The contributions deal with various interdisciplinary research topics, particularly in the fields of social sciences, economics and arts. The papers focus especially on such topics as language, cultural studies, economics, behaviour studies, political sciences, media and communication, psychology and human development.
This printed abstracts volume comes with a full paper CD-ROM (634pp).
“[Crucial Conversations] draws our attention to those defining moments that literally shape our lives, our relationships, and our world. . . . This book deserves to take its place as one of the key thought leadership contributions of our time.”
—from the Foreword by Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
“The quality of your life comes out of the quality of your dialogues and conversations. Here’s how to instantly uplift your crucial conversations.”
—Mark Victor Hansen, cocreator of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Chicken Soup for the Soul®
The first edition of Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene and revolutionized the way millions of people communicate when stakes are high. This new edition gives you the tools to:Prepare for high-stakes situations Transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue Make it safe to talk about almost anything Be persuasive, not abrasive
Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech's CEO, faces the ultimateleadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that itthreatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Willshe be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni's utterly grippingtale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as muchcourage as it does insight.
Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions whichgo to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-oftenstruggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps thatcan be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive,effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has writtena compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple messagefor all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.
In factories around the world, Toyota consistently makes the highest-quality cars with the fewest defects of any competing manufacturer, while using fewer man-hours, less on-hand inventory, and half the floor space of its competitors. The Toyota Way is the first book for a general audience that explains the management principles and business philosophy behind Toyota's worldwide reputation for quality and reliability.
Complete with profiles of organizations that have successfully adopted Toyota's principles, this book shows managers in every industry how to improve business processes by:Eliminating wasted time and resources Building quality into workplace systems Finding low-cost but reliable alternatives to expensive new technology Producing in small quantities Turning every employee into a qualitycontrol inspector
A group of old school friends meet to catch up. They end up discussing the unexpected, unforeseen changes to their lives and one friend offers to tell a story about adapting to change. The story he tells involves four characters, two mice named Sniff and Scurry, and two “Littlepeople” named Hem and Haw. All of them are in a maze, looking for cheese, which they need to survive. For the “Littlepeople,” cheese also has a larger, metaphysical connotation in the sense that it also makes them happy—their Cheese is thus spelled with a capital C…PLEASE NOTE: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and NOT the original book.
Inside this Instaread of Who Moved My Cheese:
· Overview of the book
· Important People
· Key Takeaways
· Analysis of Key Takeaways
A timeless business classic, Who Moved My Cheese? uses a simple parable to reveal profound truths about dealing with change so that you can enjoy less stress and more success in your work and in your life.
It would be all so easy if you had a map to the Maze.
If the same old routines worked.
If they'd just stop moving "The Cheese."
But things keep changing...
Most people are fearful of change, both personal and professional, because they don't have any control over how or when it happens to them. Since change happens either to the individual or by the individual, Dr. Spencer Johnson, the coauthor of the multimillion bestseller The One Minute Manager, uses a deceptively simple story to show that when it comes to living in a rapidly changing world, what matters most is your attitude.
Exploring a simple way to take the fear and anxiety out of managing the future, Who Moved My Cheese? can help you discover how to anticipate, acknowledge, and accept change in order to have a positive impact on your job, your relationships, and every aspect of your life.
Whether you're a manger looking to implement employee appraisalsfor the first time, concerned with improving the quality andeffectiveness of the appraisal process, or simply trying to savetime and mental anguish Performance Appraisals & Phrases ForDummies provides the tools you need to save time and energywhile presenting fair and accurate evaluations that foster employeegrowth.
This convenient, portable package includes a full-lengthappraisal phrasebook featuring over 3,200 spot-on phrases andplenty of quick-hitting expert tips on making the most out of theprocess. You'll also receive online access to writable,customizable sample evaluation forms other timesavingresources.Includes more than 3,200 phrases for clear, and helpfulevaluationsHelps make evaluations faster, more effective, and far lessstressfulOffers far more advice and coaching than other performanceappraisal booksServes as an ideal guide for managers new to the appraisalprocess
With expert advice from Ken Lloyd, a nationally recognizedconsultant and author, Performance Appraisals and Phrases ForDummies makes the entire process easier, faster, and moreproductive for you and your employees.
Business analysis refers to the set of tasks and activities thathelp companies determine their objectives for meeting certainopportunities or addressing challenges and then help them definesolutions to meet those objectives. Those engaged in businessanalysis are charged with identifying the activities that enablethe company to define the business problem or opportunity, definewhat the solutions looks like, and define how it should behave inthe end. As a BA, you lay out the plans for the processahead.
Business Analysis For Dummies is the go to reference onhow to make the complex topic of business analysis easy tounderstand. Whether you are new or have experience with businessanalysis, this book gives you the tools, techniques, tips andtricks to set your project’s expectations and on the path tosuccess.Offers guidance on how to make an impact in your organizationby performing business analysisShows you the tools and techniques to be an effective businessanalysis professionalProvides a number of examples on how to perform businessanalysis regardless of your role
If you're interested in learning about the tools and techniquesused by successful business analysis professionals, BusinessAnalysis For Dummies has you covered.
Key Features: • History and traditions of the fire service with overviews of some of the most important fire service leaders, • Detailed explanations of ceremonies for all ocasions from a firefighter's initiation to retirement, • Over 150 photos displaying the rites and ceremonies, • Helpful appendices full of sample documents for fire company use.
