Thoughts for Tuesday by: Suzanne Bates
The most successful people in the world share a common characteristic. What’s their secret? They look at the triumphs and tribulations of their lives as opportunities to learn and grow. They reflect on their personal moments to guide them along the way. And, they see the lessons in these moments as wisdom to share with others.
Each week, in her wildly popular weekly blog, “Thoughts for Tuesday,” bestselling business author and CEO coach Suzanne Bates has been doing just that – sharing everyday experiences and translating them into stories that inspire her readers. As a speaker, leadership coach, CEO, and former award-winning television news anchor, Suzanne has a unique lens through which she views life’s little moments. This anthology of Thoughts for Tuesday “fan favorites” will make you laugh, cry, and reflect. Suzanne shares compelling, inspirational, and sometimes humorous stories that will make you look back at your own personal experiences through a whole new lens.
Injured Money: True Story of a Man Who Fought Insurance Companies and Won More Than a Quarter-Million Dollars, and How You Can Too! by: Dan Karr
If you buy insurance, drive a car, ride in a car, ride a bike or walk on roads where cars drive, this book is a must read. Exceptionally different than the books written by attorneys, this book is written by an injured person who recovered more than a quarter-million dollars. Based on a true story, the author takes you through the events immediately following an accident all the way to settling multiple insurance claims and a lawsuit. At every step along the way, there is a clear description of the pitfalls to avoid so that you too can maximize the money you receive.
And for those who haven’t had an accident – this book is a must read because it will give you the insight you need to choose the right auto and medical insurance companies so that you and your family members are protected when an accident occurs. Consumers have no idea what has occurred in the insurance industry over the last two decades. These changes will directly affect whether you will be compensated following an accident. After reading this book, you will be prepared to:
- Calculate the value of your injuries and determine if filing a claim is worth your time and effort.
- Take the four steps to file, negotiate and settle your claim.
- Represent yourself without an attorney to maximize financial gain.
- Hire, compensate and manage an attorney if you choose to do so.
- Know what to say to insurers, and when to say it.
- Know what not to say to insurers.
- Learn how to work with your medical insurer so they don’t cancel coverage.
- Select an auto insurance company that will honor the policy they sell you.
The final two chapters of the book analyze the insurance industry, documenting how insurance companies systematically delay and deny claims. Reading these chapters will create a shocking awareness that consumers are buying a product called insurance, but in fact are spending hard-earned money with companies that no longer honor the insurance contracts they sell. The final chapter lays out a clear plan for what consumers can do to protect them from buying insurance that won’t protect them.
The Chemistry of Strategy: Strategic Planning for the Not-Yet-Fortune 500 by: John W. Myrna
This book offers readers something they can’t find in today’s most popular business books: a practical, tested perspective and strategic planning process that works for the legions of companies that don’t have the resources of an Apple, GE, or P&G. Readers will gain a deep understanding of what strategy and strategic planning is; why it’s critical to their organization and their own success; and how to create, implement and sustain a strategy that literally turns vision into reality.
Executive teams are searching for the magic elixir of success. The appeal of such alchemical magic is obvious. If a company’s managers do just this one simple thing, or follow this simple, easy plan, they too can enjoy profit margins and stock prices just like the “it” company of the moment.
The process of successfully growing an organization is like mixing chemicals together to create a reaction. Ask the typical executive to name the most valuable tool in the process of creating a chemical reaction, and they’ll offer such answers as the quantity of certain chemicals, the quality of the lab facility, the combination of two or more elements and so on. That’s because we tend to be so rooted in tactical thinking that we miss the larger equation.
The reality is that the most important tool in creating the desired chemical reaction – or growing a company – is the formula that describes its “big picture” results.
The primary formula for strategy is simple enough:
(What + Why + How) → The Future
What do we want the company to look like in the future?
Why do we want to look like that?
How do we get there?
(What + Why + How) = Strategy
This strategic planning approach derives from the author’s own alchemist-like professional search to find the magic formula for transforming the value of companies.
Motivate Like a CEO: Communicate Your Strategic Vision and Inspire People to Act! by: Suzanne Bates
“An exciting read, you won’t want to put Motivate Like a CEO down until you’ve mastered all of its secrets!”
Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
“Motivated leaders are rare, yet everyone seeks to become one. The greatness of this book is that it breaks down the process by giving you the ideas and the tools to motivate and inspire yourself first, and then others second. If you’re in a leadership position or hoping to get to the next level, make the decision to buy this book, study this book, and put it into practice.”
-Jeffrey Gitomer, author of The Little Red Book of Selling
The most successful leaders seem to possess a remarkable gift for inspiring and motivating people. They are not only hard workers who possess great business minds; they rally others to drive forward with a powerful, common vision. Motivate Like a CEO demonstrates how leaders at every level can develop this skill and use it to bring their teams together around a common purpose.
In this follow-up to her bestselling Speak Like a CEO, Suzanne Bates explains how you can become a powerful force of influence within your organization and position your company for greatness. You’ll learn how to translate simple, effective concepts into brilliant execution; get people working together on the highest priorities; and align warring factions to channel energy into the efforts that make your company profitable.
Inside, you’ll discover secrets to generate excitement all the way down the line to achieve superior results. Real-world stories of leaders who have transformed their organizations will inspire you to move your own organization to a position of strength. And, you’ll find helpful, easy-to-follow advice on how to communicate in a way that inspires people to act.
Motivate Like a CEO teaches you how to:
- Inspire people to embrace and share your vision
- Speak with energy and confidence in tough situations
- Turn challenges into opportunities
- Get your team engaged, in the loop, and tracking real results
- Make time in your schedule for sharing your message of motivation throughout your company
Even a well-positioned, strategically sound company will fail if its messages and focus are not clear. Successful leaders must be able to move the strategic plan from words on paper into the hearts and minds of the people who make it happen.
Motivate Like a CEO can help you significantly improve bottom line results, create a happier, more unified team of people, and allow you to leave a legacy of leadership.
In the Matter of Michael Vogel by: Drew Yanno
It’s the late summer of 1966 in a small town in upstate New York when the body of eight year old Michael Vogel is found at the bottom of the deep end of the municipal swimming pool four hours after closing.
At first, the townspeople believe the initial reports that it was an accidental drowning, despite the fact that the boy’s body wasn’t discovered when the lifeguards searched the pool earlier in the day after his sister reported him missing. However, when an autopsy reveals an unexpected result, it sets in motion a search for a killer in a town unaccustomed to murder.
The story is told from the perspective of three members of the community: a twelve year old boy with a future he hopes to avoid; a sheriff with a past he wishes to forget; and a forty year old bachelor with a secret he wants desperately to protect. Their stories all come together in a startling and thrilling conclusion that helps to provide a measure of redemption for each of them.