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Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness - Thaler, Richard H.; Sunstein, Cass R.;
Call Number: HB 74 .P8 T53 2008
ISBN: 9780300122237
Publication Date: 2008
Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain in this important exploration of choice architecture, is that, being human, we all are susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet itself. Thaler and Sunstein invite us to enter an alternative world, one that takes our humanness as a given. They show that by knowing how people think, we can design choice environments that make it easier for people to choose what is best for themselves, their families, and their society. Using colorful examples from the most important aspects of life, Thaler and Sunstein demonstrate how thoughtful choice architecture” can be established to nudge us in beneficial directions without restricting freedom of choice. Nudge offers a unique new take from neither the left nor the right ;on many hot-button issues, for individuals and governments alike. This is one of the most engaging and provocative books to come along in many years.

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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business - Duhigg, Charles
Call Number: BF 335 .D78 2012
ISBN: 9781400069286
Publication Date: 2012
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Wall Street Journal * Financial Times NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed. nbsp; Marketers at Procter & Gamble study videos of people making their beds. They are desperately trying to figure out how to sell a new product called Febreze, on track to be one of the biggest flops in company history. Suddenly, one of them detects a nearly imperceptible pattern--and with a slight shift in advertising, Febreze goes on to earn a billion dollars a year. nbsp; An untested CEO takes over one of the largest companies in America. His first order of business is attacking a single pattern among his employees--how they approach worker safety--and soon the firm, Alcoa, becomes the top performer in the Dow Jones. nbsp; What do all these people have in common? They achieved success by focusing on the patterns that shape every aspect of our lives. nbsp; They succeeded by transforming habits. nbsp; In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation. nbsp; Along the way we learn why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight. We visit laboratories where neuroscientists explore how habits work and where, exactly, they reside in our brains. We discover how the right habits were crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil-rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. We go inside Procter & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, and the nation's largest hospitals and see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, life and death. nbsp; At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. nbsp; Habits aren't destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives. Praise for The Power of Habit nbsp; "Sharp, provocative, and useful."--Jim Collins nbsp; "Few [books] become essential manuals for business and living. The Power of Habit is an exception. Charles Duhigg not only explains how habits are formed but how to kick bad ones and hang on to the good."--Financial Times nbsp; "A flat-out great read."--David Allen, bestselling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity nbsp; "You'll never look at yourself, your organization, or your world quite the same way."--Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind nbsp; "Entertaining . . . enjoyable . . . fascinating . . . a serious look at the science of habit formation and change."--The New York Times Book Review

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What We Know about Emotional Intelligence: How It Affets Learning Work, Relationships, and Out Mental Health - Zeidner, Moshe; Matthews, Gerald; Roberts, Richard D.
Call Number: BF 576 .Z45 2009
ISBN: 9780262012607
Publication Date: 2009
Emotional intelligence (or EI)--the ability to perceive, regulate, and communicateemotions, to understand emotions in ourselves and others--has been the subject of best-sellingbooks, magazine cover stories, and countless media mentions. It has been touted as a solution forproblems ranging from relationship issues to the inadequacies of local schools. But the media hypehas far outpaced the scientific research on emotional intelligence. In What We Know aboutEmotional Intelligence, three experts who are actively involved in research into EI offera state-of-the-art account of EI in theory and practice. They tell us what we know about EI basednot on anecdote or wishful thinking but on science. What We Know about EmotionalIntelligence looks at current knowledge about EI with the goal of translating it intopractical recommendations in work, school, social, and psychological contexts.

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The Other Kind of Smart: Simple Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence for Greater Personal Effectiveness and Success - Deutschendorf, Harvey
Call Number: BF 576 .D48 2009
ISBN: 9780814414057
Publication Date: 2009
We have known for years that the difference between those who become successful in life and those who struggle is their degree of emotional intelligence (EI), or people skills." Now, The Other Kind of Smart shows readers how they can increase their emotional intelligence and overcome the barriers that are preventing them from realizing their true potential. Emotional intelligence coach Harvey Deutschendorf has shown thousands of people how to relate emotional intelligence to everyday situations. Here, he uses the proven techniques of storytelling, combined with quotes and exercises, to show readers how to apply the principles of EI on the job. Filled with real-life scenarios and solutions, the book offers tools that will bring results in as little as five minutes a day and shows how to develop stress tolerance, cultivate empathy, increase flexibility with co-workers, boost assertiveness, and resolve problems successfully. Complete with an EI quiz that will help readers measure their own level of emotional intelligence, this invaluable guide will enable everyone to improve their relationships and increase their effectiveness at work in a practical, accessible way.

