Carolyn Swora, Author of Rules of Engagement
Look around the typical workplace. People are overwhelmed. They’re unengaged; or worse, disengaged. AT home and at work, the world is changing too fast, and people simply can’t cope. No matter how skilful someone is, faced with a barrage of new information, unstruc-tured data, and “disruptive” technologies, they simply don’t get the opportunity to lever-age those skills, let alone “shine” in their role. Now add into that mix markets in turmoil, an ever-shifting competitive landscape, and increasingly sophisticated and demanding cus-tomers.
The inevitable result?
Employees who are disconnected. Disconnected from their employer. Disconnected from their leaders. Disconnected from their customers. Disconnected from each other. So, they battle through, their performance gradually worsening, until they take either sick leave or they simply walk away in hopes of finding something better somewhere—anywhere—else.
In Rules of Engagement, Carolyn Swora draws on 20 years’ experience as a senior leader in a highly volatile industry to present a new way of thinking, leading, and working that ad-dresses the complexity and overwhelm of modern working life so that your employees can develop new skills to thrive in this workplace of the future (that has rapidly become the workplace of today).
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Carolyn Swora whose book Rules of Engagement informed and educated me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love business and leadership books but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Carolyn Swora, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Carolyn Swora will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Carolyn Swora!
Carolyn Swora, principal and founder of Pinnacle Culture, spent 20 years in the trenches as a senior leader in the highly competitive environment of a global pharmaceuticals company.
Rotating through roles in sales, marketing, supply chain, and customer service, she took underperforming teams and transformed them into high performers. Along the way, she gained an in-depth understanding of what it takes for people to flourish in their role, and how leaders can tap into that to inspire their people to do their best work.
Now, how wonderful does Carolyn Swora sound?! Carolyn Swora is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Carolyn’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Carolyn, I hope that you enjoy Carolyn’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
I felt compelled to write this book for personal and professional reasons. Having worked in the corporate world for over 20 years I had seen a distinct change in the workplace and could see the factors impacting it. I felt there was a need to provide context as to why this workplace disruption was happening. I’ve also seen the impact this disruption is having on people. It pains me to see the decline in mental health as well as the declining productivity. I’m a positive person by nature so I wanted to find a way to help others find solutions.
There is an underlying story beneath this entire book which comes from my personal experience. I had no control over the cancer ravaging through my husband’s body, but I did have control over how it would let it define me and our family. It was so profound that it has changed my view on life at home and in the workforce. I wanted to integrate it into the book to demonstrate the interconnectedness between work and home. They are intricately intertwined and I wanted people to connect with these workplace concepts in a more personal way.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
Don’t overthink it. Just write it! I never considered myself a writer, but I focused on being authentic and being true to myself.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
I think it’s important to connect with reader – to give them a reason to read your book. There are so many ways authors can do this. You can connect with their logical brain or their emotional brain. Regardless of what you choose, do it early and keep it consistent. There are so many amazing stories to tell and different ways to do it. Books are amazing ways to share our stories
What is your writing process like?
I would describe it like waves. When the creativity flows I write and edit constantly. I really try to capitalize on that time! There are definitely times when it’s harder, when I feel blocked. For me I have to step away and take a break. When writing Rules of Engagement I had to take a 60 day break at one point. It was incredibly helpful.
I do block times in my schedule, in the early morning when I’m rested and it’s quiet. I like to block off time from 5-8am and can feel very in touch with my creative side during that time.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
I predominantly write when I feel inspired. I find I’m able to articulate myself better when I’m in that state. Thankfully, I’m inspired often!
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I love books! I have at least 7 sitting on my night stand and at least 7 more waiting to be read on my kindle. I have a bad habit of reading many books at one time and not always finishing them. Now that I’ve written my own book, I’m making sure to read the entire book!
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
I definitely want to write another book. I’m proud of this one since it was my first but I know I can improve on my ability to tell a captivating story. I have some professional goals I want to focus on for the next few years so a new book is likely going to have to wait a few more years, maybe in 2020 or 2021.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Carolyn Swora! If you have liked what you have read about Carolyn and are interested in learning more about Carolyn and reading Carolyn’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,