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The Art of Making Decisions: The Story of Success
by Errol Wirasinghe 

The Art of Making Decisions picResearch and literature on decision-making sit at two extremes. At one extreme we have theoreticians focusing on mathematical concepts such as Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks, Robotics, Fuzzy Logic. etc., while at the other extreme Behavioral Scientists and Neurobiologists study Human Behavior and the Brain.
Neither of these has been of much help to the typical industry professional, or the average person. This book is not a complicated treatise on mathematics, behavioral science, or philosophy; it is a practical guide to decision-making presented in lay terms. It is aimed at everyone: High school students, Homemakers, Managers, CEOs, Administrators, Politicians, and Presidents. It provides the tools, and the techniques required to make optimum decisions.


Outliers: The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell

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In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.

by Noah J. Goldstein, Steven J. Martin and Robert B. Cialdini

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Our January 2012 Speaker & Words At Work Author Lynda McDaniel 
(see Lynda's book below) recommends YES! to her coaching clients
and for attendees January's "Using Stories..." presentation.

Yes! shows how making small, scientifically proven changes to your appr
oach can have a dramatic effect on your persuasive powers. Persuasion is not only an art, it is also a science. Based on more than sixty years of research into the psychology of persuasion, Yes! reveals fifty simple but remarkably effective strategies that will make you much more persuasive at work and in your personal life, too.

Yes! presents dozens of surprising discoveries from the science of persuasion in short, enjoyable, and insightful chapters that you can apply immediately to become a more effective persuader. 

Often counterintuitive, the findings presented in Yes! will steer you away from common pitfalls while empowering you with little known but proven wisdom.

GAMESTORMING: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebrakers and Rainmakers

by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown and James Macanufo

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Great things don’t happen in a vacuum. But creating an environment for creative thinking and innovation can be a daunting challenge. How can you make it happen at your company? The answer may surprise you: gamestorming.

This book includes more than 80 games to help you break down barriers, communicate better, and generate new ideas, insights, and strategies. The authors have identified tools and techniques from some of the world’s most innovative professionals, whose teams collaborate and make great things happen. This book is the result: a unique collection of games that encourage engagement and creativity while bringing more structure and clarity to the workplace. Find out why -- and how -- with Gamestorming.

The New Social Learning

by Tony Bingham and Marcia Conner

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  • The first book to help organizations understand and harness the extraordinaryworkplace learning potential of social media
  • Co-written by the CEO of the world’s largest workplace learning
    organization and a consultant and writer with extensive experience on the forefront of workplace learning technology
  • Features case studies showing how organizations around the world have transformed their businesses through social media

Workplace Learning & Leadership

by Lori Reed and Paul Signorelli | Book Link

  • Empower individuals to become leaders and teachers by cultivating a culture of ongoing learning
  • Connect staff and customers to information resources so they can effectively use them to their benefit
  • Develop skills among both managers and workers for practicing continuous formal and informal training

Words at Work: Powerful business writing delivers increased sales, improved results, and even a promotion or two. A veteran writing coach shows you how.
By Lynda McDaniel | Book Link | Follow on twitter

Top award winner of National Best Books 2009 Awards in category of writing/publishing. -- USA Book News, October 18, 2009

"This book is a joy to read and packed full with helpful hints and tips from the first sentence to the last. Whether you write emails or reports at work, or you just like to blog in your spare time, this book is for you and should be treated as a must-read." -- Clare Swindlehurst, Blue Archipelago Book Reviews, November, 2009

"Lynda is an outstanding writing coach. I have experienced her extraordinary skills first hand. She brings out your best creative talent so your writing creates positive interest in you and your message." -- Joe Novosel, VP Communications, Mt. Diablo ASTD

Affiliation in the Workplace: Value Creation in the New Organization

by Ron Elsdon | Book Link

This book draws on studies that quantify the link between individual development and organizational value creation. Strengthening this link is key to building a strong sense of affiliation and a more productive workforce. We are entering an era when it makes sense to move away from mere retention strategies of control and toward more mutually beneficial strategies of affiliation. This trend can be traced to the recognition of the knowledge worker's influence and the value of human capital in today's economy. To succeed in this emerging work world, organizational leaders and human resource professionals must create new relationships with individuals built around the concept of affiliation. This will mean changed roles and behaviors that respect mutual interests, and will require a culture of inclusion expressed internally through workforce diversity, externally through workforce partnerships, at a community level through philanthropy, and globally through the pursuit of a greater good.

The Compromise Trap: How to Thrive at Work Without Selling Your Soul
by Elizabeth Doty | Book Link

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 In Our Meetings Archive (11/10)

Healthy compromise is necessary for achieving meaningful goals with other people, but in an unhealthy work culture unethical activity may be demanded. Elizabeth offers the antidote. When you feel pressured to play by rules that undermine your integrity, she shows how you can tap into six personal foundations that allow you stay true to your deepest values and aspirations. Through vivid accounts she provides guidance for anyone at any organizational level who wants to act with greater clarity, strength, and purpose, as well as for senior leaders striving to lead organizations that allow people to remain true to themselves. The Compromise Trap details a strategy to remain a positive force no matter how difficult the circumstances.

Building Workforce Strength: Creating Value through Workforce and Career Development

Ron Elsdon, Editor | Book Link

When information, service, and knowledge are primary sources of value creation, workforce strength is central to securing prosperity. The book bridges the disciplines of organization and individual development, showing why workforce strength is so centralundefinedand how it can be achieved. This hands-on volume is organized in three sections that establish a foundation for workforce and career development, explore implementation in organizations, and examine the process's implications for working with individuals. It provides a framework, techniques, and tangible examples of these principles in practice.

Surviving the Baby Boomer Exodus:
Capturing Knowledge for Gen X and Y Employees

By Ken Ball and Gina Gotsill | Book Link

A phenomenal amount of organizational knowledge and memory is walking out the door as baby boomers begin to leave the workforce. This carefully researched book explains how to capture and record the know-how from the Boomer generation with precision. It is a prescriptive book that will help organizations develop Gen X and Y leaders while giving them the knowledge and wisdom gathered from their predecessors.

Board Members Rule:
How to Be a Strategic Advocate for Your Nonprofit

By Ann W. Lehman and Robert M. Zimmerman | Book Link

Experts in the field of board development and fundraising, the book suggests the board member's role as strategic advocate and provides actionable tools and examples. It's a comprehensive guide for board members of nonprofit organizations.

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