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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

 

Idea-Links: The New Creativity by Jim Link - Book review




Idea-Links

The New Creativity


By: Jim Link

Published: February 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover, 280 pages
ISBN-10: 1592982751
ISBN-13: 978-1592982752
Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press














"We begin our journey by rethinking creativity and seeing how the allure of the fabled eureka moment actually distracts us from focusing on the important work that leads us there", writes consult and teacher of creativity, Jim Link in his demystifying and results oriented book Idea-Links: The New Creativity. The author describes how the most commonly understood theories and practices of creative thinking miss the point that creativity is a skill that can be developed, learned, and applied as a reliable problem solving process.

Jim Link cites a 2010 IBM poll which reported that CEOs considered creativity to be the most important leadership competency. The problem for these CEOs, writes Jim Link, is that they have no idea how to develop creativity within their employees or organizations. As a result, the CEOs simple wait from some magical unleashing, of some supposed creative energy, that never seems to happen. At the same time, countless hours and dollars are spent on creative thinking training sessions, seminars, and books that fail to produce more creativity either. Jim Link presents an alternative approach, where creativity is treated as another skill to be learned by individuals, and a process to be put into place by organizations.



Jim Link (photo left) begins by dispelling the myth that creativity is something that happens at random to supposedly gifted people. He also dispenses with the notion that creativity can be added to a person's skill set overnight, but instead requires hard work at learning and developing the proper disciplines. Jim Link guides the reader through the needed skills and disciplines that lead to enhanced creativity through a complete rethinking of the entire creative process and how it works in practice.Jim Link presents the concept of idea-links that connect what you already know to the problem at hand. With those links in hand, the author then moves to the next step of creatively re-framing what you already know to develop new ideas.

Jim Link presents a series of steps for the making of these all important idea-links. The making of idea-links includes the following:

* Digging deeper to use analysis to create idea-links
* Curiosity through the asking of why questions
* Storing idea-links by banking them for future use
* Finding idea-links for important subject areas
* Finding idea-links for specific projects or problems
* Creatively re-framing to access your already owned idea-links
* Asking the important what if questions
* Planning for success through a shared process and vocabulary

For me, the power of the book is how Jim Link transforms the entire concept of creativity, from one of random chance and supposed eureka moments, to one of a learned and repeatable skill. The author moves beyond the standard books on creative thinking, and presents creativity as a learned skill, that will become a reusable problem solving process. Jim Link demonstrates that creativity is not some random event, but is a discipline that can be learned, practiced, and mastered by anyone.

The author rightly cautions the reader that learning to think creatively requires work and dedication to understanding and employing this new competency effectively. To his credit, Jim Link doesn't posit any get creative quickly approaches, but instead shares the techniques to establish creativity as a core competency, and as an organizational process. Jim Lake adds to the texture of his concepts through real world case studies of the principle of idea-links in action.

I highly recommend the organizational and individual creativity skill development book Idea-Links: The New Creativity by Jim Link, to anyone seeking a realistic, and proven skill building approach to developing their own creativity skills, and those of their entire organization. This book will move you away from thinking that creativity is only an unleashing of a eureka moment away, and will guide you toward learning and practicing an important and valuable new skill.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

 

JoAnn Corley: Organizational Strategies For The Overwhelmed - Blog Business Success Radio

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Speaker, coach, and author of the very practical and results oriented book Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed: How to manage your time, space, & priorities to work smart, get results, & be happy. JoAnn R. Corley, describes how in companies where people have been laid off, leaving others to pick the additional and often overwhelming workload, is the new normal. JoAnn Corley provides ideas for regaining control over your work, life, and career through managing your time, space, and priorities more effectively. JoAnn shares her strategies for being more empowered to negotiate your workload, able to find things more easily, and for getting more done in the same amount of time. JoAnn offers suggestions for using space more efficiently, and for handling interruptions effectively and tactfully. You will learn how to feel less stressed, make better and more effective decisions, and take control of your life and your career.

JoAnn Corley is my internet radio show guest on Blog Business Success; hosted live on BlogTalkRadio.

The show airs live on Tuesday, July 31, at 8:00 pm Eastern Time; 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

Speaker, coach, and author of the very practical and results oriented book Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed: How to manage your time, space, & priorities to work smart, get results, & be happy. JoAnn R. Corley, describes how in companies where people have been laid off, leaving others to pick the additional and often overwhelming workload, is the new normal. You will learn:

* Why being overwhelmed is the new normal in workplaces

* How to apply an inside out approach to empowering yourself

* How to get more done in the same amount of time

* How to transform your desk and office to get more done faster



JoAnn R. Corley (photo left) is an experienced human resource professional and a dynamic, inspiring speaker-trainer, author & coach. She has a contagious passion and energy for the topics she teaches and has shared that passion with thousands across North America specializing in seminars on Time & Organizational Management, Personal Empowerment, Emotional Intelligence, Creative and Innovative Thinking, Effective Management and Leadership, Team Productivity & Collaboration. She has the unique distinction of having conducted seminars in every state in the U.S. and every major city.

She is author of the newly released book, Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed, How to Manage Your Time, Space, & Priorities to Work Smart, Get Results, & Be Happy, Wisdom@Work and The 1% Edge – Power Strategies to Increase Your Management Effectiveness. She is also contributing author to the book, Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Success, a collaborative effort with some of the top female motivational speakers in North American and hailed by Jack Canfield of Chicken Soup for the Soul fame as a must read.

JoAnn also has a unique passion for the connection of technology to enhancing the quality of both our personal and professional lives. She sees herself as a non-techie who loves to learn about what's next and how can that help. That interest lead to the development of her mobile learning-training app - The 1% Edge Portable Coach.

Ms. Corley utilizes her 20+ years of business experience, expertise in the knowledge of work functions and thousands of hours of human behavior coaching to consult in areas such as organizational design, creative and innovative thinking, management development, and adaptive leadership strategies.

She is known by her clients as insightful, passionate and an acute strategic thinker as she assists them in reaching their targeted outcomes.

Ms. Corley founded Convergence Consulting Group in 1998, a human resource-organizational development firm, which has provided services to a variety of industries such as; accounting & finance, engineering, government, staffing, risk management, not-for-profits, and sales to name a few.

Variety also describes the type of coaching and consulting clients Ms. Corley’s has helped over the years, which have included governmental leaders, scientists, engineers, Phds, executives, finance and accounting consultants, mid-level managers and small business owners.

