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Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives by Katie Couric

What was the tipping point for Malcolm Gladwell? What unscripted event made Meryl Streep who she is? How did Mario Batali cook up his recipe for success? In this inspiration-packed book, Katie Couric reports from the front lines of the worlds of politics, entertainment, sports, philanthropy, the arts, and business—distilling the ingenious, hard-won insights of leaders and visionaries, who tell us all how to take chances, follow our passions, cope with criticism, and, perhaps most important, commit to something greater than ourselves.

Among the many voices to be heard here are financial guru Suze Orman on the benefits of doing what’s right, not what’s easy; director Steven Spielberg on listening rather than being listened to; quarterback Drew Brees on how his (literal) big break changed his life; and novelist Curtis Sittenfeld on the secrets of a great long-term relationship (she suggests marrying someone less neurotic than you); not to mention:

• Michael Bloomberg: “Eighty percent of success is showing up . . . early.”
• Eric Stonestreet: “Remember that the old lady who’s taking forever in line is someone’s grandma.”
• Joyce Carol Oates: “Read widely—what you want to read, and not what someone suggests that you should read.”
• Jimmy Kimmel: “When in doubt, order the hamburger.’”
• Apolo Ohno: “It’s not about the forty seconds; it’s about the four years, the time it took to get there.”
• Madeleine K. Albright: “Never play hide-and-seek with the truth.”

Along the way, Couric reflects on the good advice—and the missteps—that have guided her from her early days as a desk assistant at ABC to her groundbreaking role as the first female anchor of the CBS Evening News. She reveals how the words of Thomas Jefferson helped her deal with her husband’s tragic death from cancer, and what encouraged her to leave the security of NBC’s Today show for a new adventure at CBS.

Delightful, empowering, and moving, The Best Advice I Ever Got is the perfect book for anyone who is thinking about the future, contemplating taking a risk, or daring to make a leap into the great unknown. This book is for all of us, young or old, who want to see how today’s best and brightest got it right, got it wrong, and came out on top.

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Power of LEO The Revolutionary Process for Achieving Extraordinary Results by Subir Chowdhury

Hailed as "the Quality Prophet" by "BusinessWeek," Subir Chowdhury is the long-established global authority on the critical importance of quality and how to achieve it with Design for Six Sigma (DFSS). Now, he takes it to the next level by showing you how to build quality into the DNA of your entire organization.

In his bestselling book, Chowdhury introduced his next-generation management system--LEO. In The Power of LEO, he describes how continuous focus on quality improvement can revolutionize any process--from manufacturing operations to managerial decision making. The secret is to cease delegating the responsibility of quality to specific teams or departments and permanently lodge it within the core of an organization's culture.

Chowdhury's profoundly simple yet extraordinarily effective management system is based on three basic principles:
Listen--Seek input from all stakeholders within your organization, from suppliers to employees to customers
Enrich--Create new ideas for improvement and solutions for problems using simple techniques
Optimize--Select the best improvement idea or solution, subject it to testing in the real world, and correct all shortcomings

Quality methodologies like Six Sigma and Lean can be highly effective but are used narrowly and by limited personnel within an organization. LEO is the encompassing strategy that can be easily embraced by everyone within an organization, resulting in measurable improvements in your operations, products, and bottom line.

If you're serious about competing in the global marketplace, join Subir Chowdhury on his quest for overall quality and transform your organization from a company that does some things well into an established industry leader.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Built to last: successful habits of visionary companies

Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras took eighteen truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each in direct comparison to one of its top competitors. They examined the companies from their very beginnings to the present day -- as start-ups, as midsize companies, and as large corporations. Throughout, the authors asked: "What makes the truly exceptional companies different from the comparison companies and what were the common practices these enduringly great companies followed throughout their history?"

Filled with hundreds of specific examples and organized into a coherent framework of practical concepts that can be applied by managers and entrepreneurs at all levels, Built to Last provides a master blueprint for building organizations that will prosper long into the 21st century and beyond.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Way to Happiness By L. Ron Hubbard

Ask anyone in life what they really want and you'll usually get the answer "to be happy".

This simple book – The Way to Happiness – gives one the knowledge and understanding to achieve just that.

It is the first non-religious moral code based wholly on common sense and just through it's distribution can help arrest the current moral decline of society and bring back integrity and happiness to Man.

First published in 1981 it was designed to fill the moral vacuum in our increasingly materialistic society through it's 21 basic principles that guide one to a better and more fulfilling life.

This simple code of conduct can be understood and followed by anyone, of any race, colour or creed and works to restore the care and decency that are the key to uniting humankind.

The real power of this small book is realized when it's distributed to others, hand to hand. Since the behavior of those around you can affect your life, you are able to improve your own survival as well as theirs, by using this book and then giving copies to your family, friends and associates.

