The SIMPLE Life focuses on the process of moving from a busy, distracting life to a simple life of purposeful living where once-present shiny objects are no longer necessary or desirable. Appealingly short, The SIMPLE Life is the perfect choice for those who know their overly-scheduled, distracted lives are at breaking point but don’t know how they got to this point or how to go about making a change for the better.What Readers Will Take From “The SIMPLE Life: Shiny Objects Not Required”» more info
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Access to Asia presents a deeply insightful framework for today's global business leaders and managers, whether traveling from Toronto to Taipei, Baltimore to Bangalore, or San Francisco to Shanghai. Drawing from her extensive experience and global connections, author Sharon Schweitzer suggests that irrespective of their industry, everyone is essentially in the relationship business. Within Asia, building trust and inspiring respect are vital steps in developing business relationships that transcend basic contractual obligations. Readers will find in-the-trenches advice and stories from 80 regional experts in 10 countries, including China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, and Korea.
Discover the unique eight-question framework that provides rich interview material and insight from respected cultural experts
Track cultural progress over time and highlight areas in need of improvement with the Self-Awareness Profile
Learn the little-known facts, reports, and resources that help establish and strengthen Asian business relationships
Effective cross-cultural communication is mandatory for today's successful global business leaders. For companies and individuals looking to engage more successfully with their counterparts in Asia, Access to Asia showcases the critical people skills that drive global business success.
To go-to guide for women who want to be part of the farming revolution.
Women are leading the new farming revolution in America. Much of the impetus to move back to the land, raise our own food, and connect with our agricultural past is being driven by women. They raise sheep for wool, harvest honey from their beehives, grow food for their families and sell their goods at farmers' markets. What does a woman who wants to work the land need to do to follow her dream?
First, she needs this book. It may seem strange to suggest that women farmers need a different guide than male farmers, but women often have different strengths and goals, and different ways of achieving those goals. Audrey Levatino shares her experiences of running a farm and offers invaluable advice on how to get started, whether you have hundreds of acres or a simple lot for an urban community garden. Filled with personal anecdotes and stories from other women farmers, from old hands to brand new ones, from agricultural icons like Temple Grandin, to her own sister, this book is a reassuring and inspirational guide that discusses:
Should you do an internship or jump right in?
-How to find a farm or how to handle one that you’ve inherited
-Best practices for selling at the farmer’s market and how to sell your goods locally
-Farmhouse chores and how to get them done right
-How to handle large power tools, including a chainsaw
-Planning and growing an organic farm garden
-Incorporating animals as part of a farm ecosystem
-Where to get started if you want to farm-school your kids
-Tips for keeping your mind, body and spirit healthy while undertaking the demanding nature of farm work
How can Alka Seltzer, an army general, and kids with braces help you prospect, market, connect & close the sale to improve your bottom line? In this collection of stories and lessons, Wes Schaeffer reaches out to his audience with poignant and relevant examples to engage you in conversation with yourself. His easy-mannered dialogue engages the senses, while speaking directly to the challenges entrepreneurs face day in and day out. Much like the cookie-cutter shark, Wes takes concise, targeted bites out of a seemingly large predator—making sales in today’s distracted, over-communicated world.» more info
Congratulations to Jim Blasingame on being awarded the 2015 Axiom Business Book Award for "The Age of the Customer: Prepare for the Moment of Relevance."
About The Age of the Customer
This Has Never Happened Before.
You're operating your business in a time when something is happening that is so momentous it has never happened before. Jim Blasingame identifies it as an epochal marketplace shift that's causing the 10,000-year-old Age of the Seller to be replaced by the Age of the Customer.
Jim will reveal to you in plain language:
• How the two Ages currently, but temporarily, exist in parallel universes, and how much time you have left to join the emerging universe.
• How relevance is replacing competitiveness as the coin of the realm, and what you have to do to make this switch to Age of the Customer thinking.
• How your future will increasingly be decided at the Moment of Relevance, and what you have to do to be the chosen one at that moment.
• The new influencers who co-own your brand message sometimes before you even know they exist and how you can get them to be your partner.
• Why you must become a storyteller.
• The good, bad, and ugly of social media.
• The killer app that wasn't any part of your past but will dominate your future.
Jim will teach you how the Age of the Customer is impacting love, trust, emotions, niches, globalization, intellectual property, selling, branding, and even technology. Plus he will reveal what is not going to change.» more info
What shapes a person's career and life, and defines them as a leader? Their decisions. We all want to be more productive and deliver our best results. But doing this effectively—and consistently over time—is a significant challenge. Managing it all is hard, and leading in today's hyper-paced world is even harder.
The good news is that leadership expert Steve McClatchy makes it easier. In Decide, McClatchy—who works with Fortune 1000 people every day to help them achieve outstanding levels of performance—shows you how to cut through the complexities and excuses to start realizing real gains simply by changing one thing: the way you make decisions. With McClatchy's help, you can quickly begin to:
Use the time you have each day to move your business and your life forward
Make decisions that yield better results
Waste less time, reduce stress and regain balance
Again and again, McClatchy has helped people learn for themselves how great decision-making habits yield a lifetime of accomplishments. Follow McClatchy's no-nonsense and practical approach, and you'll soon manage—and even lead—at your highest level of personal performance.
