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Want to sharpen your newly acquired listening skills? Ready to learn more about developing and mastering your ability to listen with empathy? Please check out these valuable resources so that you can continue to be The Message!

  • Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write the ending. 

    Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability—the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome—is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall.

    It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong. As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people—from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents—shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself, What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.

    Walking into our stories of hurt can feel dangerous. But the process of regaining our footing in the midst of struggle is where our courage is tested and our values are forged. Our stories of struggle can be big ones, like the loss of a job or the end of a relationship, or smaller ones, like a conflict with a friend or colleague. Regardless of magnitude or circumstance, the rising strong process is the same: We reckon with our emotions and get curious about what we’re feeling; we rumble with our stories until we get to a place of truth; and we live this process, every day, until it becomes a practice and creates nothing short of a revolution in our lives. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. It’s the process, Brown writes, that teaches us the most about who we are.

    ONE OF GREATER GOOD’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR

    Praise for Rising Strong


    “[Brené Brown’s] research and work have given us a new vocabulary, a way to talk with each other about the ideas and feelings and fears we’ve all had but haven’t quite known how to articulate. . . . Brené empowers us each to be a little more courageous.”—The Huffington Post

    “With a fresh perspective that marries research and humor, Brown offers compassion while delivering thought-provoking ideas about relationships—with others and with oneself.”—Publishers Weekly
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  • Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential -- and Endangered

    “Bruce Perry is both a world-class creative scientist and a compassionate therapist.”

    —Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia

    Born for Love is the definitive book on empathy. Renowned psychiatrist Bruce Perry has appeared on Oprah, CNN, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and other programs as an expert in this hot area of neuroscience, and has been cited as such in Newsweek, the New York Times, and The New Yorker (in a story written by Malcolm Gladwell). He and co-writer Maia Szalavitz explore empathy’s startling importance in human evolution and its significance for our children and our society. The authors of The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog present a powerful case that love is essential…and endangered.

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  • Crucial Conversations and Crucial Confrontations

    Crucial Conversations and Crucial Confrontations are invaluable guides that show readers how to communicate best when it matters most: at home, at work, and in every aspect of everyday life.  Once you learn the crucial secrets of navigating any difficult meeting or conversation, you can resolve any issue with anyone, and improve every aspect of your life.

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  • Taking Flight!

    Taking Flight illuminates the proven DISC four-style model of human behavior, and shows how to use it to become a far more effective leader, salesperson, or teacher; revitalize your career; build deeper personal relationships; fully leverage your natural gifts, and empower everyone around you. Drawing on their immense experience coaching executives and training world-class organizations, Merrick Rosenberg and Daniel Silvert introduce DISC through a fable that's quick, fun, and easy-to-understand. If you're already familiar with DISC, this book will help you use it more effectively than ever before. View more
  • Everybody Matters

    Read the book that will challenge the way you think about how to run a business and, above all, how to be an inspirational leader. Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia share the lessons learned throughout the transformation of capital equipment and engineering consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller as well as Chapman’s own personal transformation as a leader. You’ll get an insider’s view of the steps Chapman and his team undertook to create a thriving organization where making people feel valued, cared for, and an integral part of the organization’s shared purpose is the priority. You’ll be inspired and equipped with tangible actions to implement today to build an exceptional organization for tomorrow. View more
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