The Corporate Kindergarten: Welcome to the world of Kidults!

A thought-provoking examination of corporate practices. Have you ever looked around at work and thought, “What a whole lot of bullshit!” I am sure you have many times. At least once a week. Every day! Unfortunately, that thought remains with you because nobody speaks up, so we continue the old ways of doing things, making us ineffective & disengaged. To mitigate our pain, HR acts as a decoy, luring us into believing that we are in a fun, progressive, and caring environment by giving us slides, ball pits, team-building games, celebrations, free coffee & food, accommodation, and a cinema voucher in exchange for hundreds of hours of unpaid overtime. “A few hundred years from now, when we look back at the history and evolution of the workforce, this will be known as “The era of corporate bullshit” or “The era of corporate kidults.” 50 years ago, people imagined that in the future, we would have cool techs such as flying cars and 3D holograms of ourselves to attend appointments and stuff. Instead, we have remote team buildings with guacamole spread competitions, lama colouring, sack races, and $20 gift vouchers for being the fastest in moving toilet rolls from one table to another (Yup, I had to play that one once).” Traditional HR and organisational practices don’t work in a world where everything changes constantly. This book provides every corporate folk out there with specific examples of outdated and often ridiculous practices and presents practical solutions to address those. Szilvia Olah is on a mission to help organisations eliminate such practices and create a mature, adultlike work environment where individuals, especially leaders, are accountable for their performance and behaviour. Szilvia is an organisational psychologist who spent 19 years in the corporate environment. Through her company, The Strengths Company, based in Dubai, she challenges leaders to think differently and adapt their practices to suit the changing needs of employees.

Meet Szilvia Olah

I’m an organisational Psychologist who spent 19 years in the corporate environment. I help develop positive, effective work environments that support employee success, and organisational productivity, by focusing on making a strong match between employees and their roles. As a Gallup strengths coach, I help people and teams do what they do best every day to improve their quality of work & life outside of work. Strengths coaching is about identifying individuals’ natural talent – strengths – and focusing on developing those further instead of fixiating their weaknesses. Using Gallup’s Strengths tools, I develop my understanding of their natural talent, and then I use that to guide them to discover and capitalize on what they do best. I am like Nanny McPhee; When you need me, but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me, but no longer need me, then I have to go. My top 5 personal strengths are Intellection, Learner, Input, Responsibility, and Discipline. My dominant group strengths are Influencer & Equalizer

Leader, Not a Boss

“Not only is it a fine handbook for managers and potential managers, but I could also see this being used as a textbook in colleges and universities. “ – Readers’ Favorite

“Leader, Not a Boss”
 is a Go-To Guide for New Managers. Dive into the world of effective leadership with this essential handbook tailored for first-time managers. Uncover valuable insights to navigate the differences between leadership and management, while sidestepping common pitfalls.

Discover practical strategies seamlessly integrated into your daily routine, enabling you to maximize your team’s potential. From recruiting the right team to fostering engagement and handling delicate situations like employee layoffs, this guide provides comprehensive support for every step of your leadership journey. Based on real experiences, “Leader, Not a Boss” offers practical advice and relatable scenarios, making it a must-have for every aspiring leader.

What will you learn?

  1. Manager vs. Leader: What Sets Them Apart in Today’s Workplace
  2. The Ultimate Guide to Exceptional Leadership: Key Rules to Follow
  3. Common Leadership Blunders to Sidestep in the Modern Era
  4. The ABCs of Recruiting Top Talent for Your Team
  5. Empowering Your Team: Strategies to Foster Growth and Sustain Motivation
  6. Offboarding: Navigating Employee Layoffs

Meet Benjamin Babic

Benjamin Babic is the logistics director of the biggest eyewear company in Germany and Europe. After graduating from the University of Zagreb with a Master’s Degree in Economics in 2015, he started a career in wholesale as a management trainee and took over his first managerial position at the age of 26. Spending time working in sales and operations, Benjamin decided to focus on operations only. In 2021, he moved to Germany and joined an international e-commerce company as an operations manager. In the meantime, Benjamin finished the MBA program at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and, after some time, took over the senior manager role leading the order fulfillment department. Apart from being an operations and logistics professional, Benjamin sees himself as a people manager and a leader. He enjoys working with his teams and helping them develop. Over the years, he learned a lot about leadership and likes to share his knowledge with new people managers.

