Reviews And Acclaim


“Transformational leadership is a daily practice meant for all. Bravo, Faisal Hoque, for going beyond leadership theory and expertly providing actionable steps for the aspiring leader.”

MERETE WEDELL-WEDELLSBORG, professor of leadership at IMD Business School and author of Battle Mind: How to Navigate in Chaos and Perform Under Pressure

Lift is itself an act of transformational leadership. Faisal Hoque guides us with wisdom, empathy, and optimism through the complex, confusing—and often frightening—convergent forces at work which are changing the way we interact with our communities and our entire biosphere. Hoque leads us through the deep work necessary to recognize the import of those sweeping changes and urges us to take pragmatic action to become an agent for positive change—the kind of person who can transform good intentions into leading others to meaningful action and positive impact. Our children, and their children, may one day ask about these times, ‘What were you thinking? What were you doing?’ If you are asking yourself, ‘What can I do?’ this book is for you. Faisal Hoque gives us clarity, purpose, direction—and hope.”

G. SHAWN HUNTER, CEO of Mindscaling and author of Small Acts of Leadership

“Leadership is no longer an exclusive role held by few, as discussed in Lift, but instead is a position that requires compassionate flexibility, collaboration, and confidence. With constant societal, environmental, and professional changes in our world, transactional leadership just won’t cut it anymore.”

JENNIFER EGGERS, founder and president of LeaderShift Insights Inc. and author of the international best seller Resilience: It’s Not About Bouncing Back

“What will it take to lead in this Fourth Industrial Revolution? Between pandemics, climate change, social unrest, AI, and new technologies, the only normal in the ‘new normal’ is constant change. In his compelling new book, Faisal Hoque gives a much-needed Lift to leaders who want to stay on the forefront of change, and not be left behind.”

ALAIN HUNKINS, CEO of Hunkins Leadership Group and author of Cracking the Leadership Code: Three Secrets to Building Strong Leaders

“In this century, we are experiencing global challenges that require transformative leadership in order to mitigate impending disasters. This book outlines the challenges we face in the modern world and how leaders will need to address them.”

RONALD E. RIGGIO, PHD, Henry R. Kravis professor of leadership and organizational psychology, Claremont McKenna College, Kravis Leadership Institute

“Transformational leadership takes a good deal of learning and becoming better every day, far beyond good intentions. In his insightful and practical book, Lift, Faisal Hoque shares great lessons beyond the realms of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. I highly recommend Lift to all leaders aiming to enhance their leadership capacity for growth and crafting their own lives embracing a brighter future for others.”

DR. OLEG KONOVALOV, one of the top global leaders on leadership and author of The Vision Code, the da Vinci of visionary leadership

“An inspiring book that helps us to be aware of the huge world changes and our role as leaders in different contexts. Faisal Hoque highlights the importance of enhancing our human skills and empathy as leaders in a world increasingly automated due to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The author includes in his discussion the complex times that came along with the pandemic and its effects on our lifestyle. This book is friendly to read and has a didactic structure, which makes it valuable not only for scholars but also practitioners, managers, entrepreneurs, and anyone that wants to lead successfully in this complex environment that we live in.”

FRANCOISE CONTRERAS, PHD, profesor de la Universidad del Rosario.

“The leadership dynamic experienced a seismic shift during COVID that requires a new approach to empower an organization. In Lift, Faisal Hoque offers innovative steps on transformational leadership that demonstrates how empathy is a crucial aspect in inspiring higher levels of organizational effectiveness.”

ERIK NELSON, senior vice president of CACI International, Inc.

“Amid the tumult of change we are experiencing comes Lift by Faisal Hoque. This book diagnoses what’s going wrong and provides insight into what leaders can do to improve the situation for all of us. Backed by research, coupled with compelling narratives, Hoque delivers a path forward that we want to embrace because it is doable now.”

