Аркадий Аверченко – «король смеха», как называли его современники, – обладал удивительной способностью воссоздавать абсурдность жизни российского обывателя, с легкостью изобретая остроумные сюжеты и создавая массу смешных положений, диалогов и импровизаций. Юмор Аверченко способен вызвать улыбку на устах даже самого серьезного читателя.
Современники называли Аверченко «королем смеха». Его роман «Шутка мецената» – юмористическая, местами лирическая, весело написанная история из жизни хорошо знакомой писателю литературной богемы Петербурга. Цинично относящиеся к жизни герои романа невольно своими собственными руками разрушают выстроенный ими хрупкий мир наслаждений. Их злая шутка, обращенная на человека, наивно хранящего веру в людей, в искренность, в справедливость, в любовь, в преданность, обращается против них самих.
На дворе экономический кризис. Карьеры рушатся, магазины разоряются, а обанкротившиеся шопоголики лишены главного, того, что украшало их жизнь и составляло ее смысл, – возможности покупать. Вот и бедняжка Бекки вынуждена обуздать демона потребления. Дав любимому мужу клятву не нести домой лишнего, она тут же нарушает ее. Но как тут сдержаться, если двухлетняя дочка Минни сама тянется за новыми туфельками… А еще не за горами день рождения мужа. И какое веселье может быть без вечеринки-сюрприза? Вот только организация мероприятия, да еще в такие сложные времена, – дело не из легких. И Бекки придется применить всю свою смекалку, чтобы устроить праздник, который запомнят на долгие годы.
An innovative guide provides an alternative approach to relieving the body of stress by focusing on the mind, body, and spirit, and includes such methods as breath work, yoga, meditation, visualization, imagery, and more.
Managing employees in today s rapidly evolving workplace can sometimes feel like negotiating a minefield. Such recent new trends as flextime, telecommting, 360-degree feedback, the flattening of hierarchies, and the increased use of temps and contract workers present tough new challenges for supervisors in every field. This timely, completely revised and updated edition of Ferdinand Fournies s classic management coaching
Diets high in grains can lead to a host of health problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, fatigue, and more. Going Against the Grain outlines the disadvantages and potential dangers of eating various types of grains and provides practical, realistic advice on implementing a plan to cut back or eliminate grains on a daily basis. This book also includes easy-to-follow grain-free recipes and helpful suggestions for dining out.
THE DEFINITIVE ANTENNA REFERENCE--FULLY REVISED AND EXPANDED! Design and build your own antennas with the help of this unique guide. Updated and revised to provide clear answers to questions frequently asked by hobbyists and electronics technicians, Practical Antenna Handbook, Fifth Edition blends theoretical concepts with hands-on experience--requiring only high school mathematics Reorganized to flow logically from broad physical principles to specific antenna design and construction techniques, the book begins by covering the fundamentals. Then the half-wave dipole is discussed both as an excellent antenna in its own right and as a conceptual tool for predicting the performance of other designs. Transmission line impedance matching techniques--and a companion Smith chart tutorial--lead into
Written by soccer great and championship Stanford coach Bobby Clark, COACHING YOUTH SOCCER: THE BAFFLED PARENT'S GUIDE tells you how, starting at point zero, an uninitiated coach can meld kids into a team and help them enjoy one of the most rewarding experiences of their youth. (In the end, you may be the one who reaps the biggest reward, as you watch kids learn and grow in an experience they'll treasure for a lifetime.)
The right tool for the task of speaking Spanish, minimizing the fluff and filler When you want to get a job done right, you do it yourself. With DIY Spanish, you can build your Spanish language skills on your own without the distraction of minor details. This part-workbook/part-reference gets straight to the point, offering useful structures, model sentences, essential vocabulary and grammar to get you communicating in a basic, functional manner. Your Spanish language-learning toolbox includes: Power Tools Focuses on how to communicate basic wants, desires, future plans, likes
Build a high-performance workforce by abandoning skills-based hiring practices and focusing on employee attitude Hiring for Attitude offers a groundbreaking approach to recruiting, assessing, and selecting people with both tremendous skills but, more importantly, an attitude that aligns with the organization s culture. Murphy cites his own company s research and examines recent scientific studies about the practical effects a person s attitude has on the outcome of his or her job performance. Clear and practical lessons are illuminated by numerous case studies of organizations like Microchip, Southwest Airlines, and The Ritz-Carlton.
Briefcase Books: Manager s Guide to Motivating Employees More than 700,000 Briefcase Books sold! A manager s guide to inspiring employees to work at peak performance to improve organizational culture and help meet the bottom-line About the Book Manager s Guide to Motivating Employees is the perfect primer for managers looking to jumpstart the work ethic, excitement, and company synergy by engaging and motivating their employees. This new edition provides entertaining case studies and examples of how readers can create an environment in which employees feel passionate about their jobs and put the best of them in everything they do. Written specifically for today s busy manager, Briefcase Books feature eye-catching icons, checklists, and sidebars to guide managers step by step through everyday workplace situations. Key Selling Features Proven tactics for creating relationships and ensuring effective communication to get the optimal performance from employees Clear definitions of key terms and concepts Practical advice for minimizing the possibility of error Examples of successful management Specific planning procedures, tactics, and hands-on techniques Market / Audience Managers of all levels About the Author Anne Bruce (Sacramento, CA) is a nationally recognized speaker, workshop leader, and author. Her books include the Briefcase Books Be Your Own Mentor and Building A High Morale Workplace and Perfect Phrases for Documenting Employee Performance Problems.
