A.I.M.: The Powerful 10-Step Personal and Career Success Program

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Wiley, Jul 9, 2010 - Self-Help - 272 pages
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From the Introduction by Alex Gill

Before embarking on the A.I.M. program, I was just an ordinary guy with a problem that many, many others have had at some point in their careers.  I was unhappy.  I was becoming bitter.  I complained about my job a lot. I knew I was in a rut and couldn't figure out what to do about it.  I felt powerless, unfocused and alone. And I didn't see a way I could make things improve. That was my starting point before I began the A.I.M. process.

Today, I run my own firm that helps dozens of nonprofits improve their community impact each year. I work on very interesting and socially relevant projects for an ever-growing roster of clients. I have flown around the world to talk about community building, environmentalism and social marketing. I also teach at an innovative downtown university where the students are a joy to teach and my fellow professors often remark on my enthusiasm for my work and life in general. My friends and family constantly note that I seem happier and more motivated as the years go by.

This did not happen because of some exceptional piece of luck - nor because of some superhuman ability or intelligence on my part ... I was someone who happened upon a method - the A.I.M. method - that helped me determine who I was and what inspired me, and then put me on the path to achieving it. It happened because I put those principles into action with the help and guidance of a coach like Jim Carlisle.

I hope as you read this book that you will appreciate how A.I.M. changed my life - and how it could help you change yours. Jim and I have taken the better part of a year to write this book because we believe in strongly in helping those who need a way out. Every day we see people who would benefit from taking charge of their lives and moving forward to achieve, inspire and make a difference.

If you see a bit of yourself in my story - or in the dozens of stories we will share in this book — read on. I hope your journey is even more productive and rewarding than my own.

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About the author (2010)

Jim Carlisle is Director of Western Management Consultants, where he practices in the areas of executive coaching, executive search, and facilitation. His coaching practice has attracted a wide range of clients, including CEOs of major firms, graduate business students, high potential managers, not-for-profit leaders and professional athletes. Jim is in his second term as Chairman of The World Search Alliance, a network of executive search firms in over 30 countries around the world. He is also a Fellow of The Institute of Certified Management Consultants.

Alex Gill is principal of Mendicant Group, a consulting firm that improves the impact of Canada's charities, non-profit organizations, and socially conscious corporations. Prior to founding Mendicant, Alex spent more than ten years as a nonprofit executive. Alex teaches at Ryerson University in the areas of corporate citizenship, advocacy, and nonprofit management.

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