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Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D
Now, Discover Your Strengths

"The most effective method for motivating people is to build on their strengths rather than correcting their weaknesses. The authors, researchers at the Gallup Organization, have analyzed results of interviews conducted by Gallup of over 1.7 million employees from 101 companies and representing 63 countries. When asked, only 20 percent of these employees stated that they were using their strengths everyday." As a reader, you will have access to an online test which will reveal your strengths. The book will help you understand your profile.

Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, and Rebecca R. Merrill
First Things First

"Finally, a book on time management that goes beyond the simple quick fixes of behavioral engineering. A book that connects the investment of time to our deeper priorities in life. Both inspirational and practical, First things First is a priority reading." Charles A. Garfield PhD., author of Peak Performers: New Heroes of American Business

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

"It is a rare experience to find a book nowadays in which Psychology, Philosophy, and Humanism come together in so artful and joyous a fashion. Csikszentmihalyi has provided a work that addresses the seemingly impossible question of 'what is happiness?' in a subtle, but thoroughly readable manner…provocative." — Jerome L. Singer

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Kevin Rathunde, and Samuel Whalen
Talented Teenagers, The Roots of Success and Failure

The authors conducted a 25-year-long study quantifying the characteristics of successful teenagers.

Dr. Don Dinkmeyer and Dr. Lewis Losoncy
Skills of Encouragement: Bringing Out the Best in Yourself and Others (St Lucie)

"Dr. Dinkmeyer and Dr. Losoncy may well be America's leading experts on the idea that people in our society could improve greatly on the ability to inspire others. They understand that discouragement is a major force behind many of the nation's problems. This book helps people to learn how to inspire others and get the best effort out of people which is so important in our businesses, schools and families.

"The book can be used by anyone wanting to improve relationships. Books written by these two wise authors should be read by everyone from politicians, to CEO's, to teachers to parents because in doing so they could help calm down our society and make it a happier, safer place." Dr. Norman Jones, author of Performance Management in the 21st Century: Solutions for Business, Education and Family

Don Dinkmeyer, Ph.D. and Daniel Eckstein, Ph.D
Leadership by Encouragement

"Two of the most experienced writers and speakers in the field bring their vast backgrounds to a unique text that is revolutionizing leadership and leadership roles. Here are the most practical and motivating exercises available for training leaders. Build an atmosphere of success for everyone in your organization."

Shirley G. Gould
Teenagers: The Continuing Challenge

This book tells how to understand teens and work with them effectively. Following in the tradition of Rudolf Dreikurs and other Adlerians, it offers valuable information and advice for parents and teenagers.

Daniel Pink
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

"Gone is the age of 'left-brain' dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers—creative and empathic 'right-brain' thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't. ... Daniel Pink outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are essential for professional success and personal fulfillment—and reveals how to master them. ... A Whole New Mind takes listeners to a daring new place, and offers a provocative and urgent new way of thinking about a future that has already arrived."

Anthony Robbins
Unlimited Power, The New Science of Personal Achievement

This book has 3 focuses: 1) Modeling Human Excellence, 2) The Ultimate Success Formula, and 3) Leadership — The Challenge of Excellence.

Dr. Stan Levenson
The Essential Fundraising Guide for K-12 Schools: A 1-Hour Book With More Than 350 Links

This 1-hour book for busy people is loaded with fresh, new cutting-edge ideas to help alleviate the funding gap that exists in today’s K-12 schools. More than 350 electronic links are included and will save you time, energy, and money and will keep you in touch with the latest innovations in fundraising for K-12.

Whether you are a classroom teacher, a parent, a school foundation member, a school administrator, a volunteer, a school board member, or a school foundation board member, this book is written for you. Following the model used by colleges, universities, and private schools, Levenson presents a wealth of ideas to enable you to obtain individual classroom grants for K-12; corporate, foundation, and government grants; and grants and gifts from individual donors.

Levenson also provides assistance in working cooperatively with your board and shows you how to connect with million-dollar donors by representing a cause that touches their hearts and lives. It’s all here for you, and best of all, this book shouldn’t take you more than an hour to read.

Dr. Stan Levenson
Big-Time Fundraising for Today's Schools

Dr. Levenson shows school leaders how to move away from labor-intensive, nickel-and-dime bake sales and car washes, and into the world of big-time fundraising. Following the model used by colleges and universities, Levenson presents a wealth of practical strategies for supporting school finances by pursuing grants and gifts from corporations, foundations, the government, and individual donors.

This book presents ready-to-use tools and strategies, including: basic steps for starting a public school foundation, practical techniques for writing winning grant proposals, examples of winning grant proposals, tips for overcoming obstacles, suggestions for establishing a development office, techniques for obtaining grants and gifts from individual donors, helpful approaches to annual campaigns, capital campaigns, and planned giving, a listing of foundations and corporations interested in giving to the public schools, and an extensive bibliography.

Dr. Stan Levenson
How to Get Grants and Gifts for the Public Schools

This book offers tips, ideas, and instructions for securing grants and gifts for your public school. It is packed with worthwhile suggestions and techniques that will make you more competitive in your search for corporate, foundation and government grants, and in your pursuit of gifts from individual members of your community.

Dr. Levenson covers such critical topics as: applying for government grants, applying for corporate and foundation grants, soliciting individuals, and writing a grant application. The book also includes these ready-to-use tools: samples of successful grant applications, blank application for U.S. Department of Education grants, tips for using a fundraising consultant, implementing a fundraising plan using consultants or full time staff members.

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