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?”

(Excerpt from amazon.co.uk)

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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在這本簡單而實用的時間管理的指南書中,作者阿倫.萊肯向我們介紹了如何制定自己的近期和長遠目標,如何設置事情的優先級別,如何安排工作日程和如何更好地實現自己意願的技巧。本書甚至還揭示了增強意志,為自己創造安靜的時間,完成令人不愉快的事務和實現自己人生的秘訣……

(摘錄自書中[前言])

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.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

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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塞茲.史蒂文斯這位屆退的執行長有一個最後的機會來重申他的領導主張。他的最後一個任務是對一群新上任的經理上課,而這也是絕佳的機會讓人得以從他精彩的領導故事中體驗到永恆的真理。

這個動人的故事也是形成本身真正領導主張的個人旅程。透過生動的討論和實地演練,作者介紹了「我」和「我們」這兩項領導發展途徑的基本原則與做法。「我∕我們」途徑的6個漸進式步驟可以讓你找出自己在生活及組織中的目的。你可以促成有意義的改變,並靠這個關鍵來發揮擔任領導人的真正潛力,並建立一個滿意度、參與度和生產力都很高的工作環境。如此一來,你就能回答這些跟自己有關的基本問題:

• 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?

作者的強效處方清楚證明了,信守承諾和為人服務等無形資產是如何為組織帶來成功的果實。準備去聽這個故事,它將改變你的生活以及你看待領導的方式。現在就去了解一下,「你」的名片另一面有什麼。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

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.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

演講的藝術 (The Art of Public Speaking)

史迪芬. E. 盧卡斯 (Stephen E. Lucas)
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《演講的藝術》被稱為“演講全球第一書”,是全美高校同類課程的首選教材,自1983年出版以來,發行超過五百萬冊。

該書極為全面系統。三大部分——演講的流程設計(話題選擇、聽眾分析、資料搜集、論點支持、內容設計等),演講的表達原則(道德標準、表述語言、傳達方式、輔助材料、傾聽技巧等),各類演講的技巧(告知型演講、說服型演講、特殊場合演講、小團體演講等),都在書中得到了充分且翔實的論述。

實用、操作,是本書經久不衰的另一原因。在全書18章上百小節中,都是通過實際案例來闡述演講原則。這些案例一些來自于課堂,更多的取自全真的社會情境。每章後精心設計的案例分析、批判性思考題、情境模擬等輔助材料則致力于提升學生的實戰能力。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

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.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

美麗心靈: 納什傳 (A Beautiful Mind)

西爾維婭.娜薩 (Sylvia Nasar)
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在這本感人至深的生動傳記中,西爾維婭.娜薩逼真地再現了一個數學天才的一生。他的生涯被精神分裂症所打斷,但是在經受30年毀滅性的精神疾病困擾後,竟奇蹟般地康復,並因年輕時在博弈論方面的奠基性工作,獲得1994年諾貝爾經濟學獎。本書追溯了小約翰.福布斯.納什在30歲以前短暫而輝煌的傳奇生活,他解決了一系列數學界公認的難題,成為一顆璀璨的明星。

在盛名的頂峰,納什遭受了災難性的精神崩潰,陷入可怕的精神錯亂。他辭去在麻省理工學院的教職,沉浸在一系列奇怪的幻想之中,最後成為普林斯頓一個在黑板上亂塗數字命理學瘋話的夢幻般幽靈人物。他幾乎被世界所遺忘—直到他從癲狂中甦醒並重新獲得世界的關注。本書作為一本出色的傳記,同時引人入勝地描述了天才們傑出而又脆弱的本性。

本書獲1998年美國書評界傳記獎,2000年美國數學聯合政策委員會傳播獎。

(摘錄自haotushu.com)