Building Better Relationships: Proven Strategies to Make the Most of Your Personal Connections (Collection) [NOOK Book]


A brand new collection of 4 expert guides to building better personal relationships, connections, and careers!


A breakthrough personal skills book collection: improve all your relationships, and become more successful at everything you do!


You can learn to be more efficient, more productive, more engaging, more rational, more emotionally intelligent, and happier! This extraordinary collection of ...

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A brand new collection of 4 expert guides to building better personal relationships, connections, and careers!


A breakthrough personal skills book collection: improve all your relationships, and become more successful at everything you do!


You can learn to be more efficient, more productive, more engaging, more rational, more emotionally intelligent, and happier! This extraordinary collection of books is packed with all the learnable skills, techniques, and attitudes you’ll need. First, in The Rules of Life, Expanded Edition, Richard Templar uncovers 106 practical rules that happy, successful people follow, even if they’ve never thought about it. These are realistic, commonsense things you can do differently, starting today... small things that will make you happier… make you a better friend, partner, and parent… help you leave the world a better place. Next, in 30 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living Through Critical Thinking, Revised and Expanded Edition, Drs. Linda Elder and Richard Paul teach specific, easy-to-learn critical thinking techniques that help you cut through lies, gain insight, and make smarter choices about everything from money to intimate relationships. They’ll help you overcome poor thinking habits caused by self-delusion or out-of-control emotions... clarify what you want... recognize what you don’t know… resist brainwashing, manipulation, and hypocrisy... critically evaluate what you’re told by advertisers, politicians, your boss, and your family… avoid worrying, conformism, and blame! Then, in Attack Your Day , Mark and Trapper Woods present crucial “activity management” skills and 101 productivity strategies for achieving unprecedented effectiveness, and moving relentlessly towards your greatest life goals. Dramatically improve the way you prioritize activities… organize inherently more productive days… overcome procrastination forever… know how to “turn on a dime” without sacrificing focus … learn how and when to say NO to interruptions! Finally, in Taking Flight! , Merrill Rosenberg and Daniel Silvert reveal profound hidden patterns of human behavioral style. You’ll learn to use the proven DISC model of human behavior to become a more effective leader, salesperson, or teacher; revitalize your career; and build deeper relationships. Then, you’ll create your own personal action plan for making the most of your strengths, working around weaknesses, and supercharging your personal performance!


From world-renowned personal performance experts Richard Templar, Linda Elder, Richard Paul, Mark Woods, Trapper Woods, Merrick Rosenberg, and Daniel Silvert


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780133448672
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 5/11/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 945
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Templar, an astute observer of human behavior, understands what makes the difference between those of us who effortlessly glide towards success and those of us who struggle against the tide. He has distilled these observations into his Rules titles. More than one million people around the world have enjoyed and now play by his Rules. Dr. Linda Elder is President of the Foundation for Critical Thinking and Executive Director of the Center for Critical Thinking, a leading international institute that promotes critical thinking in every domain of human life. Dr. Richard Paul is Director of Research and Professional Development at the Center for Critical Thinking and Chair of the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking. His views have been reported in the New York Times, Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, American Teacher, Reader’s Digest, Educational Leadership, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report. Mark Woods is CEO of Woods Group, a training and business development firm specializing in activity management, goal setting, work-life integration, and personal productivity. He has held leadership roles with several organizations, implementing process management solutions to promote new business development, branding, marketing, training, and client acquisition. Trapper Woods (1935-2010) enjoyed a career spanning 40+ years, and was also known as “Father Time.” Trapper was an executive leader, corporate consultant, company president, business owner, and internationally acclaimed speaker. For 23 years, he was a leading spokesperson for Day-Timer, a subsidiary of ACCO Brands. Merrick Rosenberg, an accomplished entrepreneur, speaker, trainer, and executive coach, co-founded Team Builders Plus, the U.S.’s leading team building company. Under his leadership, the firm was recognized as one of Inc.’s Fastest Growing Companies. Daniel Silvert, a sought-after speaker, executive coach, and facilitator, is VP of Learning and Development for Team Builders Plus. He designs and leads training on DISC, teamwork, leadership, accountability, and transformational change for clients such as Adidas, Dell, Dow Jones, Home Depot, L’Oreal, Merck, W.L. Gore, and Department of Homeland Security.

