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Learn how to add WOW! to your products, services, and everyday work in order to increase sales as well as advance your career.
What makes certain products gain mass appeal, acquire a dedicated following, and draw customers to wait in line for the latest version? Why do some restaurants book out weeks in advance and create buzz among would-be patrons? How are certain employees able to energize their colleagues and elicit enthusiastic participation during meetings? What sets these notable products, services, and employees apart is their flair – their charm, panache, liveliness, and energy.
Flair shows how to add meaning and joy to your products, services, and everyday work. Employing principles and practices developed from interviews and research with design firms, artists, and business experts, the authors show that anyone can create inspiring flair – not only in products and services but in their own daily work – in reports, presentations, and meetings.
The benefits of flair for your company are an exceptional reputation, increased sales, and premium prices. For you, flair increases management’s appreciation of your work, enabling you to stand out and advance your career. And once you fully understand flair, you’ll see that creating it can be fun.
David Bloom, a reporter for NBC’s The Today Show, was covering the war in Iraq when he died from deep vein thrombosis – a blood clot caused by immobility. That is why Maggie Melanson wrote this book – to educate others about the importance of keeping active, fit, healthy and moving while traveling. In this book, she introduces her Fly Fit program and the benefits of trying yoga poses, resistance exercises, ballet stretches, aerobics and stress reduction techniques while seated on a plane or at the airport. Even if you’re at a desk all day, the Fly Fit program can help you rev up your metabolism. Maggie knows what she is talking about when it comes to health. She lost 50 pounds herself and went on to open a healthy catering company in 1997. In 10 chapters, she discusses: What happens to your mind and body when you fly and what can you do about it; The benefits of in-flight exercise; Making the most of exercise while you travel; Exercise in the airline terminal; In-flight exercises; Getting the most out of exercise at your destination; Packing power snacks for travel; Straighten up and fly right; Meditation and relaxation. You’ll learn the best seat assignments on a plane for doing exercises, how to spot workout opportunities such as an empty terminal or a staircase, foods to stay away from on flights and many more tips for moving and staying healthy.
“Keep healthy while flying and lower your risk for blood clots Fly Fit By Maggie Melanson David Bloom, a reporter for NBC s The Today Show, was covering the war in Iraq when he died from deep vein thrombosis a blood clot caused by immobility. That is why Maggie Melanson wrote this book to educate others about the importance of keeping active, fit, healthy and moving while traveling. In this book, she introduces her Fly Fit program and the benefits of trying yoga poses, resistance exercises, ballet stretches, aerobics and stress reduction techniques while seated on a plane or at the airport. Even if you re at a desk all day, the Fly Fit program can help you rev up your metabolism. Maggie knows what she is talking about when it comes to health. She lost 50 pounds herself and went on to open a healthy catering company in 1997. In 10 chapters, she discusses: · What happens to your mind and body when you fly and what can you do about it · The benefits of in-flight exercise · Making the most of exercise while you travel · Exercise in the airline terminal · In-flight exercises · Getting the most out of exercise at your destination · Packing power snacks for travel · Straighten up and fly right · Meditation and relaxation You ll learn the best seat assignments on a plane for doing exercises, how to spot workout opportunities such as an empty terminal or a staircase, foods to stay away from on flights and many more tips for moving and staying healthy. ”
There is a seismic shift underway in the employer/employee relationship that is redefining the nature of jobs and careers. Sole proprietors and independent contractors now represent more than 20 percent of the workforce, and that number is expected to reach nearly 50 percent within the next 10 years.
Despite the proliferation of people engaging in freelance and contract work, however, the path to success is not always easy. Free Agent: The Independent Professional’s Roadmap to Self-Employment Success details a pragmatic action plan to help you succeed in this new skills marketplace.
Supplying practical strategies to help you get ahead of the change and become an in-demand resource with a steady stream of income, the book describes how work is changing and what is driving the growth of freelancing. Next, it explains how to get your new independent venture off the ground, how to find your first client, and what you need to know to avoid common pitfalls.
To transition successfully from employee to free agent, you must have a plan to avoid the pitfalls and a support team to give you the expertise on complicated topics such as business structure, contracts, and accounting. This book is your guide to successfully navigating the transition.
Detailing the tools and practices that will enable you to succeed as a free agent, the book includes case studies and interviews with those who have already made the transition. The book concludes by describing how to optimize your new freelance work style to make the most of your time and energy, so you can focus on doing more of what you love.
