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Now, Discover Your Strengths
Marcus Buckingham
0743201140
Jan 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review's Best of 2001
Effectively managing personnel--as well as one's own behavior--is an extraordinarily complex task that, not surprisingly, has been the subject of countless books touting what each claims is the true path to success. That said, Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton's Now, Discover Your Strengths does indeed propose a unique approach: focusing on enhancing people's strengths rather than eliminating their weaknesses. Following up on the coauthors' popular previous book, First, Break All the Rules, it fully describes 34 positive personality themes the two have formulated (such as Achiever, Developer, Learner, and Maximizer) and explains how to build a "strengths-based organization" by capitalizing on the fact that such traits are already present among those within it.

Most original and potentially most revealing, however, is...



2006 Photographers Market (Photographer's Market)

1582973954


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Book Description
When photographers look for places to sell their work, they come to Photographer's Market. It's the only complete directory on the market specifically for photographers. The 2006 edition includes: -More than 2,000 opportunities, featuring contact information, photo needs, and submission guidelines -Articles covering key issues for freelance photographers, both amateur and professional -Inspirational interviews with successful photographers such as Nevada Wier With articles and tips on the business of photography, as well as new markets to explore, 2006 Photographer's Market gives beginning and experienced photographers the information they need to get published and paid for it.


How to Win Friends and Influence People
Dale Carnegie
0671723650
Jan 1981
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Review
This grandfather of all people-skills books was first published in 1937. It was an overnight hit, eventually selling 15 million copies. How to Win Friends and Influence People is just as useful today as it was when it was first published, because Dale Carnegie had an understanding of human nature that will never be outdated. Financial success, Carnegie believed, is due 15 percent to professional knowledge and 85 percent to "the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people." He teaches these skills through underlying principles of dealing with people so that they feel important and appreciated. He also emphasizes fundamental techniques for handling people without making them feel manipulated. Carnegie says you can make someone want to do what you want them to by seeing the situation from the...


FBI Careers: The Ultimate Guide to Landing a Job As One of Americas Finest (Fbi Careers)

1563708906


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From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up–In this practical guide, Ackerman outlines the history and organization of the FBI; the salary and benefits of a career with this agency; and opportunities and hiring processes, including ways to present an outstanding application. He also describes the training for different positions. The entries are dry and necessarily brief, but offer a broad overview of how best to prepare oneself to be an ideal candidate. The appendixes are particularly interesting and helpful; they include much of the paperwork involved in applying to the bureau and for internships. This book is a must for career collections and for libraries with populations that are particularly interested in law enforcement, but it is not for those with only an idle interest in the FBI.–Morgan Johnson-Doyle, Sierra High...


What Color Is Your Parachute 2006: A Practical Manual for Job-hunters And Career-Changers (What Color Is Your Parachute)

1580087272


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Book Description
In the last five years, the United States has lost 2.6 million jobs — the most in any five-year period since the Great Depression. In the 2006 edition of his legendary job-hunting book, WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? Richard Nelson Bolles offers hope and presents an inspiring and detailed plan for finding your place in this uncertain job market. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? has been the best-selling job-hunting book in the world for more three decades, in good times and bad, and it continues to be a fixture on best-seller lists, from Book Review to Business Week. It has well over eight million copies in print and has been translated into 12 languages around the world. With an extended preface that addresses job loss, vacancies, and outsourcing and updated references on how to use the Internet in your job-hunt...


The 48 Laws of Power
Robert Greene
0140280197
Jan 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
"Learning the game of power requires a certain way of looking at the world, a shifting of perspective," writes Robert Greene. Mastery of one's emotions and the arts of deception and indirection are, he goes on to assert, essential. The 48 laws outlined in this book "have a simple premise: certain actions always increase one's power ... while others decrease it and even ruin us."

The laws cull their principles from many great schemers--and scheming instructors--throughout history, from Sun-Tzu to Talleyrand, from Casanova to con man Yellow Kid Weil. They are straightforward in their amoral simplicity: "Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit," or "Discover each man's thumbscrew." Each chapter provides examples of the consequences of observance or transgression of the law, along with "keys to power,"...



