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Business books may be able to explain why it’s important to leverage diverse perspectives, but they tend to be too model-driven to adequately reflect the complexities of the real world. For those insights, especially if you’re in a management position, reach for works of fiction.

I read and recommend fiction when challenging issues arise. Great fiction challenges me with its multifaceted characters in the context of different cultures, identities, conflicts and time periods; this complexity is what many leaders need most to alter their point of view in positive ways.

As a professor of leadership, here are seven literary gems from a diverse set of authors that I’ve read and enjoyed. They make for compelling summer reading and offer some surprising leadership lessons:

By Laila Lalami

This historical novel recounts the experiences of the first Black explorer of America, a Moroccan slave renamed Estebanico.

The imagined memoir presents European imperialism from the viewpoint of an unlikely narrator, and reminds me of a critical lesson: All leaders must seek a broad array of perspectives, especially those which society traditionally has devalued, to achieve a more complete picture of reality for their decision-making.

By Yu Hua and Michael Berry

Originally banned in China but later named one of that nation’s most influential books, “To Live” tells the life journey of Fugui, who squanders his fortune and becomes a humble peasant farmer, while being swept up into the arc of China’s history — from civil war to the Cultural Revolution.

The power of this story stopped me in my tracks, and I immediately suggested it to friends and family. It offers a universal lesson that wealth and status can be easily lost.

It’s also a reminder to always consider what others, including colleagues, may have gone (or are going) through — and how it’s probably more than they let on.

By Mohsin Hamid

This is the debut novel from Mohsin Hamid of Pakistan, who went on to write the internationally acclaimed bestsellers “Exit West” and “The Reluctant Fundamentalist.” The action-packed tale follows the misfortunes of Daru, whose life plummets after he’s fired from his banking job.

I make a habit of reading novels that offer an intimate sense of place. I savored how this one delivered a glimpse of modern-day Pakistan through a sharp, at times witty, cautionary tale with a protagonist who specialized in poor decisions and rationalizations.

By Andrew Sean Greer

A Pulitzer Prize winner in 2018, “Less” is one of my pleasure reads. It follows Arthur, as he tries to outrun his breakup with his boyfriend by traveling the world. As is often the case, he soon finds his problems follow.

This satirical novel is high in entertainment value, but also reminds me about the folly of looking outside ourselves to escape dissatisfaction in our careers or personal lives. In many ways, it’s a candid lesson that’s helpful in both leadership and mentorship.

By Colson Whitehead

From Black American novelist Colson Whitehead, “The Intuitionalist” offers fresh inroads into frank conversations about race in the workplace and in society.

When Lily, the first Black female Intuitionist, is accused of committing a gross error, how will the truth be revealed? I found a call to action here: to move from simply understanding the benefits of diversity to championing the individuals who hold diverse perspectives.

Otherwise, they, too, are at risk of becoming entangled, or taken down, in organizational politics.

By Min Jin Lee

This epic story of a Korean family in Japan explores love, loyalty and building success amid deeply entrenched and generational racism.

At a time of greater conversation about race and social justice, this novel gave me a view of racism from a completely different system, providing parallels and insights into my own.

By Kazuo Ishiguro

Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest book tells the story of Klara, an extraordinary “artificial friend,” and offers an intriguing look at the potential for human-A.I. relationships and the ethical implications.

As a mother, I found meaning in its poignant exploration of the choices that parents make. It also includes one of my favorite themes from the various works of Ishiguro: Selfless devotion may allow us to achieve occupational excellence, but it may also leave us disappointed, so we must choose our loyalties wisely.

Brooke Vuckovic is a professor of leadership at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is also the faculty director of coaching for Zell Fellows, Kellogg’s venture accelerator program. Outside of the Kellogg, Brooke has provided highly-personalized coaching and support to top-level executives for nearly two decades. Follow her on LinkedIn.

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Coronavirus News LIVE: India issues revised Covid guidelines for international travellers; WHO says Omicron poses ‘very high’ global risk, countries must prepare

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Coronavirus News November 29 LIVE Updates, COVID-19 vaccines, WHO, new Covid-19 variant Omicron, travel restrictionsThe WHO has said it is “not yet clear” whether the newly-detected coronavirus variant Omicron is more transmissible or causes more severe disease compared to other variants.

Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India Today’s News, November 29 Live Updates: Just as the global community thought that the worst of the Coronavirus pandemic was behind us, a new COVID-19 variant has emerged. The variant – called Omicron or B.1.1.529 – was first reported from South Africa less than a week ago. At present, South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong and European nations including the UK, Italy, Denmark, and Germany have reported cases of this new strain. The emergence of a new variant, Omicron,  has sent the global community into a panic state, and while European nations have started announcing lockdown measures, many countries like the US have imposed travel bans for South Africa and some more countries over concerns regarding the Omicron variant.

The WHO has classified Omicron as a variant of concern, and countries, including India, have begun keeping a stricter vigil on the new cases that are being reported to ensure that the cases are not due to the new variant. WHO also gave an update on the variant on Sunday. It said that researchers globally are trying to study the variant and understand its various aspects. At the moment, it is not yet clear if Omicron is more transmissible as compared to other variants. It noted that while South African regions affected by this variant have reported an increase in the number of cases, studies are being conducted to see if that is because of the variant or due to other factors. Similarly, there is not sufficient evidence to comment on the severity of the infection caused by Omicron, WHO said, adding that there was no information indicating that the symptoms caused by the new variant were different from the ones caused by other variants.

