Michael Bianco-Splann’s books Conscious Leadership: 7 Principles that Will Change Your Business and Change Your Life and Dying to Live: A Tapestry of Reinvention are unique entries in the area of motivational literature The former of the two books outlines seven principles of leadership and self-realization individuals can abide by in their professional lives with productive results. Bianco-Splann makes it clear, however, early on in the pages of Conscious Leadership that these principles possess application far beyond the professional realm alone; they encourage and build leadership qualities in every phase of life. The work’s subtitle alone reflects this and the book lives up to its billing. The wide scope of Bianco-Splann’s Conscious Leadership, far outstripping similar efforts by peers and contemporaries, further strengthens the book’s enduring relevancy.
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Conscious Leadership has a straight-forward structure and a level of concision in keeping with the aesthetic Bianco-Splann promotes throughout. The structure, when paired with his forthright and often eloquent prose, makes for a winning combination. The book has an inspiring tone flirting occasionally with sounding overwrought, but many if not most readers will forgive this trait as a manifestation of Bianco-Splann’s passion and missionary zeal. He definitely believes in the message Conscious Leadership: 7 Principles that Will Change Your Business and Change Your Life pushes on readers and there is unwavering consistency in its portrayal. You finish this book without any doubt Bianco-Splann practices what he preaches.
The book Dying to Live: A Tapestry of Reinvention explores the themes underpinning Conscious Leadership in a different fashion. This is, at its essence, a book detailing how and why Bianco-Splann arrived at a place in his life where reinvention and rebirth became essential for him to continue. Dying to Live has autobiographical trappings and definitely will remind many readers of a personal memoir but Bianco-Splann makes it clear early on that the book has a higher purpose and never follows a linear chronological path.
It would lose a lot of its impact if it did. Bianco-Splann makes excellent choices throughout. He doesn’t mimic the layout of Conscious Leadership thus drawing further distinctions between the two works. His freewheeling approach to time, moving back and forth through the years in order to illustrate key points, gives the work never loses readers and gives us a more panoramic view of the forces shaping Bianco-Splann into the man he is today.
Dying to Live is a longer work than Conscious Leadership but not by a significant margin. Sections of the book are a difficult reading experience but not due to any faults with the prose; instead, they may pose difficulties for some readers because they portray someone in such dire straits.
Ultimately, however, Dying to Live: A Tapestry of Reinvention strikes a redemptive note all but the most cynical or hardest of readers will respond to. It is an affecting testimony to the idea of reinvention mentioned in its title and, taken in tandem with Conscious Leadership, provides a singular reading experience in motivational/self-help literature certain to endure for many years to come.