Anyone can easily and efficiently learn how to drive users to their website with the use of this handy guide to both traditional and nontraditional search engine optimization (SEO). Social search, real-time search, semantic search, blog and RSS feed search, mobile engine and app search, and other search types need to be considered in order to optimize maximum exposure on the internet today. This book teaches how to prepare website content for semantic search engines, how search engines and social networking sites work together, how to apply organic search techniques to content and keyword lists, and how to apply it to an individualized framework to maximize online exposure. It goes on to provide analytical and metric tools to measure the success of the search optimization strategy. Using real-world examples and avoiding technical jargon, this guide is perfect for businesspeople, entrepreneurs, and independent professionals who need practical, successful, and fast results that bring customers to their websites.» more info
In Leading with Care, management expert Mary Cantando examines the stories of trailblazing women in the developing world who, with help from the nonprofit organization CARE, have capitalized on personal and professional opportunities on the road to establishing self-sufficiency. As their stories reveal, through CARE, women around the world have overcome adversity to build new businesses, improve their health, prioritize education, and foster change in their communities.
But adversity can be found in every area of the world, and the book also includes the unique stories of top female executives who have similarly taken control of their lives, risen above their hardscrabble beginnings, and sought to give back locally and globally. Featuring new interviews from leaders at major global organizations, this book offers a look at how women around the world are not only inspiring but creating change. Cantando then maps out how readers can apply the lessons and best practices of these women in their own companies, whether they're C-suite executives at multinational corporations or run part-time businesses out of their home.» more info
A Clear Eye for Branding uses a conversational mode to help you understand how customers bring their own meaning to your brand and how the brand must constantly meet the customers' expectations in order to stay in its prime. You will see branding in new, clear ways with a renewed energy to put everyone in your organization from top to bottom, on the same path to supporting the brand.
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In Working for You Isn't Working for Me, Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster apply their research and insights to the challenges of "toxic bosses." Sooner or later, we all work for someone we can't stand. When that happens, some people quit, some suffer in silence, and others cope by sulking, obsessing, avoiding, or retaliating. But it's better to take control by applying the four-step process in this book:
• Detect: Am I crazy or is my boss driving me crazy?
• Detach: Accept that you can't change your boss, but you can take back your power.
• Depersonalize: Learn to take your supervisor's behavior less personally.
• Deal: Devise a plan to get what you need, manage your boss, and move your career forward.
Filled with concrete examples, this book will help readers take back their power from even the most challenging bad bosses- chronic critics, yellers, unconscious discriminators, control freaks, pathological liars, and more.
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Tens of millions of Americans are between the ages of 18 and 30. These Americans, known as millennials, are, or soon will be, entering the workforce. For them, achieving success will be more difficult than it was for young people in the past.
This is not because they are less intelligent, they have worked less hard, or they are any less deserving of the American dream. It is because Washington made decisions that render their lives more difficult than those of their parents or grandparents. Their younger siblings and their children will be even worse off, all because Washington has refused to fix the problem.
This book describes the personal stories of several members of this disinherited generation. Their experiences are not unique. It is impossible to hear these stories and not understand that holding back a nation’s young is the antithesis of fairness and no way to make economic or social progress.
Their stories are an indictment of America’s treatment of its young. A nation that prides itself on its future has mortgaged it. A nation that historically took pride in its youth culture has become a nation that steals from its young. People who should have fulfilling, productive lives are sidelined, unemployed, or underemployed.
Meanwhile, America expects millennials and others of the disinherited generation to pay higher taxes for government programs that benefit middle-aged and older Americans, many of whom have better jobs and more assets.
It is time someone told the full story of the crisis facing America’s young. The future of America can be saved, but only if our government’s betrayal comes to an end. It is a war without victors, only victims. The birthright of the America’s young must be restored, and the time to do so is now. This book explains how.» more info
Aliza Licht is a social media superstar. A global fashion communications executive, she is the voice behind the wildly popular @DKNY PR GIRL twitter feed that now boasts over half a million followers. Known for her chatty and intimate tone, she has also become beloved for her top-notch career advice and her enthusiasm for mentoring. Thousands of online conversations have led to many a coffee, mentoring strangers. But who can have coffee with everyone who asks? LEAVE YOUR MARK is her way of grabbing that coffee.
Now, in her first book, Aliza is here to tell her story, complete with The Devil Wears Prada-esque moments and insider secrets. Drawing invaluable lessons from her experience as a top fashion publicist, Licht shares advice, inspiration, and a healthy dose of real talk in LEAVE YOUR MARK. She delivers personal and professional guidance for people just starting their careers (“ ‘To Whom It May Concern’ never concerns anyone”) and for people who are well on their way (“Don’t just learn your job, learn everyone else’s”). With a particular emphasis on communicating and building your personal brand, something she knows a thing or two about, Aliza is your sassy, knowledgeable guide to the contemporary working world, where personal and professional lines are blurred and the most important thing you can have is a strong sense of self.
What type of culture does your business have right now?
