Summary: In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented....+
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented transformation. While the networks continued to chase the lowest common denominator, a wave of new shows dramatically stretched television’s narrative inventiveness, emotional resonance, and artistic ambition. No longer necessarily concerned with creating always-likable characters, plots that always wrapped up neatly, or subjects that were deemed safe, shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos, Mad Men, Deadwood, The Shield, and more tackled issues of life and death, love and sexuality, addiction, race, violence, and existential boredom. Television shows became the place to go to see stories of the triumph and betrayals of the American Dream.
This revolution happened at the hands of a new breed of auteur: the all-powerful writer-showrunner. These were men nearly as complicated, idiosyncratic, and “difficult” as the conflicted protagonists that defined the genre. Given the chance to make art in a maligned medium, they fell upon the opportunity with unchecked ambition.
Combining deep reportage with cultural analysis and historical context, Brett Martin recounts the rise and inner workings of a genre that represents not only a new golden age for television but also a cultural watershed. Difficult Men features extensive interviews with all the major players, including David Chase (The Sopranos), David Simon and Ed Burns (The Wire), Matthew Weiner and Jon Hamm (Mad Men), David Milch (NYPD Blue, Deadwood), and Alan Ball (Six Feet Under), in addition to dozens of other writers, directors, studio executives, actors, production assistants, makeup artists, script supervisors, and so on. Martin takes us behind the scenes of our favorite shows, delivering never-before-heard story after story and revealing how cable television has distinguished itself dramatically from the networks, emerging from the shadow of film to become a truly significant and influential part of our culture.
Summary: Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known....+
Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known phenomenon called “self-deception.” We deceive ourselves into thinking we’re doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won’t follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don’t know that our motivation is flawed. Through an entertaining and highly instructive story, this audiobook explains what self-deception is, how people get trapped in it, how it undermines relationships and organizational achievement, and--most importantly--the surprising way to solve it.
Summary: Blow away the competition--and your own expectations--using advice that starts....+
Blow away the competition--and your own expectations--using advice that starts with one simple concept: focus!
There are countless books, seminars, and consultants that offer the secrets to everlasting business success. After heeding their advice, perhaps you manage your time more efficiently, write a compelling pitch letter, or close a few more deals. But after a week or a month, you revert to your old bad habits and mediocre performance, until the next hot new program comes along. The only lasting way to enhance your productivity and growth is to focus on a handful of basic concepts and repeat them week after week--and teach your staff to do the same.
This book shows how to tune up virtually every area of your business, systematically, with just a little disciplined focus. Spend an hour per week on each “impact area” of your business and you will be astonished at how much you can accomplish.
Summary: Forget the old concepts of retirement and a deferred life plan. There is no....+
Forget the old concepts of retirement and a deferred life plan. There is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. For living more and working less, this book is the blueprint. This expanded edition includes dozens of practical tips and case studies from readers who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.
Summary: Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision....+
Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; ...who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”--Theodore Roosevelt. Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, her book argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth--and trust--in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.
Summary: Leadership is leadership, no matter where you go or what you do. Yet sometimes....+
Leadership is leadership, no matter where you go or what you do. Yet sometimes life can be difficult, and even the most seasoned leaders can find themselves in need of encouragement. In Life Promises for Leaders, motivational teacher and trainer Zig Ziglar provides a collection of inspirational readings and Bible promises to encourage strong leadership in families, in friendships, at work, with finances, and at church. Filled with easily applicable Bible verses, reflective questions, and inspiring readings, Life Promises for Leaders is the perfect daily encouragement for all those looking to reach their potential, strengthen their relationships, and inspire others to do the same.
Summary: Change the way you think about leadership. At the age of 33, Dr. Albert Mohler....+
Change the way you think about leadership. At the age of 33, Dr. Albert Mohler became the youngest president in the 153-year history of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was the driving force behind the school’s transformation into a thriving institution with an international reputation characterized by a passionate conviction for truth. In the process, he became one of the most important and prominent Christian voices in contemporary culture. What will it take to transform your leadership? Effective leaders need more than administrative skills and vision. They need to be able to change the hearts and minds of those they lead. Leadership like this requires passionate beliefs that can stand up to pressure from outside and within. Now, for the first time, Dr. Mohler reveals 25 principles to crystallize your convictions, while revolutionizing your thinking, your decision making, your communication, and ultimately those you lead.