By doing so you encourage others to treat their fellows with kindness, compassion and respect… helping them to survive better and lead happier lives and therefore doing so yourself.

Want to be truly happy and able to do and achieve more in life?

Would you like to know how to help people more and see them flourish and propser?

Would you like to be able to change conditions in your house, area, country or even the world?

The Way to Happiness provides you a means to do all this and more.

21 basic principles that guide one to a better and more fulfilling life.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

The Success Principles By Jack Canfield : How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

Jack Canfield, cocreator of the phenomenal bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, turns to the principles he's studied, taught, and lived for more than 30 years in this practical and inspiring guide that will help any aspiring person get from where they are to where they want to be.

The Success Principles will teach you how to increase your confidence, tackle daily challenges, live with passion and purpose, and realize all your ambitions. Not merely a collection of good ideas, this book spells out the 64 timeless principles used by successful men and women throughout history. Taken together and practiced every day, these principles will transform your life beyond your wildest dreams!

Filled with memorable and inspiring stories of CEOs, world-class athletes, celebrities, and everyday people, The Success Principles will give you the proven blueprint you need to achieve any goal you desire.

The Success Principles - 64 timeless principles:
The Fundamentals of Success
1. Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life
2. Be Clear Why You’re Here
3. Decide What You Want
4. Believe It’s Possible
5. Believe in Yourself
6. Become an Inverse Paranoid
7. Unleash the Power of Goal-Setting
8. Chunk It Down
9. Success Leaves Clues
10. Release the Brakes
11. See What You Want, Get What You See
12. Act as If
13. Take Action
14. Just Lean into It
15. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
16. Be Willing to Pay the Price
17. Ask! Ask! Ask!
18. Reject Rejection
19. Use Feedback to Your Advantage
20. Commit to Constant and Never-Ending Improvement
21. Keep Score for Success
22. Practice Persistence
23. Practice the Rule of 5 (Believe in Yourself )
24. Exceed Expectations

II. Transform Yourself for Success
25. Drop Out of the “Ain’t It Awful” Club ...and Surround Yourself with Successful People
26. Acknowledge Your Positive Past
27. Keep Your Eye on the Prize
28. Clean Up Your Messes and Your Incompletes
29. Complete the Past to Embrace the Future
30. Face What Isn’t Working
31. Embrace Change
32. Transform Your Inner Critic into an Inner Coach
33. Transcend Your Limiting Beliefs
34. Develop Four New Success Habits a Year
35. 99% Is a Bitch; 100% Is a Breeze
36. Learn More to Earn More
37. Stay Motivated with the Masters
38. Fuel Your Success with Passion and Enthusiasm

III. Build Your Success Team
39. Stay Focused on Your Core Genius
40. Redefine Time
41. Build a Powerful Support Team and Delegate to Them
42. Just Say No!
43. Say No to the Good So That You Can Say Yes to the Great !
44. Find a Wing to Climb Under
45. Hire a Personal Coach
46. Mastermind Your Way to Success
47. Inquire Within

IV. Create Successful Relationships
48. Be Hear Now
49. Have a Heart Talk
50. Tell the Truth Faster
51. Speak with Impeccability
52. When in Doubt, Check It Out
53. Practice Uncommon Appreciation
54. Keep Your Agreements
55. Be a Class Act

V. Success and Money
56. Develop a Positive Money Consciousness
57. You Get What You Focus On
58. Pay Yourself First
59. Master the Spending Game
60. To Spend More, First Make More
61. Give More to Get More
62. Find a Way to Serve

VI. Success Starts Now
63. Start Now! ...Just Do It!
64. Empower Yourself by Empowering Others

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Happiness Quotient By Rekha Shetty

What is happiness? We know that being happy is not about measuring our income, status, passion, possession, name, fame or health. It is a state of mind. However, developing our minds to be happy is no easy task. Only through building inner strength can we learn not to be dependent on the outside world for our happiness. The Happiness Quotient delves deep into the mysterious topic of inner power, and its source. The mind needs to unlearn in order to harness this potent force. The Happiness Quotient gives us clear, concise direction on how to achieve happiness despite our busy lives, and how to balance economic advancement while uplifting the soul.

The Happiness Quotient tells you how Dr. Rekha Shetty, Ph.D, is the founder of the Mindspower brand and managing director of Farstar Distribution Network Ltd, a twenty-year-old consulting company working exclusively on innovation initiatives and work-life balance. Her thoughts come from a deep study of many disciplines: Management, Sociology, Psychology, Economics, History and Spirituality. Her ideas are practical in over 30 countries.

