How A Mob of Meerkats Will Teach You About Management and Leadership

How A Mob of Meerkats Will Teach You About Management and Leadership

That’s Not How We Do It Here! A Story about How Organizations Rise and Fall -and Can Rise Again, by John Kotter, Holger Rathgeber

Step back Tony Robbins, move over Deepack Chopra..here come the Meerkats to teach us about discipline, planning  and efficiency.

I am firmly convinced that animals are the best teachers. In fact, we’ve learned adapting from mice (Who Moved My Cheese, by Kenneth Blanchard), resilience from penguins (Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditionsby John Kotter and Holger Rathgeberand now.. the meerkats are here to share tips and tricks about management.

You know, thmeerkats_crowd_set_on_danger_51545_1280x1024.jpgose squirrel-size fuzzy, little animals who live in the deserts and grasslands of the southern tip of Africa.

Cute in their bushy, brown-striped fur, meerkats live in groups as large as 40, and everyone in the mob participates in gathering food, keeping a look out for predators, and taking care of the babies.

John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber use a simple fable about these bushy, animals to help any team or organization cope with their biggest challenges and turn them into exciting opportunities.cover90684-medium.png

Once upon a time a clan of meerkats lived in the Kalahari, a region in southern Africa. After years of steady growth, a drought has sharply reduced the clan’s resources, and deadly vulture attacks have increased. As things keep getting worse, the har­mony of the clan is shattered. The executive team quarrels about possible solutions, and sugges­tions from frontline workers face a soul-crushing response: “That’s not how we do it here!”

So Nadia, a bright and adventurous meerkat, hits the road in search of new ideas to help her trou­bled clan. She discovers a much smaller group that operates very differently, with much more teamwork and agility. These meerkats have developed innova­tive solutions to find food and evade the vultures. But not everything in this small clan is as perfect as it seems at first. 

That’s Not How We Do It Here! distills decades of experience and research to understand how organization rise, why they often eventually struggle and how and why they can rise again. This is not just a nice fable, but a real-life lesson that will teach you how to create an environment of openness to new and innovative ideas.


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Who Moved My Cheese (Book) – (eBook)

Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions (Book) – (eBook)

Are You A Self-Help Addict?

Are You A Self-Help Addict?

Don’t Get A Job, Live Your Dream, by Scott Haug

Did you know that the self-help represents a $11 billion per year industry in the U.S. alone?

Surprised? Well, don’t be! Self-improvement is the goal of everyone in some ways, we all strive to make tomorrow a little bit better than today; we want to be more productive, more focused, we want the perfect life/job/partner and we are not ashamed of spending up to $500 million  on personal development products every year.

Motivational speakers, inspirational websites, personal coaching, books and seminars.. everything you want. Or need.

I will never get tired of self-help books, I love reading them and becoming inspired by other people stories. Don’t Get a Job, Live Your Dream by Scott Haug is the latest addition to my collection.41d49rY+4BL.jpg

At age 22 Scott -fresh out of college and with a new job- felt trapped. A good job and the new acquired inpependency could’t relieve the huge discomfort he felt everyday after work. No matter how he tried, still the unpleasant feeling made him unhappy. So, one day he decided to quit his job, he found himself a new one and he was finally ready and confident for a fresh start. But after moving his life across the country and settling in a new location, he got a call..the new job was cancelled for budget reasons.

Well, if this is not a major set-back then I don’t know what it is! The impressive thing was Scott’s reaction, he quickly regain his composure and start figuring out the next step. And this book is about how he made it happen.

Don’t Get a Job, Live Your Dream contains 7 important reasons that will help convince you to live the life you truly want to live. Each chapter explains some strategies and useful tips for changing your life:

  1. Be an Inspiration
  2. Create Extraordinary
  3. Live a Life of Meaning
  4. Eliminate Future Regrets
  5. Exercise your Right to be Free
  6. Use the Last of the Human Freedoms
  7. Act on the Only Chance You Have

 

What sold me Scott’s book was its different approach. For once a self-help book which is not promoting to be aggressive, but more self-conscious, understanding that we all have fears, but we also have the courage and the power to overcome them.

If you feel stuck or trapped in a life that doesn’t belongs to you, just step back and listen to your heart…we already have all the answers we need.

 


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Study Struggle: Strategies That Work

Study Struggle: Strategies That Work

Anyone Can Get An A+: How To Beat Procrastination, Reduce Stress and Improve Your Grades, by Geetanjali Mukherjee

Anyone Can Get An A+ is a down-to-earth, honest guide for students on how to maximize their learniStudy Book (9)ng and get good grades.

We heard that already, haven’t we?

The Self-Help industry annually outpours tons of books with title such this, and promises that who follows the prescribed steps will become a straight As student in no time.

We all know that’s not entirely true. Sef-help must take some of the blame for fostering the illusion that academic success comes  easy. Let’s get down to earth folks.. studying in not easy, but difficult. Discipline and perseverance are qualities that need constant practice.. sometimes you feel frustrated and tell yourself things like “I can’ do that” or “I am too stupid to learn“.

This book is different. And I’ll tell you why: it’s honest.

Based on research on principles of psychology and neuroscience,  Anyone Can Get An A+ will teach you:

  • how to prepare for exams
  • how to overcome procrastination and use your time wisely
  • how to write a paper painlessly
  • how to organize your time and study schedule

and many other useful tips and techniques.

