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Title: Adversity Quotient: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities
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“With AQ, Paul Stoltz has done something remarkable: He synthesizes some of the most important information on how we influence our own future and then offers a profound set of observations which teaches us how to thrive in a fast-changing world!”-Joel Barker, President, Infinity, LTD, author of Paradigm Shift.

“Adversity Quotient will show that you have more control over events than you think. The key is changing your beliefs. Believe it or not, that can usually be done in One Minute.” -Ken Blanchard, co-author, The One Minute Manager.

“Paul Stoltz’s AQ explains why some people, teams, organizations, and societies fail or quit, and how others in the situation persevere and succeed. With this book, anyone or or organization can learn to reroute their AQ and hardwire their brain for success.” -Daniel Burrus, author, Technotrends.

“AQ is one of the more important concepts of our time. Paul Stoltz’s book provides the direction and tools necessary for putting this idea into practice. It is a must read for anyone interested in personal mastery, leadership effectiveness and/or organizational productivity.” -Jim Ericson, Program Director, The Masters Forum.First there was IQ, then there was EQ. Now, there’s yet another quotient to worry about–AQ. Designed especially for business owners of quickly growing companies, Adversity Quotient draws upon the sciences of psychoneuroimmunology, neurophysiology, and cognitive psychology. As scientifically based as it is, the book manages to be compellingly readable.

Author Paul G. Stoltz, Ph.D., says individual AQs explain why some people, no matter what their intelligence or educational or social background, succeed where others fail. It’s been used in workshops for Olympic athletes and at companies including Deloitte & Touche, Minnesota Power, and U.S. West. Defined as the measure of one’s resilience and ability to persevere in the face of constant change, stress, and difficulty, AQ is touted as “the most important factor in achieving success.” Stoltz also calls it an indicator of one’s general ambitiousness, creativity, happiness, energy, and physical and emotional health; he therefore recommends that business executives use the book’s guidelines to pinpoint top performers in the workplace.

While the book is filled with acronyms and buzzwords (LEAD, “unconscious incompetence,” ARP, and CO2RE among them), the book’s tests–reminiscent of Myers-Briggs questionnaires–are fun to take and easy to analyze. Stoltz has given the tests to nearly 8,000 people, so he obviously knows what he’s talking about here. He offers specific advice on how to cultivate AQ in employees, and, perhaps even more useful, 22 ways to crush the AQs of your followers. (One of them, “Be consistently inconsistent,” could explain many “Dilbert” strips!)

While Stoltz derives many of his ideas from psychologist Abraham Maslow, psychologist and Learned Optimism author Martin Seligman, and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People writer Stephen R. Covey, he gives credit where it’s due, and he’s done an outstanding job of synthesizing various classic and contemporary theories into one solidly inspirational book.


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Adversity Quotient: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities
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Rating : 4.1
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Review: AQ is no gimmick! It’s a set of skills for real change.
As a coach/consultant in personal and organizational development for 20 years I read hundreds of ‘self-help’ books. Only a few have something new and useful to offer. Stolz’s Adversity Quotient is one of the best of those. Its easy-to-use assesment of my habitual way of responding to adversity gave me critical feedback I needed to re-invent my own life/work strategies. And his CORE skills and LEAD sequence (based largely on Martin Seligman’s work on learned helplessness and learned optimism which was deemed the ‘landmark theory of the century’ by the American Psychological Association) are powerful, pragmatic tools for dealing with adversity of any sort. AQ is simple, clear and easy to use, but it is definitely not a gimmick. As a professional in this field and as an individual who has used Stolz’s insights and tools to produce more outstanding results than ever before–and with less effort and stress–I can attest to both its scientific solidness and its practical…

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