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Preface Acknowledgments About the Author Introduction 1. Challenge Assumptions Challenge Those Assumptions How Assumptions Hold Us Back Assumptions Become Reality Thinking for Success Change Your Thoughts at Any Time How to Challenge and Banish Assumptions Tips for Success Summary 2. Have a Higher Purpose Why Purpose and Happiness Matter What Is Your Mission? It's Not About the Soap What Legacy Will You Leave Behind? Finding Meaning in Work and Life Leading Yourself and Others to Discover Their Higher Purpose Finding Joy Your Life's Compass: Creating a Personal Mission Statement A Word About Courage Tips for Success Summary 3. Awareness of Limiting Thoughts What Are Limiting Thoughts? Managing Limiting Thoughts and Beliefs The Power of Choice How to Change Limiting Thoughts to Expanding Thoughts A Formula for Freedom Direct Your Brain to Change Tips for Success Summary 4. Nix the Negatives and Naysayers Be Wary of Your Words How We Connect Confronting Negatives and Naysayers Be a Better Listener Practical Ways to Nix the Negatives Reframing: A Powerful Skill When People Won't Budge Cultivating Optimism Tips for Success Summary 5. Gather a Group Why Gather a Group? An Inspiring Example Asking for Help How to Ask for Help A Coaching Approach to Leading Groups: "I Have a Group. Now What?" How to Coach Groups Two Group Coaching Models Successful Group Coaching Benefits of Group Coaching Challenges Tips for Success Summary 6. Emotionally Connect to the Goal How to Create an Emotional Connection to Your Goal The Mind, Body, and Goal Connection Tips for Success Summary 7. Maintain Momentum Coaching to Action Resistance Ahead! Shifting from Discussion to Action Choosing Courageous Actions Maintaining Organization Momentum Tips for Success Summary 8. Ask How Can I? Become a Possibility Thinker How to Develop a Possibility Thinking Mind-Set Tips for Success Summary 9. See Success Smiling What the Research Says Imagery and Visualization Techniques Peak Performance Strategies How and Why Visualization Is Effective A Success Story The Science Behind Imagery Why Smile? Why Seeing Success Smiling Works Tips for Success Summary 10. Turn Talk to the Future The Future Is Now Coach Approach Attributes of a Future-Focused Leader Self-Talk and Group Talk Rationale Turning Self-Talk to the Future Turning Talk to the Future With Groups Tips for Success Summary 11. Expect and Welcome Discomfort A Personal Example Why Discomfort Is Good Taking Charge of Discomfort Managing Fear Tips for Success Summary 12. Remain Relentlessly Focused Narrow the Focus Meditation Helps Focus Multitasking Is Out: Focus Is In Why Stop Multitasking? Saying No Letting Go Pay Attention to Your Attention Tips for Success Summary 13. Conclusion Underlying Coaching Concepts CHANGEMASTER Tools Tool.01 Challenge Assumptions Tool Tool.02 Have a Higher Purpose Tool 1: My Joyfinder Tool.03 Have a Higher Purpose Tool 2: A Starter Set of Questions Tool.04 Have a Higher Purpose Tool 3: Creating a Personal Mission Statement Tool.05 Examining Limiting Thoughts Tool Tool.06 Nix the Negatives and Naysayers Tool 1: A to Z Uplifting Words Tool.07 Nix the Negatives and Naysayers Tool 2: Noticing the Negatives Tool.08 Gather Your Group Tool Tool.09 Emotionally Connect to Your Goal Tool 1 Tool.10 Emotionally Connect to Your Goal Tool 2: Words That Evoke Positive Emotions Tool.11 Maintain Momentum Tool Tool.12 Ask How Can I? Becoming a Possibility Thinker Tool Tool.13 See Success Smiling Tool Tool.14 Turn Talk to the Future Tool Tool.15 Expect and Welcome Discomfort Tool Tool.16 Remain Relentlessly Focused Tool Tool.17 Be a CHANGEMASTER Tool References Index

About the Author

Learn more about Karla Reiss' PD offerings Karla Reiss is the award winning author of Leadership Coaching for Educators; Bringing Out the Best in School Administrators. She founded The Change Place, LLC in 2004, a coaching and consulting firm dedicated to the continuous improvement of individuals, teams and organizations after 30 years in education, publishing and sales. She and her team of certified coaches offer several levels of coaching training programs to leaders of school systems, government and non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals who wish to learn a coaching style of leadership, including Powerful Coaching for Powerful Results (TM) certification program, CKEY; Coaching Kids, Empowering Youth (TM) and various related programs. The Change Place, LLC also provides executive and leadership coaching services, workplace and leadership assessments and products that support others to lead professional and personal change. She is also a frequent speaker at national, state and local conferences. As a school administrator, Reiss worked with more than 50 school districts in a variety of school improvement roles, the majority as coordinator of professional development at Western Suffolk (NY) Board of Cooperative Education Services. She has conducted numerous professional development programs and school improvement opportunities for K-12 staff and district leaders. She is certified in strategic planning and served on the New York State Education Department's statewide steering committee for Comprehensive District Education Planning. She was president of New York State Staff Development Council and served on the Executive Board of the Long Island Association for Curriculum and Staff Development. Karla Reiss is a graduate from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching in 2002 and received additional coach training at the College of Executive Coaching. She holds a bachelor of science degree, a master's degree in special education and a professional diploma in school district administration. Her professional and personal inspiration and transition into the world of coaching was a result of the invitation to participate in Oxygen TV's program, The Life Makeover Project in 2002. She has applied all of the coaching techniques and strategies described in this book to her own life and now helps others courageously transition their lives, leadership style and organizations to fulfill their goals, hopes and dreams.


"Rarely have I seen a book about change theory written to address the unique and problematic structure of public schools. This book does it with style and is a wonderful addition to every educator's library!" -- Kay Teehan, Technology Resource Specialist
"This book provides practical strategies for leading others down the path of professional and personal change-a great journey!" -- Mary Ann Hartwick, Principal
"The author explains how sometimes it is necessary to work with individuals and with small groups. She is right on regarding every aspect about how important this is." -- Alice Manus, Assistant Principal of Academics: Curriculum, Instruction, Guidance, and Counseling

"In Be a CHANGEMASTER: 12 Coaching Strategies for Leading Professional and Personal Change, Karla Reiss examines the steps and strategies involved in making effective and lasting personal and professional change. Prior to founding Change Place, Reiss served as a school administrator and experienced the change process in a variety of educational settings.

As Reiss explains early on, the focus of the book is slightly different than many other books written about the change process. 'The body of knowledge this book is based on is derived from the field of professional coaching, and not from research on brain function, not from years of formal research into the change process.'

As indicated in the title, the book reviews 12 strategies for change that range from challenging current assumptions within your organization to maintaining forward momentum and action once the change process is underway. Each chapter ends with a very informative summary section and provides the reader with a list of key concepts.

Reiss also provides a variety of templates and forms that could be easily used to promote discussion within your group. Any school leader interested in learning more about developing lasting change should find this book useful."

-- The School Administrator Magazine, September 2013

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