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Leadership Library Book Directory

Alphabetical Resource Guide

Below you will find a book list organized A-Z with information about each title. This list includes Diverse Voices Book Challenge books and books by previous Forum speakers.

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Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential

By: John C. Maxwell

True leadership isn't a matter of having a certain job or title. In fact, being chosen for a position is only the first of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than "the boss" people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. To grow further in your role, you must achieve results and build a team that produces. You need to help people to develop their skills to become leaders in their own right. And if you have the skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership-where experience will allow you to extend your influence beyond your immediate reach and time for the benefit of others.

The 5 Levels of Leadership are:
1. Position - People follow because they have to.
2. Permission - People follow because they want to.
3. Production - People follow because of what you have done for the organization.
4. People Development - People follow because of what you have done for them personally.
5. Pinnacle - People follow because of who you are and what you represent.

Through humor, in-depth insight, and examples, internationally recognized leadership expert John C. Maxwell describes each of these stages of leadership. He shows you how to master each level and rise up to the next to become a more influential, respected, and successful leader.

Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

By: Stephen R. Covey

Foreword by Jim Collins

When it was first published in 1989, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was an almost instant bestseller--and quickly became a permanent part of the cultural lexicon. With over 25 million copies sold worldwide in over 40 languages since its first publication, this book continues to help millions of readers become more effective in both their personal and professional lives. This is one of the rare books that has influenced presidents, CEOs, educators, and individuals all over the world not only to improve their businesses and careers but to live with integrity, service, dignity, and success in all areas of life. It has had an undeniable impact for the past 25 years--and will no doubt continue to be influential for many more.

The Student Guide to Take Charge of Your Life, Lead Yourself, and Make a Positive Difference in the World

By: Eric Sachetta

The 8 Mandates of Personal Leadership provides a unique framework for students to take charge of their lives, lead themselves, and make a positive difference in the world. It offers a detailed approach to reap the benefits of becoming a true Personal Leader. No matter your current situation, each of the eight mandates can be applied to your life.

Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow

By: John C. Maxwell

In the tradition of his million-seller The 21 Indispensable Qualities of Leadership, author John C. Maxwell provides a concise, accessible leadership book that helps readers become more effective leaders from the inside out. Daily readings highlight twenty-one essential leadership qualities and include Reflecting On It and Bringing It Home sections that help readers integrate and apply each days material.

Fast, Fun Meeting Openers, Group Activities and Adventures Using Social Media, Smart Phones, GPS, Tablets, and More.

By: John Chen, CEO of Geoteaming

Use technology to increase loyalty and productivity in your employees.

50 Digital Team-Building Games offers fun, energizing meeting openers, team activities, and group adventures for business teams, using Twitter, GPS, Facebook, smartphones, and other technology. The games can be played in-person or virtually, and range from 5-minute ice-breakers to an epic four-hour GPS-based adventure. Designed to be lead by managers, facilitators, presenters, and speakers, the activities help teams and groups get comfortable with technology, get to know each other better, build trust, improve communication, and more. No need to be a "techie" to lead these games—they're simple and well-scripted.

Author John Chen is the CEO of Geoteaming, a company that uses technology and adventure to teach teams how to collaborate.

  • How to lead a simple, fast, fun team building activity with easy-to-follow instructions
  • How to create successful "virtual" team building that requires NO travel and little to no additional expenses
  • How to engage standoffish engineers, "hard to reach" technical teams, or Gen X/Y teammates with technology they enjoy using

Successful technology-based team building can build buzz for your company, build critically important relationships and communication internally, and keep your team talking about it for weeks afterward!

By: Manning Rubin

ONE MINUTE TO CALMNESS

When you don’t have the time or money to handle what’s suddenly driving you batty, you can push that stress back no matter where you are if you just take 60 seconds to distract yourself. Here are 60 playful yet proven techniques that can help you stop stress in its tracks before it swallows you. And if you think a minute isn’t long enough, try lowering your umbrella in the rain or holding your breath for a minute.

Surefire Ideas to Engage Your Group

By: Mel Silberman, Assisted by Kathy Clark

Say goodbye to the dull and deadly! Silberman's back--and better than ever!

Think about your last meeting. Was it boring? Meetings often are. You might be yawning just thinking about it. You're not the only one! Those who attend stale meetings are as bored with them as the people responsible for running them. "Dull and deadly" is never the way to get things done. In his latest book, active training specialist Mel Silberman packs 101 tools, tips, and techniques guaranteed to brighten your next meeting. You'll move the action along while successfully fulfilling genuine business goals and objectives. This is a resource for everyone!


Silberman has drawn a few choice tips from his other resources, but most of 101 Ways to Make Meetings Active consists of all-new, powerful techniques for pumping energy into your business gatherings. Your meetings and presentations will be more fun than ever before--and you'll also build a stronger, more collaborative sense of mission and purpose.

Stop yawning! No need to be bored when Silberman's on the scene. A special BONUS is the "nuts and bolts" section that contains 140 field-tested facilitation tips!

By: Mel Silberman

When it was first published in 1995, Mel Silberman's 101 Ways to Make Training Active became an instant bestseller. Now this revised and updated second edition offers the same dynamic approach and several completely new case examples. The examples support each exercise and highlight real-time uses of the highly successful Active Training method. In addition, the book includes 200 training tips that form the nuts-and-bolts of successful active training. These tips incorporated in the book's top ten lists show how to build quality, activity, variety, and direction into your training programs. For the first time 101 Ways to Make Training Active features a CD-ROM containing all the original "Top Ten Trainers Tips and Techniques" lists for easy reproduction and distribution.

By: Edie West

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.

By: Bob Nelson, Ph.D.

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.

By: Bob Nelson

Foreword by Ken Blanchard

Why is 1001 Ways to Reward Employees, with over 1.4 million copies in print, such an extraordinary bestseller? Because a little over ten years ago Bob Nelson took the seeds of an idea and turned it into something indispensable for business. The idea? That it’s not a raise that motivates an employee, and it’s not a promotion—what really sparks a person to perform are those intangible, unexpected gestures that signify real appreciation for a job well done.

Now, after having worked with thousands of organizations in the years since 1001 Ways to Reward. . . was first published, Bob Nelson presents a second edition packed with hundreds of new ideas and examples of how companies are using rewards and recognitions to boost productivity and keep their valued employees happy. Airplane mechanics are rewarded with balloons and pinwheels. Another manager calls his employees’ mothers and thanks them for raising such industrious children. There are ideas from the offbeat (The Margarita Award) to the company-wide (a quiet room) to the embarrassingly simple (a hand-written thank you note) to the wacky (the Laugh-a-Day challenge) to the formal (a two-week promotion to special assistant to the president). Each section includes no-cost rewards and low-cost rewards, both public and private, making this new edition an indispensable resource for making the person/achievement/reward equation work.

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By: Sherman Alexie

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

By: Constitutional Rights Foundation

The ACT Field Guide helps you through every step of a service project including:

  • Exploring Your Community
  • Choosing and Researching a Problem
  • Evaluating Policy
  • Examining Options
  • Taking Action
  • Tools and Techniques

By: Norbert W. Dunkel & 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.

By: Gerda Weissmann Klein

All But My Life is the unforgettable story of Gerda Weissmann Klein's six-year ordeal as a victim of Nazi cruelty. From her comfortable home in Bielitz (present-day Bielsko) in Poland to her miraculous survival and her liberation by American troops--including the man who was to become her husband--in Volary, Czechoslovakia, in 1945, Gerda takes the reader on a terrifying journey.

Gerda's serene and idyllic childhood is shattered when Nazis march into Poland on September 3, 1939. Although the Weissmanns were permitted to live for a while in the basement of their home, they were eventually separated and sent to German labor camps. Over the next few years Gerda experienced the slow, inexorable stripping away of "all but her life." By the end of the war she had lost her parents, brother, home, possessions, and community; even the dear friends she made in the labor camps, with whom she had shared so many hardships, were dead.

Despite her horrifying experiences, Klein conveys great strength of spirit and faith in humanity. In the darkness of the camps, Gerda and her young friends manage to create a community of friendship and love. Although stripped of the essence of life, they were able to survive the barbarity of their captors. Gerda's beautifully written story gives an invaluable message to everyone. It introduces them to last century's terrible history of devastation and prejudice, yet offers them hope that the effects of hatred can be overcome.

By: Thomas Page McBee

In this groundbreaking new book, the author, a trans man, trains to fight in a charity match at Madison Square Garden while struggling to untangle the vexed relationship between masculinity and violence. Through his experience boxing learning to get hit, and to hit back; wrestling with the camaraderie of the gym; confronting the betrayals and strength of his own body McBee examines the weight of male violence, the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes, and the limitations of conventional masculinity. A wide-ranging exploration of gender in our society, Amateur is ultimately a story of hope, as McBee traces a new way forward, a new kind of masculinity, inside the ring and outside of it.

In this graceful, stunning, and uncompromising exploration of living, fighting, and healing, we gain insight into the stereotypes and shifting realities of masculinity today through the eyes of a new man.

Tools for Effective Communication in the Workplace

By: P.S. Perkins

Effective communication is the foundation of personal and professional success.  The better you are at expressing yourself and understanding others determines where you’ll go in life.  The Art and Science of Communication introduces you to a new way of understanding and using communication in the workplace to achieve better results and greater professional success.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Business from Fraud, America's #1 Crime

By: Frank W. Abagnale

The world--famous former con artist and bestselling author of Catch Me if You Can now reveals the mind--boggling tricks of the scam trade--with advice that has made him one of America's most sought--after fraud--prevention experts.

"I had as much knowledge as any man alive concerning the mechanics of forgery, check swindling, counterfeiting, and other similar crimes. Ever since I'd been released from prison, I'd often felt that if I directed this knowledge into the right channels, I could help people a great deal. Every time I went to the store and wrote a check, I would see two or three mistakes made on the part of the clerk or cashier, mistakes that a flimflam artist would take advantage of. . . . In a certain sense, I'm still a con artist. I'm just putting down a positive con these days, as opposed to the negative con I used in the past. I've merely redirected the talents I've always possessed. I've applied the same relentless attention to working on stopping fraud that I once applied to perpetuating fraud."

In Catch Me if You Can, Frank W. Abagnale recounted his youthful career as a master imposter and forger. In The Art of the Steal, Abagnale tells the remarkable story of how he parlayed his knowledge of cons and scams into a successful career as a consultant on preventing financial foul play--while showing you how to identify and outsmart perpetrators of fraud.

Technology may have made it easier to track down criminals, but cyberspace has spawned a skyrocketing number of ways to commit crime--much of it untraceable. Businesses are estimated to lose an unprecedented $400 billion a year from fraud of one sort or another. If we were able to do away with fraud for just two years, we'd erase the national debt and pay Social Security for the next one hundred years. However, Abagnale has discovered that punishment for committing fraud, much less recovery of stolen funds, seldom happens: Once you're a victim, you won't get your money back. Prevention is the best form of protection.

Drawn from his twenty-five years of experience as an ingenious con artist (whose check scams alone mounted to more than $2 million in stolen funds), Abagnale's The Art of the Steal provides eye-opening stories of true scams, with tips on how they can be prevented. Abagnale takes you deep inside the world and mind of the con artist, showing you just how he pulled off his scams and what you can do to avoid becoming the next victim. You'll hear the stories of notorious swindles, like the mustard squirter trick and the "rock in the box" ploy, and meet the criminals like the famous Vickers Gang who perpetrated them. You'll find out why crooks wash checks and iron credit cards and why a thief brings glue with him to the ATM. And finally, you'll learn how to recognize a bogus check or a counterfeit bill, and why you shouldn't write your grocery list on a deposit slip.
A revealing look inside the predatory criminal mind from a former master of the con, The Art of the Steal is the ultimate defense against even the craftiest crook.

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Steps to a Successful Career

By: Life After Graduation, LLC

Backpack to Briefcase is the recent graduate's essential guide to career success. In today's job market, a person needs skills and savvy.  While college teaches you the fundamentals of your chosen career, Backpack to Briefcase gives you the know-how that many people acquire only after years in the workplace. This book will help you start your career right - from your first day on the job to your annual performance review - and teach you everything you need to know about being a successful professional. 

By: Roxane Gay

A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.

“Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.”

In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.

Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.

How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love

By: Dave Zirin

Funny, engaging, and sharply pointed in his appraisal of the sports complex bankrupting our cities, the celebrated author of A People’s History of Sports in the United States returns with a hard-hitting indictment of big business and the corrupt practices that are ruining the sports we love.

When attending a baseball game becomes a luxury reserved for the wealthy few and cities build multi-million dollar stadiums while letting their bridges crumble, the price of sports in this country demands reassessment. Bad Sports cuts through the hype and bombast to give us a portrait of sports ownership as irresponsible as the financial shenanigans that drove the nation to the edge of economic ruin. From the outrageous use of public funds for stadium construction to the use of these spaces for religious and political platforms, Dave Zirin raises vital questions about misplaced priorities and moral abdications among the politicians we elect and the owners of the teams we root for.

Speaking out in clear and passionate terms for the rights of any taxpayer and sports fan, Zirin returns America’s favorite pastimes back to where they belong—in the open and for the people.

From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies - How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

By: Michael Shermer

The Believing Brain is bestselling author Michael Shermer's comprehensive and provocative theory on how beliefs are born, formed, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished.

In this work synthesizing thirty years of research, psychologist, historian of science, and the world's best-known skeptic Michael Shermer upends the traditional thinking about how humans form beliefs about the world. Simply put, beliefs come first and explanations for beliefs follow. The brain, Shermer argues, is a belief engine. From sensory data flowing in through the senses, the brain naturally begins to look for and find patterns, and then infuses those patterns with meaning. Our brains connect the dots of our world into meaningful patterns that explain why things happen, and these patterns become beliefs. Once beliefs are formed the brain begins to look for and find confirmatory evidence in support of those beliefs, which accelerates the process of reinforcing them, and round and round the process goes in a positive-feedback loop of belief confirmation. Shermer outlines the numerous cognitive tools our brains engage to reinforce our beliefs as truths.
Interlaced with his theory of belief, Shermer provides countless real-world examples of how this process operates, from politics, economics, and religion to conspiracy theories, the supernatural, and the paranormal. Ultimately, he demonstrates why science is the best tool ever devised to determine whether or not a belief matches reality.

Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization

By: Reza Aslan

The wars in the Middle East have become religious wars in which God is believed to be directly engaged on behalf of one side against the other. The hijackers who attacked America on September 11, 2001, thought they were fighting in the name of God. According to award-winning writer and scholar of religions Reza Aslan, the United States, by infusing the War on Terror with its own religiously polarizing rhetoric, is fighting a similar war—a war that can’t be won.

Beyond Fundamentalism is both an in-depth study of the ideology fueling militants throughout the Muslim world and an exploration of religious violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. At a time when religion and politics increasingly share the same vocabulary and function in the same sphere, Aslan writes that we must strip the conflicts of our world of their religious connotations and address the earthly grievances that always lie at its root.

How do you win a religious war? By refusing to fight in one.

The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

By: Malcolm Gladwell

Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?

In Blink we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance. Here, too, are great failures of "blink": the election of Warren Harding; "New Coke"; and the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police.

Blink reveals that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of "thin-slicing"-filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water

By: Maude Barlow

How did the world’s most vital resource become imperiled? And what must we do to pull back from the brink? In “stark and nearly devastating prose” (Booklist ), world-renowned activist and bestselling author Maude Barlow—who is featured in the acclaimed documentary Flow —discusses the state of the world’s water. Barlow examines how water companies are reaping vast profits from declining supplies, and how ordinary people from around the world have banded together to reclaim the public’s right to clean water, creating a grassroots global water justice movement. While tracing the history of international battles for the right to water, she documents the life-and-death stakes involved in the fight and lays out the actions that we as global citizens must take to secure a water-just world for all.

As people around the world turn their attention to the effects of climate change, Blue Covenant is a timely and important reminder for us to take heed of the global water crisis’s impact on humans and the natural world.

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By: Kent M. Keith

This book is an introduction to servant leadership. The author argues that servant leadership is ethical, practical, and meaningful. He cites the universal importance of service, defines servant leadership, compares the power model of leadership with the service model, describes some key practices of servant-leaders, explores the meaningful lives of servant-leaders, and offers questions for reflection and discussion. The new second edition of the book provides additional quotations and examples; summaries of scholarly definitions of servant leadership and research on the impacts of servant leadership in the workplace; an appendix on servant leadership compared with other ideas or theories of leadership; and a list of sources for those who wish to explore servant leadership further.

A Guide for Citizens and Civic Leaders

By: David D. Chrislip

When the landmark book Collaborative Leadership was first published in 1994, it described the premise, principles, and leadership characteristics of successful collaboration. The book outlined an innovative way of building partnerships to solve the civic problems too big for anyone to solve alone as well as a new type of leadership that brings together diverse stakeholders to solve a community's problems. While that book provides a much-needed framework for working together, The Collaborative Leadership Fieldbook offers nonprofit practitioners, community leaders, and public officials a practical, hands-on resource. It presents the tools needed for applying the lessons learned, powerful approaches that get results, and guidance for solving complex community problems. In clear and concise terms, the Fieldbook

  • Presents a wide range of tools and concepts that can be readily applied
  • Provides a comprehensive guide to collaboration from conception to implementation
  • Describes how to establish effective civic leadership development programs to support collaborative efforts
  • Contains stories and examples that clearly illustrate the book's concepts and tools
  • Helps readers find-quickly and easily-what they need for their specific situations

Theory, Research, and Implications for Practice

By: Shaun R. Harper & 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.

A Guide for Business and the Professions

By: Cheryl Hamilton with Cordell Parker

Cheryl Hamilton and Cordell Parker's best-selling introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of business communication is - now more than ever- the ultimate learning tool! With new content coverage, up-to-the-minute integration of technology, involving pedagogy, and unparalleled teaching and learning resources, the Sixth Edition of Communication for Results: A Guide for Business and the Professions is a flexible, balanced blend of theory and skills that lets your students immediately apply what they're learning. In fact, the book is so full of practical information that it is an excellent reference for experienced professionals who want to update their communication skills. 

Standing Up to and for Our Leaders

By: Ira Chaleff

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.

10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies From a Life at Disney

By: Lee Cockerell

The secret for creating “magic” in our careers, our organizations, and our lives is simple: outstanding leadership—the kind that inspires employees, delights customers, and achieves extraordinary business results.

No one knows more about this kind of leadership than Lee Cockerell, the man who ran Walt Disney World® Resort operations for over a decade. And in Creating Magic, he shares the leadership principles that not only guided his own journey from a poor farm boy in Oklahoma to the head of operations for a multi-billion dollar enterprise, but that also soon came to form the cultural bedrock of the world’s number one vacation destination.

But as Lee demonstrates, great leadership isn’t about mastering impossibly complex management theories. We can all become outstanding leaders by following the ten practical, common sense strategies outlined in this remarkable book. As straightforward as they are profound, these leadership lessons include:

  • Everyone is important.
  • Make your people your brand.
  • Burn the free fuel: appreciation, recognition, and encouragement.
  • Give people a purpose, not just a job.

Combining surprising business wisdom with insightful and entertaining stories from Lee’s four decades on the front lines of some of the world’s best-run companies, Creating Magic shows all of us – from small business owners to managers at every level – how to become better leaders by infusing quality, character, courage, enthusiasm, and integrity into our workplace and into our lives.

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By: Jose Antonio Vargas

“This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book––at its core––is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means to not have a home.

After 25 years of living illegally in a country that does not consider me one of its own, this book is the closest thing I have to freedom.”

—Jose Antonio Vargas, from Dear America

Letter to a New Minority

By: Tim Wise

White Americans have long been comfortable in the assumption that they are the cultural norm. Now that notion is being challenged, as white people wrestle with what it means to be part of a fast-changing, truly multicultural nation. Facing chronic economic insecurity, a popular culture that reflects the nation's diverse cultural reality, a future in which they will no longer constitute the majority of the population, and with a black president in the White House, whites are growing anxious.

This anxiety has helped to create the Tea Party movement, with its call to "take our country back." By means of a racialized nostalgia for a mythological past, the Right is enlisting fearful whites into its campaign for reactionary social and economic policies.

In urgent response, Tim Wise has penned his most pointed and provocative work to date. Employing the form of direct personal address, he points a finger at whites' race-based self-delusion, explaining how such an agenda will only do harm to the nation's people, including most whites. In no uncertain terms, he argues that the hope for survival of American democracy lies in the embrace of our multicultural past, present and future.

Helping College Students Find the Potential Within

By: Dennis C. Roberts

Foreword by: Helen S. and Alexander W. Astin

Deeper Learning in Leadership is a resource that is designed to show how leadership potential can be both broadened and deepened in our colleges and universities. Author Dennis Roberts proposes a new approach to learning about leadership development in higher education that recognizes innovative strategies are needed for the increasingly complex issues we face, both in higher education and in the broader landscape beyond the campus. He advocates that fostering deeper leadership will require educators to take a critical look at the organizational models and processes that characterize most contemporary colleges and universities. Roberts includes new models of learning and leadership, and provides summaries of widely used leadership theories as well as theories that are not as well known. He proposes a new perspective of leadership and a process of discovering leadership potential principles that educators can use to deepen students’ experiences.

By: Alicia Gaspar de Alba

It's the summer of 1998 and for five years, over a hundred mangled and desecrated bodies have been found dumped in the Chihuahua desert outside of Juarez, Mexico, just across the river from El Paso, Texas. The perpetrators of the ever-rising number of violent deaths target poor young women, terrifying inhabitants on both sides of the border. El Paso native Ivon Villa has returned to her hometown to adopt the baby of Cecilia, a pregnant maquiladora worker in Juarez. When Cecilia turns up strangled and disemboweled in the desert, Ivon is thrown into the churning chaos of abuse and murder. Even as the rapes and killings of "girls from the south" continue--their tragic stories written in desert blood--a conspiracy covers up the crimes that implicate everyone from the Maquiladora Association to the Border Patrol.

When Ivon's younger sister gets kidnapped in Juarez, Ivon knows that it's up to her to find her sister, whatever it takes. Despite the sharp warnings she gets from family, friends, and nervous officials, Ivon's investigation moves her deeper and deeper into the labyrinth of silence.

From acclaimed poet and prose-writer Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Desert Blood is a gripping thriller that ponders the effects of patriarchy, gender identity, border culture, transnationalism, and globalization on an international crisis.

Editor: Anne Devaney

Distributed by the Association of College Union International (ACUI)

How to Discuss What Matters Most

By: Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton & Shelia Heen

Foreword by: Roger Fisher

We attempt or avoid difficult conversations every day-whether dealing with an underperforming employee, disagreeing with a spouse, or negotiating with a client. From the Harvard Negotiation Project, the organization that brought you Getting to Yes, Difficult Conversations provides a step-by-step approach to having those tough conversations with less stress and more success. you'll learn how to:

* Decipher the underlying structure of every difficult conversation
* Start a conversation without defensiveness
* Listen for the meaning of what is not said
* Stay balanced in the face of attacks and accusations
* Move from emotion to productive problem solving

Opening Our Minds to People, Cultures, & Opportunities

By: Richard D. Bucher

This empowering study on human diversity helps readers develop the ability to understand, respect, and value diversity–and demonstrates how opening one's mind to the views of other peoples and cultures is central for a quality education and successful career. Personalizing the learning experience by integrating a variety of real-life student experiences and perspectives, it discusses topics in a style that promotes self-reflection and dialogue that is inclusive and not condescending. Complete with self-reflective journal questions, case studies, and interactive exercises, it discusses diversity and workplace issues–such as teamwork, conflict management, leadership, racism, prejudice, and communication; and zeroes in on the relationship between an employee's success and his/her ability to develop flexible thinking to positively and effectively deal with a variety of diversity issues.

By: Daryl G. Smith

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.

Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately

By: Daniel Lubetzky

When Daniel Lubetzky started KIND Healthy Snacks in 2004, he aimed to defy the conventional wisdom that snack bars could never be both tasty and healthy, convenient and wholesome. A decade later, the transformative power of the company’s “AND” philosophy has resulted in an astonishing record of achievement. KIND has become the fastest-growing purveyor of healthy snacks in the country. Meanwhile, the KIND Movement—the company’s social mission to make the world a little kinder—has sparked more than a million good deeds worldwide.

In Do the KIND Thing, Lubetzky shares the revolutionary principles that have shaped KIND’s business model and led to its success, while offering an unfiltered and intensely personal look into the mind of a pioneering social entrepreneur. Inspired by his father, who survived the Holocaust thanks to the courageous kindness of strangers, Lubetzky began his career handselling a sun-dried tomato spread made collaboratively by Arabs and Jews in the war-torn Middle East. Despite early setbacks, he never lost his faith in his vision of a “not-only-for-profit” business—one that sold great products and helped to make the world a better place.

While other companies let circumstances force them into choosing between two seemingly incompatible options, people at KIND say “AND.” At its core, this idea is about challenging assumptions and false compromises. It is about not settling for less and being willing to take greater risks, often financial. It is about learning to think boundlessly and critically, and choosing what at first may be the tougher path for later, greater rewards. By using illuminating anecdotes from his own career, and celebrating some past failures through the lessons learned from them, Lubetzky outlines his core tenets for building a successful business and a thriving social enterprise. He explores the value of staying true to your brand, highlights the importance of transparency and communication in the workplace, and explains why good intentions alone won’t sell products.

Engaging and inspirational, Do the KIND Thing shows how the power of AND worked wonders for one company—and could empower the next generation of social entrepreneurs to improve their bottom line and change the world.

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A Practical Guide for More Productive and Positive Performance Appraisals

By: Robert B. Maddux

This book is for anyone who directs the activities of others. Whether a first line supervisor, the chairperson of a committee, a project leader, a school administrator, a restaurant manager, a government official, the owner of a small business, or a senior executive, you must be able to effectively discuss performance with those who report to you. 

Leading a performance appraisal review can be either difficult and depressing; or dynamic and positive. The attitude, planning, and approach of the person conducting the review will make the difference.

This book will help you to think through the appraisal process, and then learn how to conduct discussions that encourage positive relationships and improved individual performances.  Those who master the concepts presented will benefit from reduced stress and improved productivity.

You will have a chance to do some self-analysis which will identify personal strengths and weaknesses. Once learned, the application of the skills is up to you.

A Guide for College Students

By: Macy Levy Shankman & 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 learn-able 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 twenty-one capacities that define the emotionally intelligent leader.

Facing Problems, Finding the Opportunities

By: Price Pritchett and Ron Pound

The Employee Handbook for Organizational Change teaches employees the differences between myth and reality during times of rapid change. It provides practical tips to help employees take personal control, face problems with a constructive attitude, and find the positive opportunities which exist in this unstable environment.

The handbook delivers guidance on:

  • Surviving in the age of instability
  • Overcoming resistance to change
  • Becoming a change agent

Editor: Clyde A. Parker

This book reflects the increasing concern on the part of college faculty and student personnel workers in encouraging and facilitating psycho-social development in college students. The contributors describe and discuss five specific programs which were conducted in an effort to enhance such development.

The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family

By: Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia

Starting in 1997, Bob Chapman and Barry-Wehmiller have pioneered a dramatically different approach to leadership that creates off-the-charts morale, loyalty, creativity, and business performance. The company utterly rejects the idea that employees are simply functions, to be moved around, "managed" with carrots and sticks, or discarded at will. Instead, Barry-Wehmiller manifests the reality that every single person matters, just like in a family. That’s not a cliché on a mission statement; it’s the bedrock of the company’s success.

