Wow: A Handbook for Living (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/3/16
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Zen Ohashi is a master management coach whose methods have been introduced to more than seventy major corporations, including Exxon-Mobile, Fuji-Xerox, British Airways, Canon, Honda, and Mitsubishi. In this volume, he has created a method for living-a way you too can be successful and powerful in your everyday life. Thirty-one phrases are paired with simple methods and short explanations designed to implement empowerment and change in your life. Designed to be carried with you and pulled out when you need it, WOW is the ultimate handbook for life.
Zen Ohashi is a foremost expert business management coach in Japan whose methods have been utilized at major international corporations. Born and raised in Japan, he moved to the United States in 1998 where he cofounded a successful viral marketing company. Here he was introduced to American business management coaching. He has since developed it and implemented it in multinational companies both in the United States and Japan. Zen is also the author of several best-selling books on management and motivation in Japan and travels between the two countries giving lectures and speeches.
There is an exercise that involves rating myself on a scale of one to ten in different areas like listening, love and enthusiasm. I don't know if this exercise will work, but I am willing to try it. Another valuable thing in this book is about the value of being selfish. I need to have the freedom to be selfish once in a while and so does everyone else.
This book is filled with black and white photographs that are interesting to look at. There is a picture that shows three men in a row boat. This picture unscores the importance of committment and sticking to a plan. There is a photo of a car in dirt. This picture unscores the importance of asking questions starting with the word how instead of why. This book is motivational and easy to read. It is filled with positive messages. I would recommend it to anyone.
The book is very short on narrative. Which means that it is a very quick read. But the value or purpose of the book is not found in reading it. The value is in actually doing the exercises.
With each exercise there is a brief explanation or instruction. The book does not go into a lot of reasoning behind the exercise or dwell on the underlying psychological concepts.
It is not suggested that you try to do any specific number of exercises. The authors suggest that you "choose one exercise that stands out to you and actually do it." As you gain the benefits from doing one exercise, you can and should move on to the next. There is nothing that says that you must embrace and do all the exercises recommended. The more exercises you can incorporate into your life, the greater the benefit.
Here are a couple of examples:
Exercise 1. "What's working for you? a. Write down what's working for you right now on a sheet of paper. B. Start a conversation by asking someone, `What's working for you?" The purpose of this exercise is for you to become consciously aware of what is working for you. The more you are consciously aware of things in your life, the greater your control over them.
Exercise 23. "Are you looking for the right answer? Try living for a month with the premise that there is no one and only right answer." The purpose of this exercise is to expand you awareness of the difference between the "right" answer and one that works. By focusing your awareness on looking for what works instead of the one "right" answer, you will improve your effectiveness in life.
All the exercises are designed to raise you awareness of what is going on in life and things around you. You are free to pick and choose which exercises you wish to try. There is no right order, so skip around as you desire.
Graphically the layout of the book is very interesting, varying type sizes, fonts and lots of black and white photographs.
There are some potentially very valuable exercises in this book. However the value is directly related to the effort the reader will put into doing an exercise. You will gain little value by simply reading the book. Actually doing some of these exercises could have a profound impact on your life.