Increasing Your Personal Capacity

Increasing Your Personal Capacity
Author Tony Husted coach

Increasing Your Personal Capacity by Eddie Windsor

Book Description:

Increasing Your Personal Capacity will revolutionize the way you see yourself and your future. Through simple illustrations, powerful instruction and personal stories, Eddie Windsor brings to light why we are so often kept from reaching our full potential in our relationship with God, our family, our church, and our work. This book answers that question we all ask ourselves some time in our lives: “Why am I not moving forward to greater things in my life?” It is only when we increase our personal capacity that we successfully reach our dreams.

Increasing Your Personal Capacity follows Biblical principles in revealing to us how increasing our capacity works in all facets of life. The Lord does not give us responsibilities that we cannot handle, so we must increase our personal capacity before we are given greater resources and opportunities. Far too often, people only want to receive the benefits that will go with having responsibility without understanding that we have an important role to play in reaching the desires of our hearts. Ones we increase our capacity, we discover that we are able to realize more than we ever thought possible. Our increased capacity brings greater challenges, responsibilities, and accomplishments. We will never be the same.

In this book, you will discover how:

The law of heart can affect your personal capacity in a positive way

To develop life sink
Why you need to create next level habits
To identify what limits your personal capacity
The lot of capacity of facts every area of your life
To establish a life plan to bring you to a different, better place each year

About the Author:

Eddie Windsor is a bottom line, practical teacher and his teaching will increase the capacity of any one aspiring to go to the next level. He has quickly become an influence across the nation in the area of leadership training and development. He is impassioned to coach, inspire and equip leaders, entrepreneurs and individuals to reach their full potential. Eddie speaks at churches, conferences, business meetings, and is an excellent staff strategist and trainer.

My review:

Personally, I think this book is a must read. It has a straightforward, practical, Biblically based message that really hit home to me. During a very challenging time of my life my mentor told me that god would never put anything upon me that I could handle. At the time that gave me a lot of peace as I tried to deal with the death of a very close friend. Later in my life that statement kept swirling in my head, and I started to think about the other implications of that statement.

They didn’t just apply to the negatives in life, but also to the positives. What do they really mean that god would put anything good in my life if I could handle it. It meant one thing, I had to increase what I can handle. Several years later I ran across this book and was amazed to find the same message strongly portrayed by great offer and speaker.

The basic message: If you want more in life, you need to increase your personal capacity. This basic idea is one of the cornerstones of coaching. As a coach I work individuals to develop their behaviors, capabilities, beliefs, values, identity, and their relationship with God. I personally spent five years developing my own capacity to coach. Becoming a Christian Coach required that I increase my capacity tenfold. But it has been worth all the effort and then some.

Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Insight Publishing Group (June 25, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN: 1930027222
Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 6.88 ounces

Christian Coaching

Christian Coaching
Author Tony Husted coach

Christian Coaching, Gary R. Collins

Book Description: Coaching is a hot topic today. No longer just a word for the athletic arena, a personal coach can guide us in many areas of life. Dr. Gary R. Collins has taken the successful principles of coaching and given them a God-centered application for our lives and the church. Through stories, insights, and interviews with influential coaches, Collins gives us a model of Christian coaching that inspires vision, passion, and a sense of purpose. Christian Coaching demonstrates the characteristics of an effective coach, how to incorporate those characteristics into one’s life, and how to coach and lead others with the same leadership style Jesus demonstrated: servant leadership.

