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Covert Processes at Work

by Robert J. Marshak

Organizational change initiatives often fail because they focus exclusively on the rational, overt aspects of change, overlooking the powerful role played by concealed or irrational factors. It's well known that these covert processes--such as hidden agendas, blind spots, office politics, tacit assumptions, secret hopes, wishes and fears--frequently sabotage change efforts, but up until now nobody has offered a rigorous, consistent way of identifying and dealing with them. Drawing on over thirty years of experience as an organizational change consultant to global corporations and government agencies, Robert J. Marshak shows precisely how to bring these hidden processes to light and deal with their negative impact. Marshak identifies five different dimensions of covert processes, presents an integrated model to explain the ultimate source of all of them, and shows how to diagnose whether any covert processes might be at work in your organization. He then offers specific tools and techniques for engaging and managing these "under-the-table" processes and for creating the kind of organizational environment in which such hidden dynamics are unable to flourish. Covert Processes at Work is a comprehensive and practical guide that managers, leaders, and consultants can use to deal with the hidden dynamics that are often at the root of many organizational problems.

Covert Processes at Work: Managing the Five Hidden Dimensions of Organizational Change

by Robert J. Marshak

The first and only guidebook that specifically outlines methodologies for diagnosing and dealing with all of the "hidden" or covert factors that can subtly sabotage even the most meticulously planned change processes.

Covert Pursuit (Love Inspired Suspense)

by Terri Reed

Boston homicide detective Angie Carlucci thought she was getting a much-needed vacation. But her Florida Keys holiday is interrupted when she sees someone dump a body bag in the ocean. In the tangle between arms dealers and treasure hunters, she's the only witness--and the main target. Unless a certain boat captain can keep her safe. Can he let a pretty cop complicate his mission--and endanger his cover? This is the last thing federal agent Jason Bodwell needs. Yet the more Jason and Angie work together, the closer they grow. Jason's willing to risk his life to solve the case. What will he risk for love?

Covert Seduction

by Callie Croix

Navy SEAL Reid Galvin is back from hell and eager to find comfort in Becca Anderson's arms. He knows he hurt her when he cut contact during his deployment, so when his call interrupts her date with another man, he has only himself to blame. But he can't forget what she means to him-or the sexy email she sent him-and he won't miss this chance to claim her as his own.It's been weeks since Becca heard from the man she thought she was involved with. So when Reid wants to take up where they left off as if nothing happened, she refuses. Then he rescues her from a first date gone very wrong, and she realizes she's not quite ready to let him go.Reid and Becca have a lot to talk about, but since she's not listening, he's going to have to regain her trust another way-by bringing her most erotic fantasies to life. Making her surrender to pleasure just might be his most important mission.53,000 words

The Covert Sphere: secrecy, fiction, and the national security state

by Timothy Melley

In December 2010 the U.S. Embassy in Kabul acknowledged that it was providing major funding for thirteen episodes of Eagle Four-a new Afghani television melodrama based loosely on the blockbuster U.S. series 24. According to an embassy spokesperson, Eagle Four was part of a strategy aimed at transforming public suspicion of security forces into something like awed respect. Why would a wartime government spend valuable resources on a melodrama of covert operations? The answer, according to Timothy Melley, is not simply that fiction has real political effects but that, since the Cold War, fiction has become integral to the growth of national security as a concept and a transformation of democracy. In The Covert Sphere, Melley links this cultural shift to the birth of the national security state in 1947. As the United States developed a vast infrastructure of clandestine organizations, it shielded policy from the public sphere and gave rise to a new cultural imaginary, "the covert sphere." One of the surprising consequences of state secrecy is that citizens must rely substantially on fiction to "know," or imagine, their nation's foreign policy. The potent combination of institutional secrecy and public fascination with the secret work of the state was instrumental in fostering the culture of suspicion and uncertainty that has plagued American society ever since-and, Melley argues, that would eventually find its fullest expression in postmodernism. The Covert Sphere traces these consequences from the Korean War through the War on Terror, examining how a regime of psychological operations and covert action has made the conflation of reality and fiction a central feature of both U.S. foreign policy and American culture. Melley interweaves Cold War history with political theory and original readings of films, television dramas, and popular entertainments-from The Manchurian Candidate through 24-as well as influential writing by Margaret Atwood, Robert Coover, Don DeLillo, Joan Didion, E. L. Doctorow, Michael Herr, Denis Johnson, Norman Mailer, Tim O'Brien, and many others.

