Clarity First: How Smart Leaders and Organizations Achieve Outstanding Performance [EPUB]

Clarity First: How Smart Leaders and Organizations Achieve Outstanding Performance [EPUB]
Clarity First: How Smart Leaders and Organizations Achieve Outstanding Performance by Karen Martin
2018 | EPUB | 1.34MB

Award-winning business performance improvement and Lean management expert Karen Martin diagnoses a ubiquitous business management and leadership problem―the lack of clarity―and outlines specific actions to dramatically improve organizational performance.

Through her global consulting projects, keynote speeches, and work with thousands of leaders, Karen has seen first-hand how a pervasive lack of clarity strangles business performance and erodes employee engagement. Ambiguity is the corporate default state, a condition so prevalent that “tolerance for ambiguity” has become a clichéd job requirement.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

In Clarity First, Karen provides methods and insights for achieving clarity to unleash potential, innovate at higher levels, and solve the problems that matter to deliver outstanding business results. Both a visionary road map and practical guide, this book will help leaders:

  • Identify and communicate the organization’s true purpose
  • Set achievable priorities
  • Deliver greater customer value through more efficient processes
  • Build organization-wide problem solving capabilities
  • Develop personal clarity to become a more direct, purposeful, and successful leader

Eliminating ambiguity is the first step for leaders and organizations to achieve strategic goals. Learn how to gain the clarity needed to make better decisions, lead more effectively, and boost organizational performance.

When it comes to leading an outstanding organization, every great leader needs Clarity First.

Flying Cars, Zombie Dogs, and Robot Overlords: How World's Fairs and Trade Expos Changed the World [EPUB]

Flying Cars, Zombie Dogs, and Robot Overlords: How World's Fairs and Trade Expos Changed the World [EPUB]
Flying Cars, Zombie Dogs, and Robot Overlords: How World's Fairs and Trade Expos Changed the World by Charles Pappas
2017 | EPUB | 39.8MB

Every time you plug your phone into a wall socket, flick on a TV, withdraw money from an ATM, lick an ice-cream cone, switch on a computer, ride an escalator, play a DVR, watch a movie about dinosaurs, get fingerprinted, or pop a tranquilizer, you're doing something that originated at a world's fair or trade expo.

And yet it's a world invisible to most.

In fact, each new technology and every novel product that rocked America and rolled the world, from the Colt revolver and the Corvette to fax machines and flush toilets, started at trade fairs, a $100 billion industry that includes world expos, trade shows, and state fairs.

More than just promoting material things, trade fairs popularized and evangelized every social movement and cultural concept, too, including Manifest Destiny, the closing of the frontier, Nudism, Nazism, Fascism, eugenics, female suffrage, temperance, and technocracy.

In Flying Cars, Zombie Dogs, and Robot Overlords, you'll uncover this hidden world, with the bizarre-but-true stories such as:

  • Female designers GM gave their own car show to - then dumped them like last year's model, though their ideas had been decades ahead of their time.
  • 5,000-strong sham battles between native Americans and a mock cavalry to dramatize the end of the frontier and the subjugation of non-whites
  • Russians who mobbed space-themed fairs in the 1920s, hoping desperately to sign up for interplanetary travel they believed was just months away.
  • A marketing-savvy eugenics movement using state agricultural fairs to sell Americans on the idea that breeding humans like livestock would rid us of "defectives."
  • Salvador Dali's half-naked lobster women, their virtue barely secured by well-placed crustaceans.

Flying Cars, Zombie Dogs, and Robot Overlords just might change the way you see history - and look at the future.

Cracking the China Conundrum: Why Conventional Economic Wisdom Is Wrong [EPUB]

Cracking the China Conundrum: Why Conventional Economic Wisdom Is Wrong [EPUB]
Cracking the China Conundrum: Why Conventional Economic Wisdom Is Wrong by Yukon Huang
2017 | EPUB | 2.27MB

China's rise is altering global power relations, reshaping economic debates, and commanding tremendous public attention. Despite extensive media and academic scrutiny, the conventional wisdom about China's economy is often wrong. Cracking the China Conundrum provides a holistic and contrarian view of China's major economic, political, and foreign policy issues.

