For help in getting the most from your people, take a look at Coaching, Counseling & Mentoring: How to Choose & Use the Right Technique to Boost Employee Performance (Amacom, $24.95). Management counselor/author Florence Stone uses case studies, scenarios, self-tests, checklists and sample scripts help managers correct poor performance and encourage employees. Its a solutions-oriented guide to help any manager use mentoring techniques to motivateeven in the most awkward situations.
For a little self-help with motivation and meeting your goals, heres one thats a little bit out there: How to Hypnotize Yourself Without Losing Your Mind by Wayne F. Perkins (Trafford Publishing, $26.95).
Unlike many books on self-hypnosis (and we know them all) that devote extensive copy to theory and clinical studies, this one is more like a breeze-through primer. With a tape recorder in one hand and the text in another, you record your own hypnosis scripts that motivate you to achieve quick, measurable results, specific to your individual goals. Does it work? Well, we always did want to write book blurbs for a living.
So much has been written about office romance that youd think theres nothing left to say on the subject. But as long as there are offices, there will be office romancesand books about the issue.
This time, Dennis M. Powers has taken a different slant, in The Office Romance: Playing with Fire Without Getting Burned (Amacom, $22.95).
The book explores the flip side of lasting relationships that develop between men and women who work together and, based on interviews with people in diverse occupations, reveals the risks, benefits and realities of dating and mating in the workplace. Backed by the EEOCs own figures, the author also shows how the problem of sexual harassment is often exaggerated.