From the Inside Flap: Help others get from where they are to where they want to be. Hal is an engineer who works for a large company. He has a good job with an excellent income and his future looks bright. Living in a comfortable home in a desirable neighborhood, he is surrounded by others who are also highly successful, upwardly mobile young professionals. The whole family is active in a good church where Hal was recently elected as a church deacon. He and his wife teach a Sunday school class. He is a member of a health club and has enlisted the services of a workout coach and a tennis coach. From all outward appearances, Hal has it made. Why would he need a life coach? Hal is miserable. In his busy life he has no time to reflect on where he is headed or even relax and enjoy where he is now. Solitude or time alone with God never seems to happen. He would like to get off this treadmill, but doesn’t know where to begin. He needs someone to come alongside him, listen, and give him honest feedback. He needs a life coach. Working with a coach, he can evaluate where he is in his life, form a vision of where he wants to go, and set priorities and goals to get there. Well-known author Gary R. Collins gives us a how-to book for becoming a Christian coach. “Coaching is the art and practice of guiding a person or group from where they are toward the greater competence and fulfillment that they desire.” Coaching is not about looking back. It is about looking ahead. It is about helping people:

Discover a life purpose
Map a clearer vision for the future
Develop a mission statement
Find and articulate clear values
Learn to manage change effectively
Appraise performance
Strengthen communication skills
Get out of a rut
Build self-confidence
Gain the courage to take risks
Nurture a closer walk with God

Filled with valuable coaching principles, as well as interviews with experienced and practicing Christian coaches, Christian Coaching will motivate and inspire you to help others turn potential into reality.

About the Author Gary R. Collins, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and author of more than fifty books, including Christian Counseling, How to Be a People Helper, and The Biblical Basis of Christian Counseling. Dr. Collins was a professor at Trinity International University for twenty years. More recently, he served as the first president of the American Association of Christian Counselors and was the founding editor of Christian Counseling Today magazine. A graduate of The Institute for Life Coach Training, Dr. Collins currently heads an international alliance of Christian counselors committed to uniting and building Christian caregiver leaders worldwide. He and his wife, Julie, live in northern Illinois.

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Navpress Publishing Group (December, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN: 1576832821
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds.

Jesus, Life Coach

Jesus, Life Coach
Author Tony Husted coach
Jesus, Life Coach by Laurie Beth Jones

Book Description:

There was a time when only athletes had coaches. Now, everyone from CEOs to at-risk youth are being “coached.” The International Coaching Federation-which began with only a handful of people-now boasts membership of over 5,000, and currently more than 150,000 people call themselves “Life Coaches.” The benefits of coaching have been well documented, but having the right coach is critical. Jesus had only three years to train the twelve disciples, yet in that time he managed to turn this ragamuffin group into “lean, clean marketing machines.” Divided into four critical sections-Focus, Balance, Productivity, and Fulfillment-Jesus, Life Coach presents a faith-based coaching program with Jesus as the model. Delving into the principles Jesus used to transform those around him, the book offers proven strategies and countless applications for modern-day coaches.

From the Inside Cover:

We all want to be led by someone who will save us time, give us new ideas, connect with us on a personal level, and stay with us on the journey.through all the twists and turns. As Laurie Beth Jones says, there’s only one man for the job, and his name is Jesus. “Following in Jesus’ footsteps, following his advice, is the way to true fulfillment and true success.” Filled with Jones’s distinctive wisdom, humor, and power to inspire, Jesus, Life Coach – her latest and most expansive program – will transform the way you live day-by-day and help gain control over the four most important life factors:

Focus- to define what is most important and never stray from that path
Balance- to understand how to be stable in an unstable world
Productivity- to bear fruit and remain alive with constantly expanding possibilities
Fulfillment- to find absolute joy in the presence of the Master

Rooted in scripture as well as personal experience, this book offers practical ways to let Christ be the driving force behind your workday world as well as your relationships with friends, family, and everyone else in your life. So get in the game and step up to the plate. As Jones promises, with Jesus as your life coach, you’ll hit a home run every time.

