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Stephen R. Covey
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE is recognised as one of the most influential books ever written. In this seminal work, Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centred approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity -- principles that give us the security to adapt to change, and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. Translated into thirty-four languages and with phenomenal sales, THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE has been the key to the success of legions of business leaders and individuals the world over.
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Solving Professional Problems
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Chris Watson
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Upskill: 21 keys to professional growth
The definitive guide to developing the adaptive skills essential for success at work.

Upskill provides a rich resource of reliable learning solutions to help busy professionals respond and adjust to the fast-paced world around them. The book has been designed for anyone who is committed to developing themselves and their colleagues, but may not have the time, the resources, the budget or the inspiration to know where to start.

It delivers a compendium of resources for readers to pick up and refer to in their own time and at their own pace: 840 practical ideas reflecting the latest thinking on how to extend personal performance.

The suggestions have all been grouped around a set of twenty-one adaptive skills, which are associated with successful outcomes at work and beyond. These key skills can be practised and refined throughout a career and are as relevant for new starters in an organisation as they are for experienced managers.
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Increasing Daily Effectiveness
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Bento C. Leal III
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4 Essential Keys to Effective Communication in Love, Life, Work - Anywhere: Including the "12-Day Communication Challenge!"
4 Essential Keys to Effective Communication in Love, Life, Work - Anywhere! is an excellent 'How-To Guide' for practising the key skills that will help you listen and speak more effectively, identify and overcome communication barriers, and achieve relationship success with the important people in your life - your spouse or partner, young, teen or adult child, parents, siblings, friends, co-workers, customers - everyone! Plus, there are self-review questions and action items at the end of several of the chapters.
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Vanessa Ugatti
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True Worth: How To Charge What You’re Worth And Get It
Vanessa Ugatti dramatically shifts the thinking for accountants, lawyers and consultants taking them from their own perceptions of not feeling they can really charge what they are worth, to doing just that – and more!

“If there was only one action you took in the immediate future to grow your business, it has to be to read True Worth - a work of genius - and ring Vanessa!” Roger Salvetti, Director, Biscoes Solicitors
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Growing Your Business
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Dale Carnegie
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How to Win Friends and Influence People
The most famous confidence-boosting book ever published; with sales of over 16 million copies worldwide. Millions of people around the world have improved their lives based on the teachings of Dale Carnegie. 

In How to Win Friends and Influence People, he offers practical advice and techniques, in his exuberant and conversational style, for how to get out of a mental rut and make life more rewarding.

This classic book will turn your relationships around and improve your interactions with everyone in your life.
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Boosting Work Relationships
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Dr Carol Dweck
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Mindset: Changing The Way You Think To Fulfil Your Potential
World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea-the power of our mindset.
Dweck explains why it's not just our abilities and talent that bring us success-but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. 

She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn't foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals-personal and professional. 

Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.
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Fulfilling Your Potential
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Robert Pirsig
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Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance
Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions. 

A narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, the book becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions of how to live. 

Resonant with the confusions of existence, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a touching and transcendent book of life.
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Noah J Goldstein, Steve J. Martin & Robert Cialdini
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Yes! 50 Secrets from the Science of Persuasion
Most of us are only too aware that, whatever roles we have in today's fast-moving world, much of our success lies in getting others to say 'Yes' to our requests. 

What many people might not be aware of, though, is the vast amount of research that has been conducted on the influence process. What factors cause one person to say 'Yes' to the request of another? Yes! is full of practical tips based on recent academic research that shows how the psychology of persuasion can provide valuable insights for anyone interested in improving their ability to persuade others - whether in the workplace, at home or even on the internet. 

It combines the counter-intuition of Freakonomics with the popularising of Does Anything Eats Wasps? For each mini-chapter contains a mystery which is solved in a way that provides food for thought for anyone looking to be more persuasive, and for anyone interested in how the world works.
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Learning Persuasion Techniques
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Charles Duhigg
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The Power of Habit
We can always change. In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg translates cutting-edge behavioural science into practical self-improvement action, distilling advanced neuroscience into fascinating narratives of transformation.

