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Personal Development -- Books
The 8th Habit
The sequel to the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, this book discusses
how you can take effectiveness and change it into greatness. This books offers
many timely suggestions and practical hands on skills.
2005, 277 Pages
This book is about "how we think without thinking", about choices that seem to
be made in an instant that actually aren't as simple as they seem. It reveals
that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or
spend time deliberating. Being written by a psychologist who studied how our
brains really work every day, this book can change the way you understand every
decision you make.
The Color of Water
2002, 314 Pages
A Black Mans Tribue to his White Mother…The book is a success story, a testament
to one woman's true heart, solid values, and indomitable will. Ruth Jordan
battled not only racism but also poverty to raise her children and, despite
being sorely tested, never wavered. In telling her story--along with her
son's--The Color of Water addresses racial identity with compassion, insight,
and realism. It is, in a word, inspiring, and you will finish it with unalloyed
admiration for a flawed but remarkable individual. And, perhaps, a little more
faith in us all.
Coping with Difficult People
Robert M. Bramson
1981, 226-page Book - 1 hardcover publication, 1 paperback publication
This book is about impossible people and how to cope with them. It teaches you how to deal
with hostile customers and co-workers, indecisive bosses, over-agreeable subordinates, or
any type of person you could call a difficult person. The book teaches you how to
identify, understand, and cope with difficult people.
Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results
Stephen C. Lundin, Ph.D.; Harry Paul; John Christensen
2000, 107-page Book
By applying simple lessons learned from Seattle's Pike Place fishmongers, a manager
discovers how to energize those who report to her and affect an astonishing transformation
in her workplace. Accompanying videos also available.
Goal Setting for Results: Success Strategies for You
and Your Organization
Gary Ryan Blair
2003, 44 Page Book
This book offers goal-setting methods, insights and suggestions -- including
exercises and checklists -- to those seeking to enhance their businesses and
The Human Element: Productivity,
Self-Esteem, and the Bottom Line
1994, 276 Pages
The complexities surrounding the diversity of individuals within the entire
workforce is the main focus of this new work. Schutz offers a solid perspective
which demonstrates that people and process are not mutually exclusive.
Clarifying his view of interpersonal workforce relationships by devising a
Periodic Table of Human Elements, he argues that self-concept and self-esteem
are essential to the success of any organization. Schutz's "Human Element"
seminar, now in multiple offerings worldwide, is summarized here, but using and
applying his methods will likely require a long-term commitment and professional
assistance for many.
Inventurers Excursions in Life and Career Renewal
Janet Hagberg and Richard Leider
1978, 178-page Book
Life is change, change is growth, and you are responsible for both. A personal and
practical tool, this book describes a renewal process known as inventuring. It shows adult
readers how to find out, step by step, what they want out of life and career and then
helps them take positive action in expanding and exploring the options. This innovative
concept of inventuring begins with an examination of all aspects of the whole life cycle
-- body, mind and spirit, as well as career factors.
Inventurers Excursions in Life and Career Renewal - 3rd Edition
Janet Hagberg and Richard Leider
1988, 240-page Book
Three themes that emerge most strongly in this book are balance, harmony, and purpose,
both in our lives and in our careers. The authors lead you through a process called
"inventuring" -- an excursion into self-discovery that will help you clarify
your inner values and achieve personal success.
Mastering Executive Arts and Skills
Crawley A. Parris
1969, 205-page Book
This book provides you with a composite program for mastering the specific skills you must
develop to move quickly and surely into the big-money and high-status areas of the
Memory System: Remember Everything You Need When You Need It
1992, 196-page Book
Here's a book you'll never forget because it will give you a powerful new system to help
you remember and recall anything you want...any time you want. Names, dates, numbers,
times, places...everything! And you'll be able to remember them all as easily and
naturally as you remember your own name. A powerful memory is not a gift a lucky few are
born with; it's a mental faculty you can develop and strengthen -- and use to your
advantage. Just work through this book, do the exercises, follow the guidelines and you'll
find yourself able to remember far more than you ever dreamed possible -- with far less
The Passion Plan: A Step-by-Step
Guide to Discovering, Developing, and Living Your Passion
2000, 285 Pages
A sincere and young-sounding author spells out his seven steps for discovering
your vocational passion and making it a greater part of your life. Chang says
that passion is a right and a power we all have--a necessary fuel for launching
and maintaining anything worthwhile. While he drifts into pure encouragement
from time to time, most of the program is action oriented and is fleshed out
with effective personal stories. Clarity of purpose and a clear plan are vital
to the productive life. The author's reading style becomes more mechanical as
the program unfolds, a characteristic that puts more pressure on the content to
Personal Accountability: Powerful and Practical Ideas for You and
John G. Miller
1998, 300-page Book
Featured at the Extension North Central Region Administrative Leadership conference and
national Epsilon Sigma Phi conference, Personal Accountability encourages us to
practice "the question behind the question" to bring to life ownership,
creativity, trust, courage and integrity.
Procrastination: Why You Do It, What To Do About It
Jana B. Burka, Ph.D. and Lenora M. Yuen, Ph.D.
1983, 221-page Book
The authors offer a probing, sensitive, and sometimes humorous look at a problem that
affects nearly everyone. They base their advice on firsthand experience counseling a wide
range of procrastinators, from the mild to the chronic, and examine why we put things off.
