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Profit from the Positive: Proven Leadership Strategies to Boost Productivity and Transform Your Business, with a foreword by Tom Rath Hardcover – July 30, 2013

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"...If you are a leader, or would like to become one, the best advice that I can give you is to follow the advice in this book." 
Tal Ben-Shahar, New York Times bestselling author of Happier and Choose the Life You Want


"...The suggestions in Profit from the Positive are what business schools will be teaching in ten years."
Shawn Achor, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage


"So many people are working from the negative side of the coin these days. Greenberg and Maymin have given you lots to implement here. Don't simply read this book. Absorb it."
Chris Brogan, CEO of Human Business Works and New York Times bestselling author of Trust Agents


"Profit from the Positive is a phenomenal book because it suggests small changes that make a huge difference...." 
Debbie Newhouse, learning and development manager at Google and author of The Magic Seed


"I have two pieces of advice for any startup founder--be prepared for very little sleep and read Profit from the Positive from cover to cover."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (July 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071817433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071817431
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
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By Douglas B. Turner on July 30, 2013
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I just read Profit from the Positive - cover to cover - on a flight to and from DC and Houston. It was phenomenal - so practical, so accessible, and so "right on!" I also enjoyed the tone of the writing - not academic, not preachy, just straightforward and clear. The Positive Psychology context is interesting, the tools are immediately useable, and the client stories make it all real. These two executive coaches / writers absolutely know what they are talking about. I'd recommend this book to leaders and managers who are interested in moving their effectiveness up a notch or two. Well done Senia and Margaret.
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After moving from independent practice (clinical psychology) to the corporate world I became interested in positive psychology and strength-based coaching and leadership. Today I am a fan! Despite my passion I often wrestled with exactly how positive psychology and a strength-based approach could be applied to leadership development and performance and development coaching. Thank goodness that I discovered "Profit from the Positive!"

Greenberg and Maymin have done an outstanding job in providing the reader with over two dozen practical tools leaders (and executive coaches) can use. In addition to being practical and easy to implement let me share some of the specific reasons for my 5-Star rating:

* the little boxes throughout that include additional information
* the boxes with specific questions leaders/coaches can use to tap into underlying strengths and passion
* "Key Takeaways" at the end of each chapter
* reflection questions (really helpful for the reader to reflect and plan)
* the appendix that includes self-assessments and employee assessments of the manager
* "Good Reads" with recommendations for further reading (remembering that the authors emphasize "don't just read the book!")

Nice, succinct references section is also include although I do prefer to see references embedded in the text but that's just me.

If there is interest in implementing a strength-based, positive psychology approach this is a must read!

Ed Nottingham, PhD, PCC
Author, It's Not As Bad As It Seems
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I love this book.

The authors pack the most relevant findings regarding what make leaders and organizations flourish into a book that is lingo-free and extremely clear.
That in itself is a huge achievement.

The book has 4 chapters for personal mastery: the productive leader, the resilient leader, the contagious leader, and the strength-based leader.
It has 4 chapters for leading others: hiring, engaging employees, performance reviews and meetings.
And a chapter that puts it all together.
Sprinkled in the different chapters are 31 easy-to-use tools (conveniently summed up in an appendix) that put Positive Psychology into action.

If you are a leader who is looking for a scientifically-sound yet extremely practical book to profit from the insights of Positive Psychology, this is it.
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I've always been a person who looks for the practical elements of leadership. This book is grounded in research and set in the foundation of the best elements of positive psychology. The concepts presented in the book are attainable to the practitioners of business leadership at all levels.

There are useful exercises and case studies in this book that help to make concepts applicable to the every day leader. In addition, the exercises are useful to everyone. As a leadership coach, I've already given this book as a gift to other leaders because of its practical and every day examples. Great book! You won't regret reading it.
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I have many positive psychology and business books on my bookshelf. This is the one I go to when I need practical tools to use with my organizations and coachees. They translate the science into digestible chunks and have created creative tools to implement in businesses.

Within a week of reading the book I took it with me to a training as a back up reference for strengths and mindset. When some of my learners were struggling, I jotted down one of their appendices on a flip chart (with full credit, of course). At the end of the training, the CEO of the organization said, "That flip chart should have been in your handout. It's the best thing about the whole program!" I guess we'll have to wait until Senia and Margaret design training to roll out in your organization.

My only regret about this book is that I didn't write it myself!
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Wonderful book that is full of tools and techniques to grow your positive leadership approach. Leveraging strengths and creating a culture of employee engagement is the way to improve happiness and performance at the workplace. Read this book. It will provide you with real time, in the moment exercises to support you in growing your emotional intelligence and positive approach. I am also obtaining a certification for Profit from the Positive with Margaret and Senia. It has been a great experience! Both women bring lots of experience and real life applications of the tools they write about in their book. I am applying these tools with my clients and colleagues and getting positive results.
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