Inspiration
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People​
Independence
The first three habits surround moving from dependence to independence (i.e. self-mastery):
1​ - Be Proactive
roles and relationships in life. To have a can do attitude.
2​ - Begin with the end End in Mind
envision what you want in the future so that you know concretely what to make a reality.
3 - P​ut First Things First
A manager must manage his own person. Personally. And managers should implement activities that aim to reach the second habit. Covey says that habit two is the mental creation; habit three is the physical creation.
Interdependence
The next three habits talk about Interdependence (e.g. Working with others):
4​ - Think Win-Win
Genuine feelings for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Value and respect people by understanding a "win" for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had gotten his way.
5​ - S​eek First to Understand. Then to be Understood
Use empathic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring, and positive problem solving.
6​ - S​ynergize
Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals that no one could have done alone.
Continuous Improvements
T​he final habit is that of continous improvement in both the personal and interpersonal spheres of influence.
7​ - S​harpen the Saw
Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes exercise for physical renewal, prayer (meditation, yoga, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to society for spiritual renewal.
 

The Hamster Revolution

How to manage your email before it manages you!​ ​
 
As email volume has doubled over the past three years, millions of professionals have begun to feel overwhelmed by the mountains of information they’re expected to process and store.  The time and mental energy required to manage this deluge of data has not only made work more difficult, it has disrupted work/life balance and slowed professional development.  Many feel like a hamster on a wheel; running faster and harder, but getting nowhere.
 
Enter The Hamster Revolution: An engaging parable about a stressed-out professional named Harold who is so overloaded by information that he actually turns into a hamster!   As he falls behind at work, Harold’s family life suffers.  Feeling desperate, Harold seeks advice from an information productivity expert known as the Info-Coach.  The Info-Coach encourages Harold to join The Hamster Revolution: A movement of professionals who have decided to reclaim their lives by fighting back against info-glut.

FOCUS - The Hidden Driver of Excellence

The author of the international bestseller Emotional Intelligence returns with a groundbreaking look at today’s scarcest resource and the secret to high performance and fulfillment: attention.

For more than two decades, psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman has been scouting the leading edge of the human sciences for what’s new, surprising, and important. In Focus, he delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long-overdue discussion of this little-noticed and underrated mental asset that matters enormously for how we navigate life. Attention works much like a muscle: use it poorly and it can wither; work it well and it grows. In an era of unstoppable distractions, Goleman persuasively argues that now more than ever we must learn to sharpen focus if we are to contend with, let alone thrive in, a complex world.

High achievers, Goleman writes, master three types of focus: inner, other and outer, which he calls "triple-focus". Inner focus describes self-awareness; other focus relates to empathy; and outer focus refers to awareness of our environment.

​A well-lived life demands that we be nimble at each. Goleman shows why high-performers need all three kinds of focus, as demonstrated by rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business. Those who excel rely on what Goleman calls smart practice—such as mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery from setbacks, continued attention to the learning curve, and positive emotions and connections—that help them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain excellence. Combining cutting-edge research with practical findings, Focus reveals what distinguishes experts from amateurs and stars from average performers. Ultimately,Focus calls upon readers not only to pay attention to what matters most to them personally, but also to turn their attention to the pressing problems of the wider world, to the powerless and the poor, and to the future, not just to the seductively simple demands of the here and now.