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.

Know Who You Are by Tim Tebow

TebowHow does somebody discover their true identity? There is a lot of information on the subject and sadly some of it has a poor foundation. Because of this, Tim Tebow has written a book Know Who You Are. It is an interactive guide to discovering your true identity with a special emphasis directed at homeschoolers. However anybody can benefit from the information in this book whether they are home-schooled or not.

The book is divided into four parts with each part being building on each other. The first section, dealing with who you, are goes into who an individual is. Why they have value and worth. Recognizing that worth comes from God because God created each person with unique talents, gifts, and abilities. Because of this each person has worth far beyond what they can possibly understand. Tebow relates that he is not valued because of his athletic ability. Rather he is valued because he is a child of God.

Part 2 is realizing that God is in control and allowing Him to control your life. By relying on God a person does not have to fear the unknown but must simply put their faith in God for guidance. Also, relying on God for strength to live for Him allows a person to live for more than just today.

Part 3 is interaction with fellows human. By recognizing everybody has value, because they’re God’s creation, individuals begin to treat people differently. They treat them with respect, and ideally love, because they see people as valuable; not as tools for personal gain.

With that in mind the last section deals with living bigger and that has to do with not living for yourself but rather living for others with the intent of showing God to them.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and 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.

 

A Time for Confidence by Stephen J. Nichols

tim04bp_200x1000It seems that Christianity in America is under harsh attack. When it was once understood to be American was almost assuredly to be Bible-believing Christian, such time has passed. To be Christian in America today is to rid oneself of the shackles of “archaic teachings” for the enlightenment of social equality.

Such attacks has caused many to lose confidence. The Bible is attacked and many have felt the social backlash of being seen as “intolerant” or “hater” or “uneducated”. How is a Christian to remain confident in the truth during these difficult times?

Stephen J. Nichols has written a much needed book for times such as these. A Time for Confidence is a call to remain firm and not given into social pressures. Nichols lays out that Christians can be confident in: God, the Bible, Christ, the Gospel, and hope.

My giving stories of Christians in past times who stood firm on the solid foundation of the Bible, Nichols parallels their stories with current times to show that God has not failed them and He will not fail us. His Word is forever, Christ has given us peace and power, and the Gospel still changes lives.

Christians must rest in these confidences even when the dark skies of social judgment begin to thunder words to change our ways.

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