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More value from less work.An unstoppable business revolution is under wayand it is Agile. Companies that embrace Agile Management learn to connect everyone and everythingall the time. They can deliver instant, intimate, frictionless value on a large scale.Agile began emerging many decades ago, but truly took off in the software development industry. Sparking dramatic improvements in quality, innovation, and speed-to-market, the Agile movement is now spreading quickly throughout all kinds of companies. It enables a team, a unit, or an enterprise to nimbly adapt and upgrade products and services to meet rapidly changing technology and customer needs. And the process is applicable anywherecompanies dont need to be born Agile, like Spotify. Even centuries-old Barclays is making the transition and reaping rewards.Filled with examples from every sector, The Age of Agile helps readers:Master the three laws of Agile Management (team, customer, network)Embrace the new mindsetOvercome constraintsEmploy meaningful metricsMake the entire organization AgileAnd moreWith this breakthrough approach, even global giants can learn to act entrepreneurially. Their future depends on it.
For the past thirty-five years, John Gottmans research has been internationally recognized for its unprecedented ability to precisely measure interactive processes in couples and to predict the long-term success or failure of relationships. In this groundbreaking book, he presents a new approach to understanding and changing couples: a fundamental social skill called emotional attunement, which describes a couples ability to fully process and move on from negative emotional events, ultimately creating a stronger relationship.Gottman draws from this longitudinal research and theory to show how emotional attunement can downregulate negative affect, help couples focus on positive traits and memories, and even help prevent domestic violence. He offers a detailed intervention devised to cultivate attunement, thereby helping couples connect, respect each other, and show affection. Emotional attunement is extended to tackle the subjects of flooding, the story we tell ourselves about our relationship, conflict, personality, changing relationships, and gender. Gottman also explains how to create emotional attunement when it is missing, to lay a foundation that will carry the relationship through difficult times.Gottman encourages couples to cultivate attunement through awareness, tolerance, understanding, non-defensive listening, and empathy. These qualities, he argues, inspire confidence in couples, and the sense that despite the inevitable struggles, the relationship is enduring and resilient.This audiobook, an essential follow-up to his 1999 The Marriage Clinic, offers therapists, students, and researchers a detailed intervention for working with couples, and offers couples a roadmap to a stronger future together.
There is an enemy. There is an intelligent, active, malign force working against us. Step one is to recognize this. This recognition alone is enormously powerful. It saved my life, and it will save yours. Steven PressfieldCould you be getting in your way of producing great work? Have you started a project but never finished? Would you like to do work that matters, but dont know where to start?The answer is Do the Work, a manifesto by bestselling author Steven Pressfield, that will show you that its not about better ideas, its about actually doing the work.Do the Work is a weapon against Resistancea tool that will help you take action and successfully ship projects out the door. Picking up where The War of Art and Turning Pro left off, Do the Work takes the reader from the start to the finish of any long-form projectnovel, screenplay, album, software piece, you name it. Do the Work identifies the predictable Resistance Points along the way and walks you through each of them.No, you are not crazy. No, you are not alone. No, you are not the first person to hit the wall in Act Two. Do the Work charts the territory. Its the stage-by-stage road map for taking your project from Page One to THE END.
Dan Siegel and Mary Hartzell have quite deftly managed to translate highly complex neuroscientific and psychological matters into lay strategies for effective parenting. Marilyn B. Benoit, M.D., former president, American Academy of Child Adolescent PsychiatryParenting from the Inside Out is a must-have for any parent. I gave a friend of mine a copy and she said, This book is changing my life. I like my kids again. Gwyneth Paltrow, Goop.comTogether Siegel and Hartzell delicately peel back the many layers of parenting to reveal the pure nature of the relationship at its core. Neal Halfon, M.D., MPH, professor of pediatrics, UCLA; director, UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families Communities, and coeditor, Child Rearing in AmericaIn this bestselling classic, child psychiatrist and coauthor of The Whole-Brain Child, Daniel J. Siegel and early childhood expert Mary Hartzell explore the extent to which our childhood experiences shape the way we parent. Illuminating important research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, Siegel and Hartzell explain how the parent-child relationship directly affects brain development, and offer parents a step-by-step approach to forming a deeper understanding of their own life stories to help them raise compassionate and resilient children.Drawing on Siegels cutting-edge research on how communication influences brain development with Hartzells more than forty years experience as a child development specialist and parent educator, Parenting from the Inside Out guides parents through creating the necessary foundations for loving and secure relationships with their children.Disclaimer: This audio edition of Parenting from the Inside Out includes the new preface written by the authors for the tenth anniversary edition. However, the audiobook is based upon the first edition of the work published in 2003, not the updated and revised edition of the book.