Approaching Improv – Communication and Connection in Business and Beyond

We all like to think of ourselves as active listeners, open to considering another’s perspective in order to successfully collaborate toward shared goals. Why, then, when we look around, do we see countless examples crying out to the contrary? Why do we so often find ourselves struggling to effectively communicate at work, at home, or in social settings. Why do we struggle to hear and be heard, in spite of that being precisely what we all desire?

What if there was a simple, yet flexible, format through which we could improve not only our listening skills, but our ability to successfully ask for and get what we want? Perhaps it could even invoke our creativity and imagination, making it a fun experience instead of a dreaded one?

Enter stage right: The Improv Approach.

The Improv Approach takes the principles of improv comedy and applies them to everyday interactions, empowering you to navigate even difficult conversations with an ease that without such a strategy too often proves anything but mutually satisfying, and sometimes simply impossible.

While written primarily with business leaders in mind, Approaching Improv’s relatable, direct technique to teaching the “Improv Approach” makes it an indispensable resource for professionals and non-professionals alike.

Using the Improv Approach, you will learn:

  • The foundational principles of improv comedy, including but not limited to the “yes, and” technique, and how they can be implemented to make you a better boss, employee, family member, and friend.
  • To face your fears so you can successfully and repeatedly put the Improv Approach concepts into practice, even if you’re not a performer.
  • Common communication mistakes most people aren’t aware they’re making and how to solve them.
  • How to increase your empathy and understanding, even when dealing with difficult people and situations.
  • To open the door to healthy communication so the people in your life trust they can tell you the truths you need to hear.

Early Praise:
“Had this book been available 25 years ago, my personal library of leadership, communication, and healthy relationship resources would be much, much, smaller! Caitlin’s use of relatable stories, data, and humor to amplify key concepts made it feel as though I was having a conversation with my own personal mentor as I read each chapter. What I found to be the most powerful aspect of the Improv Approach Caitlin outlines, is that it is a mindset that can be applied towards every aspect of my life; from family and friends, to customers and staff.”
Scott Wager
Co-Founder & CEO
Expeditions of Empowerment, Inc.

“I highly recommend Approaching Improv by Caitlin Drago. This book brilliantly explores how concepts from improvisational theater can be applied to foster creativity, adaptability, and cohesion within corporate teams. With insightful anecdotes and practical exercises, it’s a must-read for anyone looking to elevate team dynamics and innovation in the business world.”
Sherwin Damdar
Director of Product Management & Innovation
Garlock

Approaching Improv is an absolute gem for anyone seeking to enhance their communication skills, foster meaningful connections, and thrive in both business and personal relationships. Written by a seasoned improvisational theater performer and communication expert, this book is a treasure trove of wisdom that combines the principles of improvisation with real-life scenarios, making it an invaluable resource for anyone looking to improve their interpersonal skills in a unique, engaging, and impactful way!”

Karen Eichner
Director of Human Resources
Trusted Nurse Staffing, LLC


Meet Caitlin Drago

Caitlin Drago’s mission is to create cultures of empathy, creativity, and trust, beginning with how people communicate and connect.

She is an LA-based actor turned upstate NY-based certified leadership coach, trainer, and facilitator. Acting taught her to be present, self-aware, empathetic and to prioritize connection with others. Improv taught her to listen, trust her gut and deal with the unexpected in a positive and creative way. She now works with leaders and teams to help them to listen to one another, communicate and connect, using improvisation as a platform for interactive learning.

She spent 10 years studying improv at places like the nationally accredited Upright Citizen’s Brigade and has spent the last eight years working with leaders and their teams. She’s been featured in Medium’s Authority Magazine and has spoken at a variety of conferences, including the Talent Development Think Tank, the International TWA Conference, and DisruptHR Rochester.

Agile All the Way

Discover the path to project success with ‘Agile All the Way’! In this empowering introduction to Agile, Jo Imbriani takes you on a journey through the dynamic world of Agile project management, revealing proven strategies and best practices to thrive in today’s fast-paced business landscape. Embrace the Agile mindset, break free from traditional constraints, and learn how to sprint to project success. If you are new to the game, this book equips you with the tools to lead confidently, foster collaboration, and continuously improve your projects. Step into the role of an Agile champion and harness the true potential of Agile—all the way!

