Social Excellence is a philosophy--a lifestyle. Characterized by handshakes, deep, meaningful conversations, and heart-to-heart connections, people who choose Social Excellence understand that human connection is the key to changing the world.
This book, overflowing with real-life examples of Social Excellence in action, is not a book to be read in quiet solitude. It is a book that dares the reader to engage with the people and society around them. The authors describe how to build masterful social skills, tell stories of how people have changed the world through interpersonal connection, and challenge readers to push their social comfort zones to the max through edgy Social Dares.
Social Excellence: We Dare You is written to inspire community leaders, organizational members, non-profit volunteers, religious congregations, business leaders, political advocates, high-performing students, and anyone who is seeking a way to truly matter in the world.
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By Matthew Mattson
Dec 12, 2011
What people are saying about Social Excellence: We Dare You... "An inspiring guide to finding a richer life full of meaning -- and changing the world. Relationships create revolutions, and these authors are starting a bold movement." - Keith Ferrazzi, bestselling author of Never Eat Alone and Who's Got Your Back "I couldn't put the book down. The authors certainly make the case that 'all leadership is social' and that today’s leadership education curriculum needs to reflect the reality that social interactions and connections are critical to effective leadership." -Tom Matthews, Ed.D., Director of Leadership Education, Development & Training, SUNY Geneseo “I now relate to people differently and actually have Social Excellence as an intention in my life -- and I didn't have that before I read this book.” - Mike Dilbeck, Founder of the RESPONSE ABILITY Project and Professional Speaker "An upbeat guide to the joys and techniques of human interaction that... More > avoids the slimy, salesy feel of 'connecting to people to get what you want.’" -Lisa Goodale, Vice President, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance “Social Excellence: We Dare You truly lives up to its title! You will not be able to read this book and not be changed.” - Sarah Williams, Nonprofit fundraiser "Steeped in human development theory but presented in a highly readable fashion, Social Excellence: We Dare You is more than a book to be read…it is a book to be ‘done.’” -Mark Frederick, Ph.D., Center for Measuring Student Behaviors and Academics, Indiana State University “This should be mandatory reading for our youth and adults alike... Game-changing information... Now it's time for you to be the game-changer... I dare you." -Rick Deale, Entrepreneur & Adventure Facilitator “The great staff of Phired Up Productions are undoubtedly changing the world - one person and one organization at the time - by defining and spreading the message of Social Excellence. Anyone who reads this book will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of meaningful relationships through theory and the very clever dares. Mattson, Williams, and Orendi challenge all of us to be the best version of our real selves. So, I dare you to pick up this book and get on the path towards Social Excellence!” - Vivek Surti, past national officer of Beta Chi Theta, Inc. "Phired Up has hit another home-run with their new book Social Excellence: We Dare You! Filled with amazing personal stories of Social Excellence, self-reflection activities and a personal social significance plan any reader can become a more socially excellent person!" – Kyle Jordan, Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life Lee H. McCaskey Center for Student Involvement and Leadership Appalachian State University "I challenge you not only to read this book but take the time to experience what it can offer you! Complete the exercises, engage in the challenges and learn SO much more than what a normal book might provide! If you can get the true essence of this book and what it has to offer, you will be forever changed in how you approach life and what life will give back to you." - Lori Hart, Ph.D., Professional speaker on leadership and relationships “I firmly believe that your “network” is your “net-worth” and the book discusses ways to create and sustain a network of people who will add value to your community. The authors in this book provide the readers with a call-to-action for people to “raise their game” in all aspects of their lives. This books leaves the reader with a deeper understanding of how their actions can enhance their personal and professional success. Full of self-assessments and professional challenges—the authors call them “dares”--you will walk away from this book with a detailed roadmap of how to lead a socially excellent life. I recommend this book for people looking to transform their professional organization or simply enhance their corner of the world!” - Ann Marie Klotz, Assistant Director for Selection and Training; Residential Education at DePaul University< Less
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