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The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth
The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth
by Mark Victor Hansen
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Method and Inspiration, Nov. 25 2002
Two authors, both of whom have done well in their worlds, have teamed together to provide inspiration, methodology, and a platform for growth. The design of the book is unique, as are some of the ideas. If you're ready and receptive, this book could be helpful to you.
Let's look at the inspiration side first. And it is inspiration "side." The right hand pages of the book, differentiated by a purple border, are the inspirational book. The story is intriguing, though it stretches the imagination at times. Several important messages are included, such as teamwork, networking, creativity, and tenacity. A literature critic could probably tear the story apart, but, like Celestine Prophesy, it conveys the authors' theme. The reader's thoughts are stimulated, pulled along with curiosity about what happens next, then massaged with the idea that the story line-though a stretch-is not impossible.
The left-hand pages of the book are a step-by-step process, a methodology. Some of the content has been around before, but bears repeating. Parts of this section seem a bit contrived, but the reader can still pick up the gist of the message.
Are there any guarantees? No. Is there enough here to provoke your thinking, and perhaps your action, to increase your wealth. Yes. Will everyone who reads this book "get" the message and take action? No. This book needs to be taken in context as a stimulator with no guarantees. The authors are both millionaires; through the ups and downs of life, they've made it.
At the start of this review, I used the word "platform." What you learn in these pages can be a platform for your financial [and spiritual (tithing is recommended)] growth. Engaging with the authors will also give them a platform to sell you seminars, follow-up learning tools, and more. They invite you several times to their website. If you take them up on this offer, expect to hear from them on a regular basis. While this process will probably help Hansen and Allen to increase their wealth while helping others, it may also give some readers more ideas on what they can do.
My thoughts were stimulated, though I found the one-side of the page reading to be a bit distracting. I don't know that I'll follow the paths the authors recommend, but I'm thinking more about more clearly mapping and treading my own path.

The Balancing Act: Mastering the Five Elements of Success in Life, Relationships, and Work
The Balancing Act: Mastering the Five Elements of Success in Life, Relationships, and Work
by Sharon Seivert
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.98
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual Approach to Life Balance, Nov. 19 2002
More Americans are talking about seeking balance in their lives. Many of them have actually gone beyond talking and are on the quest. The Balancing Act is one of a number of books that have been written (and will be written) on this topic. Seivert, a business consultant and executive coach, has put together a design that suggests five areas that need to be brought into an appropriate balance for you: Personal Life, Relationships, Leadership, Organizations, and World.
Various chapters of this book are keyed to the five elements; others are presented as being of general interest to the reader. This approach and book organization (the chapters are coded in the table of contents) enables the reader to concentrate, during first or subsequent readings, on those areas of greatest interest. Two appendices and an index provide additional support.
The book is organized into three parts: Finding Your Balance in Life, Relationships, and Work; The Five Elements of Success; and The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts. The first section, pre-chapters, offers almost three dozen pages of introductory material on Finding Your Balance, The Elements of Success, and The Great Ally Inside You. Readers will find a collection of worksheets to engage in some self-analysis before proceeding into the meat of the book.
The text is heavy on spirituality, as opposed to books focused on life activities and common sense advice. Seivert's elements: air, fire, water, and earth are discussed in the context of balancing them in the way you lead your life. If you are receptive to a deep spiritual approach to life, you'll enjoy this book. If you are not engaged by this approach, it will be difficult to connect with this presentation.