In 1973, a young filmmaker named George Lucas scribbled some notes for a far-fetched space-fantasy epic. More than forty years and $37 billion later, Star Warsrelated products outnumber human beings, a stormtrooper army spans the globe, and Jediism has become a religion in its own right. Lucass creation has grown into far more than a cinematic classic; it is, quite simply, one of the most lucrative, influential, and interactive franchises of all time. Yet until now the complete history of Star Warsits influences and impact, the controversies it has spawned, its financial growth and long-term prospectshas never been told.In How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, veteran journalist Chris Taylor traces the series from the difficult birth of the original film through its sequels, the franchises death and rebirth, the prequels, and the preparations for a new trilogy. Taylor provides portraits of the friends, writers, artists, producers, and marketers who labored behind the scenes to turn Lucass idea into a legend. He also jousts with modern-day Jedi, tinkers with droid builders, and gets inside Boba Fetts helmet, all to find out how Star Wars has attracted and inspired so many fans for so long.Since the first films release in 1977, Taylor shows, Star Wars has conquered our culture with a sense of lightness and exuberance, while remaining serious enough to influence politics around the world and spread a spirituality that appeals to religious groups and atheists alike. Controversial digital upgrades and critically savaged prequels have actually made the franchise stronger than ever. Now, with a new set of savvy bosses holding the reins and Episode VII on the horizon, it looks like Star Wars is just getting started.An energetic, fast-moving account of this creative and commercial phenomenon, How Star Wars Conquered the Universe explains how a filmmakers fragile dream beat out a surprising number of rivals and gained a die-hard, multigenerational fan baseand why it will be galvanizing our imaginations and minting money for generations to come.
Being yourself can be such a bad idea. For sixteen-year-old Badi Hessamizadeh, life is a series of humiliations. After withdrawing from public school under mysterious circumstances, Badi enters Magnificat Academy. To make things easier, his dad has even given him a new name: Bud Hess. Grappling with his Iranian-American identity, clinical depression, bullying, and a barely bottled rage, Bud is an outcast who copes by resorting to small revenges and covert acts of defiance, but the pressures of his home life, plummeting grades, and the unrequited affection of his new friend, Nikki, prime him for a more dangerous revolution. Strange letters to the editor begin to appear in Magnificats newspaper, hinting that some tragedy will befall the school. Suspicion falls on Bud, and he and Nikki struggle to uncover the real culprit and clear Buds name. Permanent Record explodes with dark humor, emotional depth, and a powerful look at the ways the bullied fight back. A poignant and compelling tale of a unique high school outcast, told in a searing and memorable voice. David Klass, author of YOU DONT KNOW ME
Losing her posh advertising job, boyfriend, and apartment all in the same morning has left Corinna with a mess where her life should be. She tries to get things back on track, but with a mountain of red tape between her and unemployment assistance, and a string of disastrous job interviews under her belt, its clear that following the rules is getting her nowhere. So she decides to start doing things her wayWith the help of a quirky friend and some unconventional branding Corinna launches her own business: an elite cleaning service for the wealthy. And business is boominguntil the day she finds a dead man in the house of a new client. As usual, Corinnas instinct is to clean up, but body disposal isnt easy, especially when youre juggling work, friendships, media attention, and a nasty flu.For Corinna, things are about to get real messy.
