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``Life is an ocean. Your life is a boat. You are the rower. Some days you can relax and the tide will gracefully guide you, but on others you have to row like crazy. That's life.``

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Author: Dr. Joan Marques

Awareness is a critical aspect of successful leadership. As a new generation of business people enter the job market, the value of perceptive individuals should be considered among the most important assets for any company to acquire. Aimed at business students preparing to enter the workforce, Leadership and Mindful Behavior provides readers with guidelines for effective and perceptive leadership. Some of the aspects to be reviewed will be the importance of both soft and hard skills; the concepts of sleepwalking and wakefulness; and mental models, respect, change, and compassion.

Author: Dr. Joan Marques

The working world of the twenty-first century can be a daunting place. With the glacial pace of unemployment decline, people cling to the jobs they have, not taking full advantage of the benefits of job transition. Courage in the Twenty-First Century is centered around the art of moving forward both in professional and personal life. Author, Joan Marques offers a strategy for self-renewal to divulge the virtues and viewpoints to successfully move from one career to another. Using the seven step system of: choice, open-mindedness, usefulness, reality, attitude, genius, and education, Marques ushers readers through the process of transitioning from one career to another in a time of employment uncertainty.

Editors: Dr. Joan Marques, Dr. Satinder Dhiman, and Dr. Jerry Biberman.

With the emergence of previous ‘soft skills’ such as empathy, emotional intelligence, compassion, and listening as important leadership qualities in the 21st century, there is an increased need to cultivate qualities that have long been suppressed. Humor is one of them. It is not just pleasant for interpersonal relations, but gets absorbed with more eagerness, and has a healthy effect. The 75 stories in Teaching Leadership and Organizational Behavior through Humor deal with issues in a broad scope of settings, making this book not just useful in higher education, but also for coaches, trainers, and students in corporate workshops. Read, smile, laugh, contemplate, and get into action!.

Editors: Dr. Joan Marques, Dr. Satinder Dhiman, and Dr. Svetlana Holt.

A dynamic collaboration of nine experienced scholars, this timely work shares their rich blend of experiences and insights on emerging paradigms. They call for greater awareness through a holistic view, explore effects of change in education, and include analysis on the global context and the future. This multifaceted work will assist students, scholars, and practitioners in attaining and maintaining excellence in an evolving world.

Editors: Dr. Joan Marques, Dr. Satinder Dhiman, and Dr. Jerry Biberman.

Storytelling is a powerful and effective teaching tool, yet management professors often overlook its use. A good story can illustrate management principles such as decision-making, leadership, group dynamics, power and politics in a way that captures students’ attention and enhances memory. This book is designed to provide teachers in Organizational Behavior and management courses, as well as corporate workshops, with a highly effective way to address important issues in modern-days’ management and organizational behavior-related issues. As a unique, non-traditional, OB-oriented book geared towards flexible leadership, professors from universities around the world offer a series of thought-provoking, motivating, growth-oriented, stories that will help readers to tap into their internal locus of control.

Editors: Dr. Joan Marques, Dr. Satinder Dhiman, and Dr. Richard King.

From Me to We: Transforming Ourselves to Greater Awareness is entirely focused on 21st century needs and desires. It presents readers with real life examples provided by prominent business and academic leaders. Highly appealing, yet easily applicable, solutions to problems everyone regularly struggles with are included. From Me to We touches on multiple aspects of personal and professional lives, and is written in a way that you do not have to finish the book in one sitting. Once read, this book will serve as a lasting guiding source and assessment document for those who need recurring encouragement to remain focused on the constructive things of work-life.

Editors: Dr. Joan Marques, Dr. Satinder Dhiman, and Dr. Jerry Biberman.

A unique, non-traditional book for business students and members of today’s workplaces. Focusing on 4 main topics, 1) Authentic Leadership, 2) Workplace Spirituality, 3) Appreciative Inquiry, and 4) Ethical leadership and Emotional Intelligence, this work offers a series of thought-provoking, motivating, growth-oriented, exercises that will help you tap into your internal locus of control. All exercises have been successfully shared and validated by the contributors during a variety of global Organization Behavior related conferences, as well as in classrooms and corporate workshops. The exercises are widely diverse, and come from instructors from various cultures, which guarantees their global appeal. A great book that focuses on increased interaction, greater participation, and understanding by doing.

