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Put your flawed foot forward.Pick up most leadership books and you'll find strategies for leveraging your power and minimizing your areas of weakness. But think about the leaders whose names have gone down in history. Most of them were so messed up that, if they were looking for work today, no executive placement service would give them the time of day. God's criteria for choosing leaders runs counter to the conventional wisdom. Our culture equates strength with effectiveness, but God favors leaders who know the value of brokenness. In Leading With a Limp, you'll discover what makes flawed leaders so successful. They're not preoccupied with protecting their image, they are undaunted by chaos and complexity, they are ready to risk failure in moving an organization from what is to what should be. God chooses leaders who aren't deceived by the myths of power and control, but who realize that God's power is found in brokenness. If you are a leader-or if you have been making excuses to avoid leading-find out how you can take full advantage of your weakness. A limping leader is the person God uses to accomplish amazing things. To go deeper, check out the Leading With a Limp Workbook.From the Hardcover edition.
Leading with Cultural Intelligence outlines the important concepts of cultural intelligence (CI) and the steps that must be practiced to become a culturally intelligent leader. CI is both a strategy and a tool that leaders can use to gain more confidence and proficiency when working across cultures. This book outlines the importance of understanding culture and its impact on organizations, the strategic value of cultural intelligence, and the significance of integrating and practicing cultural intelligence in everyday business life. When all these aspects are properly integrated and applied in the leadership and management process, organizations are more innovative and adaptable to respond to cultural changes.
Leading With My Chin is an interesting book to read. The comic stories explain Jay Leno's childhood, adult life and career.
In some respects, a top-level college coach is a lot like a manager in any business. He has to turn a group of talented individuals into a smoothly running team, and he has to produce results that please the fans of his team--the shareholders of the athletic program. Thus, in Leading with the Heart, Krzyzewski reviews the lessons he's learned as basketball coach at Duke University, and tries to universalize them so they translate to any leadership position. For example, he writes, "Adjustments are not unusual, they are usual. So a leader's ability to think on his feet ... to do things without instruction ... is of paramount importance." Makes sense, as does this admonition: "When teaching, always remember this simple phrase: 'You hear, you forget. You see, you remember. You do, you understand.'" The book has four sections--"Preseason," "Regular Season," "Postseason," and "All-Season"--and each of those has four chapters. Each chapter begins with three quotes ("Too many rules get in the way of leadership" leads off chapter 1), and ends with bulleted tips summing up the chapter's message. Between the quotes and the bullet points are anecdotes about Duke basketball games and (occasionally) Krzyzewski's life outside basketball. What you come away with is an understanding of why Krzyzewski is a great basketball coach, why former Duke assistants such as Tommy Amaker and Quin Snyder are probably going to become great basketball coaches, and how anyone who's currently a coach can become a better coach. It would be great if other types of managers in other types of businesses could incorporate these lessons in compassionate, focused, highly flexible leadership, but it seems unlikely. Most managers in business rise through the ranks not because of their ability to lead or inspire but because of their knowledge and competence (if not their connections). On the other hand, it would be nice if each of us, just once, could work for someone like Coach K, someone who could push the right buttons and lead us to our own version of the Final Four. Not likely, but a pretty sweet fantasy. --Lou Schuler
Gather any group of actresses, from students to stars, and someone will inevitably ask, "Where are all the great roles for women?" The roles are right here, in this magnificently diverse collection of plays-full-lenghts, one-acts, and monologues--with mainly female casts, which represent the answer to any actress's prayer. The editors of the groundbreaking anthology Plays for Actresses have once again gathered an abundance of strong female roles in a selection of works by award-winning authors and cutting-edge newer voices, from Wendy Wasserstein and Christopher Durang to Claudia Shear, Eve Ensler, and Margaret Edson. The characters who populate these seven full-length plays, four ten-minute plays, and eleven monologues include a vivid cross-section of female experience: girl gang members, Southern debutantes, pilots, teachers, traffic reporters, and rebel teenagers. From a hilarious take on Medea to a taboo-breaking excerpt from The Vagina Monologues to a moving scene from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit, the plays in Leading Women are complex, funny, tragic, and always original--and a boon for talented actresses everywhere.
