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Request for Information from the Readership

Need some help with a project at work. 

Looking to assemble a fast-and-dirty reading list for laymen that deals with the following topics:

Social intelligence, Emotional self-regulation, Emotion and learning, De-escalation of conflict, Attention, Self-Efficacy

Interested in both academic (for reference) and middlebrow (for distribution) titles, particularly those that contain interpersonal strategies and organizational culture angles. Links to journal or magazine articles or whatever else you deem useful will also be appreciated.

Fire away, the more the better.

17 Responses to “Request for Information from the Readership”

  1. Scott Says:

    Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, of courseSocial Intelligence by Karl AlbrechtAll the Ury books (Getting past no, etc – there are three in the series)More later…

  2. JonH Says:

    The Art of Manliness. http://artofmanliness.com/

  3. zen Says:

    Gracias, Scott!

  4. MikeF Says:

    Carnegie’s "How to win friends and influence people" is probably the easiest to read.  While it doesn’t specifically use these terms, it incorporates all of them.

  5. chris Says:

    I’m a fan of Rory Miller’s Meditations on Violence, which veers a bit from what you’re looking for I think.

  6. Bryan Alexander Says:

    Self-efficacy… do you mean personal productivity guides, like Getting Things Done?  Or self-sufficiency?

  7. zen Says:

    Gracias Mike and chris,
    Good question, Bryan. I mean the emotional and intrapersonal skills/beliefs to acheive high performance/productivity.

  8. Ken B. Says:

    Emotional Intelligence  by Daniel Goleman is interesting but for How to  People Skills by Robert Bolton is better for practical use ie defusing anger.  I second  "How to win friends and influence people"

    The 7 habits book  seems to nag but  Principle Centered Leadership by the same author is better.  As far as getting things done – google what James Fallows of the Atlantic says about "Getting things done" by Dave Allen.

  9. Purpleslog Says:

    Allen’s "Getting Things Done" is both a systems for personal productivity and for de-stressifying life.

    There was a good book call "Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff".

    Or are you looking for Myers-Briggs stuff (recognizing the the 16 diff personalities, and how to interact or lead each).

  10. Charles Cameron Says:

    Do the conflicts involve different cultures, Zen?  Most of what I’m reading here seems a bit monocultural. Could you say more about your context?

  11. Zach R Says:

    Without more specific info on what you are doing, "Collaborative Intelligence" by Hackman might be of interest.

  12. JMac Says:

    What is a Person by Christian Smith

  13. Bryan Alexander Says:

    Deep question, Zen.  I don’t think I could recommend deeper stuff, but do think you could find GTD useful.

  14. Fred Leland Says:

    Great book on conflict by John Byrnes called before conflict http://www.amazon.com/Before-Conflict-Preventing-Aggressive-Behavior/dp/0810843978 also Gavin Debeckers The Gift of Fear http://www.amazon.com/Other-Survival-Signals-Protect-Violence/dp/0440508835/ref=pd_sim_b_1 

  15. deichmans Says:

    Leadership is an Art by DePree.
    Leading Change by Kotter.
    Competing for the Future by Hamel & Prahalad.
    The Book of Five Rings by Musashi (if you really want to Zen them :-).

  16. zen Says:

    Much thanks gents! This was a big help!

  17. Sgt. T Says:

    Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational is worth a look as well.  The TED talk is a good primer.

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