The Slacker Manager Reviews Managing with Aloha

There’s no greater compliment to get for writing a book, than to have it reviewed so thoroughly by someone you admire and respect for their own study, and ever-thoughtful consideration of the world you’ve written about.

Bren Connelly, the Slacker Manager, and someone Talking Story regulars know I hold in very high regard, posted a review of my book, Managing with Aloha today: what a great thing to wake up to on a Monday morning — or any morning for that matter.

Managing with Aloha Review by Bren.

When you write a book, you hope and pray that it will be received well and garner reviews like this one Bren did for me, yet as a blog author you almost hesitate to link back to it, not wanting to seem so full of yourself. However I have to risk the hint of immodesty, for I must say thank you to Bren for the time and care he so obviously took to write his review for me. Bren (and especially the Bren who we know has so much to say!) could have written about a host of other things, and for him to have chosen to review Managing with Aloha fills me with mahalo, a deeply felt sense of gratitude.

Mahalo nui loa Bren.

So ” since I’ve gone this far ” I shall allow my ha‘aheo* to show for a moment. I sincerely believe that the messages I’ve shared in Managing with Aloha are important ones for managers today: managers in business enterprise of all kinds have such potential to reinvent work and workplaces everywhere, and we must seize our responsibility — and opportunities — to do so. I do hope you will accept the invitations I give you here on Talking Story, and in Managing with Aloha, to join us, taking up the challenge.

What Bren, aka The Slacker Manager, and I have in common, is that we know the world of work has so much possibility. It can be enjoyable, infused with energy and vibrancy, meaningful and worthwhile, for you and everyone around you. Isn’t that something we all want?

KÄ“ia Manawa: today is the day, the time, the place.
And you can bring aloha to business today too.

Mahalo Bren, thank you for sharing your mana‘o** on Managing with Aloha with us today.

Bren’s Review.

For more on Managing with Aloha, Bringing Hawaiis Universal Values to the Art of Business, click in here, and look over the choices offered in the right column of the page.

  *ha‘aheo is pride in one’s work or accomplishment.
**mana‘o is defined

On the BestSeller List: February’s Talking Story.

February certainly has felt like the short month that it is! There seemed to be so much to talk about — and so much fun to be had — with our Ho’ohana theme this month, a Love Affair with Books: great comments! A special mahalo this month to those in our Ho‘ohana Online Community who wrote up book reviews for us: as you’ll see in a moment, many of you really took their recommendations to heart, clicking back into that article repeatedly since it was posted.

As we started in January, the last Sunday of the month is for our Talking Story Recap, a CheatSheet of sorts which lines up the “best sellers” of the month’s posts. We’ll see how these hold up today and tomorrow: on March 1st The Best of Talking Story will be updated with the top 5 — if you want to check back with the reigning champs before they’re dethroned, click here, and check them out in the left column of our “Aloha Mai Kākou” page.

Numbers don’t lie ” that’s why I keep calling this Rosa’s Reality Check ” however this month I find I must present the top 8 instead of just 5: Number 1 really is a run-away (I’ll be VERY surprised if it doesn’t hold on to the top position), and Numbers 2 and 3 are pretty separate from the pack, but after that Numbers 4 – 8 are so close I had to include them all. We’ll see how your choices today and tomorrow settle the score!

1. Posted Feb. 10 The 3 Sins of Management. Do you remember what these were?

2. Posted Feb. 01 our February Ho‘ohana: A Love Affair with Books. Don’t be surprised if more garage sale stories creep up in future posts — especially when summer comes.

3. Posted Jan. 07 How this coach (me) reads a blog. I’m glad this one has helped you!

4. Posted Feb. 15 The Ho‘ohana Online Community Library. These are the Book Reviews: there’s nothing like recommendations from trusted and admired friends.

5. Posted Feb. 18 A Dozen Myths About Reading. There may be more ” is yours here?

6. Posted Dec. 14 The Daily Five Minutes Book Excerpt. I have to say this is very satisfying for me, for I am convinced it’s the best management tool I can offer you.

7. Posted Feb. 17 Management with High Impact. We welcome Lisa Haneberg and Management Craft to our Ho‘ohana Online Community and The Slacker Manager reviews her new book.

8. Posted Jan. 03 Day and Time for the Ho‘ohana Community. Still a contender! Our January celebration of Community really spoke to a lot of people — you’ve got to feel good about that!

