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Darfur, Sudan. 2009. Two doctors employed by NGOs stumble across a strange metallic cylinder, which has been embedded for perhaps millions of years in desert rock. Mystified by the object, they gather four of the world’s leading experts in science and technology a computer scientist, a physicist, a biochemist, and a genetic researcher and head to London to study it thoroughly. The six have barely begun running tests on the cylinder, when they suddenly disappear telling family members not to go looking for them. But word about the discovery has gotten out and for these six civilians, it might already be too late. Mossad, the Israeli national intelligence agency, has been instructed to recover the mysteriously powerful object at any cost even if that means eliminating the scientists. Hot on Mossad’s trail is the CIA, determined to chase down the fugitives first, no matter the consequences. As the noose tightens, the six scramble to figure out the what the cylinder is and who built it ultimately revealing a dramatic truth that could change the world forever. A fast-paced, globe-trotting thriller that asks the reader to consider the earth’s very origins, Quantum is the first novel in a three-book series. The novel ranked first on Amazon.it in 2013 in the 100 best selling ebook category.Show more
Are you tired of the glass being half empty? Do you worry you don’t have the strength to cope when something bad happens? (And something bad always happens!) Stoicism changed the lives of its followers for the better and now it can do the same for you. The Stoics knew what made for a good man – and a good life. Four simple virtues empowered them to cope with the end of a relationship, the loss of a job, ill health, and even bereavement. Now you too can discover for yourself what gave them the emotional resilience to make the most of any situation. In Stoicism: How to Use Stoic Philosophy to Find Inner Peace and Happiness, you will learn about what made the ancient philosophers so wise. You will uncover how to find the opportunity in any challenge and how you can use your journal to transform your life. If you’re looking for the answer to modern stresses and strains, you’ll find it in Stoicism. Specifically, you will discover: - Why so many successful people are Stoic - The counterintuitive reason you should welcome misfortune - Stoicism’s four virtues and how you can apply them in any situation - How you can find opportunity in any challenge - How you can welcome hardship – and why this is an essential ingredient for happiness - How Plato’s view will transform the way you see the world - Why you will never have complete control over your life and this is okay Written in plain English, this book takes profound concepts and delivers them in bite-sized chunks anyone can understand, even if you’re completely new to philosophy. Life’s a journey, but you don’t have to travel alone. With Stoicism on your side, you’ll be able to roll with the punches and make the most of whatever comes your way. Download this audiobook now and discover the secrets of stoicism today.Show more
The proven, all-weather investing strategy that delivers long-term, consistent returns The most common investing approach today-one that values "growth" over all else-can be ineffective and counterproductive for many investors, not to mention needlessly stressful. Now, one of Seeking Alpha's most popular writers, Steven Bavaria, provides a groundbreaking alternative that will see you through all markets-up, down, and sideways. The Income Factory shows how to build an income stream that increases solidly and consistently-a result of re-investing and compounding the dividends. And the best part? This income stream actually grows faster during market downturns than during flat or rising market periods. The Income Factory sheds light on: * Why "high-yield" doesn't have to mean "high-risk" * How credit investments perform more predictably than equity investments * Why "junk" is a misnomer-and why high-yield debt is safer than most of the stocks investors own * How to grow your wealth steadily without following the markets obsessively Through Bavaria's strategy, cash income increases year after year at a predictable rate. For example, a 9% yielding portfolio doubles and re-doubles every 8 years. If you're in for the long haul, an Income Factory lets you achieve your goals and still sleep well at night. Investing does not have to be about picking specific horses and hoping they win the race. An Income Factory achieves its goals by essentially betting on horses to make it around the track and finish the race. Those are easier bets to win, and they don't require us to be glued to the financial news 24/7.Show more
