Sunday, November 28, 2021




In Life and Work, You Can’t Fake It to Make It.

The Authenticity Code is a WSJ, Amazon and USA Today Bestselling book that combines the best of a page-turner parable and a practical tool business book to deliver encouragement and proven tools for cracking the code to becoming a more authentic professional or leader. When you become more authentic, you do what you came here to do and be who you came here to be. You communicate more effectively, and the success you desire in your life and career becomes achievable.

Dr. Sharon teaches in a fun, engaging, and honest parable style, and at the end of each chapter, you apply her proven practical tools to your own life and career.

The effectiveness of these tools is proven from the over 20 years that Dr. Sharon’s company, Inside-Out Learning, has been teaching them to their Fortune 500, mid-, and small-size business clients. Results across thousands of clients include getting promoted, landing a dream job, significantly increasing sales and revenue, developing confidence and loyalty, greatly enhancing professional, leadership, and communication skills, and improving your personal life. The promotion rate for individuals is 50-80% within a year of completing one of Inside Out Learning’s 3- to 5-day programs. Now you have the opportunity to achieve these exceptional results in an easy-to-read book format.

The Authenticity Code tells the story of a fictional corporate vice president choosing a sales director from two talented protégés. After they present their cases, he realizes that neither of them is impressive enough to qualify. Instead of giving up, the leader sets out to teach his candidates what they need to know via The Authenticity CodeTM Program. Like the candidates in the book, you, the reader, will learn to look within yourself and decide who you truly are and what you really want from life and work—and how to go about getting it.

Now Dr. Sharon encourages you to enjoy the parable, apply the tools, develop your own authentic brand statement, and achieve the success you desire.

Book Details 
The Authenticity Code: The art and science of success and why you can’t fake it to make it

Author: Dr. Sharon Lamm-Hartman
Genre: business

Publisher: Greenleaf Publishing Group (October 18, 2021)

Print length: 178 pages


A few of your favorite things: my cat, dog, iPhone, essential oil dispenser.
My cat who I rescued from Hawaii, and jumped through hoops to get him back to our home on the mainland. He is the sweetest cat and would have been put into a shelter and put down had we not rescued him. My dog who is a Shitsu Yorkie and has such a personality – likes to eat and go on 4+ mile walks. My fitbit – I try my best to get 10,000 steps a day, and love longer hikes on the weekend. I feel lost when I forget my fitbit. And yes I do love my essential oil dispenser and breathing lavender to help keep my mind calm and clear.
Things you need to throw out: old shoes and clothes that I have not worn in years, and pens that no longer have ink that are on my desk and scattered throughout the house, old papers all over my office. 

Things you need in order to write: being alone, hike/walk, favorite music, essential oil dispenser with lavender in it, essential oil candle burning.  
Things that hamper your writing: noise of any kind besides my favorite music, lack of physical activity prior to writing, long to do list, and being in an argument with someone I care about.

Things you love about writing: creativity, downloading my thoughts and typing as fast as I can, I love not knowing what I will write and just starting to type on the keyboard and see what comes.  

Things you hate about writing: editing, formatting.

Things you love about where you live: the views of the mountains, the peace and quiet, the guest house which I call “my house” where I can have alone time, how many great places to walk and hike around the house. There is a hiking trail at the end of our driveway. The weather is normally sunny and you can walk and hike all year round. 

Things that make you want to move: the housing market right now as I know we could make a great profit on the house if we sold right now.

Things you never want to run out of: coffee, Italian DOCG Red Wine, and dark chocolate.

Things you wish you’d never bought: the ugly sweater that just came in the mail and looked so much better when I saw it online.

Favorite foods: spicy ethnic food like Indian and Thai – the spicier the better.

Things that make you want to throw up: cow tongue and chicken hearts.

Favorite song: Prince: “Purple Rain.”

Music that make your ears bleed: anything heavy metal.

Favorite beverage: Italian red wine.

Something that gives you a pickle face: raw sauerkraut.

Favorite smell: it is a toss-up between soy/coconut-based vanilla candle and lavender.

Something that makes you hold your nose: dog poop.

Something you’re really good at: designing transformative workshops and professional and leadership development training programs. 

Something you’re really bad at: cooking.

Last best thing you ate: steamed artichoke with an amazing spicy yogurt dipping sauce.
Last thing you regret eating: edible chocolate chip cookie dough from Costco. I saw 60 calories per serving, but ate about 30 servings in one sitting.

Things you’d walk a mile for: my husband, son, family, and pets.

Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: pigeons, rats and bats.

Things you always put in your books: post it notes and folds on the pages. 

Things you never put in your books: book marks.

Things that make you happy: being with my son and husband, hiking, being with friends and family and belly laughing, seeing my son succeed, seeing a smile on my son and husband’s face, Completing a writing or business goal, winning business.
Things that drive you crazy: seeing a lot of clutter especially in the main living area of our home; wanting to remodel but having no idea where to start and not having the decorating gene; my son or husband being upset; not excelling at a goal. 

Proudest moment: holding my son for the first time. I never felt such love.

Most embarrassing moment: not realizing I was on video tape and putting my finger up my nose (yes this really happened in a business meeting). 

Best thing you’ve ever done: having my son and publishing The Authenticity Code. Seeing it reach 10+ Amazon #1 bestselling lists and the WSJ and USA Today. bestselling lists was a complete feeling of pride! I had worked so hard for 3 years, and I am so happy that the book is reaching thousands of readers around the world.  
Biggest mistake: trying to work with someone who I thought would be my best friend for life. I tried to help her out during a difficult time, but she would never see it that way. Unfortunately, we don’t speak anymore.

The last thing you did for the first time: hiked up a steep mountain with very loose rocks on my hands and knees praying to God that I would survive. When I reached the top of the mountain and looked down, I could not believe the 400 foot drop off.  

Something you’ll never do again: hiking a steep mountain with very loose rocks on my hands and knees. 


Dr. Sharon Lamm-Hartman is the Founder and CEO of Inside Out Learning, Inc. (IOL), an award‐winning global leadership, team and organization development consulting business. In addition to running IOL, With a doctorate in Leadership Development from Columbia University, and a Masters from Cornell University, Dr. Sharon is a global executive and presentation skills coach, leadership and organization development consultant, speaker, writer, educator, wife and mom. She has designed and delivered over 3,000 innovative programs, including many women’s development and executive presence and presentation skills programs. Dr. Sharon has worked with tens of thousands of CEOs, executives, educators, professionals, and entrepreneurs worldwide. She has been an Adjunct Faculty Member at Columbia University and the Center for Creative Leadership, and has been featured in publications such as Authority Magazine, The New York Times, and several radio, television and podcast programs.  

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