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Beyond Boundaries: Learning to Trust Again in Relationships

Beyond Boundaries: Learning to Trust Again in Relationships

As with my review of Boundaries , I had read Beyond Boundaries: Learning to Trust Again in Relationships  some time ago. I had held back posting a book review of it because I didn’t think that I was reading it for professional growth. However I real...
Boundaries: When to say YES, and How to Say NO to Take Control of Your Life

Boundaries: When to say YES, and How to Say NO to Take Control of Your Life

I read the book Boundaries: When to say YES, and How to Say NO to Take Control of Your Life  some time ago. However, it fell on the other side of the line between personal and business. While much of the stuff I read, as you might expect, applies to b...
Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

When Brené Brown speaks of the wilderness in Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone , she’s not speaking of a place on a map. The wilderness isn’t “out there.” The wilderness is “in here.” It’s learning how to...
Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success

Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success

I’m no stranger to books about change, whether that change is focused on an organizational or a personal result. It turns out that changes occurring at either a personal level or an organizational level still require a personal change. That is, organizational c...
Change or Die

Change or Die

What if someone put a gun to your head and said that you have to change or die? What if you knew that you were going to die if you didn’t change? Would you? I know that we all believe we would. It seems simple. However, the statistics don’t bear out thi...
Changes that Heal: How to Understand Your Past to Ensure a Healthier Future

Changes that Heal: How to Understand Your Past to Ensure a Healthier Future

Sometimes clarity comes in the most unlikely places. It’s often hard to realize how much impact having a clear understanding of who we are and what we believe in can have on our professional lives. As many of the book reviews lately have been about p...
Changing for Good: A Revolutionary Six-Stage Program for Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward

Changing for Good: A Revolutionary Six-Stage Program for Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward

Change books generally fall into two broad categories. The first category of books is targeted at the super-large organization and describes structures for change that involve hundreds or thousands of people. The second category of change books are focused...
Compelled to Control: Recovering Intimacy in Broken Relationships

Compelled to Control: Recovering Intimacy in Broken Relationships

We all want to be in control but none of us wants to be controlled. That’s a basic truth about control that we all live by. Managers seek to control their employees – to get them to do whatever it is the organization needs from them. Parents seek to ...
A Dynamic Theory of Personality (Selected Papers of Kurt Lewin)

A Dynamic Theory of Personality (Selected Papers of Kurt Lewin)

It's hard to work in learning and motivation, or even remotely care about how people work, without stumbling into Kurt Lewin's work. Most of the time, people quote the high level and don't go back to read his writing directly. They think about force fields...
A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives

A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives

Individually, compassion and courage make sense. Compassion is the awareness of the suffering of others and the desire to minimize it. Courage isn’t the absence of fear but the willingness to overcome it. Putting these together, we discover a subtle f...
The HeartMath Solution: The Institute of HeartMath’s Revolutionary Program for Engaging the Power of the Heart’s Intelligence

The HeartMath Solution: The Institute of HeartMath’s Revolutionary Program for Engaging the Power of the Heart’s Intelligence

I had heard of HeartMath from a friend of mine, Jan, but it was during one of our long, rambling (exploratory) conversations, and it didn’t register as a specific thing. I heard a sort of new-age idea that I’d expect from her and didn’t give it much ...
Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions

Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions

I’ve made no secret that reading on paper has become harder. Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions  is only available in paper format, but at some point, there’s such a critical mass of people referring to James W. Pennebaker’s work th...
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

How is it that some people just seem to get better and better at what they do? Whether it’s a ballerina, a musician, or a doctor, they just seem to get better with every day of practice. At the same time, how is it possible that most ballerinas, musicians, a...
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

It’s five AM, and the alarm hasn’t gone off yet. I roll over gently, grab my iPad, and start reading. I’m not checking email or catching up on the latest news. I’m reading. It’s my habit, and this one, powerful habit has allowed me to read a book each...
Principles of Topological Psychology

Principles of Topological Psychology

On the surface, it would seem like math would have very little to do with psychology. However, when looking at Kurt Lewin's work in Principles of Topological Psychology , it's clear to see how mathematical models influenced his thinking on psychology...
The Psychology of Hope: You Can Get Here from There

The Psychology of Hope: You Can Get Here from There

It was working my way back through Brené Brown’s work that led me here ( See Rising Strong  (Part 1  & Part 2 ), Daring Greatly , and The Gifts of Imperfection ). In The Gifts of Imperfection , she referenced Snyder’s work in The Psychology of Hope  to...
Raise Your Line: Success Is a Higher Line Mentality

Raise Your Line: Success Is a Higher Line Mentality

Most books about success have some obvious plot lines. Work hard. Do the right things — even when it’s hard. They share their unique perspective on the world and then provide the recipe for getting success by following their steps. Raise Your Line: Succ...
Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change

Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change

One of the sad things about having read a few books at this point is that I can't always recall what put me on to the book in the first place. While I can't remember where I picked up on Redirect , it's a book that took a winding path that challenged...
The Rise of Superman

The Rise of Superman

Ultimate human performance, peak performance, optimal performance, and other terms have been used to describe people operating at the limits of what we are capable of doing. Research and broken records have demonstrated that our long standing beliefs...
Rising Strong (Part 1)

Rising Strong (Part 1)

Perhaps the greatest challenge with life is that it’s not perfect. I’m not perfect. My wife isn’t perfect. My kids aren’t perfect. That means that at times we’ll all fail. We’re all going to miss the mark. We’re all going to experience bitter disappointmen...
Rising Strong (Part 2)

Rising Strong (Part 2)

In part 1  of this review of Rising Strong , I focused on the background. The topics of the progression of Brown’s work, learning from failure, the need for an integrated self image, the idea of sanctuary, how we tend to gold plate grit (our struggles), disc...
The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth

The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth

I view the life I’m living as a journey. (See Changes that Heal  for more about viewing life as a journey.) In this journey I believe that I’m trying to learn how to become a better me. That means learning how to love more genuinely and how to accep...
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Steven Covey’s book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People  is a classic. I probably read it 20 years ago when I was first entering the workforce and the book was the latest rage. I can probably count on one hand the number of books I’ve read more ...
Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity

Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity

Why is it that some people seem to reach their goals and do great things while others languish in obscurity, not sure what to focus their time on or whether they should watch TV or go to a movie? We all want success – though we may define it differently –...
Triggers: Creating Behavior that Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be

Triggers: Creating Behavior that Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be

Behavior change is hard. In Triggers: Creating Behavior that Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be , Marshal Goldsmith and Mark Reiter explain that it may be the hardest thing that any adult does. Goldsmith is no stranger to motivating readers an...
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful

When multiple arrows point to the same place, you’ve got to go there. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There  is one of those places. The book Who: The A Method for Hiring  and The Power of the Other  both refer to Marshall Goldsmith’s work. It’s a powe...
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

There are plenty of stories of people who were in the right place at the right time, and they struck it rich. They bought into Facebook or they decided to start an e-commerce empire at just the right time. The same can be said for colossal failures. Indiana,...