Do you want to get involved in real estate investing, but aren'tquite sure where to start? Real Estate Investing For Dummiesis your go-to resource for making sense of the subject, offeringplain-English, step-by-step explanations of everything you need toknow to keep yourself one step ahead of the competition. Inside,you'll discover how to overcome the challenges of the market, takeadvantage of the opportunities in any real estateenvironment—including a down market—and so muchmore.
Written by industry experts Eric Tyson and Robert Griswold, thisnew edition of Real Estate Investing For Dummies offersproven, practical, and actionable advice for anyone who wants toinvest in income-producing properties. With the help of thisstraightforward and time-tested information, you'll get theknow-how to wisely and confidently make smart, sound, and informedreal estate investing decisions that will reap big rewards.Shows you how to make real estate part of your long-terminvestment planProvides tips on getting the best deals on financingOffers trusted guidance on mastering the art of propertyvaluationGives you access to unprecedented information on how to buildwealth in any market
If you want to jump into the real estate market as a first-timeinvestor or just want to brush up on recent changes that haveoccurred in the field, Real Estate Investing For Dummies isan essential resource you'll turn to again and again.
Limited Liability Companies For Dummies, 3rdEdition offers a clear, concise guide that explains the prosand cons of LLCs, and shares insider tips on everything fromchoosing your members and your company name to creating and filingyour Articles of Organization and managing day-to-day operations.You'll find the most current, real-world advice on customizing anLLC for your specific business needs, creating a great operatingagreement,, keeping accurate records, and new information onfederal regulations and fees that are applicable to LLCs, as wellas a link to online tools, forms, and documents
Most of the previous drawbacks to forming an LLC have all butdisappeared with the IRS having loosened restrictions andindividual states following suit. Because LLCs are now moreflexible, they remain an attractive option for those launching anew business or reorganizing an existing business. This book showshow to form and tap into the power of an LLC:Keep up on the latest information on federal taxes,regulations, and feesDiscover the advances in technology, including online toolsthat streamline the processesGet up-to-the minute documents and forms on new filingrequirementsLearn how to set-up a real estate LLC or an LLC among familymembers
This hands-on guide addresses everything you need to know aboutLLCs, and will help you organize, launch, and run your business asa limited liability company just like the experts do!
In today's time-crunched, cost-conscious global business environment, tight project deadlines and stringent expectations are the norm. Now with 25 percent new and updated content, Project Management For Dummies introduces you to the principles of successful project management and shows you how to motivate any team to gain maximum productivity.
You'll learn how to organize, estimate, and schedule projects efficiently and effectively. You'll also discover how to manage deliverables, issue changes, assess risks, maintain communications, and live up to expectations by making the most of the latest technology and software—and by avoiding common problems that can trip up even the best project managers.The latest information on measuring project management ROI and value to the organization (and customers) Managing Continuous Process Improvement Examples of formats used for different aspects of project management Managing distressed projects and managing multiple team projects Hierarchical decomposition and how it can dramatically improve the effectiveness of project planning and control The latest trend of embracing the use of social media to drive efficiency and improve socialization New information on managing and resolving conflicts that occur during a project Explanations of concepts tested in the PMP® certification exam with study tips and practices to help you pass
Project Management For Dummies gives professionals like you everything you need to be successful project managers.
(PMI, CAPM, PMP, and Project Management Professional are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.)
Updated with examples through 2010, this classic study examines the disruptive effects of disasters on patterns of human behavior and the routine operations of government, and the conditions under which even relatively minor crises can lead to system breakdown. Integrating case studies of emergency management with studies of collective behavior, the author identifies factors that contribute to successful government handling of disaster situations and distills insights that can be used to improve these capacities at all levels--federal, state, and local.
The book includes numerous illustrations as well as expanded coverage of research on disaster management and greatly expanded reference lists.
The silver lining is that “who” problems are easily preventable. Based on more than 1,300 hours of interviews with more than 20 billionaires and 300 CEOs, Who presents Smart and Street’s A Method for Hiring. Refined through the largest research study of its kind ever undertaken, the A Method stresses fundamental elements that anyone can implement–and it has a 90 percent success rate.
Whether you’re a member of a board of directors looking for a new CEO, the owner of a small business searching for the right people to make your company grow, or a parent in need of a new babysitter, it’s all about Who. Inside you’ll learn how to
• avoid common “voodoo hiring” methods
• define the outcomes you seek
• generate a flow of A Players to your team–by implementing the #1 tactic used by successful businesspeople
• ask the right interview questions to dramatically improve your ability to quickly distinguish an A Player from a B or C candidate
• attract the person you want to hire, by emphasizing the points the candidate cares about most
In business, you are who you hire. In Who, Geoff Smart and Randy Street offer simple, easy-to-follow steps that will put the right people in place for optimal success.
From the Hardcover edition.
Fundraising For Dummies, 3rd Edition shows you how totake advantage of the latest strategies and resources available forraising money through everything from special events to onlinedonations, in both good and bad economic times. The authors teachyou how to market your organization using the most up-to-date toolsand technologies available through the Internet. This expandededition also offers information about philanthropy and tax law.Contains new tips and techniques for creating materials thatbring in contributions and support for the more than 1.4 millioncharitable and nonprofit organizations in the United StatesExplains how to use social media to keep donors and volunteersengaged through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and WebtechnologiesCovers grassroots online fundraising and how to host big eventson a shoestring budget
You'll also find tips on negotiating without alienating donorsand developing long-term organizational goals. All these strategiesare what makes this resource indispensable!