Ms. Corley attended Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and Eastern Illinois University. Prior to launching her consulting practice, she spent several years as the International Benefits Manager for a not-for-profit, then moved on to become a Senior Recruiter for the Richard Michael Group, a boutique Chicago recruiting firm. She is a member of ASTD, SHRM, and AWBA.

My book review of Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed: How to manage your time, space, & priorities to work smart, get results, & be happy by JoAnn R. Corley.

Listen live on Tuesday at 8:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 pm Pacific time.

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If you miss this very informative show, it will be available for free download as a podcast for iPod, iTunes, and MP3 players; or play it right on your computer. To download this, or any other of my guest interviews, go to the Blog Business Success host page and click on Archived Segments. Once there, click on the podcast icon at the end of the episode description, to download the show free of charge for your listening enjoyment. You can also subscribe to the show feed.

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To call in questions for my guest, the number is: (347) 996-5832

Let's talk with speaker, coach, and author of the very practical and results oriented book Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed: How to manage your time, space, & priorities to work smart, get results, & be happy. JoAnn R. Corley, as she describes how in companies where people have been laid off, leaving others to pick the additional and often overwhelming workload, is the new normal. JoAnn Corley provides ideas for regaining control over your work, life, and career through managing your time, space, and priorities more effectively. JoAnn shares her strategies for being more empowered to negotiate your workload, able to find things more easily, and for getting more done in the same amount of time. JoAnn offers suggestions for using space more efficiently, and for handling interruptions effectively and tactfully. You will learn how to feel less stressed, make better and more effective decisions, and take control of your life and your career on Blog Business Success Radio.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

 

Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed by JoAnn R. Corley - Book review


Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed

How to manage your time, space, & priorities to work smart, get results, & be happy


By: JoAnn R. Corley

Published: November 6, 2011
Format: Paperback, 152 pages
ISBN-10: 1466481412
ISBN-13: 978-1466481411
Publisher: CreateSpace





"Overwhelm is the emotional response that is triggered when your brain gets a signal that too much is going on for you to reasonably process and thereby threatens the desire and possibility of getting things done in a way that you think you should", writes speaker and coach JoAnn R. Corley, in her very practical and results oriented book Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed: How to manage your time, space, & priorities to work smart, get results, & be happy. The author describes how being overwhelmed, in the face of layoffs and the remaining people being asked to do more, is the new normal. As a result, JoAnn Corley shares ideas and strategies for regaining control over time, space and work priorities.

JoAnn Corley understands that employees are under tremendous stress in the workplace. People feel overwhelmed, and the author points out that the deeper emotion is one of fear. To counter this sense of fear that leads to being overwhelmed and unable to cope with the demands of the job, JoAnn Corley offers a two pronged approach to overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed and no longer in control. The first part of the remedy is to manage yourself and your own reactions to the day's events. The author calls this managing yourself on the inside. The second part of the remedy is manage what is happening outside that can be controlled by the individual. The approach presented by the author is one that works from the inside out.



JoAnn R. Corley (photo left) recognizes that simply providing another book on time management or organization is insufficient to overcome that sense of being overwhelmed at work. In this new normal of the over-demanding workplace, the JoAnn Corley emphasizes the need to work smarter than ever before. As a result, the author shares the strategies, tools, and tips to achieve greater results in less time.

To facilitate these various techniques and strategies, JoAnn Corley offers her overall philosophy for empowering the individual. The philosophy includes the following points:

* Stay grounded in reality and focus on what you can influence and control
* Approach everything in small bites to keep it simple
* Find a way to improve your performance by 1% per day
* Don't get hung up on tools, technology, and tips

For me, the power of the book is how JoAnn Corley goes beyond the standard time management books, to add the critical elements, that are missing from those books. Instead of the usual focus on the tips, techniques, and tricks, the author precedes them with an understanding of decision making and choices. JoAnn Corley goes a step beyond other books as well, and makes herself available through seminars and coaching. There is also a consideration of the importance of social media for adding value and interaction with the readers.

JoAnn Corley includes a series of very valuable tips for better managing time and organizing office and desk space. These concepts, however, are always presented within the context of making decisions, proper choices, and personal empowerment. Each chapter is a hands on group of ideas that can be applied readily, and right away to help achieve that 1% daily improvement, and to remove that sense of being overwhelmed by events.

I highly recommend the transformational and idea filled book Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed: How to manage your time, space, & priorities to work smart, get results, & be happy by JoAnn R. Corley, to anyone seeking a refreshing and holistic approach to removing that sense of being overwhelmed in the workplace. This book will change your perspective and empower you to get more done, and achieve greater results, than ever before.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

 

The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz - Book review





The Pumpkin Plan

A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field


By: Mike Michalowicz

Published: July 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover: 240 pages
ISBN-10: 1591844886
ISBN-13: 978-1591844884
Publisher: Portfolio/Penguin












"To grow a successful business your company must be irresistibly magnetic. The average lose or are left to rot. It's the most unique - the best - who win", writes successful entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz, in his innovative and inspirational book The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field. The author describes a blueprint for building an extremely successful business by utilizing the growth formula of a successful pumpkin farm.

Mike Michalowicz recognizes the similarities between operating a successful pumpkin farm, and establishing a hugely successful company, regardless of the industry. As with the growing of giant pumpkins, the necessity for the business person is not to do more. The challenge is really to do things better than anyone else. For Mike Michalowicz, the key insight into understanding the pumpkin plan approach to business in understanding that only the outstanding, giant pumpkins attract attention and huge crowds. Ordinary pumpkins are not even noticed; and are forgotten almost immediately. The author offers the idea that giant pumpkins become the stuff of legend; and any company that strives to become a giant pumpkin will become a legend as well.



Mike Michalowicz (photo left) provides the sobering wake up call that if a company is merely ordinary, it won't simply stay in that rut, but will decline and disappear. To counter this grim outlook, the author shares the power and the deceptive simplicity, that hides deeply profound wisdom, of the pumpkin plan. Instead of thinking of the organization as needing more hard work, Mike Michalowicz invites business people to think of their company as a giant pumpkin.

