Friday, July 10, 2020

Review: Saturday Morning Tea by Tony Bridwell

Genre: Business Fiction


“Leah, the newly promoted manager at Blaise International, faces a common challenge: how to turn slow sales and uninterested employees into a booming enterprise. Uniting her team and avoiding employee layoffs seem impossible. Until she meets the Professor, Their weekly lessons on the power of story help Leah turn her employees and leadership team from unmotivated individuals into a community with a common goal. Alongside Leah, learn the three ways to experience story and how to identify a misaligned story. The Professor teaches that the way we present ourselves through verbal and nonverbal cues — employee recognition, team meeting behaviors, and identifying employee burnout — impacts not only our own path, but also the paths of others. Saturday Morning Tea is a powerful tale of leadership and ambition that proves how story has the power to change everything.”


“As an author, international speaker, consultant and coach, Tony Bridwell has been making a difference at some of the world’s largest organizations for the past 20 years. He is the former Chief People Officer of Brinker International and a past partner with global consulting firm, Partners In Leadership. Currently, Tony is the Chief People Officer for Ryan, LLC, the global leader in Tax Consulting.”


This was described as business fiction. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but after reading it think that’s a fair label, although depending on the picture that label paints for you it may or may not be exactly what you expect. Leah, a newly-minted manager meets “the Professor” at a local tea spot one Saturday morning. They get talking about Leah’s difficulties and the Professor lends his advice. This turns into a regular Saturday get together with the chronicling of what they discuss being the first part of each section in the book. Their discussion is a fairly realistic telling of what you might expect to hear from an intelligent up-and-coming, yet inexperienced manager and her mentor. Definitely fiction and definitely discussing business. The style is reminiscent of what fables and other stories that mentors and other more experienced people have used for thousands of years to illustrate points as they educate those who can benefit from their knowledge and experience. It isn’t fiction in the sense of entertaining like a good novel or short story, but by presenting the information as a story it makes it easier to take in and digest. At the end of each section the lessons you hopefully are coming away with are laid out much more explicitly, in my opinion to review the first time around and for easy reference down the road.

This is one of a series Bridwell has and continues to write.  I think this particular volume is especially interesting because I think he makes a good case for his approach to teaching, using stories, and how that approach can help in managing and mentoring others. Well done with an excellent lesson.

Buy now from:            Amazon US        Amazon UK

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues

Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 13-14,000 words

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