During tough times a family pulls together, makes sacrifices together, and endures short-term pain together. If a parent loses his or her job, a family doesn’t lay off one of the kids. That’s the approach Barry-Wehmiller took when the Great Recession caused revenue to plunge for more than a year. Instead of mass layoffs, they found creative and caring ways to cut costs, such as asking team members to take a month of unpaid leave. As a result, Barry-Wehmiller emerged from the downturn with higher employee morale than ever before.

It’s natural to be skeptical when you first hear about this approach. Every time Barry-Wehmiller acquires a company that relied on traditional management practices, the new team members are skeptical too. But they soon learn what it’s like to work at an exceptional workplace where the goal is for everyone to feel trusted and cared for—and where it’s expected that they will justify that trust by caring for each other and putting the common good first.

Chapman and coauthor Raj Sisodia show how any organization can reject the traumatic consequences of rolling layoffs, dehumanizing rules, and hypercompetitive cultures. Once you stop treating people like functions or costs, disengaged workers begin to share their gifts and talents toward a shared future. Uninspired workers stop feeling that their jobs have no meaning. Frustrated workers stop taking their bad days out on their spouses and kids. And everyone stops counting the minutes until it’s time to go home.

What the Most Effective People do Differently

By: John C. Maxwell

World-renowned leadership expert John C. Maxwell says if you want to succeed, you must learn how to connect with people. And while it may seem like some folks are just born with it, the fact is anyone can learn how to make every communication an opportunity for a powerful connection. In Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, Maxwell shares the Five Principles and Five Practices to develop the crucial skill of connecting, including: finding common ground, keeping your communication simple, capturing people's interest, inspiring people, and staying authentic in all your relationships. The ability to connect with others is a major determining factor in reaching your full potential,.  It's no secret! Connecting is a skill you can learn and apply in your personal, professional, and family relationships - and you can start now!

Poverty and Profit in the American City

By: Matthew Desmond

In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind.

The fates of these families are in the hands of two landlords: Sherrena Tarver, a former schoolteacher turned inner-city entrepreneur, and Tobin Charney, who runs one of the worst trailer parks in Milwaukee. They loathe some of their tenants and are fond of others, but as Sherrena puts it, “Love don’t pay the bills.” She moves to evict Arleen and her boys a few days before Christmas.

Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality—and to people’s determination and intelligence in the face of hardship.

Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

For College Students Who Want to Make a Difference

By: Susan R. Komives, Nance Lucas, & Timothy R. McMahon

This book is designed for college students to help them understand that they are capable of being effective leaders and guide them in developing their leadership potential. The Relational Leadership Model (RLM) continues as the major focus in this edition, and the book includes stronger connections between the RLM dimensions and related concepts, as well as visual applications of the model. The third edition includes new student vignettes that demonstrate how the major concepts and theories can be applied. It also contains new material on social justice, conflict management, positive psychology, appreciative inquiry, emotional intelligence, and new self-assessment and reflection questionnaires.

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The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors

By: Ann Gibbons

In this dynamic account, award-winning science writer Ann Gibbons chronicles an extraordinary quest to answer the most primal of questions: When and where was the dawn of humankind? Following four intensely competitive international teams of scientists in a heated race to find the “missing link”–the fossil of the earliest human ancestor–Gibbons ventures to Africa, where she encounters a fascinating array of fossil hunters: Tim White, the irreverent Californian who discovered the partial skeleton of a primate that lived 4.4 million years ago in Ethiopia; French paleontologist Michel Brunet, who uncovers a skull in Chad that could date the beginnings of humankind to seven million years ago; and two other groups—one led by zoologist Meave Leakey, the other by British geologist Martin Pickford and his French paleontologist partner, Brigitte Senut—who enter the race with landmark discoveries of their own. Through scrupulous research and vivid first-person reporting, The First Human reveals the perils and the promises of fossil hunting on a grand competitive scale.

By: Em Griffin

The most widely-used textbook for the communication theory course, A First Look at Communication Theory analyzes the major communication theories at a level that is appropriate for both lower- and upper-level courses. The theories represented in the text reflect a mix of foundational and recent scholarship and strike a balance of scientific and interpretive approaches.

By: Stephen R. Covey

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.

A Leadership Fable

By: Patrick Lencioni

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best-selling books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams.

Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech's CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni's utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight.

Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.

The Complete Guide to Improving Your Chapter

By: Patrick Daley

The Fraternity Advisor shares his secrets on how to became a successful fraternity leader. Pat held every position, and won every award and this book tells you how he did it. This book covers every aspect of chapter operations to include recruitment, social, fundraising, new member education and more. It also includes a special chapter with his views on leadership that will help you long after you graduate. You may not use every idea in this book, but it will definitely help you develop your own strategy on how to make your chapter the very best on campus.

Finding Power, Energy & Support for Life's Journey

By: Joan Fleming

Are you having difficulty making a personal choice? Would you an your mother or daughter like to find a book that might make your conversations flow with increased insight and understanding into each others lives? Are you interested in finding ways to further spark the time you spend with your women friends? Would you like encouragement in finding your passion?

In this book you'll find women's voices that will ignite your own thoughts, validate you life experiences and give you an increased zest for life. Fuel means power, energy and support - characteristics that define what nutritious women can give other women.  Your life will be enhanced as you travel previously unexplored roads throughout Fuel Stop!

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The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

By: David Allen

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.

Icebreakers and Group Energizers

By: Lorraine L. Ukens

These brief, interactive games and activities raise your participants' awareness and prepare them to learn something new. Designed to be fun and energizing, the activities help people overcome the initial anxiety common among new acquaintances or in group situations. This collection is conveniently divided into two categories: 1) icebreakers, which encourage mixing, and 2) group challenges, which energize and build team cohesion.

Use these games to:

  • Promote interaction
  • Introduce your topic
  • Ease anxieties regarding sensitive or emotional issues
  • Form partnerships or teams during the session
  • Help people feel comfortable with the environment, the topic to be discussed, and one another
  • Gain control of a group
  • Get meetings started on a stimulating note

Each game is presented in a concise and easy-to-follow format. You'll get details such as objectives, materials required, preparation, activity instructions, variations, discussion questions, group size, time required, and reproducible worksheets or material templates.

Use these icebreakers today to energize your group for the work ahead!

The College Girl's Guide to Protecting Herself

By: Erin Weed

Foreword By: Robert J. Martin

You're leaving for college and the family minivan is packed to the gills with your stuff. On the brain are good times, parties, new friends - and oh yeah, classes too. College is a blast, but it's a good idea to get informed on how to stay safe and strong while on campus. Girls Fight Back will show you how to trust your intuition, avoid bad situations, and if necessary, defend yourself. You will learn practical and empowering strategies for walking on campus at night, dating, partying, traveling and living on your own.

* How to secure your dorm, apartment or house from break-ins.

* Everything you need to know about date rape drugs, cyberstalking and how to have a safe spring break.

* How to recognize and escape from violent confrontations using your voice and if necessary, self-defense.

How to Create an Action Plan & Achieve Your Goals

By: Susan B. Wilson & 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.

Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities

By: Will Allen

The son of a sharecropper, Will Allen had no intention of ever becoming a farmer himself. But after years in professional basketball and as an executive for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter & Gamble, Allen cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot a half mile away from Milwaukee’s largest public housing project. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serve the needs of local residents.

In the face of financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the country’s preeminent urban farm—a food and educational center that now produces enough vegetables and fish year-round to feed thousands of people. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power has sought to prove that local food systems can help troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities closer together, and improve public health. Today, Allen’s organization helps develop community food systems across the country.

An eco-classic in the making, The Good Food Revolution is the story of Will’s personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats.

The Eight Steps to Limitless Possibility for Fraternity Recruitment

By: Matthew Mattson & Joshua Orendi

The revolution in college fraternity recruitment has begun. Utilizing "The Eight Steps to Limitless Possibility," this guide to improving the tired old system of fraternity "rush" provides undergraduates, administrators, advisors and alumni a cutting-edge method to grow the quality and quantity of fraternity brothers. The authors provide the secrets to building a successful recruitment system that they've learned through years of experience working with fraternities at universities from coast to coast. Learn valuable interpersonal skills, motivation techniques, organizational strategies and leadership principles. Let this book guide your fraternal journey to limitless possibility.

Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't

By: Jim Collins

Jim Collins asked the question, "Can a good company become a great company and if so, how?" In Good to Great Collins, the author of Built to Last, concludes that it is possible, but finds there are no silver bullets. Collins and his team of researchers began their quest by sorting through a list of 1,435 companies, looking for those that made substantial improvements in their performance over time. They finally settled on 11--including Fannie Mae, Gillette, Walgreens, and Wells Fargo--and discovered common traits that challenged many of the conventional notions of corporate success. Making the transition from good to great doesn't require a high-profile CEO, the latest technology, innovative change management, or even a fine-tuned business strategy. At the heart of those rare and truly great companies was a corporate culture that rigorously found and promoted disciplined people to think and act in a disciplined manner. Peppered with dozens of stories and examples from the great and not so great, the book offers a well-reasoned road map to excellence that any organization would do well to consider. Like Built to Last, Good to Great is one of those books that managers and CEOs will be reading and rereading for years to come. --Harry C. Edwards

Fifty Visualizations the Promote Relaxation, Problem-Solving, Creativity, & Well-Being

By: Andrew E. Schwartz

Guided imagery is a powerful tool for promoting change and growth within a group. Guided Imagery for Groups contains everything you need to use this technique with any audience, in any setting. Fifty scripts addressing issues of:

  • Calming
  • Centering
  • Clarity
  • Creativity
  • Congruence
  • Coping
  • Connectedness

Also includes tips on using group dynamics to enhance individual learning.

This is a resource you ll reach for again and again.

Fifty visualizations that promote relaxation, problem-solving, creativity, and well-being Transform people s natural tendency to daydream into a powerful tool for:

  • Healing
  • Enhancing self-esteem
  • Relaxing
  • Solving problems
  • Centering spiritually
  • Maximizing performance
  • Managing stress

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Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

By: Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope.

They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS.

Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Countries such as China have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy. Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it’s also the best strategy for fighting poverty.

Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen.

By: Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Selected Monographic Resources on Servant Leadership

By: Betsy N. Hine

For years, Betsy Hine has donated her time and expertise to develop this bibliography on servant leadership. She has continued to update it, adding entries and annotations. This book contains 542 annotated references of selected monographic resources on servant leadership.

Why the Economy Doesn't Work Without a Strong Middle Class

By: David Madland

For the past several decades, politicians and economists thought that high levels of inequality were good for the economy. But because America’s middle class is now so weak, the US economy suffers from the kinds of problems that plague less-developed countries. As Hollowed Out explains, to have strong, sustainable growth, the economy needs to work for everyone and expand from the middle out. This new thinking has the potential to supplant trickle-down economics—the theory that was so wrong about inequality and our economy—and shape economic policymaking for generations.

By: Yaa Gyasi

The unforgettable New York Times bestseller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indelibly drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.

Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

By: Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Told in a series of vignettes-sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous-Sandra Cisneros' masterpiece is a classic story of childhood and self-discovery. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

A Military Transition Guide Back into Civilian Life

By: R. Graves

“How to Grow a Beard: A Military Transition Guide Back Into Civilian Life” is primarily based on 10-year Marine Corps veteran R. Graves' story on how he weaved back into the civilian life, but it is also the voice of every single veteran who has been thrown out to the wolves, to fend for themselves. Thrown out to learn the protocols of the civilian world and endure an—at times—intense mental battle. Thrown out to learn how to reintegrate with the real world again all over again.

This book covers topics such as reframing what sacrifice means to an individual, learning what we're worth in the civilian workplace, converting military service into civilian language for resumes and interviews, lessons on humility, integrating with friends and family again, and even lessons on swallowing your pride and allowing others to help out with our transition. Because transition will come—faster than you may realize. But, as ready as you are to start your new life, you will at some point find yourself in the situations introduced in this book.

With veteran suicide, and veteran homelessness at an all-time high, it is no secret that transition can be hard and overwhelming. Graves' intent with this book is to make the military transition as smooth as possible for his fellow veterans, by providing tools and lessons learned. Whether you are about to leave the service or have been out in the civilian trenches for a while, this book is the tool created for you to transition—successfully.

By: Michael Doyle & David Straus

The interaction method is a new, tested way to stop wasting time and get things done at meetings.

The interaction method:
·Increases productivity up to 15 percent;
·Works whether you’re in a hierarchical (authoritarian) or horizontal (democratic) organization;
·Gives everybody a feeling of greater participation and influence;
·Helps you whether you’re a decision maker, leader, or rank-and-file meeting-goer;
·Analyzes 16 types of problem people at meetings and tells you what to do about them;
·Tells you how to develop agendas and arrange meeting rooms and even seats in specific ways that make meetings pay off;
·Shows you how a facilitator, a recorder, and a group memory help generate more and better solutions to problems, and…
·Even tells you seven reasons for not having a meeting!

By Dale Carnegie

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.

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Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé

By: Michael Arceneaux

In the style of New York Times bestsellers You Can’t Touch My Hair, Bad Feminist, and I’m Judging You, a timely collection of alternately hysterical and soul‑searching essays about what it is like to grow up as a creative, sensitive black man in a world that constantly tries to deride and diminish your humanity.

It hasn’t been easy being Michael Arceneaux.

Equality for LGBT people has come a long way and all, but voices of persons of color within the community are still often silenced, and being black in America is…well, have you watched the news?

With the characteristic wit and candor that have made him one of today’s boldest writers on social issues, I Can’t Date Jesus is Michael Arceneaux’s impassioned, forthright, and refreshing look at minority life in today’s America. Leaving no bigoted or ignorant stone unturned, he describes his journey in learning to embrace his identity when the world told him to do the opposite.

He eloquently writes about coming out to his mother; growing up in Houston, Texas; that time his father asked if he was “funny” while shaking his hand; his obstacles in embracing intimacy; and the persistent challenges of young people who feel marginalized and denied the chance to pursue their dreams.

Perfect for fans of David Sedaris and Phoebe Robinson, I Can’t Date Jesus tells us—without apologies—what it’s like to be outspoken and brave in a divisive world.

