Book Review: The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni

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Personnel management is one of the most complex responsibilities of a leader. From hiring, to performance assessment, to coaching and personnel development, a leader has to be sure they’re getting and retaining the best possible team players on the job. But how can a leader find an ideal team player? Patrick Lencioni delves into this concept read more…

Review: 101 Mindful Ways to Build Resilience

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This post was written by Happy Brain Science intern Noah Jacobson, who has done great work with us on several occasions. Thanks, Noah! “All it takes is one minute for us to build resilience.” It’s that simple to build mindful resilience. At least according to psychotherapist and award-winning author Donald Altman. His 101 Mindful Ways read more…

Review and Summary of “The Neurobiology of ‘We'” by Daniel Siegel

Exciting, innovative, helpful, incomplete, frustrating, and thought-provoking: all these words describe Daniel Siegel‘s audiobook The Neurobiology of ‘We’: How Relationships, the Mind, and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are. I usually try to boil down my book reviews to one helpful sentence for readers who are short on time. But as you can read more…

Book Review: The Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath

Why should you read this review of The Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath? Because as Vicki Corona said, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” The Heath brothers would definitely agree with that quote. This pair of professors turned their attention read more…

Book Review: Transitions by William Bridges

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The world is in constant change, and the pace of change is getting faster. What’s a person–or group of people in an organization–to do? Cope effectively with all the change. Reading either of two books on transitions by William Bridges is a great place to start! Two great books on transitions by William Bridges, both read more…

Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

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I loved The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and have been looking forward to his next book, Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity. I must admit being disappointed, but only slightly. I still recommend this book and it’s “productivity hacks”. Smarter Faster Better is well written, with great stories which bring quality science read more…

Book Review: Essentialism by Greg McKeown

I strongly recommend Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown, because it compellingly tells us why, and how, to do less, better.

Book Review: Before Happiness by Shawn Achor

Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change by Shawn Achor is the follow-on to his international best seller, The Happiness Advantage. I recently reviewed The Upside of Your Dark Side, by Robert Biswas-Deiner and Todd Kashdan, and shared that I had mixed feelings about it. This book read more…

The Upside of Your Dark Side by Robert Biswas-Deiner and Todd Kashdan (Book Review)

It’s with very mixed feelings that I write this review of The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self–Not Just Your “Good” Self–Drives Success and Fulfillment; and the authors would undoubtedly approve! This is a bold and thought-provoking book by Todd Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Deiner (who, in the interest of full disclosure, read more…