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Leading Successful Change: 8 Keys to Making Change Work by Gregory P. Shea, Cassie A. Solomon

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We live in an era where constant change is the norm rather than the exception. Given globalization, increased competition, and constant technological turnover, no organization can run in place: change is not optional. However, the sad fact is that the vast majority of change efforts fail. As authors Gregory P. Shea and Cassie A. Solomon argue, they do not fail for a lack of trying or leadership. Chances are you have led or been part of a failed change. But why did it fail and how can the next change be successfully implemented?

In this essential guide, authors Gregory P. Shea and Cassie A. Solomon deal with the real reasons change efforts fail—and how that failure can be avoided. They argue that change—real change—means changes in behavior and that the work environment itself is the greatest obstacle to making behavioral change stick. They reveal a tested method for leading successful change, which they have developed over a combined 50 years of helping organizations do just that.

In Leading Successful Change, they share the 2 tenets for making successful change; how to create a scene that will provide a vision of the future; the 8 Levers of Change, a tried-and-true method for designing the work environment to support the changes; and how winning companies—from IKEA to a hospital near you—are successfully implementing change.

Change is not optional and it is difficult—but it is also not impossible. Shea and Solomon present a thorough, well-researched explanation of how to make change work.

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A very compelling and interesting book on leading people toward change. While primarily geared toward the business arena, it can be used & applied personally. One could almost get over their fear, and dare I say disdain, toward change in their lives and in their work place. Reading this book almost makes it an exciting endeavor to take on. Let’s face it, no one likes change. While it is inevitable, it is still one of those things you hate to encounter. But change happens every day, like it or not!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Flipping the Switch: Unleash the Power of Personal Accountability Using the QBQ! by John G. Miller, David L. Levin

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When a light switch is flipped the flow of energy that is released reaches the lightbulb in an instant, bringing it to life. Similarly, asking the right kind of question-a QBQ-is the first step to empowering what Miller calls the Advantage Principles-five essential practices that will lead to a richer experience in every aspect of life: – LEARNING: live an engaged and energized life through positive personal growth and change- OWNERSHIP: attain goals by becoming a solution-oriented person who solves problems- CREATIVITY: find new ways to achieve by succeeding “within the box”- SERVICE: build a legacy by helping others succeed- TRUST: develop deep and rewarding relationships With compelling real-life stories and keen insights, Miller demonstrates how anyone can find success and satisfaction by “flipping the switch.”

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A fantastic read with great insights in order to take your life, business or personal, to a completely higher level than you ever expected possible! Giving great advice on changing the questions you ask of yourself and of others in order to accept responsibility, or placing responsibility squarely where it belongs! We have all learned to great six questions in order to be exceptionally specific in our lives: WHO? WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? WHY? & HOW? But quite honestly, in order to get to that next level we MUST focus on the questions that stem from WHAT? & HOW? These two are the basis of the greatest questions that we can ask of ourselves to achieve greatness in our lives; which, thereby, will aid us to aid others to shoot for the stars and achieve greatness in their own lives!

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Prevail: Discover Your Strength in Hard Places by Cindy Trimm

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Your problems don’t define you; they refine you.

Sometimes life feels like a roller coaster ride filled with ups, downs, twists, turns, and unexpected sudden drops. Instead of moving forward with peace and purpose, our lives spin out of control. When chaos and uncertainty threaten to make you feel helpless . . . what do you do?

Don’t let life’s detours take you for a ride. Get back in the driver’s seat!

In Prevail , life strategist, Dr. Cindy Trimm, reveals how you can turn problems into opportunities so no pitfall will throw you off course. Discover how you can:

See your current challenges as doorways to new levels of success

  • Break through barriers that keep you from enjoying life and loving the real you
  • Develop a winning perspective that positions you to prosper
  • Wake up every morning with a sense of meaning, purpose, dignity, and hope
  • Your success, fulfillment, satisfaction, and destiny await you on the other side of your struggles, fears, setbacks, and disappointments. In the same way that a diamond is brought to beauty through immense stress, your true strength of character, worth, and value are found by embracing the prospering power inherent in your problems.

 

You are tougher than your tough times.

