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Articles (Free) 

A Doctoral Journey


Anatomy of a KAM


Critical Thinking

Maine Hiker's Journal

New OD


People Skills Column (19 Articles)


Pursuit of Genius

Research Methods

Scholarly Writing

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Books

Student to Scholar: The Guide for Doctoral Students

Student to Scholar 
is a must if you are currently a doctoral student or expect to be one soon, and you want to get the most out of the time, money, and effort you invest in your doctoral program.

From Student to Scholar you will learn: 

• What it means to be a scholar 
• How speed and quality are related 
• Four key ways to accelerate your program 
• Higher-order doctoral skills 
• How to write a major paper 
• How to annotate a journal article 
• How to write a high–quality dissertation 
• How to manage the dissertation process 
• Other ways to accelerate your progress 

Written by a doctoral professor, this book contains practical examples of high-quality doctoral work, including a complete section of a major paper written in correct APA style. Student to Scholar is the book you need to enable you to make the most of your doctoral journey.

To learn more, click Student to Scholar.
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Dissertation Research: An Integrative Approach

Dissertation Research builds on the insights, ideas, and advice provided in Student to Scholar. It focuses on the dissertation research process at the level of detail necessary to enable any doctoral student to understand and successfully accomplish this capstone project of the doctorate in a timely, cost effective, and high quality manner.

From Dissertation Research you will learn:

• The steps in the dissertation research process

• How to find a researchable dissertation topic

• How to develop an integrated research plan

• The structure and content of the proposal

• How to write a high–quality proposal

• How to conduct your dissertation research

• The structure and content of the dissertation

• How to write a high–quality dissertation

• The steps in the dissertation review process

           How to choose a dissertation committee

           • How to manage the dissertation process

            • How to publish your dissertation findings 

Written by a university professor who teaches research methods and who has worked with dozens of students to help them achieve their goal of earning a doctorate, Dissertation Research contains practical information about what you must do at each step in the dissertation research process, and why, as well as specific examples of how to do it.

To learn more, click
Dissertation Research.
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Practical Statistics

Practical Statistics is for anyone who wants to learn basic statistics for work, school, research, or the sheer enjoyment of gaining new knowledge.

In contrast to other books on the subject which emphasize statistical theory and mathematical manipulation, Practical Statistics focuses on practical applications and decision making.

The goal is to provide an integrated, step–by–step treatment that leads progressively from the fundamental concepts of descriptive statistics to more advanced material on inferential methods, such as sampling theory and multiple regression analysis.

When necessary, the use of appropriate levels of theory and mathematics serves to highlight the broad applicability of statistical reasoning and analysis to real world problems.

Some other features of the book include: (a) the use of a unique, decision model framework, (b) concrete examples of decision problems with detailed explanations of their solutions, and (c) optional pop quizzes with answers and explanations of the methods used and why.

If you are practical, decision-oriented person, then Practical Statistics is what you need to facilitate your introduction to the fascinating and powerful tools of statistical analysis.

To learn more, click Practical Statistics.
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Leadership and Change in the 21st Century: A Synthesis of Modern Theory, Research, and Practice

Leadership and Change in the 21st Century
is really two books in one.

The first—The Science of Modern Leadership—uses modern theory and research to make the case for a new form of leadership with the potential to enable us to work together to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The second—The 21st Century Leader in Action—provides insights into how a leader might apply this modern form of leadership to effect positive social change in an increasingly interconnected world.

Written for the student, scholar, and thoughtful practitioner, Leadership and Change in the 21st Century contains theoretical and practical insights that every modern leader needs to know to tackle the important problems faced by individuals, groups, organizations, nations, and society as a whole in the 21st century.

To learn more, click Leadership and Change in the 21st Century.
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Breakthrough Business Meetings: Shared Leadership in Action 


Dr. L's first book (published by iUniverse.com), Breakthough Business Meetings is the guide to meeting excellence in the twenty-first century.

Professor Edgar Schein of the MIT Sloan School of Management says that Breakthrough Business Meetings is "one of the most theoretically sound yet totally practical books on meetings and group management that I have ever read."

Based on the secrets of professional group facilitators, Breakthrough Business Meetings will enable you to:
 
• Motivate meeting participants to act as a team
• Enable them to make consensus decisions
• Energize them to work together to implement those decisions

The universal principles in Breakthrough Business Meetings:
 
• Apply to any meeting, whether large or small, informal (with no set agenda) or formal (with a tight structure and established time limits)
• Apply to both business and non-business meetings, such as those of civic organizations, social groups, associations, schools, and governments
• Apply to face-to-face and virtual meetings

You can benefit from Breakthrough Business Meetings, whether you are designing and facilitating your first meeting, or you are a seasoned manager who has led hundreds of meetings.