When dealing with office politics and interpersonal conflict, how do you 'show up'? If you are facing tricky situations, how well do you use tact, emotional intelligence, and forethought regarding impact to handle them? For exceptional leaders, finesse is the key. It is what they possess and how they accomplish objectives. Finesse enables them to influence, motivate, and hold people accountable as they create work environments where employees thrive. In The Finesse Factor, Ryan Lahti shows you the essentials of finesse for exceptional leaders. Based on Dr. Lahti's multiple decades of practical experience, tested approaches in over 20 industries, and analyses of 10 years of leadership assessment work, this audiobook: Explains the seven essentials of finesse in STEM organizations via real-life war storiesLays out a proven method with user-friendly frameworks to help you build proficiency in the finesse essentialsDetails specific actions that will help you succeed in each essentialIf you are a business leader, especially one who runs an organization driven by science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), this audiobook is a prime resource to have handy. Leaders in the following industries will benefit from the essentials discussed: Science: health care, medical diagnostics, medical devices, and biotechTechnology: software, semiconductors, information security, consumer electronics, and wireless technologiesEngineering: automotive, aerospace, engineering/construction, and automation/controlFinance: banking, credit, and insuranceLeaders who oversee STEM organizations such as research and development (R&D), information technology (IT), and finance departments will also find increasing finesse invaluable to their ongoing success. This includes CIOs, CFOs, and heads of R&D along with their team members. The Finesse Factor is the first audiobook that focuses on building finesse proficiency and enables you to do something about it. It is oriented toward action.Show more
Set the bar for outstanding performance A follow-up to the top-selling Perfect Phrases for Performance Reviews, this book provides managers with phrases and goals that describe expected future performance from their direct reports. A timesaving job aid for any performance review or plan, the book: Makes it easy for managers to set high performance goals for executives, management, or non-managers employees Includes many categories of goals, from revenue and productivity goals to quality and personal development goals * Facilitates the goal-setting process across the organization Includes a guide to writing a performance plan for any employee Featuring hundreds of ready-to-use performance goals, this practical job aid makes it simple for managers to set the bar for outstanding future results.Show more
Modern Portfolio Theory has failed investors. A change in direction is long overdue. We are in a time of enormous risk. Economic growth is anemic, and political risk to the capital markets is on the rise. In the U.S., a generation of white collar baby-boomers is heading into retirement with insufficient assets in their 401(k) programs, and industrial workers are stuck with materially underfunded pension plans. Against that backdrop, the investing industry's current set of practices and assumptions-Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT)-is based on a half-century old formula that is supposed to deliver the maximum amount of return for a given amount of risk. The trouble is that it doesn't work very well. In Getting Back to Business, dividend-investing guru Daniel Peris proposes a radical new approach-radical in that it does away with MPT in favor of a more intuitive, common-sense approach practiced by business people in their own affairs everyday: cash returns on cash investments. "In a profession utterly lacking a historical sensibility," Peris writes. "One periodically needs to ask why we do things the way we do, how we got here, and whether perhaps there is a better way." Balancing detailed historical evidence with a practitioner's real-world expertise, Peris asks the right questions-and provides a solution that makes sense in today's challenging investing landscape.Show more
When a series of attacks against women on her beat are blown off by hardened detectives, Boston police sergeant Traci Ross launches her own investigation. Her instincts tell her something is different about the crimes. Her lieutenant believes otherwise. Soon, police departments in other large northeast cities are encountering an outbreak of similar attacks. After usual suppression tactics don't work, a task force of detectives from the affected cities is formed in New York to tackle the problem. Traci is sent to join them. While still at work on the puzzling problem, Traci gets a call from her lieutenant. He wants her to break away for a few hours to track down a New York resident and question him about his connection to an urgent situation developing back in Boston. But the simple errand turns deadly when she stumbles onto an incredible conspiracy.Show more
The proven process for making the most of every business meeting-from the coauthor of the international bestseller Dealing with People You Can't Stand From Dr. Rick Brinkman, one of the bestselling masterminds who made Dealing with People You Can't Stand a little less painful-and a lot more productive-comes the much-needed cure for that time-wasting, headache-inducing, soul-sucking plague known as meetings. This proven step-by-step method addresses the most common problems that derail a meeting: preparation, people, process, and time. Dr. Brinkman provides key insights into the human behaviors that lead to unsuccessful meetings, along with psychologically-based tactics for addressing them. You will learn how to: * get rid of unnecessary meetings * start and end on time * develop and execute an effective agenda * address disruptive and problem behaviors * balance participation so assertive people don't dominate and passive people say what they really think * eliminate tangents and maintain focus * ensure effective follow-up This practical and easily implementable process applies to in-person as well as virtual meetings of any size. Filled with helpful checklists and change-making strategies, Dealing with Meetings You Can't Stand will turn the most boring conference room into a fast-moving model of efficiency, energy, and enthusiasm. You need not suffer in a meeting ever again.Show more