To grow giant pumpkins that people notice and transform into folklore, the author provides the following seven basic steps to pumpkin and business growing success. Those seven steps to pumpkin and business growing success are:

* Plant promising seeds
* Water, water, water
* Routinely remove all damaged and diseased pumpkins
* Weed fully and completely, leaving not one weed to grow
* Identify and keep only the fastest growing pumpkins, and remove the rest
* Focus all attention on the selected giant pumpkin, and nurture it completely
* Watch it grow, and this will happen so rapidly it can be seen happening

For me, the power of the book is how Mike Michalowicz combines a very straight forward plan of action with the practical techniques for successful execution. The entire concept of the pumpkin plan is based on timeless wisdom, as expressed through the analogy of establishing an outstanding business to growing giant pumpkins. The process is so universal that it can be applied readily to any company, in any industry, and at any stage of its growth curve.

The author shares real world examples of legendary pumpkin style companies, with good humor and examples of the plan in action. Each chapter of the book establishes one more step in the seven part process, and each chapter ends with actionable techniques for furthering the plan in any company. The author even provides industry specific concepts to target the pumpkin plan even more precisely for success.

I highly recommend the very practical and engaging book The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field by Mike Michalwicz, to any business leaders, executives, or entrepreneurs who are seeking an easily understood action plan for building an outstanding, memorable, and magnetic company. Whether your field is giant pumpkins or any other industry, this book will transform your business from the ordinary to the legendary.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

 

Howard Adamsky: Employment Rage - Blog Business Success Radio

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Recruiter, consultant, public speaker, and author of the no nonsense and results oriented book Employment Rage: What You've Lost and How to Get it Back., Howard Adamsky describes the new realities of seeking employment in today's challenging economy. Howard Adamsky shares the tools and ideas that work in the real world of finding a job. Howard goes beyond the usual advice about dealing with job loss, and offers pragmatic advice in a heart felt manner. Howard Adamsky has been on both the hiring and job loss sides of the table, and understands from personal experience, about the shock of job loss. Howard offers practical advice and proven solutions to finding a new or better job. He presents 1he real inside information on resumes, headhunters, interviews, and networking including the power of social media.

Howard Adamsky is my internet radio show guest on Blog Business Success; hosted live on BlogTalkRadio.

The show airs live on Thursday, July 26, at 8:00 pm Eastern Time; 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

Recruiter, consultant, public speaker, and author of the no nonsense and results oriented book Employment Rage: What You've Lost and How to Get it Back., Howard Adamsky describes the new realities of seeking employment in today's challenging economy. You will learn:

* How to understand and cope with the loss of a job

* How the realities of the employment market have changed

* Why new strategies for finding a job are important to learn and utilize

* How to use unconventional means, including social media, to find a job



Howard Adamsky (photo left) as been recruiting since 1985 and is an industry expert on making great hires. As a consultant, writer and public speaker, he works with organizations to support their efforts in building great companies.

Mr. Adamsky is a politically incorrect, atypical thinker who solves problems and gets results. His work has made an enormous difference with his clients as he supercharges the talent acquisition process and hires smart, motivated employees. He is a regular contributor to ERE Media, a Certified Internet Recruiter and a Certified Diversity Recruiter.

He is also a clarinet player who is not terribly good but would love a reconditioned Selmer Series 9. As a fan of Art Garfunkel ad Frankie Valli his taste in music is eclectic. Mr Adamsky, who can be found walking the streets of Brooklyn when time allows is most delighted when he is on Franklin Avenue; anywhere between President Street and Park Place!

My book review of Employment Rage: What You've Lost and How to Get it Back by Howard Adamsky.

Listen live on Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 pm Pacific time.

BlogTalkRadio.com

If you miss this very informative show, it will be available for free download as a podcast for iPod, iTunes, and MP3 players; or play it right on your computer. To download this, or any other of my guest interviews, go to the Blog Business Success host page and click on Archived Segments. Once there, click on the podcast icon at the end of the episode description, to download the show free of charge for your listening enjoyment. You can also subscribe to the show feed.

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To call in questions for my guest, the number is: (347) 996-5832

Let's talk with recruiter, consultant, public speaker, and author of the no nonsense and results oriented book Employment Rage: What You've Lost and How to Get it Back., Howard Adamsky, as he describes the new realities of seeking employment in today's challenging economy. Howard Adamsky shares the tools and ideas that work in the real world of finding a job. Howard goes beyond the usual advice about dealing with job loss, and offers pragmatic advice in a heart felt manner. Howard Adamsky has been on both the hiring and job loss sides of the table, and understands from personal experience, about the shock of job loss. Howard offers practical advice and proven solutions to finding a new or better job. He presents 1he real inside information on resumes, headhunters, interviews, and networking including the power of social media on Blog Business Success Radio.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

 

The Reluctant Matchmaker By Shobhan Bantwal - Fiction book review





The Reluctant Matchmaker

By: Shobhan Bantwal

Published: June 26, 2012
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
ISBN-10: 0758258852
ISBN-13: 978-0758258854
Publisher: Kensington Publishing














Petite Meena Shenoy is hired by the very tall Prajay Nayak, to write an advertisement for him to find a bride. His desired spouse would be tall, to complement his own great height. Meena finds herself attracted to Prajay, and attempts to get past the height requirement, to become the bride herself, in the fascinating and culturally intriguing novel The Reluctant Matchmaker, by best selling author Shobhan Bantwal.

Shobhan Bantwal weaves a story that combines the fundamental, underlying currents of tension, within modern Indian-American culture and society. The author provides key insights into understanding the most challenging issues facing second generation Indian-Americans, as they attempt to bridge the chasm between traditional and Western culture. As with all of her books, Shobhan Bantwal handles that divide with tenderness, and with sympathy for her characters, as they grow to accept their lives exist in both worlds. The author doesn't hesitate to challenge the traditions and mores that hold back women, whether in India, or in America.



Shobhan Bantwal (photo left) presents a window on the concept of traditional arranged marriages, and how that concept needs a complete reassessment in today's secular and individualistic world. The author challenges the role that religions play in the lives of Indian-Americans. Shobhan Bantwal addresses the issues of Hinduism and Islam, and their continued and often divisive factors in Desi culture. Placed within a new, and very different and seemingly alien culture, the immigrants feel trapped between two often clashing worlds. The concepts of marriage, the finding of a spouse, and the role of women, are treated very differently within the two societies.

The author creates a symbolic duality, that is at the heart of the conflict within the hearts of members of the Indian-American community. The petite and worldly successful Meena is contrasted with the large, and more traditional Prajay. The two characters differences in physical size is a metaphor for their different levels of integration into the Western society. Differences in caste, and different world views, are made less important, as the concerns about physical size and stature become less of a barrier to romance as well.