Allan Harding and Frisco Noonan became partners. They pitched in and bought a freight company in LEADVILLE. Ruthless businessman Moose Durham owned half the town, and when he tried to put the two new partners out of business, things got hot in LEADVILLE.
With strikers and strikebreakers drawing battle lines, Leadville is a magnet for every guntough in Colorado, a mining town ready to explode. The mine owners want a railroad spur, which will put the Harper Stage Line out of business--leaving pretty Nan Harper hopelessly bankrupt. Griff Connors wants to help her but can't, because he's already in big trouble. A fugitive framed for robbery and murder, he has tracked the killers to Leadville. But how can he find them in this wild frontier town? Especially when he is caught between the striking miners and a ruthless mine owner who wants him out of the way. A showdown looms, and for Nan's sake Griff must stand and fight. The odds are long and the choices are few: a bullet or the noose. Whatever the cost, Griff will fight--for Nan and for his own good name.
AS SUMMER TURNS TO autumn, a crisp chill fills the air, and suddenly the landscape is awash in color. This collection of poetry chronicles the splendor of our most brilliant season -- leaf by leaf -- from the golden days of September to the glittering first frosts of early winter. Here, the voices of twenty-five master poets, including William Butler Yeats, Walt Whitman, Mary Oliver, Robert Browning, and Edgar Allan Poe, resonate with the sense of wonder that fall stirs in all of us. Barbara Rogasky's eloquent selections are brought to life by Marc Tauss's lyrical photography, which captures the nuances of the poetry in a series of spectacular images. The result is a spellbinding journey that will delight the senses and bring comfort to the soul.
Mark Bittman's handy, healthy guide to greens--now back in print!Mark Bittman is one of the nation's best-known and most widely respected food writers. The author of the legendary How to Cook Everything and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, he's a master of the art of simple, healthy home cooking. In this new reissue of Leafy Greens, he describes and explains more than 30 different types of greens--from arugula to kale to wakame (a sea vegetable)--and offers healthy recipes for each green along the way. As one blogger celebrating the book recently put it, "it demystifies obscure greens and celebrates overlooked ones."You'll find more than 120 delicious anti-oxidant-packed recipes for salads, soups, stews, stir-fries, sautés, and more, as well as nutritional information, advice on buying and cooking greens, and which greens make good substitutes for one another.Includes more than 120 savory recipes like Bitter Greens with Bacon, Grilled Radicchio, and Risotto with Arugula and ShrimpFeatures more than 65 illustrations that help you quickly identify different types of greensBegins with a new Introduction by Mark BittmanIf you love healthy cooking or just love greens, this is your ultimate source for handy information, tasty recipes, and fresh meal ideas.
"PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS DO NOT SUSTAIN FREQUENT REPETITIVE BLOWS TO THE BRAIN ON A REGULAR BASIS."So concluded the National Football League in a December 2005 scientific paper on concussions in America's most popular sport. That judgment, implausible even to a casual fan, also contradicted the opinion of a growing cadre of neuroscientists who worked in vain to convince the NFL that it was facing a deadly new scourge: A chronic brain disease that was driving an alarming number of players -- including some of the all-time greats -- to madness.League of Denial reveals how the NFL, over a period of nearly two decades, sought to cover up and deny mounting evidence of the connection between football and brain damage.Comprehensively, and for the first time, award-winning ESPN investigative reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru tell the story of a public health crisis that emerged from the playing fields of our 21st century pastime. Everyone knew that football is violent and dangerous. But what the players who built the NFL into a $10 billion industry didn't know - and what the league sought to shield from them - is that no amount of padding could protect the human brain from the force generated by modern football; that the very essence of the game could be exposing these players to brain damage.In a fast-paced narrative that moves between the NFL trenches, America's research labs and the boardrooms where the NFL went to war against science, League of Denial examines how the league used its power and resources to attack independent scientists and elevate its own flawed research -- a campaign with echoes of Big Tobacco's fight to deny the connection between smoking and lung cancer. It chronicles the tragic fates of players like Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster, who was so disturbed at the time of his death he fantasized about shooting NFL executives; and former Chargers great Junior Seau, whose diseased brain became the target of an unseemly scientific battle between researchers and the NFL. Based on exclusive interviews, previously undisclosed documents and private emails, this is the story of what the NFL knew and when it knew it - questions at the heart of crisis that threatens football, from the highest levels all the way down to Pop Warner.
