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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Allen, David
In today’s world, yesterday’s methods just don’t work. Veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares his breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen’s premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective results and unleash our creative potential. From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done can transform the way you work and live, showing you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down. Learn how to apply the “do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it” rule to get your in-box to empty, reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations, plan and unstick projects, overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed, and feel find about what you’re not doing.

People Skills: How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts

Bolton, Robert
People Skills is a communication-skills handbook that can help you eliminate these and other communication problems. Author Robert Bolton describes the twelve most common communication barriers, showing how these “roadblocks” damage relationships by increasing defensiveness, aggressiveness, or dependency. He explains how to acquire the ability to listen, assert yourself, resolve conflicts, and work out problems with others. These are skills that will help you communicate calmly, even in stressful, emotionally charged situations.

Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change

Bridges, William
The job of managing workplace change can be difficult, and if managed poorly, the result can be disastrous to the morale and stability of the staff. As veteran business consultant William Bridges explains, successful organizational change takes place when employees have a purpose, a mental picture, a plan for and a part to play in change. Directed at managers on all rungs of the corporate ladder, this expanded edition of the classic bestseller provides practical, step-by-step strategies for minimizing the disruptions caused by workplace change. It is an invaluable managerial tool for navigating through these tumultuous, uncertain times.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Carnegie, Dale
How to Win Friends and Influence People is the most successful motivational book of all time. Dale Carnegie’s time-tested advice will enable you to manage personal relationships more effectively, and show you how to communicate with diplomacy and tact, make people like you, increase your ability to get things done, become a more persuasive communicator, and be a more effective leader.

First Things First

Covey, Stephen R., A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill
I’m getting more done in less time, but where are the rich relationships, the inner peace, the balance, the confidence that I’m doing what matters most and doing it well? Does this nagging question haunt you, even when you feel you are being your most efficient? If so, First Things First can help you understand why so often our first things aren’t first. Rather than offering you another clock, First Things First provides you with a compass, because where you’re headed is more important than how fast you’re going.

Advising Student Groups and Organizations

Dunkel, Norbert W., and John H. Schuh
Working with student groups — such as sororities, fraternities, special interest, sports, recognition, and student government — can be extremely rewarding, as well as challenging. This guide, designed for both seasonal and first-time advisers, provides the skills and knowledge base necessary to develop an understanding of the various kinds of student groups and how they function. Readers will learn how to meet the challenges of representing both the needs of the institution and the needs of groups.

Organizational Communication: Balancing Creativity and Constraint

Eisenberg, Eric M., H.L. Goodall Jr. and Angela Trethewey
Respected scholars Eric Eisenberg, H.L. Goodall Jr. and Angela Trethewey combine decades of teaching and scholarly experience to offer students a concise and readable introduction to organizational communication theories and their practical applications. Using the metaphor of creativity (getting what you want) and constraint (following established rules), this popular textbook offers students more opportunities than ever before to practice what they learn through a variety of features within the textbook itself and on its companion Web site.

Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice

Evans, Nancy J., Deanna S. Forney, Florence M. Guido, Lori D. Patton and Kristen A. Renn
The second edition of Student Development in College offers higher education professionals a clear understanding of the developmental challenges facing today’s college students. Thoroughly revised and updated, this edition includes new integrative theories of student development, expanded coverage of social identity theories, a targeted focus on higher education-related research, a current review of student development research and application, and reconceptualization of typology theories as a way to understand individual differences.

Meeting and Event Planning for Dummies

Friedmann, Susan
Meeting and Event Planning for Dummies is a practical step-by-step guide to the strategies and techniques event-planning professionals use to bring people together. This comprehensive resource covers all the angles — from the little details to the big picture — to make sure your business meetings and special events come off without a hitch!

The Everything Guide to Fundraising

Genn, Adina
Your mission is to raise money. This is the only question: What is the best way to do it? The Everything Guide to Fundraising is full of practical, useful, and effective ways to identify donors, raise awareness about your cause, and get contributions. This indispensable guide is full of tested techniques for finding new donors and managing all sorts of contributions, from monetary gifts to donated items. This valuable resource includes easy-to-follow advice on planning fundraising events, securing donations in poor economic times, and tapping into the financial goldmine of corporate and government endowments. With clear instructions and timely information, this guide provides much-needed advice for novice and seasoned fundraisers alike.

