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Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected Hardcover – April 7, 2015
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"This book isn't about what you think it is."
--Seth Godin, author of What To Do When It's Your Turn
“An important how-to on making surprise into a habit to spark the best possible kind of change and progress in our work, relationships and ideas.”
--Kelly Stoetzel, Content director at TED
“I’ve always loved the element of surprise, but it wasn’t until reading this charming book that I fully understood why—and how to bring more of it into my life and the world.”
--Adam Grant, Wharton professor, magician, and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take
“Surprise! This delightful book will turn your understanding of predictability upside down. Take it from someone who loves routine and order: the unexpected lessons of this book can improve your life.”
--Chris Guillebeau, NYT bestselling author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup
"A vibrant, readable foray into the potential and the proper place for surprise in our lives....In a world that often seems keen on eliminating the unexpected with predictive technologies...this entertaining, smartly packaged book leaves readers with a full set of practical tools geared toward making everyone surprise-seekers in their own lives."
"Filled with both cutting-edge psychological science and delightfully-handy practical tips, Surprise will teach you how you can make the most of this curious human emotion."
--Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology Yale University and Director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory at Yale
About the Author
LeeAnn Renninger, PhD is the CEO and founder of LifeLabs New York. She received her PhD in social psychology from the University of Vienna where she studied the differences between good and great communicators. At LifeLabs New York she helps managers around the globe catalyze better (and more surprising) thinking in themselves and others.
Tania and LeeAnn have spoken at a wide range of corporate events and to TED, TEDx, Yahoo Ignite, and YPO audiences. The authors provide training, organizational consulting, and team building for some of the world’s most inspiring organizations including: Etsy, Whole Foods Market, Google, National Geographic, LinkedIn, Victoria’s Secret, Warby Parker, Squarespace, Columbia University, and Yale University. Both authors live, work, and play in New York.
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1. Freeze—for a moment
2. Find—show an emotion
3. Shift—change your opinion regarding the situation
4. Share—your feelings with others.
Surprise exists along a spectrum, from mild to severe. Too much unpredictability leads to anxiety. Building resilience is a four-step process.
1. Set stable ground—have a social support network you can turn to.
2. Reframe—think about the situation in a new and positive way.
3. Make a “struggle sandwich”—learn how to handle success and failure.
4. Pivot—go in a different direction.
Being vulnerable does not necessarily mean to be weak; it can and should mean to be open. To be happy you should find a middle way between certainty and uncertainty. The authors provide a number of ways that you can improve your ability to deal with surprises. I recommend this book to everyone since we all face surprises, both good and bad, in our lives.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a surprise to find out that I live a surprised life. I often find myself looking for witty ways to view life and share it with others. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nathan E Lang
Helped me to think in more open channels with less trepidation for the unexpected.Published 10 months ago by loretta willard
My experience of this genre of non-fiction has led me to expect a lot of empty platitudes and motivational statements; unfortunately with little relevance to my daily life. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Evan Long
Author Luna handily demonstrates just why surprise might the most underutilized skill to learning, inciting change, and adapting. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Claire Dorotik-Nana