Shobhan Bantwal creates a remarkable tableau of the constant friction, disorientation, and often puzzling cultural challenges faced by her characters. Placing her characters within the modern, Westernized social world, the author presents thought provoking commentary through her memorable and strong characters. In the end, the power of love, understanding and acceptance triumph over the formerly considered impossible obstacles. The author offers the insight that tradition has a place in the modern world, but must be flexible and adaptable to societal change. In a sense, that need to accept that change is inevitable is a universal human need and characteristic.

I highly recommend the engaging and entertaining novel The Reluctant Matchmaker, by Shobhan Bantwal, to anyone seeking a very human and life affirming novel that addresses real social and cultural issues facing immigrants in general, and the Indian-American community in particular. Not only does this book provide a wonderful love story, but offers key insights into the very universality of that very human emotion for all people.

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For more information: about The Reluctant Matchmaker and Shobhan Bantwal’s other books, visit http://www.shobhanbantwal.com or The Reluctant Matchmaker on Amazon.com to get your copy today.

The full virtual tour schedule is available at: http://bookpromotionservices.com/2012/06/03/reluctant-matchmaker-tour

Book Trailer URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ki0O3nefkuk



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Sunday, July 22, 2012

 

Alan Uke: Buying America Back - Blog Business Success Radio

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San Diego businessman, entrepreneur, community leader, and author of the visionary and empowering book Buying America Back: A Real-Deal Blueprint for Restoring American Prosperity, Alan Uke, describes how stronger Country of Origin labeling will result in more American manufacturing, more jobs, and a revitalized economy. Alan Uke provides evidence that a Made in America label will be chosen by American consumers when they make their buying decisions. The revised and enhanced labeling of products will show customers all of the countries involved in the manufacture of an imported product. Many of those countries have weak environmental protection, terrible working conditions, and are guilty of human rights violations. Alan Uke points out that consumers will flex their collective buying. muscle, avoid the imported products after reading the label, and select the American made option. That buying power will in turn convince manufacturing companies to return to America from abroad. Learn how better and more comprehensive labeling will strengthen and rebuild the American economy.

Alan Uke is my internet radio show guest on Blog Business Success; hosted live on BlogTalkRadio.

The show airs live on Tuesday, July 24, at 8:00 pm Eastern Time; 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

San Diego businessman, entrepreneur, community leader, and author of the visionary and empowering book Buying America Back: A Real-Deal Blueprint for Restoring American Prosperity, Alan Uke, describes how stronger Country of Origin labeling will result in more American manufacturing, more jobs, and a revitalized economy. You will learn:

* How American manufacturing can be restored as an industry

* How Product of Origin Labeling provides the secret to consumer buying decisions

* Why consumers have the buying power to change the economy

* How labeling will revitalize the American economy and create more jobs



Alan Uke (photo left) (pronounced UK) is a San Diego businessman, entrepreneur, and community leader. He has provided hundreds of jobs and revenues for the San Diego area for over 40 years and is the architect of the successful federal Automobile Smog Index.

He started his company, Underwater Kinetics, 41 years ago while attending the University of California at San Diego. Uke holds over 40 patents and exports his SCUBA diving, industrial lighting, and protective case products to over 60 countries.

He is recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Consumer Products from Entrepreneur Institute, 2004 Patriot of the Year by the Desert Pacific Council of Boy Scouts of America, and the Doctor Lutz Award for lifetime service to the senior community.

Past experiences range from Fundraising Chair for the Boy Scouts of America to Vice-Chair of St. Vincent De Paul Village to President of the San Diego Taxpayers Educational Foundation/North Council on Aging through board member of San Diego County Area on Aging Advisory Council.
He is also a member of the World President's Organization (WPO) where he served on numerous top-level delegations in Washington and represented the voice of American business to our nation's leadership.

He is also Founder Emeritus/Founding Board President of the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum which acquired the USS Midway in June 2004.

My book review of Buying America Back: A Real-Deal Blueprint for Restoring American Prosperity by Alan Uke.

Listen live on Tuesday at 8:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 pm Pacific time.

BlogTalkRadio.com

If you miss this very informative show, it will be available for free download as a podcast for iPod, iTunes, and MP3 players; or play it right on your computer. To download this, or any other of my guest interviews, go to the Blog Business Success host page and click on Archived Segments. Once there, click on the podcast icon at the end of the episode description, to download the show free of charge for your listening enjoyment. You can also subscribe to the show feed.

Add to iTunes

To call in questions for my guest, the number is: (347) 996-5832

Let's talk with San Diego businessman, entrepreneur, community leader, and author of the visionary and empowering book Buying America Back: A Real-Deal Blueprint for Restoring American Prosperity, Alan Uke, as he describes how stronger Country of Origin labeling will result in more American manufacturing, more jobs, and a revitalized economy. Alan Uke provides evidence that a Made in America label will be chosen by American consumers when they make their buying decisions. The revised and enhanced labeling of products will show customers all of the countries involved in the manufacture of an imported product. Many of those countries have weak environmental protection, terrible working conditions, and are guilty of human rights violations.

Alan Uke points out that consumers will flex their collective buying. muscle, avoid the imported products after reading the label, and select the American made option. That buying power will in turn convince manufacturing companies to return to America from abroad. Learn how better and more comprehensive labeling will strengthen and rebuild the American economy on Blog Business Success Radio.


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Saturday, July 21, 2012

 

Buying America Back by Alan Uke - Book review



Buying America Back

A Real-Deal Blueprint for Restoring American Prosperity


By: Alan Uke

Published: April 10, 2012
Format: Paperback, 192 pages
ISBN-10: 1590792300
ISBN-13: 978-1590792308
Publisher: SelectBooks











"The primary purpose of this book is to start an essential consumer movement - a movement that will stimulate a new way of thinking about what we buy", writes San Diego businessman, entrepreneur, and community leader, Alan Uke, in his visionary and empowering book Buying America Back: A Real-Deal Blueprint for Restoring American Prosperity. The author describes how jobs will be created and the economy rebuilt through a consumer led demand for better Country of Origin labels.

Alan Uke understands the importance of domestic manufacturing jobs to the restoration of a healthy economy. As the owner of a manufacturing company himself, the author puts his money where his mouth is, and retains his employees in the United States. He rejects the concept of off-shoring jobs as being better for his company, for his customers, or for the economy as a whole. Alan Uke is committed to the principle of honest and transparent product labeling as the means to regain competitive advantage. At the same time, more open product labeling would ensure that customers had full disclosure of all of the countries involved in the manufacturing process.



