Miscellaneous Topics Library

10 Steps to Successful Meetings

PUBLISHER: ASTD, 2009

10 Steps to Successful Meetings
 

Whether you are leading a status meeting, a strategic planning session or a team kick off meeting 10 Steps to Successful Meetings teaches you everything you need to conduct efficient and effective meeting. This book will help you to quickly identify the meeting goals and required participants, develop a detailed meeting agenda and lead meetings effectively accomplish the defined goals and objectives.


10 Steps to Successful Strategic Planning

AUTHOR(S): Susan Barksdale and Teri Lund
PUBLISHER: ASTD, 2006

10 Steps to Successful Strategic Planning
 

Loaded with worksheets, exercises, tips, tools, checklists, and other easy-to-use and interactive learning aids, this book walks you through the process from beginning to end. Along the way, you will see how other organizations have planned their successs in many Case Study sidebars that enhance the easy-to-follow text.


10 Steps to Successful Coaching

AUTHOR(S): Sophie Oberstein
PUBLISHER: ASTD, 2009

10 Steps to Successful Coaching
 

10 Steps to Successful Coaching demonstrates why coaching can be a powerful tool to drive organization performance and support the achievement of individual career goals. The solid, understandable process presented in the book encourages and supports positive, long-term change. Ultimately, the author contends, coaching is a pathway to greater satisfaction on the job (as a manager or employee) and at home (as a friend, spouse, and parent).


10 Steps to Successful Presentations

PUBLISHER: ASTD, 2008

10 Steps to Successful Presentations
 

The thought of giving a presentation often ranks at the top of the list of what people fear the most. 10 Steps to Successful Presentations provides readers with a proven 10-step process for developing and delivering an effective presentation based on real-world experience as well as observations of presentations that either wowed the audience or fell short of motivating participants.


101 Ways to Make Training Active

AUTHOR(S): Mel Silberman
PUBLISHER: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated, 2005

101 Ways to Make Training Active
 

When it was first published in 1995, Mel Silberman's 101 Ways to Make Training Active became an instant bestseller. Now this revised and updated second edition offers the same dynamic approach and several completely new case examples. The examples support each exercise and highlight real-time uses of the highly successful Active Training method. In addition, the book includes 200 training tips that form the nuts-and-bolts of successful active training. These tips incorporated in the book's top ten lists show how to build quality, activity, variety, and direction into your training programs.


136 Effective Presentation Tips (1st Edition)

AUTHOR(S): Tony Jeary & David Cottrell
PUBLISHER: Cornerstone Leadership Inst, 2002

136 Effective Presentation Tips (1st Edition)
 

"Raving fans? Or Bored to death? Which will be the outcome of the next presentation in your organization?

This powerful new handbook provides 136 practical, easy to use tips to make every presentation a success."


90 World-Class Activities by 90 World-Class Trainers

EDITOR(S): Elaine Biech
PUBLISHER: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

90 World-Class Activities by 90 World-Class Trainers
 

90 World-Class Activities by 90 World-Class Trainers gathers classic activities from ninety master trainers in one convenient place. The stellar list of trainers includes Bellman, Blanchard, Booher, Crum, de Bono, Kouzes, Masie, Pike, Robinson, Scannell, Silberman, Thiagi, Zenger, and 77 other names you'll know.

Elaine Biech (editor of the Pfeiffer Annuals and author of Training for Dummies) has gathered a powerful and exciting collection of activities from around the globe. The sixteen topics include change management, coaching, diversity, leadership, and teamwork. This invaluable resource presents the favorite activities of some of the most talented trainers in the world—all seven continents are represented.

All of these activities have stood the test of time and are presented here for your use to engage teams and groups in collaborative learning. The contributors provide helpful suggestions for adapting the activities to a particular setting or audience and present ideas for adding zest to their favorite activities to ensure that you are as successful with them as they have been.

The book is filled with experience and expertise. Combined, the contributors have written and edited almost 800 books and over 3,700 articles and have received hundreds of awards. Many are members of the HRD Hall of Fame and they advise some of the largest organizations in the world. Draw on their expertise and implement several of the activities. Your success is guaranteed.


A better brain at any age: the holistic way to improve your memory, reduce stress, and sharpen your wits

AUTHOR(S): Sondra Kornblatt
PUBLISHER: Conari Press, 2008

A better brain at any age: the holistic way to improve your memory, reduce stress, and sharpen your wits
 

In A Better Brain at Any Age, Sondra Kornblatt, along with the experts she has interviewed, helps readers put their heads on straight through healthy activities for the body (exercise, healthy food consumption, and relaxation) and through specific activities to boost brain power like movement, eye rolls, supplements, and making environmental changes.

