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Is your child sometimes stressed from school, from learning, from quarreling with you as a parent, sibling or friend? Or maybe it is afraid of something and is totally tense and annoyed? What does your child do then? What to do with all the tension? This audio book brings your child and you closer to the relaxation process:In a unique and child-friendly manual, you and your child can understand the meaning and purpose of this recognized training and your child will be curious to use PMR once.To make it easier for children to get started with this method, SyncSouls has picked out some specific PMR exercises and combined them with a beautiful fantasy journey (20 minutes play time). Experience has shown that children learn a relaxation method very easily, with a lot of fun and very playfully.The Progressive Muscle Relaxation (also called PMR) was developed in the 1920s by the American physician and Professor Edmund Jacobson. He recognized that by the purposeful tightening and relaxing of individual muscle groups the human being is able to put his body into a deep relaxation. In the meantime, this method has been established for almost all age groups and is recognised by health insurance companies.In our performance-oriented time, psychological and physical tension can be observed more and more frequently in children. It can be beneficial for children to learn PMR at an early age. This gives you the opportunity to use this relaxation method in a targeted way, e.g. in everyday school life, and to relax sustainably. PMR has a positive effect against: concentration disorders, sleep disorders, tension, school stress, headaches and fears. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Griffiths-Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sync/000531/bk_sync_000531_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.
Much of our daily lives intertwine with artificial intelligence. From watching movies recommended by our entertainment streaming service, to interacting with customer service chatbots, to autotagging photos of friends in our social media apps, AI plays an invisible part in enriching our lives. While AI may be seen as a panacea for enterprise advancement and consumer convenience, it is still an emerging technology, and its explosive growth needs to be approached with proper care and preparation. How do we tackle the challenges it presents, and how do we make sure that it does precisely what it is supposed to do? In Keeping Your AI Under Control , author Anand Tamboli explores the inherent risk factors of the widespread implementation of artificial intelligence. The author delves into several real-life case studies of AI gone wrong, including Microsoft´s 2016 chatbot disaster, Uber´s autonomous vehicle fatally wounding a pedestrian, and an entire smart home in Germany dangerously malfunctioning because of one bad lightbulb. He expertly addresses the need to challenge our current assumptions about the infallibility of technology. The importance of data governance, rigorous testing before roll-out, a chain of human accountability, ethics, and much more are all detailed in Keeping Your AI Under Control . Artificial intelligence will not solve all of our problems for good, but it can (and will) present us with new solutions. These solutions can only be achieved with proper planning, continued maintenance, and above all, a foundation of attuned human supervision. What You Will Learn Understand various types of risks involved in developing and using AI solutions Identify, evaluate, and quantify risks pragmatically Utilize AI insurance to support residual risk management Who This Book Is For Progressive businesses that are on a journey to use AI (buyers/customers), technical and financial leaders in AI solution companies (solution vendors), AI system integrators (intermediaries), project and technology leads of AI deployment projects, technology purchase decision makers, CXOs and legal officers (solution users).