Many of these titles are taken from our Bibliography on Organizational Transformation. Click on the image of the book cover to order the book you are interested in.
Winner of the Independent Publishers award Gold Medal for the category of Health and Wellness, this easy-to-read book shows us that yes, we can teach our old brains new tricks!
We at GLG have become very interested in “mindfulness” techniques and their effect on our concentration, focus, creativity and decision-making. One of the most potent of these approaches is meditation. Patt Lind-Kyle is a consultant, therapist and teacher. She has practiced many forms of meditation for over 30 years. Her interest in the brain and meditation led her to neurotherapy and the use of neuro-monitoring instruments to identify and customize mind-training processes for individuals. This book will introduce you to mental tools that will help to heal your mind and rewire your brain, leading to increased concentration and focus, reduced stress, more creativity and better quality decisions. As we learn these mental skills, the neural patterns of our brains begin to change and we literally reprogram the neural networks through which information and energy flows. If you've heard about neuroplasticity, epigenetics, psychoneuroimmunology and other scientific advances, but didn't know how you could apply these breakthroughs to improve your life, you will find Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain a treasure trove of resources. It provides a clear, step-by-step program that shows you how to correct the imbalances of the stressed-out brain, and install a peaceful state of mind.
Available audio editions:
To help you practice with the techniques in Patt’s book, she has created meditations that are available on CDs and as MP3s.
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Watch a selection of video interviews with Patt.
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Les Fehmi, PhD and Jim Robbins
A long-time clinician and researcher in biofeedback, Les Fehmi (with the assistance of science writer Robbins, author of “A Symphony in the Brain”) advances his program for learning to relieve stress by attaining what he calls Open Focus—a more diffuse, flexible form of attention that, paradoxically, allows one to focus better and in a more relaxed way. According to Fehmi, most of us habitually operate in a narrow-focus stress mode that results in anxiety and a host of physical problems, including digestive upsets, rashes and migraines. Dr. Fehmi draws on his experience with neurofeedback (brain-wave biofeedback) to explain how we can shift our brain waves to attain open focus. These mental techniques help you to experience your body and even your heart in a new way and change how you perceive the space around you. He grounds his plan in research and patient anecdotes showing the techniques can reduce pain and improve relationships and athletic performance.
The book includes a CD with exercises to practice Open Focus on your own.
To view more complimentary exercises, check out the Open Focus website at www.openfocus.com
Podcast with Dr. Fehmi
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“The techniques described in this book can make life fuller, more enjoyable, and more productive. I recommend it.” —Andrew Weil, MD, author of Healthy Aging
Peter Senge, Art Kleiner, Charlotte Roberts, et al.
This engaging book, which was voted Amazon's Best in 2001, lays out the premise that focusing on enhancing people's strengths, rather than eliminating their weaknesses, is the true path to successfully managing people and organizations. The authors, researchers at the Gallup Organization, have analyzed results of interviews conducted by Gallup of more than 2 million employees from over 100 companies and representing 63 countries. When asked, only 20 percent of these employees stated that they were using their strengths everyday. The book includes access to a Web-based interactive component that allows readers to complete a questionnaire developed by the Gallup Organization and instantly discover their own top-five inborn talents. The program introduces 34 dominant themes with thousands of possible combinations, and reveals how they can best be translated into personal and career success.
Allen F. Harrison and Robert M. Bramson, Ph.D.
Through research, the authors found that there are five distinct styles of thinking. Most people show a preference for one or two styles. Each style encompasses a set of strategies which are employed regardless of the situation. Learning to distinguish thinking styles is an art that can enhance success, help achieve goals and influence others.