Inspiring employees of all levels, this guide helps lay a foundation for creating a positive, uplifting attitude towards each work day by making mindful choices to be kind and supportive especially in collaborative situations. This empowering reference promotes acceptance, togetherness, interconnectedness, and mutuality as means to a happy, positive day. Each day of the year is allotted one page, providing a daily guiding thought, an action to try to accomplish, and an idea to ponder, sometimes in the form of a short story. These practical, daily steps help turn a workplace into a more joyful, gratifying, and productive space.

Editors: Dr. Joan Marques, Dr. Satinder Dhiman, and Dr. Richard King.

Explore the benefits of workplace spirituality in making work more meaningful and rewarding. Even as the subject of spirituality in the workplace is gaining momentum, surveys show the number of workers satisfied with their jobs is decreasing. Based on many years of professional, practical experience, the contributors to this powerful anthology help you correct this drop in morale by showing you how to restore meaning and purpose to the workplace. Offering new perspectives for a spiritual approach to work, each of the contributors to this innovative resource is a business leader, teacher, speaker, or writer on the topic of workplace spirituality. They represent the United States, Canada, Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America. Together, they present a comprehensive understanding of what it means to be a “spiritual workplace” and what it takes to create one. In today’s rapidly changing, challenging work environment, this is a resource no business leader, business management student, policymaker, or rising leader should be without.

The Awakened Leader: One Simple Leadership Style that Works Every Time, Everywhere.

This book leads the reader into a world of leadership as it worked 2500 years ago, as it currently works, and as it will work 2500 years from now. Awakened Leadership triggers the fascination of corporate, governmental, political, non-profit, entrepreneurial, religious, family, personal, and all other types of leaders in the most profound way. Reviewing leadership from an inside out, and macro-to-micro approach, awakened leadership provides you all the tools you need to achieve your dreams in an ever-changing world.

Publisher: Personhood Press–USA.
Publication date: July, 2007.

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Seasoned Adages for Modern Day’s Leaders: Lessons about Life Presented in 101 Old Sayings Inherited from Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Amazon Forest Indigenous.
This book presents age-old sayings from a small country in South America, Suriname, where Amer-Indians, Indonesians, Africans, Europeans, and Indians created a distinctive culture of diversity, mutuality, and acceptance.
Many of these sayings were developed in slavery time, when the oppressed groups wanted to communicate with each another without letting the Dutch masters know what their conversations were about.
In this book, the sayings will be explained as lessons for our daily life. Everyone who wants to expand their insights in life, and their knowledge on human nature can use them. These sayings are also important affirmations for leaders who want to enhance their emotional intelligence, in order to make more balanced and perceptive decisions.

Publisher: ICFAI Press–India
Publication date: Fall, 2007

Spirituality in the Workplace: What it Is; Why it Matters; How to Make it Work for You
This book, which I co-authored with Dr. Satinder Dhiman and Dr. Richard King, focuses on the most important matters of working in today’s continuously interdependent world. It reviews the prerequisites for enhancing the quality of life in the workplace; while it explains how this approach leads to a more effective and efficient way of getting the job done with an immediate positive impact on the bottom line. This book does away with the erroneous mindset that spiritual workplaces are religious ones. It is based on experiences gathered from a wide range of business leaders in various settings, who all provided their scope on workplace fulfillment for all stakeholders. The most important take-away from this book may be that it provides every reader with a new perspective on work, and how it rewarding, regardless of your position, qualities, background, or education.

Publisher: Personhood Press–USA.
Publication date: July, 2007.

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“Empower The Leader in You!”

is a compilation of 37 articles that are focused on enhancing the reader’s awareness in the skills necessary to achieve excellence in leadership, whether it pertains to self-leadership or guidance of others.

The book is conveniently divided in 4 sections: Leadership as a Phenomenon, Working on Your Inner Qualities, Polishing Your Leadership Mirror, and Involving Your Environment. (Authorhouse, USA–2004).

“The Global Village”

entails a short story of a young woman who learned from a very young age on what the importance was of having a globally adaptable mindset.

The book explains, through lessons this woman got from her great grandfather, and the implementation of those lessons as she grew up to become an entrepreneur, how one can achieve success by first formulating what success means to him or her, and then living up to achieve it. (Authorhouse, USA–2005)

You can order these books through all major online bookstores.