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From Publishers Weekly

With many employees facing burnout and feeling overwhelmed in the course of a work day, it may be too much to ask that they be willing to put their "signature" on their work as if it were an artistic masterpiece. Yet that is what Booher, a business consultant and author (Speak with Confidence; The Esther Effect), encourages readers to do. Drawing upon biblical examples as well as real-life business situations, she calls for personal integrity in the workplace and in all areas of life, asking people to offer their very best effort all the time. Booher employs a basketball metaphor for the whole book: readers need to learn to play offense rather than defense, admit their fouls, learn multiple plays, call frequent huddles, keep track of their stats, turn hecklers into fans and always practice as if it were a real game. Also, they need to enjoy the off-season and multiply any endorsement offers. This hackneyed analogy grows old quickly and actually detracts from the sound advice contained in the book, which calls for dedication, passion and commitment to a cause. Such a noble message of personal honor and professional thoroughness does not deserve to be undermined by a pervasively cheesy basketball analogy. Somebody call a timeout.
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From the Back Cover

What is your autograph worth?

When people ask artists, performers, authors, or athletes for their autographs, they are saying, “The work you do has value. You are worth listening to.”

In the same way, author Dianna Booher says, we are called to work in such a way that our work style and attitude attracts others to us and earns us a platform for sharing our faith. Using biblical principles, Your Signature Work identifies key principles of leadership, success, integrity, influence, and satisfaction that, if followed, will enable you to add your signature to the work you do each day and know that you’ve done your very best.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (July 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084238281X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842382816
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,562,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dianna Booher, as CEO of Booher Research, offers communication consulting, executive coaching (public speaking, executive presence, enterprise-wide communication flow and messages), and publishing strategies for Fortune 500 organizations, nonprofits, and individuals.

As author of 46 books published in 26 languages (plus numerous ebooks, audios, videos,and training programs), Dianna has published with Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books, McGraw-Hill, Penguin Random House, Thomas Nelson, and Berrett-Koehler.

Her most popular books include:
--What MORE Can I Say? Why Communication Fails and What to Do About It
--Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader
--Communicate with Confidence!: How to Say It Right the First Time and Every Time (Rev. Edition)
--The Voice of Authority: 10 Communication Strategies Every Leader Needs to Know
--Booher's Rules of Business Grammar: 101 Fast and Easy Ways to Correct the Most Common Errors
--Speak with Confidence!: Powerful Presentations That Inform, Inspire, and Persuade
--E-WRITING: 21st-Century Tools for Effective Communication
--From Contact to Contract
--Get a Life Without Sacrificing Your Career

Several have been selections by major book clubs.

Dianna's work has been featured in/on Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, FOX, CNN, CNBC, USA Today, NPR, Dr. Laura Radio Show, The New York Times, Forbes.com, Washington Post, New York Newsday, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg, Boardroom Reports, Investor's Business Daily, Fast Company, Working Woman, Industry Week, McCall's, Cosmopolitan, Success, Entrepreneur, among other national radio, TV, and newspapers.

Leadership Excellence has named her as one of the "Top 100 Thought Leaders" of America and on its list of "Top 100 Minds on Personal Development." She holds a master's degree in English from the University of Houston.

Currently, Dianna is CEO of Booher Research Institute. She is also founder of Booher Consultants, a leading executive communication training firm, whose clients include more than 145 of the Fortune 500 organizations, plus numerous governmental agencies. Booher trainers have taken Dianna's communication principles and techniques to organizations on six continents.

Programs offered by her firm include business and technical writing, proposal writing, presentation skills, executive presence, customer service communication, interpersonal skills, resolving conflict, effective meetings, listening, and personal productivity.

Booher Consultants, Inc., has received vendor-of-the-year awards from clients such as IBM and Frito-Lay for Booher's overall impact on the organization.

Dianna's clients most often describe her keynotes at major conferences and conventions this way: "So many practical ideas I can use immediately" ... "Inspiring--you make me want to go out and do it now!"..."High energy!"

She delivers very focused keynotes and programs addressing clients' specific communication issues as well as programs on personal growth topics.

Dianna has received the highest awards in the professional speaking industry, including induction into the National Speakers Association's CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®.

Additionally, Successful Meetings magazine named Dianna on its list of "21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Sanborn on August 13, 2004
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If you desire to go beyond personal branding and leave a more powerful signature on your work and others, Dianna Booher can show you how. The book is organized around an easy to understand sports parable, but the simplicity of the structure belies the tremendous insights and ideas within. You'll be reminded of some things you already know (but may have forgotten) and get some fresh ideas for how to truly influence and impact others in the workplace. Dianna is a prolific author who continually creates new gems in her work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Phillips on August 14, 2004
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"A problem defined is a problem solved." This quote from the book boils the premise down to the bottom line. Booher gives solid, practical, Biblical answers to the rhetorical,usually sarcastic question, "What's your problem?" The basketball metaphor throughout the book did three things: It kept my attention, taught me a lot about basketball, and helped me to see age old problems, as well as current workplace problems, from a fresh perspective. The Biblical examples throughout were not "preachy", but instead were enriching and encouraging. This book should be required reading at all levels in any workplace that wants to see excellence restored and individual hearts renewed. Truly inspiring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on August 14, 2004
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An inspiring and thought-provoking book for people from all career paths. No matter what your stage in life, Booher realigns your thought process about your career. She reminds us of how our personal values can shine through in our daily work, something we often overlook. This book is an important read for helping you to lead a more fulfilling life both professionally and personally.
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Those most likely to read this book will be those who are basically good people and they want to be even better. This book will help them. Those who Should read this book are all people who need a shot in the arm, a feeling of hope, a renewed sense of self confidence. This book will transform them!

Dianna Booher is a unique thought leader in the field of personal and professional growth. She not only knows and lives the concepts, she also fully understands the steps to take. And she shows the rest of us the paths in her many wonderful works. The sports metaphor used to structure the book gives it a refreshing and memorable flow. You will love the book and like yourself even better after reading it.
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"A great book that motivates you to reflect on your current life and challenges you to be and do better. It made me wonder what people at my funeral would say to each other about me and the inpact I had on them, others, my profession and my community. It challenged me to take "my game" of life up another notch to live my life in a way that I can be proud of my signature work."
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