Why can some people and companies change overnight, and some stay stuck in their old ruts? The answer lies deep in the human brain, and The Power of Habits reveals the secret pressure points that can change a life. From Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps to Martin Luther King Jr., from the CEO of Starbucks to the locker rooms of the NFL, Duhigg explores the incredible results of keystone habits, and how they can make all the difference between billions and millions, failure and success – or even life and death.

The Power of Habit makes an exhilarating case: the key to almost any door in life is instilling the right habit. From exercise to weight loss, child-rearing to productivity, market disruption to social revolution, and above all success, the right habits can change everything.
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Learning Good 
Habits
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Joe Navarro
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What Every Body is Saying 
Read this book and send your non-verbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognised expert on non-verbal behaviour, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviours, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviours. 

You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you. 

Filled with examples from Navarro's professional experience, this definitive book offers a powerful new way to navigate your world.
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Decoding Body Lanaguage
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Adam Grant
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Originals
How can we originate new ideas, policies and practices without risking it all? Adam Grant shows how to improve the world by championing novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battling conformity, and bucking outdated traditions.

Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognise a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt. Parents will learn how to nurture originality in children, and leaders will discover how to fight group-think to build cultures that welcome dissent.

Told through dazzling case studies of people going against the grain, you’ll encounter an entrepreneur who pitches the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who challenged secrecy at the CIA, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees who don’t criticise him, and the TV executive who saved Seinfeld from the cutting room floor. Originals will give you groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and how to change the world.
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Recognising Good Ideas
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Daniel Kahneman
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Thinking Fast and Slow
Why is there more chance we'll believe something if it's in a bold type face? Why are judges more likely to deny parole before lunch? Why do we assume a good-looking person will be more competent? 

The answer lies in the two ways we make choices: fast, intuitive thinking, and slow, rational thinking. This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for slower, smarter thinking. 

It will enable to you make better decisions at work, at home, and in everything you do.
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Smarter Thinking
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David Allen
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Getting Things Done
Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen's Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organisation. 

'GTD' is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organisational tools, seminars, and offshoots.
Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. 

This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles.
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Personal Organisation
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Keith Ferrazzi & Tahl Raz
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Never Eat Alone
Proven advice on networking for success: over 400,000 copies sold.

As Keith Ferrazzi discovered early in life, what distinguishes highly successful people from everyone else is the way they use the power of relationships - so that everyone wins. His form of connecting to the world around him is based on generosity and he distinguishes genuine relationship-building from the crude, desperate glad-handling usually associated with 'networking'.

In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi lays out the specific steps - and inner mindset - he uses to reach out to connect with the thousands of colleagues, friends, and associates on his Rolodex, people he has helped and who have helped him. He then distils his system of reaching out to people into practical, proven principles.
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Networking
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Daniel Goleman
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Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ 
The groundbreaking bestseller that redefines intelligence and success Does IQ define our destiny? 

Daniel Goleman argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, and that our emotions play major role in thought, decision making and individual success. Self-awareness, impulse control, persistence, motivation, empathy and social deftness are all qualities that mark people who excel: whose relationships flourish, who are stars in the workplace. 

With new insights into the brain architecture underlying emotion and rationality, Goleman shows precisely how emotional intelligence can be nurtured and strengthened in all of us.
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Emotional Intelligence
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Art Berg
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The Impossible Just Takes A Little Longer: How to live every day with purpose and passion
I have never met anyone else who has had a greater impact on people's lives through the sheer force of his own life's experience.' Anthony Robbins. 

At the age of 21 Art Berg broke his neck in a serious car accident. A quadriplegic, he was told he would never walk again, work or live independently. He was encouraged to believe his life was over. Since then he has run two multi-million dollar corporations and been inducted into the Speakers' Hall of Fame. 

He has addressed hundreds of Fortune 500 companies and organisations, including American Express, and travelled 200,000 miles each year to do so. In 1993 he set a world record by being the first quadriplegic of his level to race a 325-mile ultra-marathon. He also defied the doctors by marrying and becoming the father of two children. 

The Impossible Just Takes a Little Longer is Art's inspiring story of his perseverance against the odds and the ways of thinking that enabled him to achieve all he has. In his captivating autobiography he explains how his physical paralysis is similar to the figurative paralysis so many of us feel - and how we can use his insights to become master of our own lives.
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Perseverance
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