She is also an executive coach and many of her writings are intended to inspire people to coach themselves. In this new book she shows how through reflecting on this collection of real-life stories you can motivate yourself to take action and enrich your life.
Two versions of the new book, FLOW: How to Turn your Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones were published on August 24 2016 and are available through Amazon. They are the printed version and the e-book. So you have a choice as to how you’d like to enjoy these books.
To view the books please either click on Amazon.com and search Brenda Eckstein or you may just click on the image below.
How would we describe this book? It is aimed at anyone who enjoys reading positive stories that can be applied to their own lives. Based on the author's personal experiences it shows how we can use stories to get our message across whether addressing a large audience or holding a conversation with one person. It is written so that it may be read for interest or used as a workbook for self-coaching. It shows how through reading someone else's stories, readers can develop their own insights, meaning and action plans for self-improvement.
Just as buildings in former times were often centred around a strong foundation with an emphasis on the cornerstones, this series of books is built around cornerstones. The framework includes F-L-A-G-S elements (Flow, Lead, Advance, Grow, Serve). This, the first book, shows you how to turn your stumbling blocks into stepping stones through using a positive, FLOW approach. This is a term coined by Positive Psychology and shows a state where challenge and skills meet. The readers are challenged to enhance their skills through reading, reflecting, finding meaning and developing action plans.
If you have purchased either of these books, you’ll find these downloadable worksheets useful.
The chapters correspond to those in the book. Just to remind you: The first box, called ‘Reflection and Generalisation’, is where you can reflect on the insights or learning points observed from the chapter and how they apply to your life as generalisations. The second box, called ‘Active Experimentation’, is where you can write down what action you intend taking. Have fun deciding how you can experiment by doing something differently as a result of the experience of reading the chapter.
Obviously, your main aim in reading the book and completing the worksheets, is to use your talents, notice your energy levels, improve your skills and challenge yourself to a point where you are in a state of flow. If you are an educator, trainer or coach, you’ll also be reflecting on how you can help others to find ways of reaching that state.
Brenda, the networking guru, is the author of two other books, ‘Networking Tactics’ (now in its second, revised edition) and ‘ABCs of Effective Networking’ published in October 2008.
The first book combines personal networking and strategy. The second book provides 52 tips and examples for enhancing your networking performance. The practical application is shown. One-day, half-day and two-hour networking workshops and talks based on both books are in great demand. These are ideal for conferences, public presentations or ‘in-house’ training.
Brenda's Research Report for her M Phil degree (Management Coaching) on "The role of coaching in developing character strengths in leaders" was published by Stellenbosch University Business School in July 2017. Click here to view it.
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