Closing a Sale In A Day For Dummies outlines the anatomyof a sales closing, offers strategies for asking the rightquestions, and gives you invaluable tips for overcoming toughcustomers.The anatomy of a closeQuestioning and listening strategiesNo frills closing techniquesOvercoming tough customers
This e-book also links to an online component at dummies.comthat extends the topic into step-by-step tutorials and other"beyond the book" content.
In The Ideal Team Player, Lencioni tells the story of Jeff Shanley, a leader desperate to save his uncle’s company by restoring its cultural commitment to teamwork. Jeff must crack the code on the virtues that real team players possess, and then build a culture of hiring and development around those virtues.
Beyond the fable, Lencioni presents a practical framework and actionable tools for identifying, hiring, and developing ideal team players. Whether you’re a leader trying to create a culture around teamwork, a staffing professional looking to hire real team players, or a team player wanting to improve yourself, this book will prove to be as useful as it is compelling.
As mobile and web technologies continue to evolve rapidly, there is added pressure to develop and implement software projects in weeks instead of months. Agile Project Management For Dummies can make that happen. This is the first book to provide a simple, step-by-step guide to Agile Project Management approaches, tools, and techniques. With the fast pace of mobile and web technology development, software project development must keep pace; Agile Project Management enables developers to complete and implement projects more quickly and this book shows you how.Offers a practical context for understanding and applying Agile techniques, moving from theory into actual practice Explains when to use Agile and how to avoid common pitfalls Written by experts who know how to apply the principles in real-world situations
Agile Project Management For Dummies enables you to understand and apply Agile principles for faster, more accurate development.
Are you looking to buy a house, but don't quite know where to begin? Have no fear! This new edition of Home Buying Kit For Dummies arms you with Eric Tyson and Ray Brown's time-tested advice and strategies for buying a home in current market conditions. Packed with valuable tips for getting the best deal on your new home and navigating an ever-changing housing market, it shows you how to find the right property, make smart financial decisions, and understand the latest lending requirements and tax implications.
Thanks to looser lending standards, lower down payment mortgages, and a wider selection of homes to choose from, first-time homebuyers are making a comeback in the housing market. But if you don't know a Colonial from a counter offer, the process of buying a home can be daunting. Luckily, this bestselling guide is here to take the confusion out of the process! In plain English, it provides step-by-step guidance for buying the home of your dreams, from inspecting a property to evaluating a location to making sense of loan applications, tax documents, and counter offer forms.Negotiate your best deal and obtain a lower down payment mortgageImprove your credit scoreMake sense of changing lending standardsTake the confusion out of lending laws, mortgage rates, and marketplace conditions
Whether you're a renter, investor, or current homeowner, everything you need to plant roots in a new home sweet home is just a page away.
Trying to get certified and become an accountant? Own a smallbusiness but need a little help balancing your books? Don't worry!This hands-on guide provides the learning and vital practice youneed to master important accounting concepts and basics. Perfect asa companion workbook for Accounting For Dummies -- or any otheraccounting textbook -- Accounting Workbook For Dummies gives you awealth of real-world examples, demonstration problems, and handyexercises. With this helpful resource as your guide, you'll masterbalance sheets, income statements, and budgets in no time!
100s of Problems!
* Record transactions, track costs, and manage accounts
* Open and close bookkeeping cycles
* Analyze business performance and profit
* Choose the right accounting method
* Master investment accounting fundamentals
* Understand manufacturing cost accounting
In Back to Work, Clinton details how we can get out of the current economic crisis and lay a foundation for long-term prosperity. He offers specific recommendations on how we can put people back to work and create new businesses, increase bank lending and corporate investment, double our exports, and restore our manufacturing base. He supports President Obama’s emphasis on green technology, saying that change in the way we produce and consume energy is the strategy most likely to spark a fast-growing economy and enhance our national security.
Clinton also says that we need both a strong economy and a smart government working together to restore prosperity and progress. He demonstrates that whenever we’ve given in to the temptation to blame government for our problems, we’ve lost our commitment to shared prosperity, balanced growth, financial responsibility, and investment in the future. That has led our nation into trouble because there are some things we have to do together. For example, he says, “Our ability to compete in the twenty-first century is dependent on our willingness to invest in infrastructure: we need faster broadband, a state-of-the-art national electrical grid, modernized water and sewer systems, and the best airports, trains, roads, and bridges.
“There is no evidence that we can succeed in the twenty-first century with an antigovernment strategy,” writes Clinton, “with a philosophy grounded in ‘You’re on your own’ rather than ‘We’re all in this together.’” Clinton believes that conflict between government and the private sector has proved to be remarkably good politics, but it has produced bad policies, giving us a weak economy with few jobs, growing income inequality and poverty, and a decline in our competitive position. In the real world, cooperation works much better than conflict, and “we need victories in the real world.”
Whether you want to work full-time or part-time; whether youdream of earning a few hundred dollars a month or thousands ofdollars a month, Network Marketing For Dummies can show youhow to get started in this business within a matter of days. Ifyou’re currently involved in network marketing, this book isalso valuable as both a reference source and a refreshercourse.