Yukon Huang trenchantly addresses widely accepted yet misguided views in the analysis of China's economy. He examines arguments about the causes and effects of China's possible debt and property market bubbles, trade and investment relations with the Western world, the links between corruption and political liberalization in a growing economy and Beijing's more assertive foreign policies. Huang explains that such misconceptions arise in part because China's economic system is unprecedented in many ways-namely because it's driven by both the market and state- which complicates the task of designing accurate and adaptable analysis and research. Further, China's size, regional diversity, and uniquely decentralized administrative system poses difficulties for making generalizations and comparisons from micro to macro levels when trying to interpret China's economic state accurately.

This book not only interprets the ideologies that experts continue building misguided theories upon, but also examines the contributing factors to this puzzle. Cracking the China Conundrum provides an enlightening and corrective viewpoint on several major economic and political foreign policy concerns currently shaping China's economic environment.

Intuition on Demand: A Step-by-Step Guide to Powerful Intuition You Can Trust [EPUB]

Intuition on Demand: A Step-by-Step Guide to Powerful Intuition You Can Trust [EPUB]
Intuition on Demand: A Step-by-Step Guide to Powerful Intuition You Can Trust by Lisa K
2017 | EPUB | 1.41MB

Has your intuition been giving you messages but you don’t know what they mean?
Do you find it hard to trust your intuition because you think you might be making it up?
Would you like to have intuitive guidance at your fingertips, but you’re not sure if your intuition is working at all?
Do you want to have more understandable information from your intuition?

"Intuition On Demand" can help you fix all these problems once and for all. If you’re in control of your intuition, you can find the right answers to questions such as: Should I move? Where should I go? Who do I pick to be my friend, spouse, doctor or lawyer? How do I fix the difficulties in my relationship? What should I do to improve my health? Why am I stuck in my career?

When you finish reading this book you’ll be able to make your intuition happen when you want, on what you want and get detailed information. You’ll have an education and understanding of intuition so you can get instant intuitive guidance for all your important life decisions and know what action to take that will give you a better outcome. You’ll always be assured of the best course of action to take to feel safe, comforted and calm. Lisa K. PhD developed these methods and technique to help her become a sold out intuitive reader and one day save her life.

Developed from years of research, training and experience, "Intuition On Demand" provides a step-by-step technique to help others, like yourself, to develop your intuition from scratch - discover the intuition development map, Lisa’s signature "Intuition On Demand" technique, ways to reprogram your thinking, intuition worksheets, practical exercises and much more.

Yoga Bodies: Real People, Real Stories, & the Power of Transformation [EPUB]

Yoga Bodies: Real People, Real Stories, & the Power of Transformation [EPUB]
Yoga Bodies: Real People, Real Stories, & the Power of Transformation by Lauren Lipton
2018 | EPUB | 10.97MB

Artfully capturing yoga's vibrant spirit, Yoga Bodies presents full-color yoga-pose portraits of more than 80 practitioners of all ages, shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and skill levels—real people with real stories to share about how yoga has changed their lives for the better. Some humorous, some heartfelt, others profound, the stories entertain as they enlighten, while the portraits—which joyously challenge the "yoga body" stereotype—celebrate the glorious diversity of the human form. Handsomely jacketed and richly visual inside and out, Yoga Bodies is a coffee table–worthy contemplation, a meaningful gift, and a source of endless inspiration for anyone seeking fresh perspectives on how to live well.

Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success [EPUB]

Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success [EPUB]
Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success by Steve Magness, Brad Stulberg
2017 | EPUB | 0.5MB

A few common principles drive performance, regardless of the field or the task at hand. Whether someone is trying to qualify for the Olympics, break ground in mathematical theory or craft an artistic masterpiece, many of the practices that lead to great success are the same. In Peak Performance, Brad Stulberg, a former McKinsey and Company consultant and writer who covers health and the science of human performance, and Steve Magness, a performance scientist and coach of Olympic athletes, team up to demystify these practices and demonstrate how everyone can achieve their best.

The first book of its kind, Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilities - from athletic, to intellectual, to artistic - with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains. In doing so, Peak Performance uncovers new linkages that hold promise as performance enhancers but have been overlooked in our traditionally-siloed ways of thinking. The result is a life-changing book in which readers learn how to enhance their performance via myriad ways including: optimally alternating between periods of intense work and rest; priming the body and mind for enhanced productivity; and developing and harnessing the power of a self-transcending purpose.

