Book Giveaway & Challenge – Jolt! by Phil Cooke

Jolt: Get the Jump Start on a World That’s Constantly Changing by Phil Cook:


In a world where change happens at light speed, discovering and mastering the power of change can transform your business and your life.

Stop feeling overwhelmed with changing technology, culture, business, trends, and values, and regain the confidence that can give you a real advantage. Stability, once a mainstay of American life, is now a pipe dream. For most people, this creates major anxiety, worry, and confusion. In JOLT!, Phil Cooke, television producer, media guru, and cultural commentator, will help you discover how you can navigate the whirlwind of change and actually use it to your advantage. After spending three decades helping organizations master the art of change, he realized that changing a company or changing your life, are both based on virtually the same key principles.
In this accessible and relevant guidebook meant to anchor and empower every reader, Cooke unveils 25 “jolts” anyone can leverage to establish a new direction, maximize potential, overcome insecurity, safeguard the heart and mind, reinforce values, and create an amazing future and lasting legacy. Whether your goal is to revitalize your organization, or transform the direction of your life, he reveals the secrets to becoming a game changer in readers’ lives, opening up new possibilities, confidence, and impact.
Like the “Reset” button on a computer, JOLT! can revolutionize your thinking and shake up your life!

About the Author

Phil Cooke, a writer, speaker, and filmmaker, is changing the way business, church, and nonprofit leaders influence and engage the culture. Christianity Today calls him a “media guru.” His media company, Cooke Pictures, advises many of the largest and most effective churches and nonprofit organizations in the world. A founding partner in the commercial production company TWC Films, he also produces national advertising for some of the largest companies in the country. His books and online blog at philcooke.com are changing the way religious and nonprofit organizations tell their story. He’s lectured at universities, such as Yale, University of California at Berkeley, and UCLA and is an adjunct professor at the King’s College and Seminary and Biola University in Los Angeles. His new book is Jolt!: The Power of Intentional Change in a World that’s Constantly Changing.

Reposted from Phil Cooke’s Blog:

Father’s Day: Want to Reconnect? Disconnect 

Media expert, author challenges dads; Can YOU disconnect for 24 hours?
The research has been conducted and the verdict is in (though we hardly needed it to tell us) – we’re hopelessly addicted to our digital devices.  So much so, in fact, that some psychologists are pushing to have “Internet Addiction” broadly classified as a clinical disorder. 
But isn’t it really affirmation that we can’t get enough of?  We want people to acknowledge us, interact with us, consider our opinions, laugh at our jokes, and take part in our conversations.  And these are all legitimate, natural wants and needs, mind you.  Although we may seek the approval and affirmation of acquaintances, colleagues and classmates less if we received it from our families more.

*65% of North Americans spend more time with their computer than with their spouse. **45% of workers say they can’t go more than 15 minutes without an interruption.**50% of people leave their mobile phones on when they go to bed.**Workers report that they leave their mobile phones on during movies, church & even sex.

Mobile devices, computers and social media are wonderful things, indeed.  They’ve transformed our lives and our world in countless positive ways.  But make no mistake, while we’re more connected than ever (and maybe because we’re more “connected” than ever), we’re more disconnected than ever from our families.    
Ever texted your child in his or her room to tell them that dinner is ready?  Are instant messages replacing conversations at the dinner table?  Are you talking to your kids about their “status”? Or, reading about it on Facebook?  
Because I’m sure this rings true to more of us than it should, I’m issuing a challenge today to dads across the country. 

Disconnect. 

That’s right.  On June 19th, Father’s Day, disconnect your digital device for 24 hours and reconnect with your family. 
You’ll survive.  I promise. 
In fact, I suspect you’ll be shocked at how much that quality time with your family can jolt those dormant relationships.  At how much you can download in a short time.  At how much you’ve been missed.
Here are two simple things you can do to make it happen:
1.  Before going to bed the night before Father’s Day, check your e-mail one final time, turn off your mobile device and put it in another room. You may get the shakes, but you’ll get over it.
2.  Plan the day well.  Alcoholics are very susceptible during periods of boredom and it’s no different with an internet junkie.  Plan a day of special activities with your family, so you’ll be less inclined/tempted to check email or go online.  And, if the family takes you out, leave the mobile device at home!   (You may be shocked, but yes – there was a time in ancient days when we actually left the house without a phone).
Remember – your kids watch your behavior more than they listen to your words.  And when they see you unable to disconnect from email, text messages and Twitter?  You’re telling them that what’s on your phone is more important to you than they are. 
So, think about how much time you spend online versus how much time you spend face-to-face with the people you love you the most.  And, at the very least, for 24 hours on Father’s Day, think about which connection is the most important to you – the one to the world?
Or, the one to your family?

Book Giveaway:
3 copies of Jolt! by Phil Cooke
Open to US Only
Ends 6/18/11

To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on this post telling us if you are going to take the Disconnect to Reconnect Challenge. (You don’t have to take the challenge to enter). Be sure there is a way to contact you if you win.