Summary: Stop being average at so many things, and become extraordinary at one big thing.....+
Stop being average at so many things, and become extraordinary at one big thing. What were you born to accomplish with your life? One Big Thing will help you discover what you were born to do and allow it to revolutionize your business, your ministry, and your life. In today’s distracted, digital culture, it’s harder than ever to identify your calling, get your voice heard, and achieve your dreams. To stand out and communicate your ideas and message, you need to cut through the clutter and get noticed. Making that happen means focusing on the one thing that drives you, inspires your passion, and separates you from the pack. If you’ve ever felt pulled in different directions or wondered what to do with your varied talents and interests, Phil Cooke will teach you the secrets of living a life-on-purpose that rises above the noise and leaves a lasting mark on the world.
Summary: Crazy co-workers stressing you out? Here's the solution. Let’s face it. Some....+
Crazy co-workers stressing you out? Here's the solution. Let’s face it. Some people just don’t listen, don’t care, and aren’t willing to compromise. And you probably work with some of them. The incomprehensible supervisor. The person in the next office who chats more than works. The customer who, by the way, isn’t always right. The good news is, it doesn’t take two people to change a relationship in the workplace. It takes one--you! Now the bestselling author of Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People offers expert advice to help you not only get along with co-workers who get under your skin, but actually succeed at work in spite of them. You’ll learn how to be unflappable, imperturbable, and unflustered in every workplace situation. Less stress at work can start today. So what are you waiting for?
Summary: You don't have to be controlled by difficult people! Strange as it may seem,....+
You don't have to be controlled by difficult people! Strange as it may seem, other people are not nearly as committed to our happiness as we are. In fact, sometimes it seems like they’re on a mission to make us miserable! There’s always that one person. The one who hijacks our emotions. The one who seems to thrive on drama. If we could just “fix” that person, everything would be better. But we can’t fix other people. We can only make choices about ourselves. In this cut-to-the-chase audio book, communication expert Mike Bechtle shows you how to stop being a victim of other people’s craziness. With commonsense wisdom and proactive advice that you can put into practice immediately, Bechtle gives you a proven strategy to handle crazy people -- and stay sane while doing it. There will always be difficult people. But this fresh perspective on dealing with them can change your life -- starting today!
Summary: Drawing on the surprising results of the author’s American Truth Survey,....+
Drawing on the surprising results of the author’s American Truth Survey, The Truth Advantage is the ultimate guide to putting your mind at rest, getting your life back on track, and making the most of every personal, social, and business relationship. Studies have shown that most of us lie once or twice a day and deceive at least thirty people every week. We pay a high price for our lies--the mental energy it takes to concoct and remember them, the emotional stress caused by fear of getting caught in one, and the damage to our reputation when we do get caught--but it doesn’t have to be that way. In The Truth Advantage, prominent trial attorney and Fox News Channel legal analyst Lis Wiehl reveals that telling the truth is easier than lying. Telling the truth makes other people respect you and encourages them to be truthful with you. Honesty forges deep, powerful, and life-changing bonds that make every part of your life happier and more rewarding. In this transformative guide, Lis Wiehl helps you become more forthright, less evasive, and true to your word. Using straightforward techniques that have helped her achieve positive results using truth in her own life as a mother and TV personality, she introduces The 7 Keys to a Happy and Fulfilling Life. The Truth Advantage shows you how to become someone you’d like to have as a friend, as a colleague, and as a partner by discovering how to listen, get your facts straight, and choose the right time to deliver important truths. Nobody’s perfect, but for many people, the most difficult kind of truth telling is the admission that you have done something wrong or made a mistake. Citing examples from everyday life to very public scandals, Wiehl argues that honesty is always the best policy and gives practical advice on how to respond when confronted with your own misdeeds. Some people say hurtful things in public and excuse themselves by claiming they’re just “being honest.” Wiehl shares her time tested ground rules for addressing hard truths with the people you care about with the least amount of pain and the best chance of a positive outcome. It’s one thing to be truthful yourself--quite another to know whether others are being truthful with you. Using her Lie Detector Test, Wiehl gives you the way to determine whether you’re being told the truth--not for the triumph of catching someone in a lie but to encourage greater honesty among friends, family, and coworkers. This one-of-a-kind audio book will help you become the best, most powerful person you can be by using one uncomplicated tool--the Truth Advantage.
