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Masterful Coaching: Extraordinary Results by Impacting People and the Way They Think and Work Together
Masterful Coaching: Extraordinary Results by Impacting People and the Way They Think and Work Together
von Robert Hargrove
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Among the Best on Coaching for Extraordinary Results, 22. Juni 2000
Robert Hargrove has done an exceptional job of clearly articulating and illustrating principles that have often been difficult to express in writing. Early in the text he links the ability to create truly extraordinary results with "personal transformation" and introduces the concept of "transformational learning." He does this by asking us to consider three learning loops: single loop learning (adding new skills-what normally passes for education), double loop learning (altering patterns of thinking/behavior), and triple loop learning (shifting context).
Fully grasping the third loop and its potential impact is not trivial, and the capacity to operate at this level provides a coach, manager, or leader an access to "transformation" of who people are and what they perceive in a given situation. The results can be far beyond the predictable. I personally know of corporate programs based on the principles of this book that have generated millions through productivity gains in a span of a six months.
This is NOT manipulation. Hargrove states in chapter 1, "it requires authentic communication" and again in chapter 4, "Any attempt to manipulate people will likely be detected and backfire."
If you are accountable for producing results through others as a leader, manager, business owner, or little league coach, this book provides powerful material for helping them achieve performance far beyond what is predictable.
For those already on the cutting edge of consulting in the distinctions of being, context, enrollment, and personal and organizational transformation, Hargrove's book offers yet more ways to express these ideas and produce the results that lead to effective action. The book also serves as a valuable text for individuals you wish to develop as coaches.
For those new to these ideas, the book is an excellent introduction to the principles of being vs. doing, committed speaking and listening, integrity (as a distinction), and personal transformation.


The Goal
The Goal
von Eliyahu M. Goldratt
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Informative and Entertaining, 22. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Goal (Taschenbuch)
Told in first person in the form of an entertaining novel, Goldratt's "The Goal" is a popular book that explores ideas valuable to managing numerous business situations. We are placed into the life of plant manager Alex Rogo as he faces an immediate production crisis and the threat of plant closure. During a business trip, he has a chance encounter with manufacturing guru Jonah.
Rogo's dialogue with this teacher as he wrestles with his own plant and it's manufacturing problems serves up a rich body of material that requires no background in manufacturing or assembly line processes. It remains interesting even as inventory management, assembly throughput, and bottleneck analyses take place in his quest to keep his plant in business. The use of a hiking trip to discuss fluctuations and dependencies as a scout troop progresses through the woods is superb, making "Herbie" a recognized name among many manufacturers. The book also provides a valuable illustration of the importance and impact of "choosing what to measure," that is, which numbers (production data) one should track to determine the effectiveness of an operation.
Reading "The Goal" is well worth the time for anyone managing a business. Its principles are far-reaching and applicable in a wide variety of situations. Given its popularity, you can pretty much bet that your competitors have read it.


Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity
Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity
von Jakob Nielsen
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 33,95

5.0 von 5 Sternen An Intelligent Introduction to Web Usability, 14. Juni 2000
Nielson's book offers a straightforward and intelligent presentation of web design with a keen awareness of the big picture and what actually happens when users visit a web site. All times the practice of simplicity and ease of use are emphasized in page design, navigation, content and overall web site development.
The book is heavy (literally!) with high quality color printing featuring hundreds of web sites to illustrate each of the points discussed. This could be regarded as a serious textbook that takes a deeper cut into the art and science of effective web site design than the more amusing (and also valuable) reads such as "Web Pages that Suck."
Nielson addresses such issues as users with disabilities, the global nature of the web and the implications of multilingual sites, the use of metaphors, and the numerous other issues including download times, URL design, graphics, streaming video vs. downloadable video, site structure, color and text design, and so on. The book really "gets into it" and does not shy away from the nitty, gritty details, using its large quantity of illustrations to fully address each point. While it comes across as heavy handed on some occasions ("Do it this way") where an experienced web designer may see alternatives, this detail provides a great introduction for those new to web design.
This one text effectively captures the most significant topics associated with designing effective web sites that will accomplish the task at hand. Reading it will put the overly zealous gif animators and latest plug-in proponents in touch with the world of the average user. Given some of the hideous web sites I've seen even from Fortune 500 companies with large web development budgets, Nielson's book is a voice of reason and intelligence in an area where hype and flash can cause people to lose sight of their objectives.


Radical Honesty: How To Transform Your Life By Telling The Truth
Radical Honesty: How To Transform Your Life By Telling The Truth
von Brad Blanton
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,20

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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Access to Freedom, 13. Juni 2000
Radical Honesty is a courageous piece of work that dares to tap into conversations many refuse to acknowledge, namely, the extent to which we as human beings have a level of dishonesty that permeates our lives, a level of dishonesty developed over years that is so automatic, so second nature, that we have forgotten anything else is possible.
Blanton is intentionally blunt and abrasive. The message is not to be mixed with sugar. In fact, "sugar" is part of what is being distinguished.
A trap in engaging this material is to interpret it as suggesting one should vocalize every thought or opinion without regard for its impact on others. That's just irresponsible, and it misses the message.
Blanton points out how as human beings we are not naturally set up to be truthful. Instead, we say and do what we think will produce the desired result and have us succeed. That we attempt to manipulate each other (or at least please and impress each other) is not profound. That we don't realize the depth, breadth, and overall impact of this is more interesting. That we've grown to believe our "act" will be more successful in life than our true thoughts and feelings is profound indeed.
Blanton is pointing to something that is possible, being utterly straight and authentic in life, and to a freedom and power that is on the other side of the "act." Perhaps utter truthfulness with others is an access to truthfulness with oneself, something we prefer to think we already have.
Read Blanton's book, and you'll think again.
Two films come to mind that occur to me as at least providing a taste of the authentic conversations that are possible and what they can open up for people, the classic "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and the more recent "The Breakfast Club." People started speaking straight. Lives were altered, and a certain freedom became available. What is that freedom?
Radical Honesty is a fresh introduction to powerful ideas about what it is to be human and the notion that as humans we naturally inherit ways of thinking and being that limit us and bind us. Something else is possible. Read the book, and you may discover that the entire human race has issues you thought were yours alone.


Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days (Sams Teach Yourself...in 21 Days)
Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days (Sams Teach Yourself...in 21 Days)
von Scott Mitchell
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 30,87

5.0 von 5 Sternen Extremely Helpful, 5. Mai 2000
This book ranks among the best I have read with respect to providing a solid, thorough, and useful understanding of its material without assuming the reader has any background in the subject.
The reader quickly learns the overall purpose and usefulness of active server pages and immediately sees actual code and its results. The book provides clear instructions on setting up one's own machine to allow the reader to enter code and watch the results produced in a browser.
Best of all, no background in VBScript or data base programming is needed. The reader naturally learns about these in the course of the text. This is really an excellent piece of work well worth the investment.


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