JOHN BALDONI, executive coach at Global Guru/Leadership, and author of fifteen books, including Grace Notes: Leading in an Upside-Down World

Reader Reviews

Survive to Thrive

5.0 out of 5 starsAn inspiring read!

5.0 out of 5 starsThe word “and” will never be the same for me. I hope you invest in yourself and read this book.

5.0 out of 5 starsWith this, each of us can use to take a stronger step toward a happier now.

5.0 out of 5 starsAmazing! For entrepreneurs and managers, in business or in households, this little gem is invaluable.

5.0 out of 5 starsWorkbook for sighting and growing your own resilient basis, core, and life.

Everything Connects

5.0 out of 5 starsUsing Connectivity to Spark Innovation

5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the best of today’s business and management books

5.0 out of 5 starsNot Just for Entrepreneurs

5.0 out of 5 starsHow to generate ideas, grounded decisions, and long-burning value

5.0 out of 5 starsMust Read For Entrepreneurs

5.0 out of 5 starsMindfulness



Everything Connects – One of the “12 Business Books You Will Need to Read in 2014

Adam Grant
Professor at the Wharton School.
Best Selling Author of Give and Take, a New York Times
and Wall Street Journal bestseller

Everything Connects is as much about business as it is about life.”

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith
New York Times Best Selling Author &
the #1 Leadership Thinker in the World (Thinker’s 50/HBR)

“By marrying the power of creativity and innovation, there is very little we can’t accomplish. Everything Connects shows where and how this is happening and inspires us to join in this new era.” 

– Professor Mohammed Yunus
Nobel Laureate & Founder of Grameen Bank

“Brilliant! Everything Connects helps connect the dots in ways you’ve never imagined. It’s full of powerful and useful ideas on how to unleash innovation in your organization.” 

– Frank Sonnenberg
Best-Selling Author, Managing with a Conscience,
Former Head of Marketing, Ernst & Young’s Management Consulting Group.
Top 100 Thought Leaders in America

“If the industrial era was about building, the social era is about connecting. Everything Connects is a guide to–and a celebration of–that connecting process.” 

Nilofer Merchant
Bestselling Author of 11 Rules for Creating Value in The Social Era
Harvard Business Review Press, 2012)

Everything Connects shows why sustainable innovation begins with you–yes, you.”

Dr. Vijay Govindarajan
Professor, Tuck at Dartmouth &
Author of New York Times & WSJ Best Seller Reverse Innovation

Everything Connects provides you with a beginner’s mind, helping you to see your company free of misleading preconceptions.” 

– Jason L. Baptiste
Founder of Onswipe and Author of The Ultralight Startup

“At some point, every business leader will struggle with the management topics outlined in The Power of Convergence. How they think about these issues, more importantly, how they make the right decisions regarding them is critical to the success of their organization.”

– Dr. Krishna Palepu
Ross Graham Walker Professor of Business Administration,
Senior Associate Dean for International Development, Harvard Business School

“BTM framework has pushed us for a standardization of communication, transparency, and visibility at the national level. The Power of Convergence unveils many of these best practices, it is a must read for every CEO.”

– Yves Corvaisier
Directeur Délégué (CEO), CNAV (French Social Security)

The Power of Convergence shines a bright light on the cutting edge strategies related to corporate effectiveness and profitability that BTM framework has provided over the last decade. I highly recommend it to anyone from business school to the boardroom.”

– Lawrence G. McDonald
NY Times Best Selling Author of A Colossal Failure of Common Sense
and Former VP, Lehman Brothers


“An insightful, well written book on innovation. The authors have done well to capture stories of innovation across the board—from Fortune 500 to Social Enterprises. The Power of Convergence is rich in ideas that highlight how to leverage technology to create sustainability in business or in doing good.”

– Dr. Leslie Willcocks
Professor of Technology Work and Globalization, London School of Economics

“It’s an age old, and perennially puzzling problem: Why don’t we get as much value as we should when we use technology in business contexts? Faisal Hoque and his co-authors suggest fresh answers. In the early years of this new century, this question and the search for its answers, have never been more important.”