Summary: You can reduce stress and enjoy your life! Homemaker, career woman, wife, supermom--sometimes....+
You can reduce stress and enjoy your life! Homemaker, career woman, wife, supermom--sometimes the roles you have to fill all at once can get to be too much. Internationally known psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman has seen scores of women who are overcome by stress. With humor, insight, and practical solutions, this bestselling author helps you manage the six stress points in your life: kids, career, husband, housework, money, and crammed schedules. You'll learn how to check your stress quotient, the simple secret to reducing stress, the wonders of using reality discipline with your kids, ways to beat the superwoman syndrome, and how to cope with two careers--at work and at home. Listen to this audio book and find out how to begin enjoying a more serene lifestyle by making stress work for you.
Summary: Finally, a much-needed biblical resource for individuals and small groups that....+
Finally, a much-needed biblical resource for individuals and small groups that addresses money and ministry in the marketplace. Every life requires a spiritual foundation. “Grandfather, you left this . . . .” Julio lifted the leather-bound journal and stepped toward the old man. “It is yours now,” said Antonio, with a gleam in his eye. “I’ve lived my life according to the twelve principles recorded in it. And if you will apply its principles as I did, your success will be greater than you could ever imagine.” Be a minister in the marketplace. Terry Felber's story of the monk and the merchant, set in Rome during the Renaissance, is full of sixteenth-century adventure and real-world truth. As his tale unfolds, Felber asks and answers questions about family, creativity, innovation in business, and God. As he explains in a new foreword, this book helped Dave Ramsey rediscover the marketplace as a mission field -- and merchants as ministers. Now let it open your eyes to the opportunities for service and leadership all around you. Are you ready for a change? The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant will change the way you see yourself, your job, and your purpose.
Summary: The Oz Principle is the groundbreaking work that demonstrates the vital role....+
The Oz Principle is the groundbreaking work that demonstrates the vital role of accountability in the achievement of business results and the improvement of both individual and organizational performance. With more than a half million copies sold, The Oz Principle has emerged as one of the most influential and useful business ideas of recent times. The Oz Principle shows how to overcome The Blame Game that is so prevalent in organizations today. By taking the Steps to Accountability® and helping people See It®, Own It®, Solve It®, and Do It®, the authors help people move Above the Line® to take ownership for overcoming obstacles and getting results. The audio book spells out how to capture the power of positive accountability by helping people at every level of the organization ask the question, “What else can I do?” to achieve the result. The Oz Principle changed the fate of hundreds of companies because it works! People want to be accountable. Taking ownership of a business is exciting. So is improved performance. That’s why accountability has become a core management value for thousands of organizations throughout the world.
Summary: Is appreciation communicated regularly at your workplace? Do you truly feel....+
Is appreciation communicated regularly at your workplace? Do you truly feel valued by those with whom you work? If you express appreciation in ways that aren’t meaningful to your coworkers, they may not feel valued at all. The problem is you’re speaking different languages. In The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Paul White will help you: • Express genuine appreciation to coworkers and staff - even on a tight budget. • Increase loyalty with the employees and volunteers in your organization. • Reduce cynicism and create a more positive work environment. • Individualize your expressions of appreciation by speaking the right language. Based on the #1 New York Times best seller The 5 Love Languages, Dr. Chapman and Dr. White give you practical steps to make any workplace environment more encouraging and productive. You will learn to speak and understand the unique languages of appreciation and feel truly valued in return.
Summary: "I said I was sorry!" Real life involves real people who make real mistakes.....+
"I said I was sorry!" Real life involves real people who make real mistakes. Sometimes saying “I’m sorry” just isn’t enough. The need for apologies impacts all human relationships. The good news is that you can learn the art of apology. Through their research and interaction with hundreds of individuals, counselor Dr. Jennifer Thomas and Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the revolutionary The Five Love Languages, have discovered five fundamental aspects or “languages” of an apology: Expressing regret ("I am sorry."), accepting responsibility ("I was wrong"), making restitution ("What can I do to make it right?"), genuinely repenting ("I'll try not to do that again."), and requesting forgiveness ("Will you please forgive me?"). In The Five Languages of Apology, you will learn how to recognize your own primary apology language while speaking the languages of those you love. Understanding and applying the five languages of an apology will greatly enhance all of your relationships.
Summary: Only a few months ago, he was a successful executive. Now he’s a desperate....+
Only a few months ago, he was a successful executive. Now he’s a desperate man. But a divine adventure is about to unfold. Join David Ponder on an incredible journey that will help you discover the Seven Decisions for Success. In the tradition of best-selling books by Og Mandino, The Traveler’s Gift is destined to become a classic.
