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Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality (English Edition) Kindle电子书
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Integrity—more than simple honesty, it's the key to success. A person with integrity has the ability to pull everything together, to make it all happen no matter how challenging the circumstances. Drawing on experiences from his work, Dr. Henry Cloud, a clinical psychologist, leadership coach, corporate consultant and nationally syndicated radio host, shows how our character can keep us from achieving all we want to (or could) be.
In Integrity, Dr. Cloud explores the six qualities of character that define integrity, and how people with integrity:
- Are able to connect with others and build trust
- Are oriented toward reality
- Finish well
- Embrace the negative
- Are oriented toward increase
- Have an understanding of the transcendent
Integrity is not something that you either have or don't, but instead is an exciting growth path that all of us can engage in and enjoy.
For Cloud, an author, clinical psychologist and corporate consultant, integrity is more than just a person's ethics and morals. The French and Latin meanings of the word hint at its origins, "that the whole thing is working well, undivided, integrated, intact and uncorrupted." Achieving this "wholeness" requires the development of six character traits (creates trust, unafraid of reality, results-oriented, solves "negative realities," causes growth and finds meaning in life) which Cloud examines in great detail, using business stories like Proctor and Gamble's success in China and the experiences of his CEO friends and clients. What each of his stories has in common is how success, often wild success across multiple fields, is fueled by openness, honesty to one's self and to others and "true trust," which is borne out of someone's goodness not being "dependent on anything." Cloud's conversational writing style makes for an easy read, and much of his advice is sound if not groundbreaking, but some aphorisms come off as hokey. ("Things never work. When they don't, that is the time to make them work. Then, if you do, they work," or "Character = the ability to meet the demands of reality," which is not to be confused with integrity, the courage to meet those same demands.) This book is not for the person seeking a quick-fix; Cloud's breed of integrity is a lifestyle choice.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
From the Back Cover
In this path-breaking book, Dr. Henry Cloud shows what integrity is, how it is lived in everyday experience, and what one must do to determine whether you are perceived as someone with character and integrity.
Central to question of integrity is whether a person has the courage to face up to reality. Cloud shows how the ability to address adversity, to learn lessons from it, and adjust one’s behavior is a greater determinant of success than brains or talent or charm.
He shows that successful leaders have competencies, alliances and, most important, character. Then he examines exactly what behaviors constitute character and how they are expressed in real life situations.
Assessing and building the six essential qualities of character is the goal of this book. It will be used widely by a range of people because the things he identifies apply equally across regions, cultures and classes. --此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
Dr. Henry Cloud is a consultant and clinical psychologist with a leadership consulting practice headquartered in Los Angeles. An international speaker, he is the coauthor of the bestselling Boundaries, Integrity, 9 Things You Simply Must Do, and several other titles. He has been a frequent television and radio commentator and guest.--此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
- ASIN : B000UOJTSK
- 出版社 : HarperCollins e-books; 第 Reprint 版 (2009年10月13日)
- 出版日期 : 2009年10月13日
- 语言 : 英语
- 文件大小 : 570 KB
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- 纸书页数 : 309页
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I enjoyed the examples taken from business and the personal realm. I could relate to everything he said about the importance of having an integrated character and how, even though you may be a wonderful and nice person, there may be aspects of your character that hold you back in life. These character issues, as he calls them, really do hinder us as humans on so many levels and yet they can be so subtle! It takes a trained eye to see that it's an issue.
I thought the book was great also because it set the standard for what good character looks like. It's easy to brush things off and say they're not important, but he shows how every aspect of our character is important to work on because it can have huge consequences in our lives and, ultimately, we lose.
I will actually really enjoy reading another book on the same topic with examples only from the personal realm to see how our inability to face reality, our lack of trust, our ability to deal with negativity, and our orientation towards froth, transcendence and results would impact our relationships.
I couldn't put the book down. Highly recommend anyone read it who is interested in figuring out what good character really looks like and why we put up with less around us and, more importantly, in ourselves. The message I took away from it was: never stop trying to be the best version of yourself and don't leave any some unturned.
Many "ah-hah" type insights that apply not just in "business" but also in other relationships and personal life in general. Some of the stuff you probably already "know" or have inklings towards, but where Cloud shines is to cast it in clear language to solidify the concepts. The work you do from there is your own business.