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Book Recommendation – “Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change” by Michelle Gielan

In Book Reviews // on November 22nd, 2016 // by // No comment

“What we broadcast predicts success.” @MichelleGielan

 

As leaders, we’re responsible for change management and communication in our organizations and communities. Michelle shares why it’s important to broadcast happiness and describes how we can be happiness broadcaster’s #4Change!

About the book –

We are all broadcasters. As managers, colleagues, parents and friends, we are constantly transmitting information to the people around us, and the messages we choose to broadcast create success or hold us back.

New research from the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience shows that small shifts in the way we communicate can create big ripple effects on business and educational outcomes, including 31 percent higher productivity, 25 percent better performance ratings, 37 percent higher sales, and 23 percent lower levels of stress.

In Broadcasting Happiness, Michelle Gielan, former national CBS News anchor turned positive psychology researcher, shows you how changing your broadcast changes your power by sharing jaw-dropping stories and incredible research.

About the Author –

Michelle Gielan, national CBS News anchor turned positive psychology researcher, is the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness. She is the Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and is partnered with Arianna Huffington to study how transformative stories fuel success.

Michelle is an Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” Special on PBS. At CBS News, Michelle anchored two national newscasts and produced “Happy Week,” a series focusing on fostering happiness in the midst of the recession. She holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her research and advice have received attention from The New York Times, Washington Post, FORBES, CNN, FOX, and Harvard Business Review.

Source: Broadcasting Happiness website at http://broadcastinghappiness.com/

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Book Recommendation –“Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges” by Amy Cuddy

In Book Reviews // on March 1st, 2016 // by // No comment

@amyjccuddy 

I watched Amy Cuddy’s TED talk about her personal journey and knew I had to read her book, which was released in December. I pre-ordered and was not disappointed. I recommend that you read her book to learn how to use your presence to achieve and increase your impact to make the world a better place. 

About the book –

Harvard psychologist and TED star Amy Cuddy reveals how to unleash your boldest self to heighten your confidence, influence others, and perform at your peak. 

Have you ever left a nerve-racking challenge and immediately wished for a do over? Maybe after a job interview, a performance, or a difficult conversation? The very moments that require us to be genuine and commanding can instead cause us to feel phony and powerless. Too often we approach our lives’ biggest hurdles with dread, execute them with anxiety, and leave them with regret. 

By accessing our personal power, we can achieve “presence,” the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we’re making on others and instead adjust the impression we’ve been making on ourselves. As Harvard professor Amy Cuddy’s revolutionary book reveals, we don’t need to embark on a grand spiritual quest or complete an inner transformation to harness the power of presence. Instead, we need to nudge ourselves, moment by moment, by tweaking our body language, behavior, and mind-set in our day-to-day lives. 

Amy Cuddy has galvanized tens of millions of viewers around the world with her TED talk about “power poses.” Now she presents the enthralling science underlying these and many other fascinating body-mind effects, and teaches us how to use simple techniques to liberate ourselves from fear in high-pressure moments, perform at our best, and connect with and empower others to do the same. 

Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every reader will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret. 

Get your copy here: http://amycuddy.com/presence/ 

About the Author –

 Amy Cuddy is known around the world for her 2012 TED Talk, which is the second-most-viewed talk in TED’s history. She is a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School who studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments influence people. Her research has been published in top academic journals and covered by NPR, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Wired, Fast Company, and more. Cuddy has been named a Game Changer by Time, a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science, one of 50 Women Who Are Changing the World by Business Insider, and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

 Source: Amazon.com

 

 

 

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Book Recommendation – “Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected” by Tania Luna & LeeAnn Renninger PhD

In Book Reviews // on December 1st, 2015 // by // No comment

Recently I read this book and gained insights into the power of surprise! @Surprisology #SurpriseIndustries

Learn how surprise works and how to use it as a tool. Understanding surprise sparks creativity, helps ideas spread, decreases anxiety, ends conflict, and makes our lives and work richer and more meaningful. “Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected” is a fascinating look at how we can handle and harness surprise in our work, relationships, and everyday lives.

Most of us like control and predictability. Yet research reveals a counterintuitive truth: surprise is the key that unlocks growth, innovation, and connection. It is also the secret ingredient in our best memories. 

Through colorful narratives and compelling scientific findings, authors Tania Luna and Dr. LeeAnn Renninger shine a light on the world’s least understood and most intriguing emotion. They reveal how shifting our perception of surprise lets us thrive in the face of uncertainty. And they show us how surprise acts as a shortcut that turns a typical product into a meaningful experience, a good idea into a viral one, awkward small talk into engaging conversation, and daily life into an adventure. 

Get your copy here: http://smile.amazon.com/dp/0399169822 

About the Authors –

Tania Luna leads the culture department at LifeLabs New York, a company that helps people, teams, and organizations master life’s most useful skills (from how to ask better questions to how to think more strategically). She is also the co-founder of Surprise Industries, the world’s only company specializing in surprise. Tania writes for Psychology Today and conducts research on surprise.

LeeAnn Renninger, PhD is the CEO and founder of LifeLabs New York. She received her PhD in social psychology from the University of Vienna where she studied the differences between good and great communicators. At LifeLabs New York she helps managers around the globe catalyze better (and more surprising) thinking in themselves and others.

Tania and LeeAnn have spoken at a wide range of corporate events and to TED, TEDx, Yahoo Ignite, and YPO audiences. The authors provide training, organizational consulting, and team building for some of the world’s most inspiring organizations including: Etsy, Whole Foods Market, Google, National Geographic, LinkedIn, Victoria’s Secret, Warby Parker, Squarespace, Columbia University, and Yale University. Both authors live, work, and play in New York.

Source: Amazon.com

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