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Table of Contents

The Rules of Life, Expanded Edition: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, More Successful Life

Introduction viii

Part I Rules for You 1

1 Keep It Under Your Hat 4

2 You’ll Get Older But Not Necessarily Wiser 6

3 Accept What Is Done Is Done 8

4 Accept Yourself 10

5 Know What Counts and What Doesn’t 12

6 Dedicate Your Life to Something 14

7 Be Flexible in Your Thinking 16

8 Take an Interest in the Outside World 18

9 Be on the Side of the Angels, Not the Beasts 20

10 Only Dead Fish Swim with the Stream 22

11 Be the Last to Raise Your Voice 24

12 Be Your Own Adviser 26

13 No Fear, No Surprise, No Hesitation, No Doubt 28

14 I Wish I’d Done That--and I Will 30

15 It’s OK to Give Up 32

16 Count to Ten--or Recite “Baa Baa Black Sheep” 34

17 Change What You Can Change; Let Go of the Rest 36

18 Aim to Be the Very Best at Everything You Do--Not Second Best 38

19 Don’t Expect to Be Perfect 40

20 Don’t Be Afraid to Dream 42

21 If You’re Going to Jump Off a Bridge, Make Sure You Know How Deep the Water Is 44

22 Don’t Dwell on the Past 46

23 Don’t Live in the Future 48

24 Get on With Life--It’s Whooshing Past 50

25 Be Consistent 52

26 Dress Like Today Is Important 54

27 Have a Belief System 56

28 Leave a Little Space for Yourself Each Day 58

29 Have a Plan 60

30 Have a Sense of Humor 62

31 Choose How You Make Your Bed 64

32 Life Can Be a Bit Like Advertising 66

33 Get Used to Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone 68

34 Learn to Ask Questions 70

35 Have Dignity 72

36 It’s OK to Feel Big Emotions 74

37 Keep the Faith 76

38 You’ll Never Understand Everything 78

39 Know Where True Happiness Comes From 80

40 Life Is a Pizza 82

41 Know When to Let Go--When to Walk Away 84

42 Retaliation Leads to Escalation 86

43 Look After Yourself 88

44 Maintain Good Manners in All Things 90

45 Prune Your Stuff Frequently 92

46 Remember to Touch Base 94

47 Draw the Lines Around Yourself 96

48 Shop for Quality, Not Price 98

49 It’s OK to Worry, or to Know How Not To 100

50 Stay Young 102

51 Throwing Money at a Problem Doesn’t Always Work 104

52 Think for Yourself 106

53 You Are Not in Charge 108

54 Have Something in Your Life That Takes You

Out of Yourself 110

55 Only the Good Feel Guilty 112

56 If You Can’t Say Anything Nice, Don’t Say

Anything at All 114

Part II Partnership Rules 117

57 Accept the Differences, Embrace What You Have in Common 120

58 Allow Your Partner the Space to Be Themselves 122

59 Be Nice 124

60 You Want to Do What? 126

61 Be the First to Say Sorry 128

62 Go That Extra Step in Trying to Please Them 130

63 Always Have Someone--or Something--That Is Pleased to See You 132

64 Know When to Listen and When to Act 134

65 Have a Passion for Your Life Together 136

66 Make Sure Your Love Making Is Making Love 138

67 Keep Talking 140

68 Respect Privacy 142

69 Check You Both Have the Same Shared Goals 144

70 Treat Your Partner Better Than Your Best Friend 146

71 Contentment Is a High Aim 148

72 You Don’t Both Have to Have the Same Rules 150

Part III Family and Friends Rules 153

73 If You Are Going to Be a Friend, Be a Good Friend 156

74 Never Be Too Busy for Loved Ones 158

75 Let Your Kids Mess Up for Themselves--They Don’t Need Any Help from You 160

76 Have a Little Respect and Forgiveness for Your Parents 162

77 Give Your Kids a Break 164

78 Never Lend Money Unless You Are Prepared to Write It Off 166

79 Keep Quiet 168

80 There Are No Bad Children 170

81 Be Up Around People You Love 172

82 Give Your Kids Responsibilities 174

83 Your Children Need to Fall Out with You to Leave Home 176

84 Your Kids Will Have Friends You Don’t Like 178

85 Your Role as a Child 180

86 Your Role as a Parent 182

Part IV Social Rules 185

87 We’re All Closer Than You Think 188

88 It Doesn’t Hurt to Forgive 190

89 It Doesn’t Hurt to Be Helpful 192

90 What’s in It for Them? 194

91 Hang Out with Positive People 196

92 Be Generous with Your Time and Information 198

93 Get Involved 200

94 Keep the Moral High Ground 202

95 Just Because You Have, Doesn't Mean They Have Too 204

96 Do Compare Yourself with Other People 206

97 Have a Plan for Your Career 208

98 Look at the Long-Term Ramifications of What You Do for a Living 210

99 Be Good at Your Job 212

100 Be Aware of the Damage You Are Doing 214

101 Be for the Glory, Not the Degradation 216

102 Be Part of the Solution, Not the Problem 218

103 Check What History Would Say About You 220

104 Not Everything Can Be Green 222

105 Put Something Back 224

106 Find a New Rule Every Day--or Occasionally at Least 226


30 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living Through Critical Thinking: A Guide for Improving Every Aspect of Your Life, Revised and Expanded