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I found this book to be rather interesting. A great read and a real page turner. Many simplistic notions and ideas to change your way of thinking and approaching your life. We are headed for disaster, each of us, if we do not see that we are headed toward a brick wall, BUT we must be willing to look at our direction with an open mind and with a true out-of-the-box outlook!

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They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It by Brigitte Gabriel

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They Must Be Stopped is New York Times bestselling author Brigitte Gabriel’s warning to the world: We can no longer ignore the growth of radical Islam―we must act soon, and powerfully. Gabriel challenges our Western and politically correct notions about Islam, demonstrating why radical Islam is so deadly and how we can halt its progress.

Brigitte Gabriel speaks her mind:

*Fundamentalist Islam is a religion rooted in seventh-century teachings that are fundamentally opposed to democracy and equality.

*Radical Islamists are utterly contemptuous of all “infidels” (non-Muslims) and regard them as enemies worthy of death.

*Madrassas in America are increasing in number, and they are just one part of a growing radical Islamic army on U.S. soil.

*Radical Islam exploits the U.S. legal system and America’s protection of religion to spread its hatred for Western values.

*America must organize a unified voice that says “enough” to political correctness, and demands that government officials and elected representatives do whatever is necessary to protect us.

THIS was an excellent book! Brigitte Gabriel went to great lengths to explain the Islamic mindset and thought process. Enabling you and I to see how they plan to use our system of rights and laws to get their way and tear our system down. Thus replacing it with Sharia Law. And she follows on with how we can combat such tactics. Unfortunately for us, there are just too many Liberal & Activist politicians, judges and lawyers.

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Covenant Relationships: A Handbook for Integrity and Loyalty by Asher Intrater

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Discover the Biblical Blueprint for Building Relationships that Last!

Even though the topic of relationships is very popular, few individuals ever reach the point of building deep, lasting, and meaningful bonds with others. Why do our connections with other people seem to stay superficial and never go beyond the surface-level? Because we’ve drifted away from the Biblical blueprint of what covenant relationships are intended to look like.

In this revised and updated edition of Asher Intrater’s classic, Covenant Relationships, you will receive time-tested practical keys that show you how to build relationships that:

Are spiritually and emotionally fulfilling for everyone involved.  Remain intact and solid, even in the middle of conflict and disagreement.  Reflect the timeless values outlined in Scripture.  Free people to truly be known by and share life with others.Relationships are the meaning of life! 

It’s time to move past the popular “take-it or leave-it” approach and build deep connections based on loyalty, authenticity and covenant.

For God’s people to rise up and walk in new dimensions of love and effectiveness, we must be knit together in covenant relationships!

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I was a little taken aback due to the lack of “T”s throughout the titling of sections. I was a bit concerned that it was a bad book, or poor selection. However the overall demeanor of the book was truly enlightening and full of wisdom. It aided me in understanding relationships…and yes, even at 56 I can learn a thing or two on relationship building!

It is truly a wonderful book if you can get past the appearance of bad spelling (i.e. , no “T”s in the titles of the sections throughout the book itself.)

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

 

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Fred 2.0: New Ideas on How to Keep Delivering Extraordinary Results by Mark Sanborn

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Nine years ago, bestselling author and business consultant Mark Sanborn introduced the world to Fred, his postman, who delivered extraordinary service in simple but remarkable ways. Fred’s story inspired millions. Companies–even, cities–were inspired to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary each day.

Today, with stiff competition from the networked global economy, delivering extraordinary results is more important than ever. With Fred 2.0, Mark not only revisits the original Fred to gain new insights, but also equips all of us with new strategies to achieve more. You’ll not only be inspired by Fred 2.0, you’ll also have the tools and strategies to aim higher and achieve the extraordinary.

This was the follow-up to THE FRED FACTOR. While I have not read that book, yet; this one does give you insights as to how you can be a better Fred, Fred Shea that is. But, in a nutshell, the Fred Factor and Fred 2.0 are about the Biblical mind of the Golden Rule, loving your neighbor as yourself…but is more of a business use, not just a personal life venture. Although, by treating everyone as you would like to be treated, regardless of business or personal life will make your life a whole lot easier! No discerning is necessary as to who must be treated how…treat everyone you meet and come in contact with with love and respect! Go that extra mile with each person. THAT is the Biblical mindset!

