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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Ecademy Press Limited (3 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905823851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905823857
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,023,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I wanted to be a writer and actress but bamboozled myself in my 20s, through a desire for 'normality' and 'respectability', into a corporate career in sales and marketing in the wine trade.

Several 'whacks around my head' in my late 20s/early 30s, fuelled by curiosity about what made me and other people tick, led me into higher education, studying Psychology. I later qualified as a psychotherapist, then coach, then trainer.

My credentials include MA Psychotherapy, Member Institute of Directors, Founding Member Association for Coaching, Member European Mentoring and Coaching Council, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Trainer ILNPTA, Member Applied Psychology Association and Charter Member International Positive Psychology Association...

I've been told that my skills and presence as a writer and actress, allied with absolute passion for my topic, are woven indelibly through my roles. And that they contribute to making me a dynamic, enlightening, humorous and sometimes surprising coach, presenter, speaker and trainer.

And, as my ego can spin all kinds of grandiose ideas from such delicious feedback, that's when I remind myself being humble means knowing my right size... An ongoing developmental journey for sure!

I live in a London suburb and am lucky enough to be 20 minutes' train ride into town and 5 minutes' drive from the country. Both of which, together with my delicious family and friends, nourish me and my appetite for life.

You can reach me via www.tpw.uk.com and @sharoneden on Twitter... I would love to hear from you.




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'Whack Around The Head' helps those of us in business to challenge ourselves to be more, to really find what's important in our lives and take a stand for who we want to be. That makes a positive difference not only to ourselves but all of those around us. A big 'thank you' to Sharon for her stories, exercises, passion and, above all, role modelling of awakening our lives. --Charles Brook, Director, The Performance Coach, www.theperformancecoach.com

If you're feeling restless and asking yourself if there is more to life but wouldn't be caught dead reading self-development books, read this one! Sharon knows what will help you find and live the very best in yourself and her book takes you white-water rafting to personal change. Be prepared for an exhilarating journey with a skilled guide. --Ann Lewis, Director, Ann Lewis Coaching, www.annlewiscoaching.com

This book is like no other book you have read before. It engages your emotions and your intellect as you explore your own life and, more importantly, your future. This book's simply brimming with insight and authenticity, which can only come from profound personal and professional experience. Sharon shares a number of personal anecdotes in order to encourage us to be honest about our own. This is not like reading a book. It is like a personal and intimate conversation with a close and trusted friend who is completely honest with you. As you read it, you can practically hear her voice. --Stan Hornagold, Director, The Marstan Group, www.marstangroup.com

'Whack Around The Head' shows you how to be more effective at work and enjoy your job, even if it's not the job of your dreams. It's not a theory book full of unproven ideas. Instead, it's an essential instruction manual illustrated with real life stories to guide your way forward. An excellent mix of the inspirational and practical. --Marina Nicol, Managing Director, OH Works Ltd, www.ohworks.co.uk

Fun, punchy, engaging, down to earth, inyerface. Good blend of commonsense perspective and profound depth about life. The exercises are great, easy to follow, and Sharon's examples and self-disclosure really give it life. --John Leary-Joyce, CEO, Academy of Executive Coaching, www.aoec.com

If you're feeling restless and asking yourself if there is more to life but wouldn't be caught dead reading self-development books, read this one! Sharon knows what will help you find and live the very best in yourself and her book takes you white-water rafting to personal change. Be prepared for an exhilarating journey with a skilled guide. --Ann Lewis, Director, Ann Lewis Coaching, annlewiscoaching.com

This book is like no other book you have read before. It engages your emotions and your intellect as you explore your own life and, more importantly, your future. This book's simply brimming with insight and authenticity, which can only come from profound personal and professional experience. Sharon shares a number of personal anecdotes in order to encourage us to be honest about our own. This is not like reading a book. It is like a personal and intimate conversation with a close and trusted friend who is completely honest with you. --Stan Hornagold, Director, The Marstan Group, marstangroup.com

Fun, punchy, engaging, down to earth, inyerface. Good blend of commonsense perspective and profound depth about life. The exercises are great, easy to follow, and Sharon's examples and self-disclosure really give it life. --John Leary-Joyce, CEO, Academy of Executive Coaching, aoec.com

For anyone who thinks there has to be more to life or they are living the wrong life, this is your book. It is a no-prisoners-taken wake-up-call to go out there and live the life you've always wanted to. Buy it for yourself or buy it for your friend. It will introduce you to the real you and give you the life you have longed for. --Simon Horton, Director, World Class Performance Ltd, worldclassperformance.com