In revealing the science of great performance and the stories of great performers across a wide range of capabilities, Peak Performance uncovers the secrets of success, and coaches readers on how to use them. If you want to take your game to the next level, whatever "your game" may be, Peak Performance will teach you how.

Quantum Physics: What Everyone Needs to Know [EPUB]

Quantum Physics: What Everyone Needs to Know [EPUB]
Quantum Physics: What Everyone Needs to Know by Michael G Raymer
2017 | EPUB | 2.7MB

Around 1900, physicists started to discover particles like electrons, protons, and neutrons, and with these discoveries believed they could predict the internal behavior of the atom. However, once their predictions were compared to the results of experiments in the real world, it became clear that the principles of classical physics and mechanics were far from capable of explaining phenomena on the atomic scale. With this realization came the advent of quantum physics, one of the most important intellectual movements in human history. Today, quantum physics is everywhere: it explains how our computers work, how lasers transmit information across the Internet, and allows scientists to predict accurately the behavior of nearly every particle in nature. Its application continues to be fundamental in the investigation of the most expansive questions related to our world and the universe.

However, while the field and principles of quantum physics are known to have nearly limitless applications, the fundamental reasons why this is the case are far less understood. In Quantum Physics: What Everyone Needs to Know, quantum physicist Michael G. Raymer distills the basic principles of such an abstract field, and addresses the many ways quantum physics is a key factor in today's science and beyond. The book tackles questions as broad as the meaning of quantum entanglement and as specific and timely as why governments worldwide are spending billions of dollars developing quantum technology research. Raymer's list of topics is diverse, and showcases the sheer range of questions and ideas in which quantum physics is involved. From applications like data encryption and quantum computing to principles and concepts like "quantum nonlocality" and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, Quantum Physics: What Everyone Needs to Know is a wide-reaching introduction to a nearly ubiquitous scientific topic.

Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood: The Rise and Fall of Byzantium, 955 A.D. to the First Crusade [EPUB]

Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood: The Rise and Fall of Byzantium, 955 A.D. to the First Crusade [EPUB]
Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood: The Rise and Fall of Byzantium, 955 AD to the First Crusade by Anthony Kaldellis
2017 | EPUB | 3.48MB

In the second half of the tenth century, Byzantium embarked on a series of spectacular conquests: first in the southeast against the Arabs, then in Bulgaria, and finally in the Georgian and Armenian lands. By the early eleventh century, the empire was the most powerful state in the Mediterranean. It was also expanding economically, demographically, and, in time, intellectually as well. Yet this imperial project came to a crashing collapse fifty years later, when political disunity, fiscal mismanagement, and defeat at the hands of the Seljuks in the east and the Normans in the west brought an end to Byzantine hegemony. By 1081, not only was its dominance of southern Italy, the Balkans, Caucasus, and northern Mesopotamia over but Byzantium's very existence was threatened.

How did this dramatic transformation happen? Based on a close examination of the relevant sources, this history-the first of its kind in over a century-offers a new reconstruction of the key events and crucial reigns as well as a different model for understanding imperial politics and wars, both civil and foreign. In addition to providing a badly needed narrative of this critical period of Byzantine history, Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood offers new interpretations of key topics relevant to the medieval era. The narrative unfolds in three parts: the first covers the years 955-1025, a period of imperial conquest and consolidation of authority under the great emperor Basil "the Bulgar-Slayer." The second (1025-1059) examines the dispersal of centralized authority in Constantinople as well as the emergence of new foreign enemies (Pechenegs, Seljuks, and Normans). The last section chronicles the spectacular collapse of the empire during the second half of the eleventh century, concluding with a look at the First Crusade and its consequences for Byzantine relations with the powers of Western Europe. This briskly paced and thoroughly investigated narrative vividly brings to life one of the most exciting and transformative eras of medieval history.

What You Don't Know about Leadership, But Probably Should: Applications to Daily Life [EPUB]

What You Don't Know about Leadership, But Probably Should: Applications to Daily Life [EPUB]
What You Don't Know about Leadership, But Probably Should: Applications to Daily Life by Jeffrey A Kottler
2018 | EPUB | 0.56MB

Leadership is not just for CEOs--we all find ourselves in leadership positions at one time or another, whether in meetings and classes or at social events and family gatherings. And yet, even though leadership is the single most studied aspect of all human behavior, there remains a scarcity of qualified leaders to step into critical positions. This deficit is laid bare in the gulf between what leaders are trained to do and how they actually act.

