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AdaptAbility: How to Survive Change You Didn't Ask For Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767932625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767932622
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for AdaptAbility

“You are always more resilient than you think. In her motivational and optimistic book, M. J. Ryan shows you how to face the unexpected and use what you've learned to be happier in life, in love and at work.”
–Nell Merlino, leader of Make Mine a Million $ Business and author of Stepping Out of Line

“The change you don’t ask for has a way of smacking you between the eyes. M. J. Ryan’s AdaptAbility teaches us how we can get through the pain more quickly and extract greater meaning from the nonnegotiable events of life.”
–Ellyn Spragins, author of What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self

“If you’re struggling and think that one more book can’t possibly make a difference, think again. M. J. Ryan has the rare gift of breaking things down into clear pieces that can be tackled.”
–Laura Berman Fortgang, author of Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction

About the Author

M.J. Ryan is one of the creators of the "Random Acts of Kindness" series, which has sold more than one million copies, and the author of The Power of Patience, The Happiness Makeover, and many other titles. She founded Conari Press and is currently an executive coach and a popular speaker. She is a contributing editor at Good Housekeeping and a regular contributor to Health magazine. She lives in Walnut Creek, California. Sign up for M.J.'s "I Will" Power daily e-mails at www.mj-ryan.com. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

M.J. combines a practical business perspective gained as a CEO of a publishing company with a strength-based approach to help clients reach professional and personal goals. Using methodologies from positive psychology and neuroscience, she is able to quickly identify a client's underlying thinking talents and helps them efficiently use them to overcome challenges and maximize success. She has coached many high level executives as well as entrepreneurs and individuals around the world who want lives of greater purpose and success.

Her clients include Frito Lay, Microsoft, Royal Dutch Shell, the U.S. military, Hewitt Associates, SRAK (a joint venture between Shell and the Saudi Arabian National Oil Company), the Cowell Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club, and the town of Paradise, Ca.

She is the author of many best-selling books including her latest ADAPTABILITY: How to Survive Change You Didn't Ask For and THIS YEAR I WILL...How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution or Make A Dream Come True.

www.MJ-Ryan.com

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I thought that this new book would help me to cope with recent unwanted major changes in my life.
a person who reads
I first listened to the book on audio and then purchased the book so that I could spend more time digesting certain parts.
kirstin
Personal or professional, M.J. Ryan's AdaptAbility book can transform anyone into a Change Master, as she calls them.
Victoria Klein

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By a person who reads on October 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I got a great deal out of two of Ryan's previous books--"The Happiness Makeover" and "Trusting Yourself." I thought that this new book would help me to cope with recent unwanted major changes in my life. It didn't. I still give this book 5 stars because I think its actually a great book--but its not what I needed. I suspect that I misunderstood the focus of the book before I purchased it. It contains very timely and helpful advice--but it is almost entirely about money and career issues. Other kinds of problems are addressed briefly throughout the book--but I really couldn't figure out how the adapting strategies applied to my situation.

So If you recently lost your job, your home, or your savings--this book can probably help you a lot. If you are dealing with a debilitating, incurable illness--or the death of a child--or other life changing experiences that may not be primarily about financial issues, than this may not be what you are a looking for.

I would like to give this book to a friend who is going through job and money worries right now--but I hesitate because the book seems mostly geared towards people who are in the higher economic classes. If you don't own a home, or a car and can barely afford food--you may not relate to people who have to change the focus of the the businesses they own.

I think that this could be a great book if its what you are looking for--but I wanted to write this review so other readers won't make the same false assumption that I made--I was thinking of "adaptability" and "change" in the more general sense, when this book is really more specific to the financial issues of the privileged classes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan R. Meyer VINE VOICE on July 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
M J Ryan has done a great job of outlining how to survive change - expected or unexpected. In a hurry? Reading the table of contents alone will give you more than enough to get started. In itself, it's a step-by-step guide to surviving unexpected change. At 219 pages, this book manages to be both a quick and easy read and everything you need to know to become adept at staying afloat in permanent white water. The book is crisp, clear, and full of useful advise. I would recommend it to both my personal and my executive coaching clients.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Gillett on May 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
With todays' turbulent times, we are all being thrust into change we didn't expect or ask for. This book not only equips one with the tools they need to deal with and get through change- it helps your FLOURISH through it. Wonderfully written and truly inspirational, this book is a must for everyone.
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By Neil on December 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A good tome about how we can deal with unrequested change at work or in life. It's particularly good on dealing with technological change that you think is just a nuisance but which isn't going away.
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By D. Meyer on October 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Maybe this book should be subtitled “Here is what other people say about this topic.”

The idea is sound: Map out for people the process and the do’s and don’t’s of getting through a change you didn’t ask for, and coming out stronger and better for it. The book lays it out with a good, logical structure, and plenty of suggestions, tips, and anecdotes.

The weak aspect of the book is the writing of the author. The problems are:

One: Too much referring to the books of other authors. Too many times the author writes: “XYZ, in his book titled ABC, says that we should…” I’m all for proper credit and citation, but why spend so many paragraphs summing up the contents of other people’s books? Is this book meant to be a review of the literature in the field? If so, it should be noted that it is. I counted the mention of 23 books by other authors, plus references to newspaper and journal articles, and, of course, quotes from her own books. Really, she could have shortened the book to two pages: “Here is a list of books that I think you should read if you are interested in this topic.”

Two: On occasion, it extends to the ridiculous – the entirety of page 103 is devoted to narrating the story of one Bill Harris, a man with a problem, and how he solved it and thrived. What’s my issue with this? That this Bill Harris was not a client of the author; he was not an acquaintance who shared his story with her; he was not even someone she interviewed for this book. He was a man who shared his story with Al Siebert, the author of a book called “The Resiliency Advantage”. M.J. Ryan spends an entire page telling us a story she read in Al Siebert’s book. Seriously? You couldn’t find your own example to illustrate the concept of resiliency?
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By Victoria Klein on April 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
After reading the first 10 pages, I knew AdaptAbility isn't your run-of-the-mill self-help book. This is about strength. This is about power. This is about being prepared for any & all changes and, dare I say, welcoming them!

The most surprising thing about this book is the tone it is written in. It felt like M.J. was right there with me while I was reading it. The book is presented in a such a friendly, conversational tone that no matter what speed bumps or road blocks have come into your life, you'll know you are not alone in facing these ongoing changes.

While I consider myself to be quite comfortable with change (I've moved almost 20 times in my 24 years on this planet), its the sudden surprises of life that throw most of us - myself included - for a loop. Personal or professional, M.J. Ryan's AdaptAbility book can transform anyone into a Change Master, as she calls them. I'm already going through each step to help reestablish my business with my new name & focus; I've never felt so empowered!
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