Each of the seven chapters-Body-Mind Connection; Environmental Support; Food and Supplements; Intelligence and Learning; Memory, Learning Shortcuts, and Brain-Stretchers; Emotions and Decisions; and Meditation and Bigger Perspectives-details how that topic impacts the brain, and offers tips and highlights for readers to either delve into the book or peruse it for quick boosts. Kornblatt teaches readers how to reduce brain stress and optimize mental agility, and shares information on how the brain interacts with the body, what habits impact the brain, positively and negatively, and how to maximize learning. She provides tips to strengthen memory, cognition, and creativity so readers can function better in their active lives.

A Better Brain at Any Age offers a complete plan for total brain health in an engaging and accessible way.


Consulting on the Inside

AUTHOR(S): Beverly Scott
PUBLISHER: ASTD, 2007

Consulting on the Inside
 

Internal consulting describes the day-to-day work done by an increasing number of workplace learning and performance professionals. Yet, living and working as an internal consultant presents many challenges and obstacles not experienced by external consultants. This book is designed to be a hands-on, practical guide for those professionals just assuming the role of internal consultant, as well as a valuable toolkit and reference book for experienced practitioners who want to improve their existing skills. These professionals include trainers, career and organization development specialists, and human performance improvement practitioners. In addition to the book’s comprehensive eight –step consulting process guide, Bev Scott has included 50 “real-life” stories from current and former internal consultants who offer valuable tips and solutions for those who choose to consult on the inside.


Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius

AUTHOR(S): Michael Michalko
PUBLISHER: Ten Speed Press, 2001

Cracking Creativity: The Secrets of Creative Genius
 

What exactly is creativity? Why do some people seem to have so much of it? Can their secrets be learned? In this trail-blazing book, internationally renowned business creativity expert Michael Michalko answers these questions and more, bringing life-changing techniques into everyone's reach. Michalko has researched and analyzed over 100 of history's greatest thinkers-from Leonardo da Vinci to Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison to Walt Disney-to show readers how creative people think and how to put their secrets to use. It's no wonder that Entrepreneur magazine lauded CRACKING CREATIVITY as "Required reading for anyone in business." Packed with practical exercises and strategies for stimulating creativity, this original book will literally revolutionize the way you think and open up a world of innovative solutions to challenges that you face every day.


Ethical Leadership (2nd Edition)

AUTHOR(S): Richard Bellingham
PUBLISHER: HRD Press, Inc, 2003

Ethical Leadership (2nd Edition)
 

"Increase your competitive advantage by taking a proactive approach to ethics -- this book provides a road map of corporate leaders that shows you how.

Ethical Leadership will inspire your organization to elevate the level of its relationship with stakeholders and key constituents. it provides a powerful wake-up call that can result in higher revenues and more enduring relationships with customers, employees, and stakeholders. Ethical Leadership is full of steps and strategies to help organizations take a hard look at the way they do business, decide what changes are required, and transform principles into action."


Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

AUTHOR(S): Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan, Clare Smith & Charles Burck
PUBLISHER: Crown Business, 2002

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
 

Larry Bossidy is one of the world's most acclaimed CEOs, with a track record for delivering results that has few peers. Ram Charan is a legendary advisor to senior executives and boards of directors, with unparalleled insight into why some companies are successful and others not. The result is the book people in business need today. Leaders who create execution cultures focus on five key items:

  1. They pick specific priorities for their businesses and set clear timetables for achieving them.
  2. They assign the projects to the right people and groups - those whom they know can execute them.
  3. They set milestones and conduct hard-nosed interim reviews.
  4. They measure their peoples' performance according to the outcome of the projects, including the interim targets.
  5. They link everything, from the original priorities to the milestone and performance measurements, to external information that reflects marketplace realities.

Getting things done when you are not in charge (2nd Edition)

AUTHOR(S): Geoffrey M. Bellman
PUBLISHER: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2001

Getting things done when you are not in charge (2nd Edition)
 

When it comes down to it , none of us is really in charge, in today’s changing , temporary, and virtual organizations, it’s difficult to know who is in charge, but you know that you are not! And yet your want to contribute, to make a difference, this book can help you do just that. IN this new edition of his classic bestseller, Geoff Bellman shows you how to make things happen in any type of organization regardless of your formal position. He shows how to use “Getting Things Done” model to accomplish great things right now. This book offers proven, practical techniques for:-Enlisting key people in your cause,-Gaining the support of decision-makers for initial change, -Creating rewards for yourself through the work you do, -Dealing with organizational politic and power, -Getting more of what you want out of your work life, and much more.

