Trade Up by Dean Niewolny

9780801019586Most people when it comes to a career are thinking about how to better themselves. They take into account compensation, prestige, and in some cases how they can use their influence for personal gain. Few look at a career as something to use to make a difference. In his book, Trade Up, Dean Niewolny talks about how important it is to move from an idea of being a career minded person to a difference-maker.

He demonstrates that is a life of giving that makes one satisfied. Often times we think in terms of what we want. Niewolny is trying to get his readers to understand there is more to life than just getting. By helping others become successful the individual should find a life that has meaning, purpose, and leave a lasting legacy.

I appreciate this aspect and take from the book and highly recommend that those starting in a career or those who may been in career for a long time really take a good look at the material presented. If more people lived with the idea of how to help others rather than just making money and moving up the corporate ladder what a better place this world could be.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and exchange for my honest review.

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The Only Negotiating Guide You’ll Ever Need, Revised and Updated by Peter B. Stark and Jane Flaherty

NegoiateNegotiations can brings images of boardrooms where companies executives and lawyers hash out deals and agreements while trying to get the best they can for their companies. Or, it may involve bribing your child to eat his vegetables with the enticement of ice cream.

However, Peter B. Stark and Jane Flaherty, submit that we negotiate more than we realize and often where both sides are happy with the results. A husband may offer to take out the trash and the wife in turns will unload the dishwasher. A son may offer to rake the leaves if he can have his best friend over for a video game night. Examples like these are negotiations and many may not even realize it.

In their book, The Only Negotiating Guide You’ll Ever Need, Stark and Flaherty guide the reader through the negotiating process. From language to use, body postures to have or avoid, and even tips like writing down key data points, the authors intent is setup the reader for success in whatever negotiating environment in which they may find themselves.

Armed with this basic information, the authors then give 101 ways to use this information if varying circumstances. They allow the reader to see a potential way to put into use what they have just read.

I found this book quite helpful and would suggest that everyone read it paying special attention to information on listening and hearing. How much trouble could be avoided if we simply listened and asked the appropriate questions to clarify when talking to someone?

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

The Power of Positive Leadership by Jon Gordon

book“Positive leaders drive positive cultures.” (The Power of Positive Leadership, pg 15)

In his book, The Power of Positive Leadership, Jon Gordon gives information on how and why positive leaders transforms teams and organizations. By doing, this positive leaders change the world.

As I began to read this book, I was quick to be introduced to the idea that positive leadership is not optimistic leadership. The difference between the two is that positive leadership understands that there will be struggles, trials, and hardships. It does ignore problem or treat them as if they are minor.Rather, Positive Leadership sees trials and struggles as necessary steps towards an end.

Gordon begins by first laying out what real positive leadership looks like. From there he begins to go into the various aspects of positive leadership and why it is beneficial to have a positive attitude while being a leader. It is not that Gordon is trying to put together a euphoric experience. Rather he is seeing the value that positive leadership can bring and lays for some guidelines so that positive leaders can be successful while working hard to get there.

One area that I found especially helpful is chapter 11. In this chapter Gordon lays out that positive leaders have to have determination semicolon what he calls. It gets into the knowing why you do what you do knowing, what you want to do, knowing that you love it, recognizes that at some point you will fail, but keep doing the right things and ignore the critics.

It is perhaps this last section on ignoring the critics that is really helpful because there are going to be critics and a positive leader has to know that they’re going to come. However, he will not allow their negativity to affect him and bring him down. Rather he will see their criticism, use it if valuable, and if it is not, disregard it and continue to move forward towards the goal.

This book should be read by those entering college and continue to be read throughout their college experience. Much of the information in this book needs to be taught to this demographic but is often not taught by leaders around them.As a result they struggle with figuring out what they need to do, how to go about doing it, and where to find guidance. I believe this book is a part of that guidance factor.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

The Power of Significance by John C. Maxwell

71c55b11a511f4417e4ba194127f2773People want to live their lives with significance. They want to know they made a difference and lived with purpose. Sadly, not many would describe their lives as having purpose and most may admit that they do not live their lives with any sense of direction.

