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Lead Positive: What Highly Effective Leaders See, Say, and Do

Book Description

How to implement effecitve, magnetic leadership by applying asset-based thinking and shifting your mindset from the negative to the positive

Lead Positive takes the fundamentals of Asset-Based Thinking (ABT) and turns them into a playbook for successful leadership. ABT is a simple mindset management process that shows people how to make small shifts in perception and thinking to achieve great results. Cramer shows leaders how to apply ABT to shift their attention away from what is negative and learn to intentionally shine the spotlight on the positive, beneficial facts of a situation. As they make this mental shift from negative to positive aspects, they improve their optimism, empathy, and confidence. When their mindset zooms in on what is strong, valuable, and possible, what they say and do is far more likely to inspire others to action. In short, ABT helps leaders shift internally so they can excel externally. Lead Positive weaves neuroscience and positive psychology to create effective leadership strategies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Praise for Lead Positive
  3. Title page
  4. Copyright page
  5. Dedication
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Introduction: Lead Positive
    1. People Follow People, Not Ideas
    2. The Asset-Based Thinking Advantage for Leaders
    3. The Lead Positive Framework: See-Say-Do
    4. The Lead Positive Advantage at Work
  8. PART 1: What Highly Effective Leaders See
    1. 1: What You See Is What You Get
      1. The Power of Perceptual Sets
      2. Our Negativity Bias at Work
      3. How Your Mind Sculpts Your Brain
      4. The See-Think-Feel Awareness Tool
      5. The ASA Shift
      6. Resourcing Yourself as a Leader
      7. The Five-to-One Principle
      8. Equifax Workforce Solutions
      9. The Third Way
      10. What You See over Time
    2. 2: Focus on the Past
      1. DuPont Company
      2. A Focus on the Team
      3. A Focus on the Situation
      4. From Past to Present
    3. 3: Focus on the Present
      1. Kairos Moments and Opportunities
      2. Scan-Snap-Savor
      3. Seizing the Kairos Opportunity
      4. Seizing Opportunity from Negative Dynamics
      5. From Present to Future
    4. 4: Focus on the Future
      1. Envisioning a Positive Future
      2. A Self-Oriented Start to a Positive Future
      3. An Other-Oriented Start to a Positive Future
      4. A Situation-Oriented Start to a New Future
      5. Leadership by Lightning or Listening
  9. PART 2: What Highly Effective Leaders Say
    1. 5: From See to Say
      1. Saying It with Substance, Sizzle, and Soul
      2. What You Say and How You Say It
      3. The Substance-Sizzle-Soul Connection
    2. 6: Say It with Substance
      1. Practice, Practice, Practice
      2. Janice's Story
      3. Substance as Your Credibility Card
      4. Substance in Action
    3. 7: Say It with Sizzle
      1. The Hero's Journey
      2. An ABT Leader with Sizzle
      3. Say It with Sizzle Self-Tests
      4. How to Say It with Sizzle
      5. Sizzle in Action
    4. 8: Say It with Soul
      1. Show Your Skin in the Game
      2. Leaders Who Say It with Soul
      3. How Leading with Soul Can Inspire a New Sense of Pride: The Peabody Story
      4. Small Shifts in Soulfulness, Big Difference in Satisfaction
      5. Say It with Soul Self-Tests
      6. How to Say It with Soul
      7. Self-Others-Situation Framework for Saying It with Soul
      8. Soul in Action
  10. PART 3: What Highly Effective Leaders Do
    1. 9: From Say to Do: It's a Very Short Trip
      1. The See-Say-Do Chain Reaction
      2. A Virtuous Cycle
    2. 10: Reactive or Responsive: It's Up to You
      1. The Wider the Lens, the Better the View
      2. Reading Your Body in Real Time
      3. Asset-Based Thinking Leadership Strategies for Responsiveness
    3. 11: Start Being Before You Start Doing
      1. When I Am at My Best: A Self-Reflection Tool
      2. The Three Cs
      3. From Being to Doing
    4. 12: Driving Positive Change
      1. Post-Katrina New Orleans: A Story of Transformational Change
      2. The Seven Key Dos of Positive Change
    5. 13: The Asset-Based Leadership Advantage
      1. Stage I: Envision
      2. Stage II: Explore
      3. Stage III: Invent
      4. Stage IV: Transform
      5. Scan-Snap-Savor
  11. Conclusion: Your Lead Positive Hero's Journey
  12. About the Author
  13. More from Wiley
  14. Index