Monday, December 29, 2014

The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do

Ken Blanchard, Mark Miller 
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In The Secret, Debbie, a struggling leader finds herself about to lose her job due to poor performance. In a desperate attempt to save her career, she enrolls in a new mentoring program offered by her company. Much to her surprise, Debbie finds her mentor is the president of the company (Jeff Brown).

Debbie decides that all she needs is the answer to one question, "What is the secret of great leaders?" She is convinced that if Jeff will tell her, she can apply the secret in her leadership.

Over the next 18 months Jeff explains to Debbie that the secret is rooted in an attitude. He tells her that she must be willing to become a serving leader rather than a self-serving leader. The secret is that all great leaders serve.

After Debbie learns the secret she still doesn’t know what to do next. Jeff explains that great leaders serve in at least five ways. They…

• See and shape the future
• Engage and develop others
• Reinvent continuously
• Value results and relationships
• Embody the values

The story unfolds as Debbie learns and applies each of these imperatives with her team. As a result, Debbie’s team goes from worst to first. They become the highest performing team within the company.

In the end, Debbie understood that all the changes and improvements were the result of the choices she made as a leader. She realized that to SERVE is a choice. Debbie decided once and for all, she would no longer be a self-serving leader, she would be a serving leader! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

迎向開闊的人生

劉墉 著
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本書取名為「迎向開闊的人生」,強調超越人性弱點的藩籬、空間的藩籬、時間的藩籬和傳統的藩籬。裡面可能有不同於別人的看法,像是贊成適當的發怒,認為人要承受孤獨,主張以壓力對抗壓力,讚美「勤儉」而反對「節儉」,主張聰明人應該下笨工夫,並建議每個人為自己下一個「價碼」。

凡此,表面輕鬆的文字,都是由劉墉由多年埋藏的文化憤慨中產生。那種憤慨以兩種方式呈現,一為已經出版的「不是我教你詐」系列,一為現在推出的這本書。劉墉誠心希望讀者能兩本一起看,使自己不致過度「社會性」,而顯得江湖;也不致只知修身,而無法適應多變的社會。

(摘錄自kingstone.com.tw)


Monday, December 22, 2014

Holidays on Display

William L. Bird
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For millions of people the world over, the annual visit to a department store to view the festive window displays and visit Santa in his winter wonderland is a treasured holiday tradition. In America, the Thanksgiving holiday is almost inconceivable without Macy's annual parade. But how did holiday traditions like this begin? Who are the behind-the-scenes magicians that conjure up this unique blend of imagination, showmanship, and salesmanship?

Holidays on Display is a comprehensive overview of the art and industry of the holiday display. Author William L. Bird, Jr., traces its evolution as holiday decorations moved from shop windows to building exteriors and out into the street in the form of parade floats. In this fascinating and colorful history we are introduced to turn-of-the-century "trimmers" hired by merchants to maintain product displays, and we marvel as advances in lighting, animation, and miniaturization lead to the incredible feats of creative self-expression practiced by today's window artists. Packed with rarely seen photographs and ephemera, Holidays on Display makes it easy to see why we have such lasting emotional attachments to animated Christmas windows, passing parades, and the ambient glow of holiday lights.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


那些年, 我們一起讀的書

郭鳳嶺 編
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書緣如情緣。所有的記憶,終將上升為美好。

在無書可讀的年代裡,我們曾如飢似渴。如今有書可讀,而且書越來越多,我們反倒不怎麼讀了。正如在禁慾的年代,愛情青澀但美好,到了這個開放的年代,我們卻怎麼都愛不起來了。於是,不如懷念。就像懷念初戀一樣,懷念那些年,我們與一本書的相遇,和相戀。

這是一本關於閱讀記憶的書。四十多位作者集體回憶與一本書相遇和相戀的故事,用他們真誠的文字,傳達那些年讀書的記憶和情緒:有書可讀的年代,終究是幸福的。他們用自己的閱讀體驗,最大程度地呈現了一個時代的印記;在這個不怎麼讀書的年代,對那些曾經廣泛影響了一個時代、承載了讀書人青春與夢想的書,進行了一次盛大的回憶。

(摘錄自book.douban.com)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Disciplinary Discourses: Social Interactions in Academic Writing

Ken Hyland
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Why do engineers "report" while philosophers "argue" and biologists "describe"? In the Michigan Classics Edition of Disciplinary Discourses: Social Interactions in Academic Writing, Ken Hyland examines the relationships between the cultures of academic communities and their unique discourses. Drawing on discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, and the voices of professional insiders, Ken Hyland explores how academics use language to organize their professional lives, carry out intellectual tasks, and reach agreement on what will count as knowledge. In addition, Disciplinary Discourses presents a useful framework for understanding the interactions between writers and their readers in published academic writing. From this framework, Hyland provides practical teaching suggestions and points out opportunities for further research within the subject area.

As issues of linguistic and rhetorical expression of disciplinary conventions are becoming more central to teachers, students, and researchers, the careful analysis and straightforward style of Disciplinary Discourses make it a remarkable asset.

