Drawing on both instrumental and institutional perspectives within organization theory, as well as democratic theory and empirical studies of decision-making, this text addresses five central aspects of the public sector organization:
goals and values leadership and steering reform and change effects and implications understanding and design.
This volume challenges conventional economic analysis of the public sector, arguing instead for a democratic-political approach and a new, prescriptive organization theory. A rich resource of both theory and practice, Organization Theory for the Public Sector: Instrument, Culture and Myth is essential reading for anybody studying the public sector.
The book utilises various theoretical perspectives - such as adaptation to external pressure, strategic choice and path-dependencies - to explain the changes related to increased European integration in central government agencies. It concludes that the consequences of Europeanization can be described as the growth of a transnational administration where identities as well as loyalties are created in processes that transcends the borders of states.
The Routledge Handbook to Accountability and Welfare State Reforms in Europeassesses multi-dimensional accountability relations in depth, addressing the dynamic between accountability and reforms. Analyzing how welfare state reforms oriented towards agencification, managerialism and marketization affected existing relationships in services traditionally provided by public institutions, the theoretically informed, empirical chapters provide specific examples of their effect on accountability. Expert contributors explore the relationship between accountability and performance and the impact of reforms on political, administrative, managerial, legal, professional and social accountability. The role of specific actors, such as the media and citizens, on the accountability process addressing issues of blame avoidance, reputation and autonomous agencies is discussed.
Comparative chapters across time, countries, administrative levels and policy areas are included, along with discussions linking accountability with concepts like legitimacy, democracy, coordination and performance. This handbook will be an essential reference tool to those studying European politics and public policy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
The math, formulas, and problems associated with corporate finance can be daunting to the uninitiated. Corporate Finance For Dummies introduces you to the practices of determining an operating budget, calculating future cash flow, and scenario analysis in a friendly, un-intimidating way that makes comprehension easy.
Corporate Finance For Dummies covers everything you'll encounter in a course on corporate finance, including accounting statements, cash flow, raising and managing capital, choosing investments; managing risk; determining dividends; mergers and acquisitions; and valuation.Serves as an excellent resource to supplement coursework related to corporate financeGives you the tools and advice you need to understand corporate finance principles and strategiesProvides information on the risks and rewards associated with corporate finance and lending
With easy-to-understand explanations and examples, Corporate Finance For Dummies is a helpful study guide to accompany your coursework, explaining the tough stuff in a way you can understand.
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.)
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.
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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.
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.
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
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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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
This vivid, unfolding narrative is like no other book that has been written about the Bush presidency -- or any that is likely to be written soon. At its core are the candid assessments of former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, for two years the administration's top economic official, a principal of the National Security Council, and a tutor to the new President. He is the only member of Bush's innermost circle to leave and then to agree to speak frankly about what has really been happening inside the White House.
O'Neill's account is supported by Suskind's interviews with many participants in the administration, by transcripts of meetings, and by voluminous documents that cover most areas of domestic and foreign policy. The result is a disclosure of breadth and depth unparalleled for an ongoing presidency. As readers are taken to the very epicenter of government, this news-making volume offers a definitive view of the characters and conduct of Bush and his closest advisers as they manage crucial domestic policies and global strategies at a time of life-and-death crises.
Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Christine Todd Whitman, and many of their aides are seen in an intimate, "unmanaged" way -- as is Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, O'Neill's close friend and ally. Along the way, the central conflicts of this administration's governance -- between politics and policy, ideology and analysis -- are starkly visible through the lens of recent events and the revelation of the often unseen intentions that underlie actions.
In this book Suskind draws on unique access to present an astonishing account of a President so carefully managed in his public posture that he is unknown to most Americans. Now, he will be known.
Regardless of where you find yourself on the corporate ladderand what level of authority you carry, what you and other managersshare in common is the responsibility for the performance ofothers. Coaching and Mentoring For Dummies can open youreyes to this innovative way of managing and show you the best wayto get the most out of those who work for you.