Network marketing is a system for distributing goods andservices through networks of thousands of independent salespeople,or distributors. With Network Marketi ng For Dummies as yourguide, you’ll become familiar with this system and figure outhow to build revenue, motivate your distributors, evaluateopportunities, and grab the success you deserve in this field.You’ll explore important topics, such as setting up adatabase of prospects and creating loyal customers. You’llalso discover how to:Get set up as a distributorDevelop a comprehensive marketing planRecruit, train, and motivate your networkMaximize downline incomeTake your marketing and sales skills to a higher levelCope with taxes and regulationsAvoid common pitfallsPacked with tips on overcoming common start-up hurdles as well asstories from more than fifty successful network marketers,Network Marketing For Dummies will show you how to approachthis opportunity so that you can begin to build a successful andsatisfying business of your own.
Government Is Us 2.0 picks up where the previous edition left off. It addresses the bigger questions that are being asked and discussed about the relationships among and between citizens and their governments, how individuals and agencies govern, and the institutional elements that keep us from engendering long-term, socially just participatory change.
The central argument of Government Is Us 2.0 is that much can be done to bridge the gulf between citizens and their governments. The chapter authors offer practical suggestions on how public administrators can productively involve citizens in government work, with steps that will increase citizens' trust in government through opportunities for direct connection and collaboration.
When Hurricane Katrina roared ashore on the morning of August 29, 2005, federal and state officials were not prepared for the devastation it would bring—despite all the drills, exercises, and warnings. In this troubling exposé of what went wrong, Christopher Cooper and Robert Block of The Wall Street Journal show that the flaws go much deeper than out-of-touch federal bureaucrats or overwhelmed local politicians.
Drawing on exclusive interviews with federal, state, and local officials, Cooper and Block take readers inside the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to reveal the inexcusable mismanagement during Hurricane Katrina—the bad decisions that were made, the facts that were ignored, the individuals who saw that the system was broken but were unable to fix it. America's top emergency response officials had long known that a calamitous hurricane was likely to hit New Orleans, but that seems to have had little effect on planning or execution.
Disaster demonstrates that the incompetent response to Hurricane Katrina is a wake-up call to all Americans, wherever they live, about how distressingly vulnerable we remain. Washington is ill equipped to handle large-scale emergencies, be they floods or fires, natural events or terrorist attacks, and Cooper and Block make a strong case for overhauling of the nation's emergency response system. This is a book that no American can afford to ignore.
Direct Selling For Dummies is the perfect resource foranyone involved or interested in direct sales. Written by a 35-yearveteran of this booming industry, this useful guide teaches youeverything you need to know to achieve and maintain lastingsuccess. You'll learn the insider tips that only the pros know, andhow to structure your business, your time, and your customerrelationships to optimize sales and achieve your goals. Compareparty plans, multi-level marketing, and hybrid models to see whereyour talents fit best, and discover the most effective ways topromote your products and get people interested. You'll leveragesocial media as one of the most powerful tools in modern sales, andgain new ideas for recruiting, booking, and time management. Withclear guidance and a fun, friendly style, this book gives you thestrategies you need to be a direct sales success.
The direct sales industry is going strong, with moreparticipants now than any time in the past, yet with lessface-to-face engagement. Businesses are operating online, peopleare shopping online, and more people are recruiting throughplatforms like social media. If you hope to be a direct salessuccess, now is the time to get up to speed on what that meanstoday. This book shows you everything you need to know, and givesyou the tools you need to put your ideas into action.Choose the right direct sales modelSecure bookings and manage your timeRecruit and drive interest in the product and companyHarness the power of social media to make sales
Direct sales can be your ticket to independence. Stop punchingthe clock and become your own boss — and watch your incomegrow. With Direct Selling For Dummies, you'll have theskills and information you need to be a success.
Blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin, the revolutionary 'virtual currency' that's changing the way people do business. While Bitcoin has enjoyed some well-deserved hype, Blockchain may be Bitcoin's most vital legacy. Blockchain For Dummies is the ideal starting place for business pros looking to gain a better understanding of what Blockchain is, how it can improve the integrity of their data, and how it can work to fundamentally change their business and enhance their data security.
Blockchain For Dummies covers the essential things you need to know about this exciting technology's promise of revolutionizing financial transactions, data security, and information integrity. The book covers the technologies behind Blockchain, introduces a variety of existing Blockchain solutions, and even walks you through creating a small but working Blockchain-based application.
Blockchain holds the promise to revolutionize a wide variety of businesses. Get in the know about Blockchain now with Blockchain For Dummies and be ready to make the changes to business that your colleagues and competitors will later wish they'd done. Discover ten ways Blockchain can change businessFind out how to apply a Blockchain solutionSee how to make data more secureLearn how to work with vendors
Filled with vital information and tips on how this paradigm-changing technology can transform your business for the better, this book will not only show you Blockchain's full potential, but your own as well!
A 3D printer transforms digital information into a physicalobject by carrying out instructions from an electronic design file,or 'blueprint.' Guided by a design file, a 3D printer lays downlayer after layer of a raw material to 'print' out an object.That's not the whole story, however. The magic happens when youplug a 3D printer into today’s mind-boggling digitaltechnologies. Add to that the Internet, tiny, low cost electroniccircuitry, radical advances in materials science and biotech andvoila! The result is an explosion of technological and socialinnovation.
Fabricated takes the reader onto a rich and fulfillingjourney that explores how 3D printing is poised to impact nearlyevery part of our lives.
Aimed at people who enjoy books on business strategy, popularscience and novel technology, Fabricated will providereaders with practical and imaginative insights to the question'how will this technology change my life?' Based on hundreds ofhours of research and dozens of interviews with experts from abroad range of industries, Fabricated offers readers aninformative, engaging and fast-paced introduction to 3D printingnow and in the future.
