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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (February 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605097276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605097275
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Provides the toolkit and the foundation for people to define their purpose and generate value with realistic and practical solutions.”
—Tony DeBlauwe, Senior HR Partner for a global technology organization; founder, HR4Change; and author of Tangling with Tyrants

“As the marketplace’s creative destruction grows ever more creative and destructive, it’s essential to keep your wits about you and direct your personal and professional energies where they are most effective. Goodrich gives you the tools and guidance to do just that.”
—Don Tapscott, coauthor of Wikinomics and Macrowikinomics; Chairman, nGenera Insight; and Adjunct Professor of Management, University of Toronto

“Utilizing Goodrich’s approach will set you on a road you may never have dreamed possible. Ready, go!
—Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, coauthors of Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It and creators of the Results-Only Work Environment
 

About the Author

 

Laura Goodrich specializes in the field of workplace dynamics and relationships. She has twenty-five years of professional experience, fifteen of which she has spent as a corporate trainer, coach, consultant, and speaker. She has a degree in Training and Organizational Development from The University of Minnesota and has received coach training from both the Corporate Coach University and the Coaches Training Institute. Laura is co-owner of an integrated content company that specializes in authoring and producing videos, documentaries, television series, speaking and coaching. She is also an active member of the National Speakers Association and ASTD.

 


More About the Author

Laura Goodrich, Global Workforce Innovator, has over twenty-five years
professional experience. For the last eighteen years she has served as
an innovator, keynote speaker, coach, and advisor to leaders worldwide on change and the future of work.

Goodrich is also the award winning author and producer of the book and film
"Seeing Red Cars: Driving Yourself, Your Team and Your Organization to a
Positive Future." Described as 'transformational, relevant and timely,' Seeing
Red Cars was chosen by the Wall Street Journal and LiveMint as a "Top Five
Leadership Book" In 2007 Goodrich was named as one of the top ten international
executive coaches by Blanchard and Company, one of the world's largest training and coaching organizations.

Goodrich is co-founder of On Impact Productions, Next Generation Company and the GWTNext - Global Workforce Transformation Community. She and her business partner Greg Stiever are pioneers in designing and authoring interactive online experience that leverage film making sensibilities, stories, coaching and learning spaced over time that create real change. Next Generation, an organization bringing interactive online transformation to leaders, associations and organizations worldwide. GWTNExt-Global Workforce Transformation, a community of innovative, forward thinking professionals who recognize we're not leaving on the road we came on. We are at a place of transformation and few industries will be exempt. We don't have all the answers, but are committed to figuring them out together. We recognize that it is a time of great opportunity!

Goodrich is a member of the World Future Society (WFS), and the Global Speakers Federation (GSF)

GWTNext.com
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Global Workforce Innovator - Author l Keynote Speaker l Pioneer in Online Experience


Internationally recognized specialist in Change and the Future of Work.
Email: laura@onimpactproductions.com
Website: www.GWTNext.com
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Business: 952-856-6071
SKYPE: laura.goodrich
OOVOO: Laura Goodrich

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This book is a delightful read.
Pamela Meyer
Laura Goodrich's Seeing Red Cars provides a practical toolkit and roadmap for bridging the gulf between wishing and doing.
Jane Perdue
It was fun and at the same time provided very practical information.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dan on February 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
Laura Goodrich has written a small book with a big message (150 pages).

I'm not a fan of simplistic, "positive thinking," the approach that if you dream it you'll do it. The world is filled with dreamers that don't achieve. However, I believe, "Seeing Red Cars," provides rubber-hits-the-road strategies for creating AND achieving a vision driven life, team, and organization.

How to drive into a positive future?

Focus on what you want. It's likely you spend most of your life reacting rather than acting. Additionally, research shows that 70% of your thoughts are about what you don't want and what you'd like to avoid.

