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A Few Lessons from Sherlock Holmes
A Few Lessons from Sherlock Holmes
by Peter Bevelin
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.96
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great little booklet!, September 24, 2013
Peter Bevelin masterfully shows us how to recognize the relevant clues in a sea of noise - all through the lense of Sherlock Holmes. Where do you need these skills? Everywhere, in business and in private life. What a great little booklet!


Conversation Transformation: Recognize and Overcome the 6 Most Destructive Communication Patterns
Conversation Transformation: Recognize and Overcome the 6 Most Destructive Communication Patterns
by Ben E. Benjamin
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.22
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and practical manual for solving communication breakdowns, January 9, 2013
Breakdowns in communication affect your personal and professional lives. Communication professionals Ben E. Benjamin, Amy Yeager and Anita Simon identify six major behavioral patterns that undermine constructive conversations: "yes-buts, mind-reads, negative predictions, leading questions, complaints and attacks." Each chapter of their insightful manual contains valuable advice, as well as exercises to help you avoid falling into these patterns. getAbstract recommends the authors' methods to anyone seeking better communication skills in any setting and in any field, and to everyone in business - from the receptionist to the CEO.


What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption
What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption
by Rachel Botsman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.11
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling take on the future of collaborative consumerism, January 9, 2013
Finding a glimmer of hope in the economic environment is a challenge these days - particularly in the aftermath of the recession. But business writer Rachel Botsman and entrepreneur Roo Rogers make you feel optimistic about the concept of "collaborative consumption" and its potential to alter the way people conduct business - and business relationships. The authors cite many user-friendly marketplaces where consumers share, rent, trade and barter while creating meaningful, human connections. Botsman and Rogers suggest that financial upheaval has paved a pathway to a kinder, more introspective era that will bring out the innate goodness and spirit of cooperation in individuals. Naive or brilliant, you decide. getAbstract recommends this book to marketers interested in how the marketplace is shifting and believes that anyone seeking some positive economic news will enjoy this informative, delightful and uplifting work.


Being Buddha at Work: 108 Ancient Truths on Change, Stress, Money, and Success
Being Buddha at Work: 108 Ancient Truths on Change, Stress, Money, and Success
by Franz Metcalf
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.14
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightened look at 2,500 years of Buddhist wisdom applied to modern workplace problems, January 9, 2013
Thousands of years ago, the Buddha established a framework to help people achieve happiness and avoid suffering. For Buddhists, work is an organic, important part of life and an expression of a person's highest values. Religious studies professor Franz Metcalf and business writer BJ Gallagher prove the modern relevance of Buddhist ideas, particularly in the workplace. Presented as question-and-answer discussions - as if students were quizzing a master teacher - this is a small book, but not a light read. It will give you plenty to think about, despite sometimes being a bit esoteric (consider the difficulty of condensing 2,500 years of thought into 176 pages). getAbstract finds that the readings have a cumulative, stress-relieving impact; they will give you a deeper understanding of Buddhist canons and their practical application in seeking balance.


AMA Business Boot Camp: Management and Leadership Fundamentals That Will See You Successfully Through Your Career
AMA Business Boot Camp: Management and Leadership Fundamentals That Will See You Successfully Through Your Career
by Edward T. Reilly
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.55
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4.0 out of 5 stars Expert guide to business management from the American Management Association, January 9, 2013
When it comes to learning the skills you need to run a business, you are in good hands with the American Management Association (AMA). In this comprehensive manual for corporate managers, editor Edward T. Reilly, president and CEO of the AMA, expertly covers the topics you must know to be an effective leader and manager. This is solid and reliable - though basic - guidance for all businesspeople. getAbstract recommends Reilly's survey course to anyone, particularly newer managers, seeking up-to-date business management information.


