The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen R. Covey  
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In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity—principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

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The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness Stephen R. Covey  
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In the 7 Habits series, international bestselling author Stephen R. Covey showed us how to become as effective as it is possible to be. In his long-awaited new book, THE 8th HABIT, he opens up an entirely new dimension of human potential, and shows us how to achieve greatness in any position and any venue. All of us, Covey says, have within us the means for greatness. To tap into it is a matter of finding the right balance of four human attributes: talent, need, conscience and passion. At the nexus of these four attributes is what Covey calls voice - the unique, personal significance we each possess. Covey exhorts us all to move beyond effectiveness into the realm of greatness - and he shows us how to do so, by engaging our strengths and locating our powerful, individual voices. Why do we need this new habit? Because we have entered a new era in human history. The world is a profoundly different place than when THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE was originally published in 1989. The challenges and complexity we face today are of a different order of magnitude. We enjoy far greater autonomy in all areas of our lives, and along with this freedom comes the expectation that we will manage ourselves, instead of being managed by others. At the same time, we struggle to feel engaged, fulfilled and passionate. Tapping into the higher reaches of human genius and motivation to find our voice requires a new mindset, a new skill-set, a new tool-set - in short, a whole new habit.

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The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems Stephen R. Covey  
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From the multimillion-copy bestselling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People—hailed as the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century—The 3rd Alternative turns Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s formidable insight to a powerful new way to resolve professional and personal difficulties and create solutions to great challenges in organizations and society.

There are many methods of “conflict resolution,” but most involve compromise, a low-level accommodation that stops the fight without breaking through to amazing new results. The 3rd Alternative introduces a breakthrough approach to conflict resolution and creative problem solving, transcending traditional solutions to conflict by forging a path toward a third option, a 3rd Alternative that moves beyond your way or my way to a higher and better way—one that allows both parties to emerge from debate or even heated conflict in a far better place than either had envisioned. With the 3rd Alternative, nobody has to give up anything, and everyone wins.

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First Things First Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R. Merrill  
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I'm getting more done in less time, but where are the rich relationships, the inner peace, the balance, the confidence that I'm doing what matters most and doing it well?

Does this nagging question haunt you, even when you feel you are being your most efficient? If so, First Things First can help you understand why so often our first things aren't first. Rather than offering you another clock, First Things First provides you with a compass, because where you're headed is more important than how fast you're going.

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Predictable Results in Unpredictable Times Stephen R. Covey, Bob Whitman  
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If there is one thing that is certain in business, it is uncertainty; still, some companies perform reliably and with excellence in spite of changing circumstances. Predictable Results in Unpredictable Times is about four essentials for getting great performance in good times and bad.

(1) Excellent Execution: Winning companies have simple goals with clear targets and strong follow-through. All team members know what to do about the goals and they execute precisely.

(2) High Trust Levels with All Stakeholders: Low trust slows you down and raises your costs especially in times of turmoil. But when trust levels rise, everything speeds up and costs go down.

(3) Achieving More with Less: In tough times, everyone tries to do more with less, but the real question is more of what? Winning companies focus on giving more value not just cutting back.

(4) Transforming Fear into Engagement: Unpredictable times create anxieties that distract you just when you need total focus. Winning organizations entrust people with a mission and strategy they can believe in, channeling their anxiety into results.

These principles can help companies win regardless of the turbulence of the ride or the shock of overwhelming change.

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30 Days to a Simpler Life Connie Cox, Cris Evatt  
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Connie Cox and Cris Evatt, the authors of Simply Organized have teamed up once again and created a new step-by-step guide to simplifying your life in only thirty days. Organized in a day-by-day format, the book offers simple steps which take in an hour or less to cut down on clutter. Each section is followed by instructions for more in-depth simplifying each area (one's workplace, closets, vacation, or errand routines, a cluttered mind, and more), and a tip checklist is included for readers interested in "maximum simplification." Written in an inspirational style and a clear, down-to-earth format, 30 Days To A Simpler Life contains adages, anecdotes, and quotes from philosophers, designers, psychologists, financial planners, and other experts. The authors also include a guide to related books, newsletters, and websites to further assist readers in reaching their goal of simpler living