About the Author

Sharon Eden wanted to be a writer and actress but bamboozled herself in her 20s, through a desire for 'normality' and 'respectability', into a corporate career in sales and marketing in the wine trade.Several whacks around the head in her 30s, fuelled by curiosity about what made her and other people tick, led her to higher education, studying psychology. She later quali?ed as a psychotherapist, then coach and trainer. Sharon's credentials include MA Psychotherapy, Member Institute of Directors, Founding Member Association for Coaching, Member European Mentoring and Coaching Council, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Trainer INLPTA, Member Applied Psychology Association and Charter Member International Positive Psychology Association.She's been told that her skills and presence as a writer and actress, allied with absolute passion for her topic, are woven indelibly through her roles. They contribute to making her a dynamic, enlightening, humorous and sometimes surprising presenter, speaker and trainer. Sharon lives in a suburb of London, UK, and is lucky enough to be 20 minutes' train ride into town and 5 minutes' drive from the country. Both of which, together with delicious family and friends, nourish her and her appetite for life.Connect with her at www.sharoneden.biz and @sharoneden on Twitter.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Love Your Niche on 7 Jan. 2011
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Last night it must have been a full moon because no matter what position I tried, sleep was just off the cards. I was further irritated by the fact that my boyfriend was smugly snoring beside me like a proud cat, I had a million and one things bothering me and whirring around my head and it just didn't seem fair that the noisy neighbours were keeping me awake and not him. Enough was enough. With the hope I would `unintentionally' wake him up, I decided to start chatting about all and sundry. Sure enough, my voice must have been suitably loud enough as he soon responded, making appropriate soothing remarks and tender comments in the hope to get me to shut up and go to sleep. It was surprisingly effective and I soon calmed down and drifted off. This morning, he had absolutely no recollection of the conversations we had or even waking up at all - I regretted even bringing it up to apologize!

Point is, is that we are capable of having conversations with people, interacting and affecting others even if we aren't fully conscious and engaged, and I'm not just talking about the conversations you shared last night over five bottles of vodka and on the way home on your ex's answering machine. Mine may have been an extreme example, but it's not far from what most of us suffer from during our daytime hours. Sure it's impossible to be completely engrossed and energized about everything we do, everyone we meet and at all times. All of us will have drifted from class to class, lecture to lecture, from one day to another dreaming of the end of play, the next ski trip or how many hours until the weekend. But it's more than this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sue Blake on 3 Jan. 2011
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I've had the priviledge of working closely with Sharon Eden, author of Whack Around The Head, PURPOSE PASSION POWER at work right now! for several months now on the promotional campaign for this book. Sharon knows that I seriously do think she has written an excellent book. Many people have accidental careers and are dissatisfied with their working lives: there is clearly a need for a book about locating our purpose. 'WATH' needed to combine absolute professional credibility and advice (which it does) with a healthy whack of realism and humour (which it does). We've had some superb media for the book so far with much more to come. This book will really resonate with those who stuck in a rut and just know in their heart that what they are doing isn't enough or represents more of who they really are.

My personal view for this book, as for others where we, the reader, hope to be transformed, is not to be a book flicker. The pure alchemy of Whack Around The Head lies in performing the exercises to find your eureka moment.

Sharon Eden, you are a diamond lady and a superb author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kat Tansey on 6 Jan. 2011
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In the first two chapters of her book, Sharon Eden engages you, sucks you in, and gets you excited about the possibility that the power to change your life is within you, and then - Whack! She asks you to quickly answer 7 "simple" questions that open your mind like an unfolding lotus blossom.

The charm of Whack! is that reading it is a little like falling down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. For example, what other "self-help" book describes blaming your behavior on something and not taking responsibility for it as being a self justification for your "spitting cat" behavior?

There are many great stories sprinkled throughout the book from the author's own experience and those of her clients. One of my favorites was the fellow who was bitterly disappointed about how his career had gone. When he finally realized his expectations were not his at all but those his parents had implanted in him, he was able to get clear about his purpose in life. This Whack helped him see that he could fulfill his purpose right were he was, in his current job. He just needed to know who he really was, what he really wanted, and then embrace that with passion and power.

But the story gets even more interesting. A little while later he saw that his purpose could be even better fulfilled in another area of his company's operation. Filled with that same passion and power, he made an excellent business case for this transfer and got it. As Sharon says, "None of this took away the chance he had to develop himself into CEO material if he wanted. In fact, it helped him realize that he had a choice to do that or not. He no longer experienced himself as a failure without opportunity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucy McCarraher on 6 Jan. 2011
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I started reading this book with my objective, coaching head on: what could I learn from it to add to my own toolkit; what insights into other people's lives would I gain? And then it came - the eponymous whack around the head, and forcefully reminded me that I too need to stay in touch with my own purpose, passion and power; regain the balance of ethos, pathos and logos which Sharon Eden appropriately updates from Aristotle.

This book is aimed primarily at corporate employees, at any organisational level, and gives an inspiring account of how those who find themselves "living dead" can reawaken, or discover for the first time, what makes the job they do have meaning, excitement and energy. The style is punchy and idiosyncratic, with neat and easily do-able exercises, archetypal stories and coaching case studies sprinkled throughout. The author's evident purpose, passion and power forces the reader to look themselves in the eye and challenges them to break out of their self-constructed and restrictive box.

The tricks we all use to evade our powerful selves are revealed as mere schticks, gremlins and trances. By the end of this engaging and entertaining book, any reader should be sufficiently enthused to embrace their sword of change and ride off into a glorious sunset with Sir Lancelot. If you know that life has more to offer than seems possible with your current work, this is the book for you. Not only does it encourage everyone to look ahead to more and better things, but to make the most of what they have now - and find fulfillment in carrying out even the most basic job with purpose, passion and power.

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