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Many people experience anxiety on the job. This problem affects employees at every level of organizations, from entry-level workers to senior executives. Although workplace anxiety can be debilitating, it does not have to be. In Work Makes Me Nervous, Jonathan Berent and Amy Lemley describe a personal coaching system that conquers this problem. Berent developed the program based on his work with thousands of people. This process is designed to help readers diagnose their symptoms, build a map for change, and create a High Performance Mind.

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Related book summaries in the BBS library: The Stress Effect, The Three Signs of a Miserable Job, Speak with Power and Confidence

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In Crush It! author Gary Vaynerchuk describes how anyone can harness the power of the Internet to turn their passion (no matter how obscure or crazy) into a revenue making business. His fervent theme: “monetize your passion” by using the unprecedented opportunities afforded through social media net-working platforms.  A self-made successful businessman and personal brand identity, Vaynerchuk made a name for himself by launching and promoting Wine Library TV, a video blog. Drawing upon his own experience, Vaynerchuk explains how to use all the social media networking tools to build a passion into a personal brand that creates wealth and personal happiness. He contends that launching a business on the Internet does not have to cost millions of dollars—or even thousands. What it requires is dedication, passion, time, patience and creativity.

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Related book summaries in the BBS library: The Digital HandshakeSocial Media at WorkChanging the Channel

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With Thanksgiving leftovers still in the refrigerator and the Holiday season in full swing, it’s an important time for all of us to recognize what is important in our lives. Much of leadership training involves prioritizing work and managing time in an effort to become more efficient, but now more than ever, a good work/life balance is essential for a healthy and productive workforce.

Many companies have started offering benefits such as flextime and telecommuting to help workers reach a balance between their personal and professional lives, but this may not be enough in many cases. According to Jennifer Lacy, director of research for The New York Times Job Market, “There is a general perception among employees that working long hours is important for career advancement…This notion, and the pay and promotion policies that support it, often undermines attempts to promote work/life balance.”

For corporate work/life initiatives to succeed, they must be supported from the top. Culture is one of the largest driving forces in any initiative, but the recession has put even more pressure on those wishing to take advantage of work/life benefits because they are afraid of being viewed as not dedicated to the company. However, if companies can launch successful work/life programs, they can reap rewards that include less absenteeism, lower burn-out rates, and a more productive workforce.

So, while enjoying those leftovers and planning the family festivities this season, leaders and managers should also be thinking about how to best serve both work and family all year round.

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The key to high performance in the workplace goes beyond traditional “hard skills” — passion is an essential element of productivity. Employees who are able to identify a “passion and purpose” in their lives experience heightened engagement and innovation, and they feel connected to their work in exciting new ways. Organizations that cultivate this sense of engagement can gain a valuable edge in today’s competitive marketplace.

In The Purpose Linked Organization, leadership development experts Alaina Love and Marc Cugnon explain the powerful role passion and purpose play in the workplace and explain how leveraging them effectively can enhance organizational performance. Using the ten “Passion Profile Archetypes,” the authors show readers how they can hone the temperaments necessary for high performance and channel them in a positive direction.

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Related book summaries in the BBS library: Purpose, Common Purpose

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The old saw says that money cannot buy happiness. But what about the reverse? Does happiness matter in the workplace? In Happiness at Work, Jessica Pryce-Jones demonstrates that happy employees are more successful in a variety of indicators, including promotion, motivation, efficiency, and health. Happy employees contribute more, stay in their positions longer, and are better to work with. Furthermore, happiness is neither mysterious nor intangible—there are numerous strategies that individuals and businesses can adopt to enhance the happiness of their workplaces. In today’s economic climate, everyone in business should be looking to tap into this vast, often poorly understood human resource.

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Maximizing productivity at work is a top priority for all business organizations, but all too often focus is limited to extrinsic rewards: tangible benefits such as pay, commissions, and bonuses. In Intrinsic Motivation at Work, author Kenneth W. Thomas explores the power of intrinsic rewards, the psychological rewards workers get from the work itself. Companies that harness intrinsic rewards can create a more engaged, self-managing, and committed environment for their employees. Speaking to workers and team leaders alike, Intrinsic Motivation at Work describes the four intrinsic motivations needed to improve workers’ self-management: a sense of choice, a sense of meaningfulness, a sense of competence, and a sense of progress.

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Related book summaries in the BBS library: Engaging the Hearts and Minds of All Your Employees, Engagement Is Not Enough, The Inspiring Leader

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