The Covert War Against Rock

by Alex Constantine

The connections between government, organized crime, and the music industry are examined, offering compelling evidence that there may be more to the deaths of important popular musicians than has been commonly told.

Covert Warriors

by W.E.B. Griffin

Charley Castillo and the former members of Presidential Agent's Office of Organizational Analysis are officially "retired. " But that doesn't mean they're out of action... <P><P> At a Mexican roadblock, a US Embassy SUV is stopped at gunpoint, three of its passengers murdered, and a fourth kidnapped. Everything points to the drug cartels, especially when the kidnappers say they will return the hostage if a cartel kingpin is released from US federal prison. But when word gets to Castillo and his group of retired spies and special operators, they have their doubts.<P> They believe that it's a diversion--that the murders and kidnapping were ordered by someone to lure Castillo & Company to their deaths. But even knowing that may not save them. Powerful forces in the US government are arrayed against them as well, and if one side doesn't get them. . . the other side will. .

The Covert Wolf

by Bonnie Vanak

When a mission gone wrong kills his best friend, navy SEAL Matthew Parker will stop at nothing to destroy the demons who threaten his team. To do so, Matt must locate a mysterious orb before the demons use it to destroy the world. But the only woman who can help him-Sienna McClare-has her own agenda...and every reason for hating his kind.A half blood, Sienna hopes returning the orb to her people will gain her acceptance back into the only family she's known. But working with a Draicon werewolf like Matt comes with a high price-one that could cost Sienna her dreams.A natural-born leader, her werewolf lover must now teach Sienna to listen to her heart-and go where their all-consuming passion leads them....

Coverup

by Jay Bennett

This hangover is the worst he's ever had. And lately Brad has woken up with quite a few. He does remember the party last night, and his best friend, Alden Whitlock, driving him home. But that's all he remembers--except for the nagging feeling that while he was sleeping in the passenger seat, Alden hit something. Something that was not a tree or a fence but something living. Alden and his father, a powerful judge, deny that anything took place. Brad isn't so sure--especially when beautiful Ellen Hanson comes searching in town for her lost father. Suddenly Brad is forced to examine his cushioned world of power and privilege, and to choose between truth and deceit. Either way, Brad could lose...

Covet

by Melissa Darnell

Dangerous to be together. Painful to be apart.Savannah Colbert knows she broke up with Tristan Coleman for the right reasons. Most of all, to keep from killing him with her new vampire abilities. But try telling her heart. Now, lost in a sea of hostile Clann faces, Sav tries to come to terms with what she's becoming and what that means for her future. And that someone is doing their best to bully her into making a terrible mistake.Tristan can't believe Sav won't even talk to him. If being apart is her decision, fine. Just don't expect him to honor it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them both in directions neither could have foreseen or prepared for.A reckoning is coming...and not everyone will survive.

Covet (Fallen Angels #1)

by J. R. Ward

Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about--his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charge with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. <P><P> And failure is not an option. Vin DiPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that--until fate intervenes in the form of a tough- talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior. But then he meets a woman who will make him question his destiny, his sanity, and his heart--and he has to work with a fallen angel to win her over and redeem his own soul.

Coveted

by Shawntelle Madison

"A smart, sexy, rip-roaring good time."--New York Times bestselling author Angie Fox"I'm obsessed with Shawntelle Madison's fantastic urban fantasy debut, featuring hoarding werewolves, magic, and mayhem! More, please!"--Michelle Rowen, bestselling author of That Old Black Magic SOMETIMES WHAT YOU COVET IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP. For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she's stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home--and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense. Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face a more immediate and dangerous problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage Long Island werewolves--and Nat is their first target in a turf war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it's enough to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the full moon, Nat must summon all of her strength to save her pack and, ultimately, herself."If you like your urban fantasy original, quirky, and offbeat, this is the series for you. Natalya is the craziest heroine since Carolyn Crane's Justine Jones, and you will love her just as much."--Ann Aguirre, bestselling author of Devil's PunchFrom the Paperback edition.