While our culture generally trusts experts and distrusts the wisdom of the masses, New Yorker business columnist Surowiecki argues that "under the right circumstances, groups are remarkably intelligent, and are often smarter than the smartest people in them." To support this almost counterintuitive proposition, Surowiecki explores problems involving cognition (we're all trying to identify a correct answer), coordination (we need to synchronize our individual activities with others) and cooperation (we have to act together despite our self-interest). He then covers a range of problems, including driving in traffic, competing on TV game shows, maximizing stock market performance, voting for political candidates, navigating busy sidewalks, tracking SARS and designing Internet search engines like Google. Itís a thought-provoking, timely book: the TV studio audience of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire guesses correctly 91 percent of the time, compared to ìexpertsî who guess only 65 percent correctly. Many have found his premise to be an interesting twist on the long-held notion that Americans generally question the masses and reject groupthink.
Robert Kegan, Lisa Laskow Lahey
Kegan and Lahey explain that their book "is about the possibility of extraordinary change in individuals and organizations. It locates an unexpected source of boundless energy to bring these changes into being" and then assert that "if we want deeper understanding of the prospect of change, we must pay closer attention to our own powerful inclinations not to change. This attention may help us discover within ourselves the force and beauty of a hidden immune system, the dynamic process by which we tend to prevent change, by which we manufacture continuously the antigens of change." The authors focus on what they call "an unexpected source of boundless energy" which significant change requires. They identify seven languages that one can adopt to overcome both internal and organization resistance to change, and suggest how to gain fluency in each.
David T. Kyle, Ph.D.
People who are promoted because of the skills and competencies that have made them successful often experience a dramatic change in behavior when they assume a new higher-powered position. This book offers readers the ability to move into new positions of leadership with the tools needed to become inspiring leaders.
» Read an Interview with David T. Kyle, Ph.D.
James P. Carse
Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life, the games we play in business and politics, in the bedroom and on the battlefield — games with winners and losers, a beginning and an end. Infinite games are more mysterious Ìüœ and ultimately more rewarding. They are unscripted and unpredictable; they are the source of true freedom.
In this elegant and compelling work, James Carse explores what these games mean, and what they can mean to you. He offers stunning new insights into the nature of property and power, of culture and community, of sexuality and self-discovery, opening the door to a world of infinite delight and possibility.
The Library Journal says: “Hold onto the top of your head when you read this book… Using exciting breakthroughs in biology, chemistry, and especially quantum physics, Wheatley paints a brand-new picture of business management. This new relationship between business and science is nothing less than an entirely new set of lenses through which to view our organizations.”
Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson
The Enneagram is an integrated model of the human psyche, exploring nine personality "types" and their implications. The profile that emerges is useful for a wide variety of purposes: professional development, education, relationships, counseling, coaching and more.
From the Amazon.com Editorial Review:
This compendium of Enneagram information was assembled by the cofounders of the Enneagram Institute as an introduction to the subject. Designed with plenty of charts, boxes, and quotes, this easy-to-use, manual-size paperback teaches the reader how to figure out which of the nine types he or she is, identifies red flags to self-illusion, and provides practical suggestions for spiritual growth. Advice on how to observe your type's fixations and let go of the need to act out automatic and dysfunctional behavioral responses are down-to-earth and attainable.
Renee Baron and Elizabeth Wagele
An easy and fun guide to the Enneagram, the fascinating and revealing method of understanding personality types, for the beginner, the expert, and everyone in between. This witty and informative guide demystifies the Enneagram system with cartoons, exercises, and personality tests that reveal our motivations and desires and show how to put that knowledge to use in our everyday lives.
Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson
While this might not be the first book you want to choose on the Enneagram, it is a useful and interesting companion to other works by Riso and Hudson. Section One covers the basics, with sketches of each type, and includes an interesting section on the levels of development in each of the nine types. Section Two helps you identify your type, and Section 3 provides thinking about connections to psychology and spirituality.
