Each scholar in the Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute is required to read two leadership books during the year. It is recommended that you select books that may be helpful in accomplishing your team learning project. This list contains books we recommend on leadership and leadership issues in public health. Scholars may choose a book not listed with the approval of their mentor. Upon completion of each book, scholars are asked to share what they learned and how it applies to public health leadership in Kentucky.
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Review: Poverty is defined as the extent to which an individual does without resources. Poverty is not just a condition of not having enough money It is a realm of particular rules, emotions, mental, spiritual, physical, and the knowledge that override all other ways of building relationships and making a life. This book was written as a guide and exercise book for middle-class teachers, who often don't connect with their impoverished students--largely because they don't understand the hidden rules of poverty. It was a helpful guide to me and the work I conduct on a daily basis for the health department. The services my department provides are mainly catered to people of poverty and lower middle class socioeconomic status. I think this book is useful not just for educators, but for anyone who has to deal with people of different backgrounds. If you work with people in poverty, some understanding of how different the world is from yours will be invaluable. Whether you’re an educator —or a social, health or legal services professional—this breakthrough book gives you practical, real-world support and guidance to improve your effectiveness in working with people from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Having read it, I feel a lot more confident about dealing with people as people, not as representatives of their social class. Two thumbs up!!
Review: Wow---I have never read a book before like this. It was too abstract and philosophical for my concrete brain. As soon as I thought, I was getting what it was trying to say, I would soon loose my grasp. It was a pretty quick read though, but I think it would be better if you read a page or two and then pondered it for a while before reading more. The world strives for order and creativeness. Life needs to be playful. I get that. I'm just not sure how to use this information to make me a better leader. Not impressed by the book, but if you are the philosophical type, you'll love it.
Review: The Art of War is the ancient knowledge of the science of conflict. Ironically, it begins with the admonition to the reader that the best way to wage war is to avoid it -- to make conflict altogether unnecessary. If war must be waged, then there are five things to consider: 1. The way – which means to get the people to have the same point of view as the leadership. 2. The weather – I am reminded of the Weather Channel’s program – when weather changed history – weather may not play the same function in global market wars but metaphors of weather (i.e. business climate) certainly do. 3. Terrain – today may include logistics in just in time manufacturing or excelling in customer satisfaction for the service industry. 4. Leadership – management, application of technology, investment in human resources and integrity. 5. Discipline – training, functional systems, and positive feedback. But once again we are reminded that the ideal strategy is to win without fighting and accomplish the most while expending the least. Sun Tzu seems to dwell on wars ruthlessness and treachery as a stark contrast to the virtues of humanity outside the atrocities of war. This book was written over 2500 years ago and greatly influenced by both Confucius and Lao-Tzu’s Ta Te Ching. A more recent book, The Art of Peace was written by Morihei Ueshiba and translated by John Stevens. Morihei unlike Sun Tzu focuses on the characteristic strengths of the warriors who are capable of winning without fighting and they are: compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. I have read both books and find it ironic that though the titles speak of opposites the pages carry the same message.
Review: I thought this book was important for me to read because at the time, I was focusing on a negative aspect of my job, and felt I needed a shift in attitude. This book was very helpful in that regard. I try to read a couple of pages every day. I definitely agree with John Maxwell's thoughts about how attitude will determine altitude. This book is packed with all types of quotes and stories that will get you inspired and improve your outlook concerning difficulties. We own our attitudes, and we all have the power to change them even in some of the toughest areas of our lives. This is certainly an excellent read.
Review: This book opened my eyes to disasters occurring in our modern world as a direct result of the collapse of regional and global public health systems. Whether it be an ebola outbreak in Zaire, AIDS and tuberculosis epidemics in the former Soviet Union, or an anthrax scare in a federal building mailroom, there is a common thread that links all these events - public health. Laurie Garrett uses all these examples to illustrate how a public health system, or lack there of, can effect the outcome of events by preventing and controlling factors of disease. Garrett also offers a historical look at the public health system on the national level from its humble beginnings and turbulent political transformations. She concludes that as the gap between the richest americans and the poorest americans grows wider, the number of uninsured increases, causing healthcare to be unaccessible for many Americans. Overall, the causes of mortality have changed drastically over time and instead of infectous diseases being the major cause of death, now chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer are the major causes of death. The author points out that addressing the lifestyle and behavioral risk factors contributing to these chronic diseases is a great challenge to public health and will continue to be greater as more and more people lack access to health care. Rather than addressing the health of the community, the health care system addresses the health of only those individuals who can afford medical treatment. This lack of community health among the general population will be a great challenge to overcome and will be the greatest weakness of our society in the future.
Review: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell was well worth the quick read! The book explains that “blink” is literally the reaction that you have in the first two seconds after being confronted with a new idea, person, piece of artwork, etc. Gladwell argues that although “we are innately suspicious of this kind of rapid cognition” (p. 13) that we should give more credence to our snap judgments or blink reactions. Similar to The Tipping Point, numerous and entertaining examples of how our snap judgments are usually correct are provided. However, we are also warned in Blink that there are times when our reaction in the first two seconds is NOT correct. This is illuminated with the example of the quintessential taste test where we get only one sip of soda rather than the entire can. Ultimately, Blink provides many valuable lessons for us in both our personal and professional lives and gives us insight into when and why we should trust our snap judgments and first impressions.
Review: If you serve the public in any way you need to read this book. It will open your eyes to how each of us lives in our own world, our own experiences and culture, and how we think others are just like us but in fact they are very different. I learned so much about the "culture" of poverty -- the different rules, expectations, views, habits, family patterns. The book is written for professionals and educators who work in the social services industry and teaches how we need to know and understand the "rules" of poverty and how to communicate with and effect change with people living in poverty. It's a fascinating and easy read and I guarantee it will humble you and give you a new perspective in dealing with clients.
Review: The book was divided into three sections: The Nature of Conflict, Confronting Others and Confronting Ourselves. When I checked this book out, I had the understanding I would be able to learn how to handle conflict with others through specific intervention. Actually what I received from this book is most conflicts arise because of a conflict within ourselves. The author encouraged the reader to take an assessment of themselves. A particular section I found interesting was the chapter on common sources of conflict. This chapter emphasized how we should never try to make others wrong. A quote from the book was "I learned that often time conflict can be resolved by not confronting others but evaluating me." I found this book to be a great teaching tool - a tool which can be used at work and/or at home.
Review: Everyone has had confrontations to deal with in life at home and at work. This book provides a good approach to handling all types of confrontations. It even provides information on the need for effective confrontations. This was illustrated with the example of the Challenger space shuttle tragedy (could have been averted had known issues been raised) because no one spoke up. This book discusses ways to have a confrontation and gain results without the lost of friendships. You can apply lessons from this book to your personal and professional life. This book provides a template to work from so that anyone can be successful with crucial confrontations. This book is a very good resource for all supervisors at any level.
Review: Crucial Conversations is a must read for all scholars. I actually read this book after completing Dr. Weiner's videoconference on "Having Difficult Conversations More Effectively." Going in this order helped me to gain a deeper understanding while also reinforcing key concepts during my "practice" conversations. I highly recommend doing in this order if given the opportunity. This book is an easy read because it contains 7 key concepts that are written in a way that is easy to understand and organized by chapters. It also contains a test where you can identify your prominent style of communicating and provides "real" examples to see ways to handle different situations. In particular, I enjoyed reading the chapters on how to stay in dialogue when you are angry, scared, or hurt and the chapter on how to speak persuasively and not abrasively. These chapters in particular offered tips on how to deal with these situations, which generally evoke "fight or flight" responses. If you were like me and thought that business was business and feelings had nothing to do with it, then this is a must read for you too.
