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Book Recommendation – “Why Simple Wins – Escape the Complexity Trap and Get to Work That Matters” by Lisa Bodell

In Book Reviews // on July 12th, 2017 // by // One comment

In Why Simple Wins, Lisa Bodell explains why it is so vital for people to incorporate simplicity into every type of work. Through detailed case studies, interviews with company executives, and clearly explained group exercises, this book outlines how all types of organizations can cut through needless complexity and master the power of simplicity. With a simplified core as the main objective, employees at all levels will be granted the opportunity to discover work that really matters.

In today’s corporate world, everyday functions such as email communication, protocols for approval, and required meetings can hinder individuals’ ability to get their work done. Lisa Bodell examines the main strategies that can simplify how businesspeople approach their work in order to be productive and gain a daily sense of accomplishment:

  • Reclaiming time by removing unnecessary work. When workers can eliminate the tasks that waste their time the most, they will be able to take on more creative endeavors.
  • Defining complexity. To uncover more streamlined approaches, individuals must address and resolve complex operational problems.
  • Finding work that matters. By stripping away complex layers, businesspeople will be able to discover the work that brings meaning to their daily endeavors.
  • Attaining a simplicity mindset. When workers at every level look for ways to simplify, businesses as a whole benefit.
  • Becoming a Chief Simplification Officer. No matter what roles workers occupy, they all must play a part in the simplification process. This ownership will provide them with opportunities to remove outdated, overused, or ineffective procedures.
  • Perfecting simplicity. Simplicity is a constant work-in-progress that must be perfected over time.


About the Author –

Lisa Bodell is the founder and CEO of futurethink, which enables organizations to embrace change and become world-class innovators.

A globally recognized innovation leader and futurist, Lisa founded futurethink in 2003 to provide a simple approach to the otherwise complicated topic of innovation. Working with leading brands such as Starwood, Merck, and Bosch, futurethink has become the largest source of innovation research, tools, and training curricula in the world. She is the author of the provocative culture-change book, Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution, which was named one of the Best Business Books of 2012 by booz&co.

More Info at: @LisaBodell @futurethinktank

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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.

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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


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. 

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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.





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