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Happy Accidents : the Transformative Power of Yes, and at Work and Life.

Author: David Ahearn; Frank Ford; David Wilk
Publisher: Newark : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2017.
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For others, no is a learned conditioning that stops us cold in our tracks of discovery, stifles our desire for positive interactions with colleagues at work, and even shuts us off from the people closest to us our families whom we see at home after our workday.
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Ahearn, David.
Happy Accidents : The Transformative Power of Yes, and at Work and Life.
Newark : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Ahearn; Frank Ford; David Wilk
ISBN: 9781119428671 111942867X 9781119428565 1119428564 9781119428664 1119428661
OCLC Number: 1002697120
Notes: 10 It Takes a Village, Idiot.
Description: 1 online resource (201 pages)
Contents: HAPPY ACCIDENTS; Contents; Fourword; Introduction: How to Reset Your Mind-set From "No, But" to "Yes, And"; You're Already an Improviser; 1 How to Harness the Power of Positive Collaboration; Getting Into Comedy 101; Our First Happy Accident: Discovering the Power of We; In "Yes, And" We Trust; Chapter 1 Intermission; When One Door Closes, Opportunity Knock-Knocks; Conscientiousness; The Origin of an Idea; Chapter 1 Highlights; Chapter 1 Exercise "Yes, And" Positive-Mind-set Recalibration Exercise; 2 Life's All About the Leap, Not the Landing. Opportunity Isn't Opportunity, Unless We Choose to Seize ItRenting Our First Starter Home; Chapter 2 Intermission; Manifestation Is When Intention Meets Belief; The Curtain Rises; Shared Passion Creates Fertile Ground for Success; The Happiest of Accidents; The Goal We Share Together We Achieve Together; You See a Rainy Wedding Rehearsal and We See a New Theater; Chapter 2 Highlights; Chapter 2 Exercise "Ego" to "WEgo" Exercise; 3 How to Get the Maximum Return on Improvisation (ROI); Value Your Staff and Customers and They Will Value You; Chapter 3 Intermission. In Improvisation, the Setback or Perceived Mistake Can Be the Next Great ThingChapter 3 Highlights; Chapter 3 Exercise "No Mistakes" Exercise; 4 How to Treat Your Coworkers Like Artists and Poets; Can Someone Please Teach Me to Be Authentic?; The Call of Hollywood; Chapter 4 Intermission; The Work Is What Matters; Hollywood's on Line 1; Chapter 4 Highlights; Chapter 4 Exercise: Treat Each Other Like "Artists and Poets" Exercise; 5 Why a Controlled Life Is the Enemy of a Happy Life; (A, P, A), E, I, O, U, and Always, Why?; The Age of Poi-Zen (Our Breakup); Chapter 5 Intermission. The Age of Re-Zen (Our Big Makeup)Chapter 5 Highlights; Chapter 5 Exercise: "Why Game" Exercise; 6 How Being a Better Listener Makes You a Better Communicator; Crisis, Party of Six, Your Table Is Ready; Would You Like Your Financial Meltdown on White or Wheat?; Chapter 6 Intermission; Pull Up a Deck Seat on the Titanic and Enjoy the View; Lifeboat, Party of Six; Chapter 6 Highlights; Chapter 6 Exercise "Offer Help" Exercise; 7 Why There Are No Mistakes, Only Higher and Lower Percentage Choices; Relationships; Chapter 7 Intermission; Vision; That's the Spirit!; Chapter 7 Highlights. Chapter 7 Exercise "Inspire" Exercise8 How to Transform Your Labor of Love Into a Masterpiece; It's Raining Congressmen and Congresswomen; 20 Seconds from Another Happy Accident; Chapter 8 Intermission; Building a "Yes, And" City; Chapter 8 Highlights; Chapter 8 Exercise "Life at Play" Exercise; 9 When All Else Succeeds, Leap Again; Take Ownership of Your Choices; Chapter 9 Intermission; Practice Genuine Appreciation and Authenticity; Pen to Paper to Passion to Product; Yet Another Happy Accident, but This One Has Wings; Chapter 9 Highlights; Chapter 9 Exercise "Cocktail Napkin" Exercise.

Abstract:

For others, no is a learned conditioning that stops us cold in our tracks of discovery, stifles our desire for positive interactions with colleagues at work, and even shuts us off from the people closest to us our families whom we see at home after our workday.

Stop saying 'no' to opportunity, and start saying 'yes' to possibility Happy Accidents is your personal guide to transforming your life. As we take on task after task, responsibility after responsibility, we lose sight of who we are and why we're doing what we do; we rush through the day completing a to-do list, but we never really seem to accomplish the things that are most important. What goals do you have for your life? What steps have you taken toward them today? Consider this book your guide to getting back on track to your dreams and help inspire those around you. It's not about doing more or doing less, it's about making what you do worthy of the effort. From forging new relationships, stepping out of your comfort zone, and reframing your work-start valuing these as empowering choices you get to make toward a particular goal every day. To preserve our precious time and energy, we often default to 'no, ' yet this only closes the door to our growth, while a 'yes' opens up a world of possibilities. The secret is adding 'yes, and' to our lives. This seductively simple turn of phrase opens the doors to better collaboration and positive relationships, and invites self-sustaining opportunities into our world. 'Yes, and' helps you get from where you are, as an individual or organization, to where you want to be. No person or organization is an island, and none of us reaches our goals alone. This book shows you how to build on the power of open-mindedness, cultivate supportive relationships, and adopt a win-win mindset to reignite your purpose and unleash your best. Harness the power of team collaboration, cooperation, and creativity Reframe 'mistakes' and 'bad ideas' into 'Happy Accidents' that lead to opportunities Communicate more effectively by learning how to listen actively and build on the pertinent information Relinquish some degree of control to allow for more growth and discovery Children have a natural inclination toward curiosity. As we grow into adults, our curiosity gradually takes a back seat to obligations, responsibility, and duty-but that spark remains, and can be reignited. Don't spend your life adrift in a sea of 'could've, would've, should've'-take back your sense of purpose, positivity, joy, time, and energy with the power of Happy Accidents.

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