Coveted

by Shawntelle Madison

"A smart, sexy, rip-roaring good time."--New York Times bestselling author Angie Fox"I'm obsessed with Shawntelle Madison's fantastic urban fantasy debut, featuring hoarding werewolves, magic, and mayhem! More, please!"--Michelle Rowen, bestselling author of That Old Black Magic SOMETIMES WHAT YOU COVET IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP. For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she's stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home--and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense. Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face a more immediate and dangerous problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage Long Island werewolves--and Nat is their first target in a turf war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it's enough to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the full moon, Nat must summon all of her strength to save her pack and, ultimately, herself."If you like your urban fantasy original, quirky, and offbeat, this is the series for you. Natalya is the craziest heroine since Carolyn Crane's Justine Jones, and you will love her just as much."--Ann Aguirre, bestselling author of Devil's PunchFrom the Paperback edition.

Cow

by Temple Grandin Florian Werner Doris Ecker

She is everywhere: as a vehicle for both farmers and advertisers, a subject for research scientists and poets, and ever-present in the form of lucky charms, children's toys, or simply as a tasty sandwich-filler. The female of the bovine species is revered as sacred or reviled as stupid, but one thing she never inspires is indifference. After more than ten thousand years living alongside us, she remains a beguiling mystery. Combining a myriad of richly entertaining anecdotes and an abundance of illuminating discoveries, Florian Werner presents the curious cultural history of that most intriguing of animals: the cow.Since evolving from the aurochs, an ungulate that grazed the Persian grasslands, the cow has embedded itself into virtually all aspects of our lives. Cow is the first book to look at the animal in its countless manifestations in cultures around the world. Werner examines cows' role in commerce as an early form of currency and their place on our plates and in our stomachs in the form of meat and dairy products. Florian Werner examines how cows are worshipped in some circles, such as in Hindu mythology, and abhorred in others, today being vilified as an agent of climate change. And he waxes philosophic about the significance of the cow's rumination and cud chewing, as well as her simple but meaningful moo.Combining thorough research with an accessible writing style, Florian Werner offers readers an eye-opening perspective on this commodified animal, whose existence is inextricably intertwined with ours and which we too often take for granted.

Cow-Country

by B. M. Bower

Bud leaves his home at Tomahawk Ranch to make his way in the world and begins an adventure that will thrill every lover of stories of the Old West. For Bud has landed in a nest of thieves, cut-throats, murderers and assorted crooks--all wanted by the law. Aiding him he has only the undercover help of a beautiful and desperate woman and the advice of a crook with a conscience. He keeps his eyes and ears open and his mouth shut. He keeps his guns oiled and his horses running. And when the final showdown comes, the stubborn young Scotchman beats the crooks at their own game --and collects a stake big enough for any musical-minded young cattle rancher.

Cow-Eating Fish and Other Amazing Animals

by Christina Wilsdon

This is a treasury of animal facts such as how animals find food, how they communicate, and includes portraits of such creatures as piranhas, armadillos, a Tyrannosaurus rex, and an Egyptian plover bird.

The Cow Loves Cookies

by Karma Wilson

There are lots of different animals on the farm, and they all love their own special sort of food. The horse loves his hay and the geese flip for corn. But not Cow! Cow would never eat that stuff. You couldn't pay the cow enough! Because . . . the cow loves cookies. From the bestselling author of Bear Snores On, Karma Wilson, and renowned illustrator Marcellus Hall comes a rip-roaring, rhyming, read-aloud story that's perfect for picky eaters of all ages.

The Cow-tail Switch and Other West African Stories

by Harold Courlander George Herzog

The Cow-tail Switch, based on a parable found by George Herzog in Liberia, is a type of story which has a special attraction for the West African audience, in that the audience itself participates in the working out of the solution.<P><P> Newbery Honor Book

The Cow That Laid an Egg

by Andy Cutbill

Marjorie the cow wishes she had a special talent. One morning, thanks to a bunch of scheming chickens, Marjorie discovers that she's laid an egg. But does the baby inside the egg belong to Marjorie? Emotions soon run high in this hilarious farmyard tale.

