Fred 2.0: New Ideas on How to Keep Delivering Extraordinary Results


Mark Sanborn - 2013
    Fred's story inspired millions. Companies--even, cities--were inspired to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary each day.Today, with stiff competition from the networked global economy, delivering extraordinary results is more important than ever. With Fred 2.0, Mark not only revisits the original Fred to gain new insights, but also equips all of us with new strategies to achieve more. You'll not only be inspired by Fred 2.0, you'll also have the tools and strategies to aim higher and achieve the extraordinary.

Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World


Marcus Buckingham - 2019
    Strategic planning is essential. People's competencies should be measured and their weaknesses shored up. People crave feedback.These may sound like basic truths of our work lives today. But actually, they're lies. As strengths guru and bestselling author Marcus Buckingham and Cisco Leadership and Team Intelligence head Ashley Goodall show in this provocative, inspiring book, there are some big lies--distortions, faulty assumptions, wrong thinking--running through our organizational lives. Nine lies, to be exact. They cause dysfunction and frustration and ultimately result in a strange feeling of unreality that pervades our workplaces.But there are those who can get past the lies and discover what's real. These are freethinking leaders who recognize the power and beauty of our individual uniqueness, who know that emergent patterns are more valuable than received wisdom, and that evidence is more powerful than dogma. With engaging stories and incisive analysis, the authors reveal the essential truths that such freethinking leaders will recognize immediately: that it is the strength and cohesiveness of your team, not your company's culture, that matters most; that we need less focus on top-down planning and more on giving our people reliable, real-time intelligence; that rather than trying to align people's goals we should strive to align people's sense of purpose and meaning; that people don't want constant feedback, they want helpful attention. This is the real world of work.If you embrace each person's uniqueness and see this as key for all healthy organizations; if you reject dogma and engage with the real world; if you seek out emergent patterns and put your faith in evidence, not philosophy; if you thrill to the power of teams--if you do all of these, then you are a freethinking leader, and this book is for you.

Ethics for the Real World: Creating a Personal Code to Guide Decisions in Work and Life


Ronald A. Howard - 2008
    We exaggerate our accomplishments on our résumé to get an interview. Temptation blindsides us. And we make snap decisions we regret.Minor ethical lapses can seem harmless, but they instill in us a hard-to-break habit of distorted thinking. Rationalizations drown out our inner voice, and we make up the rules as we go. We lose control of our decisions, fall victim to the temptations and pressures of our situations, taint our characters, and sour business and personal relationships.In Ethics for the Real World, Ronald Howard and Clinton Korver explain how to master the art of ethical decision making by:Identifying potential compromises in your own lifeApplying distinctions to clarify your ethical thinkingCommitting in advance to ethical principlesGenerating creative alternatives to resolve dilemmasPacked with real-life examples, this book gives you practical advice to respond skillfully to life's inevitable ethical challenges. Not only can you make right decisions, you can acquire new habits that will realize the best in yourself and transform your relationships.

Swarmwise


Rick Falkvinge - 2013
    He chose an unorthodox route and founded the very first Pirate Party. Less than ten years later, there are Pirate Parties in more than 70 different countries, and the pirate movement has become a political force to be reckoned with.Swarmwise is the story of how one man managed to create a global phenomenon for political change. It is also a tactical manual to how you can tap into the power of the swarm and channel its force toward your goals. This applies equally whether the game you want to change is business, political, or social, and is especially relevant when you have no money and less time at your disposal.Swarmwise is licensed under a Creative Commons Noncommercial-Attribution 3.0 license – that is, it can be freely shared, copied, given away and format-shifted as long as people credit the author and don't sell copies.

