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Leaders: Myth and Reality – Book Review

I have always been drawn to reading and learning more about effective leadership, and at some level I have come to realize that it is challenging and perhaps limiting to try to define leadership. And if not limiting, it is a bit naïve to attribute a set of defined characteristics to leadership. In their book,…

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Ask Powerful Questions… Creating Conversations that Matter – A Book Review

Will Wise’s book, “Ask Powerful Questions,” was one of my summer reads this year, and once started, I couldn’t put it down. If you’ve read any of my previous book summary blogs, you will notice that three things typically hook me about new books: 1) the subtitle (it’s got to be catchy and relatable); 2)…

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Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family – A Book Review

I believe I always intuitively knew that the way we treat people has a profound and lasting impact on their performance, and that the way we treat the one is the way that we are capable of treating the many. So ask yourself, how are you treating everybody you interact with – in your company,…

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The Hidden Life of Trees – A Book Review

I am energized by the outdoors, nature and specifically trees. I need to live near them, and I am fortunate enough to have an enormous, 130-year-old white oak right outside my office window while I write this book review. It sprawls across the road, reaching for our neighbor’s sunlight, while remaining heavily rooted 100 feet…

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Time for a New “Mindset”? – A Book Review

The subtitle of Carol Dweck’s book, “Mindset,” says it all: ”How we can learn to fulfill our potential.” In my work with clients, I am continually studying and learning about how we can all increase our potential. This book describes and gives numerous examples of how changing our mindset can and will do just that….

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The Art of Possibility – Book Review

In our practice, we believe in the unlimited potential of every leader, so the title of this book – “The Art of Possibility” –  really piqued my interest. It was recommended by a friend who is an adjunct faculty member at NYU. This book is one of the required readings of her graduate class, where…

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Search Inside Yourself – A Book Review

Like so many of our clients, I have struggled with meditation practices. It can be challenging to learn how to get our minds to quiet down and simply not think, and when we don’t immediately find success, we label our attempts as “failures.” This cycle of disappointment can often prevent us from wanting to try…

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Power of Eight – A Book Review

The Power of Eight by Lynne McTaggart turns the self-development paradigm on its ear. The book describes a number of scientifically validated studies of the healing power of intention, but more importantly also reveals the mirroring positive impact that the sending of good intentions has on the sender of these intentions. People from across the…

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Big Potential, Shawn Achor – A Book Review

The new book by Shawn Achor is an excellent read for anyone looking to transform their pursuit of success to raise achievement, happiness and well-being. “Big Potential” shares many examples and research showing that our potential is not limited by what we alone can achieve, but rather by how we complement, contribute to, and benefit…

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The Florence Prescription, Joe Tye (with Dick Schwab) – a Book Review

Culture. Culture. Culture. How do organizations build the culture they want?  The fact is, that when it comes right down to it, they don’t. The people do. The organization can create the conditions for a specific culture they want build, but if the people don’t buy in, if the people don’t embrace the culture ideas…

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