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A Fable About Creativity and Courage

This is the book that started it all! The story of Perry the Peacock and his adventures in the Land of Penguins has reached the hearts and minds of readers everywhere. First published in 1995, and now published in 23 languages around the world, this corporate fable explores what it means to be "different" in a world that values conformity, stability, and tradition. The book includes a quiz to see if you are a Peacock in the Land of Penguins, as well as survival tips and strategies for birds of all types.

"Every once in a while a small book comes along that deals with a profound subject in a very simple, elegant way. A Peacock in the Land of Penguins is such a book."
     Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and Raving Fans and Gung Ho!

"The beauty of metaphor is that it communicates meaning, not just information, which is why I learned so much from this book about diversity, corporate culture, and organizational transformation. I also learned a lot about 'peacocks and penguins' -- lessons I will never forget."
     Warren Bennis, author of Leaders and Organizing Genius

[View Video - A Peacock in the Land of Penguins: Creativity & Courage]


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When Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion approached the great Wizard of Oz they assumed that their leader would wave his magic wand and solve their problems, leaving them off on their merry way. But that's not how a leader inspires a team, and that's not how a team finds success in the wonderful land of Oz. Instead, the Wizard guides them on their journey, reminding them of their own unique skills and abilities so they can accomplish their dreams.

These unique and easy-to-use tools lay the foundation for great teamwork and inspiring management. You'll create a more effective workplace using the Wizard's easy-to-follow leadership principles, inspiring and encouraging both leaders and team members alike.


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The title of this new book says it all: It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been. Inspired by George Eliot's famous quote, BJ Gallagher has written a simple, straightforward, upbeat and effective guidebook to getting the life you've always wanted. The author asks: "What are your passions and talents? Do you have gifts to share with the world? Have you ever deferred your dream because it seemed impractical? Do you long to pick up that dream again?" If your answer to any of those questions is "yes," then this is the book for you!

You only go around once in this life, so why not live a life you love? Start now. Live now. Love now. Laugh now. Give full expression to who you really are. Go for that deferred dream - whether it's a new career, a new love, a new sport, or making yourself wealthy. You were put on this earth to be the best YOU that you can be. If you don't do it, nobody else can.

Whether you've lost your job, recently graduated from college, or reached the point where you want to start a new chapter in your life, this book is the perfect guidebook. It's a wonderful combination of practical advice, step-by-step guidelines, and pure inspiration. Don't just seize the day - seize the rest of your life!


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101 Ancient Truths on Change, Stress, Money, and Success

Buddhism has for thousands of years provided a spiritual foundation for the daily lives of millions around the world. But does Buddhism have anything to offer us—Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike—in today’s world of work? Metcalf and Gallagher think it does, and they offer it in this book. Spiritual wisdom, Western or Eastern, inspires and instructs us in living a good life. And that's just as true at work as at home.

Buddha mind – a source of calm, compassion and insight – exists within each of us, not just the historical Buddha. Being Buddha at Work shows how to embody that mind in the stress and clamor of the workplace ­– how to tap into the Buddha consciousness so we can relieve daily tensions and greet challenges with awareness, equanimity and good humor.

The book is divided into three sections. The first, “Becoming a Mindful Worker,” covers Buddha’s wisdom for our own work; the second, “Cultivating Mindful Work Relationships,” focuses on how to work with other people; the third, “Creating a Mindful Workplace,” deals with broader organizational topics. Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

[View Video - Two minutes of mindfulness at work]


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Everywhere we turn, our world is full of NOs. Our efforts to pursue our dreams, initiate new projects, and win approval from others are often met with rejection, rebuffs, and resistance. Wet blankets dampen our enthusiasm. Nay-sayers encourage us to "quit rocking the boat." What should you do when you're excited about an idea but meet with nothing but negativity?? How can you get others to say YES when it seems easier for them to say NO?

This wise, insightful parable follows our hero who ventures into the Land of NO in search of YES. He watches positive characters flounder and fail - characters like Wynot Now, Seymour Sales, Ima Newheer, and N. Thusiasm. They are full of energy, enthusiasm and good ideas but fail because they do not effectively deal with the obstacles they face...becoming discouraged and disillusioned by their encounters with such sorrowful souls as Hugh Kant, Don Rock de'Boat, Noway Jose, Nomo Money, and May B. Later. By watching these interactions, our hero learns how to persevere despite myriad NOs...ultimately succeeding in finding the YES he seeks.

The second half of the book takes you from parable to practice-with proven tips, tools, and strategies to help you persevere, develop tenacity, persist in the face of rejection, and overcome the inertia of the status quo. Together, the two parts of this book provide a complete package for those seeking to become effective at finding more YESes in their personal and professional lives.


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Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States, wrote:

"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful
people with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan, “Press on,” has solved, and always will solve,
the problems of the human race."

We couldn't have said it better ourselves! This inspirational gift book is the perfect antidote to today's tough times. Whether you're dealing with job loss, home foreclosure, financial struggles, or family problems, this book of inspiration and instruction will enable you to survive ..... perhaps even thrive!


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WORKING TOGETHER: Producing Synergy by Honoring Diversity

This is a wonderful diversity anthology, edited by Angeles Arrien, with contributions by a wide range of authors, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Norman Lear, John O'Neil, Riane Eisler, as well as BJ Gallagher and Warren Schmidt, and others. The Gallagher/Schmidt chapter, entitled "Ruffled Feathers in the Land of Penguins" is the story of a group of VIP's (Very Important Penguins) who participate in an executive retreat designed to help them discover how to best handle the wide range of diversity among the various birds working in the Land of Penguins. Designed to help readers understand different perspective on the "diversity dilemma," this charming parable represents the authors' third story in their "Penguin Trilogy."

"The marvelous anthology before you literally swells with insight and wisdom as some of today's top minds come together in the common cause of unity and hope -- that a world so diverse can learn to truly value and embrace its differences."
     Stephen R. Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People


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