What We Are Reading Today: Leading the Workforce of the Future

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Updated 09 March 2020

What We Are Reading Today: Leading the Workforce of the Future

Author: Brigette Hyacinth

Leading the Workforce of the Future mandates new levels of self-awareness.
“As the workplace evolves in the direction of innovation, digitalization, and rapid change, leaders must follow suit in order to remain relevant and engaging to this multigenerational workforce. The book provides concrete advice and best practices on how to engage and retain top talent,” said a review in goodreads.com.
“It addresses several areas to focus on to future proof yourself and your business,” it added.
Author Brigette Hyacinth is an international keynote speaker, bestselling author and thought leader on leadership, human resources, artificial intelligence (AI) and digital transformation.
Hyacinth is the founder of MBA Caribbean Organization, which specializes in seminars and workshops in leadership, management and education.
Hyacinth has traveled to five continents including North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia — sharing her expertise.
She currently has over 2 million followers on LinkedIn.

What We Are Reading Today: Reading Old Books by Peter Mack

Updated 26 May 2020

What We Are Reading Today: Reading Old Books by Peter Mack

In literary and cultural studies, “tradition” is a word everyone uses but few address critically. In Reading Old Books, Peter Mack offers a wide-ranging exploration of the creative power of literary tradition, from the middle ages to the 21st century, revealing in new ways how it helps writers and readers make new works and meanings.

Reading Old Books argues that the best way to understand tradition is by examining the moments when a writer takes up an old text and writes something new out of a dialogue with that text and the promptings of the present situation. 

The book examines Petrarch as a user, instigator, and victim of tradition. It shows how Chaucer became the first great English writer by translating and adapting a minor poem by Boccaccio. 

It investigates how Ariosto, Tasso, and Spenser made new epic meanings by playing with assumptions, episodes, and phrases translated from their predecessors. It analyzes how the Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell drew on tradition to address the new problem of urban deprivation in Mary Barton. 

And, finally, it looks at how the Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o, in his 2004 novel Wizard of the Crow, reflects on biblical, English literary, and African traditions.

Drawing on key theorists, critics, historians, and sociologists, and stressing the international character of literary tradition, Reading Old Books illuminates the not entirely free choices readers and writers make to create meaning in collaboration and competition with their models.