The On-Purpose Person: Making Your Life Make Sense


Kevin W. McCarthy - 1992
    With "The On-Purpose Person," you'll be on your way to greater order and clarity within 30 minutes of picking up the book. This entertaining story format provides clear principles that are easy to apply to everyday life. You'll put them into practice immediately. Regardless of whether you're in your teens or well into retirement, being on-purpose will inspire and guide you to live true to yourself."Goals are consumable. Purpose is permanent," states Kevin W. McCarthy. "The On-Purpose Person" moves you beyond the surface of life to what matters most so you can make a difference. You'll have a simple, yet powerful system to: Invest your time, talent, and treasure in what is most important Exchange burnout for being integrated Learn why a balanced life is a myth Feel satisfied rather than stressed out at the end of the day Find meaningful time for yourself Align your innate passion and gifting in the right direction Trade discontent and frustration for a growing and enduring joy Make confident, more improved decisions more consistently Manage hurdles and setbacks positively Face opposition from an unassailable position of strength Define your standards for success that are just right for you Gain a vivid understanding of yourself Explore your possibilities equipped to succeed

Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One


Jenny Blake - 2016
    "Looking to make a career change? Pivot is a book you will turn to again and again." —Daniel Pink, author of To Sell is Human and Drive Jenny Blake, author of Life After College and former career development program manager at Google, reveals how to methodically make your next career move by doubling down on what is already working.This book is for anyone searching for an answer to the question, "What's next?" Whether you have hit a plateau in your perfect-on-paper job, are considering taking on a new role in your current job, are thinking about starting your own business, or you want to move into a new industry altogether, one thing remains clear: your career success depends on your ability to determine your next best move.If change is the only constant, let’s get better at it.

Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen


Dan Heath - 2020
    We put out fires. We deal with emergencies. We stay downstream, handling one problem after another, but we never make our way upstream to fix the systems that caused the problems ... [This book] probes the psychological forces that push us downstream--including 'problem blindness,' which can leave us oblivious to serious problems in our midst. And Heath introduces us to the thinkers who have overcome these obstacles and scored ... victories by switching to an upstream mindset.

Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style


Carson Tate - 2015
    You just can’t get enough done. You find yourself wondering where the hours go. You’ve tried every time-management system you can get your hands on—and they’ve only succeeded in making your work more complicated.Sound familiar?If you sometimes feel you spend more time managing your productivity than doing actual work, it’s time for a change. In Work Simply, renowned productivity expert Carson Tate offers a step-by-step guide to making work simple again by using the style that works best for you.Tate has helped thousands of men and women better manage their time and become more productive. Her success owes partly to the realization that most of us fit into one of four distinct productivity styles: Arrangers, who think about their projects in terms of the people involved; Prioritizers, who are the definition of “goal-oriented”; Visualizers, who possess a unique ability to comprehend the big picture; and Planners, who live for the details.In this book, you’ll learnHow to identify your own productivity style as well as the styles of those around you—bosses, coworkers, staff, and family.How to select your “tools of the trade” to maximize your effectiveness, from the style of pen you use to the way you decorate your office.When face-to-face conversations are more effective than e-mails—and vice versa.What it takes to lead the perfect meeting.Why a messy desk is right for some, but a disaster for others—and how to tell.After reading Work Simply, you’ll come away with a productivity system that truly and fundamentally fits you—and you’ll never feel overwhelmed again.

How Successful People Grow: 15 Ways to Get Ahead in Life


John C. Maxwell - 2014
    He has been passionate about personal development for over fifty years, and here, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential. In the way that only he can communicate, John teaches . . .The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to YourselfThe Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow YourselfThe Law of Modeling: It's Hard to Improve When You Have No One But Yourself to FollowThe Law of the Rubber Band: Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You are and Where You Could BeThe Law of Contribution: Developing Yourself Enables You to Develop OthersThis compact read will help readers become lifelong learners whose potential keeps increasing and never gets "used up."

Get Smart!: How to Think, Decide, Act, and Get Better Results in Everything You Do


Brian Tracy - 2016
       In Get Smart!, internationally-acclaimed business guru, speaker, author, and productivity expert Brian Tracy has laid the groundwork on how to easily reconfigure your negative thinking patterns and habits, and reprogram your brain to achieve its maximum potential. In this invaluable book, readers will encounter:   ·         The latest brain research on how to think, in order to get results ·         Practical, easy-to-understand advice and immediately actionable steps and exercises ·         How to train the brain to think correctly and help to create a brilliant future ·         Tapping in to the power of positive thinking ·         How to harness the true potential of the human mind ·         And so much more   Whether your goal is making more sales, coming up with better business plans, or simply finding ways to make extra money or have more residual income, this book will serve as your personal express elevator going straight to the top!

Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck


Jon Acuff - 2015
    Now he offers his most important book yet, a guide to making big career changes—by choice or necessity—and escaping the horrible feeling of being trapped in the wrong job.Acuff finds it amazing that people spend more than eighteen years studying and preparing for college, but little or no time honing their careers between graduation and retirement. He offers an empowering tool he calls the Career Savings Account, which will change the way readers think about their skills, relationships, character, and work ethic. He also shows that if you’re on the wrong track, you already have what you need to change it—even if your family and mortgage mean you can’t simply pick up and move for a new opportunity.Throughout the book, Acuff features inspiring and funny true stories—not merely his own, but those of friends who restarted their careers after a layoff, an extended maternity leave, or simply the realization that they were suffering fifty weeks a year just to pay the bills and enjoy two weeks of vacation. Everyone can benefit from Do Over, from new graduates to fiftysomethings and beyond.

The Simplicity Survival Handbook: 32 Ways To Do Less And Accomplish More


Bill Jensen - 2003
    And in an economy where worker talent (know-how, energy, attention, commitment, and creativity) is at a premium, everyone is trying to maximize personal productivity. In The Simplicity Survival Handbook, Bill Jensen offers the antidote you're seeking: a practical guide to doing less in a world of more, and making it count. From "How to Write Shorter Emails for Better Results" to "How to Use Your Mentor to Help You Do Less," Jensen offers step-by-step strategies, tactics, and techniques for communicating more effectively, setting priorities, and balancing the competing demands on your time, while avoiding the time-sinkers. He takes on corporate foolishness, walking you through how to be more productive and take greater control of your workday and, by extension, your life.

You've Got 8 Seconds


Paul Hellman - 2017
    The average attention span has dropped to 8 seconds.So whether you're presenting to a large audience, meeting one-on-one, talking on the phone, or even sending an email, you've got to engage others fast, before they tune you out , , , maybe forever.Your challenge: to get heard, get remembered & get results.Through fast, fun, actionable tips, You've Got 8 Seconds explains what works and what doesn't, what's forgettable and what sticks. With stories, scripts, and examples of good and bad messages, the book reveals three main strategies to get heard in a noisy world:FOCUS: Design a strong message--then say it in seconds.VARIETY: Make routine information come alive.PRESENCE: Convey confidence and command attention.You'll discover practical techniques, including the Fast-Focus Method™, which the author uses to help senior executives make their messages stick; how to stand out in the first seconds of a presentation; and 10 actions that spell executive presence.The next time you speak, others will either tune in or tune out. You've got 8 seconds--make them count!

The Compassionate Achiever: How Helping Others Fuels Success


Christopher L. Kukk - 2017
    But recent science shows that to achieve durable success, we need to be more than just achievers; we need to be compassionate achievers.New research in biology, neuroscience, and economics have found that compassion—recognizing a problem or caring about another’s pain and making a commitment to help—not only improves others’ lives; it can transform our own. Based on the most recent studies from a wide range of fields, The Compassionate Achiever reveals the profound benefits of practicing compassion including more constructive relationships, improved intelligence, and increased resiliency. To help us achieve these benefits, Christopher L. Kukk, the founding Director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation, shares his unique 4-step program for cultivating compassion.Kukk makes clear that practicing compassion isn’t about being a martyr or a paragon of virtue; it’s about rejecting rage and indifference and choosing instead to be a thoughtful, caring problem-solver. He identifies the skills every compassionate achiever should master—listening, understanding, connecting, and acting—and outlines how to develop each, with clear explanations, easy-to-implement strategies, actionable exercises, and real-world examples.With the The Compassionate Achiever everyone wins—we can each achieve success in our own lives and create more productive workplaces, and healthier, less violent communities.

Leadership: Plain and Simple


Steve Radcliffe - 2009
    It contains no jargon or irrelevant theory, just practical insights, straightforward actions and plain guidelines to accelerate your growth as a leader.