Emotional Intelligence - Goleman, Daniel
Call Number: BF 576 .G65 2005
ISBN: 05533837
Publication Date: 2005

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Working with Emotional Intelligence - Goleman, Daniel
Call Number: HD 38.2 .G647 1998
ISBN: 9780553104622
Publication Date: 1998
Daniel Goleman's bestsellingEmotional Intelligencerevolutionized the way we think about personal excellence. Now he brings his insight into the workplace, in a book sure to change the shape of business for decades to come. InWorking with Emotional Intelligence, Goleman reveals the skills that distinguish star performers in every field, from entry-level jobs to top executive positions. He shows that the single most important factor is not IQ, advanced degrees, or technical expertise, but the quality Goleman calls emotional intelligence. Self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-control; commitment and integrity; the ability to communicate and influence, to initiate and accept change—these competencies are at a premium in today's job market. The higher up the leadership ladder you go, the more vital these skills become, often influencing who is hired or fired, passed over or promoted. As Goleman shows, we all possess the potential to improve our emotional intelligence—at any stage in our career. He provides guidelines for cultivating these capabilities—and also explains why corporate training must change if it is to be effective.

Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships - Goleman, Daniel
Call Number: HM 1106 .G66 2006
ISBN: 9780558303525
Publication Date: 2006-09-01
Exciting new science confirms our deepest intuitions: Good relationships nourish us and support our health, while toxic relationships can poison us. And our success and happiness on the job, in our marriages and families, even our ability to live in peace, depend crucially on the emotional radar and specific skills that Daniel Goleman defines in this groundbreaking book. How does social intelligence develop in childhood? How can we improve it-in ourselves, in others? How can we deal with those who lack it? The answers to these questions are essential reading for businesspeople, parents, educators, health professionals, community leaders-and all those who want to live more richly every day of their lives. Book jacket.

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Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence - Goleman, Daniel; Boyatzis, Richard E.; McKee, Annie;
Call Number: HD 57.7 .G664 2002
ISBN: 157851486X
Publication Date: 2002
Daniel Goleman's international bestseller Emotional Intelligence forever changed our concept of "being smart," showing how emotional intelligence (EI)-how we handle ourselves and our relationships-can determine life success more than IQ. Then, Working with Emotional Intelligence revealed how stellar career performance also depends on EI.Now, Goleman teams with renowned EI researchers Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee to explore the role of emotional intelligence in leadership. Unveiling neuroscientific links between organizational success or failure and "primal leadership," the authors argue that a leader's emotions are contagious. If a leader resonates energy and enthusiasm, an organization thrives; if a leader spreads negativity and dissonance, it flounders. This breakthrough concept charges leaders with driving emotions in the right direction to have a positive impact on earnings or strategy.Drawing from decades of analysis within world-class organizations, the authors show that resonant leaders-whether CEOs or managers, coaches or politicians-excel not just through skill and smarts, but by connecting with others using EI competencies like empathy and self-awareness. And they employ up to six leadership styles-from visionary to coaching to pacesetting-fluidly interchanging them as the situation demands.The authors identify a proven process through which leaders can learn to:· Assess, develop, and sustain personal EI competencies over time· Inspire and motivate people· Cultivate resonant leadership throughout teams and organizations· Leverage resonance to increase bottom-line performanceThe book no leader in any walk of life can afford to miss, this unforgettable work transforms the art of leadership into the science of results. Authors: Daniel Goleman is Codirector of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers University. Richard Boyatzis is Professor and Chair of the Department of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Annie McKee serves on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and consults to business and organization leaders worldwide.

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Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking - Gladwell, Malcolm
Call Number: BF 448 .G53 2005
ISBN: 0316172324
Publication Date: 2005
In his landmark bestseller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?In Blink we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance. Here, too, are great failures of "blink": the election of Warren Harding; "New Coke"; and the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police. Blink reveals that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of "thin-slicing"-filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

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Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart - Bennett-Goleman, Tara
Call Number: BF 637 .M4 B46 2001
ISBN: 0609607529
Publication Date: 2001
Alchemists sought to transform lead into gold. In the same way, says Tara Bennett-Goleman, we all have the natural ability to turn our moments of confusion or emotional pain into insightful clarity. Emotional Alchemy maps the mind and shows how, according to recent advances in cognitive therapy, most of what troubles us falls into ten basic emotional patterns, including fear of abandonment, social exclusion (the feeling we don't belong), and vulnerability (the feeling that some catastrophe will occur). Through the simple practice of mindfulness taught in this book, we can free ourselves of such patterns and replace them with empathy for ourselves and others, as well as the freedom to be more creative and alive. You'll find the very latest research in neuroscience--including the neurological "magic quarter second," during which it is possible for a thought to be "caught" before it turns into an emotional reaction. And you'll discover the fascinating parallels of this science with the wisdom of ancient Buddhism--for Buddhists knew centuries ago that we can end our self-destructive habits. This remarkable book also teaches the practice of mindfulness, an awareness that lets us see things as they truly are without distortion or judgment, giving the most insightful explanation of how mindfulness can change not only our lives, but the very structure of our brains. Here is a beautifully rendered work full of Buddhist wisdom and stories of how people have used mindfulness to conquer their self-defeating habits. The result is a whole new way of approaching our relationships, work, and internal lives.

