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Home staging strategies needed to succeed in a down market Whether a buyer, seller, or real estate agent, the home selling and purchasing process is fraught with potholes that can usually be overcome. But in this weakened housing market, everyone involved in the selling process must increase their efforts. In order to sell homes at top dollar, houses must be "prepared for sales. " That's where Staging comes in. The real estate mantra is no longer location, location, location. It is now Staging, Staging, Staging! It's all about presentation. In Staging to Sell, Barb Schwarz, The Creator of Home Staging®, offers her winning tactics, secrets, and strategies for selling a home at top dollar during these challenging times. In addition to offering specific tips on how to Stage a home, Schwarz, a sought-after speaker and Real Estate broker who has Staged and sold over 5,000 homes, provides readers, sellers, Realtors® and Stagers, with useful advice on correctly pricing properties, marketing properties so that they sell, addressing objections early on, having the seller handle the Staging before the house is viewed, and much more. Written with today's turbulent real estate market in mind, Staging to Sell contains the information readers need to get their homes Sold in the market quickly for top dollar.
An invitation to observe and achieve transformative breakthroughs in the therapeutic experience Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy: Tales of Transformation and Astonishment brings together nineteen of the world's most prominent and creative therapists and researchers, taking professionals inside each contributor's creative innovations in theory and technique. Designed for all therapists who wish to communicate their therapeutic messages creatively and effectively, authors Jeffrey Kottler and Jon Carlson invite you to be inspired from the observations of your peers and consider how these approaches might be applied to your own work. Drawn from real-life cases, contributors share stories of their most creative breakthroughs, demonstrating out-of-the-box thinking that freed them to create alternative ways of meeting their clients? needs. Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy: Tales of Transformation and Astonishment will motivate you to experiment as an agent of change, exploring new, creative ways to make a difference in people's lives, with wisdom from some of the world?s foremost authorities including: Stephen Lankton, Bradford Keeney, Sam Gladding, Steve Madigan, Michael Yapko, Scott Miller, Jeff Zeig, Judy Jordan, Robert Neimeyer, Laura Brown, Bill O'Hanlon, Cloe Madanes, Len Sperry, Fred Bemak, Nancy McWilliams, Nick Cummings and Alfonso Montuori The stories in this book represent seminal cases in which eminent practitioners in therapy and related fields express their own unique voices as clinicians. The book focuses on what led each clinician to a creative breakthrough and identifies the common variables-across all the stories-that might promote innovation in the future. Their experiences will inspire every therapist to discover their own creative path.
Organic Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows readers the way to ensure a healthy harvest from their environmentally friendly garden. It covers information on the newest and safest natural fertilizers and pest control methods, composting, cultivation without chemicals, and how to battle plant diseases. It also has information on updated equipment and resources. It helps readers plant organically year-round, using herbs, fruits, vegetables, lawn care, trees and shrubs, and flowers. The tips and techniques included in Organic Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition are intended to reduce a garden's impact on both the environment and the wallet.
Power Boating For Dummies is a guide to power boating for both new and experienced boaters. It advises readers of necessary boating supplies, safety concerns and equipment, accessories, and includes locations of boating facilities, and how to safely pilot the ship.
More and more organizations are using 360-degree feedback to provide an opportunity to talk about key changes. This second edition of the best-selling book includes research and information that more accurately reflects who is using 360-degree feedback and where and how it is being used. In addition, the authors incorporate information about the impact of advances in technology and the more global and virtual work environment. This new edition includes case examples, tips, and pointers on preparing 360-degree feedback and information on how to implement it.
The Visual Investor, Second Edition breaks down technical analysis into terms that are accessible to even individual investors. Aimed at the typical investor--such as the average CNBC viewer--this book shows investors how to follow the ups and downs of stock prices by visually comparing the charts, without using formulas or having a necessarily advanced understanding of technical analysis math and jargon. Murphy covers all the fundamentals, from chart types and market indicators to sector analysis and global investing, providing examples and easy-to-read charts so that any reader can become a skilled visual investor.
All in one Resource for Internet marketers: This is the only book where internet marketers in myriad fields and industries can acquire access to an itemized and categorized listing of tools to fuel online business. The Little Black Book of Online Business includes a 65 page directory of the best, proven resources to help you explode your Internet business. It has been touted as "a required resource for anyone doing business on the net", and has been downloaded from his site over 6,000 times since he first made it available.
