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Book Review – Mindset Mondays

There have been a good number of books about changing your mindset. From books on can-do attitudes to positive thinking to enabling better habits and behaviors, many of these books have been helpful to thousands of readers over the years.

Where David Taylor-Klaus’ book Mindset Mondays differs is it comes from experience. Not others, but his own.

Taylor-Klaus starts off in the introduction with a story of his personal struggle and how a moment of clarity enabled him to discover a means in which to help others with proven principles to change their thinking and transform their lives.

Limiting mindsets hold countless people back from their potential and true happiness. And whether external or internal forces impact those thoughts, Mindset Mondays seeks to establish an achievable framework to lift the reader out of those forces and into a sustained pattern of mental empowerment.

The author takes the time in the very beginning and at the end of each chapter to review his REWIRE framework. It’s a pattern of discipline to Reflect, Experiment, Write, Investigate, Revise and Expand by taking some forgotten methods and re-implementing them to sharpen your thought patterns and exercise your mind.

While this book seems large by today’s standards – over 350 pages – it’s extremely concise and well written. Each chapter is a conversation with the author and the reader to tell a story relating to the many facets of changing up your mindset. And with 52 chapters, Taylor-Klaus has come up with almost every conceivable angle to penetrate and disruptive a mindset that limits the reader.

Every chapter is easily read and digested, allowing you to connect with the message and readily put into play the patterns Taylor-Klaus lays out. For instance the Chapter on “Edit Your Life” helps you think of your life as a work of art in progress, a masterpiece yet to be completed.

David Taylor-Klaus weaves timeless quotes from great thinkers into the exact places where they make the most impact. The result of his writing and the layout of the book is a terrific read that truly helps people change their lives in a practical and sustainable way.

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Book Review – Saving Face

One of the most interesting things about leading in a certain culture is you tend to understand people and organizational dynamics based on the local culture of where you’re located.

Maya Hu-Chan’s new book “Saving Face – How To Preserve Dignity and Build Trust” helps to understand what “face” and break the misunderstanding of certain terms such as the ubiquitous “saving face”.

Maya draws from the origins of face in the history and culture of China and talks through what the universal meaning, and more importantly the human meaning of face really means to individuals and organizations at large.

She transforms our thinking towards a system of honor and dignity, both in others and ourselves. Her outlining of how to break down cultural barriers and create a broader universal culture of dignity, self-worth and identity in others. By bridging these gaps in human needs and cultural divides, Maya helps us create better language – conversations – that honor all sides.

And in one of the most key chapters, she offers the concept of psychological safety that a proper perspective of face should establish. This thought creates a solid baseline to drive trust and conversations that propel others to break ceilings, tear down silos and create an agility among teams and people that are otherwise stifled because we default to “saving face”.

“Saving Face” is a great book and if you’re a leader in search of greater ability to honor others and cross cultural barriers, it’s a recommended read.

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Book Review – Coach The Person, Not The Problem

Marcia Reynolds is quickly becoming one of my favorite coach and leadership heroes. And her latest book, “Coach The Person, Not The Problem” is a testament to her coaching prowess.

Marcia has taken her real world experience that has paved the way for the coaching movement to bring a tremendous guide to mastering one of a coach’s toughest challenges by reflecting clients’ words and expressions back to enable them to see new possibilities and solutions.

Her book is written in a simple and conversational style that eschews the typical formulaic lists and decision tree paradigms that typical coaching experts extol. Instead of asking the usual open-ended questions, she works towards reflective questions that cause a leader to think more deeply and introspectively.

Chapter by chapter, Marcia unfolds an easy and systematic approach for what really works in the realm of coaching. She opens by exploring why coaching is so effective, then exposes the myths and false beliefs that plague so many coaches.

The core of the book is “The 5 Essential Practices” that delve into Focus, Active Replay, Brain Hacking, Goaltending and New and Next. These are designed to change the linear transactional style of coaching to a more inside out and reflective transformational style. The section on Brain Hacking is quite intriguing and you may find yourself emerging from that chapter having self reflected on your boxed in thought patterns.

Using real life coaching experience, results and the latest brain science to show why reflective inquiry works Marcia creates a paradigm shift in the world of coaching that can help you and your clients not fall into stale patterns and shallow results.

Having been a pioneer in creating the coaching profession, Marcia’s book helps coaches “become change agents who actively recharge the human spirit. And clients naturally dive deeper and develop personalized solutions that may surprise even the coach.”

Dr. Marcia Reynolds, Master Certified Coach helps coaches and leaders make every conversation a difference-making experience. She has provided coaching and training in 41 countries and is recognized by Global Gurus as one of the top 5 coaches in the world. You can finds more about her at https://covisioning.com/.

Marcia’s book is available on Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Coach-Person-Not-Problem-Reflective/dp/1523087838

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