New summary posted! The Leading Brain by Friederike Fabritius & Dr. Hans W. Hagemann

readinglist_leadingbrainOur understanding of how the brain works has radically shifted, exploding long-held myths and fundamentally changing the way we interact and succeed in the workplace. In The Leading Brain, neuropsychologist Friederike Fabritius and leadership expert Dr. Hans W. Hagemann present simple yet powerful strategies for sharpening focus, learning and retaining information more efficiently, improving complex decision-making, cultivating trust and building strong teams. Based on the authors’ popular leadership programs, which have been delivered to tens of thousands of leaders all over the word, this clear, insightful and informed guide will help both individuals and teams perform at their maximum potential, delivering extraordinary results. Effective leadership is a science, which shouldn’t be dependent on buzzwords or slogans. It should be based on a bedrock foundation of our understanding of the brain. Thanks to breakthroughs in neuroscience, we no longer have to merely speculate on the behavior of our brains. What we’ve learned from rigorous scientific studies has the potential to radically change the way we lead and succeed.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• How understanding neurochemistry can help you achieve peak performance.
• How to retrain your brain to sharpen your focus and regulate your emotions.
• How to develop new and better habits.
• How to harness the power of unconscious decision-making.
• How to improve the learning process for yourself and your team

New Executive Summary posted: No Limits by John C. Maxwell

nolimitsWe often treat the word “capacity” as if it were a natural low of limitation. Unfortunately, most of us are much more comfortable defining what we perceive as off-limits rather than what’s really possible. Could it be that many of us have failed to expand our potential because we have allowed what we perceive as capacity to define us? What if our limits are not really our limits? In No Limits, leadership expert John C. Maxwell identifies the abilities and choices that make up our capacity. Some are things we all already possess, such as energy, creativity and leadership. Others are things we must choose, such as attitude, character and intentionality. Maxwell examines each of these capacities and provides rich insight on self-awareness as well as clean and actionable advice on how you can increase your potential. He teaches you how to identify, grow and apply your critical capabilities. Once you’ve blown the “cap” off your capabilities, you’ll find yourself more successful — and fulfilled — in your daily life.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:

• To become aware of the possibilities that can increase your capacity and make you better by recognizing your value through self-awareness.
• How to identify and develop the capacities that are already within you and understand how each capacity works together to improve you and your life.
• To make smart choices that allow you to reach your fullest potential

Ask More by Frank Sesno

downloadWhat hidden skill links successful people in all walks of life? What helps them make informed decisions, inspire creativity and forge stronger connections? The answer is surprisingly simple: They know how to ask the right questions at the right times. Questions help us break down barriers, pinpoint solutions and explore new ways of doing things. Yet, most of us assert more than we ask. We talk more than we listen. Imagine how much more effective we would be if we flipped the equation. Ask More puts questions at the center of every conversation. Author Frank Sesno, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, has spent decades questioning global leaders and everyday people alike. He draws on his formidable interviewing skills to break down the art of inquiry into 11 categories of questions, each designed for a different purpose. In an age of instant answers, fly-by facts and relentless clickbait, Sesno makes a passionate appeal to observe carefully, listen intently and ask more. He reveals a process of inquiry that can change your life — and might even change the world.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• How strategic questions can define a mission and forecast success — or failure.
• To use diagnostic questions to get to the heart of a problem.
• When to use confrontational questions to hold people accountable.
• Why mission questions help nonprofits fundraise more successfully

Mastering Civility by Christine Porath

Image result for Mastering Civility by Christine Porath Incivility is silently chipping away at people, organizations and our economy. Slights, insensitivities and rude behaviors can cut deeply and hijack focus. Even if people want to perform well, they can’t. Ultimately incivility cuts the bottom line. In Mastering Civility, Christine Porath, the leading authority on workplace incivility, shows why it pays to be civil and how people can enhance their influence and effectiveness with civility. Combining scientific research with fascinating evidence from popular culture and fields such as neuroscience, medicine and psychology, Porath makes clear what’s really at stake regarding civility, helps individuals evaluate and improve their own behavior and provides valuable strategies for how leaders can find and keep employees who help to create civility in organizations. Mastering Civility provides managers and employers with a much-needed wake-up call, while also reminding them of what they can do right now to improve the quality of their workplaces.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• The physical, psychological and monetary costs of incivility for individuals and organizations.
• Why you can be civil and get ahead.
• To evaluate your own civility and concrete strategies to improve.
• A four-step plan for organizations to improve civility.
• How to respond if you are the target of incivility.

Boost Your Career by Saying What You Mean

page_image_0Writing Without Bullshit is the first comprehensive guide to writing for today’s world: a noisy environment where everyone reads what you write on a screen. The average news story now gets only 36 seconds of attention. Unless you change how you write, your emails, reports and web copy don’t stand a chance. In this practical and witty book, you’ll learn to front-load your writing with pithy titles, subject lines and opening sentences. You’ll acquire the courage and skill to purge weak and meaningless jargon and wimpy passive voice. And you’ll get used to writing directly to the reader to make every word count. At the center of it all is the Iron Imperative: Treat the reader’s time as more valuable than your own. Embrace that, and your customers, your boss and your colleagues will recognize the power and boldness of your thinking. Transcend the fear that makes your writing weak. Plan and execute writing projects with confidence. Manage edits and reviews flawlessly. And master every modern format, from emails and social media to reports and press releases. Stop writing to fit in. Start writing to stand out. Boost your career by writing without bullshit.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• Techniques that will help you adhere to the Iron Imperative.
• Why fear generates bad writing habits and how to get over it.
• Specific needs and expectations of business readers.
• To plan longer projects and embrace collaborative writing.
• To write and promote intelligently for online audiences.

