Read what others have shared as they unwrapped the 12 gifts that are the Gift Mindset®.
Gift Mindset® explores the inner workings of human behaviour to understand how we process the events around us, encouraging us to take a step back from situations, analyse our thoughts, consider our reactions, and help us live with purpose and connection.
We are subject to a multitude of scenarios and interactions every day; we all have the choice as to how they will affect our work and our relationships. The Gift Mindset shows us how to not just confront or resist, but embrace challenges and leverage successes and consider them as ‘gifts’ in our daily lives.
The book is insightful, tapping into daily experiences that anyone can relate to. Renée has a magnificent way of storytelling and engaging us to reflect on our impact on the world around us. It encourages us to be more self-aware and to make changes to not just better ourselves but also to benefit others.
You will see how the power of optimism is undeniable. Building our capacity for empathy by seeing things through others’ eyes, understanding our emotions and actions and the impact they can have on others and having the opportunity to alter the course and positively affect others, is also shown to be so powerful.
This is a read that will help you build a human-centric culture, grow leadership, and better understand people to get the best out of each other to maximise performance. You will learn personal and professional strategies and gain the value of sharing and learning from mistakes and successes and how adopting a gift mindset makes anything possible.
Renée has done it again, capturing wisdom from scholars, spiritual leaders, thought leaders and business leaders; however, the insight from her wealth of experience shines through the book and is truly priceless. Gift Mindset is a wonderfully practical, educational, reflective and empowering read; certainly a ‘go-to’ resource.
A wonderful compendium and resource for both our hearts and minds. Beautifully written with personal experiences as great examples of why these 12 gifts matter and help us grow as human beings. Never before has such a book been more relevant and applicable in both our personal and professional lives. Self-reflection, self-awareness and acting on the “gift” opportunities will enrich your life. After all, there is nothing for you to lose, and so much for you to gain. Brava Renée!
As Renée shares her own family’s story of courage, a story familiar to many second and third-generation Australians, she uncovers the key drivers of change and innovation. Her insights on how to build connectedness with our colleagues are particularly pertinent during a time when physical distance and flexible working practices are our new norm. Gift Mindset is a perceptive pathway towards deconstructing the things that unwittingly bind us and which we must unpack to forge forward with purpose.
The GIFT MINDSET is a fantastic read that all people can benefit from. It resonated a lot with me on how I have tried to live my life, both personally and professionally. The mindset to embrace our challenges, not just our successes, is a brilliant message on how we can build resilience and create optimism with those around us.
I specifically enjoyed the message around being courageous by sharing our vulnerabilities. This is a leadership trait that I have tried to instil in myself throughout my career. It helps me to express myself whilst allowing me to connect at multiple levels across diverse cultures.
The GIFTS outlined by Renée throughout the book are relevant in both your personal and professional life. However, I particularly found that #4 Barriers to a Gift Mindset really resonated. Looking into the mirror and asking yourself ‘what holds us back from expressing ourselves’ is a question I continue to ask myself. I felt highlighting the seven key barriers really helped me shine a light on ‘the why’ and then linking it to the ways to adapt is a powerful way to show the importance of self-awareness & empathy in leadership.I really enjoyed the read and would highly recommend it to others.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to co-create with Renée and help deliver the message of the times: “The world needs ‘realistic and infectiously optimistic leaders’ to be beacons of optimism in a fog of pessimism.” The leader looks like the person in your mirror. In Chapter 7, Renée shares the habits of optimism that you can adopt to enhance your life and inspire those around you. I commend the ‘The Gift Mindset’ to you.”
What a great book!
Love the intro and the framework in part 1 that then prepares you to enjoy and optimally learn from all the gifts that follow in part 2.
Love the structure for the learning from each gift …with tips to unpack the gift and digest it and summarise the active ongoing and practice of it thereafter.
Focussed on the gifts of Gratitude and Optimism……
This is such a great active resource to learn and grow from as a reader.
Again, Congrats Renée – well done you!
A great book to immerse yourself in to find more meaning in your life and workplace. The reflections and practical examples are helpful, but what I really feel this book asks of us is to be curious in how we could introduce change in how we are being to gain greater meaning in our lives. I believe you and I, have our strength already within us. Sometimes we lose a bit of who we really are when we experience success or challenges. My favourite chapter was gratitude as it is a gentle practice, we can all embrace to be kinder to ourselves.
Renée is authentic, generous and shows strength in her vulnerability. The life lessons that consume many, are craft into gifts, which we can all appreciate and get enormous value from. Renée talks about deep self-awareness as a means for progress and she’s captured this beautifully.
Gift Mindset is a must-read for anyone wanting to thrive, not just survive!
A must-have resource on every leader’s bookshelf that provides insights and practical exercises on how to unwrap the 12 gifts, which are so needed in today’s complex and constantly changing environments.
In the first part of her book, Renee begins by highlighting what the Gift Mindset is, why it matters and how we can begin to adopt a gift mindset – valuable for times such as these.
