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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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"...If you are a leader, or would like to become one, the best advice that I can give you is to follow the advice in this book." 

Tal Ben-Shahar, New York Times bestselling author of Happier and Choose the Life You Want


"...The suggestions in Profit from the Positive are what business schools will be teaching in ten years."
Shawn Achor, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage


"So many people are working from the negative side of the coin these days. Greenberg and Maymin have given you lots to implement here. Don't simply read this book. Absorb it."
Chris Brogan, CEO of Human Business Works and New York Times bestselling author of Trust Agents


"Profit from the Positive is a phenomenal book because it suggests small changes that make a huge difference...." 
Debbie Newhouse, learning and development manager at Google and author of The Magic Seed


"I have two pieces of advice for any startup founder--be prepared for very little sleep and read Profit from the Positive from cover to cover."
Thomas M. Davidson, cofounder and CEO of EverFi, Inc.

About the Author

Margaret H. Greenberg is a sought-after executive coach by Fortune 500 executives. In 1997, after 15 years in the corporate world, she founded The Greenberg Group, a consulting firm dedicated to coaching business leaders and their teams to achieve more than they ever thought possible. She holds a BA in sociology from the University of Hartford and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania. Greenberg lives in Connecticut with her husband and has two grown daughters.

Senia Maymin, PhD, is an executive coach to entrepreneurs and CEOs. Maymin runs a coaches network and is the founder and editor in chief of the research news site PositivePsychologyNews.com. She holds a BA in math and economics from Harvard University, a MAPP from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA and PhD in organizational behavior from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She lives in California with her family.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (July 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071817433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071817431
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Douglas B. Turner on July 30, 2013
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I just read Profit from the Positive - cover to cover - on a flight to and from DC and Houston. It was phenomenal - so practical, so accessible, and so "right on!" I also enjoyed the tone of the writing - not academic, not preachy, just straightforward and clear. The Positive Psychology context is interesting, the tools are immediately useable, and the client stories make it all real. These two executive coaches / writers absolutely know what they are talking about. I'd recommend this book to leaders and managers who are interested in moving their effectiveness up a notch or two. Well done Senia and Margaret.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Carpenter on July 2, 2014
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Profit from the Positive is a must-read for anyone who cares about being effective. With a rare and refreshing blend of best practices from top business leaders and positive psychology concepts framed by two executive coaches with a wealth of experience, Greenberg and Maymin have created an impressively straightforward toolkit for practical and immediate personal change.

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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chad and Kacie Terry on June 2, 2014
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This book presents ideas and strategies that can be put into practice immediately. What makes this book special are the sheer number of practical real life examples presented to support the strategies. This allows for a quick relation to be formed between what is presented and what is happening in your team today. I've read many good books on the topic of leadership strategy but many times I've question just how experienced the author was with the challenges I'm facing....this book leaves no doubt and is written with a tone and flow that makes it not only easy to read, but also gives the reader confidence that implementing these strategies will improve you and your team's productivity. Although all the ideas are not new, they are presented in a manner that is unlike anything I've ever read and it is obvious the authors put this into practice daily.

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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PRW on August 1, 2013
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Maymin and Greenberg have taken on one of the most important and challenging tasks in organizations today: How to actually apply theory and practice from a relatively early stage field (positive psychology) in ways that bring value to enterprises right now. They have succeeded wonderfully. This book isn't a self help piece about positive thinking yellow smiley face buttons. It's masterfully research-based-- a thoroughly tough minded work that will build immediate value in organizations that employ its tools.

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.

PRW
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John G. O'leary on December 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I should start by saying I tend to write reviews only for products I like. And so it goes here.

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.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Todd B. Kashdan VINE VOICE on November 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Let me start with what I enjoyed about this book:
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).
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