Just one more thing: A BIGGIE! There are new manifestoes up at, and included you’ll find the new e-book offered by David St. Lawrence of Ripples. His e-book is called DANGER QUICKSAND (Have a Nice Day!) Download it here.

An Excerpt from ChangeThis: “This manifesto is a survival guide about the dignity of work, written for those of you who are trying to support your families and keep your sanity in a troubling and uncertain working environment. (ie. An unconventional guide to surviving corporate life.)”

Mahalo David for your generosity in offering your e-book to us absolutely free!

If you’ve visited Talking Story even occasionally, you know what a big fan I am of David’s, and you won’t want to miss this opportunity.

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Weekend Learning Links on Business Values: Vol. 2.

A few days ago I asked where you get your inspiration from these days: Grab some inspiration and tip the scales.

If you consider yourself a student of business, get inspired by some of these headlines. Then, click in, and see if you take away a lesson on the same MWA business value that I match the articles up with.

My answers are at the bottom of the post. I’ll narrow down the choices for you by putting the Hawaiian Technorati Tags up here for a change:

Hawaiian Technorati Tags: . . . . . . . .

Have a good weekend. Can’t believe the month is almost over”

From David: Blogging is a civilized process. This post is a gem, and it speaks of far more than just blogging.

Excerpt: The basic building block of society is the group which is small enough that each member has a voice in it and is recognized for what they can contribute. When this exists, there is a sense of community and a common purpose and the group is supported by the actions of its members. Individuals form into small groups in order to interact effectively with the rest of society.

From Anita: Small Business Network Replacing Old Boy Network? Be sure you click in to the article Anita references too.

Excerpt: It used to be the old boy network. Powerful businessmen would take care of their own, finding good jobs for anyone who managed to graduate from the right school or move in the right circles.

Nowadays, it’s just as likely to be small business owners — with nothing to tie them together except being business owners in the same community — who take care of their own. They may offer advice to one another, help each other successfully bid on projects, provide cross referrals, and otherwise help make each other successful.

From Wayne: Interviews: Success is only a few words away. Wayne has an idea in this post about doing a press release for your business which intrigues me in its possibilities. I’ve done this for my book, why not for my business itself? The MWA Press Release.

I really think Wayne’s whole article is a goldmine: business-people, particularly those (like me) who have taken so much of their past experience journey as operators, don’t think like marketers enough.

Excerpt: The first step is to think like an editor. You want to provide information suited the media outlet’s target readership market. That is what the editor demands and will expect from you. It’s up to you to make that information available, with yourself as the knowledge source.

From Lisa: Be a reason to stay with a company. Lisa’s post is directed toward managers, and she gives me the perfect opportunity to say this: with all the coaching I have done over the years, I am convinced that the number 1 factor that influences whether an employee stays with a company or not is his or her relationship with the manager they report to. Are you someone they want to work with?

Excerpt: There are few jobs that offer the challenge, impact, and opportunity to contribute like management. If you are a manager, you have the chance to affect how people experience work and their overall satisfaction. You can change lives. Actually, all managers DO change lives, some change lives for the better.

From Terry: Google here, Google there, Google everywhere. Okay this one is fun and games, but also reference-seriousness all wrapped up in one. And of course, from Terry, the Google king.

Terry’s also way better than me at short, concise posts … if I give you an excerpt here I’ll give it away … click in!

From Stephan: Learning and Unlearning. Engineer2Entrepreneur is a newly discovered blog for me, and I find that Stephan asks some good questions.

Excerpt: "The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates said. And the only way to examine your life is to ask yourself, "Why?" Why am I doing this? Why did I do that? Why did that work? Why did that fail? Why?

"Why?" is the key question to making a difference. Drilling down through all the reasons why will lead to a thorough examination of what is important and what is not.

From Beth: Why I’m doing this, and What you’ll find here. Beth has recently made a switch in her website publishing platform, and I love the way she’s given herself such a fresh new start (that’s a big hint!)

Excerpt: The Three Legged Stool of Leadership– The first question I asked in my book was "What kind of leadership does the world need?" and the answer I give is in terms of two competencies and one foundational value: Skill, Wisdom, and Compassion.

—————————- Ready?

David’s Post: ‘Ohana: The human circle of Aloha. ‘Ohana includes family, community, and those you choose to have a special bond with.

Anita’s Post: Kākou: A couple of possibilities here — ‘Ohana and community, Lōkahi and the synergy of teamwork — but I’d have to give the nod to Kākou as the value of inclusiveness, where “all of us, together” is simply a smart strategy.