Leadership and Self Deception
Arbinger Institute
1576751740
Jan 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
Using the story/parable format so popular these days, Leadership and Self-Deception takes a novel psychological approach to leadership. It's not what you do that matters, say the authors (presumably plural--the book is credited to the esteemed Arbinger Institute), but why you do it. Latching onto the latest leadership trend won't make people follow you if your motives are selfish--people can smell a rat, even one that says it's trying to empower them. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed. We deceive ourselves in subtle ways into thinking that we're doing the right thing for the right reason. We really do know what the right thing to do is, but this constant self-justification becomes such an ingrained habit that it's hard to break free of it--it's as though we're trapped in a box, the authors say....


The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, Revised Edition
Joseph Murphy
0553583182
Jan 2001
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Description
This book will give you the key to the most awesome power within your reach!

This remarkable book has already helped readers the world over achieve the seemingly impossible just by learning how to bring the incredible force of the subconscious under their control. Now you, too, can learn these powerful techniques for changing your life simply by changing your beliefs.

Dr. Murphy combines time-honored spiritual wisdom with cutting-edge scientific research to explain the influence of the subconscious mind on everything you do. And he presents simple, practical, and proven-effective exercises that can turn your mind into a powerful tool for improving your everyday life. Filled with inspiring real-life success stories, this invaluable user's guide to your mind will unlock the secrets to success in whatever...


Whale Done!
Kenneth H. Blanchard
074323538X
Jan 2002
Hardcover
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From AudioFile
Here's another quick-fix corny book by the author of the ONE MINUTE MANAGER. Even with Tony Roberts's professional skill, this text sounds contrived. There's a lot more to business and family relationships than pats on the bac--let's get real. Roberts sounds middle-aged and reads slowly. But he sounds noticeably skeptical--you can hear the doubt in his voice--and his portrayal of the management consultant who espouses this plan is just too bright and chirpy. The value of this too long production can be reduced to two words--praise everyone. A.G.H. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Book Description
What do your people at work and your spouse and kids at home have in...


Goals & Goal Setting
Larrie Rouillard
1560526777
Sept 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Goals provide a sense of purpose as well as a reason to strive for meaningful results. This book helps you define goals and set measurable objectives to achieve them, whether the goal is one you have set for yourself or one that is assigned to you.

Book Info
A tool to help anyone define goals and set measurable objectives to achieve them, whether the goal has been personally set or assigned. Addresses a common obstacle to goal achievement in today's fast-paced environment: impatience. Softcover.


Never Eat Alone : And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
Keith Ferrazzi, Tahl Raz
0385512058
February 22, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The youngest partner in Deloitte Consulting's history and founder of the consulting company Ferrazzi Greenlight, the author quickly aims in this useful volume to distinguish his networking techniques from generic handshakes and business cards tossed like confetti. At conferences, Ferrazzi practices what he calls the "deep bump" - a "fast and meaningful" slice of intimacy that reveals his uniqueness to interlocutors and quickly forges the kind of emotional connection through which trust, and lots of business, can soon follow. That bump distinguishes this book from so many others that stress networking; writing with Fortune Small Business editor Raz, Ferrazzi creates a real relationship with readers. Ferrazzi may overstate his case somewhat when he says, "People who instinctively establish a strong network of...


Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and It's All Small Stuff
Richard Carlson
0786881852
Jan 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
Got a stress case in your life? Of course you do: "Without question, many of us have mastered the neurotic art of spending much of our lives worrying about a variety of things all at once." Carlson's cheerful book aims to make us stop and smell--if not roses--whatever is sitting in front of our noses. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... offers 100 meditations designed to make you appreciate being alive, keep your emotions (especially anger and dissatisfaction) in proper perspective, and cherish other people as the unique miracles they are. It's an owner's manual of the heart, and if you follow the directions, you will be a happier, more harmonious person. Like Stairmasters, oat bran, and other things that are good for you, the meditations take discipline. Even so, some of the strategies are kind of fun: "Imagine...


