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In The Partnership Charter, psychologist and business mediation expert David Gage offers a comprehensive guide to the art of establishing and maintaining a business partnership. The centerpiece of his approach is the Partnership Charter, a document that clearly outlines the goals, expectations, responsibilities, and relationships of the principals. The charter identifies potential sources of conflict and how they will be resolved, while addressing such sensitive issues as personal styles, values, money, and power. Illustrating every principle through engaging stories drawn from Gage´s front-line experience consulting to business partners, as well as interviews with the founding partners of such successful businesses as Progressive Insurance Company and Manpower, Inc., The Partnership Charter dispels common myths and presents a practical framework for launching, building, and sustaining a thriving business partnership. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Sullivan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001073/bk_adbl_001073_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to Forbes for September 26th, 2011 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. In the cover story: ´´Exclusive Interview: Billionaire Ronald Perelman With His Dad” – LBO maestro Ron Perelman and his dad, Raymond, in an intimate conversation about rebellion, success, mistakes and the meaning of life. Also, ´´Sean Parker: Agent of Disruption” – An idea catalyst who, when combined with the right people, has fueled some of the most disruptive companies of the last two decades. We´ll also tell you about, ´´Ted Turner´s Plans to Save the World” – He long ago left CNN. But Ted Turner is still stirring up the world by threatening to save it. Next, ´´George Kaiser´s $10 Billion Bet” – He transformed a small Tulsa oil company into an energy empire. Can he get the same results investing in America´s poorest kids? Then, ´´Connecting With Art: An Inside Look Into a Billionaire´s Art Collection” – Norman and Irma Braman have built a $900 million collection, not just by writing big checks. Followed by, ´´My War on Drug Laws” – Progressive Insurance chairman Peter Lewis has invested many years and millions of dollars into getting marijuana legalized. He tells us why. And in our final story, ´´Courting Every Voter in America” – Edwin Durgy wants to blow up the Electoral College. His team is halfway there. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/forb/110926/pe_forb_110926_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Residents in Boston, Massachusetts, are automatically reporting potholes and road hazards via their smartphones. Progressive Insurance tracks real-time customer driving patterns and uses that information to offer rates truly commensurate with individual safety. Google accurately predicts local flu outbreaks based upon thousands of user search queries. Amazon provides remarkably insightful, relevant, and timely product recommendations to its hundreds of millions of customers. Quantcast lets companies target precise audiences and key demographics throughout the Web. NASA runs contests via gamification site TopCoder, awarding prizes to those with the most innovative and cost-effective solutions to its problems. Explorys offers penetrating and previously unknown insights into healthcare behavior. How do these organizations and municipalities do it? Technology is certainly a big part, but in each case the answer lies deeper than that. Individuals at these organizations have realized that they don´t have to be Nate Silver to reap massive benefits from today´s new and emerging types of data. And each of these organizations has embraced Big Data, allowing them to make astute and otherwise impossible observations, actions, and predictions. It´s time to start thinking big. In Too Big to Ignore, recognized technology expert and award-winning author Phil Simon explores an unassailably important trend: Big Data, the massive amounts, new types, and multifaceted sources of information streaming at us faster than ever. Never before have we seen data with the volume, velocity, and variety of today. Big Data is no temporary blip of fad. In fact, it is only going to intensify in the coming years, and its ramifications for the future of business are impossible to overstate. Too Big to Ignore explains why Big Data is a big deal. Simon provides commonsense, jargon-free advice for people and organizations looking to understand and l 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Dexter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/003065/bk_gdan_003065_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Entire service businesses have been built around the ideas of Heskett, Sasser, and Schlesinger, pioneers in the world of service. Now they test their ideas against the actual experiences of successful and unsuccessful practitioners as well as against demands of the future in a book service leaders around the world will use as a guide for years to come. The authors cover every aspect of optimal service leadership: the best hiring, training, and workplace organization practices; the creation of operating strategies around areas such as facility design, capacity planning, queue management, and more; the use - and misuse - of technology in delivering top-level service; and practices that can transform loyal customers into ´´owners´´. Looking ahead, the authors describe the world of great service leaders in which ´´both/and´´ thinking replaces trade-offs. It´s a world in which new ideas will be tested against the sine qua non of the ´´service trifecta´´ - wins for employees, customers, and investors. And it´s a world in which the best leaders admit that they don´t have the answers and create organizations that learn, innovate, ´´sense and respond´´, operate with fluid boundaries, and seek and achieve repeated strategic success. Using examples of dozens of companies in a wide variety of industries, such as Apollo Hospitals, Châteauform, Starbucks, Amazon, Disney, Progressive Insurance, the Dallas Mavericks, Whole Foods, IKEA, and many others, the authors present a narrative of remarkable successes, unnecessary failures, and future promise. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wayne Shepherd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/040550/bk_acx0_040550_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Richard N. Fogoros (´´DrRich´´ of the award-winning Covert Rationing Blog) thinks you may not yet be sufficiently paranoid about our new healthcare system. Open Wide and Say Moo! aims to remedy this deficiency.Here´s the thing: Whether Obamacare stands (and we get a Progressive healthcare system all at once), or it is repealed (in which case we most likely will still get a Progressive healthcare system, just more gradually), there are some things we in the herd need to understand. Certain critical requirements are placed upon each of us under Obamacare, and our full cooperation (like our health insurance itself) is mandatory. This is because Obamacare - or any Progressive healthcare system - simply cannot work, the way the experts have deemed it must work, without our full cooperation. Open Wide and Say Moo! carefully details the important responsibilities placed upon the Good Citizen by Obamacare. Armed with this information, each of us can then decide whether to be a Good Citizen - or something else. Since, while it may not always be easy or pleasant, or perhaps legal, there is always a something else.Open Wide and Say Moo!´´ does not merely aim to stir up free-ranging paranoia. (The author, being a physician, knows this may not be the healthiest of conditions.) So in addition to demonstrating who´s out to get us under Obamacare, and why and how they propose to do it, this book also shows us what we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones from much of the damage the experts are cooking up for us. For paranoia is not always so bad, so long as you can do something about it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard N. Fogoros. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/open/000063/bk_open_000063_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first full-scale biography in 25 years of one of the most important and distinguished justices to sit on the Supreme Court – an audiobook that reveals Louis D. Brandeis the reformer, lawyer, and jurist, and Brandeis the man, in all of his complexity, passion, and wit. As a lawyer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Brandeis pioneered how modern law is practiced. The author of the right to privacy, he led the way in creating the role of the lawyer as counselor and pioneered the idea of pro bono publico work by attorneys. Named to the Supreme Court, Brandeis, ranked as one of the nation’s leading progressive reformers. He invented savings-bank life insurance in Massachusetts and was a driving force in the development of the Federal Reserve Act, the Clayton Antitrust Act, and the law establishing the Federal Trade Commission. As an economist and moralist, Brandeis warned in 1914 that banking and stock brokering must be separate, and 20 years later, during the New Deal, his recommendation was finally enacted into law - only to be undone by Ronald Reagan, which led to the savings-and-loan crisis in the 1980s and the world financial collapse of 2008. At age 58 Brandeis became the head of the American Zionist movement. During the next seven years, Brandeis transformed it from a marginal activity into a powerful force in American Jewish affairs.This is a huge and galvanizing biography, a revelation of one man’s effect on American society and jurisprudence, and an electrifying story of his time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Pratt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000345/bk_gdan_000345_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Gain the security and peace of mind you´ve been longing for! Safeguard your life against the unexpected! In these turbulent times, you can have a sense of security that will resonate through your life. In this revolutionary program, acclaimed author, lawyer, and speaker Thomas Schweich will walk you through every professional, financial, and personal challenge that you could possibly face. From the dangers of poorly worded emails to the loopholes in insurance policies, Schweich will not only warn you of curve balls that life might throw your way, but also provides the tools you can implement to avoid all of the major risks to your life. Crashproof Your Life will tell you how to: Maintain healthy, progressive, and mutually beneficial relationships in the workplace Defend yourself against the financial disaster that could occur with market downturns, accidents, natural disasters, or other unexpected financial responsibilities Protect yourself and your loved ones against the financial burdens that you may occur due to college expenses, aging parents, or unexpected illness Protect and even enhance your assets with Mr. Schweich´s pyramid model of financial planning Effectively use the latest technological advances to your financial benefit Foolproof your written and oral communications against adverse professional or legal recourse Create a financial structure that will help you pay off debts and weather any financial storm that the volatile marketplace could send your way Protect yourself against lengthy, exhausting, and costly lawsuits And much, much more PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thomas Schweich. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/ntgl/000120/bk_ntgl_000120_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Protect your life against the unexpected! In these topsy-turvy times, you can have a sense of security that will vibrate through your life. In this groundbreaking program, celebrated author, lawyer, and speaker Thomas Schweich will guide you through every professional, financial, and personal challenge that you could possibly come face to face with. From the dangers of poorly worded emails to the loopholes in insurance policies, Schweich will not only tip you off to the curve balls that life might throw in your path but also furnishes the tools you can start using to avoid all of the major risks to your life. Protect Your Wealth will tell you how to: Keep healthy, progressive, and mutually advantageous relationships in the workplace Shield yourself against the financial disasters that could occur with market downturns, accidents, natural disasters, or other unforeseen financial responsibilities Defend yourself and your loved ones against the financial yokes that you may incur due to college expenses, aging parents, or unexpected illness Shield and even augment your assets with Mr. Schweich´s pyramid model of financial planning Effectively use the latest technological improvements to your financial benefit Foolproof your written and oral communications against undesirable professional or legal recourse Develop a financial structure that will help you pay off debts and survive any financial storm that the explosive marketplace could send your way Defend yourself against time-consuming, tiring, and costly lawsuits And much, much more PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Thomas Schweich. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/ntgl/000365/bk_ntgl_000365_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.