Karen’s Top 10 Resources (Plus One)

1. Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin E.P. Seligman, 2006. Outlines easy-to-follow techniques to help you rise above pessimism and the depression that accompanies negative thoughts and build a life of rewards and lasting happiness.

2. The GE Way Fieldbook: Jack Welch’s Battle Plan for Corporate Revolution by Robert Slater, 1999. Provides techniques and tools to focus every worker on progress and growth. Outlines a roadmap for removing boundaries to success.

3. The Skilled Facilitator by Roger Schwarz, 2002. Guides groups to realizing their creative and problem-solving potential.

4. The Art of Speedreading People: How to Size People Up and Speak Their Language by Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger, 1999. Shows how to identify personalities and how to use this information to communicate effectively and achieve faster results.

5. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglass Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen, 2010. Step-by-step approach on how to have tough conversations with success.

6. Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman et. al, 2002. Using Emotional Intelligence concepts to change leadership styles as the situation demands.

7. Coaching for Leadership: How the World’s Greatest Coaches Help Leaders Learn edited by Marshall Goldsmith, Laurence Lyons, and Alyssa Freas, 2000. How and why coaching works and how leaders can best use the coaching process.

8. The Transparency Edge by Elizabeth Pagano, 2005. A timely, instructional guidebook for organizational leaders who must establish and maintain credibility.

9. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras, 2004. A look at why American corporations last.

10. Control Your Destiny or Someone Else Will by Noel M. Tichy and Stratford Sherman, 2005. Study of Jack Welch’s principles on how anyone can succeed. The “Unofficial GE Leadership Handbook.”

11. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t by Jim Collins, 2001. Researchers discover the key determinants of great companies and how they got there.

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