Careers in forensic accounting are hot-US News & WorldReport recently designated forensic accounting as one of theeight most secure career tracks in America., Forensic accountantswork in most major accounting firms and demand for their servicesis growing with then increasing need for investigations of mergersand acquisitions, tax inquiries, and economic crime. In addition,forensic accountants perform specialized audits, and assist in allkinds of civil litigation, and are often involved in terroristinvestigations. Forensic Accounting For Dummies will trackto a course and explain the concepts and methods of forensicaccounting.Covers everything a forensic accountant may face, frominvestigations of mergers and acquisitions to tax inquiries toeconomic crimeWhat to do if you find or suspect financial fraud in your ownorganizationDetermining what is fraud and how to investigate
Whether you're a student pursuing a career in forensicaccounting or just want to understand how to detect and deal withfinancial fraud, Forensic Accounting For Dummies has youcovered.
Only a lucky few of us are natural born leaders. It takes timeand effort to develop a range of leadership styles which work foryou and those around you as well as discovering how to becomecomfortable leading others. Leadership can be a lonely occupation;Leadership For Dummies is your ideal companion. John Marrinexplores the fine line between managing and leading and the book isfull of tips for making the most of your leadership experiences andhow to cope with the dilemmas and discomfort all leaders at somepoint experience.
Fortunately, Training For Dummies offers all the nuts andbolts of training for anyone who has to educate others on anysubject and in any field. It covers all the modern, interactiveinstructional methods and dynamic training approaches available andhelps you get trainees inspired, involved, and enthused.Training For Dummies will help you:Keep it interesting so trainees learn more eagerlyMaster the jargon of trainingUse audio and visual aids effectivelyPrepare for the training certification processEvaluate your results and improve your tactics
Elaine Biech, President and Managing Principal of EbbAssociates, Inc., and known as “the trainer’strainer” shows you all the tips and tricks of the trade.Based on her long experience as a trainer and her work for clientssuch as the IRS and many Fortune 500 companies, Biech helps youdiscover:Tips, techniques, and tidbits for enhancing your trainingsessionsMethods that improve trainee participationAlternatives to the traditional lecture methodTactics for gauging and managing group dynamicsStrategies for addressing problems in the classroomHints for understanding and adapting to different learningstylesHelpful resources and other extra material you can put toimmediate use
No matter what you do for a living, there will probably come atime when you have to teach others what you know. Training ForDummies cuts through the complicated jargon to present thebasics of teaching and learning in straightforward, plain Englishso you can share your specialized knowledge with those who needit.
The world's largest and most profitablecompanies—including the likes of GE, Bank of America,Honeywell, DuPont, Samsung, Starwood Hotels, Bechtel, andMotorola—have used Six Sigma to achieve breathtakingimprovements in business performance, in everything from productsto processes to complex systems and even in work environments. Overthe past decade, over $100 billion in bottom-line performance hasbeen achieved through corporate Six Sigma programs. Yet, despiteits astounding effectiveness, few outside of the community of SixSigma practitioners know what Six Sigma is all about.
With this book, Six Sigma is revealed to everyone. You might bein a company that's already implemented Six Sigma, or yourorganization may be considering it. You may be a student who wantsto learn how it works, or you might be a seasoned businessprofessional who needs to get up to speed. In any case, thisupdated edition of Six Sigma For Dummies is the moststraightforward, non-intimidating guide on the market.New and updated material, including real-world examplesWhat Six Sigma is all about and how it worksThe benefits of Six Sigma in organizations and businessesThe powerful "DMAIC" problem-solving roadmapYellow, Green and Black—how the Six Sigma "belt" systemworksHow to select and utilize the right tools and technologiesSpeaking the language of Six Sigma; knowing the roles andresponsibilities; and mastering the statistics skills andanalytical methods
Six Sigma For Dummies will become everyone's No. 1resource for discovering and mastering the world's most famous andpowerful improvement tool. Stephen Covey is spot-on when he says,"Six Sigma For Dummies is a book to be read by everyone."
Whether you’re the CEO of a major corporation, a smallbusiness owner, or a team manager, effective and clearcommunication is imperative to your success. From keeping yourlistener engaged to learning to become a better listener,Communicating Effectively For Dummies offers all thestrategies, tips, and advice you need to:Learn how to become an active listenerAccentuate the positive in negative situationsFind win-win solutions for conflictsStay on track when writing e-mails and lettersHandle presentations, interviews, and other challengesSpeak forcefully and assertively without alienating others
Management consultant Marty Brounstein — author ofHandling the Difficult Employee and Coaching andMentoring For Dummies — gives you the keys to a thrivingcareer with expert advice on effective verbal and nonverbalcommunication. From mastering your own facial expressions (andreading them in others) to being a happy boss, Brounstein coversall the angles:Becoming aware of your own assumptionsDealing with passive-aggressive communicatorsWhat to say to help someone open up to youCommunicating through eye contact and body languageMaintaining a positive attitudeDealing with sensitive issuesEffective conflict resolution modelsWhen to use e-mail, the phone, or a face-to-face meetingDealing with angry customersCoaching your staff to communicate betterIn today’s high-stress work environment, good communicationskills are imperative for keeping your cool and getting your pointacross. Knowing what to say and how to say it, as well as being agood listener, can often be the difference between getting aheadand just getting by. This handy, friendly guide shows you how toavoid common conflicts and make your voice heard in the office.
