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July 2021

The Thriving Mindset: Tools for Empowerment in a Disruptive World by Gerry Valentine

Seasoned Fortune 100 leader (and member of WJM’s Executive Coaching Faculty) Gerry Valentine offers a practical and inspiring guide to thriving during tumultuous times. He treads some familiar ground (the power of resilience, out-of-the-box thinking, identifying a “north star”, etc.), but does so with refreshing clarity. Originally educated as an engineer, Valentine systematically and logically describes a methodology for turning life and career disruptions into launch pads for “courageous leaps” and ultimate success. Having grown up Black, gay, dyslexic and raised by a single mom, Valentine uses powerful examples from his own life to animate and provide proof-of-concept for strategies that can help individuals, and even entire organizations, prosper because of, not in spite of, struggle and change. Useful lessons for our most disruptive, but also in many ways most exciting, time in human history.

HIGHLIGHT(S): Growth isn’t possible without the occasional failure. Cultivating a productive mindset about failure is crucial. The stories we choose to tell ourselves about failure can dramatically impact how we experience it. Thriving through failure is often about choosing a version of the story that puts us in an active role, that speaks of empowerment, and that includes the ability to learn, evolve and change.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Thriving-Mindset-Tools-Empowerment-Disruptive/dp/1951591348/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=The+Thriving+Mindset&qid=1626459414&sr=8-3

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