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  • Series: Motivation and Goal Setting
  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Career Press (May 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564143643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564143648
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,543,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
Motivation and Goal-Setting by Jim Cario is a short book. Compared to many other motivation books on the market, you need to be prepared for only quick tips here. The book has about 100 pages of content - but of that, about half is taken up by redundant empty worksheets for you to fill in. Here's an example of a full page form. It has a grid. You descrie a situation you've seen as a team member or leader. You say what type of reinforcement should have been used, and what results should have been seen. It makes you do this 3 times. Surely an entire page didn't need to be devoted to this exercise. It's not just once - it is all through the entire book. You're paying for empty forms.

What's in the other half? There are apparently 8 steps to achieving success. These are Identity, Values, Goals, Action Plan, Motivation, Discipline, Flexibility and Outcome. The book goes over each step of course, to help you understand it. Each section has a brief area showing you how to determine this trait in yourself, and then gives an example of "Margo", and unhappy 27 yr old office worker.

Most of us know these basic things and were getting a book to help us do them more efficiently. Some of the chapters therefore seemed very light and unhelpful - but I suppose they had to be included for the sake of going from start to end and not just "jumping into the middle". However, the actual "meat" chapters were given the same light treatment. I can understand the "identity" chapter only getting a few pages - it's important to really understand what you want in life before you plot out how to get it. That's fairly clear. On the other hand, people are getting this book because they ARE having problems getting to their goal, so you would think the "action plan" chapter would be thick and meaty. Nope!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2000
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This book examines motivation strategies through goal setting. It teaches readers how to define their goals or help employees define what their goals are. I have found through reading this book that setting goals are important for many reasons. It helped me discover that organizations must establish goals to give employees top down a foundation to build their own goals. It is important for employees to develop their own goals and for managers to help direct,and define their goals to help with motivation. Goal setting leads to motivation which in turn leads to increased productivity. This book strives to help managers as well as individuals establish goals and goal setting procedures as well as tips and tools that are beneficial. It has already proven to be a very beneficial tool for me in my business.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on April 17, 2001
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Motivation and Goal-Setting shows rather than tells. Instead of launching into long-winded sermons about discovering your "true" identity, author Jim Cairo poses a few simple questions that set the reader off on an interesting path of introspection. By forcing you to get involved with the book by answering these questions yourself, Cairo is using the principles that he writes about. The exercises he suggests will start building momentum that you can carry right over into your own personal goals. The book falters only in the sections on motivation and change, where Cairo lapses into generic sloganeering about learning from mistakes and embracing change. Regardless, we [...] recommend this book to anyone who feels that they could use a second wind, from a high-school student struggling to remain motivated, to a 55-year-old CEO looking for fresh challenges.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2000
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This book examines motivation strategies through goal setting. It teaches readers how to define their goals or help employees define what their goals are. I have found through reading this book that setting goals are important for many reasons. It helped me discover that organizations must establish goals to give employees top down a foundation to build their own goals. It is important for employees to develop their own goals and for managers to help direct,and define their goals to help with motivation. Goal setting leads to motivation which in turn leads to increased productivity. This book strives to help managers as well as individuals establish goals and goal setting procedures as well as tips and tools that are beneficial. It has already proven to be a very beneficial tool for me in my business.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 2002
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Motivation and Goal Setting's strength lies not in the destination, but in the map. Chock-full of various strategies and tips on how to set the goal and then motivate yourself into attaining the goal, even when said goal seems more unattainable than ever. Well written and easy to follow, Cairo's book's ideas can be applied to all areas of life. It reminds me of Guerilla PR: Wired as both books deal with attaining your goals.
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