From the Back Cover:

In the game of life, only one coach will do. Phenomenally successful author Laurie Beth Jones revolutionized the way we think about the intersection of our faith and careers in her best-selling book The Path and Jesus, CEO. In Jesus, Life Coach she takes her uniquely passionate brand of motivational writing to a new level and lays out a faith-based program to get your whole body in shape-with Jesus as your personal trainer. This is your playbook for success-a wealth of information and inspiration that will motivate you to excel in and enjoy all walks of life. Jones, a coach for some of today’s leading CEO’s, uses her skills and experience to get you thinking, working, and achieving all your goals and dreams. The secret to success can be found, she says, in the most successful man who ever lived-a man who changed the world like no other. And by using Scripture and thought-provoking questions. Jones will show you with practical instructions how to get your life in high gear-at home as well as at work. So don’t be left in the stands just watching the game of life when you can become the star pitcher, the starting quarterback, your team’s most valuable player.

Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Nelson Business (April 14, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN: 0785261907
Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces

Now Discover Your Strengths

Now Discover Your Strengths
Author Tony Husted coach

Have you taken the StrengthsFinder (the original Clifton or new 2.0) and want to incorporate the results into you life?

Starting June 14th I will be offering a Research and Development team to Maximize Your Strengths! Those who sign up will have the opportunity for group calls, additional resources, and access to our private online forum. If you are interested please send me an e-mail!

Now, Discover Your Strengths
by Marcus Buckingham, Donald O. Clifton
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Free Press (January 29, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN: 0743201140

This book is a must have in any home Library! Each book contains a code for their website so you can take the Strengths Finder Inventory and receive your personal report. You can see my report at the bottom of this page.

The Strengths Model holds the key to top notch performance: Develop your Strengths and Manager around your weaknesses. Rather than burning up a lot of energy focusing on your weakness: more than likely an area you are not talented or gifted in, focus instead on being the best you can at where you a naturally talented.

Based on a Gallup study of over two million people who have excelled in their careers, “Now, Discover Your Strengths” uses a revolutionary program to help readers discover their distinct talents and strengths. The product of a 25 year, multimillion-dollar effort to identify the most prevalent human talents, the StrengthsFinder program introduces 34 talents or “themes” and reveals how they can best be translated into personal and career success.

Effectively managing personnel–as well as one’s own behavior–is an extraordinarily complex task that, not surprisingly, has been the subject of countless books touting what each claims is the true path to success. That said, Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton’s Now, Discover Your Strengths does indeed propose a unique approach: focusing on enhancing people’s strengths rather than eliminating their weaknesses. Following up on the coauthors’ popular previous book, First, Break All the Rules, it fully describes 34 positive personality themes the two have formulated (such as Achiever, Developer, Learner, and Maximizer) and explains how to build a “strengths-based organization” by capitalizing on the fact that such traits are already present among those within it.

Most original and potentially most revealing, however, is a Web-based interactive component that allows readers to complete a questionnaire developed by the Gallup Organization and instantly discover their own top-five inborn talents. This device provides a personalized window into the authors’ management philosophy which, coupled with subsequent advice, places their suggestions into the kind of practical context that’s missing from most similar tomes. “You can’t lead a strengths revolution if you don’t know how to find, name and develop your own,” write Buckingham and Clifton. Their book encourages such introspection while providing knowledgeable guidance for applying its lessons. –Howard Rothman
My Strengths Finder Inventory Results:
1. Adaptability

You live in the moment. You don’t see the future as a fixed destination. Instead, you see it as a place that you create out of the choices that you make right now. And so you discover your future one choice at a time. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have plans. You probably do. But this theme of Adaptability does enable you to respond willingly to the demands of the moment even if they pull you away from your plans.

Unlike some, you don’t resent sudden requests or unforeseen detours. You expect them. They are inevitable. Indeed, on some level you actually look forward to them. You are, at heart, a very flexible person who can stay productive when the demands of work are pulling you in many different directions at once.

Adaptability Sounds like this:

Marie T., television producer: “I love live TV because you never know what is going to happen. One minute I might be putting together a segment on the best teenage holiday gifts, and the next I will be doing the pre-interview for a presidential candidate. I guess I have always been this way. I live in the moment. If someone asks me, ‘What are you doing tomorrow?’ my answer is always ‘Hell, I don’t know. Depends what I am in the mood for.’ I drive my boyfriend crazy because he’ll plan for us to go to the antique market on Sunday afternoon, and then right at the last minute I’ll change my mind and say, ‘Nah, let’s go home and read the Sunday papers.’ Annoying, right? Yeah, but on the positive side, it does mean that I’m up for anything.”

