Wood Dragon Books

Box 1216 Regina, Sask., CANADA S4P 3B4

Diversity & Leadership

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Tossing the Tiara – Keys to Creating Powerful Women Leaders

by Jeanne Martinson

Women in leadership roles in good for business! When publicly traded companies have women in senior management roles, those organizations experience an average 47% increase in return on equity and a corresponding 55% increase in earnings. Women want to lead at the highest levels: when 1400 managers were asked if they had teh desire to reach a top management position such as a C-suite role, 79% of women said YES. Yet women hold only 5.8% of corporate executive positions and 14.5% of board positions. So how do we reduce the gap between reality and aspiration? First, we need to understand how fairy tale myth, media and our history of communication have shaped where we are today. Secondly, we need to make different decisions if we truly want to create powerful women leaders.

 

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From Away – Immigration to Effective Workplace Integration

by Jeanne Martinson

The belief of many new immigrants – and the managers that hire them – is that technical skills can be universally recognized and these skills are what determine the success of a professional, regardless of country. What we know is that extremely competent, educated new immigrants do not get hired – not because they aren’t competent – but because of cultural differences in the hiring process. If they do get hired, often they don’t get promoted because of communication differences that are culturally based. This book will help you as a manager to decode those cultural differences so you hire the best, keep the best and maximize the talent of the best.

 

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Generation Y and the New Work Ethic

by Jeanne Martinson

IN PRINT and E-BOOK FORMAT

Every generation has rebelled against the norms of the generation preceding it. This rebellion manifests itself externally in clothes, hairstyles, temporary and permanent markings and maskings. As time passes, often these visual distinctions are toned down or abandoned as that generation ages and begins to fit into mainstream work worlds, eventually falling for the tie and pantyhose cultural norms of the workplace. Many of today’s Generation Y cohort members may yet desert their desire for flip-flops and casual attitudes as they progress in their careers and organizations.

Managers ask me frequently “When will Gen Ys will grow up, quit rebelling and get with the program?” Unfortunately for managers and co-workers everywhere, there is more to generational difference than rebellion and a desire to be different from the previous generation. Our generational identity is also about the beliefs and values that were developed in our growing up years. By the time we hatch into the workforce, our perspectives of others, work and the world are well formed.

So why are we talking about generational differences now more so than in the past? Why has this last generation upset the apple cart so significantly? Because it is the perfect storm!

If you are a colleague trying to understand your multi-generational co-workers, a front line manager trying to get your youngest workers to show up and show up on time, or are a member of Generation Y and looking for ways to maximize your effectiveness and success in the workplace, this book is for you. Jeanne Martinson gets to the heart of the generational differences issue, with minimal psychobabble and statistical navel gazing, giving you concrete information about the different generations with a focus on work ethic and the motivations and values of Generation Y.

 

Table of Contents

Introduction – Why is Generation Y so Different?

Chapter One – Defining the Generations

Chapter Two – The New Work Ethic

Chapter Three – The Loyal Traditionalists

Chapter Four – The Busy baby Boomers

Chapter Five – The Entrepreneurial Gen X

Chapter Six – The Newer Faster Generation Y

Chapter Seven – Why Occasionally None of this Matters

Chapter Eight – Why We Just Can’t Get Along

Chapter Nine – Managing Generation Y

Chapter Ten – Workplace Strategies for Gen Y

Epilogue – A Letter to Leaders

 

How can you get your hands on a copy of “Generation Y and the New Work Ethic”?

 

(1) Send a cheque for $22 (per book) to: Martrain, P.O. Box 1216, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 3B4. This price includes shipping and taxes.

or

(2) Use PAYPAL or your CREDIT CARD to buy on-line (click on”Add to Cart” button below)

or

(3) Download the e-Book version to your Kobo or Kindle e-Reader device




 

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Leading in Complex Worlds

 

with Chapter 8 – Leadership Lessons from the Criminal World – written by Jeanne Martinson

IN PRINT FORMAT

 

“Leading in Complex Worlds” was released June 2012 by publisher Jossey-Bass. This collection of chapters from leadership experts and scholars is the annual peer-reviewed journal of the International Leadership Association. It contains chapters from fifteen authors, including a chapter by Jeanne Martinson titled “Leadership Lessons from the Criminal World” which is based on her Master of Arts research project that compared criminal and corporate leaders.

