May 26th, 2014 by marilyn
Talk like TED : the 9 public speaking secrets of the world’s top minds / Carmine Gallo.
TED talks have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking around the world. TED and associated Tedx conferences are held in more than 130 countries and are being viewed at a rate of 1.5 million times a day. These are presentations that set the world on fire, and the techniques that top TED speakers use are the same ones that will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking. Ideas are the true currency of the 21st century, and Carmine Gallo’s Talk Like TED gives readers a way to create presentations around the ideas that matter most to them, presentations that will energize their audiences to spread those ideas, launch new initiatives, and reach their highest goals” (Syndetics)
Ready to be a thought leader? : how to increase your influence, impact, and success / Denise Brosseau.
” Excellent Guidance to Full Self Expression and Leadership…. I really value the overview and then the step-by-step process. In today’s driven, fast-paced environment, I found a lot of encouragement to carefully and critically think through the exercises rather than rushing through them. The coaching is direct, compassionate and motivating. The case studies are poignant and help me connect to possibilities thought leadership brings. Using this book is making a palpable difference in my self-expression and leadership at a whole new level.” (Amazon reviewer)
A more beautiful question : the power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas / Warren Berger.
“Berger emphasizes the power of inquiry as he challenges us to see things with a fresh eye. He concentrates on game-changing questions, those that can result in actions that lead to real results. The author focuses on innovation and invention stories, explaining that in business, questions challenge authority and disrupt established structures, processes, and systems, forcing people to at least consider something different. Berger offers his framework for problem solving in three stages. The initial why stage involves seeing and understanding, which include noticing what others missed and challenging both our own and others’ assumptions. The second, what-if, stage is about imagining that blue-sky moment of questioning when anything is possible; and the third, the how to action stage, is about doing. Asking the right questions will help us discover what matters, what opportunities exist, and how to find them. This thought-provoking book offers important insights to executives, and to those aspiring to leadership, for their business and personal use.–Whaley, Mary Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)
Idea to invention : what you need to know to cash in on your inspiration / Patricia Nolan-Brown.
6 Personality Traits + 6 Simple Steps = Successful Inventing… “If you need something and it doesn’t exist, rather than seeing a problem, see an opportunity. All it takes is one good idea and you can make a difference, fill the need, solve the problem,” … Establishing that there are six personality traits combined with six simple steps, one can produce a successful invention. Taking a multiple choice test, the reader learns the acronym I.N.V.E.N.T. for the six needed personalities of inquisitive, nerve, voice, energy, nourish and tenacity. With an answer guide, one can find his or her strong points and those that need work and improvement….Covering a chapter on each personality, the author promotes ideas such as keeping a curiosity journal, asking questions, reframe criticism, ignite the passion, care for the body, feed the dream carefully, and have flexibility. (Amazon reviewer)
Left brain, right stuff : how leaders make winning decisions / Phil Rosenzweig.
“Making better personal and professional decisions…The decision to read Left Brain Right Stuff is one of the best choices I have made. The author uses a series of interesting stories and examples to build a framework for improved decision making whether it is an individual or as a leader, and explains how the decision making process in those two situations can and should be approached differently…Even if you understand the normal biases that influence your decision making, the author offers a series of questions that you can use to increase the potential for a positive outcome while minimizing the downside….Some of the key points include recognizing what you can’t control and what you can influence, and if the decision will be judged based on absolute or relative performance. These and other questions help you determine if the best course of action is to act even if you might be wrong, or if you are better off to not act.” (Amazon reviewer)
The good jobs strategy : how the smartest companies invest in employees to lower costs and boost profits / Zeynep Ton, MIT Sloan School of Management.
“Ton (MIT Sloan School of Management) suggests that a conscientious concern for employee welfare is an investment that can provide exceptional benefits to organizational success, long-run sustainability, and enhanced returns to its stakeholders. Based on a decade of in-depth observations of the traditionally low-cost retailing sector, the book’s 10 brief chapters focus on Costco, Trader Joe’s, QuikTrip, and the Spanish supermarket chain Mercadona, along with companies as diverse as Southwest Airlines, Toyota, UPS, and Zappos. The author’s research provides a genuine insight into the operations management, organizational leadership, and strategic planning of these companies. Throughout, Ton dispels the idea that there is a finite relationship and trade-off between profitability and labor costs. Rather, her research suggests that those businesses that have created an organizational culture embracing good pay, effective employee training, workforce empowerment, and a sustainable labor force may also benefit from increased productivity, enhanced motivation and morale, and a concomitant increase in customer and employee loyalty that produce improved clients’ satisfaction and profitability. The author concludes there is nothing idiosyncratic about the companies that have adopted this strategy. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. S. R. Kahn emeritus, University of CincinnatiCopyright American Library Association, used with permission.” (CHOICE)