The Cow Went Over the Mountain

by Feodor Rojankovsky Jeanette Krinsley

Little Cow thinks life will be better on the "other mountain," and convinces a few animals that the grass will be munchier, the bugs crunchier, the water sploshier, the mud sloshier . . . but when they get there, they find that the grass isn't really greener on the other side. This simple, witty tale, brought to life by Caldecott medalist Feodor Rojankovsky, was originally published in 1963 and is now back in print as a Little Golden Book Classic.

The Cow Who Fell in the Canal

by Phyllis Krasilovsky

Hendrika the cow goes on a wild ride when she eats her way across Holland.

Cowards

by Glenn Beck

COURAGE > COWARDS As we approach the most important presidential election in America's history, something has been lost among all of the debates, attack ads, and super- PACs--something that Americans used to hold in very high regard: THE TRUTH. Glenn Beck likes to say that "the truth has no agenda"--but there's another side to that: people who have agendas rarely care about the truth. And, these days, it seems like everyone has an agenda. The media leads with stories that rate over those that matter. Politicians put lobbyists and electability over honesty. Radicals alter history in order to change the future. In Cowards, Glenn Beck exposes the truth about thirteen important issues that have been hijacked by deceit. Whether out of spite, greed, or fear, these are the things that no one seems to be willing to have an honest conversation about. For example: * How our two-party POLITICAL SYSTEM often leaves voters with NO GOOD OPTIONS. * How extremists are slowly integrating ISLAMIC LAW into our SOCIETY. * How PROGRESSIVE "religious" leaders like JIM WALLIS are politicizing the Bible. * How the CARTEL VIOLENCE on our border is FAR WORSE than people realize. * How "LIBERTARIAN" has been INTENTIONALLY turned into a DIRTY WORD. * How GEORGE SOROS has amassed enough MONEY and POWER to INFLUENCE entire ECONOMIES. In some cases, the truth is out there, but people simply don't want to hear it. It's much easier, and certainly a lot more convenient, to keep our blinders on. After all, as a quote attributed to President James Garfield made clear, "The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable." Miserable or not, the truth can no longer be something we hope for; it must be something we live. When courage prevails, cowards do not--and this book was written to ensure that's exactly what happens.

Coward's Kiss

by Lawrence Block

Some cases just won't die--even after you've dumped the body Ed London is the type of private investigator that you call to clean up the mess when your mistress turns up dead. But after he dumps a body in Central Park, it appears this case is still alive and kicking. Seems that the dead girl was in possession of something special that some very shady characters want back. Now Ed, along with his pretty actress friend Maddy, will have to crack the case before he ends up dead himself. But there's more than a murder here; there's missing jewels, Israeli intelligence, Nazi spies, and a host of double-dealing, backstabbing thieves. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lawrence Block, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from his personal collection, and a new afterword written by the author.

Cowboy

by Matthew A. Pellegrini Rocco Wachman

Celebrity host of CMT's Cowboy U Rocco Wachman's modern guide to being a cowboy Cowboy: The Ultimate Guide to Living Like a Great American Icon is the first book to explore, through a pop-culture lens, the many facets of the cowboy life. This book entertains and educates with an insider's look at topics such as ranching, rodeos, chuck wagon cooking, cowboy music, country and western dancing, and most important, the cowboy spirit. Cowboy includes instructions, recipes, profiles, photographs, and trivia that vividly depict the day-in, day-out rituals of this iconic lifestyle and show what it meant to be a cowboy in frontier days, and what it means to be a cowboy today! A fresh take on all things cowboy, Cowboy is certain to appeal to the huge fan base of those who love all things Western.

The Cowboy

by Kristine Rolofson

ROGUES DESPERADO Logan Younger: Outlaw. The railroad stole his land and killed his wife. Now he plans revenge. No crazy woman, no matter how beautiful or brave, is going to change his mind. Practical and organized Elizabeth Richards read all about outlaws like the Younger gang in the unusual old book Rogues Across Time. But when she woke up in bed with Logan Younger--in 1886!--she knew she was in big trouble. Especially since Logan believed she was bait for the bounty hunter's trap and took her hostage. What was worse was that the sexy, dangerous cowboy had her exactly where she wanted to be...

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