Linda G., project manager: “Where I work I am the calmest person I know. When someone comes in and says, ‘We didn’t plan right. We need this turned around by tomorrow,’ my colleagues seem to tense up and freeze. Somehow that doesn’t happen to me. I like that pressure, that need for instant response. It makes me feel alive.”

Peter F., corporate trainer: “I think I deal with life better than most people. Last week I found that my car window had been smashed and the stereo stolen. I was annoyed, of course, but it didn’t throw me off my day one bit. I just cleared it, mentally moved on, and went right on with the other things I had to get done that day.”
2. Strategic

The Strategic theme enables you to sort through the clutter and find the best route. It is not a skill that can be taught. It is a distinct way of thinking, a special perspective on the world at large. This perspective allows you to see patterns where others simply see complexity. Mindful of these patterns, you play out alternative scenarios, always asking, “What if this happened? Okay, well what if this happened?” This recurring question helps you see around the next corner. There you can evaluate accurately the potential obstacles. Guided by where you see each path leading, you start to make selections. You discard the paths that lead nowhere. You discard the paths that lead straight into resistance. You discard the paths that lead into a fog of confusion. You cull and make selections until you arrive at the chosen path-your strategy. Armed with your strategy, you strike forward. This is your Strategic theme at work: “What if?” Select. Strike.

Strategic Sounds like this:

Liam C., manufacturing plant manager: “It seems as if I can always see the consequences before anyone else can. I have to say to people, ‘Lift up your eyes, look down the road a ways. Let’s talk about where we are going to be next year so that when we get to this time next year, we don’t have the same problems.’ It seems obvious to me, but some people are just too focused on this month’s numbers, and everything is driven by that.”

Vivian T., television producer: “I used to love logic problems when I was a kid. You know, the ones where ‘if A implies B, and B equals C, does A equal C?’ Still today I am always playing out repercussions, seeing where things lead. I think it makes me a great interviewer. I know that nothing is an accident; every sign, every word, every tone of voice has significance. So I watch for these clues and play them out in my head, see where they lead, and then plan my questions to take advantage of what I have seen in my head.”

Simon T., human resources executive: “We really needed to take the union on at some stage, and I saw an opportunity, a very good issue to take them on. I could see that they were going in a direction that would lead them into all kinds of trouble if they continued down it. Lo and behold, they did continue down it, and when they arrived, there I was, ready and waiting. I suppose it just comes naturally to me to predict what someone else is going to do.

And then when that person reacts, I can respond immediately because I have sat down and said, ‘Okay, if they do this, we’ll do this. If they do that, then we’ll do this other thing.’ It’s like when you tack in a sailboat. You head in one direction, but you jink one way, then another, planning and reacting, planning and reacting.”
3. Communication

You like to explain, to describe, to host, to speak in public, and to write. This is your Communication theme at work. Ideas are a dry beginning. Events are static. You feel a need to bring them to life, to energize them, to make them exciting and vivid. And so you turn events into stories and practice telling them. You take the dry idea and enliven it with images and examples and metaphors. You believe that most people have a very short attention span. They are bombarded by information, but very little of it survives. You want your information-whether an idea, an event, a product’s features and benefits, a discovery, or a lesson-to survive. You want to divert their attention toward you and then capture it, lock it in. This is what drives your hunt for the perfect phrase. This is what draws you toward dramatic words and powerful word combinations. This is why people like to listen to you. Your word pictures pique their interest, sharpen their world, and inspire them to act.

