Dr. Marlene Caroselli’s latest book, Jesus, Jonas, & Janus: The Leadership Triumvirate, explores leadership through the prism of historical figures. She notes the current thinking–John Maxwell: “Others will not care about how much you know until they know how much you care”–and correlates it to practices and principles from the time of Jesus.
The difference between those who genuinely care and those who may use the less fortunate as a career opportunity, she says, is perhaps best illustrated by an encounter between Mother Teresa and a reporter. She was tending to the lepers in the Shanti Nagar (“Town of Peace”) colony. A reporter was shadowing her, looking for photo ops. At one point, as she reached down to comfort a man infected with the disease, his skin disfigured by sores, she overheard the reporter’s distaste for the scene. “Ugh,” he said under his breath. I wouldn’t touch that man with a ten-foot pole!”
“Neither would I,” was Mother Teresa’s rejoinder, as she leaned over the man to comfort him and laid her hands on his head.
Caroselli also tells what leaders can learn from nature by citing Jonas Salk’s answer to the question of how he discovered the polio vaccine: “I learned to think the way Mother Nature thinks.” The second section of the book draws lessons from the teachings of nature.
In the third section, she shows how leaders can use creativity–specifically the creativity of opposites, embodied in the figure of the Roman god Janus.
Whether one hopes to develop leadership skills for everyday-confidence or for professional growth, the book contains hundreds of ideas for doing so.
Tell us something about yourself.
I’m an adventurous former English teacher who dared to leave the East Coast classroom and let herself be lured by Californian sun. Once there, I worked as a property manager, which led to university teaching, which led to corporate teaching for Fortune 100 companies and federal agencies. My curricula became books. Jesus, Jonas, and Janus is book #63.
What inspired you to write this book?
It evolved from a speech I gave of the same title.
How did you choose the title?
Leadership has always interested me. In fact, my very first book (which was named a Main Selection by Doubleday’s Executive Book Club) was called The Language of Leadership. It grew out of assignments I had created for my university students.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
It appears in ebook form so there really were no obstacles.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
My mother tells about a time when she found my bedroom light on in the wee hours. A child of the Depression, she went it to turn in off, assuming I’d fallen asleep. Instead, she found me wide awake, reading the dictionary! I’ve always been intrigued by words and using them to earn a living was a natural segue.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I like to start early and treat myself to coffee with Bailey’s Irish Cream as an incentive.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
I’m amazed at the vast opportunities available to those who write ebooks. I learned it’s a rapidly developing field. And it’s a whole lot easier to get onto Kindles than into the approving hands of an Acquisitions Editor.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
Does “it” refer to the book? If so, I don’t think I’d do anything differently. I tried to post one blog a day at Ezine.com. Once I had 50 or so, I also had a book.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I need to escape reality on a daily basis. And, not having a man with whom I can indulge my fantasies, I turn to fiction, especially crime novels written by attorneys. Currently, I’m deeply involved with Sheldon Siegal’s Special Circumstances. But Scott Turow and Nelson DeMille have equally strong claims on my heart.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
My next book will be about Einstein. When I learned that a cranky German headmaster told him, “Your mere presence offends me,” I empathized and wanted to tell his story from a non-quantum-physics viewpoint.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Write every single day. And, be alert to the world around you. Try to learn one new fact each day and somehow weave it into your journals or your book.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
The entrepreneur or business person who wishes to hone his or her leadership skills.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
Readers can always contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also find the book at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and Booklocker. Additionally, I have 100 articles posted at Ezine.com. And, if readers are inclined toward art, they can learn more at http://www.saatchionline.com/LainaCelano.