Thinking about becoming a landlord? Property Management KitFor Dummies gives you proven strategies for establishing andmaintaining rental properties, whether a single family ormulti-resident unit. You'll find out how to prepare and promoteyour properties, select tenants, handle repairs, avoid costlymistakes and legal missteps—and meet your long-termgoals.
Now you can find out if you really have what it takes tosuccessfully manage a rental property, and you'll learn all aboutthe various options for hiring someone else to manage your propertyfor you. You'll find out the right way to prepare your propertiesfor prospective tenants, set the rent and security deposit, cleanup properties between tenants, and verify rental applications. Inno time at all, you can become a top-notch property manager byworking efficiently with employees and contractors to keep yourproperties safe and secure.Manage your time and money wiselyAcquire a property and prepare it for tenantsMake your property stand out and attract tenantsKeep good tenants and get rid of bad onesCollect and increase rentEvaluate the different types of insurance and understand incomeand property taxes
Complete with lists of ten reasons to become a rental propertyowner, ten ways to rent your vacancy, and the ten biggest mistakesa landlord can make, Property Management Kit For Dummieshelps you achieve your dream of being a successful residentialrental property owner.
CD-ROM and other supplementary materials are not included aspart of the e-book file, but are available for download afterpurchase.
Operations management is an important skill for current and aspiring business leaders to develop and master. It deals with the design and management of products, processes, services, and supply chains. Operations management is a growing field and a required course for most undergraduate business majors and MBA candidates. Now, Operations Management For Dummies serves as an extremely resourceful aid for this difficult subject.
Tracks to a typical course in operations management or operations strategy, and covers topics such as evaluating and measuring existing systems' performance and efficiency, materials management and product development, using tools like Six Sigma and Lean production, designing new, improved processes, and defining, planning, and controlling costs of projects.Clearly organizes and explains complex topicsServes as an supplement to your Operations Management textbooksHelps you score your highest in your Operations Management course
Whether your aim is to earn an undergraduate degree in business or an MBA, Operations Management For Dummies is indispensable supplemental reading for your operations management course.
Foreclosure Investing For Dummies shows you how to investin foreclosures ethically without being accused of stealing homesfrom “little old ladies.” This step-by-step guide helpsyou thoroughly research property, find the best opportunities,purchase foreclosures, and avoid misleading distressed homeowners.This book doesn’t promise quick profits through minimal work,but it will provide you with invaluable information to become asuccessful investor, including:Identifying opportunities and understanding risksObtaining information, tools, support, and resourcesLocating properties prior to foreclosureAssisting homeowners through the foreclosure processAcquiring properties below market value prior to theauctionBuying property at an auction, from lending institutions, andgovernment agenciesRepairing, renovating, and selling or leasing property
This book provides tips and strategies for refinancing yourproperty and maximizing your profits. It also gives you advice onhow to assist homeowners, have them work with you, and commonmistakes you should avoid. It’s time to go out and make themost of foreclosure investing, and with Foreclosure InvestingFor Dummies by your side, your hard work and devotion willbring tons of success!
Based on research conducted in more than seventy countries over a forty-year span, Cultures and Organizations examines what drives people apart—when cooperation is so clearly in everyone’s interest. With major new contributions from Michael Minkov’s analysis of data from the World Values Survey, as well as an account of the evolution of cultures by Gert Jan Hofstede, this revised and expanded edition:Reveals the “moral circles” from which national societies are built and the unexamined rules by which people think, feel, and act Explores how national cultures differ in the areas of inequality, assertiveness versus modesty, and tolerance for ambiguity Explains how organizational cultures differ from national cultures—and how they can be managed Analyzes stereotyping, differences in language, cultural roots of the 2008 economic crisis, and other intercultural dynamics
Straightforward advice on making your speechessparkle
With the right preparation even the most nervous speaker candeliver a winning presentation. Public Speaking &Presentations For Dummies shows you how, from drafting yourcontent to honing your tone for a perfect delivery. More confidentspeakers can find expert advice on getting visual aids right,impromptu speaking, dazzling in roundtables, and much more.
Discover how toOrganise your speechConquer your fearsResearch content effectivelyGet your body language rightUse humour properlySpeak to a foreign audience
Disabled Rights explains how people with disabilities have been treated from a social, legal, and political perspective in the United States. With an objective and straightforward approach, Switzer identifies the programs and laws that have been enacted in the past fifty years and how they have affected the lives of people with disabilities. She raises questions about Congressional intent in passing the ADA, the evolution and fragmentation of the disability rights movement, and the current status of disabled people in the U.S.
Illustrating the shift of disability issues from a medical focus to civil rights, the author clearly defines the contemporary role of persons with disabilities in American culture, and comprehensively outlines the public and private programs designed to integrate disabled persons into society. She covers the law's provisions as they apply to private organizations and businesses and concludes with the most up-to-date coverage of recent Supreme Court decisions-especially since the 2000-2002 terms-that have profoundly influenced the implementation of the ADA and other disability policies.
For activists as well as scholars, students, and practitioners in public policy and public administration, Switzer has written a compassionate, yet powerful book that demands attention from everyone interested in the battle for disability rights and equality in the United States.
Managing Teams For Dummies is for anyone who has beenasked to take on the role of team leader. This book can help youmanage your team, whether you’re a senior manager or workerwho doesn’t have supervisory responsibilities, but has becomethe point person on a specific project.