The Eight Steps to Limitless Possibility for Sororities

By: Colleen Coffey and Jessica Gendron

Foreword by: Matt Mattson & Josh Orendi

The revolution in sorority recruitment has begun. The authors of I HEART RECRUITMENT use an honest approach to educating sorority members about values-based, dynamic recruitment. This book is a must read for sorority leaders and student life professionals. Learn vital skills that apply beyond college:

  • Motivate your members
  • Stop wasting time and money
  • Improve chapter quality and quantity
  • Network for results
  • Recruit based on the value and values of your organization

A Trainer's Sourcebook of Games, Simulations, and Role-Play Exercises

By: Ken Jones

Welcome to the most varied, imaginative, proven, and effective collection of training events you'll find in any training sourcebook...for any price!

All in all, there are 48 challenging games, simulations, role-play exercises, and puzzle assembled in this volume - exercises focusing on specific skill enhancement methods you can use to help your employees become:

  • More creative
  • Better team players
  • Innovative thinkers in the face of tough, seemingly insoluble problems
  • Flexible and resilient in dealing with organizational changes
  • Skilled and patient negotiators
  • Superb communicators

And that's just the beginning!

Psychological Theory & Women's Development

By: Carol Gilligan

This is the little book that started a revolution, making women's voices heard, in their own right and with their own integrity, for virtually the first time in social scientific theorizing about women. Its impact was immediate and continues to this day, in the academic world and beyond. Translated into sixteen languages, with more than 700,000 copies sold around the world, In a Different Voice has inspired new research, new educational initiatives, and political debate—and helped many women and men to see themselves and each other in a different light.

Service, Stewardship, Spirit, & Servant-Leadership

Includes Essays By: Peter Block, Ken Blanchard, Margaret Wheatley & James A. Autry

Foreword by Stephen R. Covey

Leadership without hierarchy? Organization in a whirlwind of change? Community and shared responsibility in a global village? Soul in a free-enterprise world? Robert Greenleaf's visionary theory of Servant Leadership continues to engage many of the best minds in and out of business. Greenleaf's prescriptions for employee empowerment and organizational change continue to achieve nothing short of miraculous results in organizations worldwide. As one enthusiastic observer wrote in Fortune magazine, "Once the consensus is forged, watch out: With everybody on board, your so-called implementation proceeds 'wham-bam.'" In this sequel to the critically acclaimed Reflections on Leadership, many of today's most respected business thinkers share their insights into key aspects of Robert Greenleaf's revolutionary thinking. Over the course of 33 essays, a dream team consisting of such luminaries as Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard, Peter Block, Margaret Wheatley, John Schuster, and James Autry explore how Greenleaf has influenced today's business leaders and discuss a range of leadership principles at the heart of his philosophy, including stewardship, the spirit of the work-place, and the concept of healing leadership. A source of inspiration and instruction, Insights on Leadership is required reading for senior executives, community leaders, and managers in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. 

Encouragement, Humor & Motivation for Greeks

By: Greeks

Co-Authored By: Anthony J. D'Angelo, Rick Barnes, Damien Duchamp, Lisa Fedler, Monica Lee Miranda, Rick Morat, & Beth Saul

Stories of Encouragement, Humor and Motivation by Greeks for Greeks. This book is jammed packed with stories that will inspire any Fraternity Man or Sorority Woman. It will help you to renew your own vision as you learn from other Greeks from across the country. Reflect on the challenges, fun times, frustrations and intangible rewards that come from the unbreakable bonds of Sisterhood and Brotherhood.

Encouragement, Empowerment & Motivation for LGBT Students & Their Allies

By: LGBT Students & Their Allies

Co-Authored By: Anthony J. D'Angelo, Stephen D. Collingsworth, Jr., Mike Esposito, Gabriel Hermelin, Ronni Sanlo, Lydia A. Sausa, & Shane Windmeyer

Inspiration for LGBT Students & Their Allies offers a collection of captivating, inspiring and thoughtful stories and reflections from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and their allies. Each story, essay, poem, photograph, and contribution takes the reader on a journey of encouragement, humor, and motivation for a new generation of LGBTQ students on college campuses. The perfect resource for LGBTQ educational awareness, ally training, college leadership library, a coming-out gift to a friend or just to let someone know it is okay to be who you are.

Encouragement, Humor & Motivation for Student Leaders

By: Student Leaders

Co-Authored By: Anthony J. D'Angelo, Daniel E. Ashlock, Jr., Lucy Shaffer Croft, Dan Oltersdorf, W.H. "Butch" Oxendine, Mary Alice Ozechoski & Elizabeth Randazzese

Stories of Encouragement, Humor and Motivation by Student Leaders for Student Leaders. This collection of stories and reflections from college student leaders across America will help you to lead yourself so you can lead others.

50 Powerful Catalysts for Group Interaction and High-Impact Learning

By: Nancy Loving Tubesing, Ed. D. and Sandy Christian, MSW

Fifty instant icebreakers (5-to 15-minute group processes) set the stage, reduce resistance, open communication, and promote positive group interaction -- a great resource for teen and adult groups.

Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time

By: Bob Harris

Hired by ForbesTraveler.com to review some of the most luxurious accommodations on Earth, and then inspired by a chance encounter in Dubai with the impoverished workers whose backbreaking jobs create such opulence, Bob Harris had an epiphany: He would turn his own good fortune into an effort to make lives like theirs better. Bob found his way to Kiva.org, the leading portal through which individuals make microloans all over the world: for as little as $25-50, businesses are financed and people are uplifted. Astonishingly, the repayment rate was nearly 99%, so he re-loaned the money to others over and over again.

After making hundreds of microloans online, Bob wanted to see the results first-hand, and in The International Bank of Bob he travels from Peru and Bosnia to Rwanda and Cambodia, introducing us to some of the most inspiring and enterprising people we've ever met, while illuminating day-to-day life-political and emotional-in much of the world that Americans never see. Told with humor and compassion, The International Bank of Bob brings the world to our doorstep, and makes clear that each of us can, actually, make it better.

Concepts and Practice

By: Peter G. Northouse

Offering a straightforward introduction to the basic principles of leadership, Peter G. Northouse’s Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice provides readers with practical strategies for becoming more effective leaders in organizational settings and in their own lives. Grounded in leadership theory, this applied and reader-friendly text emphasizes the invaluable "how-to" components of leadership. Focusing on developing the unique strengths of the leader, it presents an array of interactive learning tools that help readers identify their leadership preferences, reflect on leadership opportunities and experiences, and strengthen their leadership skills.

Building On Your Quiet Strength

By: Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D.

In our extroverted business culture, introverts can feel excluded, overlooked, or misunderstood. But being an introvert doesn’t mean you can’t be a great leader. Citing examples of highly successful leaders like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, Jennifer Kahnweiler shows that introverts can build on their quiet strength and make it a source of great power.

After highlighting the common challenges introverts face at work, such as stress, invisibility, and perception gaps, the book details a straightforward four-step process to handle work situations such as managing up, leading projects, public speaking, and many more. Kahnweiler provides numerous examples and leadership tips as well as a revealing Introverted Leader Quiz that pinpoints where focused attention will produce maximum results, The Introverted Leader will teach you to embrace your natural work style in order to advance your career, get the most out of the people around you, and add value to your organization.

And Retention of First-Year College Students

Edited By: Tracy L. Skipper and Roxanne Argo

Successful Approaches to Fostering Student Learning and Development Outside the Classroom

By: George D. Kuh, John H. Schuh, Elizaeth J. Whitt, & Associates

Involving Colleges details the extracurricular environments of fourteen diverse involving colleges and universities and shows how and where successful conditions and characteristics can be adapted to institutions to complement the institution's unique educational purpose and mission.

An Epic Tale of Power, Deceit & Untold Trillions

By: Nomi Prins

After months of various drafts and political infighting, Congress finally passed, and President Obama signed into law, a bill that was supposedly the biggest financial reform bill in decades. The big question is, do the supporters of this bill really believe it will change Wall Street? Or do they simply hope it'll be enough to placate us so the status quo can be validated? Nomi Prins assumes the latter, because they can't be that naive.

In It Takes a Pillage, former Wall Street insider turned muckraking journalist Nomi Prins explains how we are building a new bubble with more leverage, bigger bonuses, rampant speculation and fraud, amid extended unemployment and personal financial decline. The cowering of Washington bureaucrats in the face of the power and influence exerted by the Big Banks threatens the economic well-being of us all.

The scariest part is that, for all the trillions that have been spent or remain committed to the bloated stalwarts of Wall Street, our economic system is still in disarray. Average Americans continue to struggle while the banks are once again rolling in outsized profits and obscene bonuses. It Takes a Pillage is packed with the information you need to understand the financial crisis and what has followed, and to gain deeper insight into how to fight for real change.

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Group Theory and Group Skills

By: David W. Johnson and Frank P. Johnson

Joining Together successfully bridges the gap between theory and practice by combining theoretical and empirical knowledge with practical ways to apply it in a group situation. No other book offers the scope of coverage and the extensive experiential exercises of Joining Together. The fifth edition includes the latest and most exciting theoretical work with clear and interesting examples to illustrate the importance and application of group dynamics in practical situations. In addition, this edition also includes coverage of several new topics:

  • Managing diversity within small groups
  • Electronic Groups
  • How to build and maintain trust in a group
  • Overview of the different theoretical approaches to group dynamics
  • Biographical sketches of the major figures in group dynamics

Joining Together can be used again an again by those who wish to understand group dynamics and improve their own group skills - whatever the group may be. 

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By: Alesa Lightbourne

Inspired by the incredible true story of an American teacher in northern Iraq, The Kurdish Bike is a gripping, compassionate and often wry tale of adventure set in one of the world’s least understood cultures.

It is 2010, and Theresa Turner responds to an online ad for “courageous teachers to help rebuild a war-torn country.” Landing in a repressive school for Kurd elites, she yearns to experience the "real” Kurdistan, buys a bicycle, and explores the nearby villages and countryside.

When she is befriended by a local widow, Theresa is embroiled in the joys and agonies of traditional Kurds, especially the women who survived Saddam’s genocide only to be crippled by age-old restrictions, female genital mutilation (FGM), brutality and honor killings. She experiences a female bonding that transcends cultures, and a generosity that staggers the imagination. Theresa’s greatest challenge will be balancing respect for local values while trying to introduce more enlightened attitudes toward women — at the same time seeking new spiritual dimensions within herself.

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By: John C. Maxwell

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.

By: Joseph L. Badaracco Jr. & Richard R. Ellsworth

What distinguishes leaders from ordinary managers? The authors present three distinct philosophies of leadership - political, directive, and values-driven - advocating each in turn to challenge the reader's own assumptions. Through extensive interviews with executives, the authors show how leaders who hold certain prejudices or predispositions can resolve classic managerial dilemmas.

By: James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

Edited by: Elaine Biech

Compiled by training and consulting expert Elaine Biech, this new Leadership Challenge resource provides practical information and tools for demonstrating and teaching The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership to audiences both new to or already familiar with the model. Filled with 75 experiential learning activities and games, each keyed to a specific practice(s), this book is an excellent addition to a facilitator's existing The Leadership Challenge and the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) or other leadership development program. This book will feature contributions from experienced Leadership Challenge facilitators and other greats in the training industry.

The Most Trusted Source on Becoming a Better Leader

By: James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

The most trusted resource on becoming a leader is now updated and revised for a new generation. This leadership classic continues to be a bestseller after three editions and twenty years in print. It is the gold standard for research-based leadership, and the premier resource on becoming a leader. This new edition, with streamlined text, more international and business examples, and a graphic redesign, is more readable and accessible than ever before.

The Leadership Challenge, Fourth Edition, has been extensively updated with the latest research and case studies, and offers inspiring new stories of real people achieving extraordinary results. The authors' central theme remains the same and is more relevant today than ever: "Leadership is Everyone?s Business." Their "five practices" and "ten commitments" have been proven by hundreds of thousands of dedicated, successful leaders. This edition, with almost one-third new material, emphasizes the global community and refocuses on business leaders.

Values and Ethics in Higher Education

By: John R. Wilcox and Susan L. Ebbs

Analyzes the varied discourse on values and ethics. Addresses the need for self-scrutiny and explores leadership, the professoriate, and campus culture. Also examines academic integrity, freedom of speech, and the conflict between individual rights and the needs of the academic community.

By: Susan R. Komives, Wendy Wagner, & 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.

By: John D. Lawson, Ed.D.; Leslie J. Griffin, M.A.; and Franklyn D. Donant, M.A.

This is the leadership book that will become the basic guide for college and university activities programs, for voluntary community groups, business and educational organizations, service clubs, youth organizations and church programs. Reflecting over 35 years of leadership training experience at all levels, Leadership is Everybody's Business is useful, readable, practical and entertaining.  It provides step-by-step guides for learning leadership behaviors and developing group techniques that consistently lead to group solidarity, creativity, positive and effective action, and the satisfaction of achievement.

Women in Leadership - Sharing the Vision

Distributed by Columbia College

A journal containing various articles related to areas of research, statements of empowerment, and advice from other women in leadership roles. 

50 Exercises for Building Effective Leaders

By: Lois B. Hart and Charlotte S. Waisman

Foreword By: James M. Kouzes

When it comes to preparing a new generation of leaders, trainers have their work cut out for them. In addition to being a critical competency in itself, the task of leadership necessarily involves mastering a whole host of other skills . . . and it's up to you as a trainer to keep participants engaged and active throughout the learning process. The Leadership Training Activity Book is a collection of engaging, sure-fire exercises based on the best, most up-to-date learning theory for preparing the leaders of tomorrow. The book features easily adaptable modules designed for beginning to advanced skill levels, short or long sessions, and large or small groups. You'll find the perfect training exercises to help new and experienced leaders improve their understanding of crucial topics such as: trust * values * networking * conflict resolution * diversity * negotiation * listening skills * mentoring * vision * communication * and more. The Leadership Training Activity Book provides trainers with a wide range of activities to help teach and apply the most critical leadership competencies participants need, enabling you to develop and liberate the leadership qualities learners already have within themselves. It is a unique collection of proven exercises that will elicit the best from those who wish to lead.

