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Getting Results the Agile Way is Now Available in Print

Getting Results the Agile Way is Now Available in Print

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You can now buy the printed version of Getting Results the Agile Way on Amazon.   The PDF and Kindle versions should be available within the next few weeks.  You can read the book free in HTML at http://GettingResults.com   I know many people have been waiting for the printed version so I figured I should announce that the paperback is now available.

Who’s it for? … So far, it seems like anybody who wants more from life.  I’ve had requests from restaurant owners to people in the financial industry, to doctors, lawyers, marketers, teachers … you name it.  I know some consulting firms that have been waiting for the book.   If you happen to be a software developer or a project manager, this book will find a special place in your heart.

It’s a timeless system for the changing times.  Getting Results the Agile Way is a personal results system for work and life.   The best way I can put it is, it helps you be the author of your life and write your story forward.   It’s a simple system for meaningful results that helps you get faster, simpler, and better results.  You achieve this by working on the right things, at the right time, the right way, with the right energy to get your best results.  Basically, it’s a system that can support you in everything you do.  It’s based on principles and patterns so you can tailor it for yourself or for any situation.

Contents at a Glance

  • Foreword
  • A Word from the Author
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - Why Agile Results
  • Chapter 2 - Agile Results Overview
  • Chapter 3 - Values, Principles, and Practices
  • Chapter 4 - Hot Spots
  • Chapter 5 - Monday Vision, Daily Outcomes, and Friday Reflection
  • Chapter 6 - Design Your Day
  • Chapter 7 - Design Your Week
  • Chapter 8 - Design Your Month
  • Chapter 9 - Design Your Year
  • Chapter 10 - Results Frame, Personas, and Pitfalls
  • Chapter 11 - 25 Keys to Results
  • Chapter 12 - 25 Strategies for Results
  • Chapter 13 – Motivation
  • Chapter 14 - Mindsets and Metaphors

I got the proofs of the book earlier this week and I was surprised how good the book feels.  It feels like a little handbook or a playbook.  It’s a thin guide -- about 1/2 an inch.   It’s 6x9 inches so it’s about the size of some of John Maxwell’s handbooks.  The cover is a brilliant blue with puzzle pieces coming together.   I wanted to have at least ten folks hold the book and take it for a test drive before announcing the book is available.  Last night, when the hostess at a local restaurant instantly fell in love with the book, it was the final test.  She said the blue made her feel calm, the print was easy to read, and as she flipped through, she said each page made her think and inspired her.  I felt bad I couldn’t let her keep the copy, but I promised her a copy next week.

Contributors / Reviewers
The book has quite a list of acknowledgements:

Adam Grocholski, Alik Levin, Andrew Kazyrevich, Andy Eunson, Andrea Fox, Anutthara Bharadwaj, Brian Maslowski, Chaitanya Bijwe, Chenelle Bremont, Daniel Rubiolo Mendoza, David K. Stewart, David Wright, David Zinger, Dennis Groves, Don Willits, Donald Latumahina, Dr. Rick Kirschner, Eduardo Jezierski, Eileen Meier, Erin M. Karp, Ethan Zaghmut, Gloria Campbell, Gordon Meier, Janine de Nysschen, Jason Taylor, Jeremy Bostron, Jill Heron, Jimmy May, John Allen, John deVadoss, Julian Gonzalez, Juliet du Preez, Kevin Lam, Larry Brader, Loren Kohnfelder, Mark Curphey, Michael Kropp, Michael Stiefel, Mike de Libero, Mike Torres, Mohammad Al-Sabt, Molly Clark, Olivier Fontana, Patrick Lanfear, Paul Enfield, Per Vonge Nielsen, Peter Larsson, Phil Huang, Prashant Bansode, Praveen Rangarajan, Richard Diver, Rob Boucher Jr., Rohit Sharma, Rudolph Araujo, Samantha Sieverling, Sameer Tarey, Scott Hanselman, Scott Stabbert, Scott Young, Sean Platt, Srinath Vasireddy, Tom Draper, Vidya Vrat Agarwal, Wade Mascia

… and of course, many thanks to my loyal readers of my blog, Sources of Insight (http://sourcesofinsight.com/), for their helpful feedback.

If you want to get a good sense for what drove the book, I encourage you to read A Word from the Author.  It’s the story in a nutshell.

Some folks inside and outside Microsoft have been telling me the system gives them the advantage they’ve been looking for, and helps them make meaning and find purpose and motivation in the things they do.  That’s what I like to hear!