Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Leadership Garden Legacy Review

Leadership Garden Logo photo leadershipgardenlogo_zpsf3754c7a.jpg

I had the opportunity to review a UNIQUE set of books from Leadership Garden Legacy.  

U.N.I.Q.U.E. KIDS: Growing My Leadership Garden
U.N.I.Q.U.E.: Growing the Leader Within  

What is a Leadership Garden?  A Leadership Garden is a fun and engaging metaphor for growing leadership.  This is particularly important for parents, grandparents, and educators - the primary cultivators of leadership in a child's life.

UNIQUE Kids book photo leadership-uniquekidsbook_zps3822722c.jpg I read U.N.I.Q.U.E. KIDS: Growing My Leadership Garden aloud to Funny Bunny.  It is a story geared to 5-12 year olds, about a lost and scared sheep named Hugh, who wanders into the Leadership Farm.  A girl named Leda comforts him and shows him how to plant courage and find the leader inside him.

Each chapter concludes with questions in a section called, "Hugh Wants To Know".  The questions review what the chapter was about and also help with identifying thoughts, feelings, or behaviors the reader may be experiencing.

The author notes that love is at the heart of Leadership Gardens that use these six leader-friendly gardening practices:

*  Be nonjudgmental
*  Do not enable
*  Use empathy
*  Prune gossip
*  Eliminate blame
*  Eradicate victimization

UNIQUE Kids Activity book photo leadership-kids-activity-guide_zps54f3f800.jpgThe U.N.I.Q.U.E. KIDS Activity Guide and Journal is a PDF download that goes along with the book.

I printed out pages for Funny Bunny to complete as we read each chapter.

They are very simple exercises that children can complete on their own or with an adult's help.


Leadership Garden Guidebook photo leadership-adultleadership-guidebook_zpsf2bbaaad.jpg U.N.I.Q.U.E.: Growing the Leader Within is for ages 13 and up and is the book that was adapted into the children's version. 

It includes the same story of Hugh the lost sheep, but of course it goes into greater detail.

There are also more in-depth exercises at the end of each chapter and the Guidebook should be used along side it.

In ALL products you will take the U.N.I.Q.U.E. tour and visit the:

* Understanding Field to learn how to balance and blend your four leader behaviors (visualize, organize, harmonize, and energize) and the survival and thriving behavioral tendencies of each 

* Nurturing Meadow to learn the six leader-friendly gardening practices of being nonjudgmental, not enabling harmful behaviors, the power of empathy, and the importance of pruning gossip, eliminating blame, and eradicating victimization 

* Inventive Roost to formulate your unique purpose and aim 

* Quality Yard to learn the attributes necessary for thriving leadership 

* Unstoppable Pasture to remove the barriers to your goals and dreams and what it takes to commit to a thriving future 

* Expression Pen to learn the art of communication and give voice to your leadership greatness within

My Thoughts:  Funny Bunny and I enjoyed reading Growing My Leadership Garden together.  It is a cute story and contains some great information.  

Although she liked the story, she felt that many of the questions and scenarios were not applicable to her, which I would have to agree with.  Regardless of how she felt though, I can see how this book could be beneficial to others, especially those with a weaknesses in this area.

We also used the Activity Guide and Journal that goes along with the book.  Sometimes Funny Bunny would be happy to work on it and other times she just wanted to skip it.  I personally thought the U.N.I.Q.U.E. KIDS book and the questions at the end of each chapter were enough on their own to initiate dialog and understanding of the concepts.

Find Out More:  You can find out more online about Leadership Garden Legacy.  Both U.N.I.Q.U.E. KIDS: Growing My Leadership Garden and U.N.I.Q.U.E.: Growing the Leader Within are available in paperback for $18.95. The U.N.I.Q.U.E. KIDS Activity Guide and Journal PDF and the U.N.I.Q.U.E. KIDS Audio Book MP3 Download are just $8.95 each.

Leadership Garden Legacy is offering a “Spring Special Discount” of 20% on all their  Empowerment Tools. This is in addition to their already discounted Tool Kit bundles.  To receive the discount, enter the code: TOS-SS20D upon checkout.  This is a limited time offer and the code will expire on May 31, 2013.

My Crewmates are also reviewing Leadership Garden Legacy, so you can check out what they think HERE.




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3 comments:

Tracy Cotton Pickin Cute

I wish public schools would teach children about leadership. Unfortunately so many parents don't teach it at home anymore. Whether it's because there's less time or because they were never taught themselves, it seems like an after thought these days. Everyone wants to say "I don't know why that kids not more responsible", Teaching responsibility starts young and starts at home. Kudo's to you for adding homeschooling to your already full schedule of being a mom and wife.

Hugs… Tracy@CottonPickinCute

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I agree! And thanks for stopping by!

Dianne Osmun

Thank you for your review. I am always looking for new resources to help instill character traits. I work as a Mental Health Behavioral Specialist. This is an area that I try to help kids to build skills. Thanks again.

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