Is it one of connection, control, or indifference? Understanding the culture and factors that help workers thrive is essential to a business's success. The culture of control and indifference that is dominant in today's society can lead to employee disengagement and burnout. But there is hope.
Connection Culture will help you become part of the turnaround story and create a winning culture where people commit and thrive. It will give you the tools to become more intentional about:
- putting yourself in a healthy culture
- creating a culture to boost employee engagement, productivity, innovation, and performance
- implementing actions that increase and sustain the health of the cultures you work in.
Why is exceptionalism so important now? Thee answer is quite simple. You have no other choice. Meeting expectations is no longer sufficient. Doing your job is not a reason to keep you as an employee. Customers expect exceptional experiences. Managers demand exceptional performance. And ultimately, your commitment to excellence requires it. This is a manifesto of how to rise up to the exceptional performance within organizations and us as individuals. It is a wake-up call to stop accepting mediocrity and average performance. And yes, these pages will be a mirror that may reveal an inconvenient truth. While respecting your achievements to date, staying relevant requires you to constantly examine the simple question: Are You Exceptional?» more info
Shatter the work-life balance myth by creating one life and one family
Tired of trying to attain the mythical work-life balance and constantly feeling frustrated? Are you giving yourself a C for your performances at work and at home? Teresa A. Taylor knows that trying to be a career woman and a mom can leave you feeling tired and defeated, and she wants you to take a new approach. She herself rapidly ascended through the ranks to become COO of a Fortune 200 company while raising two boys with her working husband, and in The Balance Myth, she shows you how you can do it too.
Taylor takes you along to a meeting in the White House, to union negotiations, and to her sons' soccer practices as she shares her candid, humorous, and heartfelt stories. Based on these real-life experiences and the lessons she learned from them, she shares the key to living with multiple responsibilities: integrating--not bifurcating--your personal and professional worlds. In addition, she offers insights about leading with integrity; surrounding yourself with positive resources; pushing through adversity; and celebrating accomplishments--especially your own.
Taylor couldn't take the mother out of the career woman or vice versa, and she believes that you shouldn't have to either. Don't search for balance; the answers are within you!» more info
Does the character of our leaders matter?
You may think this question was answered long ago. Countless business authors and analysts have assured us that great leadership demands great character. Time and again, we've seen that truth play out, as once-thriving organizations falter and fail under the guidance of leaders behaving badly. Why, then, do so many executives remain skeptical about the true value of leadership character? A winning strategy and a sound business model are what really matter, they argue; character is just the icing on the cake.
What's been missing from this debate is hard evidence: data that shows not only that leadership character matters for organizational success, but how it matters; and concrete evidence that it leads to better business results. Now, in this groundbreaking book, respected leadership researcher, adviser, and author Fred Kiel offers that evidence--solid data that demonstrates the connection between character, leadership excellence, and organizational results.
After seven years of rigorous research based on a landmark study of more than 100 CEOs and over 8,000 of their employees' observations, Kiel's findings show that leaders of strong character achieved up to five times the ROA for their organizations as did leaders of weak character.» more info
Proven networking strategies to achieve lifetime professional success In today's competitive market, the typical ways of communicating don't serve the purpose of building strong, long-term connections. We need to build collaborative relationships that are memorable and influence others to aid in achieving our goals. What is the first step to connecting with the right person? It's not simply passing along a business card or rattling on about yourself, it is listening to what to the other person has to say. Link Out is filled with strategies that can turn strangers into connections that can change your career or business. Explains how to ensure that potential entourage members perceive you positively Offers a tracking process, which enables accountability Teaches how to express visions and goals through your personal brand Helps you to transform brief connections into relationships that produce valuable introductions and referrals Link Out delivers an entourage of people willing and eager to make introductions, connections, and referrals-propelling one's resume or business to the top of the heap.» more info
The happiness literature is about how to be happier. This book summarizes all of that advice, but adds an important caveat: Roughly one person in nine is born happy, and the other eight must find alternatives to happiness. The good news is that the alternatives to happiness are as satisfying or more than happiness itself. These five alternative modes of positive being are flow, fit, progress towards goals, altruism, and community. The theory is accompanied by practical suggestions about achieving these five modes.» more info
About the Book: When we talk about the generations that make up our society (and workforce), the myths are just as important as the general truths. These myths are very powerful because they shape how we look at generations. They form in these spaces of misunderstanding between them. We must recognize and acknowledge the gaps that exist. If we focus on the commonalities instead of the differences, we can arrive at a place where all generations can thrive. What are the challenges with a generationally diverse workforce? What is the gap we're minding? How do we mind this generational gap, use our understanding of it, so we get business results? Many organizations I've worked with, and senior colleagues I've talked to, struggle to work through how to get the best business results from an organization made up of many different generations that want different things. Today, so many organizations are flatter and freer of hierarchy. Employees once segregated by age and position now work more closely together. The flatter the organization, the more it takes to effectively execute a business strategy. This book addresses simply what organizations and leaders in organizations can do to focus on minding the gap to get the best business results from their multigenerational employees. --Curtis L. Odom, Ed.D.» more info