Whether you’re celebrating warm summer months on the Northern hemisphere, or settling in for the winter on the Southern hemisphere, we’d like to share the tools below in celebration of everything you’ve accomplished over the past six months.  What are a few things you are proud of from the first half of 2012?


Along with this reflection of the past six months, the midyear point also serves as an occasion to get excited for the accomplishments and opportunities that lie in the remainder of the year.  What’s next for you?  What will be a powerful focus for you for the rest of 2012?


Below are a few resources our team is using in our personal and professional lives to support us.  What resources would you add?  Please post a comment to add your ideas.







Work/Life Balance


"Book Cover of Sleeping With Your Smartphone"


Sleeping with Your Smartphone


In Sleeping with Your Smartphone, Harvard Business School professor Leslie Perlow reveals how you can disconnect and become more productive in the process. In fact, she shows that you can devote more time to your personal life and accomplish more at work.







                               Tribes: We Need you to Lead Us
"Book Cover for Tribes by Seth Godin"

Recommended by Craig Ross:

Tribes is an insightful read that explores where we, as businesses, are going as it relates to serving and connecting with our customer.”


En español: Tribus: Necesitamos que tu nos lideres

Recomendado por Craig Ross:

Tribus es una lectura perspicaz que explora donde vamos, como empresas, en lo que respecta al servicio y la conexión con el cliente.






"Book Cover for The 10 Greatest Gifts I Give My Children"



The 10 Greatest Gifts I Give My Children


Pick up this favorite and reconnect with the children in your life: inspiring yourself – and your children – to focus on what’s working and how you’ll build an even stronger relationship.






Personal Leadership Development


"Verus Quickread"


Verus Quickread – A Change for the Better: 10½ Ways to Transition to Excellence in Your New Position


Filled with best practices from leaders who have seized transition, this short read is engaging, inspiring and packed with value.





Intriguing Fiction


The Hunger Games"Book Cover of The Hunger Games"


Recommended by Lisa Teets:


I enjoyed this book because I felt the plot held many surprises and twists that I didn’t anticipate.  I found the characters were realistic in their emotions and reactions – and I found them inspirational.










Work/Life Balance – How to Thrive at Work and at Home (4:04)



Verus Global CEO, Craig Ross, gives three tips to avoid giving your family your leftovers and instead,

leverage transitions, responsibility and the Homeward Bound Framework to develop a richer experience

at home and at work.



Life is a Gift – Louie Schwartzberg’s TED Talk on Gratitude (9:56)



Recommended by Lisa Marie Main:

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable

career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows,

documentaries and commercials.



 Inspirational Insights Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED Talk on a Stroke of Insight (20:11)



Recommended by Sally Rothstein:

“I highly recommend this fascinating account by this neuroanatomist.  What was a devastating brain

injury and subsequent recovery led to an experience of a lifetime with profound insights when the right

side of her brain essentially was “in charge” after she temporarily lost left-brain function.  Her right-brained experience holds meaningful lessons for being a fully-engaged human being.”


En español: El poderoso derrame de iluminación de Jill Bolte Taylor

Haz clic aquí para acceder al sitio web de TED, donde puedes ver el vídeo con subtítulos en español.


Em Português: O poderoso acesso de instrospecção de Jill Bolte Taylor

Clique aqui para navegar até o site do TED, onde poderá ver este vídeo com legendas em português.


Deutsch: Jill Bolte Taylors kraftvoller Schlag der Erkenntnis

Klicken Sie hier, um die TED-Website zugreifen, wo Sie das Video mit deutschen Untertiteln anschauen kann.








Work/ Life Balance: Reinhard Mey – Gib mir Musik (Give Me Music)


Recommended by Peter Stolze:


Reinhard Mey is a German folk singer and songwriter.  Mey writes both sensitive

and humorous songs, with subject matter taken mostly from his everyday life and

surroundings.  Mey’s songs are characterized most by their expressiveness of

language and their penetrating melodies.








"A mother elephant walking with her baby"


Mom’s Long Game: 5 Indispensable Lessons

Dad was famous for saying, “Get the kids to age 18, and we’ve done our job.” I’m past 18. What now? (To be sure, I could write volumes on gifts Dad did provide.)… Read More




"Caine's Arcade"

Who’s the Hero in Caine’s Arcade?

If you’ve seen this short film, perhaps you’re living its inspiration today. (If your company’s firewall won’t let you watch the video, it’s worth forwarding to your home and watching there. Better yet, urge your boss to use the film to spark the momentum of innovation you seek.)Read More





13 Qualities Courageous Leaders Demonstrate

Some leaders speak up for what they believe is right and pay a price…or they don’t speak up and pay a price. (Which price do you want to pay?)… Read More



"Book Cover for Degrees of Strength"

You Are in One of Two Categories

When you were growing up, you said one of two things about your parents or your aunts and uncles: Either, “I don’t want to be like them when I grow up.” Or, you whispered, “I want to be like them when I’m older.”… Read More








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