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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Gave Me The Edge and Momentum I Was Looking For Aug. 9 2003
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars POWERFUL, CHALLENGING, EXCITING March 9 2001
Format:Hardcover
I have never done an LGAT like est or Landmark Forum, though I have read some of their concepts and found them interesting. There was too much other, negative material to entice me into those programs. This book, however, puts forth what I understand to be the core teachings of those organizations, and I have found them powerful, challenging, exciting beyond belief. I disagree with the reviewer who thinks that you have to have had est training or the like to understand this book. It is written clearly, Ms. Goss defines all her jargon concisely, and she gets right to the heart of the matter of transformation (as opposed to change - a great distinction.) It is the best "self-help" book I have ever read and I highly recommend it far beyond the boundaries of business re-invention. As an artist, I found her concepts liberating, and as a person I truly do feel that I am in the process of transforming myself. And on top of all that, it coasts less than a tenth of the Landmark Forum Weekend seminar! My only complaint is that the book doesn't list discussion groups based around the information contained inside. Perhaps I'll have to go to an est or Forum site to have conversations about it...but I can't say enough about it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for EST & Forum graduates June 19 1998
Format:Hardcover
Tracy Goss has long been closely associated with Werner Erhard, the originator of EST and Landmark Education Corporation's Forum. I expect happy graduates of those programs to be very happy with this book (I am and I am). The book presents the central concepts of those programs very clearly and in a format designed to help business people put the "distinctions" to work immediately. I doubt, however, that a person not trained by the author or another of Mr. Erhard's colleagues could get much sense from these pages. It can seem to be merely jargon and wild promises unless you have actually put the techniques to work for yourself with the assistance of a coach.
For people experienced with the methods, this book is an effective refresher and spur to action. A friend and I read the book at about the same time and immediately formed a mutual support program employing its ideas, along with structures from the courses I teach. We are getting exciting results. I recommend the book to anyone eager to transform their lives from survival to adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is the BEST April 4 2001
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Format:Hardcover
This book, and Steve Chandler's "17 Lies", would be the only two books you would ever need in your life if you wanted to learn how to be both POWERFUL and very, very happy. Tracy Goss succeeds in doing what no one thought could be done.....she has taken the MOST useful and exciting teaching from the Landmark Forum and made it accessible to everyone in this fine, fine, book. Werner Erhard should be very proud of this. Her book shows you EXACTLY how to reinvent yourself, anywhere, any time, no matter what your past history was. She shows you how to gracefully step outside of all past influences on your current life and reinvent yourself anew ANY WAY YOU WANT TO BE. Most self-help books cheer you on, but don't tell you exactly what to do. Tracy Goss does it all. Read carefully, read slowly, read as if you had a life-threatening disease and THIS was the cure.
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Published on Aug. 14 2003 by Susan Steggall
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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. Read more
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Published on June 21 2000 by idris jala
5.0 out of 5 stars Willing to change?
Powerful & provacative, but requires a seat belt. If you don't believe you need this book, then don't try it. Read more
Published on April 16 2000 by L. Trachtman
4.0 out of 5 stars provocative,alternative method to achieving desired results.
I purchased this book based on a recommendation of a website. I was looking to satisfy my curiousity as to why so many change/transformation efforts fail. Ms. Read more
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