The Gift of Struggle: Life-Changing Lessons About Leading [EPUB]
16 June 2019, 04:57
2019 | EPUB | 1.94MB
Every leader has stories about the challenges they have faced and struggles they have overcome. In the moment, those situations require strength, patience, perseverance and courage. With time, those struggles provide us lessons for how to be better leaders. Bobby Herrera learned to see those struggles as gifts.
As the co-founder and CEO of Populus Group, Bobby never imagined the challenges of building a $500 million organization that serves tens of thousands of people. Throughout his life, he experienced the divergence between the intentional leader he wanted to be, and the less engaged version of him that showed up at the office every day. One day at a company meeting, he decided to share a story about one of his first struggles as a young adult. That story, a pivotal experience that had transformed Bobby's life, inspired his employees with its radical transparency, humility and the idealism of Bobby's dreams for the company.
In The Gift of Struggle, Bobby shares twelve of those stories from his leadership journey. Each chapter shares the details of the story, the broader lesson any leader can apply, a set of questions to reflect on, and an afterword for how the story later unfolded in Bobby's life. Building on Bobby's efforts, this book inspires readers to find their own stories, share their gifts of struggle with others, and become the leader they imagine they can be.
You're It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When It Matters Most [EPUB]
16 June 2019, 04:56
2019 | EPUB | 2.45MB
Become a better crisis leader while equipping yourself with the tools for every day transformative leadership
Today, in an instant, leaders can find themselves face-to-face with crisis. An active shooter. A media controversy. A data breach. In You're It, the faculty of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University takes you to the front lines of some of the toughest decisions facing our nation's leaders-from how to mobilize during a hurricane or in the aftermath of a bombing to halting a raging pandemic. They also take readers through the tough decision-making inside the world's largest companies, hottest startups, and leading nonprofits.
The authors introduce readers to the pragmatic model and methods of Meta-Leadership. They show you how to understand what is happening during a moment of crisis and change, what to do about it, and how to hone these skills to lead high-performing teams. Then, when crisis hits, you can pivot to be the leader people follow when it matters most.
A book for turbulent times, You're It is essential reading for anyone preparing to lead an adaptive team through crisis and change.
Mendeleyev's Dream: The Quest for the Elements [EPUB]
16 June 2019, 04:55
2019 | EPUB | 9.11MB
The wondrous and illuminating story of humankind's quest to discover the fundamentals of chemistry, culminating in Mendeleyev's dream of the Periodic Table.
In 1869 Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleyev was puzzling over a way to bring order to the fledgling science of chemistry. Wearied by the effort, he fell asleep at his desk. What he dreamt would fundamentally change the way we see the world.
Framing this history is the life story of the nineteenth-century Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleyev, who fell asleep at his desk and awoke after conceiving the periodic table in a dream-the template upon which modern chemistry is founded and the formulation of which marked chemistry's coming of age as a science. From ancient philosophy through medieval alchemy to the splitting of the atom, this is the true story of the birth of chemistry and the role of one man's dream.
In this elegant, erudite, and entertaining book, Paul Strathern unravels the quixotic history of chemistry through the quest for the elements.
Everyday Healing with Essential Oils [EPUB]
16 June 2019, 04:55
2019 | EPUB | 12.35MB
Everyday healing solutions are at your fingertips with the expert information in this book and a core stock of essential oils. Aromatherapy has the potential to support immunity, soothe inflammation and digestion, improve sleep, balance hormones, provide all-natural pain relief, and much more.
Everyday Healing with Essential Oils helps you:
- Get to know the 30 most versatile oils and how to use them to improve your everyday life
- Select quality oils and essential supplies you need to begin blending right away
- Try more than 200 powerful aromatherapy recipes to boost your health and happiness
- Find natural remedies for more than 100 common complaints, organized alphabetically—from acne and anxiety to vertigo and warts
- Start an easy, cost-effective essential oil collection that covers so many needs—including an aromatherapy first-aid kit
You'll soon discover that essential oils are powerful holistic healing tools and keys to a healthy lifestyle.
The Planets [EPUB]
16 June 2019, 04:54
2019 | EPUB | 237.28MB
'Absolutely beautiful' BBC One Show 'Really impressive' Eamonn Holmes, ITV This Morning A companion book to the critically acclaimed BBC series. The bestselling authors of Wonders of the Universe are back with another blockbuster, a groundbreaking exploration of our Solar System as it has never been seen before.
Mercury, a lifeless victim of the Sun's expanding power. Venus, once thought to be lush and fertile, now known to be trapped within a toxic and boiling atmosphere. Mars, the red planet, doomed by the loss of its atmosphere. Jupiter, twice the size of all the other planets combined, but insubstantial. Saturn, a stunning celestial beauty, the jewel of our Solar System. Uranus, the sideways planet and the first ice giant. Neptune, dark, cold and whipped by supersonic winds. Pluto, the dwarf planet, a frozen rock. Andrew Cohen and Professor Brian Cox take readers on a voyage of discovery, from the fiery heart of our Solar System, to its mysterious outer reaches. They touch on the latest discoveries that have expanded our knowledge of the planets, their moons and how they come to be, alongside recent stunning and mind-boggling NASA photography.