The conclusion to the League of Illusion trilogyFive years ago, Sebastian Davenport tried to go back in time to reverse a fatal mistake, but found himself trapped in another reality. Unaware of the jeopardy facing his family and the League of Illusion, he gave up his magic for a quiet life as a blacksmith. Quiet, until a monstrous three-headed goddess of war called the morrigan comes to town...Seeing Sebastian poised to charge the goddess, healer Drea Blairwood has no choice but to hit him over the head to stop him. Nursing the mysterious outsider back to health afterward is just an added benefit. She knows he's hiding something about his past, but has no idea what kind of adventure awaits them both.Sebastian has no desire to risk the life of anyone else, let alone someone as enticing as Drea. But after militant elves kidnap Drea, Sebastian needs to find a way to reclaim his magic. The fate of the League-and the world-hangs in the balance.39,000 words
Book two in the League of IllusionLondon, 1851With his brother Sebastian missing, illusionist Rhys Davenport is running out of time and leads. He knows only that Sebastian disappeared into Stonehenge and that an incomplete map is the key to finding him. And that the missing piece is in the possession of the unnervingly attractive psychic Corina Stratton.Corina has no intention of giving her part of the map to the haughty Rhys Davenport. In fact, she needs to steal his half so she can heal her mother's malevolent spirit. She heads to London, only to be chased by a revengeful sorcerer right into Rhys's arms. Although touched by Rhys's plight, she agrees to go on his crazy quest only to get an opportunity to take what she came for.With an airship full of fanatic elves after them, Rhys and Corina are forced into close quarters as they search for a portal. But to open it in time to find Sebastian, they must reconcile their differences and their growing feelings, or he'll be lost to them forever...38,000 words
Two brilliant operatives known as Saul and Drew are drawn together to solve a baffling mystery: Why have ten elderly men from around the world been kidnapped? As the agents investigate they are pulled into a violent cycle of revenge that stretches back to World War II--and is now forcing sons to pay for their father's darkest sins.David Morrell's international thrillers have no equal. From the Vatican to the Swiss Alps, from Australia to the heartland of America, The League of Night and Fog brings together two generations bound by one chilling legacy.From the Trade Paperback edition.
With dreams of marrying an Old Order Amish man, Leah Yoder plans on raising children in the peaceful Delaware community. But when Mennonite missionary Daniel Brown arrives to share his story with their church, Leah is fascinated by him. She spends time with Daniel in a forbidden courtship to learn how she truly feels about him. Before long, Leah has a choice to make. Should she stay with her community...or leave with the man she believes God has placed in her life's path?