It's a scary fact: Business information doubles about every three years. In other words, if your job is complex now, in three years you'll have twice as much noise to sift through just to get your work done. Bill Jensen makes no bones about it: making a job simpler is very hard work, and it's getting harder all the time. But he believes it's possible, and in Simplicity, he lays out concrete steps for managers to follow. For example, he offers a five-step process for launching a new project: know which few things are important; consider how people will feel when you move forward on these things; use the right tools; create expectations and then manage those expectations; and create a “teachable view” of what you're trying to achieve.
» Read an Interview with Bill Jensen
Peter F. Drucker
No single person has influenced the course of business in the 20th century as much as Peter Drucker. He practically invented management as a discipline in the 1950s, elevating it from an ignored, even despised, profession into a necessary institution that “reflects the basic spirit of the modern age.” Now, in Management Challenges for the 21st Century, Drucker looks at the profound social and economic changes occurring today and considers how management Ìüœ not government or free markets Ìüœ should orient itself to address these new realities. (from Amazon.com)
Stan Davis and Christopher Meyer
Get ready for a whole new world Ìüœ a world of blur in which traditional boundaries between product and service, capital and people, buyer and seller, and real and virtual no longer apply. Stan Davis and Christopher Meyer have a front row seat to these tectonic changes and, in this groundbreaking book, they not only define the phenomenon but show businesses large and small how to thrive.
Guy Kawasaki with Michele Moreno
As if revolutionaries really followed rules, Guy Kawasaki puts forth a top 10 list for aspiring entrepreneurs in his book Rules for Revolutionaries: The Capitalist Manifesto for Creating and Marketing New Products and Services. Still, the result is a fun combination of counter-intuitive advice (Rule #2: Don't Worry, Be Crappy) and rather obvious advice (Rule #9: Don't Ask People To Do Something That You Wouldn't).
Peter Senge, Art Kleiner, Charlotte Roberts, et al.
Since the release in 1990, Senge's bestselling The Fifth Discipline has converted readers to its innovative business principles of the “learning organization,” personal mastery, and systems thinking. Published nearly a decade later, Dance of Change provides a formidable response to business people wondering how to make his programs stick. He outlines potential obstacles and proposes ways to turn these obstacles into sources of improvement.
Creativity is crucial to business success. But too often, even the most innovative organization quickly becomes a “giant hairball” — a tangled, impenetrable mass of rules, traditions, and systems, all based on what worked in the past — that exercises an inexorable pull into mediocrity. Gordon MacKenzie worked at Hallmark Cards for 30 years, many of which he spent inspiring his colleagues to slip the bonds of Corporate Normalcy and rise to orbit — to a mode of dreaming, daring and doing above and beyond the rubber-stamp confines of the administrative mind-set. In his deeply funny book he shares the story of his own professional evolution, together with lessons on awakening and fostering creative genius.
» Read a book review by Robert L. Weinberg, Ph.D.
Rewiring the Corporate Brain offers a genuinely new conceptual structure for a fundamental transformation in corporate thinking and leadership, along with suggestions for practical, structural implementation. Beautifully written, passionately and clearly argued, this book makes new paradigm scientific thinking accessible, practical and inspiring to business readers.
» Read a book review by Robert L. Weinberg, Ph.D.
Warren Bennis analyzes the problems that prevent today's leaders, and aspiring leaders, from taking charge and effectively implementing visions for change. He shows how social forces, bureaucracy, and routine are making it more difficult for true leaders to emerge, and he demonstrates what can be done to overcome such obstacles.
Roger von Oech
Contains the fundamentals to creative thinking by discussing the 10 mental blocks that prevent you from being more creative and what you can do to remove those blocks.
For women executives and managers, a timely and thought-provoking look at how gender affects health care leaders and leadership today. Offers rich, poignant, inspiring, and at times disturbing stories of leadership at its clearest and best.
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Each of us has the potential to become successful, yet allow outworn habits, values and beliefs to block the path to accomplishment. A Spark from Heaven? offers a wealth of practical advice and insights to help find, develop and reap the rewards of potential as a vital element of growth and achievement. (from Amazon.com)
» Read an Interview with Adrian Savage