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Lifestorming: Creating Meaning and Achievement in Your Career and Life Hardcover – May 9, 2017
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"Lifestorming is well-written and very informative. These lessons have an instant impact and will definitely help you grow professionally and personally." (The Association of MBAs, June 2017)
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Lifestorming is your practical handbook for becoming the person you want to be! Within these pages you will discover what it takes to redesign your life, friends, behaviors, and beliefs in order to move closer to your goals … every single day. This book offers no quick-fix answer to a profound personal transformation, but change will happen once you become willing to be guided by expert insight and deep introspection. While change is not easy, it is possible, and that's what Lifestorming offers. Lifestorming is the product of veteran authors and acclaimed executive coaches, Marshall Goldsmith and Alan Weiss, who together have a combined output of nearly 100 books on human behavior.
This down-to-earth guide will help you learn not only why you do things the way you do them, but also how to do them better. You will discover a new way to think about your goals why you chose them, how you can achieve them, and (critically) how they can evolve over time to reflect your changing priorities.
Once you take The Lifestorming Test, you will assess your current state in concrete terms, and determine your ability to change and adapt. Then you can purposefully identify the people, actions, habits, and beliefs that either support your personal and professional growth or hold you back from reaching your goals. Goldsmith and Weiss outline the six building blocks of character that will help you to challenge your belief system, develop a leadership mindset, and overcome the stumbling blocks that keep you from success. You'll map out an action plan, and learn how to continually move forward at work, at home, and in everyday life.
We often don't realize how much of our natural default is established by others. Whose goals are you working toward? Are you measuring your progress with the correct yardstick? Lifestorming helps keep your power in your own hands by taking a step back and comparing your life today with the future you want. This essential guide shows you how to build a plan for changing track toward constant evolution and growth.
Lifestorming combines the efforts of two outstanding coaches who draw on their extensive knowledge in a way that can help almost anyone who has a sincere desire to achieve lasting, positive change in behavior.
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Both of these gentlemen are top-notch consultants who coach successful business executives and professionals. This book assumes that you too, are already successful and want to take your career and life to the next level. The book is filled with simple models, challenging theories and practical tools that provide keen insight into what is keeping us from being successful, and how to propel ourselves forward.
Not to worry, Lifestorming is firmly grounded in real-world best practices based on their consulting practices and Weiss and Marshall share a bevy of stories to bring the key points alive. Most importantly, what I REALLY like about the book is the final chapter where the authors have created a "guide" that tests our current state and then challenges us to apply the principles and integrate them into our daily activities.
Alan Weiss provides the structure and much of the content in the book. However, within that structure Weiss and Marshall Goldsmith interact like two great jazz musicians in a jam session. First one gives a really useful story, process, statistic, or metaphor to make a powerful and practical point, and then the other one picks up the song and starts jamming away on another powerful and practical insight. And it goes back and forth like that throughout the book.
Here are five things I particularly enjoyed:
1. The first chapter immediately gets the reader away from the pie-in-the-sky, cotton candy approach to success. They make it very clear that success comes from focused effort and effective thinking, and not from repeating aphorisms and pounding on your chest.
2. This book has universal application. It is not written just for executives or just for management consultants, but rather the ideas can be used effectively by anyone in any role in any organization.
3. The emphasis is not on what title you have or where you went to school or how much money you have, but rather on the importance of effective thinking processes.
4. They provide the reader with simple to understand processes that address psychological, strategic, and tactical thinking. These refer to how we talk to ourselves, how we clarify the direction we want our future to go in, and what we need to do on a regular basis in order to convert the vision into a reality.
5. The book closes not with a call to action with some fancy motivational phrase, but rather a set of thinking exercises for the reader to work through. First, think more effectively. Then move into action. I just believe that this is the way a person should approach achievement.
This is not a rah-rah motivational book, but rather a book of tools that a motivated person can use to successfully live a purposeful life and achieve the objectives he or she has for himself or herself.