Take your professional game to the next level in 100 seconds o r less! People with inborn talent may be good at what they do but only the mentally tough reach the highest plateaus in their field. And here s the best news of all: mental toughness is something anyone can learn. Director of mental training for the St. Louis Cardinals and a top-tier executive coach, Dr. Jason Selk knows everything there is to know about developing the mental toughness required for achieving any goal you set for yourself. In fact, the techniques he outlines in this book are the same ones he used to help the Cardinals defeat the heavily favored Detroit Tigers in the 2006 World Series. Inspired on the vision of legendary basketball coach John Wooden, Selk s program is as simple as it is effective. But that doesn t mean it s easy. You have to put effort into your drive to success; it s the only way to build up your mental muscles. Selk provides hands-on daily exercises for breaking old, self-defeating patterns of behavior and replacing them with the can-do attitude and positive behavior that would make Coach Wooden proud. Executive Toughness outlines the three fundamentals for attaining high-level success: ACCOUNTABILITY admit to mistakes, correct them, and, most important, learn from them FOCUS on your strengths, on winning, on reaching your goal . . . for only 100 seconds per day OPTIMISM don t just believe you can succeed, know you can succeed Executive Toughness takes you through the steps of making these critical behaviors part of your everyday routine. Practice your accountability, focus, and optimism, and you ll be on the path to attaining your goals; make them part of your mental DNA, and there will be no turning back ever. A complete regimen from a leading expert on developing the mindset for attaining goals, Executive Toughness is your workout for ultimate success in your career and in your life.
You can t ask for more than efficient, effective operations. Or can you? Given today s business landscape increasing customer demand, global competition, lower trade barriers being good isn t enough. This groundbreaking guide provides the knowledge and tools you need to transform your organization from a well-run company to a relentlessly innovative company. Innovation expert Jeffrey Phillips has helped businesses around the world achieve the dream the implementation of innovation as a consistent business discipline. In Relentless Innovation, he reveals his secrets for the first time. Phillips argues that today s typical business models actually impede innovation because they place so much focus on efficiency, cost cutting, and short-term gain. Does this describe your business model? If it does, you need to revisit your approach and redefine your idea of what success actually is. You may find that your business as usual processes actively reject innovation efforts. Relentless Innovation has everything you need to strike the right balance between efficiency and innovation. Striking that balance will help your firm: Become proactive instead of reactive Create a more engaged workforce Establish deeper capabilities to define and achieve strategic goals Increase revenues and profits while retaining efficient cost management Sustain market differentiation Improve your public reputation Increase your ability to leverage internal knowledge and external partnerships Offering the broadest view to date of the relationship between innovation and business strategy, Relentless Innovation provides you with the information and tools you need to transform innovation from an infrequent activity to a core capability in your organization. PRAISE FOR RELENTLESS INNOVATION A thoughtful, intelligent, and practical manifesto by a highly experienced innovation professional. Phillips demonstrates with clarity and insight how organizations can assess their current innovation potential, identify vulnerabilities, and most important, create a systemic innovation-as-usual culture that can make the difference between also-ran and yes-we-can. Tim Hurson, author of Think Better Relentless Innovation is a must read for innovation junkies and executives who want practical ideas on creating an innovation business-as-usual culture. Phillips has worked in the innovation trenches and shares big-win ideas on how to unleash trapped middle management potential. Saul Kaplan, Founder and Chief Catalyst, Business Innovation Factory Phillips has long been in the top tier of professionals who have a clear understanding of what makes innovation work in business. This book will provide you (and your team) with proven creative strategies and practical ideas that you can use to gain greater success in your market. Relentless Innovation is highly recommended. Roger von Oech , author of A Whack on the Side of the Head and The Creative Whack Pack Relentless Innovation not only outlines the barriers to innovation in a way most readers will quickly understand, it provides a prescription that, when followed, can remedy the situation before efforts stall out. Dominic Venturo, Chief Innovation Officer, U.S. Bank Payment Services
Big Data represents a new era in data exploration and utilization, and IBM is uniquely positioned to help clients navigate this transformation. This book reveals how IBM is leveraging open source Big Data technology, infused with IBM technologies, to deliver a robust, secure, highly available, enterprise-class Big Data platform. The three defining characteristics of Big Data--volume, variety, and velocity--are discussed. You'll get a primer on Hadoop and how IBM is hardening it for the enterprise, and learn when to leverage IBM InfoSphere BigInsights (Big Data at rest) and IBM InfoSphere Streams (Big Data in motion) technologies. Industry use cases are also included in this practical guide. Learn how IBM hardens Hadoop for enterprise-class scalability and reliability Gain insight into IBM's unique in-motion and at-rest Big Data analytics platform Learn tips and tricks for Big Data use cases and solutions Get a quick Hadoop primer
This book gives a scientific account of all aspects of the game of golf and answers the questions which occur to all who play the game. The mechanics of the swing and the impact of the club on the ball are explained. Together these decide the range of the ball - which is shown to be the most important factor for success. The aerodynamics of the ball's flight has several surprises, including the effects of dimples and spin. Understanding these effects allows a calculation of the ball's flight and explains how the range depends on the clubhead speed and the characteristics of the club. Putting is analysed to find the optimum strategy and to understand how winds, slopes, and mud affect the run of the ball. Handicaps are perhaps the most discussed topic in golf and the book examines the handicaps system to identify their consequences in matches and competitions, with results which will surprise many players. The famous question -