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Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself

Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself

I didn’t really intend to spend so much time investigating Buddhism. Mark Epstein was recommended reading for me as I tried to integrate Western thoughts on positive attachment and Buddhist beliefs that attachment is the root of suffering. As I read Advice No...
The Anatomy of Peace

The Anatomy of Peace

Reading The Anatomy of Peace  completes the trifecta of books from the Arbinger Institute . I’ve already written reviews from Bonds that Make Us Free  and Leadership and Self-Deception . All of these books are really a continuation of the thoughts of Mart...
Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom

Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom

I read and reviewed Schools without Failure  where I was introduced to Dr. Galsser’s work on Reality Therapy  and the subject of this book review Choice Theory . Fundamental to Choice theory is that we all make choices that we’re not victims and we h...
Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain

Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain

I think, therefore I am. Reason never had a stronger advocate than Descartes. However, Descartes encapsulated all that is human into our rational thought, and in doing so separated the inseparable connection between reason and emotion – at least, that’s Ant...
Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance

Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance

I mentioned during my review of Emotional Intelligence  that I had listened to an audio book version of Destructive Emotions  – a conversation with the Dalai Lama  and Daniel Goleman . Emotional Awareness  is a similar book – in fact Paul Ekman , this ...
How Will You Measure Your Life?

How Will You Measure Your Life?

The question is simple enough. It seems like a question that I’ve answered before. However, somehow the meaning question – How Will You Measure Your Life?  – is one that I, like others, thought I had answered but somewhere got interrupted. I was in ...
The Last Lecture

The Last Lecture

I can’t remember when I first heard about The Last Lecture  (as the lecture ). It’s been years ago now. However, I do know that it was Jeffrey Barnes’ retelling of a story in Beyond the Wisdom of Walt  that brought me back to it. It was one of many si...
Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies

Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies

I read Theory U  and became aware of another book by Otto Scharmer, Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies  and I didn’t immediately read it. In fact, I didn’t read it until it became part of the coursework for an ...
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Morality isn’t a place where most people stumble – or rather, it’s not a place where most people stumble into their reading. Plenty of people struggle with other people’s morality while quietly sweeping their own under the rug. The Righteous Mind: Wh...
Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges

Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges

I think if we dig deep enough we’ll all find a defining moment in our lives. It’s a moment when our past and our future seems to have hit an inflection point. At this point things changed for the better or the worse. Sometimes the change was immediate and...
Theory U Revisited

Theory U Revisited

This post is a bit odd in that it’s not a book review – but it’s about a book and more broadly about a theory. This post is about Otto Scharmer’s Theory U. The book Theory U   expresses the ideas from a personal context, and Otto’s subsequent book Leadin...
Trying Not to Try: Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity

Trying Not to Try: Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity

I think everyone wants the easy life. We'd love for things to be effortless. We'd all love to be powerful. These things are at the heart of Trying Not to Try: Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity . Though we all want to get to...
A Way of Being

A Way of Being

I started 2017 off with my review of Motivational Interviewing , which serves as a structure for how to communicate with those who are struggling to help them be more successful. It’s foundationally based on active listening, which is attributed to Th...