Then, in the second part of the book, Renee explores each of the 12 Gifts with real-life case studies and practical steps on how we can begin to unwrap each gift for ourselves, while encourage our team to do the same.
As Renee has so beautifully shared: “Life throws us curveballs. Some are made of glass and hard to catch, some bounce off us, and others seem to fall straight into our hands.”
This book will help us turn EVERY experience, whether a challenge or crisis into a gift so we can adopt the gift mindset each and every time.
Here’s to unwrapping all 12 gifts so you can lead and live a life of purpose, connection and contribution.
Very excited for my great friend and colleague from the Beautiful Land Down Under, Renée Giarrusso- Leadership and Communication Expert on her new book, “GIFT MINDSET®
Unwrap the 12 gifts to lead and live a life of purpose, connection and contribution.”
She’s an amazing human being and brings immense value to everyone whose lives she touches…and I know her book will do the same!
Renee Giarrusso’s Gift Mindset is the book that needed to be written for the leadership community. For too long we have looked to strategies, tools, and frameworks to become better business managers and leaders. The focus on mindset has become known to be more important and Renee’s unique insights into this is both refreshing and exhilarating.
I took so many practical elements from this book and found it to be such an approachable book which is set out for the busy modern professional.
5.0 out of 5 stars Experience, Strength and hope.
For people who have been struggling with significant life challenges there is some absolute gold in the experience, strength and hope captured here.
Renee succinctly brings forth the essence of people who have lived experiences of each of the gifts.
There are so many practical pieces of wisdom that can be taken and used in everyday life.
A great book full of practical examples as to how you can create more meaningful relationships and connections as a leader. An author who talks the what and the how, worth reading!,
5.0 out of 5 stars A reminder of what life is truly about – sharing our gifts!
We all have something to give, and something to teach. The challenge is extracting the lessons from our experiences and stories. This is an essential guide for anyone who’d like to integrate past and current, challenges and success, in such a way that doesn’t just provide more meaning and fulfilment in your life, but upgrades your ability to contribute back to the world.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a positive and practical resource! A true Gift!!
I would highly recommend this wonderful read which is full of gems! “Gift Mindset” really speaks to the tools and strategies that we can all implement to make life more fulfilling for both individuals and organisations. Of course, my favourite gift is “The Gift of Optimism”!
The ancients were right to hold to the belief that it is ‘more blessed to give than receive’ There’s something magical about the experience of gift-giving. It’s selfless, thoughtful, considerate, personal and memorable.
Now imagine the recipient is YOU. The gift you most needed right now was presented, embraced, understood, accepted. By you. For you.
Renée masterfully invites us into a place where we give ourselves permission to find, unwrap and enjoy gifts from all aspects of life and leadership, she reframes the challenges, contextualises the joys, and makes sense of every day by handing us a framework to find and understand the gifts that can come from the work you do and the life you live.
I met Renée in 2006, when I was training to be an Executive Coach. Her impact on me was as significant then as it is now. In that training, we learnt the phrase “How is this a gift to you?” A game-changing reframe to the world ride we call life. Now, thanks to Renée, we don’t just have a game-changing question, we have a game-changing book to lean into, refer back to and hold as a learning companion for the future.
Renée’s book ‘Gift Mindset”, is a must-read as both a business and personal development tool. She has perfected the art of applying her own self-development stories and those of others to deliver easy to understand and remember methodologies for our own growth.
Applying a growth mindset to our lives is a path to increased self-awareness, happiness and fulfilment as we use her principals to enrich the lives of those around us, in turn, enriching our own! The “12 Gifts” in “Gift Mindset” are a classic “how to succeed” guide for any budding leader; I suggest you read and practice them often.
Renée’s personal life and career experiences have, over many years, developed her strong skills in resilience and team collaboration.
I have observed Renée working with our Metricon Regional teams, quickly identifying our key values and talent, and then turning them into meaningful ways to better lead our teams for greater outputs. The Gift Mindset is a very valid way of both valuing oneself and worth. It becomes a better way of presenting yourself to others and interacting with them on a higher level of mutual understanding.
Renée’s chapter on Resilience, in particular, rang very true to me. Our teams continue to face increasing levels of pressures from both the office and customer environments. As a team, we need to lean on our experiences and share our stories of recovery and strength, just as Renée does in the “Gift Mindset.”
I found the book full of short but really powerful lessons. A gift mindset is a way to create an abundance view of the world. A short roadmap full of tips and advice to improve several areas of your life and business. Simple yet practical ways to overcome challenges, difficulties to live a life of purpose.
The 12 gifts are essential soft skills and by adopting the gift mindset you will live a fuller life, improve your emotional intelligence and positively impact workplace culture through more collaborative sharing.
Encapsulating what many would think is a formula, then laying out the foundation for others to follow easily, has been a pleasure to realise in Renée’s book, sharing the Gift Mindset is just spectacular, “The Gift of Growth” and the six key steps is something that in itself allows anyone to understand the how. Renée, when first reading your entire book I must say it is a gift in itself, however having a reference for me to remember such simple things is just great. A major take-away when diving into the Gift Timeline is the polar opposites will always bring you to a decision. Well done my friend, a great insight!