Bellman’s straightforward method will help you increase your organizational effectiveness and your individual happiness. You’ll discover new ways to contribute and succeed.


Hamster Revolution: How to Manage Your Email Before It Manages You

AUTHOR(S): Mike Song, Vicki Halsey & Tim Burress
PUBLISHER: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2008

Hamster Revolution: How to Manage Your Email Before It Manages You
 

Is email taking over your life? Meet Harold, an HR director so overwhelmed by email he feels like a hamster on a wheel. Just in time, Harold meets a coach who shifts his focus from time management to a simple yet surprising new way to manage email.

The coach helps Harold conquer email overload, write incredibly effective messages, and get organized forever. Suddenly, Harold can find every file in a flash! Harold saves 15 days a year, reclaims his life, and propels his career to new heights.

The Hamster Revolution is packed with surprising strategies and powerful tech tips. It includes a landmark case study that shows how 2,000 Capital One associates each saved over two weeks a year. Now in its tenth printing, this best-seller is a must read for every busy professional.


HPI Essentials

AUTHOR(S): George M. Piskurich
PUBLISHER: ASTD PRESS, 2002

HPI Essentials
 

As more training professionals and organizations adopt a “performance approach to solving business problems, the need for a simply written, “just-the-facts” primer has never been greater. HPI Essentials is a book written specifically to help those who are new to the discipline of Human Performance Improvement (HPI). In a field often made confusing by theory, this book is a practical look at HPI from those who practice this discipline every day. The 12 contributors including Dana Gaines Robinson, Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan, Mary Broad, Ethan Sanders, Joe Willmore, Carol, Panza, Martha Boyd, George Piskurich, Tom LaBonte, Holly Burkett, Roger Main, and Donald Ford offer a clearheaded explanation of how the HPI process work in the real world. Seasoned trainers, students and new practitioners, human resources professionals, or those just trying to understand the craft will benefit from this book.


Influencer: The Power to Change Anything

AUTHOR(S): Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Al Switzler, Ron McMillan, & David Maxfield
PUBLISHER: McGraw-Hill, 2007

Influencer: The Power to Change Anything
 

Everyone wants to be an “influencer”. We all want to learn how to help ourselves and others change behavior. And yet, in spite of the fact that we routinely attempt to do everything from lose weight to improve quality at work, few of us have more than one or two ideas about how to exert influence. For the first time, Influencer brings together the breakthrough strategies of contemporary influence masters. By drawing from the skills of hundreds of successful influencers and combining them with five decades of the best social science research, Influencer shares eight powerful principles for changing behaviors principles almost anyone can apply to change almost anything.


 

Luck is no Accident

AUTHOR(S): John Krumboltz & Al Levin
PUBLISHER: Impact Publishers, Incorporated, 2004

Luck is no Accident
 

Unplanned events -- chance occurrences -- more often determine life and career choices than all the careful planning we do. A chance meeting, a broken appointment, a spontaneous vacation trip, a fill-in job, a hobby -- these are the kinds of experiences that lead to unexpected life directions and career choices. LUCK IS NO ACCIDENT is the first career planning book that actively encourages readers to create their own unplanned events, to anticipate changing their plans frequently, to take advantage of chance events when they happen, and to make the most of what life offers. Krumboltz is one of the most honored and highly respected psychologists in the career development field.


Outliers: The Story of Success

AUTHOR(S): Malcolm Gladwell
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown & Company, 2008

Outliers: The Story of Success
 

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"—the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. Brilliant and entertaining, OUTLIERS is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.


Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team

AUTHOR(S): Patrick Lencioni
PUBLISHER: Jossey-Bass, 2005

Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team
 

In the years following the publication of Patrick Lencioni's best-seller The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, fans have been clamoring for more information on how to implement the ideas outlined in the book.

In Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Lencioni offers more specific, practical guidance for overcoming the Five Dysfunctions—using tools, exercises, assessments, and real-world examples. He examines questions that all teams must ask themselves: Are we really a team? How are we currently performing? Are we prepared to invest the time and energy required to be a great team?

Written concisely and to the point, this guide gives leaders, line managers, and consultants alike the tools they need to get their teams up and running quickly and effectively.


Political Savvy: Systematic Approaches to Leadership Behind-the-Scenes (2nd Edition)

AUTHOR(S): Joel R. DeLuca
PUBLISHER: Evergreen Business Group, 1999

Political Savvy: Systematic Approaches to Leadership Behind-the-Scenes (2nd Edition)
 

While most people are wary or organization politics, politically savvy leaders know how to manage them. They take initiative, and they forge consensus. Ultimately, they help others maximize their impact, so the organization can continue to thrive in a highly competitive future.

