Book Reviews

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story

Title: 10% Happier Author: Dan Harris Genre: Self-Help Publisher: It Books Release Date: March 11, 2014 Pages: 256 Review: I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading this book. I was expecting a “typical” self-help tome but Dan Harris has

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Title: Leaders Eat Last Author: Simon Sinek Genre: Business & Economics Publisher: Portfolio Release Date: 2014 Pages: 244 Review: Simon Sinek continues to inspire with his latest work. If anything “Leaders Eat Last” is even more thought-provoking than “Start with

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Title: The Happiness Project Author: Gretchen Rubin Genre: Biography & Autobiography Publisher: Harper Collins Release Date: 2009-12-29 Pages: 320 Review: This isn’t a business book per se—it’s more of a self-help memoir of a happy person who wants to be

Die Empty by Todd Henry

Title: Die Empty Author: Todd Henry Genre: Business & Economics Publisher: Portfolio (Hardcover) Release Date: 2013 Pages: 230 Review: “Die Empty” is the idea that focusing on what matters to you will result in a life with no regrets. Henry

Social Media is Bullshit by B.J. Mendelson

Title: Social Media Is Bullshit Author: B.J. Mendelson Genre: Business & Economics Publisher: Macmillan Release Date: 2012-09-04 Pages: 227 Review: “All the major social media marketing successes are the result of corporate backing and or celebrities,” Mendelson states. He then

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird

Title: The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking Author: Edward B. Burger, Michael P. Starbird, Genre: Education Release Date: 2012 Pages: 157 Review: It’s hard to find non-academic books that teach you how to think but this one–written by two mathematicians

101 Things I Learned in Business School by Michael W. Preis with Matthew Frederick

Title: 101 Things I Learned ® in Business School Author: Michael W. Preis Genre: Business & Economics Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Release Date: 2010-05-20 Pages: 212 Review: If you’ve climbed the ranks without benefit of a business school education this

The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs by Carmine Gallo

Title: The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience Author: Carmine Gallo Genre: Business & Economics Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional Release Date: 2010 Pages: 238 Review: The benefit of this book is

The Start-up of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Title: The Start-Up of You Author: Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Genre: Business & Economics Publisher: Crown Pub Release Date: 2012 Pages: 260 Review: Not surprisingly LinkedIn® and its value as a business networking platform figures prominently in this book written

The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann

Title: The Go-giver Author: Bob Burg, John David Mann, Genre: Business & Economics Publisher: Penguin Release Date: 2007 Pages: 132 Review: This business parable is designed for all the “go-getters” out there. The main idea is that your success comes

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Taking Control of Your Career® Bootcamp Content Overview

Our Bootcamp is designed to get you back to feeling like yourself fast. To avoid overwhelm, we cover critical topics sequentially so you can make small changes quickly and experience immediate results.

1. New Beginnings

We start by creating a clear picture of your desired outcome and showing how feeling stuck can benefit you. You’ll also learn how to increase your physical and mental energy and a quick (less than 5 minutes!), easy way to improve your mood.

2. Setting Yourself Up For Success

It’s easier to succeed when your environment completely supports you. You’ll learn how to easily analyze yours and bring it into alignment. We’ll also cover techniques for viewing your work situation in a neutral, productive way–allowing you to move within it effortlessly.

3. Values & Standards

Values impact your behaviors, decisions, relationships and direction in life. Yet your values are often not aligned with your workplace. Standards are what we honor because we believe they will lead us to our goals. Logically you’d think high standards would result in a superior result but just the opposite often occurs. In this session we’ll cover how to maintain your standards when they’re not shared and how to stay true to yourself without making it an issue for others.

4. How Your Best Intentions Work Against You

If you’re like most achievers, you welcome and thrive on responsibility. Sometimes, however, your life can feel like one long “to do” list leaving little time to figure out what is working – or not – in your life. We’ll cover how to retrain your teammates, how to redefine your role and the concept of “responsibility without authority” – having one without the other makes success impossible.

5. Core Beliefs

Understanding how personal beliefs drive behavior is critical to freeing you from feeling trapped. This is a deeply personal and important aspect necessary to move into action. You’ll learn how to uncover the core belief that is out of alignment and the 5 step process you can use to replace it.

6. Who is in Control of Your Life?

Control is like catnip to high achievers – we all want it. But surprisingly few exercise control in the one area where they actually have it. This cycle of relentlessly trying to get control over an uncontrollable situation is exhausting and self–defeating. Resetting expectations so you can focus on fulfilling activities will provide the energy you need to regain your perspective and take action.

7. Setting Boundaries

If you’re surrounded by those who constantly violate your boundaries it will create conflict, drama and drain your energy. When you set and maintain appropriate boundaries you will experience an almost immediate reduction of stress. We will review the 5–step boundary setting process; discuss how to hold the line without alienating others or compromising your standards, and the implications of not being able to say “no”.

8. The Path Forward

Your work each session will have helped you uncover your personal traps and provided strategies for overcoming them. We’ll do a quick review and focus on how to use your strategic plan so you’ll never get in this situation again. We’ll also review how to appropriately take responsibility, how to manage workplace expectations and perceptions and the best habits for self–management when “overwhelm” strikes again – as it inevitably will.