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Victory at Any Cost: The Genius of Viet Nam’s Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap by Cecil B. Currey

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Tells the full story of the man who fought three of the world’s great powers—and won. Cecil B. Currey makes clear one primary reason why America lost the Vietnam War: Vo Nguyen Giap. He has written the definitive biography of one of history’s greatest generals.

Unlike Generals throughout history, believing they must occupy the high ground, Giap grasped the hearts of the people. This was an extraordinary story of one of the most prolific Generals in the history of mankind. Starting with nothing he built up an army of citizens who focused on the people.

An excellent read and one of those books yous should place on the back-burner to read. I, personally, found it to be a true page turner.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

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The Templars: The History and the Myth: From Solomon’s Temple to the Freemasons by Michael Haag

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Arguably one of the most provocative, puzzling, and misunderstood organizations of medieval times, the legendary Knights Templar have always been shrouded in a veil of mystery, while inspiring popular culture from Indiana Jones to Dan Brown. In The Templars, author Michael Haag offers a definitive history of these loyal Christian soldiers of the Crusades—sworn to defend the Holy Land and Jerusalem, but ultimately damned and destroyed by the Pope and his church. A bestseller in the United Kingdom—the first history of the enigmatic warriors to include findings from the Chinon Parchment, the long-lost Vatican document absolving the Knights of heresy—The Templars by Michael Haag is fascinating reading.

A great read of history and intrigue! Worthy of one’s time to learn how lies and power can be the death of  a people and of an institution. We can learn from our history…if we would only pay attention. Discovery of the Chinon Parchment in 2001 hidden in the Vatican Archives proved beyond a doubt that the Templar Knights (institution and the men) were innocent of all the charges brought against them. It was a fight for power between King and Pope.

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Florence Nightingale: A Life Inspired by Lynn M Hamilton

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Has there ever been someone who accomplished so much and at the same time thought less of herself? Before she had even turned forty, Florence Nightingale was the darling of the British public, the heroine of the Crimea. She could have sailed home to England and comfortably dined out on her fame for the remainder of her long days. Instead, she conducted a ruthless post-mortem on every moment of her wartime service and found herself entirely wanting. She did not try to hide her mistakes; instead, she sought to broadcast them so that everyone would understand what happens in unsanitary medical facilities. She could well have slid into self-pity and inertia, yet she spent the next several decades campaigning for reforms. One hundred and fifty years ago, the respect we now have for nurses and the intense training that nurses must undergo was nothing but a seed in Florence Nightingale’s imagination. If we believe that nurses are some of the most respectable and hardworking people in our community, we owe that belief to Florence Nightingale. But she never took the credit. As an old woman of seventy-seven, she deflected all her accomplishments onto God with the words, “How inefficient I was in the Crimea! Yet He has raised up Trained Nursing from it!”

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Quite a fascinating woman! On the same line as Mother Theresa. She left a life of luxury to do great works for God’s calling. Seeking to help those less fortunate and with the mind to help the less fortunate. An awesome passage in our history, one of the likes we don’t hear about in our history classes, in High School or in college course work. Truly sad that our history programs have gone to the way-side. We need to hear more of these historical figures in our course work so that we keep these great people in the limelight so these heroes remain alive in our hearts and minds. Thus, fostering a new age in our history through the present. As there are some that would be inspired about such things.

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Spirit Warriors: Strategies for the Battles Christian Men and Women Face Every Day by Stu Weber

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Pastor and former Green Beret captain Stu Weber reveals the crucial spiritual battles that all Christians face constantly, whether or not they are aware of them. “Somehow we have come to mistakenly associate spiritual warfare with charismatic personalities strutting across brightly lit platforms … whuppin’ up on evil spirits,” says Weber. “But spiritual warfare is so much more than a show.” With warm and winning counsel, the bestselling author/speaker warns of the very real perils readers face, giving them what they need to survive and thrive.

Paying attention to what is happening around you, daily, and to what the Word of God (Bible) is saying are two of the greatest elements to this present battle of Spiritual warfare. You MUST choose God’s word over the words of man. You MUST choose the full armor of God rather than the armor of this world…you will be severely unprepared.

A MUST read book with a MUST listen to message!

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