On My Bookshelf

Bringing Out The Best In People

Bringing Out The Best In People - Aubrey C. Daniels

I read a few years back as part of providing training to team leaders and managers in “Performance Management” principles. I ended up delivering this workshop to around 300 people, and continued to coach them in how to apply the principles in the workplace.

I would have to say that these principles are one of the key areas that I have used, and continued to use throughout my management and coaching career. I’m re-reading this great book, and I recommend it to any manager or business owner struggling to get the best from their people.

“Performance Management (PM) is a systematic, data-oriented approach to managing people by providing positive recognition and reinforcement for individual and group performance.

Since 1982, Performance Management Magazine, published by Aubrey Daniels International, has highlighted the successes of companies that use PM, explained the latest academic research in the field of behavior management, and linked its readers to valid sources targeting the goal of performance improvement.”

Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ

Emotional Intelligence - Daniel Goleman

I’ve often wondered why some people who seem really intelligent are not reaching the career success you would usually attribute to “smart” people, whilst someone who appears to have a ‘lower’ intellect is reaching untold career heights. I believe our emotions play a significant part in our decision-making, and the way we effectively (or ineffectively) interact with others, or deal with challenges and setbacks.

In Golemans’ book, he “argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, and that our emotions play a far greater role in thought, decision-making and individual success than is commonly acknowledged” . (sourced from back cover of the book)

The first couple of chapters go into the ‘science’ of how emotions form, and then goes into practical insights of understanding emotional intelligence in ourselves and others.

Scroll down once the link has loaded on a new page to read more about Emotional Intelligence

Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People’s Minds

Changing Minds - Howard Gardner

I’ve just started reading this book. It’s not about how to change someone’s mind immediately, rather about how a change in mindset occurs, and how to go about it. So far a good read!

“In Changing Minds, Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner explains what happens during the course of changing a mind – and offers tips to direct that process. Remember that we don’t change our minds overnight; it happens in gradual stages that can be powerfully influenced along the way” (sourced from back cover of book)

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