Monday, June 29, 2015

The Other Kind of Smart: Simple Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence for Greater Personal Effectiveness and Success

Harvey Deutschendorf 
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We have known for years that the difference between those who become successful in life and those who struggle is their degree of emotional intelligence (EI), or "people skills." Now, The Other Kind of Smart shows readers how they can increase their emotional intelligence and overcome the barriers that are preventing them from realizing their true potential. Emotional intelligence coach Harvey Deutschendorf has shown thousands of people how to relate emotional intelligence to everyday situations. Here, he uses the proven techniques of storytelling, combined with quotes and exercises, to show readers how to apply the principles of EI on the job. Filled with real-life scenarios and solutions, the book offers tools that will bring results in as little as five minutes a day and shows how to develop stress tolerance, cultivate empathy, increase flexibility with co-workers, boost assertiveness, and resolve problems successfully. Complete with an EI quiz that will help readers measure their own level of emotional intelligence, this invaluable guide will enable everyone to improve their relationships and increase their effectiveness at work in a practical, accessible way.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead by Example

Steve McClatchy 
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How to make better decisions and achieve your goals? What shapes a person's career and life, and defines them as a leader? Their decisions. We all want to be more productive and deliver our best results. But doing this effectively and consistently over time is a significant challenge. Managing it all is hard, and leading in today's hyper-paced world is even harder.

The good news is that leadership expert Steve McClatchy makes it easier. In Decide, McClatchy who works with Fortune 1000 people every day to help them achieve outstanding levels of performance shows you how to cut through the complexities and excuses to start realizing real gains simply by changing one thing: the way you make decisions. With McClatchy's help, you can quickly begin to:
* Use the time you have each day to move your business and your life forward
* Make decisions that yield better results
* Waste less time, reduce stress and regain balance

Again and again, McClatchy has helped people learn for themselves how great decision-making habits yield a lifetime of accomplishments. Follow McClatchy's no-nonsense and practical approach, and you'll soon manage and even lead at your highest level of personal performance.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Boost Your Interview IQ

Carole Martin
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The ultimate guide to acing any interview

Job interviews aren’t discussions; they’re oral exams—and the candidate with all the right answers gets the job. Boost Your Interview IQ, helps you ace that big test with skill-building exercises, an in-depth “Interview IQ” test, and other resources to let you craft winning answers to the most important questions interviewers ask.

In these pages, you’ll discover ways to present your experiences in a compelling narrative that showcases your skills, knowledge, and personality—and you’ll learn the right way to answer tricky “behavioral” questions like a pro. Plus you’ll get interview strategies custom tailored to the needs of management/executive-level candidates, new graduates, career changers, and people reentering the market.

In today’s tough job market, the best-prepared candidate wins—and in this economy you’re going to need every advantage to set you apart from the pack. Boost Your Interview IQ is the book that delivers the right tools to do the job of GETTING the job.

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一生能有幾次工作? 5 大法則, 決定你的職業生涯 (The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers)

詹姆斯・西特林 (James M. Citrin) , 理查德・史密斯 (Richard A. Smith)
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◎ 高階主管汰換率創歷史新高。根據調查顯示,自1998年至2001年之間,中大型企業的執行長汰換率達58%。目前執行長的平均任期是2.75年(較一九九九年少了一年),任期超過十年的執行長僅有12%。

◎ 事業選擇更加不確定。這就意味著有更多的生涯選項,每一個選項都會引出不同的道路。可選的道路雖然增加了,但市場變化無常,也為事業生涯增添風險。(如網路科技產業的發展)

◎ 未來十年之間,你轉換工作的次數,比三十年前一個高階主管一生換工作的次數還多,其原因有二:一方面,減少人力將是企業經營講求成本控管的常態。另一方面,面對可能的資遣命運,再加上實施退休金可攜式個人帳戶制度,員工對於組織也不像過去那樣忠誠。

◎ 已無安全網。在企業縮編狂潮席捲下,過去知名企業翻身殞落,已經沒有什麼事情有保障。你今天加入一家看似可捧金飯碗的公司,明天可能就陷入向下沈淪的風暴。

四:克服「許可矛盾」(permission paradox)。能克服商業世界最難擺脫的困境:沒有經驗就得不到工作,得不到工作又無法累積經驗。


Monday, June 8, 2015

The Opposable Mind: Winning Through Integrative Thinking

Roger L. Martin
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If you want to be as successful as Jack Welch, Larry Bossidy, or Michael Dell, read their autobiographical advice books, right? Wrong, says Roger Martin in The Opposable Mind. Though following best practice can help in some ways, it also poses a danger: By emulating what a great leader did in a particular situation, you'll likely be terribly disappointed with your own results. Why? Your situation is different.

Instead of focusing on what exceptional leaders do, we need to understand and emulate how they think. Successful businesspeople engage in what Martin calls integrative thinking creatively resolving the tension in opposing models by forming entirely new and superior ones. Drawing on stories of leaders as diverse as AG Lafley of Procter & Gamble, Meg Whitman of eBay, Victoria Hale of the Institute for One World Health, and Nandan Nilekani of Infosys, Martin shows how integrative thinkers are relentlessly diagnosing and synthesizing by asking probing questions including: What are the causal relationships at work here? and What are the implied trade-offs?

Martin also presents a model for strengthening your integrative thinking skills by drawing on different kinds of knowledge including conceptual and experiential knowledge.

Integrative thinking can be learned, and The Opposable Mind helps you master this vital skill.

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成事在天 : 機遇在市場及人生中的隱蔽角色 (Fooled by Randomness)

塔勒波 (Nassim Nicholas Taleb)
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Monday, June 1, 2015

A Beautiful Math: John Nash, Game Theory, and the Modern Quest for a Code of Nature

Tom Siegfried
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Millions have seen the movie and thousands have read the book but few have fully appreciated the mathematics developed by John Nash's beautiful mind. Today Nash's beautiful math has become a universal language for research in the social sciences and has infiltrated the realms of evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and even quantum physics. John Nash won the 1994 Nobel Prize in economics for pioneering research published in the 1950's on a new branch of mathematics known as game theory. At the time of Nash's early work, game theory was briefly popular among some mathematicians and Cold War analysts. But it remained obscure until the 1970's when evolutionary biologists began applying it to their work. In the 1980's economists began to embrace game theory. Since then it has found an ever expanding repertoire of applications among a wide range of scientific disciplines. Today neuroscientists peer into game players brains, anthropologists play games with people from primitive cultures, biologists use games to explain the evolution of human language, and mathematicians exploit games to better understand social networks. A common thread connecting much of this research is its relevance to the ancient quest for a science of human social behaviour, or a Code of Nature, in the spirit of the fictional science of psychohistory described in the famous Foundation novels by the late Isaac Asimov. In "A Beautiful Math", acclaimed science writer Tom Siegfried describes how game theory links the life sciences, social sciences, and physical sciences in a way that may bring Asimov's dream closer to reality.

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For more information about John Forbes Nash, Jr., please visit John Nash from Gale Biography in Context.


王春永 編著
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