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Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

by Chip and Dan Heath

Chip and Dan Heath, the bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick, tackle one of the most critical topics in our work and personal lives: how to make better decisions.
 
Research in psychology has revealed that our decisions are disrupted by an array of biases and irrationalities: We’re overconfident. We seek out information that supports us and downplay information that doesn’t. We get distracted by short-term emotions. When it comes to making choices, it seems, our brains are flawed instruments. Unfortunately, merely being aware of these shortcomings doesn’t fix the problem, any more than knowing that we are nearsighted helps us to see. The real question is: How can we do better?

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Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

by Tony Hsieh

In DELIVERING HAPPINESS, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares the different lessons he has learned in business and life, from starting a worm farm to running a pizza business, through LinkExchange, Zappos, and more. Fast-paced and down-to-earth, DELIVERING HAPPINESS shows how a very different kind of corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success-and how by concentrating on the happiness of those around you, you can dramatically increase your own.

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Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes

by Tom Rath

Eat Move Sleep is one of six bestsellers from Tom Rath, featuring a new assessment, personalized Eat Move Sleep Plan, and a host of online tools for individuals, groups, and organizations. While Tom's bestsellers on strengths and well-being have inspired more than 6 million people in the last decade, Eat Move Sleep reveals his greatest passion and expertise. Quietly managing a serious illness for more than 20 years, Tom has assembled a wide range of information on the impact of eating, moving, and sleeping. Written in his classic conversational style, Eat Move Sleep features the most proven and practical ideas from his research.

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ePolicy Sampler - Role of the Board (Word Doc)

ePolicy Sampler - Role of the Board (Word Doc)

by BoardSource

BoardSource offers Downloadable Policy Samplers in 10 different topic areas to help you create specific policies for your organization. Each Downloadable Policy Sampler covers several subtopics and includes an introduction to the subtopic area, key elements, practical tips, suggested resources, and several dozen sample policies.
The Role of the Board Sampler includes 28 samples on the following:

  1. Role of the Board
  2. Board Member Agreements
  3. Board Chair Job Descriptions
  4. Board Officer Job Descriptions

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Future Jobs: Solving the Employment and Skills Crisis

by Edward E. Gordon

More than 30 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed, or have given up on looking for a job. Undoubtedly, the massive economic downturn after the financial crisis of 2007–2008 is a key factor in this situation. But the U.S. job market has stalled because our nation is failing to produce workers with the right skills, not because we cannot create enough jobs for the workers.

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How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World's Most Inspiring Presentations

by Jeremey Donovan

Deliver the presentation of your life -- and launch your career

A nonprofit dedicated to ideas worth spreading, TED challenges the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers to give "the speech of their lives" in 18 minutes or less. The more than 14,000 talks on TED.com have been viewed over 1 billion times and include those by such luminaries as Tony Robbins, Dan Pink, and Sheryl Sandberg.

Now you can learn how to give a TED-style talk to achieve your personal and business goals.

How to Deliver a TED Talk provides more than 100 invaluable tips--everything from opening with an explicit statement of audience benefits to framing your idea as an action-outcome response to a question worth asking. Whether you're presenting to an audience of 1 or 1,000, this book is an indispensable resource for any public speaker.

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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

by Sheryl Sandberg

Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

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Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations

by Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers

Race for Relevance provides a no-nonsense look at today's realities and how associations operate and what they need to do to remain relevant in the future. Based on more than 40 years of combined experience working with more than 1,000 organizations, the authors examine 5 key areas where the traditional approach that organizations have taken in the past needs to be altered. (ASAE/Jossey-Bass Series)

Whether you are considering an entirely new direction for your chamber or you just want some guidance in asking the right questions to make sure you stay current, Race for Relevance provides a thought-provoking framework.  In covering governance, staff empowerment, market awareness, program alignment and technology, the book takes on business-as-usual by building a strong and provocative case for change.  From the start, it had me hooked; so much so that we have used it at both a committee and staff leadership team level to shape meaningful (and ongoing) discussions about our chamber’s future.  A must read for any chamber evaluating their business model. 

Recommended by Tom Baldrige, CCE
President, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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Regeneration: a Manifesto for America's Next Leaders

by Rebecca Ryan

If you knew the future, what would you do differently? Economist and generational expert Rebecca Ryan shares her futuristic view in her newest book, ReGENERATION: A Manifesto for America's Next Leaders to answer the question on everyone's mind: what's next? ReGENERATION is based on the premise that America goes through seasons. In winter now, America faces choices about how it will evolve into spring, which Ryan estimates will occur around 2020. According to Ryan, America will go through a process that will change how Americans spend, relate, collaborate, work and live.

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Release Your Inner Nerd: Apps, Tech Tools and Tips to Get Organized, Get Creative and Get Ahead

by Beth Ziesenis

Ever feel like everyone but you knows about apps and tech tools that make life easier?  It's time to release your inner nerd to embrace technology and discover which apps and programs will help you become more productive, creative and awesome. Author Beth Ziesenis, Your Nerdy Best Friend, shares hundreds of her favorite apps, websites and software that will transform you into the office nerd.

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