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Staged!: A Four-Step Process to Stand Out in Your Personal and Professional Life Paperback – February 27, 2014
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About the Author
Conrod is the founder and CEO of STAGES, a career development company he started to help individuals on a larger scale after years of one-on-one career coaching. STAGED! describes the values and philosophy of the founder and company. Conrod draws on over ten years of experience at companies such as Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, and Merck—along with his many years as a student of personal and professional development to motivate and inspire others. Conrod is originally from Kingston, Jamaica, and grew up in South Florida. Conrod and his wife Joy reside in the Greater Philadelphia area. Conrod wrote this book for three reasons. The first reason is because he is a dreamer. He believes dreams are the visionary manifestations of the ideas and goals that guide us from our current reality to our desired reality. Second, he went on a yearlong journey of self-awareness, an exercise in discovering, accepting, and acting upon truth. A self-aware person can be honest about who they are and what they want, two critical pieces of information for achieving one’s personal and professional goals. Finally, this book is his attempt to repay seven remarkable women -- one being his mother -- who saw greatness in him and would accept nothing less.
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From the start, it is clear that Conrod is asking the reader's commitment to do several things: read, take time to reflect on the material, tell someone about what you read, make a commitment to apply what you learned, ask someone to hold you accountable, and share your progress with someone you trust. There are homework assignments that truly require reflection and accountability.
Conrod's conversational style impart imparts his obvious wisdom and insight and establish him as an authority on the material (one particular statement that made me read even more closely was that the author stated he'd received an offer for evey position he'd interviewed for). Though the author had great insight, he also wrote with great humility and thankfullness, citing his faith and a cadre of supporters along the way as great contributors to his success.
This book inspires the frank introspection that is necessary to make a change and is well worth the investment and the time invested. I highly recommend reading the book multiple times. Once for the sheer pleasure of reading it and getting to know the author's plan for the book, and at least once more to read it as Conrod intended...with actions and reflections.
Conrod gives actionable tips and tools for readers to take charge of their career to make their dreams of what they want to achieve with it a reality.
You'll never look at professional development the same. And that is highly valuable, and can save you years of trial and error.
Conrod Kelly offers concrete, proven and practical advice in such a palatable way in this book! The knowledge shared in this book is what most leaders either do not understand or will never take the time to explain and coach your through! Get Staged today!
"If you do not create your own personal brand, one will be created for you."
Reading through it, a few things stuck with me:
- The renting vs. buying your dreams/goals really resonated. It took me years to realize that I had been renting my values and goals from others. It was only after I recognized this that I was able to create my own goals and own them. Really important lesson for people.
- I think it is SO important for people to be intentional about their goals and I love that you included that topic in here. I think accountability is something many people take for granted and the notion of being intentional about your goals and realizing that every moment is a choice on your path to reaching them is really important to learn.
- I also loved the part about "super natural vs. supernatural." Some readers could misconstrue the purpose of this book as to stage a false image, when it's exactly the opposite. The best brands are authentic and rooted in honest intention. I really love how the author put it so creatively with the play on supernatural.
Really interesting and quick read that begs readers to take a step back to really internalize some of these concepts in their own lives.