Bolero introduces Nick Sayler, the private investigator who lives aboard a Hudson River barge with a brilliant savant, a retired psychiatrist and a stunning Creole girl. But Saylers haunted by memories of the woman who took a bullet meant for him, so his good life is belied by a bad drinking habit.Then an emergency room doctors desperate call about a ballerina with no memory and nothing on her except his card, changes everything. If he can dip into his notorious past to uncover the secret that will save the dancer, maybe he can finally save himself.Joanie McDonells Bolero is an auspicious debut sophisticated, stylish, and sexy. We shall be hearing a lot more about Nick Sayler, a disenchanted hero in the classic mode. Benjamin Black, author of Christine Falls
From USA TODAY Bestselling Author, C. L. Stone, read Black and Green, the much-anticipated eleventh book in The Academy Ghost Bird Series.Sang Sorensons father abandoned her and her sister, leaving them to fend for themselves for months. Hes returned, and finds Sang is missing. He demands she return. Right now.Will he call the police if she doesnt?Her Academy team doesnt want to risk losing her ghost status and she doesnt want to put them in danger, so she reluctantly returns home, but is comforted that she will still be monitored by them.But the second she opens the door, she discovers her father has made changes that will affect her entire future. His decisions will make them a normal family.Normal is no longer what Sang wants. It would kill her Academy career before it ever started. Not to mention it would end the special, new, and still-fragile relationships with the guys.Sang struggles with her family, her identity, and where she truly belongs. Now that the entire team knows about their romantic relationships with her, tensions are mounting, tearing the team apart from the inside.Only, Dr. Green isn't going to lie down and roll over by playing by the rules. Not anymore. Not while Sang is at risk.His heart cant take leaving her in that house one more minute. He needs her. They all do.
Why do so many people think the Bible, the most influential book in world history, is outdated? Why do our friends and neighbors and sometimes we ourselves dismiss the Bible as irrelevant, irrational, immoral, or all of these things? This explanation of the Book of Exodus, the second book of the Bible, will demonstrate that the Bible is not only powerfully relevant to todays issues, but completely consistent with rational thought.Do you think the Bible permitted the trans-Atlantic slave trade? You wont after reading this book.Do you struggle to love your parents? If you do, you need this book.Do you doubt the existence of God because belief in God is irrational? This book will give you reason after reason to rethink your doubts.The title of this commentary is, The Rational Bible because its approach is entirely reason-based. The reader is never asked to accept anything on faith alone. As Prager says, If something I write does not make rational sense, I have not done my job.The Rational Bible is the fruit of Dennis Pragers forty years of teaching the Bible to people of every faith, and no faith. On virtually every page, you will discover how the text relates to the contemporary world and to your life.His goal: to change your mind and then change your life.
From the author of Popular Economics comes a surprisingly sunny projection of America's future job market.Forget the doomsday predictions of sour-faced nostalgists who say automization and globalization will take away your dream job. The job market is only going to get better and better, according to economist John Tamny, who argues in The End of Work that the greatest gift of prosperity, beyond freedom from painful want, is the existence of work that is interesting.
Conrad Black, bestselling author of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom and Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full, turns his attention to his "e;friend"e; President Donald J. Trump and provides the most intriguing and significant analysis yet of Trump's political rise. Ambitious in intellectual scope, contrarian in many of its opinions, and admirably concise, this is surely set to be one of the most provocative political books you are likely to read this year.