The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge
The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge
by Doc Searls
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.69
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informed look at the future potential of customer power, January 9, 2013
Imagine a world where unknown companies can't track your every digital move, and where you don't have to click, agree and assume all the liability in every transaction. Technology writer Doc Searls envisions that world as the future "Intention Economy," a setting in which people access "Vendor Relationship Management" (VRM) tools that make vendor-customer interactions far more equitable than they are now. Searls intelligently analyzes the web today, the one-sidedness of vendor-customer relationships and the changes VRM can enable. Although tech-savvy readers will enjoy Searls's conversational style, getAbstract warns that nongeeks might find some of his concepts hard to grasp. Even so, Searls's vision is relevant to vendors as well as customers.


Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation Throughout the World
Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation Throughout the World
by Beverly Schwartz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.81
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and instructive profiles of social changemakers, January 9, 2013
From the slums of Lima to rural Kenya to the streets of New Delhi, ordinary people are accomplishing extraordinary feats and changing other people's lives forever. These social entrepreneurs and the "changemakers" they enlist are the characters in this collection of case histories by former Ashoka vice president Beverly Schwartz. Ashoka, an organization that pioneered social entrepreneurship, has a support network of more than 3,000 fellows working around the world. Schwartz, a behavioral scientist, tells the stories of 18 fellows and outlines their approaches to social entrepreneurship. getAbstract finds her profiles truly inspiring portraits of people who tackled the most pervasive, seemingly insurmountable problems in the very places where they affect the world's most vulnerable, disadvantaged and disenfranchised peoples.


Gold Bubble: Profiting From Gold's Impending Collapse
Gold Bubble: Profiting From Gold's Impending Collapse
by Yoni Jacobs
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $28.05
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Research-based report on gold prices, January 9, 2013
Gold has always had a special allure for consumers and investors alike, but speculating in gold can present enormous upsides with concomitantly disastrous downsides. Gold's precipitous climb as financial markets first roiled and then surged at the start of the 21st century raised alarms with investment strategist Yoni Jacobs. He offers a contrarian and sobering opinion based on his exhaustive research: The high-flying price of gold - that supposed safe haven beloved by spooked investors - will soon plummet to Earth. Jacobs pulls out all the stops - often repetitively so - to back up his claim, and his statistics and data are impressive, though pretty much all focused on his point of view. getAbstract, which never gives investment advice, recommends this thought-provoking look at gold to those worried that their investments could turn to dross.


Greatness: The 16 Characteristics of True Champions
Greatness: The 16 Characteristics of True Champions
by Don Yaeger
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational book about great athletes and the 16 characteristics that define them, January 9, 2013
For more than two decades, journalist Don Yaeger, a former Sports Illustrated editor, had a front-row seat for observing greatness at sports fields, boxing rings, basketball courts, Olympic swimming pools and racing tracks: wherever great athletes competed. Yaeger spent hundreds of hours discussing greatness with elite sports performers. In his solid exploration of how to achieve greatness, Yaeger draws on the inspirational lives and character traits of great athletes. This is great fun - if not exactly great literature - and filled with triumphant stories. getAbstract recommends Yaeger's insights to athletic adolescents and anyone who loves sports (particularly US sports, given the terminology) and who wants to learn about the personalities of champions.


Worth It ... Not Worth It?: Simple & Profitable Answers to Life's Tough Financial Questions
Worth It ... Not Worth It?: Simple & Profitable Answers to Life's Tough Financial Questions
by Jack Otter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.99
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No-nonsense, illustrated guidebook to personal finance and investing, January 9, 2013
Just when you want to be careful with money, along come confusing life choices: buying a car, renting a house, investing in the market, obtaining life insurance, and so on. Happily, MoneyWatch's Jack Otter provides superior advice. He lays out a series of either-or spending choices and explains the pluses and minuses of your options. getAbstract - which does not give financial advice, other than suggesting due diligence in light of your own situation - recommends Otter's savvy mini-essays on financial choices and his nicely illustrated pro-and-con presentation. If you seek clear-headed spending advice in a pretty package, you will appreciate his authoritative, easy-to-understand comparisons. On the other hand, if you find jazzy pages overflowing with big pictures laced with short doses of advice way too distracting, you may think this illustrated manual is a bit over-the-top visually. However, for the inexperienced young person or the financially daunted, the popular packaging may just open the door to sound fiscal counsel.


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