When I attended a presentation by leadership trainer and author, Joan McArthur-Blair, the room was packed. The audience members were primarily career counselors. McArthur-Blair is the co-author (along with Jeanie Cockell) of the book, Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness. After McArthur-Blair’s presentation and reading the book, I […]
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Have you heard of the break-through therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization, and Reprocessing (EMDR)? American psychologist, Francine Shapiro developed it in the early 1990s. In 2012 Shapiro released a self-help book to help the public access her theory and processes. In Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR, Shapiro […]
Brene´ Brown did it again! She opened my eyes and mind to some new ways of being. Her research into vulnerability, shame and enoughness continue to impress me. Her long title, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are: Your Guide to a WholeHearted Life […]
When shame and vulnerability researcher, Brene´ Brown takes on a subject she delves into the questions, facts, data, and outcomes. She also becomes intimate with it. She takes her own reactions, takes them home, observes herself, dialogues with the locals, and participates in counseling with her esteemed therapist. Brown immerses herself in her research and […]
In 1990 Martin Seligman released his ground breaking book, Learned Optimism. Since I have occasionally been accused of behaving Pollyannaish or overly optimistic, his work is of interest to me.
In 2012 the shame researcher, Brene´ Brown published Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. I have watched Brown’s interviews with Oprah, her popular TEDTalks, and insightful animations. Her style is down-home, intelligent, compassionate, and deeply personal. Those who can not tolerate seeing others full […]
Dr. John M. Gottman has trained many marital counselors from Calgary and around the world. I have met a good number of them and they all praise his work. Gottman is described as North America’s most knowledgeable researcher in the area of successful marriage. Yet, I suggest you consider his concepts as described here to […]
Have you ever left your favorite bookstore feeling renewed and a little wiser? Or perhaps you have felt the same after visiting amazon.com and glancing through pages of book titles. I noticed this phenomenon when visiting a friend. I was drawn to her wall of well-read books. I realized that the core message of most self-help and knowledge based books is […]
High Performance Relationships is a well-researched, practical, and helpful resource for those ready to mend, deepen, or enhance their relationships. Dr. Peters has systematized a lifetime of self-searching, research, academic work and leadership experience. She is thorough in ensuring her personal perspectives are in alignment with current research, drawing from the fields of communications, career […]
In 2009, Elizabeth Edwards published Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life’s Adversities. It is a quick 213-page read, written in a frank but intimate style. Overview: Edwards attracted a significant and fond following in 2004 when her husband, John Edwards, ran for Vice-President of the United States. Her three main stories […]
Our lives are filled with stress and pressure. But what is the difference? Here is an explanation from the book, Performing Under Pressure by Hendrie Weisinger and J.P. Pawliw-Fry. As they write: Every stressful situation — a longer meeting than you expected, the colleague letting you down on deliverables — can start to feel like […]
We can turn our life challenges into inner victories.