Outsmart the traps that are holding you back from success!

“Perhaps the greatest gift of this book is hope. If, like the protagonist of this story, you find yourself in one of these traps you may wish you had never fallen into it, it’s important to realize that you can get out. And stay out. And help the people you care about do the same.”

From the Foreword by Stephen M. R. Covey, bestselling author of The Speed of Trust

Trap Tales is your guide to avoiding the seven obstacles that ensnare people every day. We all fall into traps, and we often don’t even realize it until we’re deeply entrenched. Like quicksand, traps are easy to step into, but difficult to escape—it seems that the harder we try to climb out, the deeper we sink. But what if there were another way? What if we knew the right strategies to escape the traps we have fallen into? What if we could spot traps from a distance, and avoid them entirely?

In this book, authors David M. R. Covey and Stephan M. Mardyks train you in the art of Trapology. You’ll meet Alex and Victoria, who have fallen into traps you’re sure to recognize. As you read their stories, you’ll learn about the seven most common traps in life and work, and how even the smartest and seemingly most accomplished people find themselves stuck and unable to see their way out. Traps are masters of disguise, but there are telltale signs that give them away every time. If you discover that you’re actually trapped right now, consider this book your lifeline—the lessons contained in Trap Tales will teach you how to escape these traps and how to sidestep them in the future.

This book, unlike most books, offers counter-intuitive strategies and unconventional wisdom to:

• Learn the seven biggest traps in life and work that catch people unaware

• Identify the traps that are holding you back right now

• Discover your escape route and climb out of the quicksand

• Become a “Trapologist” and avoid traps altogether

The core message of Trap Tales is hope—the belief that anybody can change the trajectory of their life, at any stage of their life. Stop letting traps steal your time, money, energy, and happiness—Trap Tales provides survival training of a different sort, allowing you to write your own tale of success.

“Trap Tales is a triumph! The book reveals the 7 traps that can turn life’s journey into an obstacle course. With clear examples and calls to actions, David M. R. Covey and Stephan M. Mardyks give you tools to escape and avoid these harmful traps. Read this book, apply its wisdom, and live your best life.”

Ken Blanchard, bestselling coauthor of The New One Minute Manager and Leading At A Higher Level

Published by Wiley


The Art of Getting What You Need

Dr. Karen S. Walch, Stephan M. Mardyks and Joerg Schmitz with foreword by Michael Wheeler, Professor - Harvard Business School

For most of us the idea of participating in a negotiation provokes anxiety, if not downright panic. That's because we have been conditioned to believe that every negotiation is a potentially ego-shattering exercise fraught with distrust, confrontation, and the risk of personal and professional disaster. This isn't helped by the fact that most books on the subject, while they claim to be about achieving win-win outcomes, address negotiation as a form of warfare requiring strategies and tactics for vanquishing your opponent. But it doesn't have to be that way. As the authors vividly demonstrate in this important new book, the most successful negotiators don't rely on control strategies and manipulative tactics.

At the heart of the revolutionary Quantum Negotiation philosophy is the conviction that, just as quantum physics has revealed the interconnectedness of all matter at the subatomic level, those on either side of the negotiating relationship are not separate and isolated, but, rather, interdependent. While this idea may seem counterintuitive at first glance, as you look deeper into it within the context of negotiations and leadership—from the small, day-to-day give-and-take of working in teams to multi-billion-dollar business deals—you'll see that it provides powerful insights into what you, and all people, need and expects, and how best to get it.

Drawing on recent findings in the neurosciences, cognitive psychology, political science, and anthropology, among other fields, the authors develop the Quantum Negotiation model and practice which captures who we are as negotiators in the context of our social conditioning. Using realistic scenarios, along with several real-life cases of some of the world's great dealmakers, the authors show how Quantum Negotiators—men and women with a strong sense of self and social identity and who are firmly anchored to their own values—possess the curiosity, resilience and intelligence needed to understand others' interests and points of view and know how to leverage that understanding to bring every negotiation to a mutually satisfying conclusion.

