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On Deletion Phenomena in English (Janua linguarum)
On Deletion Phenomena in English (Janua linguarum)
by John Thomas Grinder
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A collector's item of little "knowledge value", November 9, 2004
John Thomas Grinder, Jr. is best known as one of the creators of the Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) movement. This book was written before 1973 (prior to NLP), probably around 1970 and seems to be John's dissertation. It's a highly technical book discussing some details of the theory of transformational grammar. As John Grinder acknowledges himself in the preface, this is an "academic book" and is written in a very dense style of writing that John dismisses himself by the time the book got published. He even adds: "There is little in the content of the particular generalizations which I made in this study that I would now argue for." A bit further in his preface he even states that transformational linguistics is near to its demise.

In other words, the book is of little use (as best) for someone interested in NLP and is probably not even useful for those specialized in linguistics.

Patrick E.C. Merlevede, MSc is the author of "7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence" and "Mastering Mentoring & Coaching with Emotional Intelligence".

What Happy People Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life for the Better
What Happy People Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life for the Better
by Cameron Stauth
Edition: Hardcover
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best psychology book of 2003, November 14, 2003
This book fully fits in the current positive psychology movement, of which I consider emotional intelligence to be a part, too. The authors explain how many people tend to make themselves unhappy, by having the wrong expectations from life and by looking for happiness in the wrong places.
Reading this book should help you change your minds and figure out why you must stop running those unhappiness patterns. The book is illustrated with numerous examples of how Dan baker helped his patients achieve this and at the end of the book you get an "action plan", which is unfortunately only an overview table of the "do's and don'ts of happiness".
I've hesitated to give this book only 4 stars, because for me it doesn't fully live up to its promise of being a self-help book. It calls for a sequel, which should explain better how to use techniques such as "personal appreciation", making perceptual shifts, managing your own emotions, using constructive questioning, etc. When I showed the book to some of my coaching customers of the past week, they were going: "Yeah, that makes sense, but how do I do it?"
The good news is that there are many therapists and coaches who should have learned the techniques Baker & Stauth mention. It would be a good thing for their clients if they start reading and applying this book, in stead of creating "victims", by leading their patients down the old therapeutic pathways.
Luckily, you don't have to start waiting for the sequel before you can get started on your own: If you haven't been trained in the tools and techniques the authors recommend, either visit a coach who is willing to help you following these methods or search for a good introduction course in emotional intelligence or NLP to help you out.
Patrick Merlevede, MSc
author of "7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence"

Why the Bottom Line Isn't!: How to Build Value Through People and Organization
Why the Bottom Line Isn't!: How to Build Value Through People and Organization
by David Ulrich
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Put this book in your shopping basket!, October 30, 2003
David Ulrich's ideas have pretty much defined the HR profession for the last decade. That by itself is a reason to make sure you've read this book. What is even more important is that Ulrich & Smallwood outline how HR activities can help to increase the shareholders value as measured in stock price (at least, this is what HR could do, if they would do it right, the reality is that often HR just seems to be wasting money). Given that shareholders become more and more demanding, that's another good reason to read this book. So I was a bit surprised to see that this book is not high on the Amazon bestseller list when I'm writing this review (sales rank 12.407 when I wrote this and only 4 other reviews written).
Not only does the book contain a lot of valuable advice, it's structure and writing style make it easy to get the message. For instance, you'll find most principles illustrated with examples of companies such as General Electric, South West Airlines, Sears, ... and each chapter ends with a section with leadership implications.
While reading the book, I had myself going "yes" most of the time and I really think that this book should be on your reading list. So why did I only give it 4 stars? Personally I would have seen a more provocative writing style, more examples of how other companies screw up, etc. I think that more counter-examples would really have driven the books's message home.

The Ultimate Competitive Advantage: Secrets of Continually Developing a More Profitable Business Model
The Ultimate Competitive Advantage: Secrets of Continually Developing a More Profitable Business Model
by Donald Mitchell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $39.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The key to continuously increasing your business success, October 24, 2003
Since the Internet Hype came along, most of the talk has been about discovering the "next new thing", creating a great mind shifting business model. While Don & Carol's book is also about Business models, their approach is shows more emotional intelligence. Rather than trying to come up with a revolutionary idea, and then figure out how one get the world to adopt that new idea, they recommend to go for a continuous improvement type of approach. Part of their message boils down to having more empathy for your customers by listening to what their needs are and then adapting yourself accordingly.
Given statistics indicate that only 10% of the population are of the "revolutionary type" (called "early adopters" in marketing) while 65% of the population is more of the "gradual evolution" type of person, their approach probably makes more sense to most people around. The authors probably have come to this conclusion from their 25+ years as strategy consultants, but if one looks at the demise of the period and at the continuing success of products from the far east, there is lots of evidence to support this point of view.
The basic question of the book is "how can your company simultaneously improve costs, adjust prices and provide new benefits in a move to increase the value (or ROI) your product or services represent. As some other reviewers pointed out, in the past Porter, Drucker, etc have offered theories to answer this question, but this book is far more practical.
The authors give you loads of questions to get you started to think in a more innovative, improvement oriented way about the things you are already doing. For those of us who claim don't have time, the formatting of the book helps you to pick out thought-provoking questions easily: they are presented in boxes throughout the text and summarized in "key questions" sections at the end of each chapter.
After reading this book, few excuses are left for not starting to continuously regenerate your business model.
Patrick Merlevede author of "7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence"

