Monday, December 30, 2013

Megachange: The World in 2050

Edited by Daniel Franklin, John Andrews
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In 2050 there will be 9.3 billion people alive - compared with 7 billion today - and the number will still be rising. The population aged over sixty-five will have more than doubled, to more than 16 per cent; China's GDP will be 80 per cent more than America's; and the number of cars on India's roads will have increased by 3,880 per cent. And, in 2050 it should be clear whether we are alone in the universe. What other megachanges can we expect - and what will their impact be? This comprehensive and compelling book will cover the most significant trends that are shaping the coming decades, with each of its twenty chapters elegantly and authoritatively outlined by Economist contributors, and rich in supporting facts and figures. It will chart the rise and fall of fertility rates across continents; how energy resources will change in light of new technology, and how different nations will deal with major developments in science and warfare. Megachange is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what the next four decades hold in store.

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栽培自己 = Wake Up the Giant Within

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• 成功需要的是:百分之百的熱忱,全心投入的努力,接受挫折的勇氣。
• 讓別人認識並且記得你,是你的責任,而不是對方的義務。
• 容許自己不快樂,是釋放壓力的方式之一。心情不好的時候,不妨發個呆,少做點事,等情緒調整過來,重新出發。
• 重要的事都已事先處置妥當,就不會經常發生緊急的事。
• 眼界的提昇,可用想像的;技巧的增加必須不斷的實驗、練習。你要調整「眼高」和「手低」的距離。
• 偷懶,總有藉口;上進,沒有理由。
• 溝通品質不受口才好壞影響,關鍵在於能否體貼對方。

• 有時候,克制自己不做什麼,比放任自己愛做什麼,要來得積極。
• 打開行動力的關鍵,在於決心。


Monday, December 23, 2013

After Modern Art 1945-2000

David Hopkins
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Modern and contemporary art can be both baffling and beautiful; it can also be innovative, political, and disturbing. This book sets out to provide the first concise interpretation of the period as a whole, clarifying the artists and their works along the way. Closely informed by new critical approaches, it concentrates on the relationship between American and European art from the end of the Second World War to the eve of the new millennium.

Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, Cindy Sherman, and Damien Hirst are among many artists discussed, with careful attention being given to the political and cultural worlds they inhabited. Moving along a clear timeline, the author highlights key movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Postmodernism, and performance art to explain the theoretical and issue-based debates that have provided the engine for the art of this period.

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《世界名畫中的聖經故事》編輯部 編著
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Monday, December 16, 2013

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy

Jon Gordon
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The Energy Bus, an international best seller by Jon Gordon, takes readers on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment - at work and at home. Jon infuses this engaging story with keen insights as he provides a powerful roadmap to overcome adversity and bring out the best in yourself and your team. When you get on The Energy Bus you’ll enjoy the ride of your life!

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陳光中 著
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走讀魯迅:一代文學巨擘的十一個生命印記,……在那些老屋舊舍之中,隱藏著多少讓人唏噓感歎的故事啊!只有走進去、讀過去,才能品味魯迅那五味雜陳的內心世界。 紹興、人生之始、無可留連的故鄉、北京、“魯迅”誕生、兄弟失和、兩個“老虎尾巴”、“祝福”為誰而作、“魯迅師”與“廣平兄”、廈門、飛鴻遙繫兩地心、太陽、黑夜與月亮、廣州、大鐘樓上的孤獨宿客、奇怪的“官司”、哪一扇窗戶是他的家?上海、最後的歲月。




Monday, December 9, 2013

Innovation is Everybody's Business: How to Make Yourself Indispensable in Today's Hypercompetitive World

Robert B. Tucker
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Innovation isn't something you do after you get your work done. It's how you do your work.

Organizations all over the world are shedding jobs in record numbers. Yet today, they are desperately in need of people with the abilities and skills to think ahead of the curve, delight customers, motivate colleagues, slash costs, and achieve unconventional results.

In this practical road map to becoming irreplaceable, global innovation guru and bestselling author Robert B. Tucker reveals why honing your I-Skills (Innovation Skills) may be the smartest career move you'll make. Based on interviews with forty-three innovation-adept managers and individual contributors, Innovation Is Everybody's Business guides you in:

• Mastering the seven essential I-Skills you need to become indispensable
• Unleashing the “mindset, skillset, and toolset of the innovator” that enable you to anticipate and rise to the challenges your organization faces in a hypercompetitive era
• Developing your Personal Innovation Strategy to address the critical components of becoming irreplaceable
• Assaulting your assumptions at the personal, organizational, and industry levels
• Building tools for work-life balance and creating your own job satisfaction

If you're ready to stop talking about innovation and start adding value today – in your job, department or organization – you're ready to read and benefit from the powerful message of Innovation is Everybody's Business.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Divided by a Common Language: A Guide to British and American English

Christopher Davies
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Puzzled by signs warning you to “mind the gap” in the London Underground? Wondering what will be on your plate if you order “toad in the hole” in a London café? In Divided by a Common Language, Christopher Davies explains these expressions and discusses the many differences in pronunciation, spelling, and vocabulary between British and American English. He compares the customs, manners, and practical details of daily life in the United Kingdom and the United States, and American readers will enjoy his account of American culture as seen through an Englishman’s eyes. Davies tops it off with an amusing list of expressions that sound innocent enough in one country but make quite the opposite impression in the other. Two large glossaries help travelers translate from one variety of English to the other, and additional lists explain the distinctive words of Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Divided by a Common Language is the ideal travel companion for both British visitors to the U.S. and American visitors to the U.K. It is also the perfect book for Britons interested in American culture and Americans enjoying British novels, movies, and television at home.

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北島 著
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