Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Blog Tour: A Woman & Her Workplace

For most people, the workplace is their home-away-from-home. We spend most of our waking hours with coworkers and employers. No blood relation, but yet we must build healthy relationships with them if we hope to excel at our work and enjoy our careers. Just like families, our work families are disturbed by dysfunctional issues. Interactions at work are often anything but ideal, let alone godly.

We find someone to vent about the grumpy boss, that arrogant team member, the lazy coworker who gets by doing nothing, and the undermining woman who makes our lives miserable. Yes, it’s easy to blame them for our workplace woes—but it’s better to look inward at what we have control to change.

A Woman and Her Workplace shows how God can perform a deep heart transformation within us so His love flows through us to the people in our workplaces. By delving into the issues that wreak havoc on our workplace relationships, author Rosemary Flaaten provides readers the help they need to develop and apply strong biblical principles of humility, integrity, forgiveness, grace, and celebration in the workplace.

Through discussing relationships such as boss to staff, woman to man, woman to woman, and teamwork, Flaaten guides women to develop healthy interactions in their workplaces. It makes sense to invest some effort into the relationships where we spend the lion’s share of our waking hours. This book isn’t just for women, though. Men find the book gives them insight into how to make the best of their working relationships with the opposite sex in their offices.

What I Thought
I'll be honest, I'm still reading the book. It arrived late (sometimes things take a bit of time to get to my neck of the woods), and well this isn't a book that I can "speed" read.

Rather, it seems to be a book full of a wealth of information. I'm intrigued that Flaaten uses the story of Esther throughout out her book - drawing from it illustrations of moving from pride to humility, deception to integrity, anger to forgiveness, judgement to grace and envy to celebration.

I'm really interested in seeing if this book translates from the "real world" to well, the church bubble I work in. Sometimes, even though we'd like to say that a church should run like a business, but let's face it - this isn't Donald Trump's world.

But after working in several churches, and talking with friends in the ministry, I know many of the same "real world" issues infiltrate the "bubble."

So, this is a work in progress review. So far, on the surface and in the first two chapters, Flaaten has me hooked. If I get any amazing insights, I'll be back!

About The Author
Rosemary Flaaten's book, A Woman and Her Relationships helps women process their outside-of-work relationships, so now she’s delving into these 9-5 relationships.

She writes from a fully equipped life-experience toolkit. In it we find her varied work experience, a counseling and educational background, and a deep love for God as well as a passion to help others. Her Relationships book won The Word Guild Award, which is Canada's top Christian literary honor.

A dynamic speaker—Flaaten challenges women of all professions to view their work as a calling and their workplaces as opportunities to live out Christ’s love. Flaaten lives with her husband and three children in Calgary, Canada.

Online Resources
Workplace Gossip by Flaaten
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Handling Workplace Gossip

It's A Contest
Post a comment on this post by  Friday, Nov. 19.
You will be entered into the entire blog tour drawing for..........

A desk a facelift
—transform your desk and your relationships!
    * An autographed copy of A Woman and Her Workplace
    * Hard cover journal
    * 40 piece stationary set
    * Handbag styled refillable note dispenser
    * Photo frame
    * Stainless steel travel mug
    * Mini stapler, pen, pencil and highlighter

On Nov. 22, the tour organizes will draw to see who wins this Grand Prize!

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Kathy Carlton Willis Communications. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

1 comment:

  1. So, what do you think now that you've had a few more days to read? I reviewed the book on my blog and I'd love to hear what other readers think.

    Plus, I'd love to win that gift basket since I know several women who would enjoy the book.



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