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Choose Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct
By P. M. Forni (2002)

People are too busy, people are angry; people are always on their cell phones or texting.  This book is about being civil to our neighbors, colleagues and acquaintances.   Respecting each other and demonstrating civility shows our students that adults can resolve problems and issues through discussion.  P. M. Forni identifies the twenty-five rules that are most essential in connecting effectively with others.  It is important to understand how our relationships in the workplace impact the quality of our service to others, and our business is to serve our students.  The Johs Hopkins Civility Project purpose is to learn what influence of politeness and respect has in the work place and community. 

Books by Malcolm Gladwell.  Mr. Gladwell has written three books where we learn a great deal that can influence how we work with people and educate our children.

Outliers: The Story of Success (2008)

In this book, Gladwell asks why some people succeed, living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while others never reach their potential.   He asserts that superstars are beneficiaries of hidden advantages, timing and extraordinary opportunities.  He examines the lives of people like Mozart and Bill Gates in telling his these stories.

 Blink:  The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005)

Gladwell uses the concept of “thin slicing”, the ability to assess what is really important from a narrow slice of experience. This book explores how we can make quick decisions.  The idea is that spontaneous decisions are often as good as—or even better than—carefully planned and considered ones.  Gladwell uses examples from various disciplines such as science, advertising, sales, medicine and music.  This book as many of focuses on how humans relate to each other and make decisions.   

The Tipping Point:  How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000)

In this book, Gladwell shows how a simple idea and how little things can make a big difference causing a “tip” or a push to a particular circumstance.  The Tipping Point is described as one dramatic moment when everything can change all at once.  Gladwell uses examples of trends and how things go “in” and “out” of favor. 

 Getting to Yes:  Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
 by Roger Fisher and William Ury (1981)

This book is a step-by-step strategy to coming to mutually acceptable agreements in every kind of conflict.  These strategies have been successful in coming to peace agreements and in union negotiations.   What these strategies do is separate the people from the problems and focus how people work together on interests and not positions.   The group works together to create options that will satisfy all parties and finally negotiate successful outcomes.   

Good to Great,
By Jim Collins 2001

This book has been around for several years, but continues to be a relevant discussion of how organizations can be their best. The book presents case studies to show examples of greatness in corporations.  The book identifies the choices these organizations made to become great and also profiles the leaders.  The most important choice is to select the successful team around you and to have the right people in the right position.  This is a "must-read" for current and future leaders

The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman
By Thomas L. Friedman - Picador (2007) - Paperback