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Book Review: The Green Spot

The author shares her experience drawn from several years of coaching and tells the reader the method to achieve an open-minded connection with your colleagues and clients

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Let us begin with a hypothetical situation in office: Mr ‘Surname’, who is a great employee, is persistently coming late for meetings. Today again he walks in with that grin, takes one of the vacant chairs, looks around and pretends business is as usual. According to him, he is the cool talented dude. Rest of the team members feel absurd.

You, as the team manager, chairing that meeting aren’t sure how to react. This is the fifth time he has come in late: Should you sack him, let it pass or be firm? How will your reaction be treated by others? How should you react to such and countless other situations in meetings, conferences, at work or at home?

Ann Van Eron in her book Oasis Conversations: Leading with an Open Mindset to Maximize Potential gives us all the answers. Well, it doesn’t give you an ‘answer’, but gradually makes you realise what it means to possess an open mindset.

In any professional work environment, miscommunication among team members, disharmony, disrespect, neglect and hatred could lead to cracks, some small and some big enough to cause chaos and subsequent disasters. Now, take this forward and expand it to all the people one interacts with, from children to spouse, the newspaper man, neighbours, doctor, lawyer, gym trainer… Eron, the accomplished author of this book, has beautifully tackled such situations and developed this powerful process called OASIS that stands for observation, awareness, shift, importance and solution, a refreshing change. Any employee will relate to all the situations explained in this book.

If you think you are right and the other person in the cabin or in that corner office is wrong, think again. What if he or she feels the same about you? How can you turn this desert-like unfriendly situation into a friendly oasis scenario where each one of us work in harmony? How can we all connect better, be open minded and more empathetic towards others?

Through the book, the author shares her experience drawn from several years of coaching and tells the reader the method to achieve an open-minded connection with your colleagues and clients. Simply put, think of this book as a coaching session. It has a wonderful mix of science, practice, tools and dozens of other scenarios each one of us could relate to. This book in fact, will make you relook at more than a dozen things differently. It will give you the true meaning of the phrase ‘let’s have a meaningful dialogue’. If there was a tool to measure how productivity and output increased because people took to this methodology, I am sure it will have positive results.

Eron’s book is easily understandable and the narration is highly engaging and insightful covering real life scenarios. For all the leaders, managers, team workers in us, and for the hardworking, smart working and the young ones who want to take bigger roles tomorrow, this book holds the key to success. The five letters are sure to change your life.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house. Unless otherwise noted, the author is writing in his/her personal capacity. They are not intended and should not be thought to represent official ideas, attitudes, or policies of any agency or institution.

Rajeev Sharma

The writer is founder, Awrizon, Digital Consulting

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