The Sun: NASA Images from Space [EPUB]
16 June 2019, 04:51
2019 | EPUB | 62.03MB
The Sun: Images from Space has extraordinary images of beauty with over 130 incredible details of our Sun taken from space. These images come from Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) Mission instruments in conjunction with other various instruments such as those on the Mars Rover. Our Sun, a yellow dwarf star, is the main source of energy for life on Earth. Life grows and thrives because of it. The sun is at the middle of our solar system. Yet until recently, we have not been able to see much of it or even observe its basic characteristics because of its blinding electromagnetic energy.
Taken from space, these images were assembled using data collected by NASA and their partners showing our Sun as has not been revealed to us here on Earth, 93 million miles away. See the coronal mass ejections, electric currents, magnetic fields, solar wind, photosphere the chromosphere, the corona, and the hot plasma soup.
Reader's Digest Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things New Edition [EPUB]
16 June 2019, 04:50
2019 | EPUB | 73.89MB
An updated edition, now fully illustrated and in color, of the classic guide to using common household items to replace, restore, repair, or revive almost anything in your household—including yourself.
When you have a household problem, don't run to the store and waste good money, just open your pantry door—and EXTRAORDINARY USES FOR ORDINARY THINGS. You'll be amazed at what you can do with baby oil, bleach, duct tape, tea, rubbing alcohol, and dozens of other handy items.
This book will open your eyes to more than 2,000 creative and helpful uses you can make of familiar household products, such as:
- Aspirin can revive a dead car battery and a coating of petroleum jelly will keep the battery's terminals from corroding
- A dab of shaving cream can keep your bathroom mirror from fogging and can remove juice stains on carpeting
- Petroleum jelly makes a great lip balm, makeup remover, and moisturizer
- A turkey baster is the perfect tool for watering Christmas trees and hard-to-reach plants
- Beer can be combed through your hair as a setting lotion, used as lure to trap insects, and polish gold jewelry
- Sandpaper can be used to sharpen needles and scissors, roughen slippery soles of new shoes, remove ink stains and scuff marks from suede, and remove stains on grout lines
- Wax paper will prevent a cast-iron skillet from rusting, restore the nonstick surface on your iron, and use on the bottom of a microwave when cooking messy foods.
If you hate to throw things away or if you delight in dreaming up new ways to use ordinary items, then you'll love the ideas in this book. You'll be amazed at the problems you can solve. It's a book you'll be sure to turn to again and again for helpful ideas, trustworthy advice, and entertaining reading.
The Economist Audio Edition [June 15, 2019]
16 June 2019, 04:31
MP3@56 kbps + EPUB + AZW3 + PDF | 7h 40m | 187MB
Hong Kong: The rule of law
- Raytheon and UTC join forces
- What will Modi do next?
- Britain's great Tory panic
- Germany's anonymous billionaires
- Recycling: Refusing refuse (Asia)
- Rare earths: Magnetic attraction (China)
- Space business: Orbital ecosystem (S&T)
The Great Tours: Washington DC [TTC Video]
16 June 2019, 02:14
Course No 8609 | MP4, AVC, 2500 kbps, 1280x720 | AAC, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 18.73GB
As a political epicenter, Washington DC is a major national and international crossroads, attracting visitors from all corners of the Earth and being featured in the global news on a daily basis. But beyond the glamour and glare of high-profile politics, it is a city on par with some of the greatest in the world, brimming over with remarkable history and culture, and offering a multitude of unforgettable sights and experiences.
Throughout this intriguing city, you’ll find some of the world’s most beautiful and extraordinary national monuments—of which the iconic Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial are only the beginning. You’ll also find some of the world’s finest museums of history, science, and art, from the phenomenal Smithsonian museums to the National Gallery of Art, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, and more. You will experience masterpieces of civic architecture such as the National Mall and the Library of Congress, as well as monumental government facilities, from the U.S. Capitol to the State and Treasury Departments. Along the way, you will also encounter beautifully landscaped parks and gardens; a wealth of extraordinary historic homes; a rich and varied performing arts, entertainment, and culinary scene; and innumerable lesser-known focal points to surprise and delight.
Now, in The Great Tours: Washington DC, The Great Courses partners once again with the Smithsonian, the nation’s premier repository of U.S. history and world culture, to bring you a deep and multi-faceted look at this amazing city.
