tone with a bold harmony that flirts with the countrified edge of modern bluegrass only to reel us closer to the downhome Americana bred…

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Summarizing analogously what it’s like reading Ruben Ugarte’s The Data Mirage: Why Companies Fail to Actually Use Their Data, one would say it’s all about the elementals. In this case, said elementals being data, and how to make smart business choices based on the best possible reading and interpretation of said data.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: https://rubenugarte.com/

Ugarte provides detailed work scenarios and broken down aspects of the processes chapter-by-chapter, in effect almost flicking his earlobes when citing examples of experienced, seasoned professionals making embarrassingly amateurish and somewhat obtuse organizational choices. Ugarte writes on what arguably is his evidence-based opinion on…

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While surrealism is spiking in the mainstream market to such an extent that it’s difficult to tell the alternative rappers from their commercial counterparts, Cliz’s forward sound in the new single “Find Myself” is truly his and his alone. Without cannibalizing the brutish mentality of a bygone era in hip-hop’s charismatic and often ironically poetic history, Cliz is able to create throwback that it’s okay to love in “Find Myself;” the reason for this being, of course, his approach to the structure of the track. …

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Acapella-style hip-hop is often the most revealing style an artist can adopt when showcasing their flow, and this is definitely the case in the barebones mix of “Hold This L” by Conceptz. With no instrumentation in the track, there’s nothing but vocal complexity for us to study, leaving the poetic stylization of the music as our sole means of determining its value. My personal conclusion? Not only have Conceptz grown up considerably in the last three years, but they actually sound a bit more menacing to the competition — almost all of which has resorted to abusing auto-tune tech on…

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Management consultant and CEO Art Johnson is one of several entrepreneurs and business leaders advocating for a progressive, scientific-minded and data-driven organization process abbreviated simply as the evocative ‘Alignment’ strategy. Johnson promotes this theory as a win-win for all involved, as he demonstrates in his new book The Art of Alignment: A Data-Driven Approach to Lead Aligned Organizations. He argues there cannot be true synchronicity within a corporation without everyone from top to bottom united and fully cognizant of the company’s standards, values, and goals.

RELTED ARTICLE: https://ceoworld.biz/author/art-johnson/

As brilliantly demonstrated in The Art of Alignment’s extensive, step-by-step process of…

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From the clandestine swing of “That Spark Will Never Die” to the lurching yet majestic piano melody that supports “Sing (Mom’s Song),” there’s a sense of unfiltered emotionality that accompanies every moment you’re going to come in contact with in the new record Coming Home from John Mark Thomas. Unlike a lot of the other pandemic-era singer/songwriter releases I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing in the past year, Thomas’ latest record isn’t one that utilizes insularity as an aesthetical cornerstone. …

Colin Jordan

Graduate: McNeese State University, Avid Beekeeper, Deep Sea Diver & Fisherman, Horrible Golfer

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