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AdaptAbility: How to Survive Change You Didn't Ask For Hardcover – May 12, 2009

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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767932625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767932622
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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46 of 46 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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5 of 5 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Bouda Associates on August 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am privileged to coach in health care systems. I contribute to the development of Leadership and Teams in a national system.

We are always experiencing change in the system, personnel and policies are generally in flux. I was seeking material that would be short, to the point and give some brilliant tools to support these clients through the important work they do with change consistently in the picture.

This book is a short read (always a factor for busy, dedicated people) and provides excellent explanations around handling change and the importance of resilience and flexibility. My clients love it and are using it,

I am sad to see that this publication is going out of print. I would appreciate any help anyone may have for me so that I can keep a supply of these books on hand, I have a Team of coaches and we give this book to 10-20 clients a month.

JoAnn
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 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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Format: Hardcover
I would like to give a copy of MJ Ryan's new book, AdaptAbility, to everyone I know. MJ Ryan has long been one of my favorite authors, and in this book, she has written about what's most needed right now in this time of so many unbidden changes. I love her writing style: she manages to explain what's happening and give tools for positive coping and change in an accessible, memorable manner. She does the work for me that I would want to do--she thinks deeply about what people in today's world are facing, researches the best of what psychologists, scientists, behavioral experts, and others have to say, adds her own wisdom, insight, and perspective, along with examples from her clients, friends, mentors, family, and her own personal experience that bring her concepts to life, and delivers all this in her lively, readable, open voice. I feel supported by what she has to say and also gently nudged toward growth and change. I have personally benefited from AdaptAbility, and will also recommend this book to my many career coaching clients, as well as to my friends--I can think of several who need this book, right now! Plus, like all my other books by MJ Ryan, I can already see that I will re-read this book several times--her books are like having a personal coach right at hand.
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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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