The Complete Handbook for Group Leaders

By: Leslie Griffin Lawson, Franklyn D. Donant, and John D. Lawson

Lead On! builds on the tremendous success of the authors' Leadership is Everybody's Business (Impact, 1976), and takes leadership training to an even higher level of practicality and clarity. An indispensable guide for leaders of youth clubs, service clubs, church programs, and other "new volunteerism" organizations.

Your Guide to Success

By: Terry Arndt & Kirrin Coleman

Life After Graduation is the essential guide to life after college. With step-by-step advice, clear explanations, and answers to your most common questions, this book prepares you for the opportunities and challenges you’ll encounter as a recent graduate. It covers all of the issues you need to know about, provides the most current definitions and examples, and points you to great resources to go to for more information. You’re on your way to a successful career and a strong financial future, even if right now you feel mired in debt and unsure of your professional path. This book guides you through the transition by showing you how to: Manage your debt, including student loans Maximize your income Take control of your finances Build and maintain good credit – and recover your credit, if necessary Find free career advice Connect with your boss and coworkers Create positive first impressions Make sure you’re adequately insured Take advantage of alumni benefits and be an active alumnus Start investing now Life After Graduation is designed to answer all the questions you have about the transition from college to the “real world” – and some you never thought to ask! You worked hard to earn your degree; now, turn to Life After Graduation to help you achieve career and financial success.

Your Guide to Success

By: Terry Arndt & Kirrin Coleman

College is a pivotal time in your life, a time to take on new challenges and establish lifelong habits. Life During College will help you navigate the academic, personal, social, and financial challenges of this life stage with confidence. This book provides straightforward guidance and addresses the topics students are most interested in. Packed with concise explanations, helpful charts and tables, real-life examples, tips and resources, Life During College is both informative and engaging. Each chapter includes individual and group exercises to extend and personalize student learning.

Executive Strategies for Tough Times

By: Donald T. Phillips

Only ten days before Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office in 1861, the Confederate States of America seceded from the Union, taking Federal agencies, forts, and arsenals within their territory. To make matters worse, Lincoln, who was elected by a plurality of the popular vote, was viewed by his own advisors as nothing more than a gawky, second-rate country lawyer with no leadership experience.
What Lincoln did to become our most honored and revered president is history -- but how he can help you to run your organization is not. LINCOLN ON LEADERSHIP was the first book to examine the diverse leadership abilities that have made Abraham Lincoln an inspiration to everyone from businessmen to Barack Obama. And in today's complex world, these lessons are more relevant than ever. You'll discover why you should:

  • Seize the initiative and never relinquish it
  • Wage only one war at a time
  • Encourage risk-taking while providing job security
  • Avoid issuing orders -- instead request, imply, or make suggestions

Attitudes, Principles, and Skills

By: Judi Brownell

This book encourages the reader to view listening as a process involving six interrelated components, which are developed along the parallel dimensions of theory and skill building. Within the unifying theoretical framework of the HURIER model, readers develop an understanding of the listening process and acquire observable listening skills.

Readers will readily recognize the important role listening plays in helping them to achieve their personal and professional goals while acquiring strategies to become more effective listeners.

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By: Myron Gordon, Ph.D.

Introduction by: Henry Kressel

Describes three styles of leadership, explains how to identify a meeting's goals, and discusses problem solving, group decision making, conflict management, and communications skills

A Guide to Coping with Everyday Organizational Problems

By: James O. McDonald

By: Hyler Bracey, Jack Rosenblum, Aubrey Sanford, and Roy Trueblood

Caring isn’t a frill. It delivers results. And for some unenlightened managers, learning to care can be a matter of corporate life or death.

Managing from the Heart is the story of Harry Hartwell, a composite character drawn from decades of the authors’ field experience on the front lines of management reform. Known by his staffers as “the Abominable No Man,” Harry’s remarkable transformation into a caring and compassionate manage offers an easy-to-apply business parable—and an absolutely painless, one-of-a-kind learning experience. Acquire the five principles of caring management. Your people will be glad you did. And so will everyone who keeps an eye on your bottom line.

By: William Bridges, Ph.D.

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.

By: Viktor Frankl

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

At the time of Frankl's death in 1997, Man's Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found Man's Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America.

Inspiration & Wisdom for Challenging Times

By: Donald T. Phillips

Guide to how the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., can be used to effect positive, long-lasting change in any organization.

By: Susan Friedmann, CSP

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!

Secrets to Building People and Teams that Win Consistently

By: Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker

“Your only job is to help your players be better.” That single idea had a huge impact on Tony Dungy when he heard it from one of his earliest mentors, and it led him to develop the successful leadership style so admired by players and coaches throughout the NFL. Now, a storied career and a Super Bowl victory later, Tony Dungy is sharing his unique leadership philosophy with you. In The Mentor Leader, Tony reveals what propelled him to the top of his profession and shows how you can apply the same approach to virtually any area of your life. In the process, you’ll learn the seven keys of mentoring leadership—and why they’re so effective; why mentor leadership brings out the best in people; how a mentor leader recovers from mistakes and handles team discipline; and the secret to getting people to follow you and do their best for you without intimidation tactics. As a son, a football player, and a winning coach, Tony has always learned from others on his path to success. Now you can learn to succeed for your team, family, or organization while living out your values—by becoming a mentor leader.

Creative Activities for Any Audience

By: Martha Belknap

Tap into the magic of the mind-body connection with 40 feel-good activities that generate surprisingly deep results. Whether you're looking for an effective way to illustrate a point, an evocative spark for creativity, an effective prelude to problem solving, or a memorable closing, Mind-Body Magic provides a professional bag of tricks for engaging, energizing, and motivating audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Sections include:

  • Stretching Our Body/Mind
  • Activating Our Energy
  • Opening Up Our Creativity
  • Relaxing into Stillness
  • Recommended Reading

By: Arthur W. Chickering and Associates

This book contains thirteen authoritative chapters by professors in the arts, sciences, and professions, in which these authors not only discuss the implications, for their disciplines, of knowledge about human development but also show how the study of their disciplines can contribute to human development. In fourteen other chapters, academic administrators and student personnel professionals perform the same service for their own specialties. This feat of interdisciplinary collaboration is the most impressive feature of an impressive book. 

Fighting Apathy in College Student Organizations

By: T.J. Sullivan

Motivating the Middle. It's the concept that will set college student leaders free. Lead, motivate, influence, and impact your members based on who they are . . . not who you wish they would be!

People come to your organization with a chosen level of ENGAGEMENT. Stop focusing on those who have checked out or who cause problems in your organization, and start focusing on those who avoid drama, care about relationships in the group, and who prefer to play supporting roles. Motivating the Middle is the solution to your most pressing leadership challenges -- apathy, morale, and burnout.

Used in hundreds of college and university leadership courses, Motivating the Middle offers a simple, empowering strategy for all student leaders: student government officers, team captains, chapter presidents, club leaders, residence life staff, and any college student looking to make a difference through leadership on today's campus.

Theory, Models, and Practices for Understanding Diversity and Creating Inclusion

Edited by: Michael J. Cuyjet, Mary F. Howard-Hamilton, and Diane L. Cooper

This book presents a comprehensive set of resources to guide students of education, faculty, higher education administrators, and student affairs leaders in creating an inclusive environment for under-represented groups on campus. It is intended as a guide to gaining a deeper understanding of the various multicultural groups on college campuses for faculty in the classroom and professional staff who desire to understand the complexity of the students they serve, as well as reflect on their own values and motivations.

The contributors introduce the reader to the relevant theory, models, practices, and assessment methods to prepare for, and implement, a genuinely multicultural environment. Recognizing that cultural identity is more than a matter of ethnicity and race, they equally address factors such as gender, age, religion, and sexual orientation. In the process, they ask the reader to assess his or her own levels of multicultural sensitivity, awareness, and competence.

A Personal Growth Approach

By: Woodrow M. Parker, Ph.D., James Archer, Jr., Ph.D., and James Scott, Ph.D.

The program for multicultural awareness presented in this book, for the most part, will be fun. Learning more about yourself and about how relationships and communication between different groups of people can be improved is exciting. Yes, you may experience anger and sadness at times, but this will be part of a process that leads to growth.

We don't really intend this book to be political. We realize, of course, that political forces cannot be ignored and that institutional racism is a significant problem in our colleges and universities. We have chosen to focus this program on the individual student and his or her own multicultural attitudes. We are confident that most students want to learn more about themselves and their attitudes toward diverse groups. We believe that as individual students become more sensitive to diversity and cultural differences, they will be motivated to help fight racism and prejudice on college campuses.

We wish you the best as you embark on your journey to become a more culturally effective person. We admire your willingness to participate and we commend you for your openness to new experiences and ideas. Your participation will help you become a more competent and effective person and you will be better able to face the challenges of our increasingly diverse society in the 21st century. 

How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

By: Liz Wiseman with Greg McKeown

Foreword By: Stephen R. Covey

A revised and updated edition of the acclaimed Wall Street Journal bestseller that explores why some leaders drain capability and intelligence from their teams while others amplify it to produce better results.

We’ve all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drains intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them and always needs to be the smartest person in the room. These are the idea killers, the energy sappers, the diminishers of talent and commitment. On the other side of the spectrum are leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them. When these leaders walk into a room, light bulbs go off over people’s heads; ideas flow and problems get solved. These are the leaders who inspire employees to stretch themselves to deliver results that surpass expectations. These are the Multipliers. And the world needs more of them, especially now when leaders are expected to do more with less.

In this engaging and highly practical book, leadership expert Liz Wiseman explores these two leadership styles, persuasively showing how Multipliers can have a resoundingly positive and profitable effect on organizations—getting more done with fewer resources, developing and attracting talent, and cultivating new ideas and energy to drive organizational change and innovation.

In analyzing data from more than 150 leaders, Wiseman has identified five disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers. These five disciplines are not based on innate talent; indeed, they are skills and practices that everyone can learn to use—even lifelong and recalcitrant Diminishers. Lively, real-world case studies and practical tips and techniques bring to life each of these principles, showing you how to become a Multiplier too, whether you are a new or an experienced manager. This revered classic has been updated with new examples of Multipliers, as well as two new chapters one on accidental Diminishers, and one on how to deal with Diminishers.

Just imagine what you could accomplish if you could harness all the energy and intelligence around you. Multipliers will show you how.

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And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College

By: Harlan Cohen

From sharing a bathroom with 40 strangers to sharing lecture notes, The Naked Roommate is your behind-the-scenes look at EVERYTHING you need to know about college (but never knew you needed to know).

This essential, fully updated edition is packed with real-life advice on everything from making friends to managing stress. Hilarious, outrageous, and telling stories from students on over 100 college campuses cover the basics, and then some, including topics on

College Living

  • Dorm dos, don'ts, and dramas
  • Lying, noisy, nasty roommates

Finding People, Places, & Patience

  • Social network dos and don'ts
  • Friend today, gone tomorrow

Classes

  • To go or not to go?
  • How to get an A, C, or F

Dating

  • 17 kinds of college hookups
  • Long distance = BIG concerns

The Party Scene

  • The punch in the "fruit punch"
  • Sex, drugs, and safety first

Money

  • Grants, loans, and loose change
  • Credit cards and campus jobs

In college, there's a surprise around every corner. Luckily, The Naked Roommate has you covered!

An American Slave

By: Frederick Douglass

Lectures on Liberation Edition By: Angela Y. Davis

Former slave, impassioned abolitionist, brilliant writer, newspaper editor and eloquent orator whose speeches fired the abolitionist cause, Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) led an astounding life. Physical abuse, deprivation and tragedy plagued his early years, yet through sheer force of character he was able to overcome these obstacles to become a leading spokesman for his people.
In this, the first and most frequently read of his three autobiographies, Douglass provides graphic descriptions of his childhood and horrifying experiences as a slave as well as a harrowing record of his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom.
Published in 1845 to quell doubts about his origins — since few slaves of that period could write — the Narrative is admired today for its extraordinary passion, sensitive and vivid descriptions and storytelling power. It belongs in the library of anyone interested in African-American history and the life of one of the country's most courageous and influential champions of civil rights.

Restoring America's Prosperity, Security, and Sustainability in the 21st Century

By: Mark Mykleby, Patrick Doherty, and Joel Makower

The New Grand Strategy tells the story of a plan, born within the Pentagon, to recapture America’s greatness at home and abroad by elevating sustainability as our new strategic imperative. It aligns our enduring national interests of prosperity and security with a new framework that addresses pressing economic, social, and environmental issues at home, tapping into a trillion-dollar market demand for walk-able communities, regenerative agriculture and resource productivity. It is an inspiring vision of what’s possible when Americans hold a collective view of the future and come together to bring it to reality.

This is no idealistic pipe dream or wonky policy prescription. The story that unfolds in this book weaves together hard-nosed economic analysis, a clear-eyed study of demographic and societal shifts, the realities of climate change and resource scarcity, a risk-based assessment of America’s challenges and opportunities, and on-the-ground reporting of how much this is already unfolding throughout the country. By rediscovering the power and discipline of grand strategy—and taking responsibility for our future—America can re-imagine the American dream and once again take on “the cause of all mankind.”

Released during one of America’s most divisive presidential election campaigns, The New Grand Strategy avoids the partisan rhetoric dividing our nation today. Instead of placing blame, it offers a clear, pragmatic plan that can unite Americans and launch a new era of prosperity and security.

By: Dale D. McConkey

A practical and theoretical guide to empowering subordinates with management authority and accountability for specific organizational objectives

My Family and the Heartbreak of Mental Illness in America

By: Ron Powers

From the centuries of torture of "lunatiks" at Bedlam Asylum to the infamous eugenics era to the follies of the anti-psychiatry movement to the current landscape in which too many families struggle alone to manage afflicted love ones, Powers limns our fears and myths about mental illness and the fractured public policies that have resulted.

