Susan Popoola

Leveraging The Value of People

Testimonials

This is a book that defines integrity. It avoids all the common pitfalls of works in this genre; stereotyping, political correctness and finger pointing. Susan tells a story that draws the reader into a genuine personal reflection around the themes of identity in the 21st century and learning from the journey we have traversed in Britain. It is intensely thought provoking and timely and hard to put down. I cannot recommend it too highly. An inspirational read.

Mark A Bennison – Academy Principal

 

Susan Popoola’s “Consequences” is truly a book for our time. We have just witnessed the most fantastic Olympics hosted in London which has proved beyond a doubt that Britain with its diversity of peoples is still one nation and still truly great! Susan challenges us to see this diversity as something positive, as an advantage in helping us to understand the complexity of the world around us. Attaching labels to people is no longer an appropriate way to try to describe them because each is unique. Susan reminds us that multiculturalism is about different people coming together and as they do bringing something new with them. Difference is no longer an excuse for prejudice and violence. To quote J Krishnamurti “When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.”

Jane Gunn, Mediator and Author of “How to Beat Bedlam in the Boardroom and Boredom in the Bedroom”

 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It starts by providing some historical background to immigration in Britain, which helps Susan build her argument for diversity bringing cultural enrichment to this country. She manages to convey her personality throughout while remaining objective about the issues she is discussing. i would highly recommend it to anyone that is studying sociology, politics, race relations or just interested in the world around us.

K. Travell on Consequences: Diverse to Mosaic Britain

 

This is a very readable book with a  great deal of depth. A very serious subject matter is dealt with light touch and a deep understanding of the what is happening in our contemporary society .It is insightful  and sensitive.  Humanity of the author shines through. Her analysis are perceptive and thoughtful. It points the way forward. If more people approached the evolution and development of our society with such understanding Britain will become “GREATER BRITAIN” and concerns about what we are becoming will fade away. This book shows a way of looking at changes in a positive way and building a truly “MOSAIC BRITAIN”

It should be widely read.

Baroness Prashar on Consequences: Diverse to Mosaic Britain

 

Over the years I have met many working in HR; in all kind of business, small and big companies; in Europe and in the US. But I have never come across anyone as positive as Susan – something way to many people miss; especially in HR. For me Susan is the impersonation of how and what an HR person should be

Frank D. Kanu, Genius One, Inc

 

As one of those people actually resident in this area before Milton Keynes was designated, I read this book with extreme interest. Much that has been written about Milton Keynes over the years tends to concentrate too much on the built environment and consequently misses out on the real sense of community that can be found just below the surface. Susan Popoola’s book celebrates all that is good in terms of diversity and achievements, whilst recognising and challenging the problem areas such as inequality and deprivation. The format is very easy to read; with short concise chapters that don’t necessarily need to be taken in the order they are presented. Each chapter opens with a useful quotation, some of which are quite profound. This is a very enjoyable read which I would commend to anybody professing to have an interest in Milton Keynes.

Stephen Clark, Former Milton Keynes Council Councillor on Touching The Heart of Milton Keynes

 

I read this book with some trepidation. So many works on immigration are polemics with a point of view to sell.

This calm and measured book sets out to tell the story of immigration to the UK and does so in a simple, almost conversational way that allows the reader to connect with the real people behind the story.

We need to start talking about immigration without getting trapped into racism, accusations, political correctness (in its worst manifestation). Once we can talk about how we got here and where we are, we can then talk about where we are going.

This book is a wonderful contribution to that process.

Mrs A. Kaye on Consequences: Diverse to Mosaic Britain

 

Susan has good People Management Skills her ability to plan and develop the performance of others, and to establish and develop effective working relationships. Susan proved to be a good communicator, both verbally and orally, she is a team player. Her judgment is good and can be relied upon during difficult times, of which there were many. Susan has the ability to train staff to suit differing levels of understanding across all levels of personnel.

Susan has good Technical Skills her ability to understand and apply technical and/or professional expertise was put to good use on the project. Susan has been able to transfer knowledge and skills to a wide variety of the Finance, HR and project personnel.

S. Fishburn, WorleyParsons Plc

 

A terse but multi-facet look at the brief history of Colonization: the colonization that has turned the United Kingdom in to a prosaic reflection of her former empire and beyond as more recent influx from Eastern Europe join the merry band of  “The Common Wealth” who have settled and called this sceptered Isle Home.

“It is a basic fact that today’s Britain is very different from the Britain of the seventies, eighties and even nineties – it’s changed and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to have worked that out. However, whether you see the new and future emerging Britain as good or bad may depend as much on what side of the table you are sitting on as whether you are a ‘cup half full or half empty’ kind of person.

At a basic level Britain has changed because it has always been evolving and with the passage of time it has become more apparent – it’s the way of the world – that is how we develop and improve.”

Susan meticulously quotes her sources to prove that her opinions (of which she is not slow in putting forward) are bedded in thorough research yet she is mindful that the reader may not want to be bogged down in technicalities or mental gymnastics. This is an easy read, with self-contained chapters that can be dipped in & out of with consummate ease. It does not set it self up to be the last word on political economics, rather a social commentary on the world we see today as lived in contemporary Britain

Kriss Akabusi on Consequences: Diverse to Mosaic Britain

 

I thought the book was lovingly written and it was interesting to hear about the character of the different areas and existing villages (and the people of Mk). I would love to live and work in MK in the future and it was good to hear about the community spirit in the city. As somebody who has lived with their parent/parents for 18 years it is important to make new friends and “fit-in” wherever I choose to live.

I also appreciated your views on young people, some of the situations you described (opening doors and not saying thankyou, etc.) I can relate with. Much more could be done by government to change this attitude and the media are responsible to some degree as well.

University Student on Touching The Heart of Milton Keynes

 

I was very keen to read this book having had the pleasure of talking with the author about it prior to it’s release, I wasn’t disappointed. It’s an easy to read book about a complex subject which Susan has captured really well. She walks you through some background events which make the book seem well rounded and enables you to grasp the subject matter easily. Various anecdotes make it more interesting – I’d definitely recommend this book to anybody looking to understand the complext dynamics of our multi-cultural society in a “human” form!

BLC

 

“Susan is a dedicated professional with a sharp mind and a concern for people. This special combination reflects in the quality of the work that I have seen her perform

Fred Pink, Fiddlewood Consulting