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The Last Word on Power [Hardcover]

Tracy Goss
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Dec 1 1995
Today's leaders are reinventing everything but themselves, and this is why so many attempts to revolutionize business fail. The last word on power is the key method in reinventing executives so they can take on "a mission impossible" based on a course designed and run exclusively for the past fifteen years by Tracy Goss. Do you want to do work that is worthy of your time and talent? Do you want to make your mark on your company, industry, community? Are you dissatisfied with the fact that reengineering, quality improvements, and other changes never make a lasting impact? Then you need to go beyond the techniques of improvement and learn the skills of being extraordinary. The power to be extraordinary is not one we are born with. It's not the power to fix what's wrong or improve what's right. It is a power one learns in a course that for the past fifteen years has been designed and run exclusively for top executives by consultant Tracy Goss. For the first time, Goss makes her coursework available to the general reader in The Last Word On Power. Goss's unique methodology shows how "you can put at risk the success you have achieved for the 'possibility' you can be." She positions executives to take on the future they dream about. She teaches how to behave differently so you can be free of constraints from the past. She shows how you can be at home in an environment in which you are constantly surrounded by threats, and how to transcend the ordinary so that you can make the impossible happen. Her work has resulted in important life changes and organizational reinventions throughout the world.

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For over 20 years, consultant and lecturer Goss has been working to help senior executives in her intensive seminars to "transform" themselves into another state of being. Now, she offers her reinvention process for those willing to commit to a lifetime of hard work required to make this process real. She explains her seven transformative steps: uncovering your winning strategy, understanding the limits of the "universal human paradigm," putting everything at risk, inventing a new master paradigm, inventing an impossible game to play, breaking the addiction to interpretation, and operating beyond the limits of your winning strategy. Goss offers powerful information, far above the glib self-help mush that already lines the shelves. She answers the fundamental question of why management fads do not work: the personal work has not yet been done. Her unique approach is as significant a work in this genre as Peter Block's Stewardship (LJ 6/15/93) and Steven Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Successful People (S. & S., 1989). Highly recommended for all libraries.?Dale F. Farris, Groves, Tex.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Today's leaders are reinventing everything but themselves, and this is why so many attempts to revolutionize business fail. The last word on power is the key method in reinventing executives so they can take on "a mission impossible" based on a course designed and run exclusively for the past fifteen years by Tracy Goss. Do you want to do work that is worthy of your time and talent? Do you want to make your mark on your company, industry, community? Are you dissatisfied with the fact that reengineering, quality improvements, and other changes never make a lasting impact? Then you need to go beyond the techniques of improvement and learn the skills of being extraordinary. The power to be extraordinary is not one we are born with. It's not the power to fix what's wrong or improve what's right. It is a power one learns in a course that for the past fifteen years has been designed and run exclusively for top executives by consultant Tracy Goss. For the first time, Goss makes her coursework available to the general reader in The Last Word On Power. Goss's unique methodology shows how "you can put at risk the success you have achieved for the 'possibility' you can be." She positions executives to take on the future they dream about. She teaches how to behave differently so you can be free of constraints from the past. She shows how you can be at home in an environment in which you are constantly surrounded by threats, and how to transcend the ordinary so that you can make the impossible happen. Her work has resulted in important life changes and organizational reinventions throughout the world.

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Are you committed to, or even interested in, accommplishing something that looks impossible to achieve? Are you willing to transform yourself to make the impossible possible? If you are, this book by Tracy Goss will provide you a roadmap to reinvent yourself. The work is not easy; it's like developing mastery in any field, this one being the reinvention of yourself. The stages or practices related to your personal transformation are written in an easily-understood way, yet when used as a continuing reference, develop deeper and more valuable meaning as you go back to them time and again in your quest for mastery.
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There are many success 101 books available today. This is not one of them. This book is written for people who have been successful and find themselves stuck at a plateau arising out of the very strategy that made them successful. The Last Word on Power is the critical next step, which invite its readers to leave the restraining safety of what has worked in order to do what has up until now been impossible.
For managers and executives living in a world where simply making attainable continuous improvements is not enough, "The Last Word on Power" is a must read. Written in powerful thought-provoking language, readers will find this book impossible to put down until finished and unforgettable thereafter.
I highly recommend it.
Joe Santana,
Coauthor Manage I.T.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Enough to Recommend to Clients! Sept. 10 2003
Format:Hardcover
Tracy Goss departs from the tired worlds of either the boring or sophmorically enthusiastic management books and gives us a book good enough to recommend to our own clients. One of my clients, a highly intelligent executive and a voracious business book reader, said "Whoa! You didn't tell me I would actually have to think to read this!" Tracy takes management consulting to unprecedented heights and gives those of us who pay sharp attention to the human factor as it relates to business success a book worthy of our profession.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for those who want to do the impossible Aug. 14 2003
Format:Hardcover
I found this a fairly easy book to read and yet it had a significant impact on how I see myself and my approach to my work. And each time I read the book I get more out of it, there's another layer of the onion to peel back. This is not just for those who want to do the impossible, it's for anyone who wants to see the mechanisms that control their life - and with seeing comes power!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gave Me The Edge and Momentum I Was Looking For Aug. 9 2003
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I love this book... I found it frighteningly self-descriptive in how I had been attempting new techniques and approaches within my retail business... while in actuality reinforcing and strengthening my old groundwork of safety nets, caution, and predictability. What I thought to be incisive and innovative - even gutsy on my part - was really the same old stuff in different clothing. I found this book confronting, as it probably needs to be for a strong-willed person like myself -- because the very same powerful convictions that I needed to implement and execute change... were the very same deeply seeded convictions that had me totally convinced that what I was doing was exactly what I needed to do. I like Goss' approach and her premise - that you can't even begin to think of re-inventing your business, of playing it big - of being extraordinary in what you do - unless you are willing to put everything at stake - mostly yourself and the enormous investment that you have in being right. I really like the encompassing depth of that notion. Great book for the ambitious, brave, and the committed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Instructive, Insightful... Aug. 8 2003
Format:Hardcover
I did not read this book because I was a CEO, an executive or director within a large corporation. I read this book because I was an individual, a professional who needed very much to move his career to a whole new level of productivity, if it was to offer any real future to either me or my family... in terms of both personal and financial fulfillment. This book was a powerful journey of self discovery. It really shakes up your notions about what you think works and what doesn't. It enabled me to clearly see for the first time that the very approach that I had used to produce some outstanding and exceptional results and achievements within my career was incapable by its very design to allow the extraordinary or the impossible to happen. That insight alone was golden because in a very primary way it provided the room for me to begin a new... to design anew... to reinvent the way in which I was relating and approaching my work. It essentially began to reinvent me. The book provided me with a structure of fulfillment - with very tangible tools - a way in which to access a new source of power and effectiveness. I cannot recommend it enough for those who find themselves, as I did, in the midst of a struggle with what they wish to achieve for themselves and within their careers.
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This is a mind-boggling book that demands a new way of not just thinking, but being, in order to achieve success that has thus far eluded you. Tracy Goss explains what a winning strategy is and isn't, dying before going into battle, making impossible declarations and many other concepts in a book that you will want to read and study over and over.
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