Past IMS Choices For Book Of The Month

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April 2017

You’ve Got 8 Seconds: Communication Secrets for a Distracted World

by Paul Hellman
Communications expert Paul Hellman teaches executives and others “how to get heard, get remembered, and get results – every time you speak.” His columns and commentaries have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and on public radio’s “Marketplace” and CNN’s “Business Unusual”. He will conduct a seminar on “When Leaders Speak: How to Get Heard, Get Remembered, and Get Results” in London on January 14th, Brussels June 16th, and Toronto August 15th
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March 2017

The Five Roles of a Master Herder: A Revolutionary Model for Socially Intelligent Leadership

by Linda Kohanov
This is the most recent book by Linda Kohanov, author (The Power of the Herd, and others), speaker and trainer, whose books have been translated into French, German, Dutch, and Czech, and are used as texts at universities throughout the United States.
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February 2017

Influence Redefined: Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday

by Stacey Hanke
Your team is only as strong as your influence, and many leaders today are mistaken about what it means to influence. In her thought-provoking Influence Redefined, Stacey Hanke introduces her powerful Influence Model, a step-by-step method that moves people to action long after an interaction is over. Stacey has authored articles for and is the author of Yes You Can!: Everything You Need from A to Z to Influence Others to Take Action. Articles about Stacey and her thought leadership have appeared in New York Times and SmartMoney magazine. Recognized as one of the National Speakers Association’s “Top 6 Under 40,” she has emceed TedX, and has appeared on the Lifetime Network and WGN Chicago.
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January 2017

Kaleidoscope: Delivering Innovative Service That Sparkles

by Chip R. Bell
Another “sparkler” by world-renown speaker and customer service expert, Chip Bell. In his newest book on innovative service, bestselling author Chip R. Bell focuses on the importance of delivering the “core” of a service experience in a fashion that is value-unique, not just value-added.
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December 2016

Start Right Where You Are: How Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference for Overwhelmed Procrastinators, Frustrated Overachievers, and Recovering Perfectionists

by Samantha Bennett
Buoyed by the success of her first book, Get It Done, Sam Bennett offered various online courses and seminars, and, by far, the most sought after and successful was a 12-week course titled “Start Right Where You Are.” Based on the course that she taught, and the feedback she received, she proposed a book based on that course, pulling together short, pithy chapters that help readers focus on the things holding them back from their dreams and goals along with success stories, lively and enlightening exercises, guided meditations, simple prayers and affirmations, and basic pep talks to encourage people to take the small steps and make the small changes and course adjustments that will lead to their goal. The small changes include things such as: asking better questions; asking questions to yourself in a kinder, gentler tone; finding a “tribe” that will support your efforts; clearing clutter from even one small area of your computer or desk or car; framing difficult conversations with a simple device to build allies, not enemies; picking the right project.
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November 2016

Start Smart: Design Better Projects Faster with the Logical Framework Approach

by Terry Schmidt
MIT Professional Institute and UCLA Technical Management Program, Dean of the Strategic Planning Academy, founder of Management Pro Consulting.
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October 2016

The Inefficiency Assassin: Time Management Tactics for Working Smarter, Not Longer

by Helene Segura
The Inefficiency Assassin™ presents a revolution in time management books - a way to improve productivity and Kick Chaos to the Curb™ once and for all! You will learn how to: Create productive calendars, yet morph time when you need to put out fires (or chase the opportunity of lifetime) Slay lost time and beat back overwhelm from procrastination, interruptions and distractions Implement productivity hacks so you can excel professionally and have a life outside of work This book is exactly what professionals-on-the-go and entrepreneurs need! This time management book addresses and solves every known productivity road block known to man...and woman. Readers who implement the strategies and tactics in this guide will never have an issue with time management again.
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September 2016

Coaching Up! Inspiring Peak Performance When It Matters Most

by Jordan Fliegel
Connect, engage, motivate, and inspire using top coaching techniques Coaching Up! is about inspiring those who matter to you to achieve peak performance. Whether you are a coach, a business leader, a civic activist, a teacher, a counselor, or a parent, this book will offer you a powerful, highly effective way to connect to the people you care about and move them forward toward their best selves. In sports, coaches have developed ways of connecting with their players quickly in the "heat of the battle," inspiring them to perform to their fullest potential and "leave it all on the field." Interestingly, although these techniques have not been codified, great coaches have independently developed remarkably similar models. This book aligns these techniques and distills their essence into a fundamental skill set that anyone can use to connect with, support, and inspire his or her colleagues, teammates, friends, and family members. At its foundation, great coaching is based on a solid set of techniques that can be applied to all areas of life. Essentially, those skills boil down to forging authentic connections, providing genuine support, and offering concise direction. While our everyday pressures may be less intense than those of a championship, the long-term game is even more important. Why not borrow from the best to develop the skills and abilities to win every day?
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August 2016