Inspirational leadership without a firm grounding in organization politics risks becoming hollow rhetoric. Political Savvy discusses how successful leaders at all levels in the organization operate ethically behind-the-scenes to work the darker side of organizational life.

The book helps you analyze your own political style, (yes, everyone has one) and understand the strategies and tactics used by ethical leaders. Through quotes, grids, tools, a case study, mapping techniques and examples, the book provides a systematic, practical guide to navigating political minefields so you can increase your influence in the organization, coach others, and obtain the career success, satisfaction, and meaning you want from work.


Social Intelligence

AUTHOR(S): Daniel Goleman
PUBLISHER: Bantam, 2007

Social Intelligence
 

From Scientific American:

We all recognize a special capacity that humans have—some more so than others—to connect with others in a deep and direct way. We see this quality expressed by a performer revving a crowd, a doctor healing a patient or a mother putting a child to sleep. To orchestrate these tasks, a person must sense and stimulate the reactions and mood of another. In 1995 Daniel Goleman, a Harvard University–trained psychologist and writer for the New York Times, published Emotional Intelligence, in which he discussed the human ability "to manage our own emotions and inner potential for positive relationships." Now he goes a step further. In Social Intelligence, he enlarges his scope to encompass our human abilities to connect with one another. "We are wired to connect," Goleman says. "Neuroscience has discovered that our brain’s very design makes it sociable, inexorably drawn into an intimate brain-to-brain linkup whenever we engage with another person. That neural bridge lets us affect the brain—and so the body—of everyone we interact with, just as they do us." Each encounter between people primes the emotions. This neurological pas de deux stimulates our nervous systems, affecting hormones, heart rate, circulation, breathing and the immune system. Goleman peppers his discourse with anecdotes to illustrate the power of social intelligence. From the countertop of Rosie Garcia, a multitasking baker in New York’s Grand Central Terminal, to the tantrum-tainted class of a Texas teacher, he shows how social sensitivity and wisdom can profoundly reshape conflicts. In one encounter in Iraq, a quick-witted U.S. commander turned a Muslim mob’s threats into laughter when he ordered his soldiers to kneel, lower rifles and smile—averting a potentially fatal clash. Goleman deftly discusses relevant neural pathways, including the thalamus and amygdale, which together regulate sensory and arousal stimuli. He speaks of spindle cells, which rapidly process social decisions; of mirror neurons, which sense another’s movements; of dopamine neurons, which react to pleasure-inducing neurotransmitters that flow freely while two lovers gaze. The author’s introductory tour through this emerging research landscape helps readers grasp core concepts of social neuroscience, illustrating abstractions with poignant anecdotes, without excessive jargon. Goleman also explains how such research may influence our lives. Given our socially reactive brains, we must "be wise," he says, and be aware of the ways that our moods influence the biology of each life we touch.

Rick Lipkin --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Squawk!: How to Stop Making Noise and Start Getting Results

AUTHOR(S): Travis Bradberry
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins, 2008

Squawk!: How to Stop Making Noise and Start Getting Results
 

Squawk!, provides an easy and effective solution to the increasingly common problem of seagull managers, bosses who swoop in, squawk orders riddled with formulaic advice, and leave behind steaming deposits of you-know-what on the heads of those around them.


Squawk!: How to Stop Making Noise and Start Getting Results

AUTHOR(S): Travis Bradberry
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins, 2008

Squawk!: How to Stop Making Noise and Start Getting Results
 

Squawk!, provides an easy and effective solution to the increasingly common problem of seagull managers, bosses who swoop in, squawk orders riddled with formulaic advice, and leave behind steaming deposits of you-know-what on the heads of those around them.


The Art of SpeedReading People, First Edition

AUTHOR(S): Paul D. Tieger, Barbara Barron-Tieger, Barbara Barron-Tieger, & Marly A. Swick
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown & Company, 1999

The Art of SpeedReading People, First Edition
 

In business & in life, communication is the key to success. And, as made clear in this book, learning to use the power of Personality Type is the key to communicating more effectively. Now in the same successful format as the bestsellers Do What You Are & Nurture by Nature, The Art of Speed Reading People offers a revolutionary new tool for sizing up people & speaking their language.

  • A salesperson pitching a customer.
  • A manager trying to motivate an employee.
  • A teacher attempting to make a point with a student.