 

The other chapters include:

* Black Women’s Political Leadership Development: Recentering the Leadership Discourse

* Soccer Tactics and Complexity Leadership

* The Role of Culture and History in the Applicability of Western Leadership Theories in Africa

* A Tao Complexity Tool, Leading from Being

* The Leadership of Dr. Jane Goodall: A Four Quadrant Perspective

 

How can you get your hands on a copy of “Leading in Complex Worlds”?

 

(1) Send a cheque for $20 (per book) to: Martrain, P.O. Box 1216, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 3B4. This price includes shipping and taxes.

or

(2) Use PAYPAL or your CREDIT CARD to buy on-line (click on”Add to Cart” button below)




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Escape from Oz – Leadership for the 21st Century

by Jeanne Martinson

IN PRINT, AUDIO CD and E-BOOK FORMAT

“Escape From Oz – Leadership For The 21st Century” explores the parallels of the characters in the fable “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and our own beliefs about personal and professional leadership.

The first part of the book explores the four cornerstones required to be an effective leader: courage, insight, self-discipline and influence over others.

 

The second part of the book explores how we can move out of our comfort zone to lead individuals according to their reality, skill set and knowledge base – with the goal of achieving trust and long term success.

 

This book, about the basics of personal leadership and leading others, is written to assist you in becoming an effective leader – whether you are leading an organization of two or two thousand.

Table of Contents

Chapter One – A Leader – Who Me?

Chapter Two – Four Cornerstones of Personal Leadership

Chapter Three – The First Cornerstone: Insight

Chapter Four – The Second Cornerstone: Courage

Chapter Five – The Third Cornerstone: Self-Discipline

Chapter Six – The Fourth Cornerstone: Influence

Chapter Seven -Trust: The Glue of Leadership

Chapter Eight – The Stairway to 21st Century Leadership

Chapter Nine – Climbing the Stairs

Chapter Ten – Epilogue

Chapter Eleven – Leadership Principles

 

Audio Book

 

The audio book includes chapters 1 through 7, plus chapter 10. It contains two CDs and is 2 hours, 10 minutes in length.

 

How can you get your hands on a copy of “Escape From Oz”?

 

(1) Send a cheque for $22 (per book) or $24 (per audio CD book) to: Martrain, P.O. Box 1216, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 3B4. These prices include shipping and taxes.

or

(2) Use PAYPAL or your CRAEDIT CARD to buy on-line (click on”Add to Cart” button below)

or

(3) Download the e-Book version to your Kobo or Kindle e-Reader device


Escape from Oz Book or Audio CD set



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War & Peace – Diversity, Conflict, Understanding, Reconciliation

by Jeanne Martinson

IN PRINT, EBOOK AND AUDIO CD FORMAT

Wonder why we can’t just get along? Why we react to each other the way we do?

Most conflict in the workplace comes from our differences – both our diversity in the big ‘D’ issues such as race, gender or ability but also diversity in the small ‘d’ issues such as values, marital and family status, age or thought processes. Diversity can be problematic and it can be wonderful. As individuals and organizations, we can benefit from the many perspectives that create the synergy to move an organization forward by leaps and bounds.

On the other hand, differences can bring conflict, toxic work groups, low morale, harassment, misunderstandings and employee turnover.

Many organizations adopt respectful workplace or harassment policies. But this isn’t enough to realize the benefits of a diverse workforce or to minimize diversity-based conflict. We need to shift how we perceive and work with others. This book illustrates how we have the choice of allowing conflict to spiral down into dysfunction or of taking charge, becoming aware and developing understanding. It’s all up to you!