How to Speak So People Really Listen: The straight-talking guide to communicating with influence and impact

by Paul McGee
13 things you'll discover when reading this book...
1. The big lesson Steve Jobs learnt when an advertising exec threw something at him... and how it will help how you communicate.
2. Seven ways to manage your nerves (surprisingly, you don’t want to eliminate them).
3. Why our obsession with body language is totally wrong, and what to focus on instead.
4. Why you must think about a beachball before you next speak. Believe me, it’s essential.
5. A question your audience is always thinking, and how to ensure you provide the answer.
6. The most common mistake experienced presenters make that nervous ones never do.
7. Why so many presentations cure insomnia, and how to make sure you’re serving an extra strong double espresso instead.
8. The number one thing most presenters forget to bring when they’re speaking to others.
9. Discover the most underprepared part of your presentation, and how to avoid making the same mistake.
10. What women’s magazines and TV soap operas have to teach us about audience engagement.
11. What I learnt from a guy with one of the most powerful memories on the planet, and how it can transform your communication.
12. Discover Tony Blair’s biggest fear when Prime Minister, and how you can tackle the same issue with confidence.
13. Why you don’t have to be funny to use humour in your presentation, and three easy ways to do it.
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July 2016

Amazeing Organizational Teams: Navigating 7 Critical Attributes for Cohesion, Productivity and Resilience

by Ellen Burts-Cooper
aMAZEing Organizational Teams is a guide for improving group workplace dynamics.
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June 2016

Why Leaders Fail: And the 7 Prescriptions For Success

by Peter B. Stark and Mary C. Kelly
Why do so many leaders fail, and what do the best do differently?
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May 2016

Get Momentum

by Danny Bader
“We all get stuck. Jason and Jodi know that the secret is how you respond when you’re stuck. This book provides practical methods to get your energy and thoughts aligned, so you can move forward with clarity and focus. It’s all about building momentum that drives you closer to your goals, and creating habits that help you every day.” - Dwayne Melancon, CTO, TripWire
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April 2016

The Three Box Solution: A Strategy for Leading Innovation

by Vijay Govindarajan
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March 2016

Beyond Zero Sum Leadership

by Gordon Peters
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February 2016

Abrahams Diner

by Danny Bader
“Through his engaging and elegant writing style, the author gives all readers a great gift – the practical wisdom to wake up, smell the roses, obtain clarity, and live life on purpose. The message is meaningful by itself, but told as a modern relatable parable, it really hits home for so many who struggle to find joy and meaning amidst all of the “stuff” that fills day-to-day life. This book is filled with simple advice that can be applied immediately to gain the benefits of positive change.” - David Willey
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January 2016

The Social Leader: Redefining Leadership for the Complex Social Age

by Frank Guglielmo & Sudhanshu Palsule
“This insightful book is incredibly useful for leaders who find themselves straddling the disparate logics of the past with today’s social world.” – Narayan Pant, the Raoul de Vitry d’Avaucourt Chaired Professor of Leadership Development, INSEAD.
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December 2015

Overworked and Overwhelmed

by Scott Eblin
“With compelling stories, eye-opening research and simple but powerful routines, Scott Eblin shows you how mindfulness can help you get back in touch with who you really are and want to be at work, at home, and in the community.” – Linda S. Simon, Senior Vice President, Leadership & Organization Development, DIRECTV.
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November 2015

Doing the Right Things Right

by Laura Stack
The author will conduct IMS seminars in Atlanta on April 12th, 2016, Cincinnati on April 20th, Washington D.C. on May 11th, Seattle June 7th, San Francisco June 15th, St. Louis August 10th, Chicago October 19th, Houston October 27th, and Cleveland on November 15th, 2016.
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October 2015

Unquestioned Brilliance: Navigating a Fundamental Leadership Trap

by John Austin
Dr. Austin will conduct IMS seminars in San Francisco on 5/3/16 Los Angeles 5/4/16 Dallas 5/10/16 Houston 5/11/16 New Jersey 5/12/16 Amsterdam 8/30/16 russels 8/31/16 Denver 9/13/16 Chicago 10/4/16 Detroit 10/5/16 Atlanta 10/12/16 Cincinnati 10/13/16 Charlotte 10/19/16 Columbus 10/20/16
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September 2015

Storytelling at Work: How Moments of Truth on the Job Reveal the Real Business of Life

by Mitch Ditkoff
Storytelling at Work features 37 of Mitch's innovation-sparking stories from the front lines of business and 16 provocative essays about why storytelling is our species preferred form of communication and how to tap into its transformative magic. His aim? To spark a revolution of storytelling in the world, the simplest and most compelling way to unleash our planet's biggest untapped resource, the collective brilliance and wisdom of the global workforce.
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August 2015

The Good Ones: Ten Crucial Qualities of High-Character Employees

by Bruce Weinstein
Employers look for two things when hiring or promoting people: knowledge and skill. They rarely, if ever, consider character. Yet character is the key to extraordinary business success. The Good Ones presents ten crucial qualities of high-character employees, qualities that enhance employee satisfaction, client relationships, and the bottom line. You’ll read stories from managers and employees across the U.S. and beyond who reveal how honesty, courage, loyalty, and patience have helped their organizations maintain an edge over the competition. Each chapter is devoted to a single quality of character and ends with questions employers can use to hire and promote the Good Ones — people who are consistently honest, accountable, fair, and grateful.
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July 2015

Brain Chains

by Theo Compernolle, M.D., Ph.D.