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I can't wait to share her key lessons with my MBA and executive students. Sue's wisdom on flexing is on point and on time for all of us (including me!). -- Dolly Chugh, author of The Person You Mean to Be

Sue Ashford’s evidence-based book illustrated with compelling examples teaches us the art of flexing and masterfully helps us thrive in a constantly changing world. For anyone who wants to grow on the job, this is a book for building the skills needed for a lifetime of career success and fulfillment. -- Scott Sonenshein, bestselling author of Stretch and co-author (with Marie Kondo) of Joy at Work

Flexing will begin by improving your work, it will then become a habit, and soon enough it will have changed your life. -- Gianpiero Petriglieri, author, professor, speaker, and
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Susan (Sue) J. Ashford holds the Michael and Susan Jandernoa Professorship and is chair of the Management and Organizations group at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Her academic work has been published in all the top journals in her field and she has been recognized with two lifetime achievement awards for her scholarship from the Academy of Management. Her academic work has been published in the Academy of Management ReviewAcademy of Management JournalAdministrative Science QuarterlyStrategic Management Journal, and the Journal of Applied Psychology. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Business (Oct. 5 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0063011573
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0063011571
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 454 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 2.57 x 22.86 cm
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous guide to making high impact personal change without risking everything!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous guide to making high impact personal change without risking everything!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on October 24, 2021
Everyone can benefit from this book. If you are interested in personal or professional growth, working to develop your capacity in a new domain, or simply trying to keep up with the change around you, let The Power of Flexing be your trusted guide! This book, written by the renowned researcher and educator, Professor Susan Ashford, lays out a step-by-step path to becoming a better you. Most of us want to think, feel or act differently at times – but making that change can be hard! The Power of Flexing unpacks the process of personal change, starting with a “learning mindset” that lowers the anxiety of trying something new, and embarking on a set of small, self-directed activities that allow you to experiment with behaving differently. This is the essence of flexing. As Ashford explains, when you support these experiments with feedback from others, self-reflection, and some emotion regulation, positive change has already begun! What distinguishes this book from the vast majority of self-help guides is its grounding in a wealth of social scientific research. But it is 100% readable and practical; I teach and coach executives and will be recommending it to all of them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "True nobility is being superior to your former self."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed full of strategies and compelling stories!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed full of strategies and compelling stories!
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I got this book right when it came out, and I've hardly been able to put it down. The author's background as a researcher really comes through because it feels like all of the practical strategies and insights come from deep knowledge and all have evidence and stories to go along with it. I've read a lot of "personal development" type books, and this is the most in depth. It pulls from a lot of different areas and introduces many new concepts in order to create a new framework/strategy for taking on personal and team goals. This is a book I'll be returning to over and over again over the course of my career and life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Tools!
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For anyone who has ever been faced with a big new role or an unexpected challenge or an overwhelming project. Prof Ashford introduces a powerful set of "flexing" tools that give you a place to start on your way to doimg great things. The key is flex goals and a growth mindset. A gift of a book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small flexes, big growth!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small flexes, big growth!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 11, 2021
This book is packed full of useful tools that will guide you to becoming the “you” you want to be! It doesn’t matter if one is the CEO of a major company or the CEO of their household, we all have areas where we want to improve ourselves, and “The Power of Flexing” can help get you there by providing the tools (flex goals) and teaching you how to use them. This book is full of personal stories from all walks of life, not just corporate life which makes it very approachable. I haven’t marked up a book with underlining and notes since college, but this one made me want to do just that with passages that I found relevant and meaningful (spoiler: there were many!)
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