If you're a database administrator, you know Microsoft SQL Server 2008 is revolutionizing database development. Get up to speed on SQL Server 2008, impress your boss, and improve your company's data management - read Microsoft SQL Server 2008 For Dummies! SQL Server 2008 lets you build powerful databases and create database queries that give your organization the information it needs to excel. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 For Dummies helps you build the skills you need to set up, administer, and troubleshoot SQL Server 2008. You'll be able to: Develop and maintain a SQL Server system Design databases with integrity and efficiency Turn data into information with SQL Server Reporting Services Organize query results, summarizing data with aggregate functions and formatting output Import large quantities of data with SSIS Keep your server running smoothly Protect data from prying eyes Develop and implement a disaster recovery plan Improve performance with database snapshots Automate SQL Server 2008 administration Microsoft SQL Server 2008 For Dummies is a great first step toward becoming a SQL Server 2008 pro!
Break down the walls that stand in the way of business growth with the effective middle market strategies found in Middle Market Strategies The middle market represents about 1% of all U. S. businesses but produces about 40% of the gross domestic product. Winning the middle market is critical to business owners, and vital to the U. S. economy. Providing a comprehensive framework for understanding the market for private mid-sized businesses, Middle Market Strategies helps owners avoid unnecessary risks and enjoy some well-deserved returns by sharing the lessons learned from hundreds of featured business owners. Using ninety real-world case studies, Middle Market Strategies helps inform better business decisions by providing answers to the most pressing questions, including: How do the markets work? How can they be used to improve business value? Which strategies work best? What are the rules and how do you work with them? How are middle market businesses different from larger and smaller businesses? What separates successful businesses from others? Author Richard Trottier's reader-friendly anecdotes depict owners caught in the daily struggle to survive and the choices they made to break down the walls that stood in the way of their growth. Their stories, and the market rules that grew out of them, help to provide CEOs and presidents of mid-market companies, business appraisers, and capital providers with a solid understanding of the market to help them make better business decisions.
The essential guide to creating an organization ofhigh integrity and superior performance With the high-profile corporate scandals that have taken place in recent years, corporate ethics are more important to a business than ever before. The failure of ethical leadership in an organization is very destructive-it demoralizes the workforce, breeds public distrust, and ultimately results in organizational decay. Based on more than two decades of consulting, teaching, and research, Denis Collins's Essentials of Business Ethics is designed with appreciation for your demanding professional obligations, with easy-to-find, at-your-fingertips information. Its nuts-and-bolts presentation provides you with practical "how-to" examples and best practices on every area of managing ethics inside your organization in a handy, concise format. This brief yet powerful guide presents executives and leaders with timely discussion on: Human nature and unethical behavior in organizations Determining the ethics of job candidates The differences between a Code of Ethics and a Code of Conduct The best practices for managing diversity Using Management-by-Objectives to establish work goals that encourage ethical behavior Performance appraisals that reward ethical behaviors Aligning community outreach with the company's mission and assets Handling the environmental change process How to manage three internal communication mechanisms for employees to report potentially unethical or illegal behaviors: an Ethics & Compliance Office, Ombudsman, and Ethics Hotlines Providing a five-step ethics job-screen process and an ethical decision-making framework, as well as guidelines for conducting a variety of business ethics workshops, Essentials of Business Ethics is the only guide you will need containing all the relevant facts on business ethics, all in one place.
A complete analysis of the law, practices, and trends of nonprofit governance from two of the nation's leading lawyers on the law of tax-exempt organizations Recent scandals in the charitable sector as well as the adoption of a myriad of nonprofit best practices and guidelines have created a need and demand for better governance of nonprofits. In Nonprofit Governance, renowned author Bruce R. Hopkins and his law partner, Virginia Gross, share their combined decades of legal expertise to provide a comprehensive, authoritative examination of the law, practices, and trends of nonprofit governance. In this comprehensive, one-stop resource, Hopkins and Gross deftly summarize the law that exists and explain and evaluate the many good governance principles that have been promulgated. Nonprofit Governance helps leaders and managers of nonprofit organizations, and their lawyers, accountants, and advisors, to: Understand the legal backdrop for nonprofit governance Sift through the numerous good governance principles and guidelines Select the ones that most appropriately apply to their particular organization Devise suitable policies and procedures Improve their operations and effectiveness Undertake a comprehensive governance legal audit Be in a position to file Forms 990 that cast them in the best possible light regarding nonprofit governance Nonprofit Governance is a must-read for anyone facing good governance decisions in a nonprofit organization and is lost in the maze of conflicting principles, ever-increasing policies and procedures, murky law, and the intensity of the IRS in insisting on adoption of various principles in the absence of legal requirements for them.