 

Table of Contents

Chapter One – We Can’t Ignore Diversity

AWARENESS

Chapter Two – What is Diversity Anyway?

Chapter Three – The Myth of Presumed Sameness

Chapter Four – Us and Them and We

Chapter Five – We Made It – Why Haven’t They?

Chapter Six – We’s Not Me’s

UNDERSTANDING

Chapter Seven – From Nations to Tribes and Back Again (Aboriginal Issues)

Chapter Eight – Welcome to Barneyland (Immigration and Visible Minority Issues)

Chapter Nine – My Kind of Christian (Religion in the Workplace)

Chapter Ten – Crossing the Gender Divide

Chapter Eleven – Leaping the Generation Gaps (Traditionalists, Boomers, Gen Xers, Gen Ys)

Chapter Twelve – Perspectives on Time (Polychronic/Monochronic time, early bird/night owl)

Chapter Thirteen – The Other Brain (left brain/right brain issues)

RECONCILIATION

Chapter Fourteen – What Can I Do As An Individual?

Chapter Fifteen – What Can I Do As A Leader?

Chapter Sixteen – What Can We Do As An Organization?

SYNERGY

Chapter Seventeen – Why Should We Care?

 

Audio Book

 

The audio book includes chapters 1 through 6, plus chapters 11 and 17. It is 73 minutes in length and contains one CD.

 

How can you get your hands on a copy of “War and Peace in the Workplace”?

 

(1) Send a cheque for $22 (per book) or $17 (per audio CD book) to: Martrain, P.O. Box 1216, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 3B4. These prices include shipping and taxes.

or

(2) Use PAYPAL or your CREDIT CARD to buy on-line (click on “Add to Cart” button below)

or

(3) Download the e-Book version to your Kobo or Kindle e-Reader device

War and Peace Book or Audio CD



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Lies And Fairy Tales That Deny Women Happiness

by Jeanne Martinson

IN PRINT AND AUDIO CD FORMAT

In 1999, Jeanne Martinson released her first book “Lies And Fairy Tales That Deny Women Happiness”. This book explores why women think the way they do – and why they sometimes bungle their professional and personal relationships. It looks at the fairy tales some women grow up with and analyzes the beliefs that women hold on to from these stories that can affect their ability to be happy and successful.

 

Comments from male and female readers include:

“an entertaining read” and “I meant to skim it, but I couldn’t put it down.”

 

Table of Contents

Chapter One – Lie – Women Are The Weaker Sex

Chapter Two – Lie – Putting Yourself First is Selfish

Chapter Three – Lie – We Can Go Back To The Way It Was

Chapter Four – Lie – We Are Making Steady Progress – It’s Not As Bad As It Used To Be

Chapter Five – Lie – Men and Women Will Never Understand Each Other

Chapter Six – Lie – It’s A Man’s Job

Chapter Seven – Lie – Sports are Games We Play – They Have Nothing to Do With Business

Chapter Eight – Sleeping Beauty – One Day My Prince Will Come

Chapter Nine – Beauty and the Beast – It’s Your Duty to Change Him

Chapter Ten – Cinderella – There’s Always a Fairy Godmother

Chapter Eleven – Snow White – Beauty Can Be Dangerous

Chapter Twelve – Happily Ever After

Chapter Thirteen – If I’m not Happy , It’s Not My Fault

Chapter Fourteen – The Last Lie – No One Deserves A Perfect Life

 

Audio Book

 

The audio book includes the chapters bolded above (chapters 1, 2, 4, 6 through 12, plus chapter 14). It contains two CDs and is 1 hour, 56 minutes in length.

 

How can you get your hands on a copy of “Lies and Fairy Tales”?

 

(1) Send a cheque for $22 (per book) or $24 (per audio CD book) to: Martrain, P.O. Box 1216, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 3B4. These prices include shipping and taxes.

or

(2) Use PAYPAL or your CREDIT CARD to buy online (Click on “Add to Cart” button below).


 

Lies and Fairy Tales Book or Audio CD