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The Corporate Dojo book

In this insightful manual, Karen Gately offers a unique and compelling approach to people leadership – an approach deeply founded upon the 25 years Karen spent in the dojo (karate school), first as a student of karate and later as a sensei (teacher) in her own right.

The essence of her leadership philosophy is this: by motivating and drawing out the best of people’s abilities and talents, and by providing a spirit-strengthening environment in which people can work, relate and grow, corporate leaders can shape the growth of their organisations, the development of their team members, and ultimately, by extension, the wellbeing of our global communities. 

Drawing from real life experiences both in the office and in the dojo, Karen illustrates the essential hows and whys of ‘growing people’; she explains the power of spirit and the weight of its influence in the workplace; and through it all, she invites the reader to envision and aspire to a thriving world in which businesses and their teams function as a force for good.

A book for established CEOs, new graduates poised to ascend the ladder of corporate leadership, and everyone in between, The Corporate Dojo is a must read for passionate leaders in any environment.

The People Manager's Toolkit book

Frustrated by the challenges of dealing with poor performance and behavior?

Looking for ways to inspire discretionary effort and drive better results? 

Looking for guidance unencumbered by complex theory and HR jargon?

If simple answers to your team management challenges are what you want, the People Manager’s Toolkit is the solution for you.  This book is a practical, ‘how to’ guide to achieving outstanding commercial results through the talent and energy of every member of your team. 

Included in The People Manager’s Toolkit are strategies and practices focused on:

  • Building an inspiring vision and executing effective strategy
  • Managing the culture of your team and business
  • Finding and hiring the right people when you need them
  • Communicating so people are informed and engaged
  • Leveraging performance management to influence behavior and drive results
  • Growing the capabilities of your team
  • Rewarding and recognizing people for what they achieve and how they go about it
  • Driving change to realize your intended outcomes
  • Tapping into the value HR teams can offer

Avoiding complex theories or language The People Manager’s Toolkit is an easy to understand reference guide you can refer to time and time again, as the need arises. Applicable to the frontline supervisor through to the CEO of any size business the step-by-step instructions can be used to:

  • Understand the issues you are dealing with and identify the most effective solutions
  • Review the effectiveness of your current approach and identify ways to improve
  • Develop the capabilities of every people manager on your team

The People Manager’s Toolkit is an equally valuable tool for HR professionals.  Whether you are looking to review your own efforts or influence the performance of people managers in your business this book will provide a framework for excellence in people leadership.