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What Makes You Tick?: How Successful People Do It--and What You Can Learn from Them Hardcover – May 26, 2009
From Publishers Weekly
Berland and Schoen, founding partners of a strategic research firm, take on a familiar subject—examining the common traits of highly successful people—with a fresh twist, arguing that success is achieved not by remaking your personality but by enhancing the skills you already have. They offer ways to use your own skills, attributes and personality as a path to charting an individualized course to achievement. Studies of 50 leaders in a variety of fields (e.g., Mark Burnett, Steve Forbes, Mario Andretti, Bob Woodward) make up the meat of the book and offer models as a learning tool as well as shedding insight into how the successful think. The authors identify four major categories of successful individuals—Natural-Born Leaders, Independence Seekers, Visionaries and Do-Gooders—and determine the inner personality, motivational and external traits that comprise each group. By identifying and embracing the unique potential of these archetypes, readers will be well positioned to put their best self forward. (June)
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“[Berland and Schoen] take on a familiar subject—examining the common traits of highly successful people—with a fresh twist, arguing that success is achieved not by remaking your personality but by enhancing the skills you already have....readers will be well positioned to put their best self forward.” (Publishers Weekly)
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Out of all the "how-to's" one of the most impressive was that of Gwendolyn Sykes, Yale CFO and former CFO at NASA, it states:
"These are my principles for success. Always be accountable. No matter if it's good, bad or indifferent. Engage people. Understand that people are the most important attribute for moving forward and embrace all challenges, positive and negative."