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Mindful : February 2016
A man of both action and words, Mumford takes time to engage deeply with a book. For the past thirty years, he has read a book a week, so that ideas and practices from varied sources continue to shape his understanding and his teaching. THE THREE LAWS OF PERFORMANCE Rewriting the Future of Your Organization and Your Life By Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan What role does language play in bringing about change? Quite a lot, according to man- agement consultants Zaffron and Logan, who’ve identified some basic laws that shape how individuals buy in to new ideas and coalesce into successful teams. The laws are: 1) how people perform correlates to how situa- tions occur to them, 2) how situations occur arises in language, and 3) future-based language transforms how sit- uations occur to people. If you change the way things occur to people with the subtle use of language, Zaffron and Logan contend, the group’s actions will naturally shift. THE FOUR AGREEMENTS A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom By Don Miguel Ruiz A down-to-ear th, surprisingly profound book by a shamanic teacher on the practical wisdom of his Toltec ances- tors. The agreements are: 1) be impeccable with your word, 2) don’t take anything personally, 3) don’t make any assumptions, and 4) always do your best. Putting these tenets into practice, Ruiz demonstrates, requires tak- ing a hard look at ourselves and unraveling the count- er-productive agreements currently running our lives. MIND AND BRAIN A Critical Appraisal of Cognitive Neuroscience By William R. Uttal A critical look at the latest developments in neurosci- ence and recent attempts to align neural mechanisms with psychological pro- cesses. Especially interest- ing, says Mumford, is the research on how volitional effort can create neuro-path- ways in the brain that can change behavior. INTRODUCING NLP Psychological Skills for Understanding and Influencing People By Joseph O’Connor and John Seymour This clearly written guide to neuro-linguistic programming provides some useful insights into how the mind works. One of the most valuable par ts, according to Mumford, is the practical instruction on how to process verbal and non-verbal information more effectively and program your- self for excellence. THE CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK OF EXPERTISE AND EXPERT PERFORMANCE Ed. by K. Andres Ericsson, Neil Charness, Paul J. Feltovich, and Robert R. Hoffman An encyclopedia of peak performance by some of the world’s leading experts on exper tise. Filled with illuminating case studies, this sweeping overview explores in detail the innovative meth- ods that the best and the brightest in a wide range of fields use to achieve success. THE POWER OF AWARENESS By Neville Goddard An inspiring work by a former dancer-turned-metaphysi- cian on how to create the life you want by harnessing the power of the imagination. As Mumford describes God- dard’s approach, “Your imag- ination is everything. You create your reality by what you focus on. You become what you think.”