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Lead Yourself First!: Indispensable Lessons in Business and in Life

Lead Yourself First!: Indispensable Lessons in Business and in Life

by Michelle Ray


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Are you ready to be the leader of your own life? We live in a time of unprecedented economic and social turmoil. In the face of uncertainty and fear, we look to our jobs for security and to our leaders for inspiration. We aspire to a prosperous, stable future and strive to remain optimistic, but the stress of simply surviving—financially, professionally, and emotionally—can seem a relentless struggle. Consequently, we doubt ourselves and our capacity to be the leaders of our own lives—often opting for the status quo—because staying stuck is easier than creating change. We overlook this simple truth: If we remain true to ourselves, we can control our own reality. Lead Yourself First! is filled with engaging stories and advice to help people everywhere live life to the fullest and take the lead in any work or personal challenge. By applying Michelle Ray’s simple, powerful life-changing lessons, you will discover how to influence and improve the quality of all your choices. Michelle Ray’s “One-Two Punch” approach will inspire you to: Address the fear of success and eliminate the fear of failure; Rise above toxic behavior and situations; Gain new insights into your values about money, opportunity, and success; Discover your dream career or business and live it!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782797036
Publisher: Changemakers Books
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

MIchelle Ray is the Founder and CEO of the Lead Yourself First Institute. She is an in-demand international business keynote speaker, trainer and consultant who has worked with a wide variety of clients, helping them create effective business relationships and positive workplaces. Born in Australia, she resides in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1

Acknowledgments 3

Introduction In Memory of Stan 5

1 Why Should We Sip from a Teacup When We Can Drink from a River? Dream Big, Don't Settle 9

2 Who Turned Out the Lights? Dedicated Slaves 17

3 Cold-Calling Cat Woman Eliminating the Negative Thoughts that Live Rent Free 25

4 FYI A Post-It Note Can Change Your Life 33

5 Road Worrier The Glamour of Self-Employment 43

6 Money Doesn't Talk, It Swears How Money Hungry Are You? 51

7 Dusting Off Disappointment Staying Positive When the Letdowns Pile Up 61

8 Let Me Take You to Disneyland Imagination in Business 69

9 Flexing Your Resiliency Muscle Sink or Survive 77

10 The Fear of Success Is Bigger than the Fear of Failure Enemy Number One 87

11 The Tall Poppy Syndrome When Others Sabotage Your Success Plan 97

12 Get Out of That Cubicle The Art of "Me" Management 107

13 The Accident The Importance of Vulnerability and Humility 115

14 Book of Hugs Showing Up No Matter What 121

15 Running to Nowhere Unfulfilled Expectations 127

16 You Remind Me of My Ex-Wife Your Perception Is Your Truth 135

17 The Piano at the Bottom of Sydney Harbour Moving On in the Wake of Irreversible Mistakes 143

18 Why We Leave and Why We Stay Commitment to the Workplace 151

19 What's Your Edible Arrangement? Detaching from Drama 159

20 Room 142 Priorities Rule 167

21 Leading Yourself Means Being Yourself 175

References 183

About the Author 186

Tell Me Your Story 188

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