Personal Growth & Development

Reasons why YOU ROCK!

by Kathy Light

YouRockLearn the secret to accessing and amplifying your personal power!

* What if you could tap into a vast reserve of positive energy and power any time you needed it?
* What if tapping into that power could change your life and the lives of others?
* What if it was incredibly easy and fun to do that?
* Well, it is, and Reasons Why YOU ROCK is your path to that power!

Most people go through life quite unaware of the unique set of amazing qualities that make them great. Understanding and acknowledging this unique combination of qualities, these "reasons why you rock," can lead you to phenomenal success and fulfillment if you will only tap into them. Left untapped, they are dormant stores of energy, unorganized, disconnected, only accessible at random times and for random reasons. This book will help you discover, collect, organize and crystallize that energy reserve, so it is available for your use at any time. And every time you open the book you will be renewed, recharged and reminded of all the greatness that is in you.

Reasons Why YOU ROCK is a treasure chest of riches that will lead you to discover and celebrate the unique and extraordinary greatness in you, and have access to that power for yourself and others at any time... read more

The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work

by Teresa Amabile & Steven Kramer

ProgressPrincipleWhat really sets the best managers above the rest? It’s their power to build a cadre of employees who have great inner work lives—consistently positive emotions; strong motivation; and favorable perceptions of the organization, their work, and their colleagues. The worst managers undermine inner work life, often unwittingly.

As Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer explain in The Progress Principle, seemingly mundane workday events can make or break employees’ inner work lives. But it’s forward momentum in meaningful work—progress—that creates the best inner work lives. Through rigorous analysis of nearly 12,000 diary entries provided by 238 employees in 7 companies, the authors explain how managers can foster progress and enhance inner work life every day… read more

Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements

by Tom Rath & James K. Harter

WellbeingWellbeing: The Five Essential Elements provides you with a holistic view of what contributes to your wellbeing over a lifetime. Written in a conversational style, this book is filled with fascinating research and innovative ideas for boosting your wellbeing in each of these five areas. As a complement to the book, you'll have the opportunity to use Gallup's online Wellbeing Finder to track and improve your wellbeing. By the time you finish reading this book, you'll have a better understanding of what makes life worthwhile. This will enable you to enjoy each day and get more out of your life -- while boosting the wellbeing of your friends, family members, colleagues, and others in your community..… read more

Ground of Your Own Choosing: Winning Strategies for Finding & Creating Work

by Beverly Ryle

Ground of your own choosingEverything has changed about work except how we go about finding it. Our reliance on the use of traditional job search techniques in a work environment that has dramatically changed is the equivalent of "fighting the last war" with disappointing, even disastrous, results. Most of us sense this, but we don't know what else to do.

This book is a clear, concise guide to a new kind of work security, one that is not dependent on any particular job, but on your own capacity to generate work. It offers a compelling rationale for why it is necessary to change your thinking and provides practical steps, supported by real life stores, for taking action.… read more

Career Distinction: Stand Out by Building Your Brand

by William Arruda & Kirsten Dixson

CareerDistinctionAs a professional, your reputation is your most valuable career asset. Whether you're climbing the ladder at your current company or seeking a new job, in today's fast-paced work environment, you must proactively and continuously position yourself for success. Your credibility, visibility, personality, and personal style all make up your brand. Build and nurture your personal brand and you'll make yourself a must-have, can't-fail professional—and you'll do it without having to be someone you're not.

Career Distinction outlines the proven personal branding process and provides case studies of successful professionals that will help you not only survive, but thrive, in today's dynamic and ultracompetitive workplace. You'll learn to manage your brand with innovative tools that enable you to differentiate yourself and stand out from your peers.

