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Making a Difference by Being Yourself: Using Your Personality Type at Work and in Relationships Hardcover – October 1, 2008

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891062238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891062233
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,237,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While the author advocates self-understanding, his chief objective is to encourage readers to look outward to find inner satisfaction. --Library Journal, November 15, 2009

From the Publisher

From the mission of Davies-Black Publishing staff and authors--affecting change at work, with others, and in the world--to a single employee mentoring a co-worker or organizing a blood drive, there are hundreds of ways to make a difference in process and outcomes, with tasks or people. And while we all are hardwired to seek purpose and happiness, what brings meaning to one person vs. another has remained a mystery.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE BY BEING YOURSELF deconstructs the puzzle by zeroing in on how our unique personality type frames what "making a difference" means and drives the actions we take to leave our mark on the people and organizations we care about. Building on the powerful fundamentals of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator(r) assessment, a dynamic framework identifies four key types--Stabilizers, Harmonizers, Catalysts, and Visionaries--and combines with research and stories from over 500 people to chart a journey of self-discovery and beyond. With dozens of exercises, assessment tools, and examples, MAKING A DIFFERENCE BY BEING YOURSELF delivers a complete toolkit to take personal insight and awareness to the next level: to live life consciously and exploit our strengths and talents in ways that make a meaningful difference.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Any who would seek meaning, purpose and happiness in life will find Making a Difference By Being Yourself is an outstanding choice, built on the basics of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment tool and offering stories of over 500 people from all walks of life who used the tool to improve work and home relationships alike. From core personality types to behavioral influences and changes in important relationships, this lays out a path to self-improvement that will find a role in many different libraries: from general-interest lending libraries to business and health collections.
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My mentor highly recommended this book. Book can be finished in a weekend but took me longer. In the beginning, I thought it was boring and had difficulty answering the interactive questions. As I progressed in the book, found it very informative about me and my personality and how to best use my personality to make a difference in my work and personal lives.
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