With this course, you will get to know Washington DC and the spectrum of treasures it contains. Your in-depth experience will allow you to better appreciate:
- A one-of-a-kind urban environment containing stunning public buildings, works, and spaces;
- The American people’s historical efforts to embody the U.S. Constitution and our founder’s ideals;
- A thoroughly remarkable window into modern history;
- The history, the workings, and the dimensions of our government in action; and
- A vibrant, cosmopolitan city that resonates with people from all nations and cultures, as well as an intimately livable city that 700,000 people call home, and 5 million in the Metro region regularly enjoy.
Discover Washington DC through the Expertise of the Smithsonian
This exciting 24-part travelogue—lavishly illustrated with thousands of historic images, animated maps, and substantial location footage—rests on the vast historical and administrative resources of the Smithsonian, and on the brilliant and engaging commentary of Dr. Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large. Dr. Kurin brings both his 40 years of experience at the Smithsonian—overseeing most of the institution’s national museums, libraries, and archives—and his own decades of exploration of his beloved home city to these content-rich videos.
In this unique, insider’s tour of Washington, Dr. Kurin leads you on a dazzling journey through the many layers of history and human endeavor that created DC’s extraordinary urban environment. Along the way, he takes you beyond the most visible and well-known sites to uncover hidden gems that visitors usually don’t know about, offering fascinating perspectives on DC’s history, from the 18th-century origins of the District of Columbia to the 21st-century city we know today. Throughout the course, lectures are arranged by site and activity, making it easy to go directly to specific subject matter or special interests.
Dr. Kurin rounds out your view of DC with a series of special interviews with expert guests interspersed throughout the lectures, drawing on his remarkable resources and contacts developed over a four-decade-long career. Among others, you’ll get special insight into the meaning of military memorials from General Colin Powell himself, look into the Kennedy Center and arts in Washington with renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma, and explore the relationship of food and American history with celebrated chef José Andrés.
Legendary Sights and Hidden Treasures
In a comprehensive view of the city and its history, you’ll delve into the incredible range of Washington’s riches, including:
- Landmarks and Departments of the U.S. Government. Make a detailed visit to the White House, taking account of its construction, rebuilding, and dramatic history. Take in the architectural magnificence of the U.S. Capitol building, and visit its legislative chambers. Dig into the history, lore, and imposing facilities of the Supreme Court; the spectacular Library of Congress; the departments of State, Treasury, and Justice; and the unmissable National Archives;
- Majestic Monuments and Memorials. Among DC’s most revered sights, visit and study the background of the great presidential memorials to Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Explore the National Mall’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and its particular significance, and contemplate the meanings of the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and the extraordinary memorials at Arlington National Cemetery;
- A Spectrum of World-Class Museums. Within the city’s astounding wealth of museums, learn about the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, and National Museum of African American History and Culture, among others. Explore the artistic splendors of the National Portrait Gallery; The Phillips Collection; and the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens; and sample the wonders of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park;
- Lesser-Known Historic Gems. Discover a range of extraordinary sites overlooked even by many locals. Among these, visit the historic mansion of General Robert E. Lee, uncover the history of Abraham Lincoln’s “summer White House,” study the life and work of abolitionist Frederick Douglass at his preserved home, learn about presidential connections with the historic Willard Hotel, and visit locations associated with humanitarian and Red Cross founder Clara Barton.
- Storied Neighborhoods and Homes. Venture beyond the famous sights to explore DC’s colorful and elegant neighborhoods: Savor the architecture and cultural richness of Embassy Row; the revitalized DC waterfront; and the neighborhoods of Dupont Circle, historic Georgetown, and nearby Alexandria, Virginia. Get to know George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and other grand mansions, plantations, and humble homes that memorably reveal the city’s history.
Experience the Numerous Facets of This Living City
In the course’s second half, Dr. Kurin takes the tour far beyond politics and history, to give you a vivid view of contemporary Washington and its wide range of appealing activities, events, and lifestyle choices. Within these, you’ll explore DC’s:
- Arts and Entertainment Scene:Review the huge diversity of Washington’s performing arts offerings, spanning the multi-venue Kennedy Center; a plethora of distinguished live theater and dance; and seemingly countless music venues offering live performances of popular, classical, and world music.
- Dining and Food Culture: Learn about DC’s traditional food culture, historic restaurants, contemporary fine-dining options, food festivals, and wide array of world cuisines.
- Sports:Investigate the lore of DC’s sports teams, past and present, and find out where to see (and play) sports from baseball, football, and basketball to imports such as rugby, Gaelic football, and cricket.
- Outdoor Activities:Discover DC’s many nature sites, and note Dr. Kurin’s suggestions for where to enjoy beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife, and outdoor pursuits from hiking and boating to nature and heritage sites.
In these visually sumptuous lectures, Dr. Kurin and the Smithsonian profile the diversity and the many layers of Washington DC—as a beloved national symbol; a vital seat of government; and a living, thriving metropolis. Whether you’re planning your own visit to Washington or would simply like to explore the nation’s capital from where you are, The Great Tours: Washington DC offers you a detailed, insider’s view of one of the world’s most exciting and culturally rich cities.