Published by Wiley


Communicating with Confidence and Inspiring Others in the International Workplace

Vince Varallo, Joerg Schmitz & Stephan Mardyks

Leading in English provides a valuable resource for more effective international business communication. Whether you're a non-native English speaker working in English every day, or a native speaker working with non-native speakers, this book levels the playing field with a host of  insights and tips using real-time examples. Through shared experiences and an engaging narrative, you'll gain confidence as you build the skills you need to communicate more effectively in the workplace. Impart information, relate to coworkers, or just have a friendly chat—this book helps remove uncertainty and streamline interactions. Whether language is a small stumbling block or a large hurdle in your workplace, this book can help you overcome the issues and be happier, more confident, and more effective at your job.  

Communication is tremendously important in the workplace.  When English presents a barrier, removing that obstacle must be priority number one. This book helps you do that, with expert insight, practical tips, and a bit of humor to help shift your perspective.

Published by Wiley

Getting Things Done

The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

David Allen

with foreword by James Fallows

Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots. 
Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles. 

Published by Penguin Books


The Power of Saying More with Less

Jason Franzen, Stephan Mardyks, and David Covey

with foreword by David Allen

Learn how to apply the principles of Focused Communication to transform your ideas into results. SAID & DONE presents a collection of best practices that will help you immediately start delivering streamlined email, presentations, documents, calls and meetings.

Published by Streamline Certified


How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

Liz Wiseman
with foreword by Stephen R. Covey

By extracting people’s full capability, Multipliers get twice the performance from their team. We’ve all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drains intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them and always needs to be the smartest person in the room. These are the idea killers, the energy sappers, the diminishers of talent and commitment. On the other side of the spectrum are leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them. When these leaders walk into a room, light bulbs go off over people’s heads; ideas flow and problems get solved. These are the leaders who inspire employees to stretch themselves to deliver results that surpass expectations. These are the Multipliers. And the world needs more of them, especially now when leaders are expected to do more with less.

In this engaging and highly practical book, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, leadership expert Liz Wiseman explores these two leadership styles, persuasively showing how Multipliers can have a resoundingly positive and profitable effect on organizations—getting more done with fewer resources, developing and attracting talent, and cultivating new ideas and energy to drive organizational change and innovation.

In analyzing data from more than 150 leaders, Liz Wiseman has identified five disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers. These five disciplines are not based on innate talent; indeed they are skills and practices that everyone can learn to use—even lifelong and recalcitrant Diminishers. Lively, real-world case studies and practical tips and techniques bring to life each of these principles, showing you how to become a Multiplier too, whether you are a new or an experienced manager. Just imagine what you could accomplish if you could harness all the energy and intelligence around you. Multipliers will show you how.

Authentic Strengths

Fatima Doman

Can happiness and optimal performance be learned?  Positive psychologists say “yes!” As decades of research and hundreds of studies have now shown, people who express their strengths tend to be happier, engaged, energetic, resilient, less stressed, and higher achievers.

Jewelers spot diamonds in the rough. Art dealers identify potential masterpieces. Coaches groom stars and create the conditions for people to flourish and soar. Drawing on the best from the science of positive psychology and from her two decades of experience coaching and training executives around the world, Fatima Doman has created a three step coaching process that can transform a dedicated learner into a star performer.  Whether coaching yourself or others, Authentic Strengths enables sustainable, transformational change. You will learn the tools designed to explore, empower and engage your strengths―all while honoring the strengths in others.

No one reaches the top without being led or carried part of the way. Authentic Strengths will help carry you to your highest peaks―your best self.  This book will bring out the best in you and in those you seek to positively influence.

Published by Next Century Publishing


Darelyn DJ Mitsch

Zombies to Zealots is a personal rescue kit and clarion call for us all to wake up and call our spirits back into our work. If you just said, "Mrgh?" you're ready to dust off your gifts, face the light, and emerge from the shadows to manifest the right path for your most brilliant contributions. If you are feeling disheartened and dehumanized, groaning on Mondays, dragging feet through the week, surrounded by sleepwalkers as teams get blown apart in the chaos of change, or questioning if you have sold your soul for a paycheck – take heart.  Zombies to Zealots is a relevant and heartfelt guide that was written for you – and all those friends you have who are checking out.  Let these pages call to you and ask yourself if now is time to Reawaken, Remember, Reconnect, or Rehumanize your organization and the game of work. It matters not where you begin or end, this easy read is an inspirational companion for wherever your journey takes you.

Published by BalboaPress