A violent storm sweeps through California, taking on a life of her own. Making her way from the Pacific Coast, she gains momentum as she approaches the Sierra and transforms into a blizzard of great strength, covering mountain ranges and roads with twenty feet of snow. Originally published in 1941, Storm is a rare combination of fiction and science by a master storyteller, drawing upon a deep knowledge of geography, meteorology, and human nature."e;In Storm we are far from freeways, from megapopulation, from sprawl, from beach TV, from stress, from road rage. And we are in touch with a much deeper reality. Of land and water and weather, of humans huddled together on the planet in a dark universe."e; Ernest Callenbach, in the foreword
By looking deeply into the Fhrer's childhood, war experiences, and early political career, this rigorous narrative seeks to answer this question: How did the early, defining years of Hitlers life affect his rise to power?When Adolf Hitler went to war in 1914, he was just 25 years old. It was a time he would later call the most stupendous experience of my life.That war ended with Hitler in a hospital bed, temporarily blinded by mustard gas. The world he eventually opened his newly healed eyes to was new and it was terrible: Germany had been defeated, the Kaiser had fled, and the army had been resolutely humbled.Hitler never accepted these facts. Out of his fury rose a white-hot hatred, an unquenchable thirst for revenge against the criminals who had signed the armistice, the socialists he accused of stabbing the army in the back, and, most violently, the Jewsa direct threat to the master race of his imaginationon whose shoulders he would pile all of Germanys woes.By peeling back the layers of Hitlers childhood, his war record, and his early political career, Paul Hams Young Hitler: The Making of the Fhrer seeks the man behind the myth. More broadly, Paul Ham seeks to answer the question: Was Hitlers rise to power an extreme example of a recurring type of demagoguea politician who will do and say anything to seize power; who thrives on chaos; and who personifies, in his words and in his actions, the darkest prejudices of humankind?
A New York Times Notable Book of the YearWinner of the Mountains and Plains Book Seller's Association Award"e;Sprawling in scope. . . . Mr. Egan uses the past powerfully to explain and give dimension to the present."e; --The New York Times"e;Fine reportage . . . honed and polished until it reads more like literature than journalism."e; --Los Angeles Times"e;They have tried to tame it, shave it, fence it, cut it, dam it, drain it, nuke it, poison it, pave it, and subdivide it,"e; writes Timothy Egan of the West; still, "e;this region's hold on the American character has never seemed stronger."e; In this colorful and revealing journey through the eleven states west of the 100th meridian, Egan, a third-generation westerner, evokes a lovely and troubled country where land is religion and the holy war between preservers and possessors never ends.Egan leads us on an unconventional, freewheeling tour: from America's oldest continuously inhabited community, the Ancoma Pueblo in New Mexico, to the high kitsch of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where London Bridge has been painstakingly rebuilt stone by stone; from the fragile beauty of Idaho's Bitterroot Range to the gross excess of Las Vegas, a city built as though in defiance of its arid environment. In a unique blend of travel writing, historical reflection, and passionate polemic, Egan has produced a moving study of the West: how it became what it is, and where it is going.
A scientists exploration into the mysteries of the human mindWhat is the mind? What is the experience of the self truly made of? How does the mind differ from the brain? Though the minds contentsits emotions, thoughts, and memoriesare often described, the essence of mind is rarely, if ever, defined.In this book, noted neuropsychiatrist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., uses his characteristic sensitivity and interdisciplinary background to offer a definition of the mind that illuminates the how, what, when, where, and even why of who we are, of what the mind is, and what the minds self has the potential to become. Mind takes the reader on a deep personal and scientific journey into consciousness, subjective experience, and information processing, uncovering the minds self-organizational properties that emerge from both the body and the relationships we have with one another, and with the world around us. While making a wide range of sciences accessible and excitingfrom neurobiology to quantum physics, anthropology to psychologythis book offers an experience that addresses some of our most pressing personal and global questions about identity, connection, and the cultivation of well-being in our lives.
One of the nations leading psychologists asks why todays corporate leaders desire but reject creative solutionsand finds some surprising conclusions.All corporate CEOs, top executives, and other business leaders say they want creativity and need real innovation in order to thrive in a competitive world. But according to startling research from former Wharton management professor Jennifer Mueller, the truth is that many business leaders chronically reject creative solutions and often embrace the familiar, even as they profess commitment to innovation.Muellers research also reveals that its not just CEOs, but educators, scientists, and many, many others who often struggle to accept new and creative ideas even when desired. Mueller parses the tough questions that these findings raise. Could people love but also hate creative ideas? Could the mindset we use to evaluate ideas turn this love or hate on or offin an instant? Do experts struggle even more than novices with this bias? And even more startling, could the best practices that organizations employ to manage innovation activate this bias, and inadvertently, kill innovation?Mueller diagnoses this hidden innovation barrier, and provides solutions, including:A four-step process (and a fifth lifeline) to self-disrupt your current mindset and recognize creative opportunity;an idea-pitching framework aimed at helping you overcome other peoples sticky preference for the status quo;key organizational levers to disrupt the cultural beliefs holding your company back;tips to more accurately recognize creative leaders who can lead organizations in productive new directions, andstrategies to generate ideas without harming your ability to make them count with the decision-makers.Based on the latest psychological studies in the field, along with numerous illustrative examples, Creative Change is the kind of provocative creative leadership book that will be discussed for years to come.