Review: I was expecting the book to encourage less meetings, but after pondering over the situations and suggestions in the writing, I understand why Mr. Lencioni encourages more meetings. I agree with him that drama and confrontation add to the over-all effectiveness of productive meetings. I also agree with his notion that the only thing worse or more painful than confronting an uncomfortalbe topic is to pretend it does not exist. His breakdown of meetings into 4 categories (Daily Checks, Weekly Tacticals, Monthly Strategies, and Quarterly Off-Site Reviews) could be effective for most all groups in one combination or the other. The author's use of a young outsider and theatrics make the book a fun read but also provides you with a wealth of information on the steps to insure effective and productive meetings. I know that all of us have been involved with and perhaps directed some really bad meetings. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to be a better leader or participant at a meeting.
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Review: I appreciated the simple tips in here for getting things done. I have a big problem with procrastination because I feel I actually operate better that way. However, after reading this, I see there are some simple things I can do to make my life more manageable. Since reading this, I have learned to make lists and how to priortize and get the bigger things done first. The tips in the book seem so obvious but most of us probably still don't do them. It's worth the read.
Review: I think this book is a little full of itself and it's author tends to be wordy and repetitive with his thoughts. I do feel this book helps create awareness that there is a relationship between emotion and attitudes and personalities and how we relate to one another. It also helps create awareness that real intelligence doesn’t always go hand in hand with social intelligence and being able to talk and understand someone. I don’t, however, feel this book really conveys there may be limitations to its practical use. Overall, I think it is a readable book and it does offer a few useable ideas but I wouldn’t replace your common sense with the tools presented in this book quite yet.
Review: This book addresses a topic that any supervisor will find very relevant to his or her work. The topic of emotions in the work place has been often discussed and the subject of many books. Some people say that the work environment is no place for emotions and the decisions we make should be based upon logic only. This book takes a much more realistic approach that the emotionally intelligent leader will recognize the impact emotions have upon the supervisor and the people supervised. Emotions will not be ignored but will be recognized and used to provide very important data about situations that will contribute to a more positive experience for the parties involved. The approach to emotional intelligence layed out in the book begins with the following 6 principles. 1. Emotion is information. 2. We can try to ignore emotions, but it doesn’t work. 3. We can try to hide emotions, be we are not as good at it as we think. 4. Decisions must incorporate emotion to be effective. 5. Emotions follow logical patterns. 6. Emotional universals exist, but so do specifics. One of the parts of this book that I found most interesting discusses how emotion facilitates thought. “Rather that view emotions as unwelcome visitors, we need to embrace them as a key component of thinking and cognition.” Emotions can actually enhance our thinking. Emotions and mood influence our thinking, memory, and decision-making. Understanding emotions can make us much more effective in all aspects of our relationships with others. The book lays out four main areas of emotional intelligence for each of us. The first area looks at our ability to identify emotions. Next is our use of emotions. Third is our understanding of emotions. Finally is the ability to manage emotions. The book discusses the MSCEIT which we completed and how this can be such a useful tool to effective leaders. It is very important that we have an understanding of our own emotions and the impact they havena....
Review: I would recommend this book to anyone who is on a team that’s not working or will be moving to the team concept. The authors give step-by-step direction on how to start, some of the pit falls and how to avoid them. They also explain the pros and cons of changing to a team type of management I have been part of the “team concept” for about three years now. I hope I never have to go back to the old management style. Teams give you ownership of your job and some control. I think that when you know what you do is important and what overall out come is expected, it is easier to do the very best job you can.
Review: Authors Steven Stein and Howard Book have compiled their wealth of knowledge and experience on the topic of emotional intelligence, and presented it in a manner that is easy to comprehend within the pages of The EQ Edge. They clearly distinguish between IQ vs. EQ and illustrate the importance that both have in terms of success with daily interpersonal relationships. I found this book to be very readable with scenarios and illustrations that anyone can relate to. Actively devleoping the skills that compose our EQ not only polishes our social graces, but enhances our ability to better understand and communicate more effecitvely during our day to day activities. Anyone, particulary those in a leaderhsip position, will find it worth their while to actively pursue development of their EQ skills.
Review: Fast Food Nation addresses everything I never wanted to accept about the restaurant business. I'm not in denial; I can barely pass a McDonald's and not crave and daydream about a cheeseburger and fries. After reading this book, I have come to realize the intricate social marketing and huge popular culture that surrounds this industry. The eye-opening statistics, revealing accounts of first-hand stories and the "dark side of the all-American meal," has impacted my eating habits in a dramatic way. As a health educator, I feel remarkably more equipped to educate the public on this industry... the good, the bad, and the ugly. I have felt compelled to share this book with a variety of professionals as well as my family and friends; this book has an abudance of information that is totally hidden in our society.
Review: This book is a collection of several articles written by Ms. Wheatley over her career. She has an introspection into the way we live our lives and do our work that encourages you to ponder your own views. She discusses Leadership in many different contexts. She encourages one to look at their organization as a living system and not a mechanical one. Many thought provoking examples are given as to how one goes about creating an atmosphere of change including some "non-negotiables" that must happen. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a new approach to making things happen in their personal or professional life.
Review: I am a huge advocate of the principals Dr. Covey stresses in his books. In this book he provided a program that applies not only to the professional life but also to the private life. I would say he is saying in essence “Live you life like it counts”. A good read, but a slow read, as it needs to be practiced and refined to the person as you read along. Would recommend it to all persons in and out of public health.
Review: The minute I started to read this book I thought of some of the negative attitudes folks can have in the work place. This book inspires you to want to have a more positive work environment and to try and inspire others around you to do the same. Through the four principles set out in this little book, I think any one can have a healthier, happier and more productive work setting. I have already tried some of the principles and it really works even on a small scale. This book also provides a good example of how important an effective leader is to any organization. I would definitely recommend this book to others!
Review: Mr. Lencioni places in small heading "A Leadership Fable", but reading this book does not place you in the land of leadership fairyland. The issues Kathryn deals with as a CEO are the same issues most leaders have regarless of the type of company they lead, or the level of leadership they are in. It is true that if you allow any of the five dysfunctions such as absent of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability or inattention to results to go on and not address each dysfunction with your team,the team concept will never be recognized by the team members. As a leader I would recommend this book as a tool to better understand how to build a successful team and how to identify the dysfuntion of a team thus creating the functional team that succeeds at all goals together.
Review: After getting the results from the Emotional Intelligence Inventory and the coaching that followed, I decided to read a book my oldest daughter gave me. I tried to read it several times earlier but couldn’t get past the first chapter. I mean, what kind of man wants to be seen reading a purple book with bold pink and white letters pimping the title The Five Love Languages? Faced with a questionable borderline score in “empathy” I had a boost of motivation to see if the author might be able to help me relate better to my wife, the rest of my family and others. What I discovered in the pages of a one-day read was astounding. And, I kept entertaining the thought that had I read this earlier in my life, perhaps a lot of misunderstandings and unintentional hurt may have been avoided. The Five Love Languages are just that, ways we communicate our love to each other and also ways that we interpret the love others have for us. Briefly they are: · Quality Time · Words of Affirmation · Gifts · Acts of Service · Physical Touch Suffice it to say, if your primary love language is Acts of Service and your wife or child’s is Words of Affirmation they won’t feel your love when you do things for them even though when people do things for you, you feel loved and your natural tendency is to express love in the same way. They feel love when you tell them they look great, when you encourage them with words, when you affirm the services that they have done. The Five Love Languages is an easy read with life changing information that can be immediately put to use in your personal and professional life.