A proven,easy-to-understandmethod for makingmoney with options "If you've never invested in the stock market,this is the book for you. If you've been investingfor years . . . this is still the book for you. A fantastic introduction to options. " -Jon "DOCTOR J" Najarian, Co-founder, OptionMonster. com Spread trading-the practice of combining optiontrades and adjusting them over time-is being used successfullyby more and more professional traders. In this book, Greg Jensenshows nonprofessionals the tremendous advantages thissafe and profitable method offers. In simple and precise terms, Spread Trading providesreaders with all the essential tools to begin trading options. It explains, in nine simple steps, the basics of puts, calls,strike prices, and spreads-assuming no prior knowledge onyour part-and tells how to profit no matter what the market does. The author has helped thousands of people achieve successimplementing this approach, and with Spread Trading, hecontinues to educate individuals on the benefits of trading thisway, showing you how to make money while reducing risk. Building his lessons around the entertaining story oftwo ordinary guys figuring out how to trade options with each other,Jensen offers more than dry formulas-he relates the sense andthe intuition of trading options in a way that is simple,methodical, and easy to follow.
Created by the experienced author team of Frank Fabozzi and Pamela Peterson Drake, Finance examines the essential elements of this discipline and makes them accessible to a wide array of readers-from seasoned veterans looking for a review to newcomers needing to get their footing in finance. Divided into four comprehensive parts, this reliable resource opens with a detailed discussion of the basic tools of investing and financing decision-making-financial mathematics and financial analysis. After this informative introduction, you'll quickly become familiar with the three primary areas of finance-capital markets (Part II), financial management (Part III), and investment/asset management (Part IV)?-and discover how these different areas are interconnected. Finance is a well-rounded guide to this dynamic field. The straightforward insights found here will put you in a better position to understand what the principles of modern finance are and how they can be used to make the right decisions when managing risk and return in today's complex financial environment.
An insightful look at how to protect, save, and grow wealth in difficult economic times Having an effective financial and personal plan for the future is now more crucial than ever. And with the bestselling The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide now in paperback, you'll quickly learn how to create such a plan. This comprehensive guide was especially designed to help people map out a practical financial plan in this unpredictable economic environment, so that they can stop worrying about their money and just enjoy life. Step by step, Martin Weiss-America's Consumer Advocate for Financial Safety-introduces, explains, and helps solve many of the new challenges and risks that face millions of Americans. Throughout the book, Weiss provides you with sound strategies for coping with the credit crunch, housing bust, and decline of the U. S. dollar. Discusses different ways to adapt to the realities of continuous market volatility Contains solutions to dealing with sinking real estate or falling stocks Examines the opportunities you'll have to buy choice assets at bargain prices during a depressed economy The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide also examines important topics that today's investor must be familiar with-including global investing, foreign currencies, and commodities-if they intend to make it through the decade ahead.