The Indian tradition shows us that positive, radiant happiness is our birthright, and the programme outlined in this book illustrates how to achieve it for ourselves. The Happiness quotient (HQ) is a concept that measures approximately, the measure of happiness each person has achieved in his life. This book provides a blueprint to increase one's HQ. It starts by describing the creation of a positive happiness. It also discusses the impact of negative fields and how to avoid them.

Events are not under our control, but our perceptions and reactions to them are. This book is an investment in Life's greatest prize-Happiness.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Journal to the self: 22 paths to personal growth by Kathleen Adams

A nationally known therapist provides a powerful tool for better living--a step-by-step method to personal growth, creative expression, and career enhancement through journal writing.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Drive of Your Life by Lisa De Silva

Lisa has written a short, user-friendly pocket book on personal development. Her objective to de-mystifying the concept of spirituality by steering it away from religious connotations. Lisa has done this by using the concept of driving as an analogy for life. And, in doing so, has greatly eased the communication of complex issues. Contrasting with other books on spirituality, this book is very grounded and practical in nature.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Business and in Life by Leo Babauta

The 6 Essential Productivity Principals That Will Change Your Life
why less is powerful;
how to know what you want, and what you need; and,
how to choose what is essential, and clear out the rest.
This title helps you to start a complete shift from wanting everything to needing nothing, be able to live your life simply without compromise, and discover that though we cannot have everything we want.

With the countless distractions that come from every corner of a modern life, it' s amazing that we' re ever able to accomplish anything. The Power of Less demonstrates how to streamline your life by identifying the essential and eliminating the unnecessary - freeing you from everyday clutter and allowing you to focus on accomplishing the goals that can change your life for the better.

The Power of Less will show you how to:
- Break any goal down into manageable tasks
- Focus on only a few tasks at a time
- Create new and productive habits
- Hone your focus
- Increase your efficiency

By setting limits for yourself and making the most of the resources you already have, you' ll finally be able to work less, work smarter, and focus on living the life that you deserve.

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Behind the cloud: the untold story of how went from idea to billion-dollar company--and revolutionized an industry - Marc Benioff, Marc R. Benioff, Carlye Adler

How did grow from a start-up in a rented apartment into the world's fastest growing software company in less than a decade?

For the first time, Marc Benioff, the visionary founder, chairman, and CEO of, tells how he and his team created and used new business, technology, and philanthropic models tailored to this time of extraordinary change. Showing how not only survived the dot-com implosion of 2001, but also went on to define itself as the leader of the cloud computing revolution and spark a 46 billion-dollar industry, Benioff's story will help business leaders and entrepreneurs stand out, innovate better, and grow faster in any economic climate.

In Behind the Cloud, Benioff shares the strategies that have inspired employees, turned customers into evangelists, leveraged an ecosystem of partners, and allowed innovation to flourish. Benioff shows how pioneered a simple idea (delivering business applications as a service over the Internet) to change the way all businesses use software applications and, ultimately, change the way the software industry works.

With Marc Benioff's candid, unconventional advice and unusual call-out lessons from the Playbook--including Benioff's proprietary management tool, V2MOM--any business can go against the grain, rapidly change the game, and learn how to achieve lasting success. These are also distilled into a 5-step approach called V2MOM, an acronym for vision, values, methods, obstacles, and measures.

It is written in a unusual, but very good, style of making 111 points about how Benioff and his team created and grew Salesforce. The focus he showed through the creation of the firm is impressive. That being said I don't see why Benioff's 'system' for creating and growing his company is necessarily a recipe that will work for others or what differentiates the theory from so many other theories abounding these days.

It is well-structured in ten complementary parts about startups, marketing, events, sales, tech, corporate philanthropy, globalism, finance, leadership, and success.

Awesome book for anyone who has any desire to ever start their own company.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

The last lecture by Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow

The Last Lecture goes beyond the now-famous lecture to inspire us all to live each day of our lives with purpose and joy!

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”
—Randy Pausch

A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave—“Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”—wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.

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Randy Pausch - Points on How to Improve your Life

In a letter to his wife Jai and his children, Dylan, Logan, and Chloe, he wrote this beautiful "guide to a better life" for his wife and children to follow. May you be blessed by his insight.


1. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
2. Don't have negative thoughts of things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment
3. Don't over do; keep your limits
4. Don't take yourself so seriously; no one else does
5. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip
6. Dream more while you are awake
7. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..
8. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner of his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
9. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
10. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present
11. No one is in charge of your happiness except you
12. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn.
Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
13. Smile and laugh more
14. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

15. Call your family often
16. Each day give something good to others
17. Forgive everyone for everything
18. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6
19. Try to make at least three people smile each day
20. What other people think of you is none of your business
21. Your job will not take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch.