Wayne’s Post: Again, several possibilities. My thoughts (and inspiration) were with ‘Imi ola, and having a better marketing strategy incorporated into your goals. However on the interviewing vein I think about ‘Ike loa, and how this kind of networking increases our knowledge currency.

Lisa’s Post: Ho‘ohanohano, to conduct yourself with distinction as a manager, and treat others with aloha, dignity, and respect.

Terry’s Post: ‘Ike loa, to seek knowledge and wisdom. Of course” However another subtle message here, for Google has taken search to a whole new level, and that is absolutely KÅ«lia i ka nu‘u — striving for the pinacle of excellence in your field.

Stephan’s Post: Another on ‘Ike loa, the value of learning? Yes, however Stephan also gets me to think about Nānā i ke kumu here, when we look for answers introspectively, within the varied layers which make us the whole of who we are – remember the part where he says we don’t have to be specialists in our lives?

Beth’s 2 Posts: Ka lā hiki ola, and “the dawning of a new day.” Come on now, if you stuck with my hint and didn’t get thrown off track with the excerpt, that one was easy!

Inspired? On Monday, you’ll be ready to manage with Aloha!

Did you miss Weekend Learning Links Vol.1? It’s here.

Read, register, and release your books with BookCrossing.

When I discover new blogs, I look them over pretty thoroughly, for you can discover some great treasures taking the links that bloggers offer you.

BookCrossing was a fairly recent find for me, and I wanted to be sure to mention it before our February Ho‘ohana on Books draws to a close. I discovered it on Average Jane, via Yvonne’s recommendation. Scroll down the left side column, and you’ll find it under the heading that says Book Tools.

Read and Release at

BookCrossing is a web-based book sharing community that recycles good books. If a book turns you on, there’s no sense wasting it on some dusty bookshelf for those nasty silverfish to munch on — share the love!

Here’s what it says on their home page:

You’ve come to a friendly place, and we welcome you to our book-lovers’ community. Our members love books enough to let them go—into the wild—to be found by others. Book sharing has never been more exciting, more serendipitous, than with BookCrossing. Our goal, simply, is to make the whole world a library. BookCrossing is a book exchange of infinite proportion, the first and only of its kind.

Let’s get right down to it. You know the feeling you get after reading a book that speaks to you, that touches your life, a feeling that you want to share it with someone else? gives you a simple way to share books with the world, and follow their paths forever!

The first time I released one of my books “into the wild” I smiled to myself for days afterward thinking about where it might be and who might be reading it. I’ve released Dr. Seuss books in doctor’s offices and have tagged my son’s discarded schoolbooks for his teachers to give away next semester.

I wish I had thought of their business plan myself: you’ve got to click in and check it out. A good way is to start reading through their FAQ page.

I’ve been doing a couple of different things with BookCrossing. If you’ve read Managing with Aloha already, you can add your own journal entry about it on Ikela’s bookshelf (a friend of mine), and give me your feedback about it. When you go to the BC home page, put in this number: BCID: 453-2332408.

If you haven’t read it yet there’s two things you can do: buy one now (mahalo) or send me an email and I’ll put you on my waitlist for if-and-when one of the 3 I have already released come back — I’ll RABCK you. RABCK means Random Act of BookCrossing Kindness — I’ll send you the book without asking for a trade or postage reimbursement. It’s just the act of doing something nice for another BookCrosser.

When I give my Managing with Aloha talks to different community groups I’ll often take some books I’ve already tagged with Book Crossing labels to give away to whoever wants them. I find that most people aren’t that great about going back to the BookCrossing website and adding a journal entry, but it’s still nice to know that my already-read books are out there getting read again. I have a couple of presentations scheduled next week, and I’ll be releasing two books by Tom Peters, one by Larry Bossidy, another by John Eldridge, and one by Spencer Johnson.

Parting with my books is a hard thing for me to do, but I don’t like the thought of them sitting around ignored either, and BookCrossing has given me a way to feel really great about recycling them. When the person I released a book to is done with it, they in turn can pass it on too, using the same labeling I’ve already registered it with — it’s so easy for them not to let a book waste away either.

BookCrossing is free: Visit them and consider starting your own bookshelf there — share some aloha by reading, registering, and releasing your own books. We need more people to fall in love with reading, for community literacy can rock our world.