Introduction to Cybernetics (University Paperbacks)
Introduction to Cybernetics (University Paperbacks)
by W. Ross Ashby
Edition: Paperback
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a landmark in systems thinking, December 24, 2002
Since its creation as a new field of science, Systems thinking has influenced most other areas, including the fields I'm active in myself, such as psychology and social sciences.
This out-of-print book is considered so important by the people of the Principia Cybernetica Project that they want this book to reach as an wide audience as possible. As their website indicates: "W. Ross Ashby is one of the founding fathers of both cybernetics and systems theory. He developed such fundamental ideas as the homeostat, the law of requisite variety, the principle of self-organization, and the principle of regulatory models."
Of course, nothing goes above getting your hand on a *real* copy of this book, but the next best solution is getting the free e-book version which the Principia Cybernetica Project published on their web site with the agreement of the Ashby estate (the copyright holders). Just search for Principia Cybernetica on the web, and surf from there...
Patrick Merlevede
co-author of "7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence"

What Management Is
What Management Is
by Joan Magretta
Edition: Hardcover
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to managerial principles, July 7, 2002
This review is from: What Management Is (Hardcover)
This book, written by 2 former editors of Harvard Business Review, isn't a "how to" book on management, but rather a book giving the "big picture": clearly describing the rules and concepts that underlie the discipline of management. Written in easy language, this book fully "compatible" with what I've been "preaching" over the last 7 years, but that also means there weren't many new things I learned from it (which explains my 4 star rating). I think that most experienced managers won't learn too much from this book (at least that's what I hope, but maybe I'm too optimistic, especially given that books as "The Dilbert Principle" seem to be a "fair" presentation of the reality of management in some organizations).
That said, let me give you an overview of what you'll get:
The first part, entitled "design", discusses business issues such as value creation, business models, strategy and organization. This is clearly a book from after the era, stressing that it's not technology people want to by, but a product that fulfills a real need, and that this consideration of real added value should drive the business plan (something that many entrepreneurs seemed to have forgotten). Once you have your business model, your strategy will make the difference in the marketplace, where you have to face all sorts of competition, and try to outperform them. Organization, then, is about figuring out how you will structure your company for reaching your strategic goals: what will you do yourself? What will you outsource, how will the organizational chart and command structures look like?
Where the first section makes clear that good management means having a clear idea of your business, the second part is about making it happen, and thus is called "executing". Here the authors discuss topics as mission, innovation, dealing with uncertainty and focusing in order to deliver results. I especially liked the last chapter of this section, because it stresses that people should be hired for having the right attitude and fitting with the organizational culture (having the same values), an area my company, is focusing on. If you want to know more about the Southwest Airlines example that is discussed in this chapter, I recommend the book "NUTS!" by Kevin Freiberg, et al.
Overall, you get a solid book explaining the "why's of management in an integrated way I've rarely seen before. If you are looking for a "how to" book on management, I recommend PDI's "Successful Manager's Handbook" in addition to this book. If you are looking for a how to book on leadership, another new book that I like is "Alpha Leadership" by Deering, Dilts & Russell.
Patrick Merlevede, MSc - co-author of 7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence.