Renée has always inspired me with every facet of her limitless life, and I will forever be grateful. Whether it be her infectious view of life, her never say die attitude or her unparalleled compassion she shows to all. I have always asked the question: How does Renée do it? Well, that mystery is unravelled for us all in this wonderful book – ‘Gift Mindset’. Renée has always forged into what makes leaders, teams and individuals tick, and this latest tome enables all leaders, great or small to share her gifts, passion and wisdom. It will take your team from inertia to engagement. Unwrap the 12 Gifts and be rewarded with leading drivers, barriers, tools, frameworks and your very own ‘bonbonniere’!
Whilst Renée exudes all 12 Mindsets, to me, her greatest gifts are encapsulated in the Gift of Resilience (shown from the day she interviewed at Mars); the Gift of Connection (everyone loves working with Renée) and the Gift of Reenergising (she sparks everyone with her unparalleled work ethic). Yet all leaders can also learn the Gifts of courage, curiosity, growth, empathy, optimism and many more.
May we all live our legacy now by living a life of purpose, connection and contribution.
Wowser, that’s all I can say! What a thought-provoking book, filled to the brim with awesome stories, amazing insights and practical tips to try as you work through the book. I can hear Renée’s voice weaved through the entire book.
This book is like a beautiful painting, each brushstroke lovingly painted on the page, each gift unpacked slowly and deliberately, in a way that makes senses and makes me want to jump in and start improving myself immediately.
Renée, this is an absolute work of art, you should be so proud of this, I can’t wait to share this book with all my clients and get to work on the areas that need a little more “polishing.”
The Gift Mindset is the gift that keeps giving! It is an incredible source of inspiration and reminds us to use our life experiences to shape our world, but not to define us. The way we think and feel is our choice and as individuals and leaders, we get the choice to focus on the things that help us connect and collaborate to get the most of ourselves, our teams and each other. This book shows us how.
One of Renee’s many talents is her ability to communicate big, bold and sometimes tough messages through beautiful storytelling. Her first book, Limitless Leadership took us back to our childhood and she shared her insights through the story of Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz.
Gift Mindset does that once again – through our awkward Kris Kringle experiences, our ‘ooooh’ moments as we just miss the Pass the Parcel, and many more, she helps us understand how we can turn events into experiences and most importantly into lessons that contribute to our growth and fulfilment of purpose: regardless of what the world chooses to throw at us.
This isn’t just theory or empty optimism – Renee is vulnerable through this book and she is as open with us as she asks us to be in turn. The depth in this book is impressive and Renee’s wisdom is shared in a way that is so easy to consume that this is literally a 12 month development course in a book.
Gift Mindset is a book for the times, for this time and for all time.
I am really enjoying this book.
The first chapter really hooked me. The story of a younger Renée and the profound impact it has had resonated with me. Resilience. Right. There.
Part 1 introduces you to the gift mindset and let’s you explore the rationale and science behind it.
Part 2 allows you to read, understand and apply the gift that you need, when it is needed most.
I find that I will read and re-read and I will get something different from them each time. It depends on the situation. As a leader I’m finding it is helping me look through a different lens and reassess.
I love that the book is based on the premise of positivity and “gifts”.
As a bonus, I really enjoy the “bon bons” at the end of each gift.
Thanks for a great book.
The gift mindset was an exceptional read covering human traits that can be applicable to all areas of life especially in career growth!
The concepts and models within the book are easy to digest and understand, and Renee has a gift to guide you throughout the book. The great thing about the gift mindset is that you don’t need to read it from to back. Once you get to the gifts you can easily jump to any of the gifts that call to you first.
Overall you get a great map on key areas presented in gifts to really take your life game to a whole new level. I would recommend every organization to read through this from leadership to staff as well as ambitious youth who want a great insight to fast track their growth in career opportunities and life skills.
In The Gift Mindset, Renee develops the 12 gifts through generously shared personal stories, and stories from her experience with clients. Each gift is presented with keys to understand and develop your gift, practical ideas to grow your gift, points for reflection, and thought provoking questions. This book truly is a special ‘gift’.
5.0 out of 5 stars Always remember that ‘gifts’ for growth can come from yourself and others.
I really enjoyed the step by step identification of what “gifts” we may be missing in both our personal and professional lives.. so many missed opportunities for betterment. I’m really looking forward to putting them all into practice, in particular, sharing wins with my team to help them realise more goals as well. Thanks, Ne, for these great insights. X
5.0 out of 5 stars A blueprint to discover beauty within our experience
If there’s one thing 2020 has taught us it’s that the life is unpredictable, and how we respond to its rollercoaster of highs and lows is what really matters. The Gift Mindset is a blueprint to discover beauty within our experience – from the chaotic and challenging to the pinnacles of joy, success, and enlightenment. In this book, Renée offers a new path to individual, team and organisational growth and presence. Let it guide you to the hidden gems born of curiosity, vulnerability, courage, and self-awareness.