Much of our daily stress is actually the “small stuff” – traffic problems, urgent deadlines, boring meetings, bureaucracy, rude emails, demanding bosses, an assumed rat race, etc. The real problems –job layoffs, theft or violence – are really few and far between.
An easy-to-read fable that every parent and kid should explore together: finding our true potential, individual ambition vs. society’s curbs, loving even those who oppose us, practicing till we become perfect etc.
The one book that has probably influenced me most. Covey distills 150 years of leadership literature to enunciate 7 Habits that make some people more effective than others. [Younger readers may prefer 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, written by his son]
We don’t need to be in a state of misery to start thinking about happiness. Even with a blessed, fortunate life, there can still be a feeling of emptiness, a feeling of boredom. Gretchen identifies 12 themes that could add to the happiness in our lives.
What really is Happiness? And what exactly happens when we have that warm fuzzy feeling? Can we train our brain to be more happy? What conditions cause happiness? One of Europe’s most respected science writers combines neuroscience, psychology and eastern philosophy to teach us about happiness.
People become successful because of certain good habits and in spite of some bad habits. The latter, if left uncorrected, can put serious brakes in our career. Marshall highlights 21 of these fatal flaws that separate the good from the truly great.
Why are some people more successful than others? Prof. Goleman identifies 5 success factors that separate the ordinary from the extremely successful – Self-understanding, Self-discipline, Passion, Empathy and Social Networking – which he together calls EQ.
Even the best of bschools do not teach us to be ‘street smart’, and that is exactly what we may need to be successful in the real world: reading people, leaving impressions, finding our edge and being an entrepreneur.
Learn from one of the richest coaching gurus (Tony’s net worth is $0.5bn!) how to take immediate control of your mental, emotional, physical and financial destiny. His seminars retail at $2000 so the book is a bargain!
A Professor of Medicine combines eastern wisdom with latest fMRI based research to give a detailed guide on mindfulness: the 8 week practice schedule with meditation is proven to reduce stress, anxiety, panic and emotional pain.
How To Win Friends and Influence People, written over 80 years ago, literally started the entire genre of self-help books in the world. Legend has it that a senior executive of publisher, Simon and Schuster, attended Dale Carnegie’s personality development class and persuaded Dale to allow taking notes from the course that later became the book. One of the world’s largest best selling books of all time, it has sold more than 15 million copies and been translated in almost every written language.
“Triggers can give you the self-awareness you need – to create your own world – rather than being created by the world around you.” Allan Mulally, US CEO of the Year (CEO Magazine) and #3 Greatest Leader in the World (Fortune magazine).