Introduction 1
Day One: Discover Your Ignorance 47
Day Two: Strive to Be a Person of Integrity: Beware of Your Own Hypocrisy 51
Day Three: Empathize with Others 55
Day Four: Deliberately Target Your Purposes 57
Day Five: Don’t Be a Conformist: Think for Yourself 61
Day Six: Clarify Your Thinking 67
Day Seven: Be Relevant: Stick to the Point 71
Day Eight: Be Reasonable 73
Day Nine: Ask Deep Questions 77
Day Ten: Distinguish Among Questions of Fact, Preference, and Judgment 81
Day Eleven: Think Through Implications 87
Day Twelve: Distinguish Inferences from Assumptions 91
Day Thirteen: Don’t Be Fooled by the Words People Use: Look Underneath Words to Unspoken Realities 97
Day Fourteen: When You Think You Have Arrived as a Critical Thinker, Think Again 103
Day Fifteen: Be Fair, Not Selfish 107
Day Sixteen: Get Control of Your Emotions 111
Day Seventeen: Take Control of Your Desires 115
Day Eighteen: Don’t Dominate Others: Don’t Be a Top Dog 119
Day Nineteen: Don’t Be Submissive: Don’t Be an Underdog 123
Day Twenty: Don’t Be Brainwashed by the News Media 127
Day Twenty-One: Carefully Choose the Ideas You Take in from Television, Ads, Movies, and the Internet 131
Day Twenty-Two: Don’t Be Bamboozled by Politicians 135
Day Twenty-Three: Don’t Be a Blamer 139
Day Twenty-Four: Don’t Be Righteous: Show Mercy 143
Day Twenty-Five: Vow to Spend No Time Worrying 147
Day Twenty-Six: Be a Citizen of the World 151
Day Twenty-Seven: Do Something, Anything, to Help Make the World Better 155
Day Twenty-Eight: See Your Development Occurring in Stages 157
Day Twenty-Nine: Educate Yourself 163
Day Thirty: Figure Out Where to Go from Here 167
Reading Backwards 171
Recommended Readings to Augment the Strategies 173
Appendix: Glossary of Terms 177
Index 219


Attack Your Day!: Before It Attacks You

Introduction xv
Chapter 1: Activities Rule! Not the Clock
Don’t Be a Slave to Time 1
Chapter 2: Color Your Choices
The Art of Choosing and Refusing 11
Chapter 3: Carry Your Time in Buckets
Fine-Tune Your Tools 23
Chapter 4: Arrange Your Plate
Think Inside the Box 49
Chapter 5: Don’t Just Execute, Flexicute!
Learn to Turn on a Dime
Chapter 6: The Hocus Pocus of Focus
Make Time-Wasters Disappear 81
Conclusion 93
101 Productivity Strategies 97


Taking Flight!: Master the DISC Styles to Transform Your Career, Your Relationships...Your Life

About the Authors x
Introduction 1
Part I: Taking Flight! The Fable 5

Chapter 1 Home 7
Chapter 2 The Forest Grid 11
Chapter 3 The Council 15
Chapter 4 An Old Friend 25
Chapter 5 The Aftermath 35
Chapter 6 If a Tree Falls in the Forest… 39
Chapter 7 Reconnaissance 47
Chapter 8 The Four Styles 55
Chapter 9 Reflection 63
Chapter 10 The Awakening 71
Chapter 11 The Home Rule 77
Chapter 12 The Stakeout 93
Chapter 13 The Gathering 107
Epilogue The Power of DISC 113
Part II: The DISC Model 117
Go Online to Discover Your Style 120
The History and Mystery of the Four Styles 122
The Four Styles 123
People Reading 127
Seven Transformative DISC Principles 133
Part III: Applying the DISC Styles in Your Life 155
Steps for Reaching Your Highest Potential 157
DISC for Selecting an Educational and Career Path 165
DISC in the Work Environment 170
Tapping the Power of Style in Teams 174
DISC for Teaching and Coaching 185
Educating with DISC 187
Better Parenting with DISC 190
DISC Action Planning 198
DISC Mapping 203
Postscript 207
Appendix: Style Combinations 211


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