Alan Uke (photo left) is convinced that with better information, consumers would avoid products that originated in countries with repressive governments, low environmental standards, a record of human rights abuses, and substandard working conditions. The author believes firmly in the power of the consumer, who forms over seventy percent of the American economy, to force real change on the part of companies. Alan Uke recognizes that even with the alleged lower prices for consumers, that those numbers carry a substantial human and environmental cost as well.

Alan Uke brings his personal experience in causing labeling changes to the national economic level. His vast experience in facilitating real and meaningful labeling change is being scaled up to include all companies, comprising every industry in America. The author provides evidence that consumers want to buy American made goods, but lack the information and guidance to transform a desire for change into positive results. The author offers the idea of a proposed bill that require more transparent country of origin information, and appear on the packaging and everywhere the product is offered for sale.

For me, the power of the book is how Alan Uke combines a positive, consumer based approach to revitalizing the American economy through a reasonable and understandable labeling requirement. With customers able to discern the product origin, form the informational label, they will be able to choose to reject products from outside of the United States. With this change in hand, Alan Uke shares compelling evidence that consumers will indeed demand American manufactured goods over imported products.

This market based approach will result in manufacturers transforming their processes to domestic locations. The immediate increase in employment will add income to the economy, increasing overall demand. That enhanced aggregate demand will, in turn, create more new jobs in other industries. An additional benefit of this book is the comprehensive section of trade statistics for each American trading partner, as well as a synopsis of each of those countries and its environmental and human rights record.

I highly recommend the transformational and economy building book Buying America Back: A Real-Deal Blueprint for Restoring American Prosperity by Alan Uke, to anyone seeking a fresh approach to restoring and rebuilding the American economy. This book will inform and inspire consumers to flex their financial muscle to demand and create real change in the economy.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

 

Lead By Greatness by David Lapin - Book review



Lead By Greatness

How Character Can Power Your Success


By: David Lapin

Published: February 3, 2012
Format: Paperback, 360 pages
ISBN-10: 0983467706
ISBN-13: 978-0983467700
Publisher: Avoda Books













"Greatness is not a skill set, but a way of being that expresses a person's sense of destiny and purpose. When great people lead with a sense of destiny and purpose, they become great leaders", writes rabbi, business strategist, and CEO of Lapin Consulting International, Inc., David Lapin, in his insightful and inspirational book Lead By Greatness: How Character Can Power Your Success. The author describes how exceptional leaders establish and live by their authenticity, core beliefs, and values.

David Lapin understands that leadership requires exceptional skills to establish a vision, inspire others to greatness, spark creativity, and build successful organizations. The author provides evidence, uncovered through his experience and research, that a leader's stature and reputation, are more important indicators of inspiration, than job titles or status. To transcend the ordinary level of leadership and attain greatness, David Lapin posits that the leader must develop a higher purpose, and a sense of overarching destiny. Instead of considering of the leader as what they are, David Lapin takes the bold step of considering a leader as why they are.



David Lapin (photo left) recognizes that becoming a leader who demonstrates greatness of character requires unlocking what he calls your "Spiritual Fingerprint" and your "Personal Purpose". The author shares how these two crucial characteristics will turn the key to open wide the company's corporate soul. That organizational soul includes a blending of spirit, culture, personality, and core values. These principles are the true uniqueness of the firm, and are not duplicated anywhere else. They form the basis of the organizations most fundamental competitive advantage.

To unlock the leadership traits, seen through the lens of the Spiritual Fingerprint and the Personal Purpose, the leader must establish higher purpose and a sense of destiny. With that transcendence in place, the leader can develop and enrich the following key traits:

* Authenticity
* Destiny
* Mastery
* Humility
* Vulnerability
* Generosity
* Awareness
* Wisdom

For me, the power of the book is how David Lapin combines a powerful message of the inspirational dynamic of the human spirit, with proven techniques for enhancing leadership skills. The author makes the transformational insight of connecting greatness of character, with business achievement, and the organizational profitability. David Lapin offers a unique perspective on leadership through his experience as both a spiritual teacher and as an effective executive.

David Lapin demonstrates clearly the critical importance of values, ethics, and a sense of spiritual purpose to leadership, the inspiring of others, and to the success of the organization. At a time when values and principles are lacking or treated with disdain in many companies, David Lapin offers an alternative and a better way. Not only is the spiritual path more personally rewarding, but is a more effective business plan as well. The author provides the key insight that the values driven team and organization has within them an unbeatable competitive advantage.

I highly recommend the transformational and passionate book Lead By Greatness: How Character Can Power Your Success by David Lapin, to anyone seeking to be more than simply a leader, but one who wants to unlock their inner spiritual sense of greatness in themselves and others. This deeply profound book will change you forever, and alter your entire perception of leadership, greatness, and of the need for a sense of a higher purpose.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

 

Competency-Based Interviews: Revised Edition by Robin Kessler - Book review




Competency-Based Interviews, Revised Edition

How to Master the Tough Interview Style Used by the Fortune 500s


By: Robin Kessler

Published: June 22, 2012
Format: Paperback, 224 pages
ISBN-10: 1601632215
ISBN-13: 978-1601632210
Publisher: Career Press












"Competency-based interviews are highly structured and use behavioral questions to help the interviewer assess candidates based on critical competencies identified for the position", writes human resources professional, consultant, career coach, and president of The Interview Coach, Robin Kessler, in the completely revised and updated edition of her very hands on and results oriented book Competency-Based Interviews, Revised Edition: How to Master the Tough Interview Style Used by the Fortune 500s. the author describes the various types of competency-based interviewing techniques, how to understand and prepare for them, and for growing as a competency-based employee.

Robin Kessler recognizes that leading companies are utilizing various competency-based interviewing techniques to discover and hire the best employees for their organizations. The author points out that progressive firms are moving toward the competency-based interview approach at a rapid pace. While some traditional employers continue to use standard interviewing practices, Robin Kessler provides evidence that competency-based interviewing is becoming the new standard format. The author presents the idea that since past behavior is the best indicator of future performance, the competency-based interview was devised to capture those recurring behaviors.



Robin Kessler (photo left) understands that the competencies being sought, and expected to be demonstrated in the interview process, are the key characteristics that will make a person a success on the job. The author shares the insight that sophisticated companies prefer working with competencies as they provide an effective framework for hiring, managing, evaluating, and improving their employees. Each firm will have what the author calls core competencies that apply to all areas of the organization.