In 2007, Chloe Lizotte, then a student in middle school, wrote an “Historical Thoughtleader Profile” on Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the women’s suffrage leader, which she then published on a website. A few isableays later, she received a request from a professional women’s website called Women in Technology International (WITI) which wanted to re-publish it. That was the beginning of Chloe’s journey into professional publishing which, over the ensuring years, included a series of columns on still more historical “thoughtleaders” for The Concord Journal as well as music and arts reviews in her high school newspaper The Voice (which she also served as editor-in-chief) and various op-ed pieces, reviews, news reports and reflective essays in prominent journals like Teen Ink, The Real Musician, Booklore, The Pulitzer Center, CEO Refresher and Op-Ed News. The next step logically implied a book, resulting in “Fresh Ink: Published Writings,” a compilation of all her published content. Each chapter in “Fresh Ink” is a previously published work specifically selected for publication by an editor. No chapter content in “Fresh Ink” has been included that does not meet that requirement. “The essays in my book reflect where I’ve been, what I’ve seen, how I’ve reacted and what I’ve concluded,” Chloe explains. “They speak to my journey up to this stage in my life.” Chapter topics in the book range from music reviews (“The Suburbs” and “The King of Limbs”) to literary legends (Hemingway, J.D. Salinger) to political history (The 1920s youth culture, Martin Luther King) to Steve Carell’s leaving “The Office” to profiles of historical eccentrics, movie reviews, a report on the 2011 summer London riots and a self-reflection titled “The Thoreau Challenge.” A comment online of the website that published Chloe’s essay on Martin Luther King remarked: “(Chloe is) an amazingly cogent thinker, proving that age has nothing to do with intellect, discernment, wisdom, and that all-important passion for one’s subject matter — and for truth.” Another commenter confided: “I was about to give up on our youth but your wonderful writing has renewed my faith.” Now a member of Yale’s class of 2016, Chloe graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School in 2012 after serving as editor-in-chief of its student newspaper The Voice and music director of its radio station WIQH-FM. In addition to her column about “historical eccentrics” in the town of Concord’s weekly newspaper The Concord Journal, she also won the 2011 University of Virginia Book Award. Her twice-monthly radio show on WIQH achieved the station’s “Outstanding Show of the Year” award three years running. She is also an accomplished piano and guitar player, an avid snowboarder, kayaker and runner, and a talented videographer. Chloe’s reporting on the London riots for the renowned Pulitzer Center happened largely due to her love of all things British, including four trips to London and a summer study program at Cambridge College (2011). She has also visited Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Montreal and Paris. She lives with her family in Concord, Massachusetts.
This guide aims to help professionals take stock of their job situation, their skills, talents, values and competencies, and position themselves to move up. It shows how to handle office politics, build valuable connections, and define themselves as knowledgeable and skilled in new arenas.
From body piercings to resumes to wardrobe, Goodbye College, Hello Life! author Lisa Brock goes where others fear to tread, tackling subjects that are rarely discussed in the standard advice book. As mentor and boss to hundreds of young men and women in her 30-year career, she has written a no-nonsense, no-holds-barred book for this generation of young people.
Goodbye College, Hello Life! – is not your standard I did it, and so can you advice book. It won t give you step-by-step instructions on how to write a resume or do a standard job search—there are dozens of authors who do a fine job with that.
This book is different.
Why is it that some job seekers get turned down for positions they are qualified for?
Why do others fail to make it through the first six weeks, when companies assess how well probationary hires fit within the organization?
And how can someone who partied through college without a goal get back on track and end up in their dream job?
In Goodbye College, Hello Life! Lisa Brock sits on the other side of the hiring desk, across from the interviewee, and explains what the manager, HR professional, or executive is really thinking when he or she meets a job seeker for the first time. Whether it s the basics of grooming or communication or interoffice relationships, her real-life anecdotes and examples of screw-ups and move-ups provide some of the most-important life lessons you ll ever get.
Committed to the personal and professional development of young people, Lisa Brock takes what she has learned as a marketing and public relations executive, crisis intervention mediator, coach, mom, and university educator and uses it to help today s generation of young adults enter the real-life, no-nonsense world of work, find their dream job, and keep it.
It’s time for women to take charge, says successful businesswoman Vicki Donlan. In a spirited call to action, she covers the challenges, opportunities, prospects, and emerging roles for female leaders in a wide spectrum of fields including business, politics, education, healthcare, law, and nonprofits. Best, she buttresses her points through original interviews with women leaders in many fields―including Teresa Heinz Kerry, Chairman, Heinz Family Philanthropies; Gail Deegan, Board Member, TJX Companies and EMC; and Ann Caldwell, Chair, Commission on Women in Higher Education, American Council on Education. This book, both guide and manifesto, offers both women and men a blueprint for establishing a new model of leadership that can take advantage of the skill, passion, and wisdom of women everywhere.
Familiar statistics demonstrate the continued inequality in pay between women and men, the dearth of women on the boards and in the executive suites of major corporations, and the challenges that women face in breaking down barriers in politics, science, law, healthcare, and other male-dominated professions. As Donlan reminds us, women have always had to fight to gain access to basic privileges, such as education and the right to vote. And yet, dig deeper, and the numbers are beginning to tell a different story. For example, women currently start two out of every three new businesses. Once started, women-owned businesses are more likely to be in operation at the crucial make-or-break five-year mark and less likely to be in debt than those established by men. A recent study finds that the most profitable Fortune 100 companies are those with women on the board, and networks are developing to raise funds for women political candidates, who are beating their male opponents with increasing regularity. In short, women have the numbers, talents, determination, and willingness to lead, and a groundswell that has the potential to result in dramatic change is building. Drawing from interviews with dozens of pioneers in business, politics, education, healthcare, philanthropy, and other fields, Donlan argues that women are poised to shatter the glass ceiling, but only if they start working together to make it happen.