10 Rules for Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees

The-Future-Workplace-Experience-3D-652x1024Disruptive technologies. The gig economy. Breadwinner moms. Data-driven recruiting. Personalized learning. The Future Workplace Experience presents an actionable framework for meeting today’s toughest business disruptions head-on. It guides you step by step through the process of recruiting top employees and building an engaged culture, one that will drive your company to long-term success. Two of today’s leading voices on the future of work, Jeanne C. Meister and Kevin J. Mulcahy, provide 10 rules for rethinking, reimagining and reinventing your organization. Everything we took for granted in the past, from what we expect from our jobs to whom we work with and how, is changing before our eyes. The strongest organizations today are “learning machines.” New challenges require new solutions, and some organizations are finding them. If you want to compete in the years to come, you have to meet the future now. The Future Workplace Experience is your playbook for taking your organization to the top of your industry.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• The 10 rules to help your organization recruit and engage the best employees.
• What workers expect from work and how and why companies are creating employee experiences to mirror their best customer experiences.
• How technology transforms the workplace and can be both an enabler and a disruptor.
• The changing composition of the workforce driven by gender, generation and the gig economy.

The Best Place to Work by Ron Friedman, Ph.D

bestplacetoworkIn The Best Place to Work, award-winning psychologist Ron Friedman uses the latest research from the fields of motivation, creativity, behavioral economics, neuroscience and management to reveal what really makes us successful at work. Combining powerful stories with cutting-edge findings, Friedman shows leaders at every level how they can use scientifically proven techniques to promote smarter thinking, greater innovation and stronger performance. Among the many surprising insights, Friedman explains how learning to think like a hostage negotiator can help you defuse a workplace argument, why placing a fishbowl near your desk can enhance your thinking, and how incorporating strategic distractions into your schedule can help you reach smarter decisions. Brimming with counterintuitive insights and actionable recommendations, The Best Place to Work offers employees and executives alike game-changing advice for working smarter and turning any organization — regardless of its size, budgets or ambitions — into an extraordinary workplace.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• Why successful teams make more mistakes than other teams.
• How the design of our workplace impacts our performance.
• Six insights to delay the adaptation that erodes happiness.
• Why the best managers focus on themselves.
• How to provide daily opportunities for autonomy, competence and relatedness.

Discover the 12 Levers of Success

Primary GreatnessFrom Stephen R. Covey — the late, legendary author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People — a new set of rules for achieving a happy and fulfilling life of primary greatness. Many of us are hurting. We have chronic problems, dissatisfactions and disappointments. The idea of living a “great life” seems a distant dream.Too often, however, we have the wrong idea of what a great life is. Stephen R. Covey believed there were only two ways to live: a life of primary greatness or a life of secondary greatness. Through his classic books and seminars, he taught that the intrinsic rewards of primary greatness — integrity, responsibility and meaningful contribution — far outweigh the superficial rewards of secondary greatness — money, popularity and the self-absorbed, pleasure-ridden life that some people consider “success.”

In Primary Greatness, a posthumous work, Covey lays out the 12 levers of success that will lead to a life of primary greatness: Integrity, Contribution, Priority, Sacrifice, Service, Responsibility, Loyalty, Reciprocity, Diversity, Learning, Teaching and Renewal. For the first time, Covey defines each of these 12 qualities and how they provide the leverage to make your daily life truly “great.”

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• The key differences between primary and secondary greatness.
• Why principles ultimately govern values.
• The four human endowments that help us align ourselves to principles.
• The most important features of the 12 key principles, or levers.

Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance

CommittedTeamsCommitted Teams: Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance is based on a deceptively simple philosophy: set a direction, try to stay on track and make adjustments when necessary. Easy to do? Hardly –– especially when the typical workday is time-crunched, stressful and deadline-driven.

Drawing on research done at the Wharton School of Business, the authors reveal how to deliver results under these tough conditions. Committed Teams will help you gain buy-in for shared objectives, assign roles to the right people and establish norms for effective collaboration. Whether your team aims to execute a strategy, produce breakthrough innovations, collaborate across global boundaries or launch a new venture, this how-to guide offers the pragmatic advice you need. This game-changing book provides the tools for aligning every member of your team behind a motivating vision, making team meetings efficient and productive, and closing the gap between stated goals and actual behaviors.

If you want to be competitive in a demanding, fast-paced work environment, you need to rely on a high-performing team. Committed Teams is the indispensable resource for creating one.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• To establish goals, roles and norms in your organization.
• To adopt an observer’s mindset and solve problems.
• To bridge key gaps between saying and doing.
• To establish and strengthen culture in different types of teams –– even virtual teams and startups.

Show Up, Set the Tone and Intentionally Create an Organization That Thrives

The key to any company’s success lies in its culture. This game-changing guide shows you how to shape and revitalize your culture –– by setting the tone, engaging the team and creating a dynamic working environment that encourages growth, productivity and innovation. It all starts with you.

Using award-winning organizational advisor Anese Cavanaugh’s unique IEP Method ®, you can take control of the culture you work in and build a healthier, more functional environment –– from the inside out. You’ll learn how to enhance your Intentional Energetic Presence (IEP) so you’ll always be fully present, purposeful and prepared to share your vision with infectious energy and enthusiasm. Contagious Culture is so much more than a leadership guide. It’s a complete cultural mindshift that’s not only exciting for you and your team –– it’s absolutely, positively contagious.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO:
• Craft your intention and make a real impact.
• Unleash your energy –– and watch it spread like wildfire.
• Show up for others by setting yourself up for success.
• Bring out the best in everyone –– including yourself.

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