The competency-based interview, writes Robin Kessler, was devised to target and identify these relevant competencies. To guide the applicant through the different types and formats of the competency based interview, the author provides the following principles:

* Understanding competency-based interviewing systems
* Identifying key competencies
* Knowing what interviewers are trained to look for
* Proving competencies with examples
* Presenting yourself as a strong candidate
* Considering other important interviewing tips
* Understanding how a competency interview flows
* Developing global competencies for the future
* Using competency-based resumes to get interviews

For me, the power of the book is how Robin Kessler combines a comprehensive guide to competency-based interview techniques, and their various iterations, with case studies and real world examples of the concepts in action. The book is very well formatted, and the ideas flow naturally, creating a sense of a process unfolding. The various chapters contain numerous examples of questions that will appear during a competency-based interview. The author shares the foundation to navigating those types of interviews successfully, regardless of the way the questions are formulated by the interviewer.

The author also includes an important section on performing well on the job, building career competencies, and career management. The book is enhanced by the valuable appendix sections on a list of core competencies, competencies for case studies, and illegal interview questions. The author also sprinkles some lighthearted comics throughout the book to provide depth to the ideas.

I highly recommend the practical and engaging book Competency-Based Interviews, Revised Edition: How to Master the Tough Interview Style Used by the Fortune 500s by Robin Kessler, to anyone seeking employment and accepting interviews in today's challenging employment environment. This book could provide the edge you need to land that great job in a sophisticated organization.


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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

 

Vicky Oliver: Bad Bosses & Crazy Coworkers - Blog Business Success Radio

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Speaker, career coach, workplace issues and etiquette expert, and author of the engaging and solution packed book Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers & Other Office Idiots: 201 Smart Ways to Handle the Toughest People Issues, Vicky Oliver, describes the problem bosses, coworkers, and employees who seem to inhabit and haunt every workplace. Vicky Oliver shares her insights into how to identify, diagnose, and disarm even the worst office problem people. Vicky offers advice for handling with effective diplomacy the various types of problem bosses; and for keeping your job at the same time. Vicky provides ideas for working with even the most challenging coworkers and colleagues, and for making being on the job less painful. Vicky presents concepts for identifying if even you are the problem and how to correct your own problem creating shortcomings. Learn how to create a more transparent workplace that avoids creating the conditions that develop problem people in the first place. Discover how to survive and thrive in your new and improved workplace, with the improvement from the problem people.

Vicky Oliver is my internet radio show guest on Blog Business Success; hosted live on BlogTalkRadio.

The show airs live on Thursday, July 19, at 8:00 pm Eastern Time; 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

Speaker, career coach, workplace issues and etiquette expert, and author of the engaging and solution packed book Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers & Other Office Idiots: 201 Smart Ways to Handle the Toughest People Issues, Vicky Oliver, describes the problem bosses, coworkers, and employees who seem to inhabit and haunt every workplace. You will learn:

* How to identify the different types of workplace problem people

* How to confront and work with a bad boss, without getting fired

* How to handle a difficult coworker or colleague

* How to identify problems within yourself and correct them



Vicky Oliver (photo left) writes books that give people the confidence they need to succeed on the job hunt as well as on the vital quest for prospects. She also gives seminars on job-hunting, networking, and the art of branding yourself. Today her first book, 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions, is available in the U.S., England, France, Australia, Canada, Japan, and Turkey. Her second book is called Power Sales Words, How to Write It, Say It, And Sell It with Sizzle. (All Sourcebooks)

Vicky has been featured on the front page of the New York Times 'Job Market' section and on over 100 local and national radio programs. She was designated in-house job-hunting expert at the Shomex Diversity Fair at Madison Square Garden. Her articles have appeared in Adweek magazine and on Crain's New York Business website; and she was interviewed for Esquire magazine's 'Answer Fella' column.

In 2007, Vicky hosted a Business Etiquette Dinner for 142 graduating seniors of Brown University. She also presented an Effective Interviewing seminar to 200 sophomores, juniors, and seniors up at the Brown campus during Career Week.

Vicky was recently elected President of the Brown University Club in New York. Vicky is also a newly minted Vice President of her class at Brown and a member of the Brown Alumni Association Board of Governors.

Vicky believes that job-hunting can be a lonely endeavor and encourages job seekers to contact her via email for advice on their searches. She is in constant touch with over 5,000 recent candidates in all different professions and in all different walks of life: the employed, the unemployed, entrepreneurs, freelancers, retirees, college graduates, and people returning to the job market.

A Brown University graduate with a degree in English Honors and a double major in Political Science, Vicky lives in Manhattan, where she has dedicated herself to helping others turn around their careers and their lives.

My book review of Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers & Other Office Idiots: 201 Smart Ways to Handle the Toughest People Issues by Vicky Oliver.

Listen live on Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 pm Pacific time.

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If you miss this very informative show, it will be available for free download as a podcast for iPod, iTunes, and MP3 players; or play it right on your computer. To download this, or any other of my guest interviews, go to the Blog Business Success host page and click on Archived Segments. Once there, click on the podcast icon at the end of the episode description, to download the show free of charge for your listening enjoyment. You can also subscribe to the show feed.

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Let's talk with speaker, career coach, workplace issues and etiquette expert, and author of the engaging and solution packed book Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers & Other Office Idiots: 201 Smart Ways to Handle the Toughest People Issues, Vicky Oliver, as she describes the problem bosses, coworkers, and employees who seem to inhabit and haunt every workplace. Vicky Oliver shares her insights into how to identify, diagnose, and disarm even the worst office problem people. Vicky offers advice for handling with effective diplomacy the various types of problem bosses; and for keeping your job at the same time.

Vicky provides ideas for working with even the most challenging coworkers and colleagues, and for making being on the job less painful. Vicky presents concepts for identifying if even you are the problem and how to correct your own problem creating shortcomings. Learn how to create a more transparent workplace that avoids creating the conditions that develop problem people in the first place. Discover how to survive and thrive in your new and improved workplace, with the improvement from the problem people on Blog Business Success Radio.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

 

Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers & Other Office Idiots by Vicky Oliver - Book review




Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers & Other Office Idiots

201 Smart Ways to Handle the Toughest People Issues


By: Vicky Oliver

Published: September 1, 2008
Format: Paperback: 512 pages
ISBN-10: 1402212534
ISBN-13: 978-1402212536
Publisher: Sourcebooks











"Contrary to popular perception, life at the office needn't be an inferno of despair, drudgery, and mayhem five days a week", writes speaker and career counselor, Vicky Oliver, in her engaging and solution packed book Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers & Other Office Idiots: 201 Smart Ways to Handle the Toughest People Issues. The author describes the most frequently encountered and suffered problem bosses, coworkers, and employees; and shares proven techniques to disarm and even improve their behavior.