Review: The Four Agreements is found in the New Age section, which in my opinion is unfortunate. It is sort of like putting Who Moved the Cheese in the Fiction section. I had heard of this book. I was very popular in the late 90’s. But, at that time I didn’t want to be identified as one of those “New Agers”. Shortly after the barrage of self-improvement instruments we KPHLI scholars participated in last summer and early fall of 2007, I googled some of the topics for personal growth and effective change. The Four Agreements began to show up regularly in my searches. I purchased the book and stuffed it into my backpack. During the long fall nights deep in the Big South Fork National Recreation Area I spent hours in my tent reading and contemplating Don Miquel Ruiz’s book of ancient Toltec wisdom. The Four Agreements are: 1. Be Impeccable With Your Word. Always speak with integrity and say only what needs to be said with heartfelt meaning. Avoid speaking against yourself or others and also avoid gossip. 2. Don’t Take Anything Personally. Realize that what others say and do is simply a projection of their reality – you don’t have to buy into it. Strive to develop immunity to the opinions and actions of others. 3. Don’t Make Assumptions. Ask questions. Strive to avoid misunderstandings and finger pointing. Avoid drama through accurate, factual, and non-manipulative communication. Ruiz strongly implies that this is the most powerful of all the Agreements and mastery of this one alone will change your life and positively impact your family, friends, and community. 4. Always Do Your Best. Of course your best will change with health, wealth, experience, and other conditions like aging. But even with these factors influencing your performance, if you do your best, you will avoid self-judgment and regret. The Companion Workbook helps reinforce the practice of the Four Agreements into my daily life.
Review: I want to start by saying I really loved this book. It may be small but is packed full of very useful information. I have already encourage two of my co-wokers to read it. It would be wonderful if every one could act the way "Fred" did, at least part of the time. After reading this book I have started looking at my life differnet. I want to try and be more like "Fred". At the end of the day I have starting asking myself, if I thought I had made any kind of difference in something that I had done today. I have started to try and live by what was said in the book, "It takes just about the same amount of time to be a nice guy as it does to be a jerk" Fred shows how to make something ordinary extraordinary. I grew up learning about the golden rule, treating others as I'd like to be treated, but after reading this book it made me want to work harder at following this rule. Finally, after reading this book I realized that even the smallest gestures can make the world a better place.
Review: This book is well written and easy to read and to understand. It is relevant for anyone in everyday life because we are all negotiators in one way or another. It would also be beneficial as we negotiate in our personal life, community and in business dealings. The authors address questions about 1) the meaning and limits of "principled" negotiation (it represents practical, not moral advice) ; 2) dealing with someone who seems to be irrational or who has a different value system, outlook, or negotiatng style; 3) questions about tactics, such as where to meet,who should make the first offer, and how to move from inventing options to making commitments; and (4) the role of power in negotiaton. The authors stress that just reading the book is not the key to becoming efficient at negotiating anymore then riding a horse one time is going to make you an expert rider. The idea is to make use of the information by cutting and fitting it until you find a good fit for you. Anyone will be more effective as a negotiator if they believe in what they are saying and doing. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to acquire skills in negotiations (of any kind).
Review: Go Put Your Strengths to Work is Marcus Buckingham’s follow up to Now, Discover Your Strengths, and it leads the reader through practical exercises to assist them in getting on the “strengths path.” Maximizing strengths through planning is the theme of the book, and readers are taken through a step-by-step process to help apply their strengths more often and with greater purpose. Beginning with a daily assessment of things that you ‘loved” and things that you ‘loathed,’ readers are invited to hone in on the specifics of their strengths and how they are (or are not) being used in the workplace. That information is used to develop a “Strong Week Plan,” which includes focusing on opportunities that allow you to do more strengths-based work by planning to stop weaknesses from serving as blockages. Finally, readers are provided specifics on how to keep their weaknesses out of the way as they move forward. The acronym STOP provides the tools to cope effectively with weaknesses and focus on strengths. Thus, coping with a weakness may involve any of the following: Stop using it; Team up with others who have the talent; Offer up a strength in it’s place; and/or Perceive the weakness differently, so that you connect it with a strength or complete it in such a way that one’s strengths are incorporated. Buckingham succeeds in empowering the reader to apply strengths-based psychology in practical ways that lead to greater personal satisfaction and an optimal job fit.
Review: Ever wonder why some a seemingly simple request becomes lost, stuck, or bigger-than-life in your organization? This book provides the tools it takes to "unstick" your organizations internal processes. This book provides simple questions to ask at the right time and place for the uncovering of unseen, unknown, and over-looked process constraints. After reading this book you will no longer accept daily processes as the way they should be. You will soon find yourself asking What takes so long? Where are the constraints? How can we function more efficiently? Learn why the efficient Through-put of product doesn't trim workforces but increases the need for a larger workforce. I must read for anyone who waits on others before starting or completing a task.
Review: Jim Collins analyzed over 1,400 companies that appeared in the Fortune 500 from 1965 to 1995, looking for companies that sustained their growth for at least 15 years. What he found were only 11 companies that moved from good to great—whose growth was not based on a specific industry getting hot, but was attributed to the management excellence of the person at the top. Upon deeper analysis, he found that they shared common traits. What is most interesting is that the leaders that propelled these companies into greatness were not well known individuals. Instead of embodying charismatic personalities and pursuing “rock star” fame in the business world, they were thoughtful leaders, putting the good of the company ahead of their personal gain. These leaders focused on getting the right people on the bus before charting new horizons and were not afraid of giving credit to others. Unlike other books on popular management techniques, “Good to Great” is down-to-earth and filled with commonsense thinking. Definitely a good read.
Review: Several years ago our Director asked that we read Gung Ho and when I saw it on the list I wanted to re-read it. It's a valuable resource for any organization because it emphasizes goal setting, valuing the people within the organization, and striving to be team members not just employees. I have made several notations from this book that I keep on my desk to remind me of prioritizing in my professional life. Gung Ho is an easy read but full of wonderful advice and it's also entertaining.
Review: In todays society good communication is a must. We communicate not only with words but with body language, our dress and how we present ouselves. The book states the keys to the Kingdom of communication are the folowing: Desire, understand the processs, master basic skills, practice and patience. Communication also includes good listening skills. Communicating is more than opening the mouth and letting words flow out. Have your audience become a part of your presentation by having them asking questions and making comments.This is a good way to capture your audience. If you receiver nither of these you proable have not conveyed clear communication to your subjects.
Review: I vastly enjoyed this book especially with the historical references (President Lincoln) and would recommend to any individual interested in refining their leadership style. The book covers basic points (active listening, referring to the other person by name, etc.) which most of us forget to implement but would discover great rewards personally and professionally if utilized. I plan to review my highlighted secions frequently in order to become a better wife, mother, coach, etc. and believe anyone who would take the time to read this book would learn at least two valuable tools for improving their personal relationships.
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Review: Tom Peters book addresses individuals, managers, and leaders of all kinds in the workplace. He gives small informational topics on reimagining our institutions and enterprises through different types of leadership abilities. Peters describes the psycholgical challenges on how to effectivly lead rather than manage. This was a great book because it was simplistic-I could easily put it down and pick right up without being lost or having to think back on what the storyline entailed.
