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    A Business Leader's Concise Inside View of How to Build and Manage Analytical Teams

    Book Review - Compass

    Creating Exceptional Organizations: A Leader’s Guide

    We all operate in two fundamentally different modes: our familiar, intentional thinking mode and our elusive, unintentional automatic mode. The auto-self is the second, robot-like mode of human activities. Since our auto-self is always active, it often plays the role of enabler or saboteur of our successes after our thinking-self creates our goals, plans, and task lists. Create Star Performers: If you are a manager at any level, your success depends on making as many as possible of your team members star performers. "The Auto-Self," by author Dr. Barry Borgerson, will show readers how to align their automatic behaviors (such as failing to meet commitments or micromanaging) with the needs of the organization.

    When companies are laying off workers and the economy is going from bad to worse, no job is safe. People who want to survive need to have a Plan B. Having a small or home-based business can be an integral part of Plan B, but business owners must make sure all parts of their business are in balance. In "Plan B," longtime business coach Cesar V. Teague teaches how to take a holistic approach to business so beliefs, thoughts, and actions are all in alignment.

    Selling real estate isn’t about the agent but the customer. Old school selfish-selling styles, including chasing after strangers, spamming, and badgering friends, only give real estate agents a bad name. Ken Brand turns that situation around for agents who want to be successful, self-respecting, and deliver satisfaction to their customers in his new book "Less Blah Blah More Ah Ha." With thirty-three years of experience in the real estate business, Ken Brand has seen it all, from real estate bubbles bursting to worthy wins. He has been a top performing real estate agent, a new home salesperson, a marketing director, a brokerage company owner, a sales manager, and a writer, blogger, and speaker on real estate. Now he’s compiled his decades’ worth of wisdom and experience into a book that cuts to the chase about what real estate agents need to know in order to sell real estate successfully.

    "How to Interview Like a Pro" offers strategies and practical tips about the interview process. It is written by longtime human resources director and attorney, Mary Greenwood. "How to Interview Like a Pro" will prepare you for your next interview and offer strategies on how to answer the difficult questions that leave other candidates stuttering. Readers will also learn the forty-three rules that will help you get your next job.

    "Da Vinci and the 40 Answers" by author Mark L. Fox, is based on the principles of TRIZ, the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving. A Russian scientist, Genrikh Altshuller evaluated over 300,000 patents and found that all of them fit into just 40 solutions. "Da Vinci and the 40 Answers" teaches you these 40 universal answers and they don’t apply just to technical issues; the 40 answers can solve problems and opportunities in sales, marketing, and all business operations as well as your personal life. Also, these are the same tools and techniques used by NASA.

    “So many had taken bits and pieces of me and kept them for their own pleasures and vice,” writes Marynell Lund about her incredible life of abuse. Born to a mother who did not love or want her, and a father whose affection manifested itself in sexual abuse, Marynell experienced a childhood of pain, fear, and self-loathing that ultimately led her into abusive marriages. She chose the title "The Normal Side of Insanity" for her memoir because amid the incest, drug addiction, mental illness, and alcoholism of her family, she was the only person not participating in the insanity. Today, Marynell educates people about abuse, but beyond that, she is a living example of hope and that a better day can come for anyone. As she said in a recent interview, “The sky is the limit once you learn to love yourself.” She wants victims of abuse to know they are not alone and they do not have to deal with their pain by themselves. Her message in "The Normal Side of Insanity" will educate readers and give much-needed hope to many.

    "Currencies That Buy Credibility" by author Tom Wanek is the book that teaches you how to accelerate your credibility to drive more traffic, sales and word-of-mouth. The believability of your company's marketing message is directly related to your willingness to risk or spend one or more of six resources. And the more you risk or spend, the more believable your message becomes. Money is only one of the six resources you can invest. "Currencies That Buy Credibility" teaches you the six currencies that you can invest to purchase credibility, shows you successful examples of each and helps you craft your own believable power statement.

    Studies show that most workers who are unhappy with their jobs blame their bosses. Tony Deblauwe's practical book of advice "Tangling with Tyrants(tm)" shows people how to deal effectively with an unreasonable boss and to put themselves in the boss' shoes to understand the pressure he or she is under, how to keep communication open to improve the situation, address code of conduct issues, and how to get the job done despite the boss who robs employees of productivity, job satisfaction, and power. Work and being a victim no longer need be synonymous when employees use Deblauwe's advice to manage the balance of power in the workplace.

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