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Edgar Award Finalist: A true-crime account of a vicious massacre and the legal battles that followed. It was not a clever killing. On May 5, 1973, three men escaped from a Maryland prison and disappeared. Joined by a fifteen-year-old brother, they surfaced in Georgia, where they were spotted joyriding in a stolen car. Within a week, the four young men were arrested on suspicion of committing one of the most horrific murders in American history. Jerry Alday and his family were eating Sunday dinner when death burst through the door of their cozy little trailer. Their six bodies are only the beginning of Thomas H. Cook's retelling of this gruesome story; the horrors continued in the courtroom. Based on court documents, police records, and interviews with the surviving family members, this is a chilling look at the evil that can lurk just around the corner.Show more
I've been in love with Trip Wiley since I was sixteen years old. Yep. That Trip Wiley. Academy award-winning actor, known philanthropist, People's Sexiest Man Alive two years running . . . Yeah. It's not like I'm some delusional stalker-fan. It just so happens that he was my high school sweetheart back in 1991. In the years since, he's simply been The One That Got Away. We just can't seem to get on the same page at the same time. Our timing may have sucked, but the feelings had already been confirmed. Years ago. At least his were. He doesn't know that I had chosen to love him back. I need to fix that. And I need to do it now. Contains mature themes.Show more
In his first book, The Myth of Multitasking, Dave Crenshaw showed readers how to gain more time in their lives, making them more present in both work and life. Multitasking discussed the budget of all 168 hours in a week; essentially the total work-life balance. Invaluable focuses just on the hours spent working, and how to maximize the value of every hour. A business fable, Invaluable expands upon a back story of The Myth of Multitasking (those who have read both will find familiar characters). Invaluable focuses on the experiences of Jason, a former intern recently hired at GreenGarb. Like many young twenty-something employees, Jason is frustrated with his job. As a college graduate, he feels he should be making more money, his skills and knowledge are being underutilized, and that he is underappreciated by his boss, Tracy, and his company. Jasons journey toward becoming Invaluable begins when he expresses his frustration during a visit to his octogenarian great-grandfather, Charlie. Charlie shares a story of his experience, at Jasons age, working in a textile factory during and after World War II. He shares how he started to build his career by being the guy who looked for opportunities to serve instead of complaining about small annoyances. Charlie plants the seed of a new perspective in Jason mind: before he can get a raise, he must prove he deserves the raise. He must show his boss that he is invaluable, rather than expecting to be paid what he thinks he is worth. Jason skeptically brings this concept up to his boss the next day. This begins a journey of discovery for both Jason and Tracy. They start as skeptics and debate their way to a starting premise. Then contact with Helen (the CEO), Phil (the business coach). Jason and Tracy begin to build a framework of working together in a way that will help them both improve job security and get a raise. Gradually, the way they view their jobs and their company changes. Jason and Tracy realize that their wage is determined by their personal productivity, not their CEO. They also learn that in order to advance their own position and become truly invaluable, they must help each other. The book will include an appendix of worksheets and examples, giving the reader concrete tools to apply immediately.Show more
If you truly want to make more money in your sales career, if you really desire to close more sales and grow to be the sales leader you have always wanted to be, then it is time for you to learn Sales Mastery. Chuck Bauer shows how sales distinctions are THE precursor to closing the deal. Your personal and professional distinctions are something that you can control and use to beat your competition. Why? Because most salespeople are not distinctiveall they do is follow one another. Sales Mastery is based on the authors real-world, real-time personal experience as a highly successful salesman turned sales coach and gives workable instruction and inspiration to salespeople in every industry. Sales Mastery gives readers a step-by-step path toward greater sales success and bigger commission checks. Each chapter focuses on one important quality of salesmanship that will help salespeople actualize their individual potential as a prosperous seller. Chucks essential advice includes Marketing Yourself Shamelessly and tips for mastering sales presentations, phone pitches, customer objections and closing strategies.Show more
Smart executives who want to reach virtually any business goalfrom raising capital to generating sales leads to finding the perfect jobknow that networking is the key to their success. But traditional networking techniquesi.e., meet as many people as possible, amass huge numbers of connections and friends in your LinkedIn and Facebook networksrarely produce more than a handful of relationships that pay off. In Well-Connected, networking maven and coach Gordon Curtis argues that the secret to building truly effective relationships is to narrow your network. You don't need a hundred or a thousand people to help you accomplish your business objectives: You just need onethe right oneand you need to connect with that person well. Unlike other gimmicky networking books, Well-Connected is the first to present a proven methodology for building key relationships that delivers measurable, predictable, and positive results. The author provides a two-step approach: First, identify the right persona 'critical enabler'who is inclined and likely to help you. Second, unlock the critical enabler's willingness and ability to provide what you need by offering her something valuable before you ask her for anything. Filled with success stories, Curtiss book redefines what it means to be well-connected and shows that all of us have more to offerand more that we can getwhen we approach networking the right way. Well-Connected is the playbook for sophisticated business people and ambitious MBAs who know theres a better way to connect with the right people to get things done better and faster.Show more