LEAH'S JOURNEY is a sweeping novel of family relationships and cultural heritage--of the journeys men make and of the Jewish experience in twentieth-century America. It is the story of three generations of men and women, of the depths of their poverty and the heights of their prosperity, their warm days in love and their dark days at war, their conflicts and bonds with each other, and their unique personal efforts to grow and change. And it is the glowing story of one young woman: beautiful, passionate, and unsure, Leah Goldfeder makes a poignant journey in search of herself. Leah's saga begins when she and her husband flee the oppressions of the Old World to make a courageous new life in the melting pot of Manhattan's Lower East Side. The harshness of Leah's life there is tempered by personal rewards; and as we experience with her the roiling streets and cruel sweatshops of New York during the grim years of Depression, we come to know the friends and family who struggle at her side: David, her husband, who loves Leah passionately but can't reach out to her; Eli, a charismatic and idealistic union organizer who offers her the romance she can't seek from her husband; Aaron, Leah's son, obsessed with solving the mystery of his mother's detachment from him; Katie, Aaron's wife, who lives in a private hell her husband can't penetrate; Rebecca, Leah's daughter, adored, spoiled, and directionless, until she shoulders the responsibilities thrust on her by war; and Joshua, the amazing embodiment of the rags-to-riches ideal. These characters are fictional brothers and sisters of the self-made, self-educated, and self-assured men and women Irving Howe described in WORLD OF OUR FATHERS; and Gloria Goldreich, through her vivid sense of place and personality, evokes beautifully the sometimes painful, sometimes joyful process of their meshing into American life. As the panoramic background shifts from Manhattan's sweatshops to Israel's kibbutzim, from the Parisian world of high fashion to the gritty North African battlefields of World War II, from the lush suburbs of New York to the terrible wasteland of Nazi Germany, this splendid epic carries and moves the reader to the last. With LEAH'S JOURNEY, her first novel, Gloria Goldreich proves herself a storyteller in the finest tradition.
If you've ever dieted, you've undoubtedly worked very hard to achieve results--only to experience the disappointment of having the pounds creep back on. But now wellness expert Kathy Freston lets readers in on her secret: losing weight doesn't have to be difficult, and it can last. With this book she shares the powerful concept of The Lean--a radically effective approach to positive change--with a practical 30-day plan to transform your health and jump-start weight loss in the most gentle, easy, and automatic way possible. "Leaning in" is about setting an intention for what you want, weight- and health-wise, and then nudging yourself ever so gently in that direction, even if getting there seems impossible. It's about choosing to eat foods that are delicious, filling, and supportive of your goals. Each day of the scientifically based, vegan-friendly Lean plan, Kathy shows how to make and commit to small diet and lifestyle changes that, over time, yield unexpectedly significant results--something as simple as swapping in nondairy milk for cow's milk, eating an apple a day, or having an afternoon power shake. These changes propel you almost effortlessly into a forward momentum of ever more healthy choices, and work together to bolster your progress. There are only two rules: 1. All you need is the willingness to take just one step. 2. As you add the healthier foods to your diet, eat the new foods first. By gradually adding in these nutrient-dense and fiber-rich foods, you'll crowd out the problem foods, feel fuller for longer, and simply stop feeling cravings. On Kathy's Lean plan, readers can experience sustained, healthy, and permanent weight loss of 1-3 pounds per week-plus increased energy, improved digestion, clearer skin, and renewed purpose. Complete with exercises, recipes, and powerful testimonials, The Lean offers not only a truly leaner frame, but also the little push we all need to get on the path to lasting change.
As organizations strive to maximize efficiency to meet stringent budgets, a general "do more with less" mandate is no longer sufficient. Managers and executives must evaluate every process and every role, and do away with assumptions about how work gets done and who does it. Lean but Agile presents a system for analyzing work and selecting the ideal combination of cost-effective resources-employees, consultants, contractors, temporary workers, vendors-to accomplish it. The book advocates changes in hiring, goal-setting, learning and development, and performance management, and discusses the introduction, implementation, and management of lean work and agile staffing methods. It also explores the fundamental role technology can play in the transformation. Packed with practical advice, examples, guides, worksheets, diagrams, and metrics, Lean but Agile will help leaders, managers, and human resource professionals optimize their workforces while still achieving superior results.