In this definitive step-by-step guide, career and personal brand management experts Arruda and Dixson show you how to:.… read more

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

by John J. Ratey& Eric Hagerman

SparkSPARK is a groundbreaking and fascinating investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain. Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

In SPARK, John J. Ratey, M.D., embarks upon a fascinating and entertaining journey through the mind-body connection. The author presents startling research to prove that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to A.D.D. to addiction to aggression to menopause to Alzheimer's. Filled with amazing case studies (such as the revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, Illinois, which has put this school district of 19,000 kids first in the world of science test scores), SPARK is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain. It will change forever the way you think about your morning run---or, for that matter, simply the way you think. … read more

Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes, Revised 25th Anniversary Edition

by William Bridges

TransitionsWhether it is chosen or thrust upon you, change brings both opportunities and turmoil. Since first published 25 years ago, Transitions has helped hundreds of thousands of readers cope with these issues by providing an elegantly simple yet profoundly insightful roadmap of the transition process. With the understanding born of both personal and professional experience, William Bridges takes readers step by step through the three stages of any transition: The Ending, The Neutral Zone, and, in time, The New Beginning. Bridges explains how each stage can be understood and embraced, leading to meaningful and productive movement into a hopeful future. With a new introduction highlighting how the advice in the book continues to apply and is perhaps even more relevant today, and a new chapter devoted to change in the workplace, Transitions will remain the essential guide for coping with the one constant in life: change. … read more

Something to Live For: Finding Your Way in the Second Half of Life

by Richard J Leider & David A Shapiro

Book: Something to Live ForDrawing on ancient and contemporary wisdom, as well as modern research, Richard Leider and David Shapiro provide insightful ways of thinking and being that help us find meaning and purpose in the second half of life. This deeply reflective book uses a safari as a metaphor to show how the second half of life can be a journey of discovery. There are many pathways to putting our whole selves into life, especially during the second half. This book explores many routes to vital aging. … read more

The Power of Purpose: Creating Meaning in Your Life and Work

by Richard Leider

Book: Power of Purpose"Purpose" and "calling" seem at first to be grand words, applicable to only a gifted few. But career coach Richard Leider argues that everyone possesses a true calling, as well as the unique talents needed to support it. Filled with useful tools for self-assessment, The Power of Purpose helps readers uncover their own talents and aspirations, and shows how to incorporate "the common sense of soul" into everyday life. Interviews with people of all ages provide inspiring examples of those who have created lives filled with meaning and passion… read more

Whistle While You Work: Heeding Your Life's Calling

by Richard J Leider & David A Shapiro

Book: Whistle while you workEveryone has a calling with a unique purpose to fulfill in the world. Heeding it is about deliberately choosing a way of life and work consistent with individual gifts, passions, and values. Through powerful stories and a guided exploration of 52 possible callings, Whistle While You Work helps readers discover how to make a living doing what they were born to do. The authors provide a framework for embracing a very abstract subject in a systematic, practical, and fun way. And their Calling Cards "TM" help readers develop answers to profound life questions as they learn to "listen with the third ear" to cultivate a mode of searching that isn't limited to the merely tangible…read more

Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Rest of Your Life

by Richard J. Leider & David A. Shapiro

Book: Repacking your bagsPeople everywhere feel overwhelmed today-weighed down by countless responsibilities and buffeted by never-ending changes in their personal and professional lives. Repacking Your Bags shows readers how to climb out from under these burdens and find the fulfillment that is missing in their lives.
This book provides a simple yet elegant process to help you balance the demands of work, love, and place in order to create and live your own vision of success. It show how to "unpack" your physical, emotional, and intellectual baggage and "repack" for the journey ahead.

Repacking Your Bags helps readers develop their own personal vision of the good life and design their lives in order to live it… read more

Claiming Your Place at the Fire: Living the Second Half of Your Life on Purpose

by Richard Leider

Book: Claiming Your Place...More than 10,000 people turn 50 every day in the U.S.; how do they handle this shift? Claiming Your Place at the Fire invites this group of "new elders" to ask four key questions: Who am I? New elders synthesize and transfer the wisdom of the past into the present. Where do I belong? They have a powerful sense of where they have come from, where they are, and where they are going. How do I bring my passions alive? They rejoice in rediscovering their life's work, their calling, their vocation. What is my life's purpose? Freed from imposed schedules and demands, new elders now find the freedom to create their lives anew. This book describes how new older adults can rekindle the good life, relight the fire within, and share that warmth and light with others. read more