Laugh and Learn
Laugh and Learn
by Doni Tamblyn
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Shallow, Nov. 17 2002
Ce commentaire est de: Laugh and Learn (Hardcover)
While it contains a lot of good ideas, this book will not make the list of books every trainer should read to be successful. Tamblyn pulls together a number of proven training techniques and principles, but the book lacks the depth of numerous other books in the field.
The author is a former comedienne turned trainer, with her seminal experience at the state of California's school for errant drivers. Not exactly a corporate setting, but she had engaged in training in the corporate world for over two decades.
Tamblyn tries to be funny and mix in research on humor and deliver training tips all at the same time. Is this a training book or a humor book? I'm not enthusiastic about either objective being accomplished well, particularly compared with other work in the field that has greater depth and value.
In the introduction, as Tamblyn begins the lightness of the book's style, I read, "Therefore, I herewith offer this personal guarantee: If you don't laugh at least once while reading this book, I will eat a raw Japanese sea urchin. I swear. All you have to do is write." As a serious reviewer, even noting her lighthearted treatment of her topic, I wondered more than once how much she likes raw Japanese sea urchins.
The AMACOM editors have contributed by supporting some good organization to the book, including an index of the 95 techniques immediately following the table of contents and acknowledgements. Each chapter ends with a pause for reflection (write in the spaces provided what you got from this chapter) and a Next Steps section. Techniques presented in the book are tied back to theoretical introductions with side notes on the pages and readers are supplied with call-out quotes to read throughout the book.
The author and editors attempted to accomplish several things in one volume, but didn't make a sufficient connection or case, in my opinion. There is some value here for less experienced trainers, but such readers might be better served by the writings of Bob Pike and Leslie Yerkes. If you are active in the field already, this book may be a disappointment.

The Power Of Minds At Work: Leveraging the Power Of Organizational Intelligence
The Power Of Minds At Work: Leveraging the Power Of Organizational Intelligence
by Karl Albrecht
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for [Aspiring] Leaders, Nov. 9 2002
Employers are plagued by a dearth of leadership. Too many companies are populated by people who can't think for themselves and, worse, by people who can think but don't. Today, when brainpower is so critical to an organization's success, we limit ourselves by doing some really stupid things.
If that statement sounds a little brash, challenging, critical, and accurate, you ain't seen nothin' yet! After a quarter century of consulting to all sorts of organizations around the world, Karl Albrecht has earned an enviable reputation---and the bully pulpit to tell it like it is. His messages (and the book is filled with them) need to be heard by people in charge of today's departments, divisions, companies, agencies, and other organizations. We call these people "leaders," but in truth most are really managers or even administrators in leaders' clothing. Their ignorance, ineptitude, and avoidable blunders inhibit performance.
Leaders need to learn more about leadership. They need to understand leadership in its current context and, at the same time, appreciate how we arrived at this place on our journey. They need to appreciate their role, especially the importance of inspiring and supporting people to use their minds. Creativity? Yes, but an amazing proportion of workers can't---or won't---even think for themselves, limiting their potential for achievement.
Consider Albrecht's Law: "Intelligent people, when assembled into an organization, will tend toward collective stupidity." It's Dilbert ® come to life. Albrecht's assertion is that leveraging the intelligence of an organization can determine the difference between "smart" companies and "dumb" companies. In our increasingly competitive employment environment, companies that allow themselves to be "dumb" (or even just dumber than the competition) may be doomed to extinction. The differentiating factor is leadership, and how well that leadership can utilize the individual and collective intelligence of the organization's members.
This book will grab your attention in the preface and you'll find yourself wanting to keep turning the pages to absorb the knowledge delivered, sometimes irreverently, by the author. Each chapter is filled with insights of past, present, and possibilities that will add to the vital comprehension of how the quality of thinking can help or hinder achievement. A liberal sprinkling of examples, aptly called "Case in Point," bring principles and experiences to life in each chapter. A set of Key Indicators closes each chapter, giving the reader a handy checklist to apply the knowledge gained. This design is very user-friendly.
The first two chapters make the case for smarter organizations. The second section of the book explores Organizational Intelligence, focusing on strategic vision, shared fate, appetite for change, earning discretionary energy, alignment and congruence, knowledge development, and performance pressure. The last two chapters offer the reader some serious guidance in how to make their organizations smarter. Notes at the end of each chapter and a comprehensive 12-page index add value.
The Power of Minds at Work covers a lot of landscape. It's comprehensive, yet delves into sufficient depth to satisfy some of the thought stimulated by his commentary. Yes, you read that sentence correctly: some of your thought will be satisfied. Reading this book will inspire you to go further. Wise leaders will absorb the book, then invite their co-leaders to read and discuss Albrecht's messages....and apply the wisdom that emerges. The content in these pages will generate some rich, productive conversations.
Reviewer's Note: As author of "Impending Crisis: Too Many Jobs, Not Enough People," a wake-up call about the shortage of skilled labor in this decade, I urge corporate executives to sharpen their skills in leadership and drawing more from their people. "The Power of Minds at Work" is an excellent tool to build this strength.