Meet Jo Imbriani

Jo Imbriani is a passionate Agilist who has honed her expertise working with distinguished companies, including Amazon Robotics, 6 River Systems, Shopify and more. With a background in managing large-scale projects Jo brings a unique blend of leadership skills and technical prowess to the table. Jo is President and Principal Consultant of PM Mark Consulting, LLC. Her debut book represents a culmination of years of experience and a deep understanding of Agile principles. Jo lives in the Ocean State, Rhode Island, and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and their two dogs.

OBEDIENCE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT: Calling on The Name of The Lord

When a man desires to call on the name of the Lord, he may not understand why calling on the name of the Lord is intended for ministers of the Lord who are doing His will. A person who calls on the name of the Lord without the privilege of being in His service may unknowingly call on the name of the enemy. This book is a conversation between me and the Lord on what it means to call on the name of the Lord.

Meet Maurice Paul Obonyo

I have a calling to go into the world and proclaim the second coming of the Lord Jesus. I have been in the Lord’s presence for over three years now. He has commissioned me to teach and speak about His love for man. The Lord has enabled me write nine books so far. I have a goal to write a particular number of books which the Lord spoken to me about. The books I have written have come out of the Lord’s presence. I have received a wealth of knowledge and understanding from God as I have been writing. I was a graphic designer by the time the Lord called me. He told me to stop whatever I was doing and do His will.

The Change Jar

THIS BOOK GOES BEYOND LEADERSHIP WITH UNFORGETTABLE AND INSPIRING STORIES OF KINDNESS, SERVICE, EMPATHY, AND GRATITUDE.

This game changing book comes with valuable, life, leadership, and happiness lessons that will shift how you see and experience the world. Based on his research in positive psychology and the science of well-being and inspired by a Jar of Change, the author seeks to educate and encourage you to live a purpose driven life.

By the end of this book you will be able to:

  • Leverage purposeful work to build an environment that drives cultural excellence and unleashes everyone’s full potential.
  • Increase your sense of purpose and well-being.
  • Accomplish any goal.
  • Create habits that stick.
  • Learn how to find the value in others.
  • Improve your social skills and communication.

Every theory and lesson presented in this book is paired with the authors unique and vulnerable stories, giving you a more personal and relatable feeling. It is genuinely an interesting book that will offer plenty of food for thought about leadership, cultural excellence, and life in general. The authors passion shows through on every page.


Meet Justin Berrey

My name is Justin Berrey. I’m passionate about my mission to inspire others to live a grateful, healthy, and happy life free of judgement. I believe deeply that we all have something to offer the world. Not everyone shares the same opinions as me on every subject but those same people know many things that I don’t know and I love to hear other perspectives and to challenge my own thinking. I seek to understand and not to judge. I’m a career leader with nearly two decades of experience. I am an ambassador of kindness, health, and well-being. Most importantly I am a father, a husband, a son, a brother, an uncle and a friend.

Rule Your Kingdom

This book helps people without a success plan find a clear direction in their lives by giving them a blueprint that they can use to set meaningful and inspiring goals. It also encourages people to take action and offers them strategies that keep them engaged, focused and motivated on their journey toward success and toward a more meaningful life.

Meet Crist-Madalin Balmus

C.M. Balmus is an emerging author, speaker, and entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to helping people achieve their goals and find success in all aspects of their lives. With a background in psychology and neuropsychology from Bangor University, Chris has a deep understanding of the human mind and what drives us to succeed. Born to parents from a working-class background, Chris’s early years were marked by challenges and adversity. He struggled with addiction to drugs and alcohol and found himself trapped in a cycle of self-destructive behavior. But with hard work, dedication, and a growth-oriented mindset, he was able to overcome his addictions. transform his life, and now is committed to helping others in doing the same thing.

7-Figure Minds: How to Grow and Lead a 7-Figure Business

THE GREATEST WEAPON IN ANY ENTREPRENEURIAL ARSENAL IS NOT MONEY – IT’S MINDSET

What if the degree of separation between the entrepreneurial tycoon you see on your evening news and the small business owner down the street is just one word? Mindset. That’s what it comes down to. 

7-Figure Minds is an anthology dedicated to exploring exactly the type of mental fortitude, wherewithal and know-how that separates the weekend warriors from the die-hard entrepreneurs. So, what does it take to be successful? Here’s a hint: it all starts with evaluating what kind of mental narrative you’re feeding yourself. Through a tapestry of authors, you’ll uncover the power of tapping into your own core programming to manifest success in ways you’ve only dreamed of before now.