Communication Sounds like this:

Sheila K., general manager of a theme park: “Stories are the best way to make my point. Yesterday I wanted to show my executive committee the impact we can have on our guests, so I shared this story with them: One of our employees brought her father to the flag-raising ceremony we have for Veterans Day here at the theme park. He was disabled during World War II, and he now has a rare form of cancer and has had a lot of surgery. He’s dying. At the start of the little ceremony one of our employees said to the group, ‘This man is a World War II veteran. Can we give him a hand?’ Everybody cheered, and his daughter started crying. Her dad took off his hat. He never takes off his hat because of the scars on his head from the war and the cancer surgery, but when the national anthem started, he took off his hat and bowed his head. His daughter told me later that it was the best day he’s had in years.”

Tom P., banking executive: “My most recent client thought that the flow of capital toward Internet stocks was just a passing phase. I tried using rational argument to change his mind, but he couldn’t or wouldn’t be convinced. In the end, as I often do when faced with a client in denial, I resorted to imagery. I told him that he was like a person sitting on a beach with his back to the sea. The Internet was like a fast-rising tide. No matter how comfortable he felt right now, the tide was rising with each crashing wave, and very soon one of those waves would come crashing down over his head and engulf him. He got the point.”

Margret D., marketing director: “I once read a book about giving speeches that gave two suggestions: talk only about things you’re really passionate about and always use personal examples. I immediately started doing that, and I found lots of stories because I have kids and grandkids and a husband. I build my stories around my personal experiences because everyone can relate to them.”
4. Significance

You want to be very significant in the eyes of other people. In the truest sense of the word you want to be recognized. You want to be heard. You want to stand out. You want to be known. In particular, you want to be known and appreciated for the unique strengths you bring. You feel a need to be admired as credible, professional, and successful. Likewise, you want to associate with others who are credible, professional, and successful. And if they aren’t, you will push them to achieve until they are. Or you will move on. An independent spirit, you want your work to be a way of life rather than a job, and in that work you want to be given free rein, the leeway to do things your way. Your yearnings feel intense to you, and you honor those yearnings. And so your life is filled with goals, achievements, or qualifications that you crave. Whatever your focus-and each person is distinct-your Significance theme will keep pulling you upward, away from the mediocre toward the exceptional. It is the theme that keeps you reaching.

Significance Sounds like this:

Mary P., healthcare executive: “Women are told almost from day one, ‘Don’t be too proud. Don’t stand tall.’ That kind of thing. But I’ve learned that it’s okay to have power, it’s okay to have pride, and it’s okay to have a big ego. And also that I need to manage it and drive it in the right directions.”

Kathie J., partner in a law firm: “Ever since I can remember I have had the feeling that I was special, that I could take charge and make things happen. Back in the ’60s I was the first woman partner in my firm, and I can still recall walking into boardroom after boardroom and being the only woman. It’s strange, thinking back. It was tough, but I actually think I enjoyed the pressure of standing out. I enjoyed being the ‘woman’ partner. Why? Because I knew that I would be very hard to forget. I knew everyone would notice me and pay attention to me.”

John L., physician: “All through my life I felt that I was onstage. I am always aware of an audience. If I am sitting with a patient, I want the patient to see me as the best doctor he or she has ever had. If I am teaching medical students, I want to stand out as the best medical educator they have ever had. I want to win the Educator of the Year award. My boss is a big audience for me. Disappointing her would kill me. It’s scary to think that part of my self-esteem is in other people’s hands, but then again, it keeps me on my toes.”
5. Restorative

You love to solve problems. Whereas some are dismayed when they encounter yet another breakdown, you can be energized by it. You enjoy the challenge of analyzing the symptoms, identifying what is wrong, and finding the solution. You may prefer practical problems or conceptual ones or personal ones. You may seek out specific kinds of problems that you have met many times before and that you are confident you can fix. Or you may feel the greatest push when faced with complex and unfamiliar problems. Your exact preferences are determined by your other themes and experiences. But what is certain is that you enjoy bringing things back to life. It is a wonderful feeling to identify the undermining factor(s), eradicate them, and restore something to its true glory. Intuitively, you know that without your intervention, this thing-this machine, this technique, this person, this company-might have ceased to function. You fixed it, resuscitated it, rekindled its vitality. Phrasing it the way you might, you saved it.

