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Play to Win!: Choosing Growth Over Fear in Work and Life Paperback – August 18, 2004
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Larry Wilson is a case study in how the self-help business has "gone corporate." He founded Wilson Learning Corporation in 1965, sold that company, and in 1983 started Pecos River, a training and consulting firm specializing in "accelerating and facilitating individual and organizational change and growth." Pecos River is now Pecos River Change Management Division of Aon Consulting Worldwide, a firm that can trace its own lineage back to insurance tycoon and self-help maven W. Clement Stone's Combined Insurance Company of America. With a nod to Abraham Maslow and his theory of self-actualization, the Wilsons challenge readers to "thrive instead of survive," grow up emotionally and spiritually, and think in new ways. For them winning is not beating out others but avoiding the mindset of simply "playing not to lose." Presented effectively in low-key, straightforward fashion, this book is based on techniques Wilson's firm has developed and utilized in work with more than 500,000 persons. David Rouse --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This book helped me to recognize a lot of these behaviors in myself. It offers a number of insights as to how to approach life in a winning way. No, it doesn't have all the answers; it does, however, have a lot of good thoughts and ideas. It didn't result in a complete turnaround in my life--I still have plenty of work to do--but it has helped me to look at things in new ways.
It's a pretty easy read. There are plenty of colors and pictures, most of it probably unnecessary, but it makes for a pretty book. :) I definitely recommend this one to anybody who feels stuck somewhere in life or who feels like he or she has all the tools but hasn't figured out the attitude to get to what he or she wants in life.
Blancard was right. The title is a misnomer. It should really be: Learn to Live. But who would read that?
This book offers thoughts on how to think about thinking; the importance of appropriate risk taking in our lives; what is involved in the good decision process and strategies to do so - the 2 minute drill; how to turn your live around and move forward. The book concludes with the importance of building your spiritual life and why that is important.
I recommended this book for the inclusion to a course we teach for the chronically unemployed - addicts, felons, etc with a St Vincent de Paul program in Cincinnati called Operation Bootstraps. It has helped us tremedously with these people - they continually tell us how important the book is to them.
My biggest problem is finding more books which is becoming an issue.
this is very inspiring and easy to read. If you are a manager this is definitely a need to read so that you can be an inspired leader.