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Der Atlas des Managements: Navigationshilfen für die Reise durch die Business-Welt Stuart Crainer, Des Dearlove, Kathrin Stachora  
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Es gibt zahllose Darstellungen, wie Wirtschaft und Management funktionieren. Aber noch nie gab es einen Atlas mit Landkarten. Zwei britische Publizisten haben sich zusammen mit kreativen Kartographen auf dieses höchst komplexe Unterfangen eingelassen. Das Ergebnis vorneweg: Eine wirklich fulminante Reise durch Wissenssandbänke, über Lieferkettenautobahnen und Pionierspfade mitten hinein in die Lohnende-Mühe-Stadt.

Es ist die erste Landkartensammlung der „terra oeconomica“ — ein ultimativer Routenplaner für den Geschäftserfolg. Stuart Crainer und Des Dearlove hatten es wohl satt, dem täglichen Blindflug der Entscheider tatenlos zuzusehen. Darum haben sie sich kurzerhand mit einer kreativen Kartographengruppe zusammengetan und die komplizierten Topographien der globalen Businesswelt anschaulich zu Papier gebracht.

Zwölf solcher Kernfelder haben die Autoren vermessen und abgesteckt - „Etappen auf der Reise hin zum Verständnis dessen, was notwendig ist, um besser im Geschäft zu sein“. Das riecht beim ersten Schnupperlesen leicht nach aufgewärmtem Erfolgsgeheimnisbrei. Und auch das Kartenlesen selbst ist erstmal etwas nervig. Humankapitalstadt auf Neufundland? Ideenniederschlag im Gründergebirge? Wohlstandsgewässerschutz? Motivationsbergsteiger-Station? Klingt wie Monopoly für Manager — eben ein bisschen doof.

Aber nichts von diesen Vorbehalten bleibt, sobald der Sog der neuen Perspektive wirkt. Dann zeigt sich auch der wahre Nutzwert für den Leser. Es geht eben nicht darum, mit dem Business-Atlas unterm Arm in den Erfolgs-Feldzug zu ziehen, sondern einfach nur um einen völlig neuen Blick auf altbekannte Themen und Probleme. Zum Beispiel die Karrierefrage. Auf den Panoramen der Business-Kartographen liegen zwischen den großen Landmassen des Berufs-, Berufungs- und Unternehmerlands zwei kleinere Inseln im Ozean des Sinns: das Land der Selbsterkenntnis und die Reflektionsinsel. Es gibt auf dieser Karte etliche Fluglinien, aber alle führen über das Land der Selbsterkenntnis.

Der Atlas des Managements ist nichts für Anhänger von How-to-do-Ratgebern. Er gibt keine Routen vor, bietet lediglich alternative Wegstrecken an und weist auf Sehenswürdigkeiten und Besonderheiten hin. Wer sich von der Expedition durch die Business-Welt eine perfekt durchorganisierte All-Inclusive-Reise erwartet, wird enttäuscht. Wer aber auf aktive und individuelle Entdeckungsreise gehen will, findet Inspiration und Information en masse. Gundula Englisch

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Good Thinking: Seven Powerful Ideas That Influence the Way We Think Denise D. Cummins  
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After reading this book, you will be wiser in two ways: You will know how the best and brightest thinkers judge the ways we decide, argue, solve problems, and tell right from wrong. But you will also understand why, when we don't meet these standards, it is not always a bad thing. The answers are rooted in the way the human brain has been wired to make us kinder and more generous than economists think we ought to be, but more resistant to change and persuasion than scientists and scholars think is good for us.

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Wa(h)re Sehnsucht: Was wir wirklich kaufen wollen Melinda Davis, Ulrike Zehetmayr  
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Wer sein Geld damit verdient, dass andere etwas kaufen, wird Davis' zugespitzte Thesen und Szenarien voller Faszination lesen. Aber auch, wenn Sie einfach nur wissen wollen, wie unser Leben in sich zehn oder 20 Jahren anfühlen könnte, werden Sie Spaß haben.