Successful Talent Strategies: Achieving Superior Business Results through Market-Focused Staffing
Successful Talent Strategies: Achieving Superior Business Results through Market-Focused Staffing
by David Sears
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic Connection: Talent and Profits, Nov. 9 2002
The lexicon birthed a new word not so long ago: talent. No, actually the word is not new, but the way the word is applied as taken on new meaning. "Talent" now describes the people who work for an organization, with a particular focus on the skills, knowledge, and capabilities they bring. Talent is more than just workers; it's the collective capacity of people to contribute to the achievement of results. The concept of talent, as the definition is evolving, links the application of competence to fulfillment of corporate strategy. While some may argue that the difference between "workers" and "talent" is merely semantic, others will assert that the engagement of human capability-from education, experience, expertise, and leadership-adds considerable value to viewing employees as mere human resources.
This concept of "talent" and its appropriate productive use is getting a lot of attention in various books and periodicals. Jim Collins in his book, "Good to Great," talks about having the right people---in the right seats---on the bus. Why? Having the most talented people to perform particular jobs is critical to an organization's success.
Most organizations don't have the right mix of people--talent---assigned to the right roles. And, to exacerbate the problem, they're burdened with too many people who, for various reasons, should no longer be employed by the company. The unavoidable consequence is that the organization is seriously inhibited in its drive to achieve its strategic objectives.
This potential-limiting condition can be overcome through effective talent management. This practice must be deeply imbedded in the corporate value system, touted by its leaders and enforced by its managers. Note that talent management is not a human resources issue; it's a leadership and management role. Human resource professionals have a part to play, but its not their game.
Sears begins his book with a vital section on the relationship between talent strategies and business strategies. They are inextricably linked; success at one strategy is interdependent with success in the other. It is obvious that attracting and engaging the right talent at the right time is essential.
In my work as a strategic business futurist concentrating on workforce and workplace trends, I have forecasted that the management of this linkage will influence the very survival of organizations. In our book, "Impending Crisis: Too Many Jobs, Too Few People," we sounded a wake-up call for corporate leaders about the severe shortage of skilled labor coming in this decade. A major part of the solution---to avoid extinction---is talent management, and Sears teaches the process in his book. There is a clear and powerful congruence between anticipated challenges and recommended solutions.
Sears addresses how to build, deliver, and measure talent strategies in the second section of "Successful Talent Strategies." From his perspective as a consultant with significant experience in the human resource field, explains, with ample examples, just how talent management works. Charts and graphs illustrate the journey, with the message continually connected to corporate strategy. The message is that talent strategy is driven by corporate strategy. The acquisition and application of talent, inside and outside the organization, enables leaders to achieve desired results.
This insightful how-to book will take some concentration to read and "get." Not every leader nor experienced human resource professional will be able to fully immerse and gain the considerable value of this book. But that's what separates people who make things happen from those who wonder what happened. The convergence of trends will move us along at an increasingly rapid pace. If you want to be one of those who makes things happen, by understanding, developing, and applying cohesive strategies, read this book.

