Book Reviews

Title: Blue Ocean Strategy Author: W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne, Genre: Business & Economics Publisher: Harvard Business Press Release Date: 2015-01 Pages: 256 Review: This business standard is worth rereading particularly as the nature of competition continues to evolve. The …

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Title: The Happiness Advantage Author: Shawn Achor Genre: Business & Economics Publisher: Broadway Business Release Date: 2010 Pages: 236 Review: Those familiar with the Gallup Survey know that having a best friend at work is predictive of employee “engagement” e.g. …

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Title: Drive Author: Daniel H. Pink Genre: Business & Economics Publisher: Penguin Release Date: 2011-04 Pages: 260 Review: I really wanted to like this book because I am a Dan Pink fan and the topic is an important one. Anyone …

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Title: The Heart Aroused Author: David Whyte Genre: Business & Economics Publisher: Broadway Business Release Date: 1996 Pages: 337 Review: David Whyte, published poet and corporate consultant (bet you’ve not heard that combo before!) uses both modern and classic poetry …

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Title: Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0 Author: Thomas L. Friedman Genre: Political Science Publisher: Picador Release Date: Tue Nov 24 2009 Pages: 528 Review: This compelling manifesto weaves together globalization, over-population, and climate change showing how we got here and …

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Title: SuperFreakonomics Author: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner, Genre: Business & Economics Publisher: Harper Collins Release Date: Tue May 24 2011 Pages: 320 Review: This book makes you think twice about the assumptions you make every day. It’s a …

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Title: Steve Jobs Author: Walter Isaacson Genre: Biography & Autobiography Publisher: Simon and Schuster Release Date: Mon Oct 24 2011 Pages: 630 Review: This book is a must read given the impact Steve Jobs had on so many different industries. …

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Title: The Invisible Gorilla Author: Christopher Chabris, Daniel Simons, Genre: Psychology Publisher: Broadway Books Release Date: 2011-06 Pages: 306 Review: We’re all so attracted to surety—it was refreshing to learn how wrong—and actually how downright dangerous—such surety could be. This …

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Title: Outliers Author: Malcolm Gladwell Genre: Business & Economics Publisher: Head of Zeus Release Date: Tue Nov 18 2008 Pages: 309 Review: This book is a good reminder that while successful people are certainly talented, their success has more to …

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Title: Made to Stick Author: Chip Heath, Dan Heath, Genre: Contagion (Social psychology.) Release Date: 2007 Pages: 291 Review: With most of us tasked with coming up with innovative ideas at work it’s worth exploring what makes a good idea …

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Taking Control of Your Career® Bootcamp Content Overview

Our Bootcamp is designed to get you back to feeling like yourself fast. To avoid overwhelm, we cover critical topics sequentially so you can make small changes quickly and experience immediate results.

1. New Beginnings

We start by creating a clear picture of your desired outcome and showing how feeling stuck can benefit you. You’ll also learn how to increase your physical and mental energy and a quick (less than 5 minutes!), easy way to improve your mood.

2. Setting Yourself Up For Success

It’s easier to succeed when your environment completely supports you. You’ll learn how to easily analyze yours and bring it into alignment. We’ll also cover techniques for viewing your work situation in a neutral, productive way–allowing you to move within it effortlessly.

3. Values & Standards

Values impact your behaviors, decisions, relationships and direction in life. Yet your values are often not aligned with your workplace. Standards are what we honor because we believe they will lead us to our goals. Logically you’d think high standards would result in a superior result but just the opposite often occurs. In this session we’ll cover how to maintain your standards when they’re not shared and how to stay true to yourself without making it an issue for others.

4. How Your Best Intentions Work Against You

If you’re like most achievers, you welcome and thrive on responsibility. Sometimes, however, your life can feel like one long “to do” list leaving little time to figure out what is working – or not – in your life. We’ll cover how to retrain your teammates, how to redefine your role and the concept of “responsibility without authority” – having one without the other makes success impossible.

5. Core Beliefs

Understanding how personal beliefs drive behavior is critical to freeing you from feeling trapped. This is a deeply personal and important aspect necessary to move into action. You’ll learn how to uncover the core belief that is out of alignment and the 5 step process you can use to replace it.

6. Who is in Control of Your Life?

Control is like catnip to high achievers – we all want it. But surprisingly few exercise control in the one area where they actually have it. This cycle of relentlessly trying to get control over an uncontrollable situation is exhausting and self–defeating. Resetting expectations so you can focus on fulfilling activities will provide the energy you need to regain your perspective and take action.

7. Setting Boundaries

If you’re surrounded by those who constantly violate your boundaries it will create conflict, drama and drain your energy. When you set and maintain appropriate boundaries you will experience an almost immediate reduction of stress. We will review the 5–step boundary setting process; discuss how to hold the line without alienating others or compromising your standards, and the implications of not being able to say “no”.

8. The Path Forward

Your work each session will have helped you uncover your personal traps and provided strategies for overcoming them. We’ll do a quick review and focus on how to use your strategic plan so you’ll never get in this situation again. We’ll also review how to appropriately take responsibility, how to manage workplace expectations and perceptions and the best habits for self–management when “overwhelm” strikes again – as it inevitably will.