Die Verfasserin beschreibt — Trick solcher Bücher — zunächst Erscheinungen, die jeder kennt. Allerdings aus ungewohntem Blickwinkel. Ihr Fazit: Wir alle ticken inzwischen nicht mehr ganz sauber, wir sind krank. Weil wir die unübersichtlichen Verhältnisse — die Welt um uns herum — nicht mehr aushalten. Denn in unserem Innern sind wir nicht stromlinienförmig, flexibel und modern, sondern altmodisch, langsam, unperfekt und ewig auf der Suche nach Heimat und Geborgenheit.

Längst, so Davis, würden wir nicht mehr eine bestimmte Marke kaufen oder gar einen Gebrauchswert, sondern den seelischen Wohlfühlfaktor, den die Kaufentscheidung verspräche. Die Autorin nennt es Heilung. Die Beispiele, die sie aus der Werbung anführen kann, sind in ihrer Vielzahl und auch in der Vielfalt der Branchen wirklich verblüffend.

Davis' Folgerung für die Zukunft: Marken im heutigen Sinn werden "großen Fischen" weichen, die als Paket-Anbieter in Sachen Lebensorientierung und Heilung auftreten. Wir haben dann die Wahl, können uns auch durchaus für die Angebote mehrerer "großer Fische" zugleich entscheiden (so wir das Geld haben), bekommen aber jeweils alles aus einer Hand und mit identischer Heilungsphilosophie: Nachrichten, Steaks, Kommunikation, Zahnpasta, Urlaub.

Amerikahasser werden sich angesichts dieses Szenarios gruseln und sich wieder Mal bestätigt finden, Kapitalismuskritiker und Globalisierungsgegner erst recht. Der Rezensent dagegen hat den Band mit großem Vergnügen gelesen. —Michael Winteroll

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Lateral Thinking Edward DeBono  
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This book, which is now internationally known and a bestseller, is a textbook of creativity. It shows how the habit of lateral thinking can be encouraged and new ideas generated. The author has worked out special techniques for doing this, in groups or alone, and the result is a triumph of entertaining education.

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Simplicity Edward DeBono  
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In an increasingly complex world 'simplicity' is going to be a key value. The pace of change is not going to stop so we have to make a conscious effort to make things simpler. Edward de Bono is in an ideal position to write such a book because of his vast experience in the area of creativity, design and perception. In a powerful and simple way, he shows us how very often a lateral thinking approach can simplify a complex matter.

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Six Thinking Hats Edward DeBono  
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"Six Thinking Hats" is a de Bono classic, used by businessmen worldwide to develop techniques of creative thinking in the boardroom. "The Six Hats" method aims to make the fullest use of everyone's intelligence, experience and information. De Bono has comprehensively updated his bestselling text for this new edition.

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The Forgotten Half of Change: Achieving Greater Creativity through Changes in Perception Luc deBrabandere  
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Unlock and Embrace a New Mindset about Business Creativity

The 20th century saw the United States dominate the world of innovation, but at the dawn of the 21st century it’s become pretty clear that the pace of change in a global economy demands not only innovation, but creativity. We must become as good at changing our perceptions as we have become at changing reality.

Inspiring creativity is one of the most pressing needs for American corporations, particularly those in markets that are forcing them not only to improve but transform themselves. Yet true creativity can be had only if you are willing to break the rules that have locked you in a set way of thinking, not just doing. This unique book will help managers think about how they think. This understanding will help them inspire creativity and sense when it is time to focus on the second half of change—changing perception.

The Forgotten Half of Change differs from other books the same way perception differs from reality. It is at once humorous and humanistic, making fun of our weaknesses yet sympathizing with our challenge to be both active and thoughtful. It entertains and challenges its readers at the same time with an array of examples drawn from philosophy, mathematics, technology, and linguistics. Ultimately, this book may help us regain our ability to astonish ourselves and others.

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