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Be the Hero: Three Powerful Ways to Overcome Challenges in Work and Life Hardcover – August 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160509000X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605090009
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Be the Hero

"Noah Blumenthal's uplifting new book, Be the Hero, will teach you to think like a hero. This book will change your outlook on life!"
--Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level

"I recommend Be the Hero for anyone who is driven by the challenge of delivering peak performance at work and at home."
--Michael H. Thaman, Chairman and CEO, Owens Corning

"Noah Blumenthal uses a simple, compelling story to teach profound lessons."
--Tammy J. Winnie, Director, Organization Change Management, Kellogg Company

"I could not put this book down. The story is riveting and the learning from it is priceless."
--Sharon Jordan-Evans, coauthor of Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay

About the Author

Noah Blumenthal is president of Leading Principles, Inc., an executive coaching and consulting company whose clients rank among the Fortune and Global 500, including MTV Networks, Hilton Hotels Corporation, and DuPont. A keynote speaker and author of You’re Addicted to You (Berrett-Koehler), he was named one of the world’s “Top 100 Minds on Personal Development” by Leadership Excellence magazine and has been featured in such leading media outlets as the New York Times, CBS News, MSNBC News, Chicago Sun-Times, Investor’s Business Daily, and Newsday.

More About the Author

Noah Blumenthal is a nationally bestselling author and was named by Leadership Excellence Magazine as one of the world's "Top 100 Minds in Personal Development." As a keynote speaker and executive coach Noah helps individuals and organizations develop heroic leadership and has worked with clients in the Fortune 500 in financial services, advertising, media, pharmaceuticals, professional services, utilities and consumer products.

His most recent book, national bestseller Be the Hero, has transformed both workplaces and lives. Among other things readers have written about how being a hero has helped them respond to budget crises and layoffs, manage difficult bosses and customers, battle cancer, and overcome a lifelong fear of flying.

To watch the inspirational hero video, take the quiz to find out about your own heroism, or to learn more about Be the Hero, visit the website.
www.be-the-hero.com

To learn more about Noah Blumenthal's corporate services, visit his company website.
www.leadingprinciples.com

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Kristi Steele
It is well put together, easy to read, touching, and provides a resource guide on how to put what you have read to use in your own life.
Jennifer Mounce
He shares with us the secret of how we can live this same life in a simple way that we can put into practice immediately!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Roben Torosyan PhD on July 31, 2009
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I'm surprised. While the ideas may be familiar to those acquainted with the psychology of personal change, the book reads like a fast-paced summer novel. And I need its reminders daily.

Best dialogue from the book:
Jeff said, "So I think I get what you are saying, but this guy was a jerk. He didn't have a reservation. There was a forty-five minute wait and he wanted to be seated immediately in one of the premier seats in the restaurant. That's a jerk."
"No," said Martin. "That's a story. You are telling yourself a story about this person that's making you angry even now."

Best insight:
Whatever the problem (or opportunity), I have options about how I frame the situation to myself. Hard to implement at times, but incredibly powerful. And confirmed by dozens of classic studies (McAdams, Sheehy, Levinson, among others)--most of which don't read as entertainingly.

New Yorker cartoon that most relates: A man walks in on his wife in bed with another man. His wife says, "Allow me to offer a competing narrative."

Healthy parody from The Onion: "I Guess Now Would be As Good a Time as Any To Triumph Over Adversity." Includes observations like " I'm just not up for a moment of unprecedented human achievement right now. Maybe after I finish watching the rest of this Seinfeld episode, I'll be in the mood to discover my previously untapped wells of courage and power. But maybe I'll take a nap first."

Far Side cartoon that most relates: Two devils watch a guy pushing a wheelbarrel of coal through the fires of hell, and he's whistling. One devil says to the other, "You know, we're just not reaching that guy." Whether at work or home, I must beware what I tell myself others should do, and what hell my own story puts them through.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Sullivan on August 10, 2009
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Here's a video the author made to promote his book. Check it out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Greg Meyer on July 24, 2009
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Noah has written an excellent parable that is readily applicable the moment you pick it up. All of us experience "change moments" when the way we view the world colors the way we live those moments. The true value of Be The Hero is that it helps us to recognize the way we are seeing things and to consider that as the basis for behavior change.

You can use Be The Hero to improve your communications and your relationships immediately -- but it will have even more value as you practice Noah's techniques at home and at work. Thanks for a great read!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Jacobs on July 21, 2009
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Noah Blumenthal has done it again. This book is a how to manual for all of us. Regardless of your job or personal life "Be the Hero" can help you be more successful, satisfied and reaching your full potential.

If you read one book this year, make it this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel B. Landau on July 28, 2009
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"Be the Hero" is a simple little story bearing profound lessons for personal growth and change. I read the manuscript in a single sitting, not because I meant to, but because I was captivated and engaged. I wanted to know what would happen next, and I found myself really thinking about the story and its lessons. By the end, I had been deeply moved.

Many of the themes will be familiar to readers who have experience with cognitive-behavioral therapy. No special background is necessary, however, to benefit from this book: its important lessons are packaged in a reader-friendly, no-jargon parable, easy to take in, understand, and put to good use.

After I read the manuscript, I passed it on to a friend who had just been laid off and was still very angry and bitter. He, too, read it in one day, and was amazed. He said it threw open emotional and psychological doors for him that he hadn't even known were closed in front of him. He was very grateful, and enthusiastically passed the manuscript on to another friend in personal crisis.

And so it went, from person to person. Each reader found lessons within that helped him or her cope with a crisis, or just deal with an unsatisfactory life situation. This book gave us hope, courage, and the emotional tools to do something about it. Now we are all enthusiastic product evangelists for "Be the Hero."

Buy this book for yourself, a loved one, a friend, and see for yourself what a difference it will make. Gandhi told us to be the change we want to see in the world. "Be the Hero" is a powerful springboard toward changing yourself and your own corner of the world for the better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eugene D. Burson on November 13, 2009
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I'm not sure how or why but the lessons covered in this book have stuck with me and in fact come up everyday and quite often several times a day. The differences between victim mentality and hero mentality now pop up whenever I hear how others tell their stories and more importantly how I tell mine. You really are either a victim or a hero and there just isn't anything positive that can come out of being a victim. The book doesn't tell you how to solve problem but how to deal with them in a positive and healthy way. My experiences are very similar to the main character in the book so maybe that is why the message has managed to remain in my head when all other self help books (if I can call it that) have not with the exception of Dale Carnegie. I still catch myself thinking like a victim but thanks to the tips from this book it doesn't take much to turn my attitude around which has a positive return for me in addition to my family, friends, and business partners. I think the author does a brilliant job of explaining it all. I passed this book on to my wife and her sister and they both got a lot of out it as well. This is a very important book and in these crazy stressful days if very timely.
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