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'Ordinary Champions' book

| 28.11.2017

Manoj Agarwal is kindly donating to BSA all royalties from his new book 'Ordinary Champions: How to achieve your full potential and outperform yourself'.

The book is available from bookshops and online retailers including amazon.co.uk. It includes a Foreword by BSA Chief Executive Norbert Lieckfeldt:

'Ordinary champions' by Manoj Agarwal."I am usually sceptical of self-help books but I enjoyed Manoj Agarwal's short book. Despite his stammer (or because of it?), he has achieved not only great career success but has also found deep insights along the way.

He asks the reader to find their core - to peel away the layers of unhelpful attitudes and behaviours which we develop over the years, because not to do so might cause problems, might make others dislike us, might be socially risky or unacceptable. This is especially relevant for people who stammer - stammering is associated with a significant social stigma and many people will expend a lot of energy, social capital and avoidance behaviours to hide the fact that they stammer.

Manoj is clearly passionate and manages to convey this passion in simple but insightful and helpful examples. Leadership to him means contributing our own passion to the greater good, not the pursuit of material possessions or status.

Every one of us can follow our passion and do what we are good at, what we enjoy doing and what gives us energy when we are doing it.

The book shares important, small steps to achieving your goals that feel real and achievable. It asks important questions such as 'What are the top five reasons that you are not doing what you should be doing?' in exercises following each chapter, and making statements that ought to be obvious but far too often aren't, especially when we are all far too prone to have self-limiting beliefs 'You do not require anyone's permission to become an expert.'

Not every one of us can become a CEO of a FTSE 100 company but every one of us can follow our passion and do what we are good at, what we enjoy doing and what gives us energy when we are doing it - playing to our strengths, in other words.

I found a lot in here to make me stop and think.

Norbert Lieckfeldt, Chief Executive, British Stammering Association"

As well as Amazon, the book is also available in the BSA members library.