Coaching and Mentoring For Dummies provides thefoundation for understanding what business coaching is all about,and helps you gain or improve the coaching skills that driveemployee performance and commitment. These skills, which serve asthe main topics of this book, involve: getting employees to deliverthe results you need; guiding employees to think and do forthemselves; motivating employees to take on responsibility andperform effectively; and growing employee capabilities that lead tocareer development and success
You’ll also discover how to:Use questions rather than commandsBe a delegator, not a doerComplete performance reviews without anxietyGrow your employees’ talentsIncrease productivity and decrease turnoverWith Coaching and Mentoring For Dummies as your guide, youcan start to put these techniques and tools to work for you andinspire your employees in ways you never imagined. Fromtried-and-true worksheets to tools that you can tailor to you ownsituation, this friendly guide helps you call all the right playswith regards to your employees. Forget about micromanaging! Whenyou become a coach, you’ll be surprised by the tasks yourgroup can perform.The fun and easy guide to today's hottest trendsin management training, Coaching and Mentoring For Dummiesshows managers how to take advantage of these state-of-the-artmanagement tools -- without spending hundreds of dollars ontraining seminars! This book features Guidance on being a coach rather than a doer" and givingfeedback in a positive wayAdvice on motivating, grooming, and growing employeesTips on tackling diversity issues, performance reviews, andother challengesPut these techniques and tools to work and inspire your employeesin ways you never imagined. Forget about micromanaging! When youbecome a coach, you'll be surprised by the tasks your group canperform.
The Hockey Stick achieved prominence in a 2001 UN report on climate change and quickly became a central icon in the "climate wars." The real issue has never been the graph's data but rather its implied threat to those who oppose governmental regulation and other restraints to protect the environment and planet. Mann, lead author of the original paper in which the Hockey Stick first appeared, shares the story of the science and politics behind this controversy. He reveals key figures in the oil and energy industries and the media frontgroups who do their bidding in sometimes slick, sometimes bare-knuckled ways. Mann concludes with the real story of the 2009 "Climategate" scandal, in which climate scientists' emails were hacked. This is essential reading for all who care about our planet's health and our own well-being.
Especially relevant in today's world of corporate scandals andnew accounting laws, the numbers in a financial report containvitally important information about where a company has been andwhere it is going.
Packed with new and updated information, Reading FinancialReports For Dummies, 3rd Edition gives you a quick but clearintroduction to financial reports–and how to decipher theinformation in them.New information on the separate accounting and financialreporting standards for private/small businesses versuspublic/large businessesNew content to match SEC and other governmental regulatorychangesNew information about how the analyst-corporate connection hasactually changed the playing fieldThe impact of corporate communications and newtechnologiesNew examples that reflect current trendsUpdated websites and resources
Reading Financial Reports For Dummies is for investors,traders, brokers, managers, and anyone else who is looking for areliable, up-to-date guide to reading financial reportseffectively.
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.
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
For this edition the book is now organized into two parts to better cluster the chapters on theory and the chapters on practice. The chapter on major leadership styles breaks up the external style into two styles, consistent with recent literature, and the chapter on early management theories and transactional theories has been broadened to include stratified systems theory. Distributed leadership and ethics-based leadership each now receive full chapter treatments. Power, influence, and attribution are now covered in a new chapter which includes coverage of power and gender as well as entirely new material on world cultures and leadership. The chapter on Integrated Leadership has been reframed as a chapter on competency based approaches, and references and examples are updated throughout the book.
The text includes discussion questions and scenarios at the end of each chapter, numerous exhibits, and an easily reproducible leadership assessment instrument. An all-new online Instructor's Manual is available to adopters.
Young black men in cities are overwhelmingly the victims—and perpetrators—of violent crime in the United States. Troubled by this tragedy—and by his medical colleagues' apparent numbness in the face of it—Rich, a black man who grew up in relative safety and comfort, reached out to many of these young crime victims to learn why they lived in a seemingly endless cycle of violence and how it affected them. The stories they told him are unsettling—and revealing about the reality of life in American cities.