Restorative Sounds like this:

Nigel L., software designer: “I have these vivid memories of my childhood woodworking bench with hammers and nails and wood. I used to love fixing things and putting things together and making everything just so. And now with computer programs it’s the same thing. You write the program, and if it doesn’t work, you have to go back and redo it and fix it until it works.”

Jan K., internist: “This theme plays in my life in so many ways. For example, my first love was surgery. I love trauma, love being in the OR, love sewing. I just love fixing things in the OR. Then again, some of my best moments have been sitting at the bedside of a dying patient, just talking together. It is incredibly rewarding to watch someone make the transition from anger to acceptance about grief, to tie up loose ends with family members, and to pass with dignity. And then with my kids this theme fires every day. When I see my three-year-old buttoning her sweater for the first time and she buttons it crooked, I feel this powerful urge to walk up and rebutton the sweater. I have to resist, of course, because she has to learn, but, boy, it’s really hard.”

Marie T., television producer: “Producing a morning TV program is a fundamentally clumsy process. If I didn’t like solving problems, this job would drive me up the wall. Every day something serious goes wrong, and I have to find the problem, fix it, and move on to the next one. If I can do that well, I feel rejuvenated. On the other hand, if I go home and a problem remains unsolved, then I feel the opposite. I feel defeated.”

Copyright © 2000 The Gallup Organization, Princeton, NJ. All rights reserved. Clifton StrengthsFinder ® and each of the 34 Clifton StrengthsFinder theme names are trademarks of The Gallup Organization.

Introduction: The Strengths Revolution at Work — The Revolution — Two Million Interviews — The Anatomy of a Strength — Strong Lives — The Investor, the Director, the Skin Doctor, and the Editor — Tiger Woods, Bill Gates, and Cole Porter — Three Revolutionary Tools — Strength Building — Is He Always This Good? — Knowledge and Skills — Talent — Discover the Source of Your Strengths — StrengthsFinder — The Traces of Talent — The StrengthsFinder Profile. The Thirty-four Themes of StrengthsFinder — Achiever — Activator — Adaptability — Analytical — Arranger — Belief — Command — Communication — Competition — Connectedness — Context — Deliberative — Developer — Discipline — Empathy — Fairness — Focus — Futuristic — Harmony — Ideation — Inclusiveness — Individualization — Input — Intellection — Learner — Maximizer — Positivity — Relator — Responsibility — Restorative — Self-assurance — Significance — Strategic — Woo — Put Strengths to Work — The Questions You’re Asking — Are there any obstacles to building my strengths? — Why should I focus on my signature themes? — Is there any significance to the order of my signature themes? — Not all of the phrases in the theme description apply to me. Why? — Why am I different from other people with whom I share some of the same themes? — Are any of the themes “opposites”? Can I develop new themes if I don’t like the ones I have? — Will I become too narrow if I focus on my signature themes? — How can I manage around my weaknesses? — Can my themes reveal whether I am in the right career? — Managing Strengths — “Fidel,” Sam Mendes, and Phil Jackson — One By One — Building a Strengths-based Organization — The Full Story.

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Spiral Dynamics Mastering Values Leadership and Change Developmental Management

Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership, and Change (Developmental Management)
Author Tony Husted coach
Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership, and Change (Developmental Management)

Book Description: Blackwell Publishing (UK), 1996.
Spiral Dynamics Mastering Values,
Leadership and Change Development Management Hardback,
256 pages Blackwell Publishers Oxford,
UK ISBN 1557869405
Dimensions in millimeters: 229 x 152 x 32
Dimensions in inches: 9.02 x 5.98 x 1.26

By Don Beck, Christopher Cowan (both Directors, National Values Center Texas, USA)

