HOW TO SWIM WITH THE SHARKS - A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR LEADERSHIP IN DIVERSE ENVIRONMENTS

By Vickie L.McCray

How to Swim with the Sharks: A Survival Guide for Leadership in Diverse Environments, provides real-life vignettes of personal and professional triumphs.

Each story offers tried and proven leadership techniques for use in challenging business or personal environments. The book also addresses management styles useful for building and managing teams. While the book covers situations in professional environments, it could easily be adapted to situations in community organizations or in school.

Unique to business management literature, this book covers a key element often overlooked in other books: office politics. The book is written for those who, despite being highly skilled and qualified, encounter setbacks due to office power dynamics.

The book is organized in a very easy-to-read format. Each chapter begins with a dilemma, followed by a strategy, advantage and reflection to help one tackle this dilemma. Then, the chapter concludes with brief “take-away” tips that will help readers successfully swim with the sharks.

As a woman of color trying to prove myself in this global economy, this book gave me some great insights and ideas on how to navigate the tough world of work which is full of sharks. Often, those around the office are not straightforward and when you least expect it, attack you. But this book gave the support and made me realize that I am not alone in this battle.

EFFIE BURWELL, Senior Musician, Pleasant Green M.B. Church