This is the exhilarating success story of a man who really likes beerso much so that he decided to make a business of it. Starting with nothing but a home brewing kit, Sam Calagione turned his entrepreneurial dream into a foamy reality and built the country's fastest growing breweryDogfish Head Craft Brewery. Brewing Up a Business is the enlightening and entertaining story of Dogfish and Calagione, of the power of unconventional thinking, and of the hard lessons every entrepreneur learns along the way. In this updated second edition, Calagione offers a deeper real-world look at entrepreneurship and what it takes to run a booming business. In several new chapters, he discusses Dogfishs most innovative marketing strategies. In particular, he explains how social media has become an integral part of his business model and offers advice on how small businesses can use it to level the playing field with larger competitors. Calagione also presents his passionate, compelling argument for choosing to keep his business relatively small and artisanal, despite market demands for Dogfish to grow faster.Show more
The authors apply the powerful Four Frames model developed by Bolman and Deal to the unique challenges of higher education leadership, illustrating the different view of academic leadership. Part I: Leadership Epistemology: When You Understand, You Know What to Do Chapter 1: The Opportunities and Challenges in Academic Leadership Chapter 2: Sensemaking and the Power of Reframing Chapter 3: Knowing What Youre Doing: Learning, Authenticity, and Theories for Action Part II: Reframing Leadership Challenges Chapter 4: Building Clarity and Capacity: Leader as Analyst and Architect Chapter 5: Respecting and Managing Differences: Leader as Compassionate Politician Chapter 6: Fostering a Caring and Productive Campus: Leader as Servant, Catalyst, and Coach Chapter 7: Keeping the Faith and Celebrating the Mission: Leader as Prophet and Artist Chapter 8: Leading from the Middle: The Academic Leader as Boundary Spanner Part III: Courage and Hope Chapter 9: Sustaining Higher Education Leaders: Advancing the Work Chapter 10: Sustaining Higher Education Leaders: Feeding the Soul Epilogue: Higher Education as Sacred CallingShow more
Tony Campolo is recognized as one of the Christian subcultures most effective speakers. Hes a riveting communicator who knows exactly how to frame his speeches so that they connect with his audience, using humor, poignant and engaging stories, and personal charm. Mary Darling, who was his coauthor on The God of Intimacy and Action, is a spiritual director who also teaches speech communication at Spring Arbor University (a Christian school in Michigan) and is a skillful teacher in her own right. They have teamed up again to write a book to explore the connection between spirituality/spiritual practices and the ability to communicate passionately and effectively. Since so much of what goes on in churches and other religious organizations has to do with communication (speaking and preaching), readers will be eager to hear Campolos secrets and Marys intelligent counsel on what many people find to be frightening or just plain difficult to do well. Includes interviews with prominent Christian leaders and thinkers: --Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution (Zondervan 2006, over 100,000 copies sold) and Jesus for President (Zondervan, March 2008, over 31,000 copies sold) --Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian, Generous Orthodoxy, and Everything Must Change; named by Time magazine as one of Americas most influential evangelicals in 2005. --Mindy Caliguire, founder of Soul Care, a spiritual formation ministry, and speaker and leadership consultant, working with local churches and national groups such as Willow Creek Community Church, Renovare, The Upper Room, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Her books include the new Soul Care Series: Discovering Soul Care, Spiritual Friendship, Soul Searching, and Simplicity.Show more
Tough times call for tough medicine, and the recession caused by the subprime mortgage crisis qualifies as tough times. The mistakes people make with their money are basic and avoidable and the same polite presentation of financial basics is not needed. What's needed is a smack upside the head, and this book is it, Kelly illustrates the four major tenets of getting money right. Financially Stupid People Are Everywhere: Don't Be One of Them also contains real life stories of the money mistakes that others made and what you can learn from them. It investigates, explains, and offers advice for all those that have fallen into debt, taken the second mortgage, been trapped by credit cards, or the numerous other financial woes. In tough language, Kelly presents the what you can do to stop the cycle of borrowing and spending, and how people failing to follow these rules allowed the subprime crisis to develop. He believes it is time we stop blaming only the institutions that have a record of failing us, take responsibility for our part in the mess, and achieve financial freedom for ourselves by managing our own money correctly. The book's message is a positive one: don't let the shenanigans of government, banks, and big business trap you.Show more
My name is Alexis, though everyone calls me Lexie. I'm a Necromancer. We're rare enough that I've never met another in my life, until Claire came home to tell me she found one. In New Orleans. Now I am headed south with my best friends, staying in close quarters with five guys, four guys whom I have kissed, one who has been ignoring me for the last few weeks, one who keeps sneaking kisses, one who doesn't even remember it and another . . . Well, I don't know what he wants. Thank God for Miles. He's my one safe place in this disaster I've created. Naturally, that's not my only problem. Things aren't good in New Orleans. Representatives from the Witch's Council are in town, the dead are everywhere, and the secrets are piling up. The whole situation is a powder keg just waiting for a match. But why am I holding the matches?Show more
My name is Alexis, though everyone calls me Lexie. I'm a Necromancer. I see the dead, talk to them, and help them move on. Well, I used to. Now, with the Veil closed, I'm the only way for a soul to cross over. It's wearing me out, and according to my doctor, it's going to kill me. I don't know how to tell the guys. I'm working on it, but there is so much going on right now; Isaac's acting strange, Ethan's worried that his brother isn't eating or sleeping, Asher's dad is back, and Tara is still snooping around my bedroom. My symptoms are getting worse, and we're running out of time. For everyone.Show more
Hi, I'm Alexis Delaney. I'm your average seventeen-year-old girl. Except I can see the dead. And talk to the dead and help them move on. So . . . okay, I'm not your average seventeen-year-old girl. The Veil is still shut. Which means the dead can't move on, not on their own. Through my Link to the Veil, I've been able to start helping souls to cross. The Veil is changing, healing. Like I am. Since I came home from the hospital, I've been hiding behind my best friends. That's about to change. I want my life back. I'm ready to get back to normal. Then Sophie, the twins' little sister, tells me she's ready to cross over. Ethan pulled her back, and now it was time to face it. I have to tell Ethan and Isaac their sister's soul is in their house. What the hell am I going to say?Show more
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