This is a historic time: As this book argues, if women organize more effectively, the emergence of a new model of leadership―one that includes women at the highest reaches of society―is inevitable.
Stop thinking about profits and start thinking about how to create better experiences. How to Grow a Business by Putting People First, by Lewis Green is about changing the way you do business. It introduces a business model that will result in growth, revenues and profits and a better world in which to do business, work and live. It is written to inspire executives, managers and entrepreneurs to invest in this way of doing business and make it the first step to changing the world we live in. Learn how to meet and exceed other people s wants, needs and desires by creating great experiences for employees, customers sand citizens. Discover how to put people first not profits to create happiness and deliver products and services people want and need at prices that deliver value. How to Grow a Business by Putting People First will shake you up with strategies and ideas that require total commitment from you and everyone in your business. In 11 chapters, the book paints a picture of what happiness is from a business perspective. Topics include: · Measuring business success · Building your business · Building a powerful brand · Strategic plans that work · Sales and marketing that work · Doing the right thing · You can change the world Author Lewis Green knows this business model works. He points to Starbuck s, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, 3M and Wells Fargo as examples of corporation that have implemented many parts of it and are among America s most successful businesses.
It’s the late summer of 1966 in a small town in upstate New York when the body of eight year old Michael Vogel is found at the bottom of the deep end of the municipal swimming pool four hours after closing.
At first, the townspeople believe the initial reports that it was an accidental drowning, despite the fact that the boy’s body wasn’t discovered when the lifeguards searched the pool earlier in the day after his sister reported him missing. However, when an autopsy reveals an unexpected result, it sets in motion a search for a killer in a town unaccustomed to murder.
The story is told from the perspective of three members of the community: a twelve year old boy with a future he hopes to avoid; a sheriff with a past he wishes to forget; and a forty year old bachelor with a secret he wants desperately to protect. Their stories all come together in a startling and thrilling conclusion that helps to provide a measure of redemption for each of them.
Indispensable Employees: How to Hire Them, How to Keep Them was written to help all those organizations who know they need to adapt to the new economy, but don’t quite know how. It was written to help organizations start thinking again about how they can hold on to their best workers, despite what their competitors are offering. It was written to help organizations surmount the challenges of this new full-employment economy and hire and retain the most competent, motivated, and diverse workforce possible.
Indispensable Employees: How to Hire Them, How to Keep Them will show organizations how to:
If you buy insurance, drive a car, ride in a car, ride a bike or walk on roads where cars drive, this book is a must read. Exceptionally different than the books written by attorneys, this book is written by an injured person who recovered more than a quarter-million dollars. Based on a true story, the author takes you through the events immediately following an accident all the way to settling multiple insurance claims and a lawsuit. At every step along the way, there is a clear description of the pitfalls to avoid so that you too can maximize the money you receive.
And for those who haven’t had an accident – this book is a must read because it will give you the insight you need to choose the right auto and medical insurance companies so that you and your family members are protected when an accident occurs. Consumers have no idea what has occurred in the insurance industry over the last two decades. These changes will directly affect whether you will be compensated following an accident. After reading this book, you will be prepared to:
The final two chapters of the book analyze the insurance industry, documenting how insurance companies systematically delay and deny claims. Reading these chapters will create a shocking awareness that consumers are buying a product called insurance, but in fact are spending hard-earned money with companies that no longer honor the insurance contracts they sell. The final chapter lays out a clear plan for what consumers can do to protect them from buying insurance that won’t protect them.
This book presents the results of research on why individual life and health insurers have not been highly successful at selling protection products in the mid-market. The author concludes that the primary impediment to success is the cumbersome new business process, which she considers to be very treatable! She introduces the concept of RAD – Rapid Assessment & Delivery – to dramatically reduce new business costs and the turnaround time from taking an application to delivering a policy. For a preview of the first chapter, look the book up on Google.
Intangible Capital: Putting Knowledge to Work in the 21st-Century Organization is for every manager struggling to succeed and innovate in today’s knowledge-based economy. This must-have handbook helps businesspeople build smarter, more successful companies by maximizing the knowledge that is already inside their organizations.
Most businesspeople have heard of the growing importance of knowledge workers, information technology, innovation, networks, reputation, and performance management. Like no other guidebook, Intangible Capitalshows how each of these trends fit into an overall discipline of intangibles management. The book takes the ten basic building blocks of traditional, industrial-era businesses and defines their knowledge-era equivalents–intangibles as the new raw material, intellectual capital (IC) as the new production line, IC assessment as the new balance sheet, and networks as the new organizational chart.
This approach provides a clear road map for managers adapting to the realities of business today, one that helps translate the new world of the knowledge-based economy into understandable terms and ready-to-implement ideas.