What is a "lean" enterprise? According to the authors of this breakthrough book, it's a company that has organized and focused itself around only a few key processes rather than spread itself over a complex hierarchy. In a "fat" company, the focus is on departments (such as sales, quality control, or research). In a lean organization, the focus is on a few big-picture processes, such as developing new business. This change in emphasis is the critical difference between innovative firms and the lethargic pack of also-rans. This eye-opening book: ** explores "process management" as a corporate strategy -- and how to implement it ** presents insightful case studies of several companies and their journeys toward process-driven competitive strategies ** explains the four primary processes vital to all companies
Achieve the lean, fit look of a professional athlete in just twelve weeks with this straightforward fitness plan. New studies are confirming what Paul Goldberg has already observed in his high-profile clients: getting leaner--not just thinner--is the single most important change that we can make to feel and look our best. What many Americans struggle with today is known as normal weight obesity: normal body weight, but high body-fat percentage, which can lead to serious health problems. Now Goldberg has developed an effective plan to lower body fat by eating the right foods and building muscle. The twelve-week Lean Look program requires no fancy equipment, takes thirty minutes a day, six days a week, and can easily be done at home. Goldberg shows how to add foods to your diet that promote muscle development, cut back on foods that encourage fat storage, time your meals for optimal nutrition, and exercise to burn fat. With over 100 photographs, a Lean Look journal, body-fat tables, and a four-week meal plan,The Lean Lookis a straightforward guide to getting the sculpted, athletic body you've always wanted.
A military consultant, Rafe McClain, returns home to Texas in answer to a plea for help from an old friend. He finds his friend missing, and has to work with his friend's sister, his old sweetheart, to find out what's going on. Romance and suspense. Some sex scenes.
Two complete novels in one volume describe how two not-so-conventional cowboys live by the code of the West. In Broadrick's "Lean, Mean and Lonesome, " a mercenary returns to his hometown to the woman he's never been able to forget. In Thacker's "A Shotgun Wedding, " when an upstanding physician is caught in a compromising position with a woman, her reputation demands he marries her.
New secrets, old flames, and hidden agendas are about to send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most outrageous adventure yet! MISTAKE #1 Dickie Orr Stephanie was married to him for about fifteen minutes before she caught him cheating on her with her archnemesis, Joyce Barnhardt. Another fifteen minutes after that, Stephanie filed for divorce, hoping never to see either one of them again. MISTAKE #2 Doing favors for super bounty hunter Carlos Manoso (aka Ranger) Ranger needs Stephanie to meet with Dickie and find out if he's doing something shady. Turns out, he is. Turns out, Dickie's also back to doing Joyce Barnhardt. And it turns out Ranger's favors always come with a price. . . . MISTAKE #3 Going completely nutso while doing the favor for Ranger, and trying to apply bodily injury to Dickie in front of the entire office Now Dickie has disappeared, and Stephanie is the natural suspect in his disappearance. Is Dickie dead? Can he be found? And can Stephanie Plum stay one step ahead in this new, dangerous game? Joe Morelli, the hottest cop in Trenton, New Jersey, is also keeping Stephanie on her toes---and he may know more than he's saying about many things in Stephanie's life. It's a cat-and-mouse game for Stephanie Plum wherein the ultimate prize might be her life.
Lisa Druxman, a certified personal trainer and fitness professional,knows one of the challenges new moms face: How do I get back into shape after giving birth? After Lisa gave birth to her first child, she developed exercises that she could do with her baby, using power walks, the stroller, and exercise tubing. Now she brings the proven techniques of Stroller Strides to moms everywhere, with a total fitness program for pre- and postnatal fitness and nutrition. In addition to stroller-based workouts, Lisa outlines front-pack carrier workouts and eating plans to combat post-baby weight gain, energy loss, and mood swings. LEAN MOMMY gives moms the ability to have it all: satisfying workouts, real results, and bonding time with baby.
Cassidy Clarke once climbed the world's highest mountains, but after an unexpected illness ends her career she's back in her hometown, broke and hoping for a little luck. But the townsfolk aren't exactly putting out a welcome mat for the woman who once snubbed them in the media, despite her apologies now. Mitch Anders knows someone has set up camp on the grounds of his plant nursery, and he's surprised to find his sexy high school crush ducking questions about where she's staying. Though he's sworn to stop cleaning up other people's messes, Mitch offers Cassidy a job and a place to stay-his place. Bed-sharing optional, but definitely welcome.Out of options and too attracted to Mitch to keep things platonic, Cassidy says yes to his offer. She wants to get back on her feet financially and start a new career. She never expects to suffer a different kind of fall, one that has her believing Mitch just might bring her something bigger and better than luck.
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