The world of business is undergoing a period of profound transition and managers worldwide are constantly seeking new trends and patterns. This volume introduces a new model for plotting the enormous economic and commercial shifts that are making contemporary business practice so complex and apparently fragmented. Beck and Cowan take the spiral as a basis of this new model. Focusing specifically on cutting-edge leadership, management systems, processes, procedures and techniques they synthesize changes such as: increasing cultural diversity; powerful new social responsibility initiatives; the demands for environmentally-responsible business programs; and the arrival of a truly global marketplace. This is a book designed for managers and leaders who are planning for success in the business world of the 21st century.


Part 1 Spiral overview: different minds; meme systems; the spiral mind.

Part 2 Spiral dynamics: change; leadership; wizardry; alignment; integration.

Part 3 Spiral structure: survival; kinship; power; achievement; control; consensus; flexibility; globalit.

The 100 most used words in Spiral Dynamics: along authority beige beliefs best between blue business change come community company complex conditions control different does done down dynamics entity even field find first forces form functions get global good graves green group human ideas individual intelligences job keep know leaders leadership level life living look may meme mind must nature needs new next now often ones open orange order organization others own people person place point power problems process purple red right second see self sense should since social society spiral still structures systems take template things thinking tier time turquoise view without wizards work world yellow yet.

Capitalized Phrases from Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership, and Change (Developmental Management) Second Tier, Spiral Dynamics, First Tier, Spiral Wizards, Plumb Line, World War, Clare Graves, South Africa, Humpty Dumpty, Six Conditions, First World, Design Formula, Third World, Barbara Jordan, Change Wizards, True Believers, Change Condition, Enterprise Networking, Reform Option, Ten Commandments, The Futurist, West Point, Karl Marx, President Bush, Executive Core

Good to Great

Good to Great
Author Tony Husted coach
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t

My Personal Review: This is an outstanding book that should be required reading. The concepts are applicable to all parts of life. With each page read the research reveals how misguided most corporations today are and more importantly how to improve them. I also am overjoyed that this book supports my personal view, The Strengths Theory <>: Fully develop you natural strengths and manage around your weaknesses.
The Challenge

Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?
The Study

For years, this question preyed on the mind of Jim Collins <>. Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great?
The Standards

Using tough benchmarks, Collins and his research team identified a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years. How great? After the leap, the good-to-great companies generated cumulative stock returns that beat the general stock market by an average of seven times in fifteen years, better than twice the results delivered by a composite index of the world’s greatest companies, including Coca-Cola, Intel, General Electric, and Merck.

The Comparisons

The research team contrasted the good-to-great companies with a carefully selected set of comparison companies that failed to make the leap from good to great. What was different? Why did one set of companies become truly great performers while the other set remained only good?

Over five years, the team analyzed the histories of all twenty-eight companies in the study. After sifting through mountains of data and thousands of pages of interviews, Collins and his crew discovered the key determinants of greatness — why some companies make the leap and others don’t.
The Findings

The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. The findings include:

Level 5 Leaders: The research team was shocked to discover the type of leadership required to achieve greatness.

The Hedgehog Concept (Simplicity within the Three Circles): To go from good to great requires transcending the curse of competence.

A Culture of Discipline: When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great results. Technology Accelerators: Good-to-great companies think differently about the role of technology.

The Flywheel and the Doom Loop: Those who launch radical change programs and wrenching restructurings will almost certainly fail to make the leap.

“Some of the key concepts discerned in the study,” comments Jim Collins, “fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.”
Perhaps, but who can afford to ignore these findings?

About the Author

Jim Collins is a student and teacher of enduring great companies — how they grow, how they attain superior performance, and how good companies can become great companies. Having invested over a decade of research into the topic, Jim has co-authored three books, including the classic Built to Last, a fixture on the Business Week bestseller list for more than five years, generating over 70 printings and translations into 16 languages. His work has been featured in Fortune, The Economist, Business Week, USA Today, Industry Week, Inc., Harvard Business Review <> and Fast Company.