"This book is a most important contribution for both new and experienced directors, addressing contemporary corporate governance. The 14 practical questions represent the most vital issues that boards need to proactively address and are particularly crucial now as boards deal with the aftermath of the global financial tsunami. " -Thomas J. Neff, chairman, U. S. , Spencer Stuart "If Corporate America's board members had answered these questions, the crisis of '08 would have been avoided. The book is that powerful. It should be required reading in every boardroom, executive suite, and business school on the planet. This book with its singular wisdom could change the face of corporate governance-with huge dividends to shareholders and society. " -Ralph Whitworth, principal, Relational Investors LLC "Ram Charan always seems to get it right. Owning Up not only asks the right questions, it gives answers that can make a real difference for improving board performance. " -James M. Kilts, former chairman and CEO, The Gillette Company "As always, well-reasoned, insightful, and thought-provoking. A work that every director will find of value, particularly given the intense pressure of these unprecedented economic times. " -Professor Charles M. Elson, director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware "Here is the book that every corporate director needs today. With his decades of insider experience, Ram Charan brings more wisdom and insight to this subject than anyone else I know. " -Geoff Colvin, Fortune editor and author, Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
Leading authority Shannon Pratt demystifies discounts and premiums in business valuation "A must-read! Shannon Pratt continues to add to the business valuation body of knowledge. " -Jay Fishman, FASA There is often more money in dispute in determining the discounts and premiums in a business valuation than in arriving at the pre-discount value itself. Discounts and premiums affect not only the value of the company, but also play a crucial role in determining the risk involved, control issues, marketability, and contingent liability, to name a few. Approaching a business valuation without a thorough understanding of all the ins and outs of discounts and premiums can cause a deal to topple like a house of cards. Business guru Shannon Pratt's critically acclaimed Business Valuation: Discounts and Premiums, Second Edition compiles all the key information practitioners need to successfully and accurately determine discounts and premiums in business valuation. Thoroughly updated throughout, this must-have tool of the trade for business appraisers, accountants, attorneys, and business owners now includes: New database chapters that help quantify the discount for lack of marketability Analysis of the most comprehensive database, with over 5,000 entries on transactions in minority interests in private company stocks prior to an IPO Scores of valuable court case citations Court cases covering divorces, gift, estate, income taxes, bankruptcies, corporate and partnership dissolutions, and ESOPs Many new, never-before-published studies providing real-world benchmarks that can be applied to the practitioner's own cases Learn how to master the complex issues of business valuation and capitalize on the numerous uses for discounts and premiums with the help of the most recognized authority on business valuation, Shannon Pratt.
How can you tap into your team's creativity to tackle today's toughest business challenges?In The Firefly Effect, Kimberly Douglas presents inspiring yet pragmatic insights into getting your entire team firing on all cylinders and aiming in the right direction. Comparing the difficult act of harnessing and capturing creativity to the act of catching fireflies on a summer night, she will explain:What to do when the fireflies don't show up (or when creativity dries up)How to know when it's time to find a new meadow (or a new approach, place or process)What to do if the leader is keeping too tight a lid on the jar (and team innovation is gasping for air)How to get inventive when it rains on your firefly hunt (or parade of ideas)What happens when everyone is too busy to join in (and group problems remain unresolved)
Since Divorce For Dummies, 2nd Edition published in 2005, there have been considerable changes in collaborative divorces, common law marriages, same sex marriages, visitation, and even custody laws (from children to pets). Divorce For Dummies, 3rd Edition includes 25 percent new, revised, and refreshed material covering all of the above.
Corporate clients are demanding more value from their external advisors, and consolidating their business around a smaller number of firms. These trends are forcing a variety of service providers--from consulting firms to large banks--to confront a series of difficult challenges: How do we create an 'all-for-one, one-for-all' culture in which the whole is greater than the sum-of-the-parts and we succeed in leveraging our global network to deliver value to clients?" How do we mobilize the right people, resources, and ideas--across a multitude of organizational and geographic boundaries--into each and every client relationship?" How do we evolve from a trusted advisor to a trusted partner and build multi-year, institutional relationships? All for One answers these questions with an innovative and comprehensive model for developing enduring, institutional client relationships--what Andrew Sobel refers to as Level 6 Trusted Client Partnerships. It offers readers ten specific strategies that are thoroughly supported by case studies, best practices from leading firms, and implementation tools. The individual professional is principally responsible for five of these strategies, while the firm--the institution--must support and drive the other five. When you successfully execute against all ten of these building blocks, you develop long-term, professional-client partnerships that provide great value to the client and high levels of personal satisfaction and profitability for the service provider.
Praise for Take Their Breath Away"Are you bored? We're so spoiled that when something is merely good enough, we just walk away. Chip and John explain that the surefire method for growth and customer loyalty is simple: don't be boring."--Seth Godin, author of Purple Cow and Tribes"Take Their Breath Away shows how legendary customer service delivery can win and keep devoted customers for life. I LUV this fantastic book."--Colleen Barrett, President Emeritus, Southwest Airlines Company"No one knows more about creating profit through service than Chip and John. If you want to know the best way to do it, read Take Their Breath Away. The examples in this book will certainly start your creative juices flowing and help your organization take your customers' breath away.--Howard Beharformer, former president, Starbucks Coffee International.
