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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (July 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071817433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071817431
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book is very well written and full of amazing ideas that anyone can use.
Sarah K.
Margaret Greenberg and Senia Maymin’s book brings together positive psychology, the workplace, teams and leadership in a practical, easy to read, easy to dip into way.
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I have really enjoyed reading this book, and considering all the ways that I can implement the new learnings into the work I do at my workplace.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Carpenter on July 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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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7 of 9 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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4 of 5 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christine on July 3, 2014
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This book offers practical tools and tips in bite-sized pieces that are easy to pick and choose as needed, which is helpful for a busy leader who isn't looking for yet another "one-size fits all" formula. The authors give you real-world examples from specific companies and they offer fresh ideas from these companies that I find helpful. For example, they cite a company that is giving unlimited vacation time, which is a pioneering approach to retaining top talent and increasing productivity. This may or may not work for all of us, but it's great food for thought that stimulates new thinking on how we can operate in a more positive, effective and uplifting way. Another example is a section where they offer a replacement for the outdated SWOT model -- a refreshing and much-needed update to a tired model that makes people tired just using it. Their model is based on ideas from positive psychology and appreciative inquiry that are energizing and inspire people to action. I found this book to be full of useful, easy-to-use, and easy-to-adapt information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Britton on July 7, 2014
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Profit from the Positive is an easy read with an important message and a style that will make it stick to your ribs. Many chapters open by explaining why common practices are mistakes that will sap our energy or lead us the wrong way. What's wrong with multi-tasking? With treating employees as problems to be solved? With overvaluing technical competence? Then the authors introduce simple practices that can make an immediate difference. Hate performance reviews? Check out their chapter, Performance Reviews: Change 'Em or Chuck 'Em. Feeling like you have to take your work home because you spend all day in meetings? Check out their chapter, Meetings: From Energy Buster to Energy Booster. Wanting to remember a technique after you've put the book down? Flip through the key takeaways at the end of each chapter. Ready to go? Use the reflection questions and the 31 tools to start small, build new work habits, and use even resistance to move forward.
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