Driven by a relentless curiosity, Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992.In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where he now conducts multi-year research projects and works with executives from the private, public, and social sectors.

Jim has served as a teacher to senior executives and CEOs at corporations that include: Starbucks Coffee, Merck, Patagonia, American General, W.L. Gore, and hundreds more. He has also worked with the non-corporate sector such as the Leadership Network of Churches, Johns Hopkins Medical School, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Non-Profit Management.

Jim invests a significant portion of his energy in large-scale research projects — often five or more years in duration — to develop fundamental insights and then translate those findings into books, articles and lectures. He uses his management laboratory to work directly with executives and to develop practical tools for applying the concepts that flow from his research.

In addition, Jim is an avid rock climber and has made free ascents of the West Face of El Capitan and the East Face of Washington Column in Yosemite Valley.

From Publishers Weekly

In what Collins terms a prequel to the bestseller Built to Last he wrote with Jerry Porras, this worthwhile effort explores the way good organizations can be turned into ones that produce great, sustained results. To find the keys to greatness, Collins’s 21-person research team (at his management research firm) read and coded 6,000 articles, generated more than 2,000 pages of interview transcripts and created 384 megabytes of computer data in a five-year project. That Collins is able to distill the findings into a cogent, well-argued and instructive guide is a testament to his writing skills. After establishing a definition of a good-to-great transition that involves a 10-year fallow period followed by 15 years of increased profits, Collins’s crew combed through every company that has made the Fortune 500 (approximately 1,400) and found 11 that met their criteria, including Walgreens, Kimberly Clark and Circuit City. At the heart of the findings about these companies’ stellar successes is what Collins calls the Hedgehog Concept, a product or service that leads a company to outshine all worldwide competitors, that drives a company’s economic engine and that a company is passionate about. While the companies that achieved greatness were all in different industries, each engaged in versions of Collins’s strategies. While some of the overall findings are counterintuitive (e.g., the most effective leaders are humble and strong-willed rather than outgoing), many of Collins’s perspectives on running a business are amazingly simple and commonsense. This is not to suggest, however, that executives at all levels wouldn’t benefit from reading this book; after all, only 11 companies managed to figure out how to change their B grade to an A on their own.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Rediscover The Joy of Learning

Rediscover the Joy of Learning
Author Tony Husted coach

by Donald A. Blackerby
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: Success Skills Inc; 1 edition (December, 1996)
Language: English
ISBN: 1889997005

Do you, or someone you know have ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia or just about any other learning disability? If so then this book is an absolute must! I cannot recommend it highly enough. I have ready just about every book on ADD/ADHD that I can find and this is the single best resource that I have found. It is also a wonderful resource for learning strategies for anyone. Please visits Don’s website and check it out, you will be pleasantly surprised. If you are unsure, read the recommendations below!

Robert Dilts, NLP trainer and author. (My favorite NLP author) Don Blackerby’s book “Rediscover the Joy of Learning” is an engaging and practical book that is an important resource for anyone involved in the process of learning. In my opinion, it is one of the best examples of the powerful and versatile application of NLP to effective education to date. Readers will find the book well chunked, easy to read and packed with valuable ideas, information and techniques. “Rediscover the Joy of Learning” is a must for anyone interested in effective education.

Suzi Smith and Tim Hallbom, NLP trainers and authors. Don demonstrates how powerful NLP modelling; can be when applied to a specific area with an outcome in mind. We are inspired by watching Don Blackerby pursue his purpose–his passion and enthusiasm are like a breath of fresh air. His dedication to the cause is apparent. May you also catch the spirit of enthusiasm with which this book was written.

Description: This book offers tips for struggling students and their parents and teachers. It is composed of 3 major sections. The first section contains academic skills tips for students. The second section contains tips for parents and teachers including communication tips and how to positively affect self esteem. The third section contains new information on Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and tips on how to more effectively deal with it.