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Profit from the Positive: Proven Leadership Strategies to Boost Productivity and Transform Your Business, with a foreword by Tom Rath Hardcover – July 30, 2013
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The coaching style of the two authors comes across brilliantly in writing that is both dense with insight and a joy to read. Pick and choose relevant chapters to address a specific issue or read cover to cover as a comprehensive leadership handbook. I bought the book to help my clients bring out the best in themselves, but consistently find that I'm also using these tips on myself.
Reading Profit from the Positive feels like you've stolen the notebook of a world class executive coach and gotten away with all the great ideas at almost no cost. Take them and run with them!
One area that I saw an immediate impact was in the area of performance review....a part of my job that can sometimes be lackluster, including the end result. Using guidance from the book, I completed what was easily the most powerful and practical review/preview of performance with one of my team members. For this alone, I would recommend the book.
Profit from the Positive is organized in a way that motivates action (For the Leader, For the Team, Putting it Together). It forces a little introspection (is that how I come across? My moods are contagious!), a little observation (what are the strengths of these rugged individuals that are the basis for a unique team?), and finally what I can do right now (how do I get my team to peak performance). The authors provide immediately useful tools and templates for Leaders and Managers of all organizations.
I highly recommend this book to Owner-Managers and Corporate Executives who want to employ leading edge thinking and hands-on tools to build their organizations sustainably for the really really long term.
Like most biz lit readers I like writing that's accessible and easy to read, and this book qualifies for that. I also like practical advice. Plenty of that here too.
There are things in the book I already knew that are good refreshers for me, such as why we tolerate abrasive bosses (one of my pet peeves). Greenberg and Maymin say that's because "we overvalue technical competence and short-term results, we underestimate the negative effect, and we are afraid to speak up." We often ignore the "emotional competence." Well put. This I can immediately apply in my boss-whispering.
I learned some new stuff too, like "prospect theory" that says that "losses are more painful than gains are enjoyable." That's always been true for me, but I never realized there's a universal theory about it. This I can apply with clients also.
A quick read for your commute, if you're not driving.
1. There are many great psychology books that missed the mark because the writing was clunky. Margaret and Senia are extremely good writers. The prose is fluid, the headings are useful, the language is playful, the research is described in interesting ways, and it is enjoyable to read every chapter. I finished the entire book in one sitting and that is mostly due to their easily accessible reading. This is easy to ignore and hard to get right.
2. The best part of this book has nothing to do with positive psychology or science. The best parts are the tips that Margaret and Senia offer from synthesizing their years of business experience. How to improve the quality of meetings. How to change the climate of an organization so that mistakes are rewarded, not punished. How to appreciate quirky behavior in employees and the business culture, and reinforce them. How to improve performance reviews so that they are more helpful. I dog-earned 13 pages with tips that I already started to use in my organization.
With all of this being said, there is one big issue that prevented me from giving five stars (I am a Vine reviewer so I take my reviews seriously). I am well-read in psychology and the science in this book is old news. If you read the books below, then you know 88.34% of the research in the current book:
Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1990). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York: Harper and Row.
Seligman, M.E.P. (2002). Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. New York: Free Press.
Dweck, C. S. (2006). Mindset: The new psychology of success. New York: Random House.
Lyubomirsky, S. (2008).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you have any interest in positive psychology, personal productivity, and authentic leadership, read this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Candice Ammori
Outstanding and Practical Business Book for Leaders, Managers and Entrepreneurs
Profit from the Positive is a must have book for entrepreneurs, leaders and managers. Read more
i havent finished yet but so far definitely a different method.Published 7 months ago by robert posenato
Profit from the Positive is an amazing read. I just graduated from college with a degree in Psychology. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ashley
This is more than a leadership book...it's a compilation of practical tools and reflective questions that are effective at home and at work. Read morePublished 8 months ago by MCR
I love the research, the stories and application to everyday business problems so much I read your book twice. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brent O'Bannon
Profit from the positive is a quick read with great advice that applies not only to the business world, but to many aspects of life. Read morePublished 10 months ago by L Danchik
I've always been a person who looks for the practical elements of leadership. This book is grounded in research and set in the foundation of the best elements of positive... Read morePublished 10 months ago by David W. Hasenbalg
I started reading this book thinking it was just another one of those sage feel good books and as a female entrepreneur, with contracted help, I was not sure that what the authors... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sherill Calhoun