– Dr. Robert D. Austin
CEO, CBS-SIMI Executive and Professor, Management of Creativity and Innovation,
Copenhagen Business School

“No matter how sharp your vision of the future may be, success depends on being able to invent the business model, implement the technology, learn with every step, and start the cycle again. It takes a robust e-Enterprise methodology to do that.”

Don Tapsscott
Author of The Digital Economy and Growing Up Digital

“In e-Enterprise, the author explores the rich and rapidly evolving landscape of electronic business–a journey well worth taking.”

Vint Cerf
Widely known as a “Father of the Internet”

Six Billion Minds is a clear window on our rapidly changing world. It draws on an impressive breadth of wisdom and practical knowledge to help us comprehend and prepare ourselves for a tightly connected, global economy. All organizations – government, corporate, nonprofit – will have to adapt to this new order of things, and this book is an excellent primer for meeting that challenge. As the world becomes ever more connected, business leaders must engage the issues set forth in Six Billion Minds. Globalization will not go away, and neither will the appeal of sourcing around the world. How to think about these issues, and how to make the right decisions regarding them, is the mission of this book, drawing together a wealth of knowledge and practical insight from leading thinkers around the world.”

– Shimon Peres
Former Prime Minister, Isreal and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Media Reviews for Everything Connects

Entrepreneur ME Magazine

Provides True Framework
If there is a single line in this book that sums up what the author thinks of leadership, it is this: “Leadership is a way of owning the impact that you and your organization is going to have on the world.” It actually provides true framework to achieve exactly what the authors are proposing.  Pick this one up when you want to challenge the champions of the old way of doing things, and perhaps encourage them to think in new ways.


Summer Reading List for Success in the Public Sector
Faisal Hoque and Drake Baer hold up a mirror to society, business, and human beings, and shows how they interrelate. Part philosophy, part business theory, and part history, Everything Connects is a kaleidoscopic view of the way humans—by being able to think out of the box—have been able to achieve greatness for themselves, their companies, and the world at large. Value creation, says Hoque, is “a continuous conversation between inside and outside. As individuals and as organizations, we need to devotedly cultivate resources in ourselves.”

Rebelle Society

Everything Connects: Lessons on Mindfulness with Thought Leader Faisal Hoque
“In his book Everything Connects [McGraw Hill], Faisal speaks of how leadership is directly influenced by the practice of mindfulness and how creativity stems from the deep center of the authentic self.”


Top reads in October include “Everything Connects”
The new generation of executives applies humanism to its work processes. Its humanist outlook embraces both new and ancient methods to drive creativity, innovation, collaboration and long-term value. This fresh mind-set requires staying open to new ideas and avoiding unnecessary stress. Some executives turn to ancient Eastern techniques, including meditation, to gain mindfulness and become more open to new ideas. Entrepreneur Faisal Hoque, writing with Drake Baer, unveils a wide range of mindful behaviors that fuel innovative firms. This esoteric report – while not your normal business read – proves thoughtful, interesting and philosophical. Although the episodic presentation tends to jump a bit from concept to concept, the quality of the ideas will inspire you to persevere. getAbstract recommends this insightful manual to serious business readers who prefer long-term solutions over short-term fixes.

Smart Agency

Everything Connects
When the authors say “everything” in the title, they mean it quite literally. This book is a great adventure that begins deep within the mind and makes pit stops in various boardrooms, cultures, religions, historical figures and events along the way.

Fortune/CNN Money

Becoming an entrepreneur…through enlightenment
A Bangladesh-born management guru, Faisal Hoque, explains how “mindfulness” can transform your business. selects the most compelling short essays, anecdotes, and author interviews from “250 Words,” a site developed by Simon & Schuster to explore the best new business books—wherever they may be published.