The success of a negotiation is profoundly affected by how well you read body language. How can you learn to read the subtle clues--many lasting a fraction of a second--that your opponent projects?Body Language Secrets to Win More Negotiations will help you discover what the other side is revealing through body language and microexpressions, and how to control your own. It will help you become more adept at leveraging your knowledge of emotional intelligence, negotiation ploys, and emotional hot buttons.Through engaging stories and examples, Body Language Secrets to Win More Negotiations shows you how to employ a wide range of strategies to achieve your negotiating goals. You will learn:How to employ your knowledge of body language to instantly read the other negotiators position.Insider secrets that will give you an advantage in any negotiation.Techniques to overcome common obstacles that hamper your negotiations.Learning to read and send body language signals enables anyone, anywhere, to gain an advantage in any negotiation, from where to go for brunch to what price to pay for a global corporate acquisition.
"e;FASCINATING . . . MEMORABLE . . . REVEALING . . . PERHAPS THE BEST OF CARL SAGAN'S BOOKS."e; --The Washington Post Book World (front page review)In Cosmos, the late astronomer Carl Sagan cast his gaze over the magnificent mystery of the Universe and made it accessible to millions of people around the world. Now in this stunning sequel, Carl Sagan completes his revolutionary journey through space and time.Future generations will look back on our epoch as the time when the human race finally broke into a radically new frontier--space. In Pale Blue Dot Sagan traces the spellbinding history of our launch into the cosmos and assesses the future that looms before us as we move out into our own solar system and on to distant galaxies beyond. The exploration and eventual settlement of other worlds is neither a fantasy nor luxury, insists Sagan, but rather a necessary condition for the survival of the human race."e;TAKES READERS FAR BEYOND Cosmos . . . Sagan sees humanity's future in the stars."e; --Chicago TribuneIntroductory music from the original score for COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey composed by Alan Silvestri, used with permission from Cosmos Studios, Inc. and Chappers Music. All rights reserved. Special thanks to Fuzzy Planets, Inc.
Road Dog is comedian, actor, and writer, Dov Davidoff's unflinching memoir told through reflections of twelve months on the road. Davidoff travels across the country from college campuses to local theaters doing stand-up comedy and telling it like it is. He's been known to wax poetic about everything from encounters with large fake breasts, to people who have too many kids, to magnum condoms the size of CD cases. He is hilarious and relatable and will have you laughing at yourself in no time.But there's more to the road dog life than TV features and sold out comedy shows, there's a dark underbelly and Dov knows it well. His memoir chronicles the highs and often very low lows of performance life with honesty, clarity, and humility. Dov takes readers from his fractured childhood days spent in a New Jersey junkyard with a gruff Jewish father and commune-loving hippie Protestant mother to the intense hyperactive persona that his fans know and expect discussing the relationships, drugs, and demons that he has fought along the way. With an eye for self-reflection, and a penchant for hilarious irony, Dov pulls back the curtain on a life hard-made on the road.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a novella about the call of the moonand the life-changing power of love.Simone's European hiking excursion is cut short when she is brutally attacked by a wolf-like creature in the Piedmont Mountains of Italy. When she awakens from the attack, she finds she has been changed in inexplicable ways and settles into an isolated lifestyle. While she is ever hopeful for a cure, she is also acutely aware that she may never be the same again.Then Gabe Kirby walks into her life. Her desire for him is beyond human. As Simone risks breaking all of her own rules for a chance at happiness with Gabe, she begins to realize that he may be more than the love of her lifehe may be the one to help her find the cure.
