Monday, November 28, 2011

Lift: Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation

Ryan W. Quinn and Robert E. Quinn
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Just as the Wright Brothers combined science and practice to finally achieve the dream of flight, Ryan and Robert Quinn combine research and experience to demonstrate how we can elevate ourselves and the situations and people around us to greater heights of integrity, openness, and achievement to achieve the psychological equivalent of aerodynamic lift.

Solidly based in social science literature with a special focus on recent advances in the study of positive psychology and strengths based leadership, as well as Robert Quinn’s groundbreaking work on organizational effectiveness Lift identifies four mindsets that will enable us to become a consistently positive influence in every aspect of our lives: being purpose centered, internally directed, other focused, and externally open. Separate chapters explore each of these components in depth, analyzing the psychological and social factors that keep people from applying them and what we can do to overcome those obstacles.

Although exercises and tools are included throughout to help you understand and apply the authors’ lift framework as well as compelling stories of personal and professional applications of lift this is not a book about tactics. Instead, the Quinns challenge you to ask, “What can I do to be a positive influence, rather than simply try to wield influence in a positive way?”

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駕馭時間的藝術 (How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life)

阿倫.萊肯 (Alan Lakein)
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Academic Discourse: English in a Global Context

Ken Hyland
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Academic discourse is a rapidly growing area of study, attracting researchers and students from a diverse range of fields. This is partly due to the growing awareness that knowledge is socially constructed through language and partly because of the emerging dominance of English as the language of scholarship worldwide. Large numbers of students and researchers must now gain fluency in the conventions of English language academic discourses to understand their disciplines, establish their careers and to successfully navigate their learning.

This accessible and readable book shows the nature and importance of academic discourses in the modern world, offering a clear description of the conventions of spoken and written academic discourse and the ways these construct both knowledge and disciplinary communities. This unique genre-based introduction to academic discourse will be essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying TESOL, applied linguistics, and English for Academic Purposes.

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沒有名片, 你是誰?: 感受真實的自我, 創造有力的存在價值 (The Other Side of the Card)

邁可・莫里森 (Mike Morrison)
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• 要是不看名片上的工作稱職和聯絡方式,你是誰?
• 在我們的真實身分岌岌可危的混亂世界裡,你變成了什麼?
• 最重要的是,在形成真正領導主張的個人旅程中,你走到了哪裡?



Monday, November 14, 2011

The Optimism Advantage : 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results

Terry L. Paulson
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Sharpen your skills and shape attitudes to achieve high levels of success personally and professionally.

The Optimism Advantage offers tangible, proven techniques for turning life's obstacles into opportunities with confidence and competence. Today's economy offers plenty of reasons to feel powerless and frustrated. But why would you, when it offers just as many reasons to be optimistic, resourceful, and persistent? After all, adversity is everywhere...but it's how you handle adversity that makes the difference in your personal and professional life.

Each chapter provides new ways to sharpen your own skills and help others to face ever-present organizational and personal challenges with the kind of positive attitude that leads to resilience and results.
• Presents important truths for maintaining your sanity and effectiveness during times of economic or organizational turmoil
• Shows you how to turn yourself into a valuable, recyclable asset, rather than a disposable "employee"
• Author Terry Paulson is a preeminent expert on the human side of optimism and a powerful, renowned professional speaker

The Optimism Advantage offers much needed relief, hope, and practical tools for everyone who feels trapped and powerless in the face of current economic conditions.

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演講的藝術 (The Art of Public Speaking)

史迪芬. E. 盧卡斯 (Stephen E. Lucas)
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Monday, November 7, 2011

A Beautiful Math: John Nash, Game Theory, and the Modern Quest for a Code of Nature

Tom Siegfried
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Millions have seen the movie and thousands have read the book but few have fully appreciated the mathematics developed by John Nash's beautiful mind. Today Nash's beautiful math has become a universal language for research in the social sciences and has infiltrated the realms of evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and even quantum physics. John Nash won the 1994 Nobel Prize in economics for pioneering research published in the 1950's on a new branch of mathematics known as game theory. At the time of Nash's early work, game theory was briefly popular among some mathematicians and Cold War analysts. But it remained obscure until the 1970's when evolutionary biologists began applying it to their work. In the 1980's economists began to embrace game theory. Since then it has found an ever expanding repertoire of applications among a wide range of scientific disciplines. Today neuroscientists peer into game players brains, anthropologists play games with people from primitive cultures, biologists use games to explain the evolution of human language, and mathematicians exploit games to better understand social networks. A common thread connecting much of this research is its relevance to the ancient quest for a science of human social behaviour, or a Code of Nature, in the spirit of the fictional science of psychohistory described in the famous Foundation novels by the late Isaac Asimov. In "A Beautiful Math", acclaimed science writer Tom Siegfried describes how game theory links the life sciences, social sciences, and physical sciences in a way that may bring Asimov's dream closer to reality.

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美麗心靈: 納什傳 (A Beautiful Mind)

西爾維婭.娜薩 (Sylvia Nasar)
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