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Leading with Love and Laughter by Zina Sutch
Alexander's review – 5 stars
Jul 08, 2021 - it was amazing!
Zina Sutch and Patrick Malone are impressive in how they just go for it proverbially with their brand of corporate philosophy in Leading with Love and Laughter. The subtitle of the book reads Letting Go and Getting Real at Work, and like the title it fits the book’s straightforward and purposefully simplistic delivery. Sutch and Malone aren’t interested in trying to push what one could call their anti-traditionalist, radical-to-corporate conservatives philosophy in neutered or watered-down prose to fit the widest possible audience. They’re preaching to a very specific choir, specifically a millennial-centric set of generations, and as a result the book is refreshingly unguarded and concise in terms of language choice and in terms of conceptual presentation.
REVIEW: Zina Sutch and Patrick Malone — Leading with Love and Laughter (BOOK)
Zina Sutch and Patrick Malone’s new book is something that you don’t initially know what to expect from, but quickly turns out to be something you didn’t know you needed. The book is equal parts leadership advice guide, inspirational read, and interactive reading experience. The concepts it promotes, while arguably to be applied within a distinctly corporate framework, can also be carried out to fruition within one’s personal life. In essence, the book is the duo’s literary argument for leading one’s life and those around one’s self with a sense of joy, optimism, and enthusiasm. Nurture no longer bears the kind of flippant, shall we say ‘snowflake’ qualities the old guards of industry once tried to brand it with. If anything, the opposite has proven to be the name of the game. Industry leaders and large-scale corporate enterprises are beginning to both adopt and reintroduce more decidedly right-brain, almost spiritual and deliberately holistic elements to their respective approaches.
July 14, 2021
Zina Sutch and Patrick Malone make for an interesting pair, literarily speaking. Their new book is, Leading with Love and Laughter: Letting Go and Getting Real at Work. If its title isn’t indicative of the approach they take in elaborating on their specified brand of concepts and leadership approach, I don’t know what is. Being somewhat of a traditionalist in how I view industry, I was initially a bit skeptical picking up a book with such a distinctly emotive tonality. It didn’t seem entirely fitting, nor proper given my penchant for probably outdated, semi-old-fashioned views of how to articulate the fast pace that is the (professional) rat race. The corporate jungle to me has always been representative of cold, gleaming steel, tall buildings, getting ahead without (legitimately) stomping on too many exposed throats, and all-in-all maintaining a clear barrier between my intrinsic humanity pertinent to my personal life with the coolness that comes with keeping my job.
But these two managed to win me over.
Job well done, if you ask me. I’d be curious to see more of their work, and would like to continue following their new exploits. Whatever imperfections you could argue still permeate small aspects of the read are easily redeemed by actual, genuine insights and a strong sense of inherent positivity. It’s a nice thing to see and read in a nonfiction sub-genre often dominated by decidedly cold and flinty presentational qualities. All in all, a solid achievement and guide to the new.
Zina Sutch and Patrick Malone’s new book has a title similar to the structural capacities of a position paper. The articulatory abilities of Leading with Love and Laughter: Letting Go and Getting Real at Work perfectly encapsulates and summarizes what Sutch and Malone’s book is about, almost akin to the succinctness of a really good thesis statement. While the actual concepts themselves Sutch and Malone write about are something inherent to a growing sociopolitical trend, it’s the approach they take with the descriptions that differentiates Leading with Love and Laughter from the considerable nature of identifiable peers. Sutch and Malone never flinch from material that has proven incendiary for prior generations.
For example, the concept of imbuing a workspace with elements ensuring the intensive emotional safety of its employees is not something the duo wrap in soullessly worded, bait-and-switch analogical prose. They simply come out and say it. This only serves to further compliment what they promote – a safe and inclusive workspace ensures long-term and fluid success for the enterprise as a whole. “When leaders begin with a foundation of authentic love for self, it is much easier to share love with others,” they write in a standout chapter. “Leaders like this are the real deal…Because they were their true selves, they were able to impact those they led and all of those around them. They led with love. You could too.”