The Seeker's Guide

by Elizabeth Lesser

Book: SeekersGuideElizabeth Lesser synthesizes the lessons learned from an immersion into the world's wisdom traditions and intertwines them with illuminating stories from her daily life. Recounting her own trials and errors and offering meditative exercises, she shows the reader how to create a personal practice, gauge one's progress, and choose effective spiritual teachers and habits. Warm, accessible, and wise, this book provides directions through the four landscapes of the spiritual journey:

THE MIND: learning meditation to ease stress and anxiety.
THE HEART: dealing with grief, loss, and pain; opening the heart and becoming fully alive.
THE BODY: returning the body to the spiritual fold to heal and
overcome the fear of aging and death.
THE SOUL: experiencing daily life as an adventure of meaning and mystery… read more

Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

by Elizabeth Lesser

Book: BrokenOpenDuring times of transition, amid everyday stress, and even when we face seemingly insurmountable adversity, life offers us a choice: to turn away from change or to embrace it; to shut down or to be broken open and transformed.

Broken Open is not only a testament to the inner richness and potential of every life but also a deeply trustworthy guide to the dynamics of healing and growth-how we resist and how we surrender, how we stay stuck and how we grow, and how we can turn misfortune into insight, and grief into joy. It helps us to discover within ourselves a fearless heart, a clear mind, and a shining soul… read more

Arriving at Your Own Door: 108 Lessons in Mindfulness

by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Book: ArrivingAtYourOwnDoorMindfulness opens us up to the possibility of being fully human and of expressing the humane in our way of being. Within these 108 selections lie messages of profound wisdom in a contemporary and practical form that can lead to both healing and transformation. How we carry ourselves will determine the direction the world takes We are the world we inhabit. Our world is continuously being shaped by our participation in everything around us and within us through mindfulness. This is the great work of awareness…read more

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

by Don Miguel Ruiz

Four Agreements"The Four Agreements reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob people of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements -- be impeccable with your word,don't take anything personally, don't make assumptions, always do your best -- offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform life into a new experience of freedom, love, and true happiness."… read more

The Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance

by Tony Schwartz, Jean Gomes & Catherine McCarthy Ph.D.

WorkingIsNotWorkingDemand is exceeding our capacity. The ethic of "more, bigger, faster" exacts a series of silent but pernicious costs at work, undermining our energy, focus, creativity, and passion. Nearly 75 percent of employees around the world feel disengaged at work every day. The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working offers a groundbreaking approach to reenergizing our lives so we’re both more satisfied and more productive—on the job and off.

By integrating multidisciplinary findings from the science of high performance, Tony Schwartz, coauthor of the #1 bestselling The Power of Full Engagement, makes a persuasive case that we’re neglecting the four core needs that energize great performance: sustainability (physical); security (emotional); self-expression (mental); and significance (spiritual). Rather than running like computers at high speeds for long periods, we’re at our best when we pulse rhythmically between expending and regularly renewing energy across each of our four needs.

Organizations undermine sustainable high performance by forever seeking to get more out of their people. Instead they should seek systematically to meet their four core needs so they’re freed, fueled, and inspired to bring the best of themselves to work every day.… read more

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal

by Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz

Book: Power of Full EngagementThe number of hours in a day is fixed, but the quantity and quality of energy available to us is not. This fundamental insight has the power to revolutionize the way you live.

Managing energy, not time, is the key to enduring high performance as well as to health, happiness, and life balance. The Full Engagement Training System is grounded in twenty-five years of working with great athletes to help them perform more effectively under brutal competitive pressures.

The Power of Full Engagement is a highly practical, scientifically based approach to managing your energy more skillfully. It provides a clear road map to becoming more physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused, and spiritually aligned -- both on and off the job… read more

The Power of Story: Rewrite Your Destiny in Business and in Life

by Jim Loehr

Book: Power of StoryIn this book, Dr. Jim Loehr examines the way we tell stories about ourselves to ourselves -- and, most important, the way we can change those stories to transform our business and personal lives.

