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The Shark and the Goldfish

The Shark and the Goldfish is an illustrated business fable that gives you the faith, courage and confidence to win in today's tough economic climate. Fear and uncertainty are staples of daily life in today's struggling economy. At about 80 pages, many of which have less than 15 words on them due to illustrations, The Shark and the Goldfish can be read in under an hour. Jon Gordon the bestselling author of The Energy Bus and Training Camp, starts  off with a confession saying that of course a goldfish, a freshwater fish, cannot survive in the ocean. Gordon goes on to explain that his “Shark or Goldfish?” concept started out as a story he liked using in motivational speeches.     A goldfish is alone is his bowl, perfectly content with being fed each day. During a trip to the beach he is accidentally swept away into the ocean, where he starts to go hungry. He fears that he is done for, until he meets a friendly shark who challenges his thinking. The message shines through in this bit of dialogue between the shark and his newfound friend: “You know what your problem is?” “I’m starving and no one will feed me.” “No, you are waiting to be fed.” The focus of the story revolves around one important truth: You can’t control the events in your life. You can, however, choose how you respond to them.   A business fable that: Teaches valuable lessons on the importance of working hard, maintaining a locus of control and focusing on positive choices instead of negative voices. Reveals how change is inevitable-but that you can make it your friend or foe. Provides an action plan filled with tips and strategies to thrive during change and adversity If you're facing tough economic times, The Shark and the Goldfish will motivate you, inspire you, and give you the confidence you need to thrive during changing times. There are several quotes, but the main point of all of them is that one's future is what one makes of it. And, if we keep swimming around...

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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

This month in the Professional Reading Club we have analyzed Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us.  In this book, the author, Daniel H. Pink, talks about the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Most of us believe that the best way to motivate ourselves and others is with external rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That’s a mistake, Daniel H. Pink says in, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, his provocative and persuasive new book. The secret to high performance and satisfaction—at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of life. He demonstrates that while carrots and sticks worked successfully in the twentieth century, that’s precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today’s challenges. In Drive, he examines the three elements of true motivation. Autonomy—the desire to direct our own lives Mastery—the urge to get better and better at something that matter. Purpose—the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward. Drive is bursting with big ideas—the rare book that will change how you think and transform how you live. Some of the key points: Times have changed, but most companies haven't. We have moved from a Motivation 2.0 world(rewards and punishments) to a Motivation 3.0 world (inherent satisfaction in the work itself). In other words, routine tasks may still benefit from incentives (i.e. Motivation 2.0); but for creative ones, incentives can have a limiting effect (i.e. Motivation 3.0). There are...

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