Review: The predominant theme throughout this book is that Leadership is a learned and practiced skill not a innate talent. Maxwell shares real life examples that include the McDonald’s brothers and the leadership of Ray Koch in taking the company to the next level. Theodore Roosevelt’s life serves as another example of leadership being developed through discipline and perseverance. Maxwell gives considerable attention to the understanding and application of the Pereto Principle or 80/20 Rule. Three things I am taking away from this reading are: 1. Take time to reflect more. 2. Be willing to risk more. 3. Follow my bliss – i.e. take this job and Love it. The elements of trust and vision as they influence the ability of a person to lead others cannot be underestimated. As I read this section, I could not help but feel a sense of pending doom for our country as I considered how so many political and religious leaders violated our trust and failed to get the people to embrace a common positive vision. Maxwell claims that leadership comes to a person from influence. That, indeed, leadership is influence and therefore influence is leadership. Leaders create positive change. They hold long-term influence provided they do not violate trust. Influence is not bestowed, it is earned – often through hard work and learning from your mistakes. The Five Levels of Leadership are worth reviewing and contain too much information to grasp in a casual reading. The same holds true for the concept of empowerment. Whole books can be written using these two chapters as outlines. This also holds true for the concept of succession. The book is about leadership, and called Leadership 101. Like Sociology 101 or English 101, it glosses over what can only be covered in greater detail with additional courses. Like an artist about to pain a complicated mural, Maxwell’s book paints a primer for a portrait of many colors and many hours of painstaking dedication yet to follow.
Author:Phyllis Skonicki, KPHLI Scholar 2003
Review: The title of this book caught my eye as I felt like this is exactly what public health is trying to do in this time of struggling identity and change. It is also a book that not only looks at organizational structure but also could be used in charting one’s personal life.
Margaret Wheatley compares the present organizational structure and the change cycles that either are taking place or should take place to Quantum Physics. You may say what a leap, but her premise contains many of the theories and ideas in The Fifth Discipline. This book could easily be a companion to Senge’s book.
We as humans like to have order in our world and seem to react adversely when that order is not readily available. But is it really order that we need or control? As she says, “All this time we have created trouble for ourselves in organizations by confusing control with order.”
What seems to be a system or organization that is falling apart is really or can be a system that is reconfiguring itself. This reconfiguration can result in a stronger and more productive system or organization. We should not be afraid of encouraging an openness that causes this to happen but to be embracing it with an attitude for greater potential. “An open organization doesn’t look for information that makes it feel good, that verifies its past and validates its present. It is deliberately looking for information that might threaten its stability, knock it off balance, and open it to growth.”
Even though in the beginning I thought how strange to compare organizational structure to physics- the more I read the more I understood what she was saying and the more it made sense. I would recommend this book as one that you will want to read, underline and then go back to again.
Author:Jeanie Renee Blair, 2005 Scholar
Review: I enjoyed the book although,I felt Hawkins views were confusing in some aspects, especially the area of christianity.However,I did like the way he interweaved personal and professional leadership. Chapter 7 Family - The Seedbed of Leadership reminds me of many of the values my parents strived to teach my sister and me, just as I now strive to instill in my children. I also enjoyed Chapter 9 As Iron Sharpens Iron - It has inspired me to refreshen old friendships and focus more on all of the friendships I have been blessed with through the years. Overall, the book was interesting and informative.
Author:Patty Poor, 2007 Scholar
Review: The Leadership Challenge focuses on five practices of exemplary leadership: model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart. Cases studies are given throughout with good tips for use in any situation whether you work in government or church. This book is easy to read and is good for personal development.
Author: Lynn Hulsey, KPHLI Scholar 2001
Review: Realizing and accepting our limitations allows us to become better leaders. Once this occurs we can understand that diversity is the key to a good team. We are a good team because we all bring different attributes to the work we do. Recognizing other's gifts and nurturing those gifts is the leaders responsibility.
DePree discusses participative management as being the most effective management process. This is not to say that everyone makes all decisions. The leader still has the ultimate say, but decides based on respectful consideration of all the ideas.
Communication is also crucial to a thriving organization. Information must be shared accurately and freely. According to DePree it is better to err on the side of providing too much information. Employees are empowered through knowledge and should not be kept in the dark. He feels communication is the most valuable tool in achieving meaningful and fulfilling relationships.
"Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to do. The visible signs of artful leadership are expressed, ultimately, in its preactice."
Review: The book Leadership on the Line by Linsky and Heifetz is a great book about the problems that people are faced with when they are trying to become a good leader. In the book it outlines the four forms of resistance such as marginalization, diversion, attack, and seduction. The book also gives effective tips on ways to deal with criticism while leading. In the book it outlines two major ways to deal with problems that may arise while leading such as "giving the work back" and "holding steady" these two tactics are good ways to help you put pressure on those that need to make the change and to stay focused while you are doing it. Overall the book was an excellent resource for me personally. It has helped me to become a more effective leader. I have also applied some of the things outlined in the book to my work. This is another book that should be recommended to all scholars.
Review: This book is easy to read in story format. With help from a mentor a man comes to understand by giving people ownership in what they do increases their self worth. He came to realize the value of the people around him. He learned how to search his own soul, to let go of total control and seek what is important.
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Author:James House, 2007 KPHLI Scholar
Review: This is one of the best “management” books I have ever read. It is very easy to follow and understand. The author, Bob Briner, presents each of the 49 key points in short, easy to read chapters. As compared to many of the management books that I have read, this is a very practical, no frills book. It gets to the point and leaves the reader with no doubt on what is being stated. Each of the 49 key points presented are very pertinent to managers. Employees would also benefit from reading this book. This is a must read for anybody who works in a management position. Many problems could be avoided by following the advice given in this book.
Author: Dave Langdon, 2005 KPHLI Scholar
Review: In “Media Advocacy and Public Health - Power for Prevention,” the authors lay out a blueprint of how to integrate use of the media into a larger strategy of community organizing and coalition building. Media advocacy is the savvy use of the media to impact the social and political environment. It defines health problems as a matter of public policy, not simply of individual behavior and uses the media to frame issues in that context. The purpose of media advocacy is to use newspapers, television, and radio strategically for changes in policy to promote public health goals. The authors give specific tips on how to approach the media, how to cultivate reporters and how to pitch your story. They also give advice on how to frame your issue in the context of the larger societal conditions. As the authors point out, the media tries to define problems in terms of individuals. For the media, people with problems are in some way exceptional. The savvy media advocate will frame first for access. He will put a specific face to a problem to get the media involved. Soon thereafter, however, the media advocate will frame for context, showing how the individual is a victim of a greater social problem. The authors also use vivid case studies that provide dramatic illustrations of media advocacy’s power to shape, drive, and impact the public debate on critical health issues. They tell of how a 13-year-old Native American girl was able to use the media to get beer billboards removed from near her school on the reservation. They tell of how a community coalition in Philadelphia used the media to stop RJR Nabisco from launching a new line of cigarettes aimed at African-Americans. They tell of an intensive media advocacy effort involving Elizabeth Taylor and Senator Edward Kennedy that led to the passage of the Ryan White CARE Act and the subsequent effort to get the measure funded after it was enacted. In my opinion, media advocacy is a strategy that is much more in line with the purpose of public health than many strategies widely used by public health departments today. Prevention that is population based and focused on social conditions is more effective than efforts aimed primarily at treating individuals. The purpose of public health is to protect and improve the health of the community. Public health differs from the practice of episodic medicine in that public health’s “patient’ is the community, not the individual. So too, media advocacy differs from social marketing in that social marketing uses the media to try to affect change in individuals, while media advocacy uses the media to bring about change in the community. Whereas social marketing posits that there is an information gap, media advocacy posits that there is power gap. The social marketing approach, for instance would approach the tobacco issue with media campaigns to give individuals more information about the dangers of smoking. It might also use advertising and public service spots to try to motivate individuals to attend smoking cessation programs. The media advocacy approach, on the other hand, would clearly identify who was responsible for the 400,000 preventable deaths each year – not the poor individual addicted to tobacco, but the tobacco industry itself. It would seek policy change to limit tobacco advertising. It would piggyback on breaking news or create its own events to get its message in newspapers and on news broadcasts rather than relying on public service messages or public affairs broadcasts. It would seek policy change such as increased tobacco taxes or smoke free laws.
