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How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination
How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Being more of Yourself, 12 July 2015
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My favourite phrase in this book is "if you are not adding value, you're taking up space". That sounds a bit harsh but Sally Hogshead's concept is based on the idea of adding value by being different and being different is all about being more of yourself.

In this book Sally Hogshead is less interested in in what you do, what your strengths are, than in 'who you are' - your natural advantages that distinguish you from those around you. "When you live according to your highest district value, you become your most fascinating, and most valuable self". Fascination and Flow are key themes of this book.

The book provides the opportunity to take online Sally's 'Fascination Advantage' questionnaire to assess your own archetype and gives lots of useful tips on how you might use it to attract customers. Her approach can be also used to improve the wellbeing and productivity of teams.

At a time when most people have the attention span of a goldfish and distraction is a huge challenge, this book provides an interesting and valuable perspective on how to 'fascinate' and thrive.


Letting Go - breathing new life into organisations (Postcards from Scotland)
Letting Go - breathing new life into organisations (Postcards from Scotland)
by Tony Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Time to re-examine our thinking about management, 27 Dec. 2013
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This thought provoking and highly readable, short book sets out to challenge our dominant way of thinking about management: the thinking that has given rise to a hierarchical, `command and control' model. The authors pose the question "how can we manage people without destroying their spirit and their natural motivation for doing a good job".

Miller and Hall argue that current management practice is around 50 years behind management theory. They cite examples from management theorists such as Maslow, McGregor, McLelland, Herzberg and US psychologists Edward Deci and Richard Ryan as well as Daniel Pink's recent work on motivation. However their main theoretical foundation is the work of J Edwards Deming. Deming created a conceptual framework for effective management of people bringing together systems thinking, the importance of management theory, and the need for a deeper understanding of people.

While we are all well versed in the concepts of living systems, systems thinking and contemporary theories of human motivation; one wonders why the concept of the organization as machine with its workers as machine parts still dominates.

The challenge posed by Miller and Hall is for us all to examine the beliefs and opinions that underpin the way in which we currently management people. In particular they invite us to inquire more deeply into beliefs about the division of labour, the idea that management is about control, the assumption that everything is known and that people are essentially self-interested. Managing people they argue is clearly more complex than the `old thinking' implies and a change in thinking will bring about a change in the way our organisations are managed.

The authors invite us to value human diversity in practice not just in theory, to sidestep notions of performance management (described by Prof Philip Taylor as "The New Workplace Tyranny") that ignore the importance of context, and to foster working environments where human diversity is valued and our individual abilities are recognized and challenged. They quote some inspiring examples of what is possible.

Valuable reading for anyone who want to breathe new life into their organization.


Living Deliberately: the Discovery and Development of Avatar
Living Deliberately: the Discovery and Development of Avatar
by Harry Palmer
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Reading this book changed my life, 14 Dec. 2010
I have read lots of books about consciousness and personal change but this is the book that inspired me to act to become a happier, wiser, more compassionate person. It has totally changed the way I look at the world. In the first part of the book Harry Palmer tells the story of his inspiring personal journey to source awareness from a chance encounter with a swami via a spell in a flotation tank to the creation of The Avatar Course. In Part Two he outlines the history of belief systems and goes on to describe in an engaging way how our beliefs and judgements impact on our lives, the consequences of pretending, and how we design our own reality. In Part Three he talks about the expansion of The Avatar Course. Based on the discoveries in his own exploration of consciousness, Harry Palmer describes how Avatar provides the tools for others to live deliberately.


Working the Crowd: Social Media Marketing for Business
Working the Crowd: Social Media Marketing for Business
by Eileen Brown
Edition: Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Demystifying Social Media, 14 Dec. 2010
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Eileen Brown's book is going to be my handbook for social media. I have already started following her advice to create my social media strategy (chapter 3) and update my on-line brand (chapter 6). 'Working the Crowd' is packed full of helpful advice but more than that has demystified for me the myriad of choices between different tools and networks. I love her social media tools flowchart which helps you decide which channels to use and the helpful check-lists and guidelines scattered about the book. Most of all I love the fact that in spite of all the 'odd' terminology associated with the subject, this book is written in plain English.


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