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Books of Interest So many books -- so little time!

That said... these gems are worth making time for -- for ourselves and for our organizations. Each is, in one way or another, focused on creating an environment in which we flourish - and organizations thrive. Check’em out!

We've separated them into 3 main categories:
Fundamentals, Personal and Organizational.

Our recent favourites include --

12: The Elements of Great Managing
12: The Elements of Great Managing.
By Rodd Wagner and James K. Harter.
Written for managers and employees of companies large and small, 12 explains what every company, every manager, needs to know about creating and sustaining employee engagement.

If you've ever wondered:
- How do great managers inspire top performance in employees?
- How do they generate enthusiasm, unite disparate personalities to focus on a common mission, and drive teams to achieve ever-higher goals?
... this one's for you (and not your bookcase)!

Picking up where the late, great Peter Drucker left off, Rodd Wagner and Jim Harter spell out in clear detail 12 ways to apply an understanding of human nature to transform any organization -- as well as its managers and workers.

The 12 maxims aren't rocket science -- but each one is wonderfully analyzed, with real-world examples drawn from the U.S., Canada and overseas. From the rescue of a failing call center, to saving a struggling restaurant, improving patient care in a hospital and maintaining production though power outages, 12 follows successful managers in real-life situations as they harness employee engagement in various settings around the world.

Relying heavily on the Gallup organization's study of some 10 million employee and manager interviews spanning 114 countries and conducted in 41 languages, 12 weaves the latest Gallup insights with recent discoveries in the fields of neuroscience, game theory, psychology, sociology, and economics.

12: The Elements of Great Managing - a must read for those wanting to make a positive difference - wherever they work, whoever they manage.

Find 12 here!

A Primer in Positive Psychology A Primer in Positive Psychology
by Christopher Peterson

If you are interested in an engaging and highly readable introduction to positive psychology, then this is the book for you. Written by Chris Peterson who, along with Martin E. P. Seligman is the author of the seminal work: Character Strengths and Virtues, this book covers pleasure and positive experience, happiness, positive thinking, character strengths, values, interests and abilities, wellness, positive interpersonal relationships and thoughts on the future of positive psychology. Written in Chris’s clear and unique voice, this book includes a variety of resources – books and journals, articles, web sites, movies and music – as well as exercises for trying out positive psychology in your life.

Find it here!

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