Author:Angela Champion, 2008 Scholar
Review: In a vast world of information, sometimes our greatest challenge is compiling the relevant facts with new ideas. The Medici Effect outlines how a firestorm of innovation can happen when creative thinking aligns with multidiscipline approaches. The natural world, technology, public policy and business can all learn from each other when we are allowed to work outside the silos of our jobs, organizations and even disciplines. Frans Johansson describes how we can look for existing information and create new applications, much as was done by the Medici family in Renaissance Italy. I also see parallels between these ideas and the recent novel by Michael Crichton, Prey. Evolutionary biology and computer programming were combined with startling new results much as was accomplished in the many varying examples in the book. I recommend this book as interesting reading especially when you may be at a crossroads in a project or when considering how to build an innovative team.
Author:Judy Nielsen, KPHLI Scholar 2001
Review: Reading this book is a good way to help visualize the process of utilizing the management and planning tools. While it is a good reference book for future use, reading the entire book allows the reader to develop a picture of the processes. As a handbook, it gives some step-by-step instructions and ideas on materials and supplies needed for each step. The book also carries 2 projects through the seven processes as an example of what the outcomes are after utilizing each tool and how it looks. Some of the steps do get a little messy and preparing for that result provides the facilitator with the ability to prepare the participants. The book compliments materials presented in the seminars, pulling those handouts and notes into a more cohesive lesson. It is obvious after my first experience with using the tools that you can only get better with practice and experience. Many of the participants in my first group were looking for answers far too early in the process. It is interesting to watch how each step brings you closer to a desirable end product, with a justification to why you selected a particular path. I would recommend everyone have a copy of this book or a similar one for reference in their office.
Review: Monday Morning Leadership is a short book that has some good ideas to get your leadership skills back on track. Each chapter is a Monday morning session with his mentor which would consist of problems he wanted advise on and how he applied new ideas during the week. The advise can apply to any type of leadership.
Author:Leanne M. French
Review: The “strengths revolution” to which Marcus Buckingham refers in the introduction to his book refers to an important paradigm shift from the manager’s prevailing view about helping employees fix their flaws. Instead, Buckingham and Clifton suggest that the only exponential growth any of us can expect is in our areas of strength. Thus the two assumptions that should guide managers are that: “(1) Each person’s talents are enduring and unique; and (2) Each person’s greatest room for growth is in the areas of his or her greatest strengths.” I’ve found this a welcome shift in managing our department’s most important resource: the human resources. Buckingham and Clifton distilled the contents of some two million interviews conducted by the Gallup Organization to better understand on-the-job excellence. Specifically, they asked, “excellent performers [to] describe in their own words exactly what they were doing.” The product was a list of 34 human talent themes. Readers have an opportunity to complete an on-line assessment to determine their top five talents so that they can identify their inherent or ‘natural’ strengths and develop a plan to develop them for the good of themselves, their employers and their community. As we’ve experienced in KPHLI, self-awareness is essential to our ability to lead. Now, Discover Your Strengths is one of those books that enhance self-awareness by helping the reader identify her/his own inherent talents. This book has been a boon to my supervisory skills, as well, and it’s gone a long way to helping me identify people’s strengths and put them to use for the good of our public health education efforts. This calendar year, I will incorporate the information into employee evaluations and team-building for projects.
Author:Claire Knight, KPHLI Scholar 2003
Review: Bennis says that before a becoming a leader you must know yourself. Norman Lear says, "we should (1) become self-expressive, (2) listen to the inner voice, (3) learn from the right mentors, and (4) give oneself over to a guiding vision. He says, "that listening to the inner voice - trusting the inner voice - is one of the most important lessons of leadership". We must believe in ourselves and believe that we can make a difference.
There are many examples of leaders versus managers throughout the book. Many of the leaders give examples of things they believe and things they have done to make them leaders rather than managers.Bennis says that sometimes we may fail, but that failure will only make us stronger. We will learn from the failure and that will help us become a better leader. A leader learns from the past and lives in the present. We must learn to manage change.
Bennis ends the book by saying," that the next generation of leaders will have certain things in common:
- Boundless curiosity
- Boundless eenthusiasm
- Belief in people and teamwork
- Willingness to take risks
- Devotion to long-term growth rather than short-term profit
- Commitment to excellence
An as they express themselves, perhaps they will make a new world."
This book is very uplifting and motivating and I recommend it to others.
Author:Scott D. Bowden, 2007 Scholar
Review: This book provides 100 different ways leaders can motivate others in a manner that is non-micromanaged and “user friendly” for managers and their direct reports. I found this book at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport returning from a conference at the University of Washington, Seattle in August 2006. I read some of it on the return flight and had to stifle laughter at how some of the motivational techniques used by Mr. Chandler on Corporate CEO’s to gain their confidence and stay for a seminar instead of playing 18 holes at the local Country Club. Several instantly hit the “Bull’s eye” painted between my eyes. These included Teach Self-Discipline, Tune In Before You Turn On and Use 10 Minutes Well. My first thoughts were am I really that bad as a leader or on the other hand am I that naïve. Self-Discipline is something we use for motivation and accomplishment, and not as something we have. When I first saw the title for the third method Tune In Before You Turn On I pictured the “Flower Power” movement of the 1960’s. This related to how well do we listen, my initial lesson in empathy and emotional intelligence in working with others. How well do I use 10 minutes, especially between meetings. Personally, I didn’t, until after reading this “pearl” of wisdom. What a perfect time to present yourself to others. It is often said if a preacher cannot deliver the three points of a sermon in fifteen minutes s/he lose the congregation. This is the time to deliver my “sermon.”
Review: A thought provoking book. It shows how we tend to overlook the obvious. Management techniques are pointed out in a very engaging way. I would recommend anyone in a supervisory capacity read this book . I feel it isn't just a management book and the fundemental ideas can be applied to our personal lives as well.
Review: This book makes one think. It gives helpful advice and useful illustrations on how to look at one's life and see how to live more fully. The author asks the reader to think about what matters most, how are you making a difference in the world and where you want to be. The reader explores what paths he or she is currently on and what he or she see as his or her purpose in life. The book is more about soul searching and getting the most out of your life rather than leadership. It is useful and thought provoking. The book offers many suggestions and reasons to find your purpose and focus in life in order to be happier with oneself and better for those around you.
Author:Karen Smith KPHLI 2007
Review: Dr Magee's guide book makes one examine their own values through his life experiences with family, friends and associates. His lessons are built around 10 themes representing the principles of positive leadership. Through his warm stories, he made me reflect on what my values are and how they affect those around me. He motivates with the use of favorite passages that heads each of the 52 virtures within the 10 themes. This amazing man came from a very remarkable family. His parents raised leaders who themselves raised leaders. I loved the personal stories that were simple truths.
