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Online Edition - February 2001


Issue Highlight — Back To The End Of The Line
- Peter Block explores why the customer has become less important and what this means for those who care about employee development and organizational change.

 In This Issue...
Quality At Lightning Speed
My Hero!
Two Heads Are Better Than One
Leader Of The Pack

Peter Block Column
Views for a Change

Heard on the Street

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    Pageturners        Book Reviews with a Twist


The Power of FOCUS: How to Hit Your Business, Personal and Financial Targets with Absolute Certainty
by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Les Hewitt

“We all need an education in the obvious.” This observation is attributed to Oliver Wendell Holmes and sets the tone for “The Power of FOCUS.”

  The authors format their work in eight stages, described as “Focusing Strategies.” Each strategy identifies ways to deal with what the authors consider to be the three biggest challenges facing business people today: 1) time pressures, 2) financial pressures and 3) the struggle to maintain a healthy balance between work and home. How can such challenges be dealt with to create positive results? According to the authors, it is simply a matter of learning how to focus. This approach sounded too easy to me, but the more I read, the more I believed.

  At the end of each focusing strategy, the authors provide a section to assist the reader in identifying things they would like to change (misplaced priorities, old habits, etc.). The reader is encouraged to write down the benefit(s) of making the change and to set their own action plan and dates for completing each action.

  There are numerous anecdotes and sayings by well-known authors throughout the book. These are designed to encourage the reader to focus on actions and choices that can lead to improved balance in areas such as career and business, health and fitness, personal relationships and any others that have special significance. For example, following Strategy #3 (Do You See the Big Picture?), a “Personal Master Plan,” to assist the reader in designing and implementing a master plan to prioritize goals, and an “Achievers Focusing System,” helps to measure weekly progress. When these are implemented and progress is measured on a regular basis, the likelihood of staying focused on those habits that can lead to successful results is considerably increased.

  As mentioned earlier, “The Power of FOCUS” is a lesson in the obvious. It reminds the reader of that which is known so well but may not be consistently practiced. The message is a simple one: to inspire the reader to take action and focus on those things that can help him or her enjoy an abundance of health, joy and prosperity in the years ahead. As Socrates observed, “A life that goes unexamined is worthless.”

Favorite Quote:
Recorded from Focusing Strategy #2, under the topic Discover Your Brilliance, “When you keep on doing work that you detest, you need to remind yourself that this is futile. As well-known speaker Rosita Perez explains, ‘When the horse is dead, get off.’ Stop flogging yourself. There are other options.”

Reviewed by Robert Boykin, Industrial Relations Specialist at Fluor Hanford, Inc., Richland, Wash.

“The Power of FOCUS: How to Hit Your Business, Personal and Financial Targets with Absolute Certainty,” Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Les Hewitt, 2000, Health Communication Inc., Deerfield Beach, Fla., ISBN 1-55874-752-4, 299 pages.

Book Ratings:

= Pick it up today
  **** = Overnight it
*** = Snail mail it
** = At a library?
        * = Never mind


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