In any of these situations, the power to "read" another person can be a powerful advantage. Drawing on the same scientifically validated Personality Type model that many Fortune 500 companies use, this book shows how anyone can quickly identify key personality characteristics through a person's appearance, vocabulary, body language, occupation, education, & interests. The Art of SpeedReading People is the ultimate communication resource - the next best thing to having X-ray vision.


The Myth of Leadership: Creating Leaderless Organizations

AUTHOR(S): Jeffrey S. Nielsen
PUBLISHER: Intercultural Press, 2004

The Myth of Leadership: Creating Leaderless Organizations
 

In this thought-provoking book, Nielsen calls for an end to rank based hierarchies organizations, because they foster secrecy and miscommunication, while stealing joy and dignity from our work. His new paradigm is the peer-based organization


Think better (your company’s future depends on it-- and so does yours): an innovator’s guide to productive thinking

AUTHOR(S): Tim Hurson
PUBLISHER: McGraw-Hill, 2008

Think better (your company’s future depends on it-- and so does yours): an innovator’s guide to productive thinking
 

"In today's business environment, innovation and creativity are at a premium. Corporate consultant Tim Hurson shows you how to think more productively-no matter what professional level you're at.

According to Hurson, we can be retrained to think again-and think better. For the past 25 years, he's been teaching the world's largest organizations how to use Productive Thinking-based on more than 50 years of academic research that Hurson has distilled into a proven 6-step system. Think Better is filled with fun, stimulating ways to spark fresh ideas, discover unexpected solutions, and implement new strategies. . . faster, smarter, and better than readers would have ever thought possible.

“Great ideas and insights.”-Allison Young, Management Development Director, Pearson plc

“Stunning solutions.”-Geoff Smith, Senior Manager Retail Customer Value Proposition, Shell Oil, Singapore"


Three Deep Breaths: Finding Power and Purpose in a Stressed-Out World

AUTHOR(S): Thomas Crum
PUBLISHER: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2006

Three Deep Breaths: Finding Power and Purpose in a Stressed-Out World
 

Using the popular parable/story format, Three Deep Breaths focuses on three simple, effective practices that busy people can implement with little time or even with just a few minutes while they are driving to an appointment, commuting to work, or walking to a meeting as a simple, effective antidote to busyness.


Thriving through Change: A Leader's Practical Guide to Change Mastery

AUTHOR(S): Elaine Biech
PUBLISHER: ASTD, 2007

Thriving through Change: A Leader's Practical Guide to Change Mastery
 

This title is designed to help today's change leaders and change agents efficiently move their organizations through change initiatives. This is not a book of theories, but practical strategies filled with templates, checklists, and on the ground guidance.


U.S.News & World Report: America's Best Graduate Schools of 2005

AUTHOR(S): U.S.News & World Report
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks, 2004

U.S.News & World Report: America's Best Graduate Schools of 2005
 

The U.S.News & World Report Ultimate College Directory 2005 includes all the latest data you need to know about the schools that you're considering from degrees offered and most popular majors to admissions information and critical deadlines; from the makeup of the student body and types of student organizations to total costs and financial aid available, including each school's rank in the latest U.S. News survey.

Featuring complete data on more than 1400 college and universities, The U.S. News & World Report Ultimate College Directory 2005 is the best source for the information students and parents need most. Equally important, it also includes the essential step-by-step guide to the often stressful process of choosing a college, getting in and finding the money, plus exclusive lists and indices to help compare the schools.


What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures

AUTHOR(S): Malcom Gladwell
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown & Company, 2010

What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures
 

What is the difference between choking and panicking? Why are there dozens of varieties of mustard-but only one variety of ketchup? What do football players teach us about how to hire teachers? What does hair dye tell us about the history of the 20th century? In the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has written three books that have radically changed how we understand our world and ourselves: The Tipping Point; Blink; and Outliers. Now, in What the Dog Saw, he brings together, for the first time, the best of his writing from The New Yorker over the same period.

Here is the bittersweet tale of the inventor of the birth control pill, and the dazzling inventions of the pasta sauce pioneer Howard Moscowitz. Gladwell sits with Ron Popeil, the king of the American kitchen, as he sells rotisserie ovens, and divines the secrets of Cesar Millan, the "dog whisperer" who can calm savage animals with the touch of his hand. He explores intelligence tests and ethnic profiling and "hindsight bias" and why it was that everyone in Silicon Valley once tripped over themselves to hire the same college graduate.

"Good writing," Gladwell says in his preface, "does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else's head." What the Dog Saw is yet another example of the buoyant spirit and unflagging curiosity that have made Malcolm Gladwell our most brilliant investigator of the hidden extraordinary.