Geetanjali Mukherjee is not selling you the magic pill, but strategies that work!

 


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How to Ace Your Job Interview

How to Ace Your Job Interview

101 Job Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again, by James Reed

You got it! Your job interview is scheduled! Now what? How do you prepare for an interview? Of the thousands of questions a potential employer might ask, which ones will they ask? cover81432-medium.pngAnd what should you say?

After extensive research among hundreds of interviewers and directly form top interviewers and recruiters, James Reed reveals the secrets to ace at job interviews.

Powerful preparation techniques, useful tips on how to answer the most common questions and – above all – how to adopt a winning mindset, one that will help you stand out from the pack and land the job.

James Reed reveals what interviewers are really asking and gives you the best possible answers:

  • Classic Questions

Tell me about yourself –  How do you deal with stress and failure?

  • Career Goal Questions

What motivates you? –  What’s your ideal work environment?

  • Character Questions

What are your core values? – Your boss overslept and is now late for a client meeting. He ask you to lie for him telling the client he is stuck in traffic. What do you do?

  • Competency Questions

Why are you a good fit for the company? – How have you improved in the last year?

  • Curveball and Creativity Questions

If you were an animal what would you be? – Aren’t you overqualified for this job?

and last but not least,

  • Parting Shots

Everything you need to say / do when the interviewer invites you to ask questions of your own.

101 Job Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again is an extremely useful book that will help you get the job of your dreams.

Keep  the negative thinking in check, embrace your nerves and… go get ’em, champ!


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Grit Will Make You a Winner

Grit Will Make You a Winner

Grit. The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth

Everyone is striving for success. We want the best. We want it all: top education, good job, family, friends and lots of money. We have goals. But, unfortunately, being goals oriented and ambitiousUnknown-1 doesn’t equip us to deal with the reality that sometimes -despite one’s efforts- things don’t work out as planned.

Suddenly we are stuck, lost. We try, but we fail. What happens is that we have to make a choice: keep going or just quit.

In this must-read book, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, athletes, students, and business people that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called “grit.”

To be gritty is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. To be gritty is to invest days/weeks/years in challenging practice. To be gritty is fall down seven times, and rise eight.

This book has been about the unique power of grit, because what we accomplish in life mostly depends on our passion and perseverance. Grit will make you a winner.


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Goal Setting for Teens

Goal Setting for Teens

What Do You Really Want? How to Set a Goal and Go for It! A Guide for Teens, by Beverly K. Bachel

Being pcover83890-medium.pngroductive and well organized isn’t just for adults. Today more than ever teens have to learn how to manage time, set goals and make the best out of it. This book is a good way to get them on the right path, cutting off all the stress and the anxiety.

This updated edition helps teens understand their dreams, set real goals, priorities and deadlines by using easy strategies that really work.

Boost your confidence and power up the positive! Visualize your success and go for it!

 


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Lose the Wheat – Lose the Weight

Lose the Wheat – Lose the Weight

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health, by William Davis

Dr. William Davis did a great job explaining why we should pay more attention to what we put in our plates, especially by eliminating wheat from our diets.
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Until about a decade ago people rarely seemed to give gluten much thought. But since then a lot cover71353-mediumof researches and studies have shown that gluten sensitivity represents one of the greatest and most under-recognized health threats.

Based on the conviction that gluten is a poison and that even “healthy” whole grains are destructive, these books are very informative, especially if you’re looking for a real and effective change in your diet.


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Here and Now

Here and Now

The Here-and-Now Habit. How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All ,by Hugh G. Byrne.

Is it me or the Self-Help Section in my bookstore is growing bigger and bigger? The latest trend happens to be called “The Mindfulness Technique“, what it really is I’cover82589-medium.pngm not sure yet, but one thing I know is that it promises to help you breaking all those bad habits that ruin your health and happiness while keeping you away from reaching your goals.

Being able to cultivate mindfulness to calm and focus your mind, clarify your intentions and let go of old patterns sounds appealing, but is it also doable on a daily basis?

My answer is yes. In The Here-and-Now Habit, mindfulness expert Hugh Byrne provides simple but powerful practices based in mindfulness and neuroscience to help you rewire your brain and finally start living in the here and now just learning to pay attention to your own thoughts.

Discover how to let go of what holds you back, create new healthy habits and start living your life Here and Now.


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What a Coincidence!

What a Coincidence!

Connecting with Coincidence. The New Science for Using Synchronicity and Serendipity in Your Life, by Bernard Beitman

Get Smarter Now

Get Smarter Now

Smarter. Faster. Better, by Charles Duhigg

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Three magic words: Smarter, Faster and Better.

I’m sold, I need this book!

As a newbie into the world of blogging, I’m trying to make my voice heard while blabbing about what I know best, books. Be an active blogger means I have to post frequently, and when you’re reviewing books that means you actually have to read a lot. And fast.

Also being a student makes me curious about productivity, and how I can do more and better. If there’s a way to achieve all my daily goals while keeping a bit of sanity, I need to know about how to do that!

We live in an era where we’re literally surrounded by technology, which is supposed to make our live easier but, in the best scenario, we spend most of our time far away from what we’re supposed to do: checking emails, making phone calls, browsing the internet and the best part of the day is gone without us having done anything relevant.

Charles Duhigg shows us how we can be productive and efficient in a few easy steps: strong motivation, focus and goal setting are what we need.

Enriched by inspiring stories, this book will guide you on the right path to achieve all your goals.


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