Oy Vey! Isn’t a Strategy: 25 Solutions for Personal and Professional Success
Deborah Grayson Riegel is a well known coach for organizations and individuals who also shares her expertise through articles and podcasts. Having availed myself of her services, first as a consultant for the organization I worked for, then as a regular attendee of her training sessions, and most recently as a coach as I wrestled with career challenges, I eagerly awaited the publication of her book, which exceeded every expectation that I had.
Although the cover describes Oy Vey as “self-help/coaching,” that designation does not do it justice. While the reader does get some coaching and self-help, s/he also gets insights from Ms. Riegel’s own life experiences, spiritual thinking, lessons in sensitivity, practical ideas for leading a professional and personal life, and exercises that help one explore his/her true values. And while the parts of the book do not unfold in a clear, linear fashion, they come together through the underlying values that run through the entire book.
The teachings are delivered with humor (the author was part of a comedy troupe earlier in her life), warmth, and honesty. While the author’s intelligence and knowledge shine through, what is even more significant is her wisdom – the rare ability to perceive new insights and link knowledge, applying it to real life in practical ways.
Deborah’s honesty and openness are evident on every page. Reading her work, you know that she doesn’t just write about more effective living, she lives the ideas. She’s never afraid to admit her own mistakes, using them as lessons from which others can learn. Transparency, humility, and integrity come through.
As I read this book, my mind constantly linked it to the work of the mussar movement writers, who linked ethical living, values, and self-improvement in their Jewish lives and teachings. The same integrity and vision that the mussarniks expressed is shared in this enlightening and entertaining work. Bibliography.
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