Work Naked: Eight Essential Principles for Peak Performance in the Virtual Workplace
Work Naked: Eight Essential Principles for Peak Performance in the Virtual Workplace
by Cynthia C. Froggatt
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 39.89
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let Go! Create a New Kind of Workplace, Nov. 3 2002
Let go. That's the message to corporate leaders who have decades of reinforcement that their job is to control the people who work for them. There's a new game in town-a new way of operating that releases creativity, boosts productivity, and drives more profit to the bottom line.
This new approach involves stripping away the old ways of thinking about managing. It means removing policies that inhibit employees in their self-driven initiatives to do truly amazing things. The new approach suggests that people can work from anywhere without the traditional trappings to achieve results far beyond current reality. In a phrase, the new approach allows people to work naked, without constraints. Froggatt, a consultant specializing in aligning workplace strategies with business plans, describes the process as "shedding the layers" of control, overwork, conformity, hierarchy, poor communication, geography, and unproductive work environments to release the bonds.
While explaining the problems, Froggatt presents the principles that can empower a leadership team to change the way their company does business. Eight simple principles: initiative, trust, joy, individuality, equality, dialogue, connectivity, and workplace options. Some leaders will read this book and stick it on a shelf to gather dust. Others will really "get" the message and will transform their organizations. With the content of this book, and the way it is presented, transformation will not be that difficult . . . for the enlightened leaders. Unfortunately, we have far too few leaders who fit into that category. Hopefully this book will win a few more converts.
Do not expect policies, contracts, procedures, systems, and all that sort of garbage in these pages. No, this book is about people and principles. The pages are rich with concrete examples that will be an inspiration to readers who are inclined to adhere to the concept of working naked. Checklists, bullet-point lists, charts, diagrams, and plenty of chapter subheads make this book superbly readable. Adding to the value of "Work Naked" is an astonishingly detailed 13-page index and a index-like list of the companies profiled in the book. Over ten pages of chapter notes await you at the end of the book and a concise summary awaits you at the end of each chapter.
I read this book with a high degree of interest, from my perspective as co-author of "Impending Crisis: Too Many Jobs, Too Few People." Our book talks about the coming severe labor shortage and how many companies are headed for extinction. "Work Naked" supplies the treasure map for employers who want to avoid extinction and thrive instead.
Highly recommended!

I Used to Have a Handle on Life But It Broke: Six Power Solutions for Women With Too Much To Do
I Used to Have a Handle on Life But It Broke: Six Power Solutions for Women With Too Much To Do
by Mary LoVerde
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.86
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Little Book that Will Change Women's Lives, Oct. 26 2002
This little 5" X 7" book is packed with frustrations, irritations, confusions, and challenges faced by thousands of women who hold two full-time jobs: employee and mother. The magazines and newspapers are filled with stories about the difficulties women wrestle with every day. Women without husbands and/or children face the same issues. The message is clear: gotta be in control!
Control. Organize. Direct. Internalize. Chaos. Responsibility. Stress. Ineffectiveness. Unhappiness. This flow is not going to good places. And that's what has to change. Mary LoVerde takes her readers through the process in a comfortable, conversational "been there" style that will be much-appreciated.
The text is filled with comments, testimonials, emotional expressions and more from a wide range of women. I was amazed at how much was woven into this book to make it a really helpful tool for all those women who have tried to improve their life by tightening their grip. Change comes when you understand that control is often confused with power.
LoVerde suggests that true power comes from six approaches: pose good questions, pay attention, predict your Achilles' Heel, partner with women, pause before judging, and position yourself. The book is filled with compassion. Women who follow the advice will find a new serenity.
Side comment: a lot of men could learn a lot from this book, too. Couples reading it together risk finding a new level of happiness.