The 108 Skills of Natural Born Leaders
Warren Blank
0814406467
Apr 2001
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Business consultant Blank (The 9 Natural Laws of Leadership) doesn't believe in natural born leaders; rather, everyone can learn leadership skills, he says. After helping readers assess their abilities, he briefs them on 108 crucial skills. Some are clever and helpful, like "Work like Walton: Talk to Everybody." But many simply repeat jargon (e.g., "Reframe to Motivate"). Possibly useful to new managers, this book will disappoint old hands. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

John G. Rice, President & CEO, GE Power Systems
"Warren Blank has presented practical suggestions for developing personal leadership characteristics essential at every organizational level and stage of life."

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The Girl's Guide to Being a Boss (Without Being a Bitch) : Valuable Lessons, Smart Suggestions, and True Stories for Succeeding as the Chick-in-Charge
Caitlin Friedman, Kimberly Yorio
0767922840
April 18, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Review
Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio offer advice for "both the leader and the led" in this entertaining and useful guidebook for today's working woman. Through quizzes, personal anecdotes, and interviews, Friedman and Yorio help readers to identify their leadership style and share support and encouragement from experts to help women become better (and more comfortable) leaders. Want to know more? Check out Friedman and Yorio's "Top 5 Reasons to Buy This Book" for the inside scoop.

Top 5 Reasons to Buy The Girl's Guide to Being a Boss (Without Being a Bitch)

1. You just got promoted.
Yikes! Nobody ever taught you to be a manager. Your role models have been less than fabulous and you want to be better. We teach you how to be more mentor than manager. We show you how to be firm but fair....


Hardball
Christopher Matthews
0684845598
Nov 1999
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Review
Hardball, first published in 1988, is like a modern version of Machiavelli's The Prince, only much more richly illustrated, with anecdotes drawn from talk-show host Chris Matthews's stint as a congressional staffer (where he worked for, among others, renowned Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill). Discussing such basic principles as "It's not who you know; it's who you get to know" and "Don't get mad, don't get even--get ahead," Matthews not only dishes out choice Washington insider info, he has over the years inspired many readers to apply his principles for political success to their own professional lives.

From Publishers Weekly
A former Senate aide, presidential speech writer and assistant to Tip O'Neill, Matthews here offers an entertaining view of Washington politics. He covers...


Essentials of Fire Fighting
Ifsta Committee, et al
0879391499
June 1998
Paperback
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Fish! Tales: Real-Life Stories to Help You Transform Your Workplace and Your Life
Stephen C. Lundin, et al
0786868686
April 2002
Hardcover
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Book Review
Fish! Tales is Stephen C. Lundin, John Christensen, and Harry Paul's follow-up to Fish!--their enormously popular fable that draws lessons aimed at combating dysfunctional workplaces from the happy fishmongers at Seattle's Pike Place Market. In Fish! Tales the authors show how these lessons were put into practice at businesses both big (a major hospital and long-distance carrier) and small (a local car dealership and roofing company). Anyone who enjoyed Fish! (or, for that matter, Who Moved My Cheese?) or is looking for a motivational tool to help energize their own workplace, should find this short, upbeat primer worthwhile. --Harry C. Edwards

From AudioFile
These short stories, based on the bestseller, FISH!, are delivered in the lighthearted and playful spirit the authors...


Deal Terms - The Finer Points of Venture Capital Deal Structures, Valuations, Term Sheets, Stock Options and Getting VC Deals Done (Inside the Minds)
Alex Wilmerding
1587622084
January 1, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Deal Terms is the first ever in-depth look at valuations, preferred stock, stock options and other variables that affect deal structure, written by Alex Wilmerding (a venture capitalist at Boston Capital Ventures and best selling author of Term Sheets & Valuations). Written from a venture capital perspective, however applicable for all types of financings, Deal Terms includes actual term sheets, valuation methodology and analysis, assessment of stock option programs and their impact on valuations and capital structures and other real world documents used by leading venture capitalists and lawyers analyzed from multiple perspectives. A must have book for any executive, entrepreneur, or financial professional, this timeless classic is an unprecedented resource that will help you avoid costly mistakes, understand various...

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