Vicky Oliver recognizes that almost every workplace contains the people who she refers to as the Problem. These difficult and often destructive people not only make the workplace environment a difficult experience for other employees, but also lower overall office productivity through their actions. Vicky Oliver shares her techniques for identifying the core personality issue for each of the various problem people. With the underlying problem understood, the author provides her proven techniques for disarming and neutralizing even the worst and most deadly problem individuals in any office. Vicky Oliver demonstrates that troubled employees no longer need to suffer in silence, but can be empowered to improve the office for the benefit of all.



Vicky Oliver (photo left) understands that suffering from terrible bosses, incorrigible coworkers, and unworkable employees result in a loss of performance and productivity in the workplace. The tragedy is that one or two problem people have a serious impact on the work performance of other employees as well. Fortunately, Vicky Oliver demonstrates that the workplace doesn't have to be a chapter from Dante's Inferno, but instead are simply another challenge that also has proven solutions.

Vicky Oliver divides her Problem people into three overarching groups, with each segment having subsets of various challenges. At the same time, the author offers strategies for identifying and dealing effectively with each problem individual, regardless of their position in the hierarchy. The three sections include:

* Bosses From Hell
* Colleagues From Purgatory
* When The Problem Lies Within

For me, the power of the book is how Vicky Oliver combines a comprehensive description of the complete gamut of problem people in workplaces, with a series of proven strategies for overcoming the challenges posed by working with those individuals. The author combines good humor with critical insights into the myriad of toxic people, and how they destroy their workplaces. Vicky Oliver pairs each problem person with the solution to handling that individual and their toxicity effectively.

The book is laid out in convenient, and readily accessed sections on bad bosses, problematic coworkers, and if the problem lies within oneself. With the problem paired with the solution, the book becomes an indispensable resource for all employees, managers, and supervisors to work effectively with any disruptive boss, colleague, or employee. The book is about solutions, and delivers on that promise.

I highly recommend the insightful and office transformational book Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers & Other Office Idiots: 201 Smart Ways to Handle the Toughest People Issues by Vicky Oliver, to any leaders, managers, supervisors, employees, and job searchers who are seeking real world solutions for handling the most troubling people in any workplace environment. This book will change forever the culture in your office, through the empowering of people, to take back control of their own working lives from the trouble people, that haunt most offices.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

 

BlogBloke: Blogging Ethics And Intellectual Property - Blog Business Success Radio

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Long time blogger and leading advocate of ethical blogging and intellectual property BlogBloke describes how the decline in blogging ethics endangers the entire blogosphere. BlogBloke points out the plagiarizing of ideas from other bloggers, without attribution harms all bloggers. BlogBloke describes how to properly attribute and acknowledge the originator of an idea, and why this recognition is important. He also points out how the laws of copyright and intellectual property apply to blogs and the internet as well as they do for offline written works. BlogBloke offers ideas for protecting your intellectual property, ensuring that you are given full credit for your ideas, and to ensure that you provide the same courtesy to others. Learn from BlogBloke how some of the popular ideas for blog post curation are really plagiarism of intellectual property.

BlogBloke is my internet radio show guest on Blog Business Success; hosted live on BlogTalkRadio.

The show airs live on Tuesday, July 17, at 8:00 pm Eastern Time; 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

Long time blogger and leading advocate of ethical blogging and intellectual property BlogBloke describes how the decline in blogging ethics endangers the entire blogosphere. You will learn:

* What blogging ethics really means and why they are important

* Why copyright and intellectual property are important to bloggers

* How to properly curate blog posts to give proper credit to the blogger

* Why a loss of trust and ethics could lead to the decline of blogging and social media



BlogBloke (avatar left) has worked in journalism and as a programmer in the computer industry before most had heard of Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. A crusader at heart, he switched to law and soon made a name for himself as a successful litigation expert and mediator, helping folks who under normal circumstances can't afford justice.

A geek in every sense of the term, he carried his passion for helping others and computers into blogging that he helped pioneer. In those days there was no such thing as Wordpress or RSS newsfeeds for blogs. Having created the "Blog Tips" niche, his blog is an outstanding resource for helpful blogging tips and how-to tutorials. He has a reputation for being a straight shooter, his sharp wit and an outspoken champion for online ethics. He is bullishly pro blogging, social media, an outspoken advocate for online rights, security and technology issues.

Tech Editor and Author, BLOGBloke has been quoted in the Washington Post, New York Times and CBS News. Here are just a few of the comments that his readers have made:

"A Blogger’s Natural Resource" … “A knowledgeable, witty and fun conversationalist with both feet in the honesty camp” … “You write with passion, condor, and authenticity — that’s why I enjoy your posts” ... “Like the sense of humor in the articles” … “This site is a literary masterpiece” … “High quality sites like yours are an inspiration” … “This site is capital, constantly providing fairness in reviews and information” … “We would like to thank you for maintaining such a reputable blog. We know that it takes time, effort and commitment to keep such a blog and as such, we have added your blog as one of the top Blogging Blogs” … “You are indeed not just any average bloke!”.

Listen live on Tuesday at 8:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 pm Pacific time.

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If you miss this very informative show, it will be available for free download as a podcast for iPod, iTunes, and MP3 players; or play it right on your computer. To download this, or any other of my guest interviews, go to the Blog Business Success host page and click on Archived Segments. Once there, click on the podcast icon at the end of the episode description, to download the show free of charge for your listening enjoyment. You can also subscribe to the show feed.