College Men and Masculinities:
Theory, Research, and Implications for Practice

Harper, Shaun R., and Frank Harris III
College Men and Masculinities is a comprehensive handbook that offers a compilation of the best classic and contemporary research on male students in higher education. The editors, Shaun R. Harper and Frank Harris III — two experts in the field of men and masculinities — frame each of the six sections of the book with a summary of issues and implications for educational practice. Each section also includes a wealth of forward-thinking strategies and suggestions that faculty and institutional leaders can creatively employ on their campuses to reverse problematic trends and outcomes among male undergraduates.

The World’s Most Powerful Leadership Principle:
How to Become a Servant Leader

Hunter, James C.
In The World’s Most Powerful Leadership Principle, Hunter demonstrates that successful leaders must give full attention to the basics of running an organization: determining the mission and values, as well as setting standards and accountability. But they don’t stop there; once these basics are set, servant leaders turn their organizational structures upside down and focus on giving employees everything they need to win, be it resources, time, discipline, guidance or inspiration. Servant leaders know the serving people and thereby engaging hearts and minds results in a team that understands the benefits of striving for the greater good. The emphasis is on building authority, not power on exerting influence, not intimidation.

Robert’s Rules for Dummies

Jennings, C. Alan
Need to read up on Robert’s Rules? Relax! This clear, easy-to-use guide makes parliamentary procedure simple to understand and apply. From assembling a quorum and establishing in agenda to making motions and setting up committees, you’ll see how to manage or participate effectively in a meeting — and get things done!

Reaching Out: Interpersonal Effectiveness and Self-Actualization

Johnson, David W.
Reaching Out remains focused on the dynamics found in virtually all interpersonal relationships and continues to keep pace with new theory from a balanced, integrated perspective that includes numerous experiential exercises and examples. David Johnson reviews current psychological research on how to build and maintain friendships and then integrates it with a rich array of skill-building exercises to provide a thorough and appealing introduction to understanding effective interpersonal skills. Text examples provide both contemporary and historical illustrations of how interpersonal skills have had significant effects on important events across many disciplines.

Leadership for a Better World

Komives, Susan R., Wendy Wagner and Associates
Contemporary times require a collaborative approach to leadership that can bring the talent of all members of a group to their shared purposes. The Social Change Model of Leadership Development approaches leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-based process that results in positive social change.

Leadership 101

Maxwell, John C.
No matter who you are, you can lead — and lead well. That is the message New York Times best-selling author John C. Maxwell gives in this power-packed guidebook, Leadership 101. Here the consummate leader offers a succinct and inspiring framework for enhancing the leadership abilities you already possess. Learn how to follow your vision and bring others with you, produce a lasting legacy, grow the loyalty of your followers, make continual investments in the quality of your leadership, increase your ability to influence others, determine your leadership “lid,” empower others through mentoring, create a foundation of trust, and use self-discipline to improve your character — and your results.

Teamwork 101

Maxwell, John C.
“Teamwork is always at the heart of great achievement,” says New York Times bestselling author John C. Maxwell. “The question isn’t whether teams add value. The question is whether we will acknowledge that fact and work to become better team players.” This concise, power-packed game plan can help you create an environment that results in victory and fulfillment for the whole team. Learn to build a team that lasts, create positive energy on the team, harness a team’s creativity, identify weak players who negatively impact a team, and judge if the team can accomplish the dream.

The 1001 Rewards and Recognition Fieldbook

Nelson, Bob
Millions of business readers have turned to Bob Nelson for motivational strategies that work. No wonder: again and again, both research and practice show that rewards and recognition are among the most effective ways to increase morale, performance, and employee retention in good times and bad. Now, having worked with thousands of organizations, Bob Nelson and coauthor Dean Spitzer provide the ultimate resource for creating and sustaining a recognition culture.