Start reading now to:

  • Learn specific tactics and strategies for resiliency in light of discouraging circumstances and setbacks
  • Develop an impenetrable entrepreneurial mindset 
  • Explore the value of failure in developing creative problem solving solutions 
  • Understand the importance of orienting yourself in the right direction before you unleash your business plan
  • Learn directly from myriad entrepreneurs who have come before you
  • Save time, energy and fiscal resources by completing your due diligence upfront
  • Understand that persistence is not always a strength in business endeavors; sometimes, quitting is both necessary and useful 
  • Learn how to tap into and leverage people already floating within your sphere of influence

A great idea is only as good as the actions that follow. It’s time to start writing your own blueprint for success! Take the leap and manifest the changes today!

Entrepreneurial success is available to you– but it starts here, inside the mind. Unlock your potential and grab your copy of 7-Figure Minds today!


Meet Alina Rutkowska

Alinka Rutkowska is the CEO of Leaders Press (www.leaderspress.com), a USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling press, where she creates books for entrepreneurs from scratch and launches them to best-seller with a 100% success rate.

She’s worked with top business leaders such as Po Chung (the co-founder of DHL International), Mark Nureddine (the CEO of Bull Outdoor Products) and Chris Catranis (the founder of Babylon Telecommunications).

Leaders Press’ releases have landed on bookshelves together with Nobel Prize winners and World Economic Forums speakers. Alinka’s mission is to help 1,000 entrepreneurs share their wisdom with the world by 2030.

Alinka is an official member of the Forbes Business Council and her cutting-edge book creation process has been featured in Entrepreneur magazine.

The Book of WHY (and HOW)

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The Book of WHY (and HOW) is designed to help people discover their passion, purpose, and mission while also leveraging the top habits of the world’s top achievers. Broken down into three sections, The Book of WHY (and HOW) reveals the four WHYs that can dramatically change a person’s life, the shortest path to thriving in a challenging world, and the key to becoming more enlightened in the process. In short, multiple?time TEDx speaker, Corey Poirier, helps readers tap into their purpose so they can thrive in a more enlightened way. The Book of WHY (and HOW) is unique in the way it addresses the importance of uncovering the WHY while also revealing the HOW.

Many people struggle with feeling a lack of purpose in their life and work. They also struggle with how to uncover their purpose as well as what to do with it once they do. The Book of WHY (and HOW) tackles this exact challenge while revealing the timeless secrets Corey Poirier has discovered while interviewing more than 5,000 of the world’s top achievers.

SpeakDog!: 100% Obedience, 100% of the Time

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Over 20 years of training.
Hundreds of success stories of owners finally being able to be the kind of leader their dogs NEED.
100% obedience, 100% of the time.

And a truly revolutionary approach to dog training is born.

If, when you train your dog, you want to establish the best possible relationship you can with your dog—to actually be able to understand and speak its language, it only makes sense that you likewise understand the man behind the SpeakDog training philosophy, and in a sense, begin that relationship, too—and in “How I Learned to SpeakDog”, that’s exactly what you’ll get.

Part memoir, part vital and important introduction to the “Seven Sacred Ways”, and to the baseline principles of SpeakDog, readers can expect an insightful, honest, entertaining and fun look into author/trainer Steve Lankfer’s life and the experiences that helped him form and perfect the SpeakDog philosophy.

As this easy to digest 128-page book progresses, readers will gradually begin to attach important meaning to phrases like, “Love~Leadership~Relationship”,”Time and Events”, “Migrating is Magic”, “Doorways are the Difference”, “What’s yours is Mine. Period”, and “neurological placement”, along with all the other invaluable concepts at the root of SpeakDog.

You’ll also gain access to free online video links, training tips, and other features of the expansive SpeakDog program, including the wildly successful online community Steve’s Dog Park.

Dogs will never understand Chinese, or German, or Spanish…or English. Or any other human language. Because of that fact, it’s our job to understand their language so we can be the leaders our dogs crave and need. You’ll be amazed at the response you’ll get from your dog and the satisfaction you’ll feel when you realize you’ve become not just your dog’s “best friend” but the leader your dog desperately needed.

The first step toward establishing yourself as that leader is only a click away! Order now and start loving and communicating in a new language; learn how to SpeakDog!