Leadership expert John Maxwell has written a small book titled The Power of Significance. This book, a condensed version of Intentional Living, seeks to aid the reader in finding their purpose and from this revelation, begin to live a life of significance.

Maxwell first starts by getting the ready to recognize that live a life of meaning requires starting to live with intentionality. Do not wander through life with no purpose, no goal; no reason. Rather, Maxwell challenges his readers to see the life they want and begin to make the changes necessary to see this life become reality.

The remainder of the book acts as a guide showing how to find one’s purpose and put small practices to grow and mature. As maturity is realized, purpose becomes clearer and significance begins to blossom.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell

1e97599960a091645c8bdca50b8ad51fOne characteristic of a great leader is that they ask great questions. By asking great questions leaders can get answers and hopefully find the problems. When problems are identified then potential solutions can be developed.

In his book, Good Leaders Ask Great Questions, John Maxwell gives the reader some excellent resources to lay the foundation for successful leadership. By going through some of the questions that he has asked and questions that are asked of him he can help future leaders develop and understand how to ask great questions.

One area in which he does this is first making sure that the leader is ready to ask great questions. What is meant by this is that if a leader is unprepared for answers that come from questions they are not ready to ask questions.

For example, if a manager decides he or she wants to improve productivity and ask the questions to employees of what slows down productivity he or she may receive an answer that is unexpected. If they are unprepared for candor they may take it as an affront to their management and as a result may struggle with changes that could help the company.

I really enjoyed how this is a more personal style of writing for Maxwell. He really gets into how he has ask great questions over the years and the benefit of doing so and his life. He that extrapolates this to the reader on how asking great questions can also benefit their life.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

No Limits by John C. Maxwell

ee8e68948f0b2f69451e5a1347e3c4a7Are you struggling with the idea that you can do more but just cannot seem to do more? Many strive for more but just cannot seem to find the energy to do so.

John Maxwell, in his book No Limits, discuss three areas to increase capacity in a person’s life. By doing so, a person could achieve more and be more fulfilled in life. The three areas deal with removing what limits a person’s capacity, developing the capacities that already exist, and doing things that maximize a person’s capacity.

Capacity has an idea of being limited. A battery can only hold so much charge. A glass can only hold so much water. Maxwell counters that people have unknown capacities and this book sets out to show each person how to tap into unknown capacity.

*I receive a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

 

The 25 Biblical Laws of Success by William Douglas and Rubens Teixeira

9780801019562Many see the Bible as a religious book; it is that. However, the Bible also has relevance in many areas outside of religious teachings. There are passages on: parenting, marriage, friendships, and government to name a few. The Bible also speaks to business.

While not normally thought of as a business book, William Douglas and Rubens Teixeira have sought to change that in their book The 25 Biblical Laws of Success. Using the Bible, Douglas and Teixeira list 25 laws that the Bible teaches that should aid many to success.

I shall list all 25 laws but will point out one law that stood out to me: the Law of Wisdom. This law states that “Wisdom is the foundation on which success is achieved.” (p. 23) One of the ways wisdom lends itself to success is by using advisers.

These advisers are brought in to assist with company growth and atmosphere. They can be managers, business evaluators, or a board of directors to give a few examples. When advisers are utilized that can give insight into what is working, what is not but needs to be fixed, and what is working and needs to be dismissed.

Sadly, many do not invest in wise counsel and suffer for it. They believe things will fix themselves or simply do not see problems to be addressed. This can come from one of the Cardinal Sins Against Success, as the authors title them. That sin is pride. Believing that “I can do it on my own. I do not need help.” has caused many to fail when it need not be the case.

I found this book to be an excellent resource acting as a primer to give to entering the workforce in whatever capacity they enter. Setting a good foundation will allow for opportunities for success and to weather the storms of difficult times. This book can used to lay this foundation.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.