Managing Teams For Dummies can help you build and leadhigh-performing teams. Packed with tips on setting and reachinggoals, resolving conflicts, leading teams through change, andproviding team members with the skills to work togetherproductively, this book will help you keep any team you mangefocused and efficient. Managing Teams For Dummies willalso:Take you beyond the conceptual idea of teams and providepractical advice for developing groups that become winningteamsDescribe the type of leadership needed to guide teamssuccessfully and prepare you for challenges that ariseReveal the three cornerstones’ model for developing teamsuccess and provide how-to strategies to make them happenDiscuss the types of teams that are growing in popularity,namely self-directed teams, project teams, and task teamsTeams make it possible to bring together the variety of skills,perspectives, and talents that you need in the contemporaryworkplace. With Managing Teams For Dummies you can make sureyour team performs to the best of its ability and while trying toachieve its goal.
Authors Dall W. Forsythe and Donald J. Boyd outline the budgeting process through a series of memos from a budget director to a newly elected governor—a format that helps readers with little or no background understand complicated financial issues. They cover all of the steps of budget preparation, from strategy to execution, explaining technical vocabulary, and discussing key topics including baseline budgeting, revenue forecasting, and gap-closing options.
Forsythe and Boyd bring fresh insights into such issues as the importance of a multiyear strategic budget plan, the impact of the business cycle on state budgets, the tactical problems of getting budgets adopted by legislatures, and, of course, the relationship between governor and budget officer. Memos to the Governor is a painless, practical introduction to budget preparation for students of and practitioners in public administration and public-sector financial management.
Business Plans Kit For Dummies includes UK specificinformation on:UK business practiceCurrencyUK business and financial institutions and advisoryservicesUK taxation and VATPartnerships and Limited company informationUK legal practice, contractual considerations and insurancemattersUK specific formsUK specific case studiesNew content covering online business opportunities andresources, alternative ways in to business including franchising,network marketing and buy outs, research methods and choosingsuppliers and outsourcing will all be added to the UK edition.
Table of Contents:
Part I: Laying the Foundation for Your PlanChapter 1: Starting Your Planning EngineChapter 2: Generating a Great Business IdeaChapter 3: Defining Your Business Purpose
Part II: Developing Your Plan’s ComponentsChapter 4: Understanding Your Business EnvironmentChapter 5: Charting Your Strategic DirectionChapter 6: Describing Your Business and Its CapabilitiesChapter 7: Crafting Your Marketing PlanChapter 8: Deciphering and Presenting
Part III: Tailoring a Business Plan to Fit Your NeedsChapter 9: Planning for a One-Person BusinessChapter 10: Planning for a Small BusinessChapter 11: Planning for an Established BusinessChapter 12: Planning for a Not for profit NonprofitOrganizationChapter 13: Planning for an E-Business
Part IV: Making the Most of Your PlanChapter 14: Putting Your Plan TogetherChapter 15: Putting Your Plan to Work
Part V: The Part of TensChapter 16: Ten Signs That Your Plan Might Need anOverhaulChapter 17: Ten Ways to Evaluate a New Business IdeaChapter 18: Ten Ways to Fund Your Business PlanChapter 19: Ten Sources of Vital Information to underpinyour Business PlanChapter 20: Ten Ways to Use Your Business Plan
Note: CD files are available to download when buying theeBook version
In Tribal Leadership, Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright show corporate leaders how to first assess their company’s tribal culture and then raise their companies’ tribes to unprecedented heights of success. In a rigorous eight-year study of approximately 24,000 people in over two dozen corporations, Logan, King, and Fischer-Wright discovered a common theme: the success of a company depends on its tribes, the strength of its tribes is determined by the tribal culture, and a thriving corporate culture can be established by an effective tribal leader. Tribal Leadership will show leaders how to employ their companies’ tribes to maximize productivity and profit: the author’s research, backed up with interviews ranging from Brian France (CEO of NASCAR) to “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams, shows that over three quarters of the organizations they’ve studied have tribal cultures that are adequate at best.
Does the thought of interviewing for a new job send shivers downyour spine? It doesn't have to! Whether you're searching for yourfirst job, changing careers, or looking for advancement in yourcurrent line of work, Job Interviews For Dummies shows youhow to use your skills and experiences to your advantage and landthat job.
Following a half-decade characterized by an explosion ofeconomic crises, global expansion, and technological innovation inthe job market, today's job seekers vie for employment in a toughera of new realities where few have gone before. In addition tocovering how to prepare for an interview, this updated editionexplores the new realities of the job market with scenarios thatyou can expect to encounter, an updated sample question and answersection, coverage of how you can harness social media in your jobsearch, information on preparing for a Web-based interview, and thebest ways to keep your credibility when applying for several jobsat once.Out-prepare the competitionOvercome your fear of interviewingAsk smart questions about the job and the employerGive the best answers to make-or-break questionsFit your qualifications to the job's requirementsDress like an insiderSurvive personality testsInterview across culturesEvaluate a job offerNegotiate a better salary
Whether you're fresh from the classroom, a prime-timer over 50,or somewhere in between, Job Interviews For Dummies quicklygets you up to speed on the skills and tools you need to land thejob you want.
Are you enrolled in a managerial accounting class and findingyourself struggling? Fear not! Managerial Accounting ForDummies is the go-to study guide to help you easily master theconcepts of this challenging course. You'll discover the basicconcepts, terminology, and methods to identify, measure, analyze,interpret, and communicate information in the pursuit of anorganization's goals.