Braided with that history is the moving story of Powers's beloved son Kevin--spirited, endearing, and gifted--who triumphed even while suffering from schizophrenia until finally he did not, and the story of his courageous surviving son Dean, who is also schizophrenic.

A blend of history, biography, memoir, and current affairs ending with a consideration of where we might go from here, this is a thought-provoking look at a dreaded illness that has long been misunderstood.

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By: Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D. & Spencer Johnson, M.D.

This book teaches the quickest way to increase productivity, profits, job satisfaction, and personal prosperity.  It is a revolutionary new management method that is already producing very real results for top managers and Fortune 500 companies nationwide.  Many believe that it will soon be recognized as the answer to the nation's falling productivity - America's answer to Japan's Theory Z.

The One Minute Manager is an easily read story which quickly shows you three very practical management techniques. As the story unfolds, you will discover several studies in medicine and the behavioral sciences which help you to understand why these apparently simple methods work so well with so many people. By the book's end you will also know how to apply them to your own situation.

The book is brief, the language is simple, and the method works. 

Balancing Creativity and Constraint

By: Eric M. Eisenberg, H.L. Goodall Jr., & 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.

How to Start Them, How to Run Them

By: Elsie E. Wolfers & Virginia B. Evansen

Explains how to organize a group, work out a budget, plan fund raising events and conventions, obtain tax-exempt status, create bylaws, solicitation letters and press releases, and much more!

By: Eileen Roth with Elizabeth Miles

Clean up your act, get more done, and have more time for fun! Packed with proven organizing systems and techniques, this guide shows you step-by-step how to break down organizing jobs into bite-size pieces, assemble the tools and supplies you'll need, and much more.

Open the book and find:

  • How to make time to get organized
  • Ways to personalize your organizing plan
  • Tips for using containers to put everything in place
  • Advice on how to train your mind to be organized

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Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

By: Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

In their number one New York Times best seller Half the Sky, husband-and-wife team Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn brought to light struggles faced by women and girls around the globe, and showcased individuals and institu­tions working to address oppression and expand opportunity. A Path Appears is even more ambi­tious in scale: nothing less than a sweeping tap­estry of people who are making the world a better place and a guide to the ways that we can do the same—whether with a donation of $5 or $5 mil­lion, with our time, by capitalizing on our skills as individuals, or by using the resources of our businesses.

With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, the authors assay the art and science of giving, identify successful local and global initia­tives, and share astonishing stories from the front lines of social progress. We see the compelling, in­spiring truth of how real people have changed the world, upending the idea that one person can’t make a difference.

We meet people like Dr. Gary Slutkin, who devel­oped his landmark Cure Violence program to combat inner-city conflicts in the United States by applying principles of epidemiology; Lester Strong, who left a career as a high-powered television anchor to run an organization bringing in older Americans to tu­tor students in public schools across the country; MIT development economist Esther Duflo, whose pioneering studies of aid effectiveness have revealed new truths about, among other things, the power of hope; and Jessica Posner and Kennedy Odede, who are transforming Kenya’s most notorious slum by ex­panding educational opportunities for girls.

A Path Appears offers practical, results-driven advice on how best each of us can give and reveals the lasting benefits we gain in return. Kristof and WuDunn know better than most how many urgent challenges communities around the world face to­day. Here they offer a timely beacon of hope for our collective future.

By: Paulo Freire

First published in Portuguese in 1968, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was translated and published in English in 1970. The methodology of the late Paulo Freire has helped to empower countless impoverished and illiterate people throughout the world. Freire's work has taken on especial urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and minorities in cities and urban centers is increasingly accepted as the norm.

By: Harvard Business Review

A collection of articles to learn more about effective management while utilizing interpersonal techniques to achieve success.

By: Robert Bolton, Ph.D.

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.

37 Group Learning Activities Borrowed From Improvisational Theater

By: Izzy Gesell

Set the stage for change and growth with these innovative, playful activities borrowed from a centuries-old art form: improvisational theater. Developed for group leaders who have no improvisational theater experience, these easy-to-use, proven techniques - originally designed to help actors solve problems on stage - build an optimal learning environment by:

  • fostering understanding
  • reducing resistance
  • creating cohesiveness
  • promoting active participation in the learning process

You'll love the way these brief activities spark creative thinking, support problem solving, promote team building, and build self-esteem. Whatever your topic may be, let Izzy's imaginative icebreakers activate those all-important skills of listening, accepting, affirming, conceptualizing, and trusting - skills you'll enjoy putting into play as much as your participants!

By: Seth Godin

If you are happy being just a dreamer, perhaps you don’t need this book.

If you’re enjoying the status quo, don’t even consider reading this book.

If you are content waiting for success to find you, please put this book down and go find something else to read.

Why has Poke the Box become a cult classic?

Because it’s a book that dares readers to do something they’re afraid of.

It could be what you need, too.

How to Communicate with Confidence

By: Colleen McKenna

Powerful Communication Skills will show users how to speak clearly, listen accurately, and assert oneself effectively. Developing powerful methods of sharing information - whether it's reading, writing, speaking, or listening - will result in higher self-esteem, clearer communication and a powerful professional image.Written in an easy to follow format, this guide shows how to bridge communication gaps, how to clearly ask for information needed, and how to deal more effectively with challenges. With easy-to-implement tips, users can immediately incorporate the content.

Quick Tips to Excite and Inspire Your Most Valuable Asset...People!

By: Baudville, Inc.

Our goal was modest. We wanted to provide a recognition idea book for out customers. Whether you represent a small or large organization, public or private, we share one common thread: people. Together we will explore motivation from the "whats" and the "whys" to the "hows". Of course we couldn't resist touching on the topic of award making - its our expertise, and our love.

If the ideas presented in Priceless Motivation enhance your organization, share them with your colleagues. It is our hope that Priceless Motivation will help to ensure the positive results you are looking for.

 

By: Raymie E. McKerrow, Bruce E. Gronbeck, Douglas Ehninger, and Alan H. Monroe

This highly esteemed introduction to public speaking offers comprehensive yet streamlined coverage of speech processes, preparation, channels and types. The new edition covers the theoretical as well as the practical aspects of public speaking. Hallmarks include a commitment to cultural sensitivity, with concrete advice for students on how they can speak effectively in a culturally diverse society, and a commitment to providing the most up-do-date research in the field. An accessible writing style that speaks to all students and excellent coverage of the use of computers and the Internet for speech research makes this revision the strongest ever.

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By: William B. Martin

Whether your customer is across the country or across the hall, understanding and meeting their needs is the first and last step to success. External customers drive sales and growth. Internal customers are the key to efficiency and profitability. We can all contribute to the success of our organization by winning over customers with superior products and delivering outstanding customer service. This self-paced title will prepare you to do just that.

A Step-By-Step Action Plan for Success

By: Robert B. Maddux

Avoid the seven unforgivable mistakes of interviewing. Use this concise, quick-read book to help you master the interviewing process-and make sound hiring decisions you won't regret. You'll learn how to easily assess strengths and weaknesses, and what to look for in a prospective employee. It's just as invaluable for job seekers!

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A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership

By: Steve Farber

In his exciting and timeless business parable, The Radical Leap, Steve Farber explores an entirely new leadership model, one in which leaders aren’t afraid to take risks, make mistakes in front of employees, or actively solicit employee feedback. His book dispenses with the typical, tired notions of what it means to be a leader.

Farber’s modern parable begins on a sunny California beach where he has a strange and unexpected encounter with a surfer named Edg. Despite his unassuming appearance, the enigmatic Edg seems to know an awful lot about leadership and this brief interaction propels Steve into an unforgettable journey. Along the way, he learns about Extreme Leadership—and what it means to take the Radical Leap:

  • Cultivate Love
  • Generate Energy
  • Inspire Audacity
  • Provide Proof

Geared to people at any level who aspire to change things for the better, The Radical Leap is creating legions of Extreme Leaders in business, education, non-profits and beyond.

Tools for Powerful Groups and Communities

By: E. Franklin Dukes, Marina A. Piscolish, and John B. Stephens

Foreword By: Mark Gerzon

For everyone who works in and with groups-including mediators, managers, committee chairs, team leaders, consultants, teachers, and trainers-Reaching for Higher Ground in Conflict Resolution presents clear principles and proven techniques for productive group experience. The book includes a wealth of examples and practical advice on how to guide groups to: articulate the values they hold dear, develop the principles that will guide their efforts, and clarify the shared expectations that will be honored throughout their work. Here you will find the knowledge and learn the skills necessary to demystify and facilitate conflict transformation and successful group problem solving.

Interpersonal Effectiveness & Self-Actualization

By: David W. Johnson

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.

An Anthology on Racism, Antisemitism, Sexism, Heterosexism, Ableism, and Classism

Edited By: Maurianne Adams, Warren J. Blumenfeld, Rosie Castaneda, Heather W. Hackman, Madeline L. Peters, and Ximena Zuniga

The first reader to cover the scope of oppressions in America, Readings for Diversity and Social Justice covers six thematic issues: racism, sexism, Anti-Semitism, heterosexism, classism, and ableism. The reader contains a mix of short personal and theoretical essays as well as entries designed to challenge students to take action to end oppressive behavior and to affirm diversity and racial justice.

A Quarterback's Inspiring Story of Tackling Depression and Surviving Suicide Loss

By: Eric Hipple

Real Men Do Cry, by former NFL quarterback Eric Hipple, is an incredible story of tragedy and triumph. After his 15-year-old son died of suicide, Eric fell into a debilitating downward spiral. Bankrupt and jailed for drunk driving, he found the strength to seek therapy for his own depression and was able to make an amazing comeback. With unflinching honesty, Eric shares his journey, thus opening the door for others to realize that depression is treatable. This page-turner is packed with practical resources for families living with depression and is a valuable tool for counselors and mental health professionals nationwide. Resources include a Nine-Symptom Checklist for Depression along with Signs of Depression and Possible Suicide Risk.

The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

By: Naoki Higashida

You’ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: “Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?” “Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?” “Why don’t you make eye contact when you’re talking?” and “What’s the reason you jump?” (Naoki’s answer: “When I’m jumping, it’s as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.”) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights—into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory—are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.

In his introduction, bestselling novelist David Mitchell writes that Naoki’s words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. “It is no exaggeration to say that The Reason I Jump allowed me to round a corner in our relationship.” This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, KA Yoshida, so they’d be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naoki’s book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared.

Student Conduct Practice Through a Social Justice Lens

By: Jennifer Meyer Schrage & 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.

Artistry, Choice and Leadership

By: Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal

Reframing Organizations provides time-tested guidance for more effective organizational leadership. Rooted in decades of social science research across multiple disciplines, Bolman and Deal's four-frame model has continued to evolve since its conception over 25 years ago. 

Combining the latest research from organizational theory, organizational behavior, psychology, sociology, political science and more, the model detailed here provides real guidance for real leaders. Guide, motivate, and inspire your team's best performance as you learn to:

  • Optimize group, team, and organizational structure
  • Build a positive, collaborative dynamic across generations, teams, and sectors
  • Understand power and conflict amidst the internal and external political landscape
  • Shape your organization's culture and build a cohesive sense of spirit

Bolman and Deal's four-frame model has withstood the test of time because it offers an accessible, compact, and powerful set of ideas for navigating complexity and turbulence. In today's business climate, leadership trends come and go; today's flash in the pan is tomorrow's obsolete strategy, but a leadership framework built on a solid foundation will serve your organization well no matter what the future holds. Reframing Organizations provides clear guidance and up-to-date insight for anyone facing the challenges of contemporary leadership.

6 Ways to Overcome Obstacles & Win the Game of Life

By: Odell A. Bizzell II

Shakespeare famously wrote: “All the world’s a stage.” Not only is all the world a stage, but all of life is a game. In Refuse to Lose Odell Bizzell presents the analogy of how life is a game and how one can literally play the game of life and never lose. This book will teach you:– The only way to win the game of life.– The single best way to positively impact those around you.– The 4 most important areas in life that everyone should desire to win in. This book is ideal for students looking to enter college that will have to overcome obstacles in their transition. It is also a dynamic book for individuals looking to find their ‘personal legends’ and make an impact on their community. After reading this book you will learn how to become a better leader and successfully persist through the obstacles and challenges life will present.

By: Simon T. Bailey

Each of us is born brilliant. Then we spend the rest of our lives having our brilliance buried by people, circumstances, and experiences. Eventually, we forget that we ever had genius and special talents, and our brilliance is locked away in a vault deep within. So we settle for who we are, instead of striving for who we were meant to be.

Release Your Brilliance provides the combination to the vault where your brilliance is kept. After struggling for thirty-two years with disillusion, defeat, and despair, author Simon T. Bailey cracked the code to personal transformation, turning his life around and becoming a highly successful entrepreneur, respected family man and community leader. Using the metaphor that we're all diamonds in the rough, Simon shares the four key steps to cut and polish the gem that is you in order to reawaken your genius, reignite your internal light, and release your potential. He guides your transformation with interactive tools such as Personal Appraisal exercises, Diamond Polishing action steps, and true stories of Living Diamonds. Join the thousands of individuals and organizations worldwide who've sat down with Simon and learned to create lasting change and release their brilliance!

The Corruption of Equality and the Steps to End It

By: Lawrence Lessig

In an era when special interests funnel huge amounts of money into our government-driven by shifts in campaign-finance rules and brought to new levels by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission-trust in our government has reached an all-time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress, and that business interests wield control over our legislature.

With heartfelt urgency and a keen desire for righting wrongs, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig takes a clear-eyed look at how we arrived at this crisis: how fundamentally good people, with good intentions, have allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests, and how this exploitation has become entrenched in the system. Rejecting simple labels and reductive logic—and instead using examples that resonate as powerfully on the Right as on the Left—Lessig seeks out the root causes of our situation. He plumbs the issues of campaign financing and corporate lobbying, revealing the human faces and follies that have allowed corruption to take such a foothold in our system. He puts the issues in terms that nonwonks can understand, using real-world analogies and real human stories. And ultimately he calls for widespread mobilization and a new Constitutional Convention, presenting achievable solutions for regaining control of our corrupted-but redeemable-representational system. In this way, Lessig plots a roadmap for returning our republic to its intended greatness.

