Mar 14, 2010

WOW:A Handbook for Living, review

WOW: A Handbook for Living by Zen Ohashi and Zono Kurazono

A useful and innovative handbook with exercises to get the reader thinking about how he/she can improve living through problem solving.

Book description: "A revolutionary new self-help guide from master management coaches Zen Ohashi and Zono Kurazono. In this volume they have created a method for living - a way you too can be successful and powerful in your everyday life. Thirty-one phrases are coupled with simple methods and short explanations designed to implement empowerment and change in the lives of readers. Designed to be carried with you and pulled out when you need it. WOW is the ultimate handbook for life."

Some of the methods proposed by the authors that I find helpful (in my own words):

thinking positively
asking yourself the right questions,
getting support,
keeping promises,
solving problems with quick,intuitive thinking,
answering your own questions on a problem
setting time limits for goals,
being selfish in a positive way,
making suggestions instead of complaints,
feeling free to hold on to or to change your plan.

My comments: This is the second self-help handbook with simple, straight forward instructions that I have read recently. It seems to be a new approach, getting readers to answer questions and record their responses in an easy-to-read format. I think it's useful and actually works very well for readers. I gave WOW 4 out of 5 stars for providing unique approaches to life and problems through this method.

The authors: Zen Ohashi is a business management coach whose methods have been used by major international corporations such as Exxon-Mobile, British Airways, Honda, and Mitsubishi. Zono Kurazono is a lyric writer, song producer, singer, and musician. The book was translated from the Japanese by Robert McGuire.

The Cadence Group provided an ARC of WOW for my objective review.

Publisher: One Peace Books, 212-250-4400
Distributor: Partners Publishers Group
ISBN 978-0-9785084-8-7

Challenges: 100 + Reading Challenge
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  1. Nice review! I like this crop of new self-help books that involve the reader instead of lecture. The methods you outline seem practical and affirming. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Suzanne: There is certainly more to this slim book than it first seems! If the motivational methods are used for major corporations, it should definitely have advice we can all use! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I see that trend everywhere...a sort of Book 2.0...interactivity. That's it these days.

    I'm a self-help nut and I'll see if I can find this one. Thank you!

  4. I don't generally read self-help books, but this one sounds interesting :)

  5. Sounds like one that a lot of my co-workers could use!


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