In What You Don't Know About Leadership, but Probably Should, Jeffrey A. Kottler translates the latest research, theory, and skills into practical strategies for everyday and professional situations. He presents the wisdom and successful strategies of an array of renowned leaders--from Steve Jobs to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, George Lucas to Admiral Horatio Nelson--while citing the challenges they faced and lessons they learned in their respective roles. The book focuses on key attributes such as self-confidence, flexibility, charisma, and humility, while noting the serious pitfalls associated with traits such as hubris, immodesty, and narcissism. Kottler's writing is candid and realistic; though there are no easy rules or programs that instantly lead to success, there are steps you can take to make a difference in others' lives, better manage conflict and stress, and ultimately serve as an effective leader.

The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion [EPUB]

The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion [EPUB]
The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion by Simon Marshall, Lesley Paterson
2017 | EPUB | 5.72MB

The Brave Athlete solves the 13 most common mental conundrums athletes face in their everyday training and in races.

You don’t have one brain—you have three; your ancient Chimp brain that keeps you alive, your modern Professor brain that navigates the civilized world, and your Computer brain that accesses your memories and runs your habits (good and bad). They fight for control all the time and that’s when bad things happen; you get crazy nervous before a race, you choke under pressure, you quit when the going gets tough, you make dumb mistakes, you worry about how you look.

What if you could stop the thoughts and feelings you don’t want? What if you could feel confident, suffer like a hero, and handle any stress? You can.

The Brave Athlete from Dr. Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson will help you take control of your brain so you can train harder, race faster, and better enjoy your sport. Dr. Marshall is a sport psychology expert who trains the brains of elite professional athletes. Paterson is a three-time world champion triathlete and coach. Together, they offer this innovative, brain training guide that is the first to draw from both clinical science and real-world experience with athletes.

That means you won’t find outdated “positive self-talk” or visualization gimmicks here. No, the set of cutting-edge mental skills revealed in The Brave Athlete actually work because they challenge the source of the thoughts and feelings you don’t want. The Brave Athlete is packed with practical, evidence-based solutions to the most common mental challenges athletes face. Which of these sound like you?

  • Why do I have thoughts and feelings I don’t want?
  • I wish I felt more like an athlete.
  • I don’t think I can.
  • I don’t achieve my goals.
  • Other athletes seem tougher, happier, and more badass than me.
  • I feel fat.
  • I don’t cope well with injury.
  • People are worried about how much I exercise.
  • I don’t like leaving my comfort zone.
  • When the going gets tough, the tough leave me behind.
  • I need to harden the f*ck up.
  • I keep screwing up.
  • I don’t handle pressure well.

With The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion, you can solve these problems to become mentally strong and make your brain your most powerful asset.

The Illuminati: The Secret Society That Hijacked the World [EPUB]

The Illuminati: The Secret Society That Hijacked the World [EPUB]
The Illuminati: The Secret Society That Hijacked the World by Jim Marrs
2017 | EPUB | 11.35MB

Chilling initiations. Big banks and money manipulations. Possible links to the Rockefellers, Rothschilds, Adamses, and Bushes. Reviewing the evidence, documents, and connections, The Illuminati: The Secret Society That Hijacked the World by award-winning journalist and author Jim Marrs shines a light on the history, workings, continuing influence, and pernicious and hidden power of this secret order.

Surveying experts—from those who dismiss the Illuminati as a short-lived group of little consequence to skeptics who dare question the government's accounts and pronouncements—Marrs cuts through the wild speculation and the attempts to silence critical thinkers to tell the true story of this secret cabal. He investigates their origin as “The Ancient and Illuminated Seers of Bavaria,” the depiction on the United States one-dollar bill of an all-seeing eye and pyramid on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States, the Protocols—or procedures—for usurping national governments and gaining world domination, the symbolism found in today's international corporate logos, Knights Templar, assassins, Skull and Bones, whistle blowers, the revolutions in France, Russia, and America, and much, much more. Wealth, power, and intrigue come together in this in-depth exposé on the Illuminati, their history, connections to powerful people, and their place in modern America.