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Book Review: Yes Energy: The Equation To Do Less Make More by Loral Langemeier

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Yes Energy: The Equation To Do Less Make More by Loral Langemeier is a methodology for thinking about the organization of work differently from historical approaches. The author presents a new energy equation which has a number of elements including a well defined conversation, a commitment, faith, confidence, a focus on visions, sharing inherent gifts/talents, motivating the team, doing the right thing and doing it at the right time. Dreams are the driving force of desire.

Langemeier believes that positive energy propels life forces forward. Creative or innovative energy literally lights up a room. Getting to the right conversation is an absolute condition precedent. It follows that the next action is to channel energy toward making the right decisions. Prudent risk taking is another important ingredient for moving an agenda forward; otherwise, nothing really important can get done if every course of action has to have no risk.  A corollary is not to waste time with things that can be outsourced.

The right attitude is another necessary ingredient in arriving at a successful outcome according to the author. The dimensions of attitude include self awareness, authenticity, a positive connection, and mission clarity according to the author. Negative attributes include fear, hopelessness, extreme negativity, perfectionism and analysis paralysis. Albert Einstein once said ” When the solution is easy, God is answering”.

Specific traits are needed by team members. For example, members must be willing to learn, have tolerance, have faith, be courageous, demonstrate confidence, and have a modicum of human potential.

Yes Energy is a book which describes how to get the right things done expeditiously. Some of the classic stumbling blocks to group formation, ongoing effort and project completion are discussed at length with practical examples provided. The methodology outlined provides an important starting point for moving an agenda forward despite a plethora of practical implementation obstacles which obstruct even the best project planners.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.