Meanwhile, state governments in India, including Karnataka and Delhi, urged the Centre to ban international flights coming from ‘at-risk’ countries, or nations which have reported cases of Omicron. On Sunday evening, the Centre also decided to review its decision on resuming scheduled commercial international flights. On November 26, the country had announced that regular international flights would resume from December 15 after a period of 20 months. So far, international flights have been operating under bubble agreements with other countries. However, the decision is now set to be renewed. Notably, no case of the variant has been reported in India so far.

India reported 8,309 new Coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking its overall tally of Covid-19 cases to 3,45,80,832, while the active cases declined to 1,03,859, the lowest in 544 days, according to data from the Union Health Ministry on Monday. With 236 fresh fatalities, the Covid-19 death toll has increased to 4,68,790, the Health Ministry said. The single-day rise in new cases has been below 20,000 for the past 52 days and less than 50,000 for the 155 consecutive days now.

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Power Book 2 season 2 cast: What else has Debbi Morgan been in? | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

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Power Book II: Ghost season two returned to Starz earlier this month following the cliffhanger of the first series. Tariq St Patrick (played by Michael Rainey Jr) has a lot of pressure on his shoulders, not only with keeping out of jail himself but with ensuring sister Yaz’s welfare. Unfortunately, she could be unintentionally put at risk by their grandmother Estelle Green (Debbi Morgan).

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Power Book 2.

When Tasha St Patrick (Naturi Naughton) was sent to prison for James “Ghost” St Patrick’s (Omari Hardwick) murder, her mum Estelle took Yaz in.

As Tariq got to focus more on college, this did seem to go well until the second series began.

He stopped Yaz from setting fire to the house as she was attempting to make breakfast in the season premiere.

She also told her big brother how Estelle had been drinking heavily again and he himself saw something wasn’t right when she couldn’t remember him returning home the night before. 

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This has been far from her only role on the small screen though.

Morgan has also starred in Generations, Loving, The City, General Hospital, Port Charles, Boston Public, Charmed, For the People and The Young and the Restless.

While the 65-year-old has spent most of her career in television, she has dipped in and out of the film industry as well.

One of her most well-known roles on the big screen was in the 1999 romantic-comedy She’s All That as Ms Rousseau.

Power Book II season two will continue on Sunday, December 5, on Starz.

The upcoming episode is called The Greater Good which indicates there could be moral ambiguity that could play a role in these latest scenes.

The synopsis reads: “Tariq tries to keep CourseCorrect from going under.

“Diana grows wary of Cane’s motives and Zeke’s future gets put at risk; Nobody can find Monet.”

Power Book 2 season 2 airs every Sunday on Starz in America and Starzplay in the UK.

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Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani release date February 10 2023 teaser BTS video

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Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh's 'Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani' to release on THIS date; watch BTS video
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Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh’s ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’ to release on THIS date; watch BTS video

The makers of ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’ starring Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh have finally announced the release date of the film. Taking to Instagram on Monday afternoon, ace filmmaker Karan Johar shared the good news and informed that the film will release on February 10, 2023 in theatres. Alongside the first BTS video, Johar wrote in the caption, “After 7 long years, it gives me such joy and gratitude to be here and announcing that my next #RockyAurRaniKiPremKahani, a love story at its heart with the soul of family values – is releasing on 10th February, 2023. See you in cinemas with an abundance of entertainment that we are getting ready for you!” 

Alia also shared the same and wrote, “Loading it up with music, dance, an ensemble cast, a dash of drama and a whole lot of love just for you! #RockyAurRaniKiPremKahani releasing in cinemas on 10th February, 2023! See you there to make this kahani complete.” While Ranveer posted,”Isse kehte hai full entertainment ka dhamaka! We’re coming to you with love in our hearts blessed with parivaar ke sanskaar. #RockyAurRaniKiPremKahani releasing in cinemas on 10th February, 2023! #RRKPK.”

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From the past few days, pictures of the trio shooting in Delhi have been going viral on the internet. A day ago, Ranveer and Alia were spotted at Qutub Minar, where they reportedly filmed a song from the film. Several pictures from the shoot have been doing the rounds on the internet. In the images, Ranveer can be seen wearing a white shirt, while Alia looks gorgeous in a white saree.

Even Karan shared a set of pictures on his Instagram handle featuring the team of the film. He shared a post and anounced that the release date of the film will be out on Monday. Sharing a selfie, Karan wrote, “We announce our release tomorrow !!!! #rockyaurranikipremkahani ! Watch this space so excited ! @ranveersingh @aliaabhatt.”

Apart from Alia and Ranveer, the film also stars– Shabana Azmi, Dharmendra, and Jaya Bachchan. Also, Saif Ali Khan’s son Ibrahim is working as an assistant director on the film.

A few days ago, celebrity designer Manish Malhotra treated us with a priceless picture of veteran stars Dharmendra and Shabana Azmi from the sets of ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’ in the capital. In the image, Manish can be seen taking a selfie with the two of them. Shabana Azmi can be seen wearing a blue checked saree while sitting next to Dharmendra who sported a navy blue jacket and a scarf. “Selfie Time With all the favourites today,” Manish captioned the post.

 

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