22. Put GOD first in anything and everything that you think, say and do.
23. GOD heals everything
24. Do the right things
25. However good or bad a situation is, it will change
26. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up
27. The best is yet to come
28. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful
29. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it
30. If you know GOD you will always be happy. So, be happy.

While you practice all of the above, share this knowledge with the people you love, people you school with, people you play with, people you work with and people you live with. Not only will it enrich YOUR life, but also that of those around you.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Loudest Duck: Moving Beyond Diversity While Embracing Differences to Achieve Success at Work

A great little book about the real reasons to embrace diversity at work and suggestions for how to go about doing it.

It really boils down to making sure that everyone gets heard and people really need to make a conscious effort to do so. Specific suggestions include:

- making sure that meeting invites include an agenda so that people who are not comfortable speaking out unprepared, get an opportunity to prepare before meetings.
- the meeting facilitator has a responsibility to ask everyone in the meeting for their thoughts rather than let certain people do all the talking.
- make sure to end meetings by asking people to send additional thoughts later (for those that don't like to voice thoughts that have not been thoroughly thought through)

- White men tend to only hear the positive. If you've got some negative feedback to give where specific improvements need to be made, you're probably going to have to be very straightforward about it.
- Women tend to focus on the negative. So, you probably want to be careful about being too harsh unless the problem is so bad that it is career threatening.

Lots of other great stuff in only 150 pages. Success at Work!!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Invaluable: The Secret to Becoming Irreplaceable By Dave Crenshaw

A business fable for anyone feeling overwhelmed, underpaid, and frustrated in their job From the author of The Myth of Multitasking comes Invaluable, a business fable that empowers the frustrated and overworked to understand the value of their time. At the fictitious company GreenGarb, twenty-something Jason is discontent in his entry-level position, feeling his skills and knowledge are being underutilized; mid-level manager Tracy is overwhelmed by her own workload and needy direct reports; and CEO Helen needs them to sort it out productively. Jason's grandfather Charlie plants the seed of a new perspective in Jason mind: before he can get a raise, he must prove he deserves the raise. He must establish the value of his time, rather than expecting to be paid what he thinks he is worth. Time management consultant Phil helps them determine how they spend their time, and what it costs, with easy-to-follow worksheets that map what their actions and time are worth. Offers solid advice for determining just how "invaluable" you are to your boss and customers Shows how to create a productive framework of cooperation in the workplace Includes an appendix of worksheets and examples that offer concrete tools that can be applied immediately The Myth of Multitasking taught readers how to take control of their time. Invaluable shows readers how to increase the value of the time they do spend working.

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

The leadership pocketbook By Fiona Elsa Dent

Written for leaders at all levels - strategic,organisational and team level - The Leadership Pocketbookexplains how to inspire, influence, deal with change and achieve objectives. Illustrated throughout, the book adopts a practical approach, setting out the principlesof leadership, the role of the leader, the skills required for effective leadership and the key challenges facing leaders in today's business environment. Written for leaders at all levels - strategic, organisational and team level. Its author, Fiona Dent, is Director of Faculty Development at Ashridge where she is alsoProgramme Director for the Influencing Strategies and Skills Programme. She has over 20 years' experience as a management developer. A focus of the book, described by the author as 'perhaps the most necessary skill for anyleader', is self-awareness - to know yourself, to realise what your leadership strengths and weaknesses are and when you must continue to develop.

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

The wisdom of bees: what the hive can teach business about leadership, efficiency, and growth By Michael O’malley

Consultant--and beekeeper--O'Malley shows exactly how bees get things done and how leaders can learn from their highly effective organizations. He has defined 25 lessons on how to get the most out of teams, become more efficient, and prepare for the future.

Social psychologist (and avid beekeeper) O’Malley draws management guidance from the hive in this charming rundown of best business practices. It turns out bees work on the same kinds of problems we are trying to solve in our organizations, including the best strategies for managing short-term vs. long-term gains, stability vs. flexibility, individuality vs. community, and similarity vs. change. O’Malley applies lessons learned from those clever bees to strategies to help organizations survive and grow while wasting as little energy and resources as possible, to expand exploration during low-growth periods, to maintain durability over the long run, to keep energy levels up, to provide ongoing feedback, to avoid overengineering, to discover and use an individual’s specialized talents, and to be objective and data driven. The advice itself is your standard management-lesson fare, but presented in a concise, conversational format with great personality, practicality, and verve.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Mind Mapping: Kickstart Your Creativity And Transform Your Life By Tony Buzan

Unlock the secrets and the potential of Mind Mapping with this swift and bite-size introduction from the master himself. Tony Buzan will introduce you to his ground-breaking note-taking technique that has taken the business and educational worlds by storm. This unique mind enhancing tool can help to improve your memory, creativity, concentration, communication skills, thinking and learning.

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