Monthly Archives: June 2012

Strengthsfinder 2.0

Rath, T.  Strengthsfinder 2.0.  New York, NY:  Gallup Press, 2007.

Recommended By:  Kristin Janke, U of MN, CoP

Star Rating: 5 (It’s Great)

Review:  This book is perfect for its intended purpose.  It’s an affordable way to access the Strengthsfinder instrument.   In addition to access, it provides 30 brief pages of introduction to a positive psychology approach to focusing on and building our talents.  Students can read this quickly and then use the access number (provided in new copies of the book) to take the online assessment.  We use this with our entire student body and then use Now, Discover Your Strengths and Strengths-Based Leadership with students in leadership electives.  We’ve been using strengths in our pharmacy curriculum since 2002.  An AJPE article provides an overview and an Innovations article provides more details about the levels of learning our students can progress through.  I’d love to hear from folks that are using the Strengthsfinder!

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Filed under Personal Development, Pharmacy Graduate Students, Pharmacy Students-All

Our Iceberg Is Melting

Kotter, J.  Rathgerber, H.  Our Iceberg Is Melting:  Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions.  New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 2005.

Recommended by: Kristin Janke, U of MN, CoP

Star Rating: 5 (It’s Great)

Review:  We’ve used this book with pharmacists and pharmacy students since 2007.  It’s a fable that illustrates the process of successful organizational change.  It’s readily available at any bookstore/online vendor and it can be read in 1 to 1-1/2 hours.   Any reader can relate to the penguin characters, which we have all experienced (e.g. The Professor, No-No, Buddy).  We can also relate to the anxiety experienced by the colony as their life is about to change dramatically.  Keep in mind that the principles are illustrated; they’ll need to be discussed, reinforced and expanded upon.  But, this book serves as a great introduction.

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Filed under Organizational Change/Excellence, Pharmacy Students-All

The Leadership Engine: How Winning Companies Build Leaders at Every Level

Tichy, N. The Leadership Engine: How Winning Companies Build Leadership at Every Level. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, Inc., 2002.

Recommended by Jenelle Sobotka

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The Leader’s Compass: A Personal Leadership Philosophy is Your Key to Success

Ruggero, E. and Haley, D. The Leader’s Compass: A Personal Leadership Philosophy is Your Key to Success. King of Prussia, PA: Academy of Leadership, 2005.

Recommended by Jenelle Sobotka

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Training Camp: A Fable About Excellence

Gordon, J. Training Camp: A Fable About Excellence. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2009.

Recommended by Jenelle Sobotka

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Filed under Character/Values, Inspirational, Partners and Teams

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy

Gordon, J. The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2007.

Recommended by Jenelle Sobotka

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Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture

Gordon, J. Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2010.

Recommended by Jenelle Sobotka

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