Want to learn how to be a skillful peacemaker or become more resilient through life’s ups and downs? Among the topics presented by this talented group of YPO members and spouses are how to get more out of your sales force; effectively deploy strategy and drive performance; and help your children connect their interests with future professions.
Polling in the United States indicates that for the first time in U.S. history, people believe their children will not be as well off as they are. In “Saving America: 7 Proven Steps to Make Government Deliver Great Results,” YPO member Mark Aesch lays out a nonpartisan plan to make government work. “Americans are weary of paying Ritz Carlton taxes and getting Bates Motel quality government,” he says. “In my book, I try to light the path to reduce the cost of public agencies while increasing the quality of public services.” With real-life stories of transformation, “Saving America” goes beyond hope, offering a framework for success to help local citizens, elected officials and administrators improve the country.
“Execution Excellence: Making Strategy Work Using the Balanced Scorecard” includes more than 15 strategy maps and scorecards from different industries, providing a framework for companies on how to utilize the balanced scorecard (BSC) to effectively deploy strategy and drive individual and enterprise performance. “Successful strategy execution is what separates the winners from the rest,” says author and BSC thought leader Sanjiv Anand. The internet, according to Anand, has significantly changed the market and competitive dynamics across the world as a company in a remote part of the planet now finds it has more than 100 competitors going after its clients online. As chairman of the global consulting firm Cedar, Anand incorporates into his book 30 years of experience and more than 300 global implementations across a range of industry sectors.
In her book, “The Self-Care Solution: A Modern Mother’s Must-Have Guide to Health and Well-Being,” Julie Burton, a health and wellness expert, mother of four and spouse of YPO member David Burton, combines research and her personal experience with that of hundreds of mothers she interviewed about the vulnerabilities and struggles women have trying to care for themselves while caring for their families. “Self-care is a universal issue among mothers no matter how young or how old,” says Burton. “Whether you are a mom in the thick of raising kids at home or an empty nester, mothers continue to struggle with creating boundaries even with adult children, and often still need emotional and relational self-care reminders.” The book offers insightful answers to poignant questions about how mothers take care of themselves, their relationships and jobs while raising their children and how they don’t.
YPO member Stephen Hecht joined forces with YPO certified forum facilitator Amir Kfir to write “Nonflict: The Art of Everyday Peacemaking.” The book is the outcome of a YPO program event, Art of Peace, which helped more than 700 members and their families resolve their own conflicts. “The average employee spends nearly three hours a week in conflict, costing companies USD359 billion in the United States alone,” says Hecht. The book outlines three simple yet powerful steps that anyone, from a child to a CEO, can use to resolve conflict. Hecht also shares how his personal experiences — divorce, strikes, family business issues and personal tragedy — have shaped his ability to use the strategies outlined in the book to strengthen relationships and create his ideal reality whenever he can.
Employee engagement, with engagement defined as “involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work,” is at an all-time low. With more than 25 years of experience as a human resources professional and talent management software CEO, Lois Melbourne often witnesses career dissatisfaction caused by a disconnect between job responsibilities and the activities people actually enjoy. “Kids Go to Work,” the second book of her educational children’s series “My Future Story,” addresses the employee engagement problem by motivating children to choose future careers based on what they love to do today. “Many people get caught in the common trap of simply stumbling into a job after school that dictates their career path, for better or — more likely — for worse,” Melbourne says. “By inspiring kids to connect their interests with future professions early on, we can create a new generation of engaged employees who are satisfied in their careers and are better workers overall.”
In “21 Days to Resilience,” Zelana Montminy, Ph.D., an expert in positive psychology and spouse of YPO member Joel Montminy, offers a practical, science-backed toolkit to develop your capacity to handle whatever life throws your way — and thrive. Each day of her powerful program, Montminy introduces a key trait necessary to improve resilience and enhance well-being, such as gratitude, focus, playfulness, self-respect and flexibility. She provides three simple tasks to accomplish that day — one in the morning, one during the day and one in the evening. “Being resilient does not mean you won’t encounter problems or have difficulties overcoming a challenge in your life,” says Montminy. “The difference is that resilient people don’t let their adversity define them. At its core, resilience is about being capable and strong enough to persevere in adverse or stressful conditions and to take away positive meaning from that experience.”
YPO member Dave Moody seemed to have it all. He played high school and college football, joined a fraternity, and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees. As his life progressed, he married the love of his life, had two children and turned his two passions — architecture and construction — into a successful career. But the devastating secret of his childhood sexual abuse almost killed him. “I planned on going to my grave with my secret of being sexually abused by a male babysitter as a child,” Moody reveals in his book, “Fighting Through the Fear: My Journey of Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse.” After telling his wife in 1992, he had a nervous breakdown and began to suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome. In the book, readers accompany Moody on his journey of healing while raising a family and building a thriving business.
Many business owners would like more from their sales organization, which may be under-achieving, giving up unilateral concessions to close deals or missing its sales forecast for no apparent reason. “Succeed The Sandler Way: 14 Personal and Professional Breakthroughs” features compelling success stories from those who have used the Sandler Selling System to create major personal and professional breakthroughs. “These people went through a transformational process of becoming great sales leaders and were brutally open with their stories about how they first recognized and then took on their internal antagonist that was holding them back,” says author YPO member Karl Scheible. As each case study proves, the guiding principle for creating a breakthrough is deceptively simple: Be candid. Taking a good, hard look at yourself is a prerequisite of any breakthrough.