Author:Ruth Kingkade, 2007 Scholar
Review: The expanded title of this book is "HOW TO HIT YOUR BUSINESS, PERSONAL AND FINANCIAL TARGETS WITH ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY." Sounds too good to be true, right? Not if you consistently use the strategies in this book. The main idea, inadequately summarized by me, is that we lack focus and when we zero in on our target, we have a much higher chance of success in our endeavors whether they be business, personal, or financial. It has been said that when you "shoot from the hip, your aim is not good." Unfortunately, I can attest to this. The ten areas of focus covered are as follows: #1 YOUR HABITS WILL DETERMINE YOUR FUTURE, #2 IT'S NOT HOCUS-POCUS, IT'S ALL ABOUT FOCUS #3 DO YOU SEE THE BIG PICTURE? #4 CREATING OPTIMUM BALANCE #5 BUILDING EXCELLENT RELATIONSHIPS #6 THE CONFIDENCE FACTOR #7 ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT #8 CONSISTENT PERSISTENCE #9 TAKING DECISIVE ACTION #10 LIVING ON PURPOSE. Have I peaked your interest yet? You may recognize the authors from the hugely popular "Chicken Soup" series. These gentlemen write with an un-canny readability. This book will be a great help to me in all areas of my life. I look forward to using the strategies to accomplish my goals and break the cycle of starting determinedly and fizzling out!
Review: Primal Leadership; Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence, the title basically sums up the book. You have to poccess emtional intellegence to lead effectively. A leader who cannot show empathy toward the people he or she leads, and emotionally connect with them is doomed to failure. A leader cannot become too emtionally involved with the people they lead, but the leader does need to know when to listen and lend a sympathic ear. A leader must display a positive attitude and show he or she cares about what the people they lead think. The author speaks of eighteen emotional intelligence leadership compentencies that are needed for good leadership. these would be benificial for all leaders to learn. I feel this book is well written and worth reading.
Review: The book teaches you about principles and relationships and how that leads to the bottom line. You reflect and learn about principles that guide your personal life and then how to use those principles in management. He says, “…if we learn to manage things and lead people, we will have the best bottom line because we will unleash the energy and talent of people.” There’s an excellent section on clearing the communication lines. There are lots of lists and examples to illustrate his points and help you navigate change. If you haven’t read the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, there is a chapter that identifies the unique human capability associated with each habit. This a book every manager, new and experienced, should read.
Review: In this book, Rowitz addresses the issues of preparedness, community involvement and the changing face of public health. The author illustrates our current situation with real-life cases and offers specific skill sets and tools for public health leadership. The landmark work of Senge (1990) defines the Five Levels of Learning in which public health leaders become involved as: • Personal mastery • Mental models • Shared vision • Team learning • Systems thinking One critical leadership skill presented is “Systems Learning and Thinking”. Extensive involvement in affecting change in public perception, and subsequent behavior, requires a systematic approach to the current community and global health status landscape. System analysis reveals root causes and concurrent symptoms while traditional linear thinking follows cause and effect perspective. The former avoids oversimplification of the relationships and patterns between variables examined. Systems thinking, considered the “fifth discipline”, provides a dynamic and flexible way to deal with issues affecting individuals, communities and our planet that would otherwise be overwhelming.
Author:Kathleen Croley, KPHLI Scholar 2002
Review: As someone, who comes from an education background, I found this book to be very informative in the area of public health history. I would have loved to have read this book before beginning work as a health educator, it would have helped me to understand public health and it’s mission a lot better. Not only is the history portion informative, but the community assessment portion would have also been helpful to me as a beginning health educator. I would encourage anyone currently working in public health that does not come from a public health background to read this book. I learned a lot.
Author:Ruth Kingkade, 2007 Scholar
Review: On the cover of this book, it says, "Over 6 Million Copies Sold." I believe that is because of the subtitle written there as well. "WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?" The author clearly and concisely tells us how to find the answer for that question for each of us. Be warned, there are tons of references to scripture in this book. I know many debate the relevance of the Bible to our lives today. I am not one of them however. I figure, what have we got to lose? Sleepless nights? Fear filled days? Confusion about "What's It All About Alfie?" (a song from the 70's, for those who weren't even born yet). The author asks you to give this book 40 days to change your thinking and produce peace and direction. I did it, and yes, I am more peaceful and aware of my purpose. Some of the things Warren addresses are: There is a reason for everything. It all starts with God. What matters most? How we grow. Using what God gave you. Balancing your life. Living with purpose. 40 days from now, you could be on the road to true peace and fulfillment. What are you waiting for!?!
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Author:Nazenin Assef, 2004 KPHLI Scholar
Review: Rules for Aging is a guide to help people age successfully. Roger Rosenblatt, a Long Island University Professor of Writing and a columnist, has written a humorous, self-help book that can be used as a guide for the younger generation who want to learn from the mistakes of their elders. It is full of wisdom and advice, fun to read and delightfully smart. In this insightful book, Rosenblatt tells the truth about life and gives good advice for aging gracefully. He gives a list of “don’t”s and “not”s without the morale base. The rules are practical and following the rules helps the reader attain a balanced life. My favorite rules are the following: Rule 1- It doesn’t matter- Whatever you think matters, doesn’t. Follow this rule, and it will add decades to your life. Rule 4- Ignore your enemy or kill him. Rule 10- Swine rules: a swine is not a swan; a swine is known to be a swine; when a swine sucks up, he is still a swine; a swine is a swine all the time. Rule 15- Pursue virtue, but don’t sweat it. Rule 27- Just because the person who criticizes you is an idiot doesn’t make him wrong. Rule 29- Envy no one- ever. Rule 33- Never bring news of slander to a friend. Rule 34- It’s not about you. Rule 39- Dress for duress. Rule 40- A long and happy life lasts five minutes. Rule 42- The unexamined life lasts longer. Rule 44- Abjure fame but avoid obscurity. Rule 53- Never do it for the money. Rule 58- Apologize, reconcile, give help. This book provides enjoyable reading with many laughs, but more important than that, it provides the truth that we may not achieve perfection by reading this book, but we probably will live longer, more productive and happier lives.
Review: I loved this book. It was very easy to follow and relate to the bible stories I grew up reading. This book changed the way I remembered the old testament and its heroes. By pointing out each individuals success, strengths, and weaknesses the author brought out experience in leadership. I will always take with me, "get out of the comfort zone and into the faith zone". Most of us live in a comfort zone but yet wonder why we never change. I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys bible reading.
Author:Beverly Aldridge, 2005 Scholar
Review: Communicating is an everday occurance. How we communicate can provide a positive or negtive inpact on what we are wanting to accomplish. Speaking in a open,direct and,honest way being asetive without being intimidating can provide a better way of communicating. Many people start a statement with a question. This seems you are unsure of yourself or your position. Know what you want and make that you statement.Make it clear and consice. The seven step system the book list for being a better communicator are: .Decide what you want .Identify negative thinking .substitute, challenge,and stop .Select a technique .Implement technique .reward yourself .evaluate your effectiveness Communication takes practice,good listening skills and understanding of your audience.
Author:Jeff Florek, 2007 Scholar
Review: The secret is that one who wants to lead must first serve. This book takes effective leadership lessons in small, chunks through story telling. These simple stories instill the lessons the authors want you to learn in a very effective way. The book uses a SERVE model of leadership which is an acronym for Seeing the future, Engaging and developing others, Reinventing continuously, Valuing results and relationships, and Embodying the values.