Mixing his own perspective with their seldom-heard voices, Rich relates the stories of young black men whose lives were violently disrupted—and of their struggles to heal and remain safe in an environment that both denied their trauma and blamed them for their injuries. He tells us of people such as Roy, a former drug dealer who fought to turn his life around and found himself torn between the ease of returning to the familiarity of life on the violent streets of Boston and the tenuous promise of accepting a new, less dangerous one.
Rich's poignant portrait humanizes young black men and illustrates the complexity of a situation that defies easy answers and solutions.
Their coverage is both comprehensive and cutting edge, not just including all the basic topics (OT, budgeting, HRM), but also reflecting new realities in public administration:
Innovations in e-government
The importance of new technology
Changes in intergovernmental relations, especially the emphasis on inter-local and shared regional resources
Public performance and accountability initiatives
Public Administrationhas been crafted with student appeal in mind. Each of the book's 14 chapters is generously and colorfully illustrated with cartoons, quotes, and artwork--all reinforcing the book's theme that the field of PA is rooted in the cultural and political world. Each chapter is also supported with a listing of key terms, exercises, and additional resources.
Graetz and Shapiro conducted wide-ranging interviews with the relevant players: members of congress, senators, staffers from the key committees and the Bush White House, civil servants, think tank and interest group representatives, and many others. The result is a unique portrait of American politics as viewed through the lens of the death tax repeal saga. Graetz and Shapiro brilliantly illuminate the repeal campaign's many fascinating and unexpected turns--particularly the odd end result whereby the repeal is slated to self-destruct a decade after its passage. They show that the stakes in this fight are exceedingly high; the very survival of the long standing American consensus on progressive taxation is being threatened.
Graetz and Shapiro's rich narrative reads more like a political drama than a conventional work of scholarship. Yet every page is suffused by their intimate knowledge of the history of the tax code, the transformation of American conservatism over the past three decades, and the wider political implications of battles over tax policy.
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
Grappling with the details of flawed responses to the LA Riots or Hurricane Katrina, or with the success of the Incident Management System during the Pentagon fire on 9/11, students start to see the ways in which responders can improve capabilities and more adeptly navigate between technical or operational needs and political considerations.
The construction management industry is expected to increaseemployment by 16 percent over the next decade. This second editionof a bestselling introduction to construction management walks youthrough each stage of the construction management process.
Written from the constructor's perspective, this book willfamiliarize you with all the construction management fundamentalsand how Building Information Modeling (BIM) is impacting theconstruction management profession.Covers interoperability of technology advances in theconstruction industryExplains how BIM is challenging the traditional approach toproject delivery and how this affects the constructor's roleElaborates each stage of the design and construction processand the tasks associated with each of themShows step-by-step how to estimate project costs, administercontracts, manage job site and construction operations, plan andschedule a project, monitor project performance, manage projectquality and safety, and assess project risksProvides review questions at the end of each chapter to helpenforce understanding
The tried-and-true project management principles presented inthis book will help ensure you a successful start to yourcareer.
Is your business on track to achieve success? Key PerformanceIndicators For Dummies covers the essential KPIs that areuseful to all kinds of businesses, and includes more than 100different ways leaders can monitor and drive performance in theirorganisations.
This book helps managers understand the crucial KPIs that shouldbe implemented for all different aspects of the organisation,including financial performance, operational and internalprocesses, sales and marketing, customer satisfaction and more.Good KPIs should be unique to every business, as every business hasdifferent objectives. To meet this need, the book provides toolsand templates that leaders can use to develop unique KPIs that bestsuit their particular organisation or industry.Learn to design KPIs that are unique to your business and fitclosely to your strategic objectivesDetermine which KPI questions you should be asking to achievethe right insights for your businessLearn the specific KPIs that are appropriate for differentbusiness circumstancesTurn KPIs into deep insights by mastering related reporting andcommunications practices
KPIs are a crucial part of every manager's toolkit, and areessential for helping to monitor the execution of businessstrategies and measure results. Key Performance Indicators ForDummies moves beyond a basic discussion of what KPIs are, andwhy they are needed to provide a complete guide for learning todesign and use specific KPIs to drive organisationalperformance.