The Happiness Project

Author: Gretchen Rubin HYPERLINK "http://www.happiness-project.com" www.happiness-project.com Overview: studying what makes us happy and then trying to apply it to our own lives. Theme: memoir of one year in which the author test-drives every principle, tip, theory, and research-study result she can find, from Aristotle to St. Therese to Benjamin Franklin to Martin Seligman to Oprah.  What advice actually works? Four Splendid Truths: To be happier you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth. One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy; One of the best [...]

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: Patrick Lencioni

The model:  Absence of trust ◊ fear of conflict ◊ lack of commitment ◊ avoidance of accountability ◊ inattention to results. Dysfunction #1: Absence of Trust This occurs when team members are reluctant to be vulnerable with one another and are unwilling to admit their mistakes, weaknesses or needs for help. Without a certain comfort level among team members, a foundation of trust is impossible. Dysfunction #2: Fear of Conflict Teams that are lacking on trust are incapable of engaging in unfiltered, passionate debate about key issues, causing situations where team conflict can easily turn into veiled discussions and back [...]

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Success Built to Last

“Creating a Life that Matters” Authors: Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery, Mark Thompson Wharton School Publishing August 2006 HYPERLINK "http://www.successbuilttolast.com" www.successbuilttolast.com Executive Summary: The authors attempt to answer this important question: What inspires long-term achievers to make the kind of choices to struggle and grow despite all odds to create success that lasts?  Important note: success in this book is defined not as wealth, fame and power but as living a legacy, making a difference, creating lasting impact and engaged in a life of personal fulfillment. They interviewed more than 100 successful people including; Warren Buffett, Bono, Michael Dell, Peter Drucker, [...]

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Next Generation Leader: Andy Stanley

Perhaps the two best kept secrets of leadership are these: The less you do, the more you accomplish. The less you do, the more you enable others to accomplish. The problem was that somewhere along the way I had bought into the myth that a good leader has to be good at everything.  So I operated under the assumption that I had to upgrade my weaknesses into strengths.  After all, who would follow a leader who wasn’t well rounded? My real value to our organization lay within the context of my giftedness, not the number of hours I worked. Identify [...]

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Good to Great – Jim Collins

Start with 1,435 good companies.  Examine their performance over 40 years.  Find the 11 companies that became great.  These 11 companies outperformed the market 6.9 times for 15 consecutive years. The 11 great companies:  Abbott, Circuit City, Fannie Mae, Gillette, Kimberly-Clark, Kroger, Nucor, Philip Morris, Pitney Bowes, Walgreens, Wells Fargo. Good is the enemy of great.  And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. 7 Key Points of the book: Level 5 Leadership First Who…Then What Confront the Brutal Facts The Hedgehog Concept (Focus) A Culture of Discipline Technology Accelerators The Flywheel [...]

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The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive – Patrick Lencioni

If everything is important, then nothing is. Identify a reasonable number of issues that will have the greatest possible impact on the success of your organization, and then spend most of your time thinking about, talking about, and working on those issues. Ask yourself often: What is the one thing I do that really matters to this organization? Conduct quarterly performance reviews with each employee and ask 3 key questions: What did you accomplish? What will you accomplish next? How can you improve? The 4 disciplines of a healthy organization: Build and maintain a cohesive leadership team Create organizational clarity [...]

The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive – Patrick Lencioni2020-03-22T18:54:07+00:00

First, Break All The Rules – Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman

People don’t change that much.  Don’t waste time trying to put in what was left out.  Try to draw out what was left in.  That is hard enough. Try to help each person become more and more of who he already is. 6 most powerful questions for your staff… linked to productivity, profit, retention and customer service results: Do I know what is expected of me at work? Do I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right? At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day? In the last [...]

First, Break All The Rules – Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman2020-03-22T19:11:02+00:00

Crucial Conversations: Kerry Patterson

Crucial Conversations—Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzer Crucial conversation:  A discussion between two or more people where (1) stakes are high, (2) opinions vary, and (3) emotions run strong. The results of a crucial conversation could have a huge impact on the quality of your life. Master your crucial conversations and you’ll kick-start your career, strengthen your relationships, and improve your health.  For instance, high performers know how to stand up to the boss without committing career suicide. In the best companies, everyone holds everyone else accountable—regardless of level of position.  The path to high productivity passes not through a static system, [...]

Crucial Conversations: Kerry Patterson2020-03-22T19:15:18+00:00

Built to Last: Jim Collins & Jerry Porras

“Built to Last”                 James C. Collins and Jerry I Porras Summary: The authors’ key premise is that: “Preserve the Core / Stimulate Progress”   Visionary companies have a set of core principles that are absolutely central and unchangeable, and are clear on these principles.  They’re committed to moving forwad and changing their practices outside of the principles. Preserve core values and purposes; Change culture and operating practices and specific goals and strategies.    There are a set of key habits or attributes that differentiate visionary companies from similar companies in their industry [...]

Built to Last: Jim Collins & Jerry Porras2020-03-22T19:15:32+00:00

Never Eat Alone: Keith Ferrazzi

A good book that's mostly about networking, but also some general business smarts. Definitely read if you need more work being social. my notes The people who had reached professional heights unknown to my father and mother helped each other. They found one another jobs, they invested time and money in one another’s ideas, and they made sure their kids got help getting into the best schools, got the right internships, and ultimately got the best jobs. Before my eyes, I saw proof that success breeds success and, indeed, the rich do get richer. Their web of friends and associates [...]

Never Eat Alone: Keith Ferrazzi2020-03-22T19:15:47+00:00