Summary: Today’s super negotiator has to be a versatile problem solver, seeking hard-bargain....+
Today’s super negotiator has to be a versatile problem solver, seeking hard-bargain results with a soft touch. With punch and panache, Bob Mayer shows you how to make the grade, revealing powerful negotiating tools drawn from a unique blend of sources, including: Recent advances in psychology, linguistics, trial advocacy, sales, and management communications-the cutting edge of the art of performance. Tips, tricks, and techniques from 200 of the world’s masters--the legendary street and bazaar merchants of Bombay, Istanbul, Cairo, and Shanghai. Mayer’s own "been there, done that" years as a lawyer representing thousands of clients (from foreign government agencies and mega-corporations to some of the world’s best-known actors, authors, and athletes), negotiating deals on everything from amphitheaters to Zero aircraft. You’ll learn what works-and what doesn’t-when you’re up against a stone wall...or your ideas are being rejected...or you’re confronted with hostility and anger. Included is the highly acclaimed Deal Maker’s Playbook, a collection of step-by-step "how-to’s" and "what-to’s" for 38 common negotiating situations, such as, buying a car, leasing an apartment, dealing with the IRS, interviewing for a job, buying a franchise, and getting out of debt. It’s all here-the fancy footwork and magic moves for outgunning, outmaneuvering, and out-negotiating the other person. And the techniques for developing life skills that will dramatically enhance your chances of professional success and personal satisfaction. About the Author: Larry King calls Bob Mayer "a lawyer's lawyer." He has appeared on over 130 radio and television shows and has conducted negotiating workshops for UCLA, the University of Southern California, Tulane University, Pepperdine University, various governmental authorities, private companies, and professional associations. He lives in Los Angeles. About the Narrator: David Drummond has been making his living as an actor for over 20 years, in theatre, film, TV, voice-overs and, now, long-form narration.
Summary: In today's hurly-burly work environment, many businesspeople find it challenging....+
In today's hurly-burly work environment, many businesspeople find it challenging to avoid distraction, stay focused, use their time and energy to maximum benefit, and gain ground on important goals and outcomes. One study by the Families and Work Institute found that one third of Americans are overworked and more than 50 percent of those surveyed say they are either doing too many tasks at the same time or are frequently interrupted during the workday--or both. In short, we are overloaded! Time Management In An Instant helps people overcome the feeling of overload and outlines the best practices for improving everyday work situations including: * Harnessing the power of completion. * Linking your core values to key projects. * Finding the power of mini-tasks. * Playing the 80/20 game of accomplishment. * Getting a procrastination inoculation. Time Management In An Instant avoid the traps that lead to an unproductive relationship with time. It offers field-tested time habits and expert advice based on the latest research that will help the reader better manage, create, and spend their time with more satisfaction and results! About the Author: Karen Leland and Keith Bailey are partners in Sterling Consulting Group and have co-authored Customer Service For Dummies and Watercooler Wisdom. Their consulting clients include Microsoft, American Express, AT&T, Roche, Marriott Hotels, Oracle and Luftansa. They have been interviewed by Time, Newsweek, The New york Times, CNN, Fortune, Entrepreneur and Oprah. About the Narrator: Kate Pippinger is an actress and voiceover artist who makes her home on quaint Bainbridge Island near Seattle, Washington. For over 10 years, she has performed in theaters across the region with an emphasis on musical theatre.
Summary: Successful professionals tend to behave differently from others--they network....+
Successful professionals tend to behave differently from others--they network their way to job and career success. They learn to build and nurture large supportive networks of individuals who can help them both find jobs and get ahead in their careers.
Here’s the audiobook that reveals the key skills and behaviors of savvy networkers. Rather than sit passively on the sidelines waiting for jobs and promotions to come to them, savvy networkers develop proactive communication strategies that involve three key sets for personal and professional success:
· make connections
· build relationships
· nurture networks
Rich with insights and analyses, this audiobook serves as a primer for anyone wishing to penetrate today’s hidden job market. About the Author: Caryl Rae Krannich Ph.D, based out of Washington, DC, is a seasoned public speaker and trainer to thousands of speakers. An author of over 30 business and personal development books, 101 Secrets of Highly Effective Speakers is her latest release. About the Narrator: Lynn Filusch, a film and stage actress, has narrated for numerous audiobooks, CD-ROMs and radio shows. She has appeared in the television movie "NetForce" and has performed on the Kennedy Center stage and Off-Broadway.