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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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Divorcing God

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Our founding fathers intended religion and morality to be pillars of the new republic, providing the restraint that would allow liberty for the citizenry. Today, this delicate balance of religion and state has been eroded by a secularist push to isolate Christianity in our culture and render it irrelevant. As a people, we either return to our Christian roots… or we divorce God altogether.

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There really is not much more I can add to this write-up “…we either return to our Christian roots… or we divorce God altogether.” This pretty much sums it up!

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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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Your Dream. God’s Plan.: Are You Longing for Something More? by Tiffany Smiling

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Like a lot of young women, Tiffany Smiling had been assured that the path to fulfillment looked like the one she’d seen in her favorite movies: She’d be swept away by a soul mate, live in a southern estate, and start a family.

But Tiffany’s story unfolded quite differently.

Weeks after serving on her high school’s homecoming court, while doctors operated to remove the brain tumor that was killing her, Tiffany suffered a paralyzing stroke. In the nick of a scalpel she lost her beauty and most of her physical ability. Returning to high school in a wheelchair, head half-shaved and face distorted, Tiffany vowed to be normal and live the dream.

And for a season, she did.

But just when the fairytale was within reach, God surprised Tiffany. Wooing her heart, God convinced her that there was something even better in store for her.

. . .And He has something better in store for you, too.

Read Your Dream. God’s Plan. and see how the Lord wants to use the broken pieces of your life for His greater plan for you.

Smiling’s story will help you see the ways God is writing your own amazing story—designed for His glory and your fulfillment.

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Truly a powerful testimony to the strength that one builds up through the trials and tribulations thrown in one’s path. Though many would throw in the towel, there are those whose faith is actually strengthened by the turmoil that is placed before them. Some even turn to God and listen to what He has to say to them! Tiffany Smiling is one of those people…a special and inspiring person with a tremendous story.

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The Case for a Creator Student Edition: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God by Lee Strobel

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n The Case for a Creator—Student Edition, best-selling author and former atheist Lee Strobel and popular writer Jane Vogel take younger readers on a remarkable investigation into the origin of the universe, interviewing many of the world’s most renown scientists and following the evidence wherever it leads.Their findings—presented in the third blockbuster “Case” book student edition—offer the most compelling scientific proof ever for intelligent design. Perfect for youth groups and young people eager to rebut the Darwinian and naturalistic views taught so commonly in schools.

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A well accomplished documentary from the perspective of a man seeking the truth, regardless of where the truth may lead him. Many others used within this documentary for those who watch in order to follow and see where the chips may fall! Excellent use of time to watch this documentary!

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Doc Murf

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THE SECRETS OF JOHNATHAN SPERRY (movie)

BEST buddies Dustin (Jansen Panettiere), Albert (Frankie Ryan Manriquez), and Mark (Allen Isaacson) are twelve year old boys looking forward to a summer of fun in 1970. When Dustin mows the lawn of seventy-five year old Jonathan Sperry (Gavin MacLeod), a man he has seen at church, a unique friendship develops.

What happens the rest of this summer is something Dustin and his friends will never forget!

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I recently purchased a subscription to PureFlix.com. Love the movies of faith and moral basis and enjoy them quite a bit. This one in particular, struck me. Though it is fictional, it does depict the sort of impact that any one of us can have on others around us as part of the Great Commission conferred upon us by Christ Himself!

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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

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Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science’s boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.

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While this is a bit odd for me, I really did not pick this book out myself. I received it from a friend at work, who is also an avid reader. He said that it was interesting and filled with many things which would intrigue me. So, I took him up on his offer, and challenge of sort! It was, without a doubt filled, cover to cover, with all sorts of interesting information, education of the uses of cadavers in our lives. History has filled pages with what and how cadavers have touched our lives. Truly an interesting book and is worthy of your time, to say the least!

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3 Things Successful People Do: The Road Map That Will Change Your Life by John C. Maxwell

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You have the potential to become a success today.

Success is a journey. If you know where you’re going and how to get there, you are going to reach your destination. In fact, you already have.

The single most fulfilling, game-changing state of mind a person can adopt is the notion that success is in the journey itself. When you surrender superficial notions of “arrival” and realize that the daily process is what makes your goals real, you haven’t just changed the game of success . . . you’ve become a success already.

3 Things Successful People Do will teach you what it means to be on the journey to success, help you discover your personal roadmap, and equip you with what you’ll need to change course and keep growing. The path to success is waiting for you—chances are, you’re on it already.

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I found this to be a great book showing one what others, who are successful, do with their lives and in their limited time. The marks of true leadership. The mark of true entrepreneurial spirit. God – Family – and all else. We each can learn from others, but our greatest problem is pride and the understanding in our heart that we can do it ourselves…but that is not always the case. We are prideful and solitary, and the greatest teachable moment we can get is that we can use the help of others to show us the way! Great book and a great read!

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Experiencing the Words of Jesus: Trusting His Voice, Hearing His Heart by Max Lucado

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Jesus’ ministry on this earth only lasted three and a half years, yet in that time His words turned heads, turned hearts, and ultimately turned the world upside down. The words of Jesus offer much to those who have ears to hear. They are His legacy. They are our heritage. In Experiencing the Words of Jesus, you will have the opportunity to hear His voice for yourself.
The words of Christ—discourses, parables, prayers, conversations. Eminently quotable. Undeniably powerful. Eternally true. Let the message that changed the world change your life forever.

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This was an interesting book. While it was, more specifically, a active workbook, I did just simply read through it. Those bits or “homework” which were expected to be accomplished may have to wait for another time. Although, the way Max Lucado organized this particular book was very telling and very educational. If you desire to learn more on the Lord and Creator of you…Max know how to organize the book for you and the homework you need! I will plan this out to be filled out sometime next year as part of a bible study.

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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson

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In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Einstein and Steve Jobs, shows how the most fascinating of America’s founders helped define our national character.

Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us, the one who seems made of flesh rather than marble. In a sweeping narrative that follows Franklin’s life from Boston to Philadelphia to London and Paris and back, Walter Isaacson chronicles the adventures of the runaway apprentice who became, over the course of his eighty-four-year life, America’s best writer, inventor, media baron, scientist, diplomat, and business strategist, as well as one of its most practical and ingenious political leaders. He explores the wit behind Poor Richard’s Almanac and the wisdom behind the Declaration of Independence, the new nation’s alliance with France, the treaty that ended the Revolution, and the compromises that created a near-perfect Constitution.

In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin’s amazing life, showing how he helped to forge the American national identity and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.

I must admit, this seemed to have been one of the best, if not THE best biography of one of our founding fathers of this country. The detail of his life were astounding with a plethora of source material. Walter Isaacson dis an outstanding job with this biography! BRAVO! Well worth the read, well worth the time, and well worth the expense!

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