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@ The Entry Level: On Survival, Success, & Your Calling As A Young Professional

by Michael Ball

Cash, Coercion, Cons, Whatever it takes to get unsuspecting grads to sign that offer letter, Corporate America is game. Because once it's finally plain that the entry level, in fact, is a hellish and demeaning place of grunt-work, brown-nosing, and mental drool, the ink's already dry and the newbies in bed. Way in, what with the pressure to keep post-college resumes stocked with "respectable" Fortune 500 firms. Instead, most early-stage workers end burying their dreams underneath their paycheck, suffering quietly through the frustration, depression, and thoughts of beating their manager with a stick. No more. @ The Entry Level is designed to lead you through the psychologies, philosophies, and strategies for succeeding in business' basement, but with the single-minded purpose of finding the work you were made to do. It's the first book ever to dispel the myths, whisper the tricks, and supply the tools to help you as a young professional: *Manage the transition from college to work *Negotiate the Entry Level Rite of Passage Navigate office politics and build your personal brand *Earn the promotion or transfer with the right fit *Locate a sturdy work - life balance *Uncover your values to make intelligent, healthy career decisions *Gain the courage to follow your passion and find your calling Further taking a hard look at the seduction of money, the silliness of company loyalty, and the side-effects of waiting until midlife to figure out what your job should mean, this is the indispensable guide for career freshmen seeking a deeper, richer working life. And for those who just need to keep breathing. Michael Ball is the founder and CEO of Career Freshman Company, an organization dedicated to helping young professionals discover success, passion, and fulfillment in their work. A disillusioned Big Five (now Four) consulting veteran and Silicon Valley startup survivor, he's found his own calling as an author, speaker, and career coach to college students and corporate grunts. He lives in Los Angeles.

The Hydrogen Economy: Opportunities and Challenges

by Michael Ball Martin Wietschel

Responding to the sustained interest in and controversial discussion of the prospects of hydrogen, this book strives to reflect critically on the perspectives of a hydrogen economy in light of the global energy challenge, in particular the question how to meet the growing demand for transport energy in the long term and how to secure sustainable energy for transportation. This book stands out from other publications by its emphasis on setting the scene for hydrogen and the comprehensive coverage of all aspects related to the hydrogen subject, that is technical, environmental and socio-economic, and with a global geographic scope. The aim is to provide a reference book and compendium about hydrogen that should be of interest to anyone who wants to catch up on the status of the hydrogen discussion, look up a specific aspect related to hydrogen, or understand how hydrogen comes off compared to other mobility solutions. The book should appeal to a fairly broad readership: academia, policy makers and industry.

Place and Health as Complex Systems

by Michael Ball Brian Castellani Rajeev Rajaram J. Galen Buckwalter Frederic Hafferty

The history of public health has focused on direct relationships between problems and solutions: vaccinations against diseases, ad campaigns targeting risky behaviors. But the accelerating pace and mounting intricacies of our lives are challenging the field to find new scientific methods for studying community health. The complexities of place (COP) approach is emerging as one such promising method. Place and Health as Complex Systems demonstrates how COP works, making an empirical case for its use in for designing and implementing interventions. This brief resource reviews the defining characteristics of places as dynamic and evolving social systems, rigorously testing them as well as the COP approach itself. The study, of twenty communities within one county in the Midwest, combines case-based methods and complexity science to determine whether COP improves upon traditional statistical methods of public health research. Its conclusions reveal strengths and limitations of the approach, immediate possibilities for its use, and challenges regarding future research. Included in the coverage: Characteristics of places and the complexities of place approach. The Definitional Test of Complex Systems. Case-based modeling using the SACS toolkit. Methods, maps, and measures used in the study. Places as nodes within larger networks. Places as power-based conflicted negotiations. Place and Health as Complex Systems brings COP into greater prominence in public health research, and is also valuable to researchers in related fields such as demography, health geography, community health, urban planning, and epidemiology.

You're Too Smart for This: (beating the 100 big lies about your first job)

by Michael Ball

Your first job isn't all it's cracked up to be . . . You just spent $100,000 on a college degree to make photocopies. And your manager probably isn't even happy with them. Life at the entry level isn't about what school you graduated from, or even who you know. It's actually about paying dues and brownnosing and keeping your foot out of your mouth during meetings. You're Too Smart For This explains everything your college professors didn't: Understand how college has no application to reality, or anybody living in it. Come to terms with doing gruntwork and smiling while being yelled at. Get straight with operating on a team - putting personal interests second, for once. Negotiate office politics, and recognize when to keep quiet (e. g. , "the daytime"). Earn the right promotion or transfer, instead of quitting and being poor again. Locate a balanced work life, not based on social sacrifice and being hostile. You're Too Smart For This will help you get the hang of the working life soon enough. And even have some fun with it. Especially at happy hour.

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