Alpha Leadership: Tools for Business Leaders Who Want More from Life
Alpha Leadership: Tools for Business Leaders Who Want More from Life
by Anne Deering
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $62.28
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This should become THE management book of 2002, July 5, 2002
Some talk about the emotional intelligence of leaders, others talk about level 5 leadership. This book focusses on what a leader should do in practice. It is written around a simple model I really like. It consists of 3 basic dimensions: Anticipate-Align-Act and 9 principles that come with these 3 dimensions of leadership. Anticipation requires that one can detect weak signals, has the agility to understand them and that the organization is flexible enough to respond. Align, the second dimension, is about assuring that the core purpose, values and beliefs of the organization are aligned with the actions of their leaders and their people. People's attitudes, values and the company culture need to be compatible with each other and this book lists attention areas and tools to increase this alignment. Finally, the third dimension has to do with acting fast enough, with attention for the 20% that makes the biggest difference and with the willingness to pursue goals with enough determination and patience. Simple as it seems, one wonders why so few leaders in companies apply this model today. I hope this book will be the stepping-stone some people need to become real "alpha leaders".
It's so well written that's irrelevant whether you have ever heard of NLP. When I wrote "7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence", I wanted to make my book accessible, helping people to develop a practical EQ, using the findings of behavioral sciences such as NLP. The authors of this book have done the same for the field of management, and I think they've done wonderful job! The result is a practical book that fits amongst the top business books, and I hope that Wiley will be able to put the needed marketing efforts behind it to turn this masterwork into a bestseller.
It's fully applicable by anyone leading an organization, so that doesn't leave many excuses for not being a good leader...
Patrick Merlevede - co-author of "7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence"

Leading Quietly
Leading Quietly
by Joseph Badaracco
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.17
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a leading business ethics book, June 22, 2002
This review is from: Leading Quietly (Hardcover)
In a period where the ghost of Enron and other business malpractices wanders over the stock markets, a book like this certainly has it's value. However, after reading the book I wonder whether people applying what's written down in this work would have helped to prevent these malpractices, and I must say that I have my doubts. More specifically, instead of doing some whistle blowing, you might decide to back off, in order to save your career. That might be "emotional intelligent" in the sense of understanding the emotional reactions of others against whistle-blowers, but its not really "integer" according to my definition of that word and thus certainly doesn't fit my European interpretation of being an ethical person. That explains why from a business ethics point of view, I prefer Linda Tobey's "The Integrity Moment" or even Badaracco's previous book "Defining Moments".
Actually, when I bought the book, I hadn't fully grasped I was buying a business ethics book. I though I had a leadership book in my hands, which explains my average rating. While its' true that personal restraint, modesty and tenacity are virtues for leaders, if you want a book on leading quietly, I prefer Jim Collins' "Good to Great" by far. His level 5 leadership is also a form of leading quietly, but it's much more a book for people willing to lead in the business meaning of that word.
Patrick E.C. Merlevede - author of "7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence"

The Power of Mindful Learning
The Power of Mindful Learning
by Ellen J. Langer
Edition: Paperback
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging typical thinking about learning, June 19, 2002
Ellen did a great job with this book, giving us the why-to's explaining why we need a different attitude against learning. At large I agree with her analysis that traditional education feeds us 7 beliefs which aren't very useful once we leave the classroom to go to the school of live. Actually, these beliefs aren't useful for the classroom neither, but they seem designed into the way schools teach. As such it should be required reading for anyone considering a career in education or as trainer in a business context.
Next to the analysis and showing what goes wrong, you'll get a partial solution, consisting of guidelines of how one can do better. These guidelines are useful for teachers or trainers as well as for learners. As teacher it boils down to avoiding the 7 myths, and teaching students to learn more mindfully. The book backs up this recommendation with the research findings that proves this approach is far more effective. As learner, the recommendation is that you start having a more mindful attitude while learning.
The book only gets 4 stars, because it would have been more useful if it had been more of a how-to book as well. That might be an idea for the next edition. Meanwhile, other how-to books which are compatible with notion of emotional intelligence and which will complement this one are Don Blackberry's "Rediscover the joy of learning" and the books by Michael Grinder.
Patrick Merlevede -- author of "7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence"

Constructive Thinking: The Key to Emotional Intelligence
Constructive Thinking: The Key to Emotional Intelligence
by Seymour Epstein
Edition: Paperback
Price: $36.95
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a book about thinking rather than emotions, June 2, 2002
In 1998, when Epstein wanted to update his book "You're Smarter Than You Think: How to Develop Your Practical Intelligence for Successful Living" (1993), he decided to add 2 rather academic chapters discussing Goleman's and others' views on Emotional Intelligence. Epstein's view is that emotions (as opposed to "moods") always occur after thinking, even if the thinking may be "unconcious" at most occasions. This view is the opposite from what others, such as Goleman write: they argue thinking come after emotions. Of course, both parties have "evidence" to back up their claims. My sugestion: the two views are useful!
The previous paragraph indicates that Epstein's book ONLY covers the "constructive thinking" part of developing emotional intelligence, and if you want a book for that, I must say that he did a great job, building on the work of rational-emotive theraphy and cognitive psychology. He includes a very interesting questionnaire which helps you to figure out how constructive your current thinking is and gives you tools to avoid boby traps of automatic thinking and to recognize typical patterns of destructive thoughts. Unfortunately, this book is too limited to be "the" book to increase your EQ in all its aspects.
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