The Irresistible Growth Enterprise: Breakthrough Gains from Unstoppable Change
The Irresistible Growth Enterprise: Breakthrough Gains from Unstoppable Change
by Donald Mitchell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 35.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Corporate Executives Who Think They're Poised for Growth, Oct. 26 2002
Nimbleness and strategic thinking can go hand-in-hand. The power is in understanding the forces around you that can inhibit progress or send you careening off in the wrong direction. With that understanding, and the ability to act in a timely manner, you can achieve considerably greater success in the corporate world.
The first ten chapters of this insightful book address the factors that can stall progress. This portion will be quite educational for executives who haven't realized how many things could get in their way-many without even appearing to be blockages. Consider these stalls: lack of direction, wishful thinking, helplessness, defensiveness, independence, overoptimism, cover-up, and underestimation. Getting a little uncomfortable? Welcome to the club. These inhibitions are more common than you might think. However, knowledge is power; so understanding what's happening to you will give you the capacity to break through.
The stalls, thinking habits that get in our way, can be overcome. And the authors show readers how to get past the stalls with solutions and challenging questions. A liberal supply of anecdotes from the authors' consulting experiences illustrate the messages to help readers "get" what's happening and what they must do. With a deeper understanding of the company's conditions, you'll be motivated to really dig in and make some things happen.
The next eight chapters of the book will give you the tools you need, enhanced by lots of examples to help you understand the applications. The authors describe how measurement, environmental awareness, studying of best practices, and working differently with your people can make a substantial difference in your success. The epilogue chapter emphasizes why it's important to begin this work now, and not procrastinate. The velocity of change in the world has increased significantly, with more competition and other companies whose executives have read books like these and are striving to apply the principles.
A valuable touch from the authors is an appendix that applies their concepts to personal and family life. This section is a gift. Another appendix focuses on the internet and the unique challenges and opportunities presented by this vehicle.
The book is enhanced by summary introductions to each chapter (like executive summaries), a bibliography, and index. It's a work that will engage your thinking and stimulate some interesting-and productive-discussions among your leadership team.

The Attention Economy: Understanding the New Currency of Business
The Attention Economy: Understanding the New Currency of Business
by Thomas H. Davenport
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!, Oct. 16 2002
This book is a delightfully interesting combination of academic and general audience writing that makes it quite readable and holds your attention page after page. The content is nicely woven into twelve chapters that explain more aspects of attention, gaining attention, and holding attention than you could imagine. You'll learn a lot from these pages. An abundance of footnotes will give you more resources to pursue to expand your learning even further.
I turned down more pages than usual in this volume. I marked all sorts of things to share with others and to go back to. I even wrote notes on some of the pages, which I don't usually do when reading a book like this. The authors explain that "attention is the real currency of business and individuals...In post-industrial societies, attention has become a more valuable currency than the kind you store in bank accounts."
The official definition: "Attention is focused mental engagement on a particular item of information. Items come into our awareness, we attend to a particular item, and then we decide whether to act." There's more, but I don't want to spoil this delicious read for you. You'll gain valuable insight into the role of attention in all aspects of our lives, how the ability to manage our attention is all-powerful . . . and how we struggle with our own personal challenge of managing the tremendous volume of information and other stimulants that bombard our senses. Part of the attention process is filtering and sorting, which is difficult for some people and can be overwhelming. There is so much in this book that I have no hesitation in giving it very high marks. Have your highlighter ready!
The one negative-if it even is a negative-is the quotes and illustrative comments that appear in smaller type at the bottom of many of the pages. They distracted my attention from the flow of the text, making the book consciously a bit more difficult to read. Ah! The authors have made their point! Recommended for people in all walks of life; this is a book about us, not just an economy or business treatise.

I Got Stinky Feet
I Got Stinky Feet
by Dennis Domrzalski
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Read, Oct. 12 2002
Ce commentaire est de: I Got Stinky Feet (Paperback)
This unlikely story is the tale of two Chicagoans, Dave and Dennis (the storyteller) who take a motorcycle trip around the country...in the winter. They're alternatively bullies, imposters, philosophers, tourists, Robin Hood, and observers of the passing scene. While some of the stories are feasible, others tax the reader's believability index. Some of the anecdotes challenge the imagination, causing the reader to suspect that some-if not all-of this book was created as a non-fiction work.
Fiction or non-fiction, you'll read something that seems like a running commentary of conversations of a couple of college students high on something. You'll keep turning pages, wondering. The author shares some morals, some personal positions, and some enjoyable cynicism that makes this an unusual book.
The table of contents lists 43 chapters including a listing of topics covered in the chapters. The chapters themselves have no subheads, just straight text broken up by occasional caricature-like illustrations. From a production perspective, the book lacks some design elements usually seen in professionally done books, but it's simple and basic.
You'll shake your head, nod your head, and scratch your head. If this be reality, than what is fantasy? And if this be fantasy, where is the reality of life? Oh, the title? Comes from a poem written by Dave, in the latter part of the book.

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