There are times when it is a pleasure to read a book that is optimistic, inspirational, and very practical. Greg Bell does a superior job of providing the reader with a rationale for bringing a more positive outlook into one’s life. His insights and tools assist the reader to perceive daily activities and tasks in ways that help to bring meaning, clarity, and purpose. As a leader, the pressures one experiences each day can draw focus to all that inhibits and obstructs. Bell offers tangible steps that the reader can take each day to reframe one’s mindset on professional success and personal well-being.
Greg Bell is an inspiring author and speaker who helps organizations and leaders to excel in their chosen endeavors. While many try, Bell offers a way to bring positive introspection and reflection into one’s daily existence. The book is based solidly on research which lends great credibility to the content. Having the recommendations of the author backed up by neuroscience and psychology helps to distinguish What’s Going Well from other books of this genre.
The book points out the natural tendency of humans to be “wired” toward that which is both negative and potentially threatening. Bell points out that because this natural propensity exists, we need to develop the habit of seeing our reality from an alternate, optimistic perspective.
Bell uses humor effectively throughout the book. He also includes the very positive work of other experts in the field. One of these is Shaun Achor, author of the Happiness Advantage. As one easily reads through the pages of the book, the simplicity and power of the author’s words begin to resonate. What’s Going Well comes with a 90-day companion Journal that allows the reader to begin and follow through with their commitment to putting the wisdom of the book into action.
The applications of this book to leadership and workplace culture are many. It clearly points out that the disposition and focus of the leader will have a substantial impact on the members of the team they lead. If those in a position of organizational influence are able to successfully incorporate the wisdom of this volume, the results will positively impact many others as well.
What’s Going Well is particularly timely in the midst of the many challenges facing our society today. Leaders and individuals will likely find it to be one of the most impactful and useful books they have had the opportunity to read in a great while!