Bringing out the Best in Others!: 3 Keys for Business Leaders, Educators, Coaches and Parents

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Did you know that two-thirds of all entrepreneurs are first borns? That 21 of the first 23 astronauts were first borns? That 45 percent of female world leaders between 1960 and 1999 were first borns? Using these three factors, business leaders increased productivity and improved profits, parents boosted their children's grade point averages, educators improved the performances of entires classes. Include Leader's Guide.

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Did you know that two-thirds of all entrepreneurs are first borns? That 21 of the first 23 astronauts were first borns? That 45 percent of female world leaders between 1960 and 1999 were first borns? Using these three factors, business leaders increased productivity and improved profits, parents boosted their children's grade point averages, educators improved the performances of entires classes. Include Leader's Guide.

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How birth order affects personality is always a hot debate, and Connellan smartly turns the discussion into a business how-to book. The former research associate posits that standout achievers tend to be firstborn, because it's the firstborn child who enjoys the richest blend of positive expectations, extra responsibilities and frequent feedback from his or her parents. They're the ones who turn out to be "the president of the senior class, the all-star quarterback," he writes. Use those three factors to motivate your staffers-treat them all as "firstborns" with unlimited potential, essentially-and you'll boost their output by 10 to 20 percent. His supporting evidence is intriguing, if skimpy: 21 of the first 23 astronauts were firstborn, as were more than half of all U.S. presidents. Connellan (Inside the Magic Kingdom: Seven Keys to Disney's Success), packages his evidence as one long narrative story-a cute device that could have been fortified with the author's direct voice. With the lessons applicable to sales, teaching and even parenting, though, this book is a motivational morsel. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781885167583
  • Publisher: Peak Performance
  • Publication date: 2/15/2003
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 819,054
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2003

    Comfortable, Convincing, Effective

    I like a book that grabs my attention and my curiosity right away, a book that keeps me engaged. The writing style, like sitting in on a conversation, hooked me in the first few pages. You¿ll find this book to be a deceivingly quick read, though you¿ll probably catch yourself a number of times¿stopping, looking back over what you just read, and asking ¿what did he say?¿ Some of the lessons kind of sneak up on you. The premise of Connellan¿s approach is that three factors influence success: Expectations, Responsibility, and Feedback. He relates those factors to improving human performance¿in business, in school, in family relationships, in personal development. Some improvement is measurable; some is not, but you know the improvement is there. In 15 chapters, the reader takes a journey through Connellan¿s three keys. After a couple of introductory chapters on why people fall short and how to create consistently high performance, each of the keys is explained, with how-to, by a consultant/counselor. His workshop participants listen, then put the theories to work. A chapter on each success story illustrates what can be done in a teaching mode that¿s inspirational at the same time. I like the practicality of this book. You¿ll find plenty of good ideas, well-presented. The last few pages hold a surprise: a Leader¿s Tool Kit to put the book¿s lessons to work. While reemphasizing his three keys¿confidence and expectations, accountability, and appropriate feedback, Connellan offers additional resources and suggestions. This book will be valuable for educators, parents, coaches, and corporate executives at all level. It's small enough so it's not intimidating, but filled with a lot more value than you'd expect.

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