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The Character Triangle by Lorne Rubis - Book review

The Character Triangle

Build Character, Have an Impact, and Inspire Others

By: Lorne Rubis

Published: October 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 174 pages
ISBN-10: 193678260X
ISBN-13: 978-1936782604
Publisher: Langdon Street Press

"So what is the Character Triangle? I guarantee; it's a personal game changer. Learning and applying it will help you build more character, have a greater impact, and inspire others", writes educator and Chief People Officer for ATB Financial, Lorne Rubis, in his inspirational and wisdom filled book The Character Triangle: Build Character, Have an Impact, and Inspire Others. The author describes how our character is exclusively our own, and it's defined by what we do and by the choices we make; and provides the the lessons for learning the Character Triangle as a life changing and success building habit.

Lorne Rubis recognizes the necessity of having what he calls a playbook to guide a person's work life. That playbook will also guide how the individual defines success in their career. At the same time, the author points out the importance of being purposeful at play, whether at home or on the job. Lorne Rubis shares his road map toward building the character a person needs to achieve success, and to avoid being passive and lost in both their career and personal life. The author presents his Character Triangle principles as a guide to living a life that makes a positive impact, and inspires others to success and high achievement as well.

Lorne Rubis (photo left) understands that people have little direct control over their workplace, their bosses, or the selection of their co-workers. The author also recognizes that drastic changes in the economy have caused enormous changes within many work environments. The average person has little control over those external forces of change. Despite these challenges, Lorne Rubis provides compelling evidence that regardless of changes around them, people can control their own character.

The author points out that even in less than desirable working conditions, people who lived their lives with the Character Triangle as their guiding compass would always made a positive impact on others.

Lorne Rubis offers the values that form the Character Triangle as a blueprint for both a career and for one's personal life. The three core values that form the foundation of the Character Triangle are as follows:

* Accountability
* Respect
* Abundance

For me, the power of the book is how Lorne Rubis combines the theoretical framework of the Character Triangle, with practical steps to learn and incorporate these habits of living into one's own life. The author makes clear that the principles of the Character Triangle can be learned, and that they can form the basis of a complete personal character transformation.

Lorne Rubis shares his concepts in a very engaging format, complete with intriguing stories of the principles in action. Each chapter contains valuable summaries, sidebars, and hands on exercises to help instill the Character Triangle values into a daily habit. Despite the apparent complexity of actually building and changing character, the author presents the principles in an easy to understand and apply manner. The author's experience as a teacher is evident in the the format of the book and its concepts.

I highly recommend the insightful and practical book The Character Triangle: Build Character, Have an Impact, and Inspire Othersby Lorne Rubis, to anyone in any walk of life, who is seeking an accessible guide to developing the principles and behaviors of a personal of impeccable character. People are naturally drawn to and inspired by people of character. This book will ensure that you are one of those people who make a real difference in the world and in the lives of others.

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