The Art and Science of Communication:
Tools for Effective Communication in the Workplace

Perkins, P.S.
Everyone is a follower at least some of the time. Chaleff strips away the passive connotations of the role and provides tools to help followers effectively partner with leaders. He provides rich guidance to leaders and boards on fostering a climate that encourages courageous followership. The results include increased support for leaders, reduced cynicism, and avoidance of serious organizational missteps.

Great Group Games:
175 Boredom-Busting, Zero-Prep Team Builders for All Ages

Ragsdale, Susan, and Ann Saylor
Games are organized by six stages of group development and represent a variety of learning styles. Tips for timing, supplies, group size, and game safety are included, along with thoughtful reflection questions for discussion. Whether your group has been together forever or is just meeting for the first time, play these high-energy games to motivate, inspire, and strengthen relationships. Linked to Search Institute’s Developmental Assets framework, the activities offer positive opportunities to develop strong, confident, and resilient youth.

Reframing Campus Conflict:
Student Conduct Practice Through a Social Justice Lens

Schrage, Jennifer Meyer, and Nancy Geist Giacomini
Social justice theory provides the lens for expanding our conception of student conduct administration, and the foundation for considering systemic changes in practice — changes that are vital to address the concerns and issues raised by an increasingly diverse student population. Using this lens, this book casts new light on existing principles and current practices; makes issues of power, privilege and oppression manifest; and offers a vision for expanding resolution practices to empower today’s students to resolve their own conflicts. Complementing the Model Student Disciplinary Code, this book opens up a whole new range of approaches and models that readers can adapt to their institutional circumstances.

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: A Guide for College Students

Shankman, Macy Levy, and Scott J. Allen
Emotionally Intelligent Leadership is a groundbreaking book that combines the concepts of emotional intelligence and leadership in one model – emotionally intelligent leadership (EIL). This important resource offers students a practical guide for developing their EIL capacities and emphasizes that leadership is a learnable skill that is based on developing healthy and effective relationships. Step by step, the authors outline the EIL model (consciousness of context, consciousness of self, and consciousness of others) and explore the 21 capacities that define the emotionally intelligent leader.

Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education: Making it Work

Smith, Daryl G.
Daryl G. Smith’s career has been devoted to studying and fostering diversity in higher education. She has witnessed and encouraged the evolution of diversity from an issue addressed sporadically on college campuses to an imperative if institutions want to succeed. In Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education, she analyzes how diversity is practiced today and offers new recommendations for effecting lasting and meaningful change.

To Do … Doing … Done! A Creative Approach to Managing Projects and
Effectively Finishing What Matters Most

Snead, G. Lynne, and Joyce Wycoff
This book focuses on the skills required to manage any project without getting bogged down in conflicts or sidetracked by unexpected changes or developments. In this book are proven techniques for bringing any project to a successful and satisfying conclusion. The techniques provided are based on Franklin Quest’s highly successful Planning for Results seminar, which has boosted the productivity of thousands of employees in corporations across the country, as well as in Europe and Asia.

201 Ice Breakers: Group Mixers, Warm-Ups, Energizers, and Playful Activities

West, Edie
Running a training session? Giving a speech? Heading a workshop? Making a presentation? Icebreakers come in handy in all these situations — and this is the largest and most imaginative collection you’ll find anywhere! With the help of these playful, fun-filled games, exercises, and activities, you’ll be able to start every session, meeting, speech, or presentation with a burst of energy and fun.

Goal Setting: How to Create an Action Plan and Achieve Your Goals

Wilson, Susan B., and Michael S. Dobson
In today’s hectic work environment, the chances are that you have way too much to do and too little time to get it done. No matter how accomplished and capable you are, achieving your goals can seem almost insurmountable. Why is it that some people consistently seem to get more done than others? The answer is that they know how to set specific, achievable goals for themselves … and then follow through on them. This revised and updated edition of Goal Setting features worksheets, quizzes and other practical tools, giving readers powerful techniques they can use to set a goal, make a plan, and acquire the resources and power necessary to achieve their objective.