Author:Gayle Kenyon, 2008 KPHLI Scholar
Review: "The Servant" is an easy read with a profound message. I found it to be very inspirational and a beautiful illustration of true leadership. Everyone could benefit from adopting the concepts of servant leadership into both their professional and personal lives. The components of servant leadership are the foundation in building character and integrity. We are all potential leaders, regardless of position. Taking a servant approach to the work setting, as well as at home, will enhance interpersonal relationships and bring greater success in life endeavors.
Author:Karen Weller, KPHLI Scholar 2006
Review: It is possible to grow personally and find more meaning in life as you help others grow. James A. Autrey makes this point very clear in his book, “The Servant Leader.” Much of the psychological, emotional and financial well being of others depends on how well you as a leader create the circumstance and environment in which they do their jobs. Leadership is not about control or about being a boss. It’s about letting go of ego and creating a place in which people can do good work and find meaning. It is largely a matter of paying attention. Listed in the book are 5 ways of “being” a good leader and Mr. Autrey reviews in depth what each one means. They are as follows: 1. Be authentic: hold onto the same values no matter the circumstance 2. Be vulnerable: be honest, open with doubts fears, concerns 3. Be accepting: accept others without judgment 4. Be present: be centered and grounded during a crisis and each and every day 5. Be useful: be a resource that the employees can call upon. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in being a leader with an interest in growing people, not just business.
Review: If you’re looking for a quick fix, this is not the book for you. Prepare to submerse yourself in this book to gain maximum benefits. This is a book I have been wanting to read for years and I’m glad I finally did. I liked this book because it’s a positive way to integrate effects “habits” into your life. A key component while reading this book is to have the desire to improve yourself. It that desire doesn’t exist, don’t waste your time reading this book.
Review: Working with individuals from all walks of life in the HANDS program, I appreciate Fadiman’s wide look at culture in this book. The author looks at the exchanges between a refugee Hmong family (whose daughter has a seizure disorder) and their professional counterparts in medicine and social services. Using storytelling to illuminate how culture is one’s worldview, expressions of love and caring, as well as habit, Fadiman layers an understanding of Hmong history with the present crisis. In my work, I recognize that my values and culture are not left at the door when I enter a home. They are suspended, and my reference point, but not primary. The burden to learn from the family and about their culture is mine. In this way, I can gain a wide rreference to anchor information. This book encouraged me to challenge my own cultural bearings as I work with every family. As I face communication challenges, or even as I meet a new family and begin to build trust, I make it a practice to ask myself, what are my own cultural influences and biases? What is it that this family is sharing with me? This was the most important gift of reading Fadiman’s book, that I can have a perpetual dialogue (with myself or openly with others) engaging and responding to cultural differences, challenges, and barriers.
Author:Liz McKune, 2008 Scholar
Review: Brafman and Beckstrom have done a nice job of talking about the advantages and disadvantages of centralized and decentralized organizations. They use a metaphor of starfish--organizations that are decentralized, and spider--organizations that are centralized. A variety of historical to modern day organizations are used as examples. The main argument is that organizations who empower members to make decisions create a much stronger, vibrant organization resistant to "attacks". The starfish can survive is one leg is lost. A spider requires the head to be involved in all decisions and will die if the head is removed. A combination model was suggested as well. The book is a quick read and keeps your attention through plenty of examples. I would recommend it.
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Author:Liz McKune, KPHLI Scholar 2008
Review: The 360 Degree Leader is an engaging and thought-provoking book. John Maxwell speaks to the reader about how to feel empowered wherever you are in an organization. He also takes the time to suggest solutions for moving our minds out of the traps we all occasionally find ourselves in when we don't feel as though we are making an impact. The bottom line is that we all are accountable to someone and how do we maintain the focus to continue to remain productive and supportive of others. Without giving away the end, we are all encouraged to become more secure in ourselves rather than the position we fill. Excellent read--would highly recommend!!
Review: I enjoyed reading The Tipping Point. Gladwell explained epidemics and their tipping points as being a product of 3 main factors, the power of messenger, the strength of the message, and the context in which the message is communicated. I thought he made everything clear by describing the different types of people that hold influence over others, the ways that a message or product have value to an audience, and the situations in which an epidemic can "tip".
Review: I spend most of my day in intentional conversation, being in dialogue with first-time parents through the HANDS program. The curriculum we use, Growing Great Kids, emphasizes sharing applicable research and asking questions to encourage change. In the days after I began reading this book, I recognized how I accepted the repetition of my conversations as monotony. In many ways, I was realized I was asking fewer questions and, for the sake of brevity, simply sharing more and more information. It was a breath of fresh air to slow down, ask a question, and listen, engaging in their responses as new, and unique to that family, that day. At the same time, Wheatley's encouraging insights supported my personal action plan of stengthening my relationship with a co-worker. Three years into my job, our disjointed working relationship was functional at minimum. But I'm not sure I was practicing respect, true listening, and opening myself to the diversity of her social style, her values, her skills. I appreciate that Wheatley articulated the need and value of personal courage in conversations. Accepting my desire to change, this book gave me useful tools and frameworks for calling myself out of the monotony and disfunction of the day to day, reinvigorating my work with simplicity, creativity, and acute listening.
Author:Corey Patterson 2007 KPHLI Scholar
Review: I will start by saying this book is very easy to read. It is broken down into 25 chapters that each deal with a way to interact with people in a positive way. It starts with a chapter of "starting with yourself", which Maxwell and Parrott stress that you can't make people feel good if you don't like yourself. It has many self-help chapters on social skills like compliment people, encourageing the dreams of others, remembering a persons story, give others a reputation to uphold, write notes of encouragment...etc. I think the one i will take to heart the most is probably the simpleist, remember a persons name! It is a very uplifting book that i think everyone can benefit from reading.
Author:Elizabeth R. Crigler, 2007-2008 KPHLI Scholar
Review: Out of the books offered on leadership, I have found this to be one of the best, and leadership is something I want to bring away from this KPHLI. This is by no means one of the lengthiest books or most in-depth books, but it says more in 157 pages than others say in 500 pages. The easy-flowing writing style creates an enjoyable reading experience which does not take an extensive amount of thought or time to comprehend. To really enjoy this book, you just can’t sit down and read from cover to cover. You have to stop and think about each quality of leadership. The end result is an accomplished, basic book served in a professional style. The author uses these twenty-one qualities for the basis of successful leadership: character, charisma, commitment, communication, competence, courage, discernment, focus, generosity, initiative, listening, passion, attitude, problem-solving, relationship, responsibility, security, self-discipline, servanthood, teachability and vision. What a sensational, winning combination! Each of these twenty-one components is discussed separately. While all of these elements are critical for strong leadership, if I had to narrow the scope down to five areas of particular benefit, it would be the ones on character, competence, listening, generosity and self-discipline. In this book, it gave short sweet examples on how different people showed leadership. Also, it also makes you think about what you could do differently in the following week. I mainly liked the author straight-forward approach and positive thoughts exhibited throughout the book.
Author:Paul Hopkins, 2005 KPHLI Scholar
Review: John Maxwell's book gave examples of the different laws as applied to different situations. To me I felt that he let you know that different people will have limits and abilities that will guide their success or failure. Many people like the McDonalds might have a great idea,but they might not be the ones to make the most of that idea. I really liked where Henry Ford would not let anyone tinker or change or improve his Model T for twenty years and when he did he was far behind those in the market that had learned from him. There are many good examples of leadership in this book, probably one for each leadership style.