Smart strategies for managing workplace bullies out of your life and business More than one in four Americans deals with an on-the-job bully. These office sociopaths don't just make individuals miserable. Their poison spreads throughout the company, damaging overall morale, creativity, productivity, and profitability. It doesn't have to be this way. Leading consultants Peter Dean and Molly Shepard have helped vanquish workplace bullying and now share their proven methods with you. In The Bully-Proof Workplace, they provide vital insight into the four major types of bullies: The Belier | Weapons of choice: slander, deception, and gossip The Blocker | Weapons of choice: negativity and inflexibility The Braggart | Weapons of choice: narcissism and a sense of superiority The Brute | Weapons of choice: aggression and intimidation These bullies may operate differently, but they all have one thing in common: a desperate need for control based on deep-seated fear and insecurity. This invaluable survival guide equips individuals with strategies, tips, and scripts for managing interactions with bullies. Managers learn how to identify bullying, deal with it swiftly, and introduce zero tolerance for such behavior. And executives gain the information they need to create a corporate policy regarding bullying. We spend about 60 percent of our waking moments at work. Spending that much time under the thumb of a bully and dealing with the negative business effects of bad behavior is simply unacceptable. Whether you're a victim of bullying or a business leader tasked with building a collaborative corporate culture, The Bully-Free Workplace provides the critical insight and practical tools you need to successfully combat this ubiquitous but rarely addressed business challenge and ensure that bullies behave-or leave-so you and everyone else can get on with your work.Show more
If you're going to shoot Joe Kurtz, you'd better shoot to kill. Ex-PI Joe Kurtz's survival is on the line when an ambush leaves him badly wounded and his parole officer, Peg O'Toole, clinging to life. Their respective professions have ensured that neither suffers from a shortage of enemies, so narrowing down the suspects isn't easy. But Kurtz knows who's at the head of his list: Angelina Farino Ferrara, the lethal beauty who leads the Farino crime family, and her mob rival, Toma Gonzaga. The odd thing is, each would rather hire Joe Kurtz than fire at him. Someone's causing trouble beneath the gray skies of western New York, and it's drawn the notice of the mobs and the cops. Kurtz is caught in the middle along with the rest of them, and no one knows who's tightening the vise.Show more
Revenge has never been served so cold. Joe Kurtz, former investigator and convicted felon, is on parole. But the years he spent in Attica didn't make his old haunts any safer. Back on the streets of Buffalo, he's already marked by a local Mafia don. As if watching his back weren't enough work, Kurtz has also been hired by a gravely ill John Frears, whose daughter met a grisly fate at the hands of a murderer. Frears wants one thing before he dies: for Kurtz to find the fiend that the authorities couldn't. But the calculating killer--a master at changing identities--has a little unfinished business of his own. Dodging a contract on his head and tracking a serial killer on the loose, Kurtz plunges headfirst into the icy waters of revenge as both victim and avenger.Show more
Once Joe Kurtz needed revenge--and revenge cost him eleven years in Attica prison. Now Kurtz needs a job, and the price is going to be higher. Out of prison, out of touch, Kurtz signs on with the Byron Farino, Don of a Mob family whose son Kurtz had been protecting on the inside. Farino enlists Kurtz's help to track down the Family's missing accountant--a man with too much knowledge of Family business to have on the loose. But someone doesn't want the accountant found--and with enemies inside the Family vying for his throne, and turf warfare just around the corner, Farino needs an outsider like Kurtz to flush out who's really behind this latest affront. As the story twists and turns and the body count rises, Kurtz no longer knows who he can trust. Everyone seems to be after something, from the mob boss's sultry yet dangerous daughter, to a hit man named The Dane, an albino killer who is good with a knife, and a dwarf who is armed to the teeth and hell-bent on revenge. Kurtz has always been an ace investigator. Now he's about to discover that to get at the truth, sometimes you have to go after it--hard.Show more
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