The Michigan Classics Edition features a new preface by the author and a new foreword by John M. Swales.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

閱讀的危險 : 大師的讀書經驗

安悱 编
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馮友蘭曾說:“會讀書的人能把死書讀活,不會讀書的人能把活書讀死。”安悱編寫的《閱讀的危險:大師的讀書經驗》精選現當代人文領域的35位大師——會讀書的人——談讀書經驗的文章。

他們的觀點不盡相同,有時甚至針鋒相對,也就是說把書讀活的方法不止一種。

讀書人與書的故事就像愛情故事一樣,沒有完全相同的,但又大同小異,只有經歷過的人才會懂得。

明代魏學伊在一封信(《答康宜之》)中說“弟子好書,如世人好色,暫時割絕,到時又被纏綿。今古文字,無一不足以貪者”,講的就是這個道理。

《閱讀的危險:大師的讀書經驗》討論的雖然是讀書的方法,講述的卻是大師們的苦樂哀愁,表達的是編者對他們的敬意。

(摘錄自m.sanmin.com.tw)

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Secrets of College Success

Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman 
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...Winner of the 2010 USA Book News Award for best book in the college category, The Secrets of College Success combines easy-to-follow tips that really work with insider information that few professors are willing to reveal. The over 800 tips in this book will show you how to:

Pick courses and choose a major
Manage your time and develop college-level study skills
Get on top of the core requirements
Get good grades and avoid stress
Interact effectively with the professor
Match college and career, and more…

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

離開微軟 改變世界: 一名微軟高管的意外人生 (Leaving Microsoft to Change the World)

約翰‧ 伍德 (John Wood)
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《離開微軟 改變世界:一名微軟高管的意外人生》記錄了伍德如何努力為自己的管理天份和商業才情開闢出一條意義非凡的新路。對於每一位取得過卓越成就卻不知該如何回饋社會的人而言,伍德的經歷無疑是一個生動感人而又引人入勝的故事。他告訴了人們怎樣將從微軟這樣知名的企業中所學的知識用於解決世界上最棘手的難題之一:基礎教育的缺失。本著這樣的理念,作者最終放棄在微軟的大好前程,成為全心投入為亞洲第三世界國家兒童提供教育機會的慈善基金會創辦人。

伍德發現自己最大的熱情、成功以及值得他一生為之奮鬥的事業:既不在於就讀商學院之時,也不在於他20世紀90年代領導微軟亞洲區事務時,而是在於他對靈魂進行探求的一次喜瑪拉雅之旅中。一邊是讓自己忙忙碌碌的事業,一邊是對做些具有永恆而重大意義的事情的渴望,這其中的取捨讓伍德深感困頓。在感到工作壓力之餘,他踏上了前往尼泊爾的旅程。因為他的一位朋友曾經說過:“等你攀登到一定的高度時,就不會再聽到史蒂夫.鮑爾默向你大呼小叫了。”

這次旅程儘管沒有成為伍德脫離高節奏商業競爭的良方,但卻喚醒了他內心那股想改變世界的衝動:讓世界上的每個兒童都有書讀,並最終促使他將貢獻於微軟的無盡能量轉移到另一項極其有必要去完成的事業上。在造訪尼泊爾一所偏遠的學校時,伍德發現當地圖書館藏書寥寥無幾。而當他提議要為那所學校捐贈書籍時,他的想法卻遭到了禮貌的質疑。畢竟,不論他的初衷有多麼美好,但作為一名成功的微軟高管,怎麼可能抽出寶貴的時間為一所貧困不堪的學校募集圖書呢?

但是,約翰‧伍德真的又回到了那所學校,還將數千冊書捆在牦牛背上送了過來。正是在那時,伍德決意離開微軟,創辦“閱讀空間”以造福全世界的兒童。

(摘錄自amazon.cn)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Who Killed Creativity: ...And How Do We Get It Back: Seven Essential Strategies to Make Yourself, Your Team and Your Organisation More Innovative

Andrew Grant, Gaia Grant with Jason Gallate 
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The essential guide to building a culture of creativity and innovation throughout an organization

Your help is needed to crack an unsolved crime: creative thinking is critical for future fulfillment and survival, and yet it is now declining at an alarming rate. In this original mystery-style approach, you will have the opportunity to match your knowledge against that of the latest brain researchers, psychologists, and sociologists as you are taken on a humorous and often startling journey to discover why creativity is dying an untimely death. The '7 Rescue Strategies' then provide proven innovation solutions, from personal issues through to organizational imperatives. Authors Andrew and Gaia Grant have travelled the world for more than 25 years working with more than 20,000 international keynote and workshop participants in more than 30 countries at all levels. With a fascinating forensic approach, revealing carefully researched facts and anecdotal insights, this is a compelling modern tale. And there is a final twist that will leave you wondering.... Can we really live happily ever after?

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

黑白之間:中國書法審美文化

崔樹強 著
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受儒家思想的影響,在書法品評中,常常由書法論到人,於是,很多人把書法美的特點歸結為書家人格的美。揚雄《法言‧問神》云︰「言,心聲也;書,心畫也。聲畫形,君子小人見矣。聲畫者,君子小人所以動情乎!」柳公權發展了這一思想,他的「心正則筆正」的名言,以新的命題將人格、倫理與書法的關係聯繫起來。後來,明代項穆在《書法雅言‧心相》裡說得就更充分了︰

在這裡,他把書法同人格聯繫起來,試圖從主體的角度說明書法美的根源,是有價值的。書法和人品、性情有關,書法要表現人的精神意氣、情感意志,書法美也能折射人格美。但是,並不是說書法的美就「在」人心的感覺、情緒、思維裡,而是說要「通過」感覺、情緒、思維去尋找美,「發現」一朵微花的美、一灣溪水的美,要「發現」大化流行和生生自然中所蘊含的生命節奏,用最抽象的線條生動地表達出來。書法有和諧的結構、節奏的規律、豐富的形象,它最深層的美的源泉,在於那自然動象中不絕的生命活力。人們只有把心靈的起伏、情慾的波濤、思想的矛盾,表現在舞動的漢字形象裡,表現在跡化的線條節奏裡,只有當你的心具體表現在形象裡,旁人才會看見你精神的美,你也才能真切具體地發現你心裡的美。

書法同時傳達了自然的美和精神的美。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)