The Body Reveals: How to Read Your Own Body - Kurtz, Ron; Prestera, Hector;
Call Number: RC 489 .M53 K87 1984
ISBN: 0062504886
Publication Date: 1984

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Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help - Schein, Edgar
Call Number: BF 637 .H4 S34 2011
ISBN: 9781605098562
Publication Date: 2011
Helping is a fundamental human relationship. From a mother feeding her infant to a friend or spouse helping to make something happen, to a group member playing his or her role to help the group to succeed, to a therapist helping a patient, to an organizational consultant or coach helping to improve individual, group or organizational functioning, helping is the basic relationship that moves things forward. Yet, paradoxically, we know relatively little about the social and psychological dynamics of that relationship. In this seminal book on the topic, corporate culture and organizational development guru Ed Schein analyzes the dynamics of helping relationships, explains why help is often not helpful, and shows what any would-be-helper must do to insure that help is actually provided. Many different words are used for helping assisting, aiding, advising, coaching, consulting, counseling, guiding, mentoring, supporting, teaching, and many more but they all have common dynamics and processes. Schein exposes and shows how to resolve the inequities and role ambiguities of helping relationships, describes the different roles that helpers can take once the relationship is balanced, and explains how to build a balanced relationship and how to intervene as that relationship develops, In this short but profound book Schein examines the social dynamics that are at play in helping relationships in order to better understand why offers of help are sometimes refused or resented, and how to make help more useful and effective.

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Positive Psychology at Work: How Positive Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry Create Inspiring Organizations - Lewis, Sarah
Call Number: HD 57.7 .L49 2011
ISBN: 9780470683200
Publication Date: 2011
Positive Psychology at Work brings the fields of positive psychology and appreciative inquiry together for the first time to provide leaders and change agents with a powerful new approach to achieving organizational excellence. Draws together positive psychology and appreciative inquiry in the context of leadership organizational challenges for the first time Presents academically rigorous and referenced material in a jargon-free, accessible manner Arranged with chapters focused on specific organizational challenges to allow readers to quickly find ideas relevant to their unique situation Features short contributions from experienced practitioners of positive psychology and Appreciative Inquiry, and includes case studies from the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA??

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Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People - Hallowell, Ned
Call Number: HF 5549.5 .M63 H345 2011
ISBN: 9781591399230
Publication Date: 2011
Your job as a manager is getting harder all the time. But your most critical responsibility-especially in today's world of intensifying competition-is how to help your people shine their brightest.How do you inspire solid contributors to strive for more? What should you do if a star player falls off their game?In Shine, bestselling author, psychiatrist, and ADD expert Edward Hallowell draws on brain science, performance research, and his own experience helping people maximize their potential to present a proven process for getting the best from your people:-Select-put the right people in the right job, and give them responsibilities that "light up" their brain.-Connect-strengthen interpersonal bonds among team members.-Play-help people unleash their imaginations at work.-Grapple and Grow-when the pressure's on, enable employees to achieve mastery of their work.-Shine-use the right rewards to promote loyalty and stoke your people's desire to excel.Brimming with Hallowell's trademark candor and warmth, Shine is a vital new resource for all managers seeking to inspire excellence in their teams.

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Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Thought to absolutely Anyone - Goulston, Mark
Call Number: HF 5718 .G68 2010
ISBN: 9780814414033
Publication Date: 2009
The first make-or-break step in persuading anyone to do any thing is getting them to hear you out. Whether the person is a harried colleague, a stressed-out client, or an insecure spouse, things will go from bad to worse if you can't break through emotional barricades. Drawing on his experience as a psychiatrist, business consultant, and coach, and backed by the latest scientific research, author Mark Goulston shares simple but power ful techniques readers can use to really get through to people--whether they're coworkers, friends, strangers, or enemies. Getting through is a fine art but a critical one. With the help of this groundbreaking book readers will be able to turn the "impossible" and "unreachable" people in their lives into allies, devoted customers, loyal colleagues, and lifetime friends.

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Thinking, Fast and Slow - Kahneman, Daniel
Call Number: BF 441 .K238 2011
ISBN: 9780374275631
Publication Date: 2011
Major New York Times bestseller Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award in 2012 Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the best books of 2011 A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 Title One of The Economist’s 2011 Books of the Year One of The Wall Street Journal's Best Nonfiction Books of the Year 2011 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation—each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions. Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives—and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2011, Thinking, Fast and Slow is destined to be a classic.  

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