Can you, in this moment, name what you want? You can't get there if you can't name it. "Clarity is the most important motivator and predictor of future success. You get more of what you focus on."

Focus on what you can control. Life's frustrations center on things you can't control. Trying to control them drains you. You'll go farther by playing to your strengths and controlling what you can control.

Here's a brief sampling of principles that Laura offers.

Six strategies that help you get there:

1. Jump into social media. Twitter is the most powerful tool available for establishing new connections.
2. Follow your intuition. When was the last time you did some soul-searching?
3. Engage in many conversations. One significant conversation can change your life.
4. Utilize supporters. Let others help.
5, Utilize doubters. Prove the: can't, don't, and won't people wrong.
6. Deal effectively with weaknesses by linking with the strengths of others.

If you can't state what you want, describe your plan, and define a time-line for getting there, "Seeing Red Cars," is for you.

Highly Recommended

Dan Rockwell
Leadership Freak
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scave31 on May 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
Seeing Red Cars is all about seeing what you want in life, not what you don't want. Unfortunately, most of us have been trained to be overly cautious and wary of what might go wrong or not work out for us. As a consequence, we spend most of our time thinking about what we don't want, what we want to avoid, and what we don't like about the situations we find ourselves in. In Seeing Red Cars, author Laura Goodrich explains the importance of focusing, instead, on what we do want, using our "wants" to keep us motivated toward our goals.

With a heavy focus on using this Seeing Red Cars mindset (the idea that if you start thinking about red cars, you will automatically see more red cars...your mind being drawn toward what you think about) in the business world, Goodrich still offers plenty of anecdotal examples of how this can be used in real life.

There are many worksheets included in the book to develop your own bucket list of "wants" as well as trackable sheets to help you decide what to do to reach those goals and keep you on target. The is emphasis is on balance in all areas of life, because dissatisfaction in any area of life will affect other areas. Goodrich offers ways to find the imbalances and how to focus more on what brings joy and happiness. Be prepared to do some soul-searching about what is important in your life and how to get it. This is a fabulous book for any organization, team, or workplace looking to change focus and work toward more employee satisfaction, creativity, and cooperation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Perdue on February 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
In both my Fortune 100 corporate executive and entrepreneurial careers, I've seen many individuals fritter away days, weeks, months and even years waiting for something to happen, as they were unclear on where they wanted to go and what they wanted to do with their personal and professional lives.

David Mahoney, executive, writes, "There comes a moment when you have to stop revving up the car and shove it into gear." Laura Goodrich's Seeing Red Cars provides a practical toolkit and roadmap for bridging the gulf between wishing and doing. If you have the motivation to shift gears in your life and focus on what's important to you and/or your organization, Seeing Red Cars and its website toolkit provide a multitude of easy-to-understand and easy-to-use tools to do so.

Some authors write about identifying one's purpose in life. Laura calls this step crafting personal "I wants." Whatever the nomenclature, this identification exercise is foundational to life and business mastery. Laura offers visual, auditory and tactile triggers, tips and techniques for keeping one's focus clearly in view.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there," cautions Will Rogers. Seeing Red Cars can serve as one's personal GPS to point the way in getting - and staying - focused on what you want to do with your life.

Jane Perdue
CEO, Braithwaite Innovation Group and Get Your BIG On!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jimdittmer on February 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
It's so great to read a book that really makes a difference in your life. When we were young, many of us read Dale Carnegie's "How To Win Friends And Influence People." It changed many lives, including mine. Ms. Goodrich's "Seeing Red Cars" is that kind of book. I find myself quoting from it almost daily, recommending it to friends, clients, and family... as well as taking personal insights and inspiration from it. Unlike so many "motivational" books that are big on the "rah-rah" but have little practical advice on how to implement their ideas, Ms. Goodrich has created a entire suite of practical tools to assist in focusing your thoughts and realizing your goals. I'm exceedingly glad this book has crossed my path and unreservedly recommend it to everyone.
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