Review: I loved the John Maxwell The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leaders Day. I loved how he took the qualities of the leaders in the Bible, and tied them into what we can be today. We forget that the Bible is a blue print of what we are suppose it be, and act. I thought he did an excellent job of putting it all together.
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Author: Heather Hampton, 2004 KPHLI Scholar
Review: Wake Up Calls is an insightful book that is relevant to all aspects of life and will assist in individual growth both in personal and professional relationships. It is a compelling, energizing way to spurn on positive self-discovery all the while enhancing individuals along their various journeys. Dr. Allenbaugh takes an entertaining approach to explaining the obvious and yet difficult concept of seizing opportunities as they present themselves throughout life. He explores how to identify these opportunities and then how to go about making the most of them in particular situations. His candid utilization of personal examples of missed as well as seized opportunities throughout his life brings the theoretical content of the book to a realistic, easily understandable and digestible level. The book is divided in to five parts that focus on a particular issue related to having a wake up call. They are: Part 1 Waking Up – This section focuses primarily on how to identify “wake up calls” or opportunities and then about choosing to actually wake up or hit the snooze button. Dr. Allenbaugh goes into detail discussing the choices people make in either learning the lesson of what is in front of them or resisting the change involved in waking up. He also devotes time to identifying how individuals try to escape their own accountability and change small pieces of the puzzle without actually changing the overall outcome. Part 2 Taking Charge – This section deals mostly with how to take accountability for your life situations and identifying areas where you need to stretch and grow. He discusses, in-depth, how to make new beginnings, take higher risks for greater gains and how to make decisions not only for logical reasons but also with the emotions in mind. Part 3 Talking Straight – Section three was the most powerful for me as it dealt with how to communicate with others specifically how to give and receive feedback, listening for the message behind the obvious message, how to have truthful to the point conversations and the power of silence. Dr. Allenbaugh delved in to the power of silence as the most influential style of listening. Part 4 Making a Difference – This section got in to the actual meat of making a lasting change within relationships. It discussed how to value differences as uniqueness that brings additional resources, perspectives, and etc. to the table and greatly enhances professional organizations. This is where Dr. Allenbaugh talked about commitment to not only seizing opportunities but also staying the course after the initial identification of the opportunity is made. He also emphasizes integrity, which he calls “walking your talk” meaning doing what you say you are going to do all of the time. Part 5 Staying Awake – The final section expands on how to continue on the path of seizing opportunities and sticking with your decisions through taking care of yourself, practicing life-long learning and recognizing that teachers come in all forms. This piece about the teachers coming in all forms was particularly powerful as Dr. Allenbaugh stresses that everyone in every situation is a teacher and can chose to learn from those around them no matter the situation or each individuals status in society. Overall the book was informative without being overly academic and educational without beating you over the head with the theory behind the main message. It is a practical guide for the busy professional as it is succinct and clearly written. It also has exercises, lists and “awareness checks” throughout the book that can be utilized to test how well you are actually living the material after the book is completed. I would highly recommend Wake Up Calls to colleagues who are working on self-discovery to enhance how they relate to others and who want to get more out of their daily interactions.
Review: The love it/hate it nature of this book turns on style - I found it REALLY annoying. (But, in fairness, I do know others that found it transformational.) Yeah, yeah, the only constant in life is change and how we respond is very important. Maybe it's my anti-mouse bias but I'd rather just get to the point and leave out the furry critters!
Author:Debbie Temple, KPHLI Scholar 2007
Review: This is not an easy read, as it is a text, but it is a good resource for those who might want to work in the conflict management field. It can also help others of us who deal with conflict on a daily basis, in work and professional settings and in our personal lives within our families, romantic relationships, marriages, and friendships. The key question this book addresses is: How does conflict interaction develop destructive patterns -- rather than constructive patterns leading to productive conflict management? The aurthors use various case studies to help illustrate the various theories of conflict. The book expounds on communication in conflict, the inner experience of conflict, perspectives of conflict and understanding important forces that influence conflict interactions including: power, face-saving, climate, and conflict strategies and tactics. How power works within groups and face-saving were especially interesting to me. I think I was aware of some of the research findings because I have experienced these forces in some personal and professional interractions but I just didn't recognize it for what it was. I would recommend this text book as a good resource to have on hand.
Author:Leah Maybrier, 2007 KPHLI Scholar
Review: In Working with Emotional Intelligence, Dr. Goleman tells us that emotional intelligence, which include such skills as empathy, self motivation, and impulse control, is far more important than I.Q. or technical skills. While individuals in an organization likely all have the technical ability to perform their job, emotional intelligence is what separates those who are technically capable from those who excel. According to Dr. Goleman, emotional intelligence is actually a set of skills that anyone can acquire. This book guides the reader to identify those skills, recognize their importance, and develop them Dr. Goleman uses various case studies and tests to support his theory. He contends that emotionally intelligent individuals, provided they translate that intelligence into emotional competence, not only excel or “star’ in any organization in their individual pursuits, but can also help a team reach its full potential by using emotional competencies such as building bonds, collaboration, and creating group synergy in pursuit of collective goals. Unlike IQ, emotional intelligence can be developed, and Dr. Goleman offers suggestions on how to develop the competencies associated with emotional intelligence. Working with Emotional Intelligence provides a thought-provoking guide for anyone interested in maximizing their potential. The book provides guidelines for effective emotional competence training, and points the way for employers and employees alike to better themselves and their organizations. After reading this book, I found myself looking at my organization, and at individuals within the organization to assess their emotional intelligence and emotional competencies. It was interesting to note that those I thought were both emotionally intelligent and emotionally competent were also those who have been successful. Dr. Goleman’s book has encouraged me to be aware of and make a diligent effort to increase my emotional intelligence.
Author:Betty J. Adkins, 2007 KPHLI Scholar
Review: I first became aware of Frances Hesselbein in the 1990’s when I attended a local conference to hear her lecture on leadership. At that time she was CEO of the Girl Scouts of America. I have remembered her as an influential, insightful, progressive but balanced leader. At her lecture I first heard of the concept of circular management which she implemented in her organization. Hesselbein on Leadership is a collection of essays that express Ms. Hesselbein’s perspectives on the art of leadership. Lesson 1: Change As CEO of the Girl Scouts of America, Ms. Hesslebein ushered the Girl Scouts into a changing world and learned that change has a paradox: “organizations that best adapt to a changing world first and foremost know what should not change.” An organization knows when to say no to changes and opportunities that do not match its values and mission. Lesson 2: Leadership defined Leaders step back and define what leadership means to them. We read about leadership, leadership theories, and the components that make a leader. However, we need to think about leadership from our personal perspective. After much soul-searching, Ms. Hesselbein defined leadership as: “leadership is a matter of how to be, not how to do it.” The “how to be” leader recognizes people as the organizations most important asset and that in today’s society, a leader is diverse and is a leader beyond the organization. Hesselbein offers qualities that are typically thought of as feminine but are “embraced” by males and females alike: language skills, relationships, team building, flexibility, and inclusiveness. Inclusive organizations “make the strengths of their people effective and their weaknesses irrelevant.” Leadership is about “valuing relationships and people.” Lesson 3: Barriers to Leadership Leaders face two barriers: those created by the self, and those created by the organization. We place barriers upon ourselves when we don’t establish goals and understand our strs. ...
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