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The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family: A Leadership Fable
Patrick Lencioni
2008, 221 pages
In this unique and groundbreaking book, business consultant and New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni turns his sights on the most important organization in our lives--the family. As a husband and the father of four young boys, Lencioni realized the discrepancy between the time and energy his clients put into running their organizations and the reactive way most people run their personal lives. Having experienced the stress of a frantic family firsthand, he and his wife began applying some of the tools he uses with Fortune 500 companies at home, and with surprising results.

Crisis and Risk Communication: 10 Tips for Public Health Professionals Communicating with Native and New Americans
Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU
Editors: Robert S. Littlefield, Kimberly Cowden, M.A. and William D. Hueston, Ph.D.
2007, 24 pages
This book serves to assist public health professionals when building and fostering relationships with Native and New American populations. This guidebook provides both a theoretical foundation for health communication practices and practical, day-to-day suggestions for engaging Native and New American communities in health promotion and risk and crisis communication. This guidebook is the result of actual field work with Plains Indian groups and New American groups in the upper Midwest and collaboration wtih public health professionals.

Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable
2004, 260 pages
Tackling the most common problem in business, boring meetings, Pat reveals his model for making meetings productive, compelling and even energizing. Bad meetings almost always lead to bad decisions, which is the best recipe for mediocrity.

The Everything Retirement Planning Book
Harrington, Judith B. and Stanley J. Steinberg, C.F.P.
2007, 4 CDs
A comfortable retirment takes careful planning. No matter what your drea is for retirement - traveling the world, relocating to an exciting new city, or just spending more time with family - you can make that dream come true. The Everything Retirement Planning Book helps you determine how much money you'll need to save for your dream and the best ways to do it.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
Patrick Lencioni

2002, 230 pages
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team explores the fundamental causes of organizational politics and team failure. This gripping fable centers on Kathryn Petersen, an old-school CEO who comes out of retirement to accept the monumental task of transforming a dysfunctional group of high profile, egocentric executives into a cohesive and effective team. With an amazing gift for building teams, Kathryn forces her colleagues to confront the behavioral pitfalls that destroy most teams and adopt the five characteristics of a truly cohesive one.

Good Ideas for Creating a More Ethical and Effective Workplace
Steven R. Nish
2005, 112 pages
Companies can take many steps to boost ethics and morale. And studies show a clear link between a principled workplace and productive workers. This book shares innovative ideas used around the country, from compensation and communication to hiring and firing. Also included: an extensive section on writing an effective ethics code for your business.

How Full is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life
Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D.
2005, 128 pages
How did you feel after your last interaction with another person? Did that person - your spouse, best friend, co-worker, or even at stranger - "fill your bucket" by making you feel more positive? Or did that person "dip from your bucket," leaving you more negative then before?

The History and Culture of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Sahnish (Arikara)
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Linda Baker, Dorreen Yellow Bird, Cheryl Kulas and Greta White Calfe
2002, 192 pages
The guide is about the histories and cultures of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Sahnish (Arikara) people and is part of a collaborative project between the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and the Tribal Nations of North Dakota.

Joy at Work
Dennis Blake
2005, 314 pages
A Revolutionary Approach to Fun on the Job
Imagine a company where people love coming to work and are highly productive on a daily basis. Well imagine no more. Dennis tells the true story of this extraordinary compny. This book will force you to question everything you thought you knew about corporate success.  

Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators
Patrick Lencioni
2005, 155 pages
In Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide, author Pat Lencioni offers more specific, practical guidance for overcoming the Five Dysfunctions—using tools, exercises, assessments and real-world examples.

The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (and their employees)
Patrick Lencioni
2007, 260 pages
In his sixth fable, bestselling author Patrick Lencioni takes on a topic that almost everyone can relate to: the causes of a miserable job. Millions of workers, even those who have carefully chosen careers based on true passions and interests, dread going to work, suffering each day as they trudge to jobs that make them cynical, weary, and frustrated. It is a simple fact of business life that any job, from investment banker to dishwasher, can become miserable. Through the story of a CEO turned pizzeria manager, Lencioni reveals the three elements that make work miserable -- irrelevance, immeasurability, and anonymity -- and gives managers and their employees the keys to make any job more fulfilling.

The Richest Man in Town
V.J. Smith
2007, 95 pages
The Richest Man in Town is a true story that captures the important things in life in an unforgettable way. It is beautifully written and will make you laugh, make you cry, but most importantly, will make you reflect on what life is about.

Stop Bullying Now: Take A Stand. Lend A Hand.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Video / Activities Guide
WEBISODES - a Series of 12 animated episodes depecting a group of characters at a school who experience builying first-hand and what they do to help resolve the situation. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS: Five television and two radio PSAs to promote the campaign in your school or community. VIDEO WORKSHOPS: Videos developed for professionals in the education, health and safety, mental health, law enforcement, and youth serving fields.



Books can be checked out for one month, audio and video tapes for two weeks. Contact the Distribution Center at or 701 231-7882 to check out Staff Resource Library materials, or stop by Morrill 10 to browse the shelves.