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.

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劉墉 著
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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.

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那些年, 我們一起讀的書

郭鳳嶺 編
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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.

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閱讀的危險 : 大師的讀書經驗

安悱 编
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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…

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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。





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?

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崔樹強 著
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