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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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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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How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon D. Fee

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Understanding the Bible isn’t for the few, the gifted, the scholarly. The Bible is accessible. It’s meant to be read and comprehended by everyone from armchair readers to seminary students. A few essential insights into the Bible can clear up a lot of misconceptions and help you grasp the meaning of Scripture and its application to your twenty-first-century life.

More than three quarters of a million people have turned to How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth to inform their reading of the Bible. This fourth edition features revisions that keep pace with current scholarship, resources, and culture. Changes include:

Covering everything from translational concerns to different genres of biblical writing, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth is used all around the world. In clear, simple language, it helps you accurately understand the different parts of the Bible—their meaning for ancient audiences and their implications for you today—so you can uncover the inexhaustible worth that is in God’s Word.

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An excellent, I do mean EXCELLENT, primer to aid in your bible study endeavors! Excellent overview as to how to approach, studying, hermeneutics and exegesis of the scriptures and the bible in general. Well, worth the time to read!

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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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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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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ― began work on a book to help supplement his family’s meagre income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favourite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill.

With its characters exhibiting many qualities ― as well as failures ― often ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginative and entertaining tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge’s eerie encounters with a series of spectral visitors. Journeying with them through Christmases past, present, and future, he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a generous, warm-hearted, and caring human being. Written by one of England’s greatest and most popular novelists, A Christmas Carol has come to epitomize the true meaning of Christmas.

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I am always touched by this particular story. In fact, this is usually the first movie to watch as we put up our Christmas Tree for the season, as well as the first movie to watch as we dismantle the Christmas decorations around our house. I am especially fond of the 1951 black & white version with Alistair Sims in the lead role of the movie. It always tugs at my heart and makes me reflect upon my past, present, and potential future. The short story by Charles Dickens is slightly different, as most books are different from the movie counterparts. But it is so close to the story that I am so fond of. I hope you all will love this as much as I.

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The Christian, The Court and The Constitution by Jay Alan Sekulow

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An overview of the Christian’s civil rights.

Well written and a great amount of information concerning YOUR rights as a Christian in school or in the work force. A quick and worthwhile read. Many choose to yield their rights because they are intimidated, but your rights are protected and paramount!

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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.)

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Doc Murf

 

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They Thought They Had More Time: I Saw the Day of the Lord by David Jones

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Believe it or not… Jesus is coming!

David Jones received a vision that changed his life forever. It was as if someone gripped him by the arm and shook him awake. In an instant, he was hovering above the earth. Beautiful clear skies. Mountains and hills adorning the landscape below. People were continuing with business as usual, until

Thick clouds consumed the sky.
Darkness fell.
Silence covered the earth.

Then, a deafening sound broke through the heavens and pierced every ear that heard it. Terror gripped the people, as they realized the Day of the Lord was not a fable. It had come and they had run out of time.

As you experience this vision for yourself, Jones’ book will:

Empower you to live every moment with eternal significance Teach how to prepare for the end times Show you how to get right with God Learn to live every day ready for His return!

A worthy read to prepare yourself for the worse case. Many Christians, and non-believers, will be surprised at the day of their judgement. When they hear the words, Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you. What a travesty and let down in your heart that will be! Well worth your time to read, but there is much doctrine that one will have to pick through. A good book overall.

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Doc Murf

 

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