Friday, May 17, 2013

Green Beans & Ice Cream - Bill Sims Jr.

Summary: Bill Sims Jr. has released his first book titled “Green Beans & Ice Cream: The Remarkable Power of Positive Reinforcement.”

The highly anticipated book is based on Bill’s successful behavior change workshop, which is often featured at safety conventions across the world.
Summary and cover art from, Book given free in exchange for an honest review

My Review:  Positive reinforcement is an amazingly powerful tool. "We cherish feedback confirming that our contributions matter and that we have made a difference in the world around us." In a brief 130 pages Sims is able to detail the many ways positive reinforcement can alter behavior.  Sims also dives into difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and how positive reinforcement can help in building intrinsic motivation. While the concept of positive reinforcement is not new, the manner in which it is being used may not be as effective as one would think. Sims touches on just what will work and what won't and backs his advice up with research.

There are a great many positive elements regarding this title. The chapters are short but concise  Each presents an unique idea and leaves the reader contemplating. Perfectly placed metaphors drive home several of the points made by Sims.One of the greatest strengths of this book lies in the extras sporadically placed throughout that can be accessed through the provided QR Codes or by the html address. These short articles and videos add greater depth to the advice presented in the book.  This is a title I would highly recommend to anyone in a leadership role, whether that be a paid or volunteer position. Parents and teachers could also take a great deal away from this quick read. I have used some of these tips with my own children this week and have already noticed great changes in both their attitudes and my own.

My Rating: 4 Stars

To Sum it up: A quick and motivating read full of advice that once employed will lead to fantastic results.

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