Tracking to a typical managerial accounting course and packedwith easy-to-understand explanations and real-life examples,Managerial Accounting For Dummies explores cost behavior,cost analysis, profit planning and control measures, accounting fordecentralized operations, capital budgeting decisions, ethicalchallenges in managerial accounting, and much more.Covers the key concepts and tools needed to communicateaccounting information for managerial decision-making within anorganizationPlain-English explanations of managerial accounting terminologyand methodsTracks to a typical college-level managerial accountingcourse
Managerial Accounting For Dummies makes it fast and easyto grasp the concepts needed to score your highest in a managerialaccounting course.
Conquer your public speaking jitters and deliver a dynamitespeech
Anxious about public speaking? Have no fear! Use this friendlyguide as your personal arsenal of tools to overcome stage frightand build a rapport with your audience. From researching your topicand preparing the room to crafting a riveting address, these savvytips will help you deliver a masterful presentation.
The Dummies Way
* Explanations in plain English
* "Get in, get out" information
* Icons and other navigational aids
* Tear-out cheat sheet
* Top ten lists
* A dash of humor and fun
Discover how to:
* Speak with confidence
* Create spectacular visual aids
* Add power with body language
* Address international and virtual audiences
* Answer questions the right way
Your comprehensive guide to finding and winning grant monies
Grant writing can be quite daunting, but this complete guide provides you with everything you need to get started with your application right away! Use this resource, including new and updated material, to move through the entire grant-writing process and apply for some of the billions of dollars available from public and private sector sources.Grant writing 101 — get an easy-to-understand introduction to the ins and outs of grants, including who funds them and how to receive them Know what funders want — discover the many grant-making organizations throughout the world and how to tailor your message to what your prospects expect Tug on reviewers’ heartstrings — find out how to tell your story so peer reviewers award your application the maximum number of points The write stuff — explore writing techniques to create powerful, successful applications and proposals that convey your need for grant funding
Go online and find templates for request letters, executive summaries, logic models, budget summary tables, and more
Open the book and find:How to connect with grant-making agencies What goes into a grant submission How to build a great funding plan An overview of the peer review process A helpful checklist to make sure all the pieces are in place How to navigate federal grant websites Compelling words to use in applications Advice on requesting matching funds and other items
Belzer and Wayne also examine the deaths of White House Counsel Vincent Foster, U.N. Weapons Inspector Dr. David C. Kelly, and bio-weapons expert Dr. Frank Olson, as well as the cases of two murders directly linked Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States.
“Big Brother” is watching you—through the scope of a sniper rifle. Dead Wrong will give you the straight facts on some of the most controversial and famous deaths this country has ever seen. The harsh reality is that our government only tells us what we want to hear, as they look out for their own best interests and eliminate anyone who gets in their way.
For more information, please go to www.BelzerBook.com
In the years since the publication of First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths, millions have come to the simple but powerful realization that to get the most out of people, you must build on their strengths. And yet, as Marcus Buckingham astutely points out, though the strengths-based approach is now conventional wisdom, the tools and systems inside organizations—performance appraisals, training programs, and succession planning systems—remain stubbornly remedial and exclusively focused on measuring skills, finding gaps, and attempting to plug them. It’s a crisis for individuals and organizations, with management ideas and everyday practice utterly out of sync.
That’s about to change. StandOut 2.0 is a revolutionary book and tool that enables you to identify your strengths, and those of your team, and act on them. The original edition of StandOut provided top-notch insights from one of the world’s foremost authorities on strengths, as well as access to a powerful, cutting-edge online assessment tool. StandOut 2.0 also includes the assessment and a robust report on your most dominant strengths. The report is easily exported so you can use it to present the very best of yourself to your team and your company.
StandOut 2.0 is your indispensable guide for building on your strengths to further your career—and help your team and organization win.
Have you ever wondered the key to multibillionaire Warren Buffet's five-decade run as the most successful investor in history? The answer is simple: fundamental analysis. In this easy-to-understand, practical, and savvy guide, you'll discover how it helps you assess a business' overall financial performance by using historical and present data to forecast its future monetary value—and why this powerful tool is particularly important to investors in times of economic downturn.
It's more important than ever for investors to know the true financial stability of a business, and this new edition of Fundamental Analysis For Dummies shows you how. Whether you're a seasoned investor or just want to learn how to make more intelligent and prudent investment decisions, this plain-English guide gives you practical tips, tricks, and trade secrets for using fundamental analysis to manage your portfolio and enhance your understanding of shrewdly selecting stocks!Predict the future value of a business based on its current and historical financial dataGauge a company's performance against its competitorsDetermine if a company's credit standing is in jeopardyApply fundamental analysis to other investment vehicles, like currency, bonds, and commodities
With the help of Fundamental Analysis For Dummies, you just may find the bargains that could make you the next Warren Buffet!
The economy crashes, the government misfires, businesses fail, leaders don't lead, managers don't manage, and people don't follow through, leaving us asking, "How did that happen?"
Surprises caused by a lack of personal accountability plague almost every organization today, from the political arena to large and small businesses. How Did That Happen? offers a proven way to eliminate these nasty surprises, gain an unbeatable competitive edge, and enhance performance by holding others accountable the positive, principled way.
As the experts on workplace accountability and the authors of The Oz Principle, Roger Connors and Tom Smith tackle the next crucial step everyone can take, whether working as a manager, supervisor, CEO, or individual performer: creating greater accountability in all the people on whom you depend.