To learn more, click Breakthrough Business Meetings.
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Miracles Do Happen: A Story of Medical and Spiritual Survival

Miracles Do Happen is the true story of Anne Gable Allaire, who, despite incredible odds against her, survived both a heart transplant in 1997 and a subsequent stem cell transplant in 1998 to treat a rare disease—amyloidosis—that threatened her life. In 2011, she had another serious setback and beat the odds again.

Anne, a gifted artist (designated a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America), a loving mother of three, and a beloved wife, family member, and friend to all who know her continues to live a full and rewarding life in Kennebunk, Maine. Miracles Do Happen is Anne's story, recounted in a direct and caring style by her loving husband, William Eric Allaire. You can view examples of Anne’s beautiful paintings on her website at www.agafineart.com

As many who have read it say, and as is often the case when truth proves to be more amazing than fiction, 
Miracles Do Happen is a real page-turner. It chronicles the many incredible events, which Bill and Anne call God Moments, that enabled this story of faith and courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds to have a happy ending.


To learn more, click Miracles Do Happen.
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Reports (Free)


Finding a Dissertation Topic

While finding a doable, researchable dissertation topic may seem simple enough, it is, in fact, one of the most challenging tasks that most doctoral students face. This report will guide you through a unique, three-step process for finding your dissertation topic.

To learn more about this report, click Finding a Dissertation Topic
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Leading Breakthrough Meetings

This report, which is based on the principles in Dr. L's book Breakthrough Business Meetings: Shared Leadership in Action, describes a dozen ways to make your next meeting more productive. 

To learn more about this report, click Leading Breakthrough Meetings.
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Seminars

Change Management

Developed originally for an International School of Management in Paris, France, the Change Management seminar exposes participants to the principles, processes, and practices of systemic change by means of lectures, discussions, and case analyses. The goal of this highly interactive seminar is to provide participants with knowledge of a number of change management theories, models, and tools; as well as practice at developing intervention strategies to apply them successfully in their organizations.

To learn more about how this dynamic seminar could meet your organization's needs, email Dr. L at DrL@MindFirePress.com or call him at (904) 819-5501.
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Leading Collaborative Meetings

The Leading Collaborative Meetings seminar teaches participants the principles and practices described in Breakthrough Business Meetings, which Edgar Schein of the MIT Sloan School of Management described as "one of the most theoretically sound yet totally practical books on meetings and group management that I have ever read." A must for any manager or professional who wants to lead more productive meetings that engage the minds and hearts of the participants, this highly interactive seminar presents a systemic, step-by-step method for tapping into the creative energy and enthusiasm present in all groups and harnessing it to achieve the collective goals of the organization.

To learn more about how this dynamic seminar could meet your organization's needs, email Dr. L at DrL@MindFirePress.com or call him at (904) 819-5501.
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Management Decision Making

Developed originally for an International School of Management in Paris, France, the Management Decision Making seminar presents a very practical, problem-focused approach to the decision making process, and the various tools and techniques used to implement the process effectively in organizations. By focusing on participants' actual problems, rather than abstract, theoretical ones, this highly interactive seminar provides participants with an opportunity to learn the methods and tools of management decision making while working on business problems they are interested in solving.

To learn more about how this dynamic seminar could meet your organization's needs, email Dr. L at DrL@MindFirePress.com or call him at (904) 819-5501.
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Modern Leadership

The Modern Leadership seminar focuses on the elements of what Pulitzer Prize winning author James MacGregor Burns called transforming leadership; providing insights into its nature and application in the 21st Century. Based on classical and contemporary theory, research, and practice, this highly interactive seminar presents participants with a unique opportunity to examine their leadership styles in light of the principles and practices of modern leadership, and to develop strategies for creating the type of positive change needed to transform organizations and society.

To learn more about how this dynamic seminar could meet your organization's needs, email Dr. L at
DrL@MindFirePress.com or call him at (904) 819-5501.
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Services

Organizational 

Modern leaders must cope with constant change at all levels--individual, group, and organizational. To support the implementation of strategic change initiatives, MindFire Press provides services that focus on modern leadership and organizational change, collaborative meeting management, high performance team development, and leadership development. For those who prefer a more quantitative approach to decision making, we offer expertise in the application of quantitative models and statistical methods to decision making.

To learn more about how these services could meet your organization's needs, email Dr. L at DrL@MindFirePress.com or call him at (904) 819-5501.
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Individual

We offer two distinct types of services to individuals, executive coaching for organizational leaders and doctoral student mentoring.

Executive coaching deals with the challenges faced by modern leaders who need to respond effectively to rapid and often dramatic change.


Doctoral student mentoring deals with the challenges faced by doctoral students in all phases of their doctoral journey. 


To learn more about how either of these services could meet your needs, email Dr. L at
DrL@MindFirePress.com or call him at (904) 819-5501.
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