#1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nora Roberts enchants again with this beloved classic about the passionate and headstrong MacGregor family.When Darcy Wallace spends her last three dollars at the hotel casino and wins the jackpot, all casino manager Robert MacGregor Blade wants to do is protect her. But something about the lovely young woman is getting under Mac's skin and playing havoc with his big brotherly intentions. He knows that if he wants to win her over, he'll have to take the biggest gamble of his life.
In this classic romance from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts, Frederica Kimball is about to find that the wait for the man of her dreams is finally over! Frederica Kimball had been waiting all her lifewaiting to grow upwaiting forever for the day when Nicholas LeBeck would fall as desperately in love with her as she had always been with him.Nick didn't know what had hit him. Sweet, adorable Freddie, whom he'd always loved like a kid sister, was suddenly all woman. And his feelings for her were anything but brotherly!
In this enchanting time-traveling romance, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts proves that love cannot be held by the boundaries of time.Cynical Jacob Hornblower has followed his brother, Caleb, back in time, hoping to convince him to return home. His mission is soon forgotten, however, when he finds himself captivated by Liberty's spitfire sister, Sunny. But can a man who is down on love truly understand the unbounded strength of the human heart?
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts enchants listeners with this time-traveling romance about one man torn between his own time and the woman he loves in the past. Stranded in the present, time traveler Caleb Hornblower's biggest problem isn't returning to the twenty-third centurybut falling head over heels for the beguiling Liberty Stone, who shows him a love more powerful than time itself. Though Caleb knows he belongs in the future, how can he leave the past, and Liberty, behind?
#1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nora Roberts enchants again with this beloved classic about the passionate and headstrong MacGregor family.Attorney Caine MacGregor had a reputation for being a demon in and out of the courtroom. The dashing young attorney rarely met a caseor a womanhe couldn't win. But Diana Blade was no ordinary lady. Caine yearned to break down her icy wall of control and release the passionate woman within. He might be able to convince Diana to form a business partnership, but could he entice her to risk everything for the love of a MacGregor?
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a compelling story about love's softening effects on even the most guarded of hearts.The first time single-father Spence Kimball set eyes on Natasha Stanislaski, he was floored by her exotic beauty. But the former ballet dancer turned toy shop owner had a fiery temperament that kept men safely at bay. Sensing a hidden wound, Spence and his little girl joined forces to find a way into her closely guarded heart. For Spence realized he'd do anything to tame Natasha's fearsand show her how to love.
Her greatest lovewith her worst enemyScotland, 1745: the Battle of Culloden looms in the near future as Scottish forces, led by Bonnie Prince Charlie, attempt to overthrow the English monarchy and restore the House of Stuart to the throne. Serena MacGregor, the fiery daughter of the powerful MacGregor clan laird, despises Englishmen and all they stand for. So when her brother returns home with his gallant friend Brigham Langston, an English ally, Serena knows the man can't be trusted.All it takes is one look at his friend's ravishing red-haired sister, and Brigham is captivated. But the hot-tempered beauty makes no secret of her hatred for him, and spurns his advances with a rapier-sharp tongue. As the danger escalates, though, Serena's passionate anger soon melts into desire
#1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nora Roberts enchants again with this beloved classic about the passionate and headstrong MacGregor family.Serena MacGregor had been looking for a little independence and some much-needed adventure, but Justin Blade was not what she had in mind. The stakes were high, and Justin was betting on changing Serena's mind about him. But when this fiery heiress upped the ante on the cool Comanche gambler, steamy didn't begin to describe the results.
#1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nora Roberts presents a timeless story of happily ever after. When it comes to women, Prince Bennett has always enjoyed a challenge. So after meeting the quiet and beautiful Lady Hannah Rothchild, the dashing playboy cannot rest until he breaks through her careful reserve. Love had always been a game to Bennett, but with this elusive, mysterious woman, he discovers his heart is on the line, and he's playing for keeps.