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Overview

Look Who Is Talking About Hope

"Andrew Razeghi convinces us all that hope is a mighty power and when wisely used can bring great results. Don't miss this splendid book!"
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One-Minute Manager and The Secret

"Wow! What a great book! This is the trail-blazing management book of our time: an original approach supported by inspirational stories, well-supported arguments, and tons of practical use-it-now techniques. This must-read book will be required at all of my next round of off-site client workshops, and it heads my book gift list for clients and colleagues. The 'Exercising Your Hope Muscles' section was particularly rich in easy-to-apply practical techniques."
—James Belasco, Ph.D., coauthor of the best-selling books Teaching the Elephant to Dance, Flight of the Buffalo, and Soaring with the Phoenix; executive director, Knowledge Dialogue

"This book has guts. In Hope, Andrew Razeghi courageously dives head first into an unexplored virtue that quietly makes successful people tick."
—Paul Orfalea, Kinko's founder and author of Copy This!

"Andrew Razeghi has done a fantastic job of using a wide variety of real-life success stories to illustrate the power of hope. Hope offers an inspiring read to all."
—Jack Cakebread, chief executive, Cakebread Cellars

"Association and nonprofit executives will find both the tools they need and the inspiration to succeed in this book. The transforming power of hope leaps from every page into the hearts and minds of readers."
—Gary A. LaBranche, CAE, president and CEO, Association Forum of Chicagoland

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"…shows how a sincere belief in the future, coupled with determination and the skills to engage and enlist others, can positively affect the likelihood of success." (Training Journal, October 2006)

"Readable and relevant for a wide audience" (Long Range Planning, 40/2007)

Publishers Weekly
Leaders personify hope," Razeghi claims, not by trusting in luck but by demonstrating their preparedness to seize opportunities for success even when faced with setbacks. His exploration of the power of positive thinking strives for universality, touching base with spiritual leaders like Deepak Chopra and businessmen like Charles Schwab, as well as drawing upon some of his own personal experiences as a management consultant and, at one point, an attempt at inspirational poetry. Razeghi has a friendly, engaging manner, and some of his stories, such as one about the experiences of an astronaut who remained calm enough to put out a fire on a space station, can be inspiring. However, his mixture of psychology, cognitive science and self-help advice turns out to be a superficial rehash of well-worn advice. The methods of "belief management" he discusses, such as creating personal mantras and motivational narratives, are old hat. Buzzwords abound: improvising through uncertainty becomes "wayfinding," for example, while the contemplation of one's own mortality is reduced to "flatlining." Anyone who has already given serious consideration to personal and professional motivation is sure to find most of this material too familiar to be truly revealing. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787981266
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/12/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew J. Razeghi is a writer, educator, and adviser to organizations on growth strategy and innovation. As founder of the Andrew Razeghi Companies, LLC, he works with organizations seeking growth through the creation and introduction of new ideas. He is also adjunct associate professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. For more information, visit http://www.andrewrazeghi.com.

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Table of Contents

Part One: Thinking About Believing.

1. Voices from the Ice.

2. Brainforest.

3. A Reason to Believe.

4. The Stigma of a Pretty Woman.

5. Life’s Short—Why So Negative?

6. Bohemian Optimism and Fearmongering.

7. Debunking the Myth of Wishing.

Part Two: Exercising Your Hope Muscles.

8. Five Stones.

9. Belief Management.

10. Wayfinding.

11. Flatlining.

Part Three: Putting Hope to Work.

12. Curb Stepping.

13. The Voice of Hope.

14. Freaking In.

15. Shine.

Epilogue.

Notes.

Further Reading.

Acknowledgments.

The Author.

Index.

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