IEDP: Developing Leaders

Everything Connects
The connections that the authors allude to here are more profound than the just those between people and organizations – they are also about how one’s actions are intricately and inevitably related to one’s experiences and state of mind.

Center for Creative Leadership

Leading Inside and Out (571k pdf)
One conversation with Faisal Hoque and you understand why his new book – Everything Connects is powerful.

250 Words: The Wisdom of Business Books

250 Words by Simon and Schuster Interviews Faisal Hoque
Faisal Hoque talks with Sam McNerey about mindfulness, “deep level” diversity, and what it means to be creative.


Everything Connects: Why Your Business Is Like a Nesting Doll
Faisal Hoque says organizational mindfulness can help you be aware of what’s happening inside and outside the people and organizations in your company, which can help you understand where connections can be made with the world – and your markets.

Huffington Post

12 Business Books You Will Need to Read in 2014
Everything Connects is among the 12 books with big implications for the world of work that are likely to make a splash in the coming year.

Interview: Entrepreneurship – Everything Connects
SmallBizLady (@smallbizchat), Melinda Emerson, interviews Faisal Hoque on entrepreneurship.

Enlarge. Excel. Evolve.

Everything Connects, A Book by Faisal Hoque & Drake Baer
“Everything Connects”, interesting title for a book, I must say. So when I came to know of this new book by Faisal Hoque & Drake Baer, I thought there must be an interesting story behind it too. I saw a mysterious story, and I wanted to solve the mystery as soon as possible.

Reader Reviews for The Power of Convergence


5.0 out of 5 starsBTM framework is elegantly simple yet comprehensive

5.0 out of 5 starsWe need this now – to achieve sustained innovation

5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Read for SMB Owners

Media Reviews for The Power of Convergence

The Power of Convergence Book Review

The Power of Convergence powerfully unpacks an “operational blueprint” for “categorizing, analyzing, rationalizing, and managing” the right technology to achieve business goals. Hoque’s writings echo the sentiments of and earlier analysis of the power of union of technology and business that was written in 2008 by Bill Gates. Gates reported similar comparisons in Business@The Speed of Thought: Using a Digital Nervous System. During the tech boom, Gates also produced detailed a blueprint for business managers who desire to provide creative innovation in business technology integration. Both authors strongly believe that effective and efficient technology management is strongly linked to sustainable business success and is positively correlated to superior economic performances.

China Economic Review

Reading List :: Power of Convergence by Faisal Hoque | On China by Henry Kissinger | Fixing the Game by Roger L. Martin

Reading syllabus | China Economic Review

The Power of Convergence shows readers how to synchronize innovative developments with business, presenting case studies of companies that have successfully integrated the two. Such “whole-brain enterprises,” as Hoque likes to call them, tend to continue expanding their reach and revenue growth, even in the most challenging markets and economic conditions.

The Best Business Books of 2011 | Blog | Raincoast Books

The Power of Convergence 

If you’re looking for some good business reading, why not start with the best? Here are some business books that were highly praised in recent year-end review lists.


Best Technology-Business Books of 2011
The Power of Convergence
selected as one of the Top 10 “Best Technology-Business Books of 2011.”

Introducing the Candidates: Leadership, Management « 800 CEO Read

Power of Convergence :: Candidate for the 2011 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards | Category- Leadership, Management


Reap Business Value from Tech Investments
Power of Convergence– “An Imperative Read for those Interested in Creating Optimal Business Value.”


With Great Startups It’s All About The Execution
“The Power of Convergence Applies Equally Well to Startups”


Choosing Business Technology: Strategy Matters
“Mr. Hoque reveals how top tech execs can lead the way for breakthroughs that address business values first and foremost.”


What We’re Reading from the May 15, 2011 Issue of CIO Magazine

Everyone’s trying to figure out how to get technology and business working in harmony, and Hoque, author of Sustained Innovation, charts out a path.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek

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