Implement next-generation techniques-before disaster strikes-and improve operation risk management "The recent global economic crisis has brought home the need for realistic operational risk management as an important element of an organization's survival strategy in turbulent times. In Risk Management in Finance Dr. Tarantino and his coauthors provide an operational risk framework for the twenty-first-century organization by culling the state-of-the-arts knowledge on next-generation techniques in financial risk management to forestall major risk management failures. This book represents a landmark contribution in attempting to create a corporate world that is able to cope with major crisis. The book should be on the must read list for all those interested in reforming corporate governance. " -Dr. Anwar Shah, Lead Economist and Program Leader, Governance, World Bank Institute "As operational risk management advances, interest in process-centered risk management has grown. This timely book presents a valuable overview of leading-edge theory and practice. " -Simon Wills, Executive Director, Operational Riskdata eXchange Association (ORX), the world's largest banking association for sharing operational loss data
The proven CFP Study Guide that delivers just what you need to succeed! A quick-study guide for candidates preparing to take the CFP Certification Examination, Rattiner's Review for the CFP® Certification Examination distills the bare-bones essentials you need to know to pass this challenging exam, all in a logical and easy-to-absorb manner. This indispensable study tool for students who have already been through traditional CFP educational programming-and just need a little extra help pulling it all together-provides a no-nonsense approach to studying for some of the most important disciplines of financial planning, including: PFP, insurance, employee benefit, investments, income tax, retirement, and estate planning. Each discipline contains short and concise statements emphasizing key points through mnemonic devices, study tips, and other established test-taking methods that provide helpful hints. Rattiner's Review for the CFP® Certification Examination, Third Edition has been thoroughly updated to include: Reviews from recent CFP Exam students who compare the CFP Board curriculum to this Third Edition, ensuring that all topics are covered adequately New, easy-to-follow flowcharts at the beginning of each chapter highlight the macro level perspective of each subject discipline Basic calculator keystrokes for investment math, retirement, life, and education needs analysis, and other important calculations New multiple-choice questions as well as new charts and tables for quick memorizations New acronyms to help put things into a simplified perspective and help students tie back to the big picture flowchart Perfect as a quick-reference guide to complement all CFP texts and self-study materials, it also serves as an important one-stop resource for financial services professionals who want information in a hurry. Stay organized, on track, and focused with Rattiner's Review for the CFP® Certification Examination, Third Edition.
Proven and effective, cognitive-behavior therapy is the most widely taught psychotherapeutic technique. General Principles and Empirically Supported Techniques of Cognitive Behavior Therapy provides students with a complete introduction to CBT. It includes over 60 chapters on individual therapies for a wide range of presenting problems, such as smoking cessation, stress management, and classroom management. Each chapter contains a table clearly explaining the steps of implementing each therapy. Written for graduate psychology students, it includes new chapters on imaginal exposure and techniques for treating the seriously mentally ill.
The purpose of this book is to explain Free Cash Flow and how to use it to increase investor return. The author explains the differences between Free Cash Flow and GAAP earnings and lays out the disadvantages of GAAP EPS as well as the advantages of Free Cash Flow. After taking the reader step-by-step through the author's Free Cash Flow statement, the book illustrates with formulas how each of the four deployments of Free Cash Flow can enhance or diminish shareholder return. The book applies the conceptual building blocks of Free Cash Flow and investor return to an actual company: McDonald's. The reader is taken line-by-line through the author's investor return spreadsheet model: (1) three years of McDonald's historical financial statements are modeled; (2) a one-year projection of McDonald's Free Cash Flow and investor return is modeled. Five other restaurant companies are compared to McDonald's and each other using both Free Cash Flow and GAAP metrics.
Clinicians who do not exclusively work with juvenile sexual offenders still need to evaluate and assess risk with sexually reactive children in their practices. Providing crucial, current literature, Juvenile Sexual Offenders offers a timely overview of the process of risk evaluation of juvenile sexual offenders. Practical information is provided in effectively conducting thorough evaluations of juvenile sexual offenders. Topics include projecting risk and using the instruments. Professionals in the field, including clinicians, supervisors, and administrators, will receive detailed guidelines on how to gauge potential risk of repeat offense.