While America may be divided, Lessig vividly champions the idea that we can succeed if we accept that corruption is our common enemy and that we must find a way to fight against it. In REPUBLIC, LOST, he not only makes this need palpable and clear-he gives us the practical and intellectual tools to do something about it.

How to Optimize Your Digital Footprint in a World Where Your Reputation is Your Most Valuable Asset

By: Michael Fertik and David C. Thompson

Your reputation defines how people see you and what they will do for you. It determines whether your bank will lend you money to buy a house or car; whether your landlord will accept you as a tenant; which employers will hire you and how much they will pay you. It can even affect your marriage prospects.

And in the coming Reputation Economy, it’s getting more powerful than ever. Because today, thanks to rapid advances in digital technology, anyone access huge troves of information about you – your buying habits, your finances, your professional and personal networks, and even your physical whereabouts - at any time. In a world where technology allows companies and individuals alike to not only gather all this data but also aggregate it and analyze it with frightening speed, accuracy, and sophistication, our digital reputations are fast becoming our most valuable currency.

Here, Michael Fertik, CEO of Reputation.com and one of Silicon Valley’s leading futurists will draw on the insider tools, insights, research, and secrets that has make Reputation.com the leading reputation management firm, to show how to capitalize on the trends the Reputation Economy will trigger to improve your professional, financial, and even social prospects.

You will learn:

· What keywords to put in your resume, performance review, and LinkedIn profile to come up at the top of potential employers' search results.

· How to curate your on and offline activity in way that will reduce the premiums calculated by insurers, lenders, and investors.

· Tricks that will get you express or VIP treatment at banks, hotels, and other exclusive special offers.

· Ways to improve your review or rating on sharing or peer review sites like Yelp or Angie’s List, or your standing – as buyer or seller - on sharing economy sites like AirBnB or Uber

· How to create false tails and digital smokescreens to hide the negative information that's out there

With a good digital footprint, the world is your oyster. This book will show you how to control, curate, and optimize your digital reputation to become “rich” in a world where your reputation is as valuable as the cash in your wallet.

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Increasing Effectiveness Through Situational Self Leadership

By: Ken Blanchard, Susan Fowler, and Laurence Hawkins

Just as Ken Blanchard’s phenomenal bestselling classic The One Minute Manager gives leaders the three secrets to managing others, so this follow-up book gives people the three secrets to managing themselves. In Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager, readers will learn that accepting personal responsibility for their own success leads to power, freedom, and autonomy.

Through a captivating business parable, Ken Blanchard and coauthors Susan Fowler and Laurence Hawkins show readers how to apply the world-renowned Situational Leadership® II method to their own development. The story centers on Steve, a young advertising executive who is about to lose his job. Through a series of talks with a One Minute Manager protégé named Cayla, Steve learns the three secrets of self leadership. His newfound skills not only empower Steve to keep his job, but also show him how to ditch his victim mentality to continue growing, learning, and achieving.

For decades, millions of managers in Fortune 500 companies and small businesses around the world have followed Ken Blanchard’s management methods to increase productivity, job satisfaction, and personal prosperity. Now, this newly revised edition of Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager empowers people at every level of the organization to achieve success.

25 Activities for Facilitated Personal Development

By: Mike Woodcock and Dave Francis

This text contains 25 activities based around 12 areas of personal development for managers or team leaders. It covers: self-management; influence; values; leadership; goals; organizing; self-development; developing others; problem solving; team building; innovation; and learning from experience.

A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

By: Anne Fadiman

When three-month-old Lia Lee Arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents nor her doctors would ever recover. Lia's parents, Foua and Nao Kao, were part of a large Hmong community in Merced, refugees from the CIA-run "Quiet War" in Laos. The Hmong, traditionally a close-knit and fiercely people, have been less amenable to assimilation than most immigrants, adhering steadfastly to the rituals and beliefs of their ancestors. Lia's pediatricians, Neil Ernst and his wife, Peggy Philip, cleaved just as strongly to another tradition: that of Western medicine. When Lia Lee entered the American medical system, diagnosed as an epileptic, her story became a tragic case history of cultural miscommunication.

Parents and doctors both wanted the best for Lia, but their ideas about the causes of her illness and its treatment could hardly have been more different. The Hmong see illness and healing as spiritual matters linked to virtually everything in the universe, while medical community marks a division between body and soul, and concerns itself almost exclusively with the former. Lia's doctors ascribed her seizures to the misfiring of her cerebral neurons; her parents called her illness, qaug dab peg--the spirit catches you and you fall down--and ascribed it to the wandering of her soul. The doctors prescribed anticonvulsants; her parents preferred animal sacrifices.

Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times

By: Amy Goodman & David Goodman

Standing Up to the Madness not only is a timely, inspiring, and even revolutionary look at who wields the greatest power in America--everyday people who take a chance and stand up for what they believe in--but also offers advice on what you can do to help.

Where are the millions marching in the streets to defend human rights, civil liberties, and racial justice? Where is the mass revulsion against the killing and torture being carried out in our name? Where are the environmentalists? Where is the peace movement?

The answer: They are everywhere.

The award-winning sister-brother team of Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, and investigative journalist David Goodman traveled the country to detail the ways in which grassroots activists have taken politics out of the hands of politicians. Standing Up to the Madness tells the stories of everyday citizens who have challenged the government and prevailed.

As the Bush administration has waged war abroad and at home, it has catalyzed a vast groundswell of political action. From African-American residents of deluged New Orleans who are fighting racism and City Hall to regain their homes; to four Connecticut librarians who refused to spy on their patrons, challenged the USA PATRIOT Act, and won; to a group of high school students who were barred from performing a play they wrote on the Iraq War based on letters from soldiers; to the first U.S. Army officer to publicly refuse orders to deploy to Iraq, charging that his duty as an officer is to refuse to fight in an illegal and immoral war, Standing Up to the Madness profiles citizens rising to extraordinary challenges. And, in the process, they are changing the way that politics is done, both now and in the future.

In communities around the United States, courageous individuals have taken leaps of faith to stop the madness. They could only hope that if they led, others would follow. That is how movements are born. What begins as one, eventually becomes many. In that tradition, the authors have included the ways in which any individual can take action and effect change.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace - What You Need to Know!

By: Susan L. Webb

A book that every employee should have in hand--a practical, no-nonsense guide to what sexual harassment is and what each manager, supervisor and employee should do about it. Companies will learn about limiting liability, training guidelines, and future trends. Managers and supervisors will learn a six-step program on how to stop harassment, the 10 factors for assessing an incident, and how to conduct an investigation. Employees will learn 25 things to do if sexual harassment happens to them.

By: Tom Rath

DO YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO WHAT YOU DO BEST EVERY DAY?

Chances are, you don't. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.

To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in the 2001 management book Now, Discover Your Strengths. The book spent more than five years on the bestseller lists and ignited a global conversation, while StrengthsFinder helped millions to discover their top five talents.

In its latest national bestseller, StrengthsFinder 2.0, Gallup unveils the new and improved version of its popular assessment, language of 34 themes, and much more. While you can read this book in one sitting, you'll use it as a reference for decades.

Loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths, this new book and accompanying website will change the way you look at yourself -- and the world around you -- forever.

Discover and Develop Your Strengths in Academics, Career, and Beyond

By: Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D., Edward "Chip" Anderson, Ph.D., & with Laurie A. Schreiner, Ph.D.

Students and learners of all ages continually face the challenges of gaining direction, making decisions, and building self-confidence. Fortunately, the keys to successfully meeting these challenges — your own natural talents — already exist within you. Through these talents, you will produce your greatest achievements. Over the course of 30 years, Gallup conducted millions of psychological interviews and identified 34 themes of talent that are indicative of success. In the StrengthsQuest program, Gallup offers you the opportunity to discover talents from your top five themes and build on them to achieve academic, career, and personal excellence. More than 100,000 students have benefited from the program. 

*Strengths Coaching and Inventory available - please contact CentersLeadership@uwec.edu for more information.

By: M. Neil Browne and Stuart Keeley

This brief but comprehensive, reader-friendly book takes a practical, direct approach to teaching students of college—and life— how to be more effective learners. It offers useful, immediate tips that can be used every day in almost every learning situation. Containing numerous concrete suggestions that any learner can use to accelerate achievement in college and beyond, it also provides a model of what it means to take our minds seriously. Chapter topics include how to take charge of your own learning and avoid being entertained, mental habits that interfere with active learning, evaluating reasoning, asking questions and making sense of reasoning, and finding peers who respect active learning. For anyone who loves to learn, or wants to become more open to and capable of this process.

Theory, Research, & Practice

By: Nancy J. Evans, Deanna S. Forney, Florence M. Guido, Lori D. Patton, 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.

A Guide for Peer Educators on College Campuses

By: Steven C. Ender and Fred B. Newton

This second edition offers a practical training guide for college students who serve as leaders, tutors, counselors, or advisors for their peers. This thoroughly revised and updated volume contains a fundamental discussion on student growth and development and provides learning objectives and self-discovery exercises to help student leaders with tasks such as tutoring, student orientation, residence hall advising, crisis intervention, coaching, and more.

Students Helping Students includes:

  • Updates on the most current research and the latest advances in technology
  • A revised model that contains service learning and student retention programs
  • The results of two intervention strategies: the Health Behaviors Assessment and the College Learning Effectiveness Inventory, which focus on the topics of wellness and academic success
  • Descriptive overviews of peer programs addressing sexuality, safety, violence reduction, residence life, online peer connections, and more

The Complete Modern Manual Conforming to Current Practice and Law and Covering the Rules of Order for All Types of Meetings

By: Alice Sturgis

This completely revised and updated alternative to Robert's Rules is the most comprehensive, understandable, and logical guide to conducting smoothly functioning, formal, organizational meetings. Already accepted as the authority of successful organizations, this guide clarifies confusing laws and eliminates obsolete motions.

 

How to Get from Where You are to Where You Want to Be

By: Jack Canfield

Get ready to transform yourself for success with #1 New York Times bestselling author Jack Canfield!

Since its publication a decade ago, Jack Canfield's practical and inspiring guide has become a classic that has helped hundreds of thousands of people achieve success. This fully revised and updated edition of The Success Principles™ features one hundred pages of additional material, including a new section that offers a comprehensive guide to "Success in the Digital Age."

In this special 10th Anniversary Edition of his 500,000-copy bestseller, Canfield—the co-creator of the phenomenal bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul® series—turns to the principles he's studied, taught, and lived for more than forty years in this practical and inspiring guide that will help any aspiring person get from where they are to where they want to be.

The Success Principles™ will teach you how to increase your confidence, tackle daily challenges, live with passion and purpose, and realize all your ambitions. Not merely a collection of good ideas, this book spells out the 67 timeless principles and practices used by the world's most successful men and women. Taken together and practiced every day, these principles will transform your life beyond your wildest dreams!

By: National Institute of Business Management, Inc.

Do you want to join the business world's "Super Achievers'? Perhaps you already have, but never thought of yourself that way. An "Achiever," after all, is simply an executive who consistently performs at a high level of effectiveness.

In its research over the years, the National Institute of Business Management has identified many of the shared traits of Super Achievers:

  • Almost without exception, they are individuals with an extraordinary amount of physical energy
  • They're competitive - strive continually to outperform the competition
  • They're hard-nosed, but not hardhearted. They criticize without crushing, and never lose sight of the fact that it is teamwork that propels an organization to success, not the random clash of individual egos.

In this book, you will find a number of anecdotal pointers on what it takes to make yourself a Super Achiever. We begin by examining the important "energy" factor and then, along the way, explore other keys to high achievement. Also included are some practical ideas that can help you in your life away from the job.

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By: Bette LaSere Erickson and Diane Weltner Strommer

Gives new and veteran faculty practical guidance on how to most effectively teach and create academic support systems for college students in their first, most critical year. Describes how to design a useful syllabus, how to develop productive out-of-class assignments, how to enhance class participation through creative techniques, and how to evaluate student learning for better insights.

How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks & Get Students Excited About Doing History

By: James W. Loewen

In this follow-up to his landmark bestseller, Lies My Teacher Told Me, James Loewen continues to break silences and change our perspectives on U.S. history. Loewen takes history textbooks to task for their perpetuations of myth and their lack of awareness of today’s multicultural student audience (not to mention the astonishing number of “facts” they just get plain wrong).

“How did people get here?” “Why did Europe win?” “Why did the South secede?” In Teaching What Really Happened, Loewen goes beyond the usual textbook-dominated viewpoints to illuminate a wealth of intriguing, often hidden facts about America’s past. Calling for a new way to study history, this book will help readers move beyond traditional textbooks to tackle difficult but important topics, like the American Indian experience, slavery, and race relations. Throughout, Loewen shows time and again how “teaching what really happened” connects better with all kinds of students to get them excited about history.

Using Technology to Develop Effective Groups

By: Brent D. Wolfe & Colbey Penton Sparkman

Team-Building Activities for the Digital Age will help you promote interpersonal communication and encourage young people to positively express their individuality and build face-to-face relationships by using technology. The activities use the technology that young adults thrive on—including cell phones, social networking sites, MP3 players, blogs, and digital cameras—as an opportunity for education and enlightenment. Each of the activities serves as the basis for discussion about topics such as diversity and cultural sensitivity, teamwork and problem solving, self-reflection and self-exploration, stereotypes, communication and self-expression, and observation and discernment.

The activities are organized by the technology used (photo, Internet, texting, and audio and video), and the book features an activity finder that includes the suggested purpose or goals for each activity so you can find the one that best meets the needs of your group. For each activity you’ll find instructions for leading the activity, a list of the technology and other materials needed, a goal for the activity, and several questions to help jump-start conversation so participants can explore the purpose of the activity and discuss what they’ve learned. You’ll also find suggestions for running the activities when the requisite technology isn’t readily available and for modifying the activities to make them more challenging.