"Your story is your life," says Loehr. As human beings, we continually tell ourselves stories -- of success or failure; of power or victimhood; stories that endure for an hour, or a day, or an entire lifetime. We have stories about our work, our families and relationships, our health; about what we want and what we're capable of achieving. Yet, while our stories profoundly affect how others see us and we see ourselves, too few of us even recognize that we're telling stories, or what they are, or that we can change them -- and, in turn, transform our very destinies.

Telling ourselves stories provides structure and direction as we navigate life's challenges and opportunities, and helps us interpret our goals and skills. Stories make sense of chaos; they organize our many divergent experiences into a coherent thread; they shape our entire reality… read more

The Story Factor

by Annette Simmons

StoryFactorOver one hundred stories drawn from the front lines of business and government, as well as myths, fables, and parables from around the world, illustrate how story can be used to persuade, motivate, and inspire in ways that cold facts, bullet points, and directives can't.

These stories, combined with practical storytelling techniques show anyone how to become a more effective communicator. From "who I am" to "I-know-what-you're thinking," Simmons identifies the six stories you need to know how to tell and demonstrates how they can be applied. This revised edition offers a guide to using storytelling in specific business circumstances, including corporate reorganizations, layoffs, and diversity issues. … read more

Positive Energy: 10 Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress, and Fear into Vibrance, Strength, and Love

by Judith Orloff

Book: Positive EnergyAre you forever rushing through your day, fending off chronic exhaustion? Are you desperately over committed, afraid to say no? Do you want to feel well rested and ready to conquer each day with enthusiasm, but fall short time and time again? If so, you're the victim of a hidden energy crisis. Here, at last, is the complete prescription that will stop you from feeling constantly drained and enable you to live a more vibrant life.

Filled with clear instructions for the simple, powerful exercises Positive Energy is your tool kit for transforming fatigue, stress, and fear into an abundance of vibrance, strength, and love.
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The Strengths Book: Be Confident, Be Successful, and Enjoy Better Relationships by Realising the Best of You

by Alex Linley, Janet Willars & Robert Biswas-Diener

StrengthsBookThe Strengths Book reveals the sixty strengths that make us who we are. Bursting with insights on using each strength in relationships, at work and at play, it also gives examples of famous people who share the strength with you. There’s even advice on not taking your strengths too far!

If you’re a manager, a parent, a career-changer, or even just you, exceptional as you are, The Strengths Book is for you. Discover your strengths - what you do best and love to do - and transform your life by realizing the best of you.… read more

StrengthsFinder 2.0: A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup's Now, Discover Your Strengths

by Tom Rath

Book: StrengthsFinderDo you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? hances are, you don't. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.

StrengthsFinder 2.0, is loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths. This new book and accompanying website will change the way you look at yourself -- and the world around you -- forever.

This book includes:

  • A new and upgraded edition of the StrengthsFinder assessment
  • A personalized Strengths Discovery and Action-Planning Guide for applying your strengths in the next week, month, and year
  • A more customized version of your top five theme report
  • 50 Ideas for Action (10 strategies for building on each of your top five themes)… read more

Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance

by Marcus Buckingham

Book: Go Put Your Strengths...Research data show that most people do not come close to making full use of their assets at work -- in fact, only 17 percent of the workforce believe they use all of their strengths on the job. Go Put Your Strengths to Work aims to change that through a six-step, six-week experience that will reveal the hidden dimensions of your strengths.

With structured exercises that will become part of your regular workweek and proven tactics from people who have successfully applied the book's lessons, Go Put Your Strengths to Work will arm you with a radically different approach to your work life. … read more

Trombone Player Wanted
Starring: Marcus Buckingham Director: Marcus Buckingham Format: DVD

Trombone Player WantedTrombone Player Wanted is a companion film series to Marcus Buckingham's book, Go put your Strengths to Work. The short films (six in the series and approximately 15 minutes in length) communicate in a way that motivates personal and team performance.

Trombone Player Wanted provides powerful lessons for managers and employees striving to be more productive and more focused today than they were yesterday… read more

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