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To call in questions for my guest, the number is: (347) 996-5832

Let's talk with long time blogger and leading advocate of ethical blogging and intellectual property BlogBloke, as he describes how the decline in blogging ethics endangers the entire blogosphere. BlogBloke points out the plagiarizing of ideas from other bloggers, without attribution harms all bloggers. BlogBloke describes how to properly attribute and acknowledge the originator of an idea, and why this recognition is important. He also points out how the laws of copyright and intellectual property apply to blogs and the internet as well as they do for offline written works. BlogBloke offers ideas for protecting your intellectual property, ensuring that you are given full credit for your ideas, and to ensure that you provide the same courtesy to others. Learn from BlogBloke how some of the popular ideas for blog post curation are really plagiarism of intellectual property on Blog Business Success Radio.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

 

Strategic Intuition by William Duggan - Book review



Strategic Intuition

The Creative Spark in Human Achievement


By: William Duggan

Published: October 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
ISBN-10: 0231142684
ISBN-13: 978-0231142687
Publisher: Columbia University Press











"The unifying idea of this book is a common mechanism at the heart of outstanding achievements in every domain of human endeavor. I call that mechanism "strategic intuition", although it goes by several other names in the various fields where I found it", writes associate professor of management at Columbia Business School, William Duggan, in his groundbreaking and transformational book Strategic Intuition: The Creative Spark in Human Achievement. The author describes how how every major advance in any field, has a turning point that transforms an entire field or creates a new one. The idea develops in the form of strategic intuition within the mind of the innovator.

William Duggan recognizes that those special flashes of insight and new ideas form another form of intuition. The author refers to these moments as strategic intuition when a clear problem solving idea emerges suddenly. William Duggan draws upon real world examples, and the latest discoveries of brain research, to demonstrate how and why strategic intuition works. The author also shares his techniques for using the strategic intuition ability more effectively as a problem solving methodology. William Dunning explains how strategic intuition differs from ordinary intuition and expert intuition, creating an entirely new area of understanding for problem solving and innovation.



William Duggan (photo left) understands that strategic intuition works slowly, is used in new situations, and is based on thinking rather than feeling. With these distinctions from ordinary and expert intuition in place, the author places the discipline in the realm of strategy. William Duggan stresses that these flashes of insight are crucial elements of the strategic process, and is a step that has been neglected or overlooked in studies of strategy in all fields. Strategic intuition places the human mind back at the heart of human achievement.

William Duggan demonstrates how the entire discipline of strategic discipline works. To provide a comprehensive analysis of the subject material, the author covers the following key elements:

* Theory of strategic intuition in its original forms
* How to apply strategic intuition to business, social programs, professions and education
* Overturns conventional wisdom about strategic intuition
* Provides the latest breakthroughs in brain research and neuroscience
* Key examples of the principles of strategic intuition in diverse endeavors

For me, the power of the book is how William Duggan combines a theoretical analysis of strategic intuition with a practical framework for applying the principles to any field. The author delves into the history of strategy, including its origins in military thinking, and provides important insights into how ancient and modern military leaders employed strategic intuition to achieve their breakthroughs and victories. William Duggan also provides examples of the concept at work in the areas of business, education, social programs, and the professions.

The author also shares the latest research finding in brain studies and neuroscience that show how strategic intuition works in the human brain. In the end, the author offers an entire new field of creative studies, and provides the techniques for using the methodology repeatedly in any industry. The entire concept of strategic intuition places human thought and creativity back at the center of human achievement.

I highly recommend the groundbreaking and engaging book Strategic Intuition: The Creative Spark in Human Achievement by William Duggan, to anyone seeking a refreshing and comprehensive overview of the concept of strategic intuition, and its value for all human endeavors. This book will transform your creativity and innovation skills, and open your thought process to those brilliant flashes of insight that solve even the most difficult problems.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

 

Michael B. Junge: Purple Squirrel - Stand Out Land Interviws - Blog Business Success Radio

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Career coach, entrepreneur, member of the Google, Inc. leadership recruiting team, and author of the very practical and insightful book Purple Squirrel: Stand Out, Land Interviews, and Master the Modern Job Market, Michael B. Junge, describes how to stand out from the crowd to be invited for more interviews and shares advice for being on the fast career track once employed. Michael Junge offers strategies for identifying your personal vision, for identifying your ideal employers, and for having them discover and recruit you as their employee. Mike provides tips for acing your interviews, for more negotiating salary and benefits more effectively, and for creating a halo effect once on the job. Michael Junge provides advice of getting your career on the fast track through taking initiative, seeking feedback, and for widening your network of contacts. Learn how to take charge of your own career and develop your own career portfolio,

Blog Business Success; hosted live on BlogTalkRadio.

The show airs live on Thursday, July 12, at 8:00 pm Eastern Time; 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

Career coach, entrepreneur, member of the Google, Inc. leadership recruiting team, and author of the very practical and insightful book Purple Squirrel: Stand Out, Land Interviews, and Master the Modern Job Market, Michael B. Junge, describes how to stand out from the crowd to be invited for more interviews and shares advice for being on the fast career track once employed. You will learn:

* How to build a firm foundation to start the job search

* How to become an opportunity magnet for motivated employers

* How to write a more effective resume and be more successful at interviews

* How to get on the career fast track from your very first day on the new job



Michael B. Junge (photo left) is a career coach, author and entrepreneur who currently serves on the leadership recruiting team at Google, Inc.

Previously, he was a key startup team member and five-time Recruiter of the Year for a national staffing firm that grew from $0 to more than $50M in annual revenues.

Michael has helped hundreds of clients land positions with companies that include Nestle, AT&T, Warner Brothers, Disney, Boeing, Humana, GMAC, Pacific Life, First American, Kaiser, Northrop, Parker Hannifin, Experian, Siemens, and dozens more.

My book review of Purple Squirrel: Stand Out, Land Interviews, and Master the Modern Job Market by Michael B. Junge.

Listen live on Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 pm Pacific time.

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If you miss this very informative show, it will be available for free download as a podcast for iPod, iTunes, and MP3 players; or play it right on your computer. To download this, or any other of my guest interviews, go to the Blog Business Success host page and click on Archived Segments. Once there, click on the podcast icon at the end of the episode description, to download the show free of charge for your listening enjoyment. You can also subscribe to the show feed.

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To call in questions for my guest, the number is: (347) 996-5832

Let's talk with career coach, entrepreneur, member of the Google, Inc. leadership recruiting team, and author of the very practical and insightful book Purple Squirrel: Stand Out, Land Interviews, and Master the Modern Job Market, Michael B. Junge, as he describes how to stand out from the crowd to be invited for more interviews and shares advice for being on the fast career track once employed. Michael Junge offers strategies for identifying your personal vision, for identifying your ideal employers, and for having them discover and recruit you as their employee. Mike provides tips for acing your interviews, for more negotiating salary and benefits more effectively, and for creating a halo effect once on the job. Michael Junge provides advice of getting your career on the fast track through taking initiative, seeking feedback, and for widening your network of contacts. Learn how to take charge of your own career and develop your own career portfolio on Blog Business Success Radio.

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