With Team-Building Activities for the Digital Age, you’ll turn young people’s favorite technologies into tools that build communication skills and encourage engagement and personal connections. Upgrade your activity repertoire with Team-Building Activities for the Digital Age and make team building meaningful and—technically speaking—just plain fun!

By: John C. Maxwell

“Teamwork is always at the heart of great achievement,” says New York Times best-selling 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.

Games and Activities for Building and Training Teams

By: Sivasailam "Thiagi" Thiagarajan and Glenn Parker

Two training legends offer you a definitive team source book!

The world's two best-known team-building facilitators bring you over thirty-five cutting-edge activities. You'll turn to this treasury of hassle-free, sure-fire games, exercises, and simulations time and time again.

 

The game formats are varied: some short, some long; some icebreakers, some closers; and much more! A game selection matrix enables you to find a game that suits your situation. Plus,training legends Thiagi and Parker share with you their proven insights on effective teamwork and facilitation.

A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

By: V.S. Ramachandran

In this landmark work, V. S. Ramachandran investigates strange, unforgettable cases—from patients who believe they are dead to sufferers of phantom limb syndrome. With a storyteller’s eye for compelling case studies and a researcher’s flair for new approaches to age-old questions, Ramachandran tackles the most exciting and controversial topics in brain science, including language, creativity, and consciousness.

By: Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange’s “groundbreaking, extraordinary” (The New York Times) There There is the “brilliant, propulsive” (People Magazine) story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. It’s “the year’s most galvanizing debut novel” (Entertainment Weekly).

As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow—some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent—momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will to perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.

There There is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen. It’s “masterful . . . white-hot . . . devastating” (The Washington Post) at the same time as it is fierce, funny, suspenseful, thoroughly modern, and impossible to put down. Here is a voice we have never heard—a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with urgency and force. Tommy Orange has written a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. This is the book that everyone is talking about right now, and it’s destined to be a classic.

A Creative Approach to Managing Projects & Effectively Finishing What Matters Most

By: G. Lynne Snead & Joyce Wycoff

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

By: Rick Steves

Change the world one trip at a time. In this illuminating collection of stories and lessons from the road, acclaimed travel writer Rick Steves shares a powerful message that resonates now more than ever.

With the world facing divisive and often frightening events, from Trump, Brexit, and Erdogan, to climate change, nativism, and populism, there's never been a more important time to travel.

Rick believes the risks of travel are widely exaggerated, and that fear is for people who don't get out much. After years of living out of a suitcase, he still marvels at how different cultures find different truths to be self-evident. By sharing his experiences from Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East, Rick shows how we can learn more about own country by viewing it from afar.

With gripping stories from Rick's decades of exploration, this fully revised edition of Travel as a Political Act is an antidote to the current climate of xenophobia. When we travel thoughtfully, we bring back the most beautiful souvenir of all: a broader perspective on the world that we all call home.

By: Naomi Shihab Nye

This accessible, exquisite novel shines with gentle humor and explores themes of moving, family, nature, and immigration. It tells the story of Aref Al-Amri, who must say good-bye to everything and everyone he loves in his hometown of Muscat, Oman, as his family prepares to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is acclaimed poet and National Book Award Finalist Naomi Shihab Nye's first novel set in the Middle East since her acclaimed Habibi.

Aref Al-Amri does not want to leave Oman. He does not want to leave his elementary school, his friends, or his beloved grandfather, Siddi. He does not want to live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his parents will go to graduate school. His mother is desperate for him to pack his suitcase, but he refuses. Finally, she calls Siddi for help. But rather than pack, Aref and Siddi go on a series of adventures. They visit the camp of a thousand stars deep in the desert, they sleep on Siddi's roof, they fish in the Gulf of Oman and dream about going to India, and they travel to the nature reserve to watch the sea turtles. At each stop, Siddi finds a small stone that he later slips into Aref's suitcase—mementos of home.

The 16 Personality Types that Determine How We Live, Love, and Work

By: Otto Kroeger and Janet M. Thuesen

With this revolutionary look at understanding the workplace and thriving in it, you can learn to be more effective on the job and get the most out of your employees--and employers--using the authors' renowned system of typography.

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The Pain, Politics, & Promise of Sports

By: Dave Zirin

Foreword By: Chuck D

This much-anticipated sequel to What’s My Name, Fool? by acclaimed commentator Dave Zirin breaks new ground in sports writing, looking at the controversies and trends now shaping sports in the United States—and abroad. Features chapters such as “Barry Bonds is Gonna Git Your Mama: The Last Word on Steroids,” “Pro Basketball and the Two Souls of Hip-Hop,” “An Icon’s Redemption: The Great Roberto Clemente,” and “Beisbol: How the Major Leagues Eat Their Young.”

Zirin’s commentary is always insightful, never predictable.

Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves

By: Glory Edim

Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging remains with readers the rest of their lives—but not everyone regularly sees themselves in the pages of a book. In this timely anthology, Glory Edim brings together original essays by some of our best black women writers to shine a light on how important it is that we all—regardless of gender, race, religion, or ability—have the opportunity to find ourselves in literature.

Contributors include Jesmyn Ward (Sing, Unburied, Sing), Lynn Nottage (Sweat), Jacqueline Woodson (Another Brooklyn), Gabourey Sidibe (This Is Just My Face), Morgan Jerkins (This Will Be My Undoing), Tayari Jones (An American Marriage), Rebecca Walker (Black, White and Jewish), and Barbara Smith (Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology)

Whether it’s learning about the complexities of femalehood from Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison, finding a new type of love in The Color Purple, or using mythology to craft an alternative black future, the subjects of each essay remind us why we turn to books in times of both struggle and relaxation. As she has done with her book club–turned–online community Well-Read Black Girl, in this anthology Glory Edim has created a space in which black women’s writing and knowledge and life experiences are lifted up, to be shared with all readers who value the power of a story to help us understand the world and ourselves.

By: Karl Marlantes

In 1968, at the age of twenty-three, Karl Marlantes was dropped into the highland jungle of Vietnam, an inexperienced lieutenant in command of forty Marines who would live or die by his decisions. In his thirteen-month tour he saw intense combat, killing the enemy and watching friends die. Marlantes survived, but like many of his brothers in arms, he has spent the last forty years dealing with his experiences.

In What It Is Like to Go to War, Marlantes takes a candid look at these experiences and critically examines how we might better prepare young soldiers for war. In the past, warriors were prepared for battle by ritual, religion, and literature—which also helped bring them home. While contemplating ancient works from Homer to the Mahabharata, Marlantes writes of the daily contradictions modern warriors are subject to, of being haunted by the face of a young North Vietnamese soldier he killed at close quarters, and of how he finally found a way to make peace with his past. Through it all, he demonstrates just how poorly prepared our nineteen-year-old warriors are for the psychological and spiritual aspects of the journey.

In this memoir, the New York Times–bestselling author of Matterhorn offers “a well-crafted and forcefully argued work that contains fresh and important insights into what it’s like to be in a war and what it does to the human psyche” (The Washington Post).

Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism

By: Robin Diangelo

Foreword by: Michael Eric Dyson

In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

By: Tim Wise

With a new preface and updated chapters, White Like Me is one-part memoir, one-part polemical essay collection. It is a personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white Americans in every realm: employment, education, housing, criminal justice, and elsewhere.

Using stories from his own life, Tim Wise demonstrates the ways in which racism not only burdens people of color, but also benefits, in relative terms, those who are “white like him.” He discusses how racial privilege can harm whites in the long run and make progressive social change less likely. He explores the ways in which whites can challenge their unjust privileges, and explains in clear and convincing language why it is in the best interest of whites themselves to do so. Using anecdotes instead of stale statistics, Wise weaves a narrative that is at once readable and yet scholarly, analytical and yet accessible.

An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

By: Spence Johnson, M.D.

Foreword By: Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D.

Most people are fearful of change, both personal and professional, because they don't have any control over how or when it happens to them. Since change happens either to the individual or by the individual, Dr. Spencer Johnson, the coauthor of the multimillion bestseller The One Minute Manager, uses a deceptively simple story to show that when it comes to living in a rapidly changing world, what matters most is your attitude.

Exploring a simple way to take the fear and anxiety out of managing the future, Who Moved My Cheese? can help you discover how to anticipate, acknowledge, and accept change in order to have a positive impact on your job, your relationships, and every aspect of your life.

A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness

By: Jessica Valenti

A provocative and intimate exploration of modern parenthood by “a gutsy young third wave feminist” – The New York Times
If parenting is making Americans unhappy, if it’s impossible to “have it all,” if people don’t have the economic, social, or political structures needed to support parenting, then why do it? And why are anxious new parents flocking to every Tiger Mother and Bébé-raiser for advice on how to raise kids?

In Why Have Kids?, Valenti explores these controversial questions through on-the-ground reporting, startling new research, and her own unique experiences as a mom. She moves beyond the black and white “mommy wars” over natural parenting, discipline, and work-life balance to explore a more nuanced reality: one filled with ambivalence, joy, guilt, and exhaustion. A must read for parents as well as those considering starting a family, Why Have Kids? is an explosive addition to the conversation about modern parenthood.

Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time

By: Michael Shermer

In this age of supposed scientific enlightenment, many people still believe in mind reading, past-life regression theory, New Age hokum, and alien abduction. A no-holds-barred assault on popular superstitions and prejudices, with more than 80,000 copies in print, Why People Believe Weird Things debunks these nonsensical claims and explores the very human reasons people find otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing. In an entirely new chapter, "Why Smart People Believe in Weird Things," Michael Shermer takes on science luminaries like physicist Frank Tippler and others, who hide their spiritual beliefs behind the trappings of science.

Shermer, science historian and true crusader, also reveals the more dangerous side of such illogical thinking, including Holocaust denial, the recovered-memory movement, the satanic ritual abuse scare, and other modern crazes. Why People Believe Strange Things is an eye-opening resource for the most gullible among us and those who want to protect them.

A Cross-Generational Study of Leaders and Social Change

By: Helen S. Astin and Carole Leland

"Thoughtful, intelligent, and probing--going beyond the stereotypes to get at some of the real issues for and experiences of women who are or could be leaders.... A wellspring of information--and inspiration--for women in all fields and at all levels." --Booklist

"What is distinctive about Women of Influence, Women of Vision is the book's presentation of issues.... Astin and Leland show readers how the women in their sample share a passion for justice.... The narrative, at once unsentimental and celebratory, is remarkably affirming." --Contemporary Psychology

"The interview material provides much suggestive data, the chronologies are useful, and the theoretical suggestions stimulating. A worthwhile addition to any library." --Choice

"A book for students, for teachers, for scholars, and for any woman who wants to know how the struggles of individual women came to create what is collectively known in this country as the women's movement." --Ann W. Richards, former governor of Texas

"Astin and Leland go beyond rhetoric and statistical compilations to actual hands-on experiences and accomplishments.... What the authors find bodes well for the future." --Clark Kerr, president emeritus, University of California

"The single best book on women and leadership." --Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, University of Southern California, and author of Why Leaders Can't Lead and On Becoming a Leader

55 Team Games

By: Lorraine L. Ukens

Strengthen team bonds with friendly competition

Take your team to a higher level of performance with a healthy dose of competition. These stimulating activities provide lessons in determination, teamwork, and planning-all critical elements in achieving high performance.

Each game includes everything you need to conduct the activity, including instructions, materials required, time required, and reproducible worksheets or material templates. Each is categorized into one of these topics: change, communication, conflict resolution, data analysis, decision making, leadership, perception, problem solving, strategic planning, and time pressure.

These simple games will help you:

* Encourage members to cooperate and use all members' abilities
* Motivate individuals to maximize their contribution
* Demonstrate the benefits of cooperative competition
* Prepare your team to meet future challenges
* Emphasize teamwork as a means to a solution over winning

Use these games to enhance cooperation, resourcefulness, decision making, efficiency, and initiative in your team today!

Start your training on the right track and keep it there!

How to Become a Servant Leader

By: James C. Hunter

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.

A Story of Human Atrocities, Despair, Migration, and Interconnections

By: Ge Xiong

A World Without Boundaries describes the lives of the Hmong in northern Laos during the post-colonial era, especially during the Vietnam War and the period of its aftermath. A century after the Hmong had fled atrocities in Southern China, they had faced a drastic change in their lives as they became involved with the United States in the fight against Communists’ expansion during the Cold War in northern Laos. The phenomenon did not only challenge their natural way of life and belief that the world was without boundaries where they could find places to live in peace, but also exposed them to more human interconnections, which made them feel increasingly vulnerable in man-made boundaries and devastating conflicts.

This story of a secret world, written by an insider, exposes the suffering of a people in a social/political culture that not only perpetuated wars, but also fostered an inequality among ethnicities, genders, and social economic castes.

How to Get Your Message Across Simply and Effectively

By: Ellen Roddick

In Writing That Means Business, Ellen Roddick, draws on her WriteAssets® seminars for Fortune 500 companies to put the fundamentals of clear, concise, convincing business writing at your fingertips. This comprehensive guide will teach you how to:

• Streamline reports and memos for maximum impact
• Control your tone-when to be formal or friendly, humorous or diplomatic
• Map your ideas before you write
• Edit your own writing
• And much more

Whether you are on the way up or already at the top, Writing That Means Business shows you a sure-fire way to sharpen your competitive edge.

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Strategies for Success

By: John N. Gardner, A. Jerome Jewler, and Betsy O. Barefoot

Your College Experience offers today’s diverse students the practical help they need to make the transition to college and get the most out of their time there. While maintaining its hallmark theme of goal setting, the Eleventh Edition reflects a focus on practical strategies across all topics of the book to help students be successful from the start. Chapters on Time Management, Communication and Information Literacy, and Careers and Majors have all been thoroughly updated to fully incorporate the tools and strategies students use on campus right now.

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