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Topgrading (How To Hire, Coach and Keep A Players)
Topgrading (How To Hire, Coach and Keep A Players)
by Bradford D. Smart
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sales tool - not really to help you understand and implement., September 8, 2014
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The idea sounds pretty powerful but this book comes across like a sales tool. Chapter five - create a score card. OK that sounds good. Sorry this chapter is TWO pages! No examples and no significant details on what it should look like besides "Scorecards define specifically, with metrics attached, what A-level performance looks like in a particular job." So, most of this book would fit in a one page blog posting.

Of course chapter 14 makes it clear. Chapter Title: Implementing top grading successfully:
1) Read top grading and work through the DVD.
2) Senior Managerd participate in a topgrading workshop
3) HR participates in top grading workshop

Etc, etc through half of the next 7.

BUY MORE TOPGRADING STUFF.

Blech.


Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK: how to survive the economic collapse and be happy
Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK: how to survive the economic collapse and be happy
by Federico Pistono
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.97
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utopianist Opinion Piece, May 7, 2013
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There was no significant, knowledgable discussion of the field of robotics or automation (physical or digital). Some data and stories in the area but no significant first hand knowledge. Instead there were lots of platitudes about the rich getting richer and the poor not having any chance at going back to school at age 40 even though the 'robots' of the Internet make this very easy to do for almost no cost.

Oh look an Ngram view of GDP and happiness. But money doesn't buy happiness - grow a garden for that. That is how the book flows too.

Of course GDP doesn't buy happiness, but if my kid has cancer I'll be a lot happier if I have the $100k to hire the best people to treat it. (Wait if money doesn't buy happiness why worry about income distribution?)

Overall disappointing unless you've never read anything in the field of futurism, robotics, happiness or economics.


Pyle In-Wall Speaker Selector Switch, Wall Plate Speaker Control
Pyle In-Wall Speaker Selector Switch, Wall Plate Speaker Control
Price: $11.75
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not source selector - speaker selector, January 5, 2013
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This device is listed as a source control but it is a speaker selector. If you use it for source control you can get both sources connected at a time and Bad Things (tm) will happen. Looks fine as a speaker selector though.


What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings--and Life (A Penguin Special from Por tfolio)
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings--and Life (A Penguin Special from Por tfolio)
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $2.99

33 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars First example is Al Sharpton?, August 11, 2012
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I started reading eagerly and the first example of a successful person goiven is Al Sharton. Really? This tax cheat, enciter of riots and all round morally corrupt is the first example. I question any "wisdom" presented by this author from that point on. What a shame.


Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
by Steven Kotler
Edition: Hardcover
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297 of 372 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fluff and Headlines, March 6, 2012
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I looked forward to reading this book but by the time I got 20% of the way through I had to force myself to finish. I kept hoping there were some better sections further in.

Much of the book seemed to be a compilation of technology headlines. Being a longtime follower of technology news and a developer of new technology as well, I found the popular science hype about this research or that potential new product to be a little weak.

Couple that with weak exagerations on various topics it started to lose it's credability. For example in one case he mentions brute force fishing as an issue repeating a claim that 6 million square miles of ocean floor, an area the size of Russia, is destroyed each year. While I understand there are many issues with the current weak management of the ocean's fisheries that smells a little off. So, a quick check of google and I find the Atlantic Is 41 million sq. mi. I'm pretty sure they don't trawl the bottom of the deep trenches so it would seem that in that this repeated stat is a little over board.

Throughout it feels as if they are simplify categorizing and repeating technology claims of others. This approach gives the feeling of a long high school student book report. If you haven't read any significant tech news for the last five years maybe you will find some interesting information but that would be about it.
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Worthless: The Young Person's  Indispensable Guide to Choosing the Right Major
Worthless: The Young Person's Indispensable Guide to Choosing the Right Major
by Aaron Clarey
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.66
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gonna have to buy a few for some young people I know., January 29, 2012
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An excellent book. This book provides a great summary of what the real world thinks of different majors. I now have to buy multiple copies for young people I know. "you should read this, I don't thing it quite captures everything but it's gets most of it" like 99.99%. That way if they are thinking of a weak major it doesn't hit them too hard at once and make them too defensive to see the truth.

It covers a great deal of real world facts about the exchange of thousands of dollars for a degree. He reminds young people that we live in an age where you can learn a great deal about foreign languages, literature and philosophy by getting a book or reading Wikipedia. So, if you are just in it for the knowledge save the fifty thousand dollars and just do the work. If you want the skills then get a degree that will get you a job.

I've had a number of students work for me and quite a few would have benefited from is advice. Instead they have massive debt, crappy job prospects and a poor understanding of why that is.


How Much Is Enough? Making Financial Decisions That Create Wealth and Well-being
How Much Is Enough? Making Financial Decisions That Create Wealth and Well-being
by Arun Abey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.18
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Weak Overview of the Happiness Field and Financial Planning, October 24, 2009
Another business owner who had heard Arun Abey speak referred this book to me. The title and nature of the work sounded compelling so I quickly ordered it and read it upon its arrival. Unfortunately the whole experience left me wanting. Disappointed that the reviews didn't warn me about the upcoming trip I thought I'd pen my first review to help at least one other person avoid my mistake.

The beginning started out well enough - a few stories about various people and how their money experiences distracted them from what was truly important to them. This to me is always good to see - other people's real experiences. From there it talked about various planning steps to get at what is really important in your life first then figure out a scenario to make money while being true to your primary goals.

This first section really didn't cover any new ground nor was it a really compelling read. Other "how much is enough" question books like The Overspent American, Your Money or Your Life and Stumbling on Happiness do a far better job at challenging your ideas on money and wealth. These other books also do it with a much more readable style. If that had been the book I'd say two or three stars.

However, they add more and fill the second half of the book with financial planning and financial advisor advice. This part takes the `classic' financial planning views and rehashes them again. In this case it is even less compelling then the first half of the book. By this point they seem to have completely left he question of how much is enough and are boringly chasing the enough. This unexpected path would be better met with one of dozens of financial books - say the Millionaire Next Door, Bogel on Mutual Funds, A Random Walk Down Walk Street or more general books like Total Money Makeover or Start Late Finish Rich.

In the end they spend the second half of the book on a different topic and overall take a good title and miss the opportunity to really work that question over. Too bad. Overall it seems like a resume builder or bucket list item not a really well research or compiled contribution to the knowledge of the values and wealth.


A Perfect Evil (Maggie O'Dell)
A Perfect Evil (Maggie O'Dell)
by Alex Kava
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars beware, it's NOTwhat you think!, June 30, 2001
I was appalled to begin reading this book only to find out that the 'murder victims', as the synopsis states, were little boys. It is obvious why this fact was not stated in the synopsis on the back cover, no one would buy this book if they knew. The author most definately is not a mother or she would understand how truely sick this kind of fiction really is. I threw the book in the garbage after only reading two pages, believe me, that is all it took to realize I had been grossly misled by the author and the publishing company, Mira. Please do not buy this book and show the author that this kind of murder fiction books are totally inappropriate.
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