The authors offer loads of practical advice on how to manage procrastination and offer
tips on living and working with procrastinators you may know.
The Richest Man in Town
V. J. Smith
2005, 95 Pages
This book is about a simple man who ran a cash register. He worked hard and was
good to people. That, in turn, made him happy. He showed V. J. how to be a
better person, not one wealthier or more successful or more powerful.
1988, 66 Pages
This book is for anyone interested in learning job interview techniques,
especilly those who select others to work with them. Whether an employment
interviewer, first line supervisor, chairperson of a committee, project leader,
school administrator, restaurant manager, government official, owner of a small
business, or senior executive, you must be able to assess candidates nd arrive
at the best choice.
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R. Covey
1989, 340-page Book
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People presents a holistic, integrated,
principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. The seven
habits are be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think
win/win, seek first to understand then to be understood, synergize and sharpen the saw.
The Second Shift
Arlie Russell Hochschild
1997, 325 Pages
The author takes us into the homes of two-career parents to observe what really
goes on at the end of the “work day.” Overwhelmingly, she discovers, it’s the
working mother who takes on the second shift.
Strengths Quest: Discover and
Develop Your Strengths in Academics, Career, and Beyond
Donald O. Clifton and Edward ‘Chip’ Anderson
2004, 306 Pages
This book states that the challenges faced by students and learners of all ages
are not limited to reading, writing, and arithmetic. Often, they lie in gaining
direction, making decision, and building self-confidence. Fortunately, the keys
to successfully meeting these challenges already exist within you: Your own
natural talents will be the source of your greatest achievements.
Take Effective Control of Your Life
William Glasser, M.D.
1984, 236-page Book
Glasser explains his exciting new "control theory"- how each of us can better
control our emotions and actions to live healthier and more productive lives.
Taking Charge Constructively
1995, 197 Pages
While this book is primarily about growth and development in emphasizing
understanding and involvement individually, it addresses the subject in a
broader context which reaches into and involves the larger community as well.
Taking Charge of Your Life
Leland W. Howe
1977, 101-page Book
Successful people have discovered it is up to each person to make things happen. The
author invites you to join those people who can overcome their human failings and live
successful, meaningful lives. The method he outlines is simple, practical, and fun. The
key is to recognize your unique strengths and develop them into the foundation of your
personal success. By tuning into basic human needs and through a process of observing,
thinking and questioning, the author shows you the road toward attaining your goals.
T.G.I.M.: Making Your Work Fulfilling and Finding Fulfilling
Charles Cameron and Suzanne Elusorr
1986, 208-page Book
Work satisfaction, as much as any other factor in your life, is essential for true
happiness. T.G.I.M. can show you not only how to find deeper personal fulfillment from any
job you may have, it can lead you toward one of the greatest discoveries you can make:
finding the work you were born to do. T.G.I.M. is a practical book that aims to transform
your "job" into an "affair of the heart." This book uses dozens of
revealing techniques and effective self-exploration exercises.
The 8th Habit
Steven R. Covey
The sequel to the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, this book discusses how you can
and change it into greatness. This books offers many timely suggestions and practical
hands on skills.
Three Boxes of Life: And How to Get Out of Them
Richard N. Bolles
1981, 461-page Book
This book is an introduction to life/work planning. The author demonstrates that our lives
are rigidly defined into three periods based on primary activity -- education, work, and
retirement. During each of the "box-like" stages, we do little other than this
primary activity. In analyzing the boxes, the author provides a structure to deal with the
transition into each of the three periods.
Training Games for Interpersonal Skills
Anyone who's a trainer knows that trying to improve people's interpersonal
skills can be one of the most sensitive and challenging of all training
assessments. This book is designed for wide-range use in everything from
management development to customer service training to personal growth
When Giants Learn to Dance: Mastering the Challenges of
Strategy, Management, and Careers in the 1990s
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
1989, 115-page Book
To remain competitive, more and more companies are trimming down and getting in shape with
reorganizations, new management ideas, and fresh business strategies. The impact on growth
and productivity can be dramatic if the right balance is maintained. But the impact on
your career may be disconcerting, if not disastrous, if you're not prepared for the
emerging changes. When Giants Learn To Dance is the first
comprehensive business strategy book to address the pressing challenges facing companies
and careers today. The new key to the fast track is a flexible package of skills and
services that you can take anywhere.
Who Moved My Cheese?
Spencer Johnson, M.D.
1998, 94-page Book
Who Moved My Cheese? is a simple parable that reveals profound truths about change.
The characters are faced with unexpected change. Eventually, one of them deals with it
successfully and writes what he has learned from his experience on the maze walls.
Your Perfect Right: A Guide to Assertive Learning
Robert E. Alberti, Ph.D. and Michael L. Emmons, Ph.D.
1983, 212-page Book
This assertiveness training classic features new material on relationships, thinking
assertively, anger expression, and overcoming anxiety. The procedures are designed to help
you improve personal relationships, express needs and feelings more effectively, use anger
constructively, face uncomfortable situations in a straightforward, honest way, and build
self-confidence. This book will show you the important differences among passive
non-assertion, aggressive bullishness, and the honest-and-expressive-but-not-pushy brand
of assertiveness that can help you express yourself positively and respect others at the
Books can be checked out for one month, audio and video tapes for
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