Description : Contrary to popular legend, every dog does not have his day. Some dogs--i.e., musicians, actors, foodstuffs, sitcoms, beverages, albums, and movies--are perennially overlooked. This book will change all that. Using a highly scientific, unabashedly subjective, yet uncannily accurate formula, the brilliant comedic minds behind Yankee Pot Roast can help you determine with absolute confidence whether something or someone is underrated (George Harrison) or not (Paul McCartney). For example: Underrated Good Times Bubble Yum Snapple Not Underrated Diff'rent Strokes Big League Chew Dr. Pepper The UR (Underrated Rating) takes into account cultural, commercial, and critical appeal, as well as more nebulous but equally crucial factors like coolness and staying power. Admit it--you've suspected for years that NewsRadio is a criminally ignored masterpiece. Now you can prove it. Geoff Wolinetz, Nick Jezarian, and Josh Abraham are the founders and editors of Yankee Pot Roast. Their work has appeared in Maxim and Cracked and on the web at McSweeney's, The Black Table, DrinkatWork and more. They live in New York City.
Description : As technology races ahead, what will people do better than computers? What hope will there be for us when computers can drive cars better than humans, predict Supreme Court decisions better than legal experts, identify faces, scurry helpfully around offices and factories, even perform some surgeries, all faster, more reliably, and less expensively than people? It’s easy to imagine a nightmare scenario in which computers simply take over most of the tasks that people now get paid to do. While we’ll still need high-level decision makers and computer developers, those tasks won’t keep most working-age people employed or allow their living standard to rise. The unavoidable question—will millions of people lose out, unable to best the machine?—is increasingly dominating business, education, economics, and policy. The bestselling author of Talent Is Overrated explains how the skills the economy values are changing in historic ways. The abilities that will prove most essential to our success are no longer the technical, classroom-taught left-brain skills that economic advances have demanded from workers in the past. Instead, our greatest advantage lies in what we humans are most powerfully driven to do for and with one another, arising from our deepest, most essentially human abilities—empathy, creativity, social sensitivity, storytelling, humor, building relationships, and expressing ourselves with greater power than logic can ever achieve. This is how we create durable value that is not easily replicated by technology—because we’re hardwired to want it from humans. These high-value skills create tremendous competitive advantage—more devoted customers, stronger cultures, breakthrough ideas, and more effective teams. And while many of us regard these abilities as innate traits—“he’s a real people person,” “she’s naturally creative”—it turns out they can all be developed. They’re already being developed in a range of far-sighted organizations, such as: • the Cleveland Clinic, which emphasizes empathy training of doctors and all employees to improve patient outcomes and lower medical costs; • the U.S. Army, which has revolutionized its training to focus on human interaction, leading to stronger teams and greater success in real-world missions; • Stanford Business School, which has overhauled its curriculum to teach interpersonal skills through human-to-human experiences. As technology advances, we shouldn’t focus on beating computers at what they do—we’ll lose that contest. Instead, we must develop our most essential human abilities and teach our kids to value not just technology but also the richness of interpersonal experience. They will be the most valuable people in our world because of it. Colvin proves that to a far greater degree than most of us ever imagined, we already have what it takes to be great. From the Hardcover edition.
Description : This book pays tribute to twenty two worthy yet lesser known professional boxers of the last hundred years. Some became champions, and some never were crowned as such. All have their own stories and share of glory though, be it long or fairly brief. Some of the names are famous, and some are unknown by the average boxing fan. Read here about the fighting careers of Rocky Kansas, Ruby Goldstein, and Sam Mc Vea, along with nineteen others.
Description : Argues that Calvin Coolidge is one of America's greatest presidents, examining the leader's views on governance, unions, education, race, immigration, and foreign policy, and suggests that his example can be followed to great benefit today. 16,000 first printing.
Description : One hundred of America's favorite writers re-evaluate the overpraised and applaud the unappreciated in this fun and impossible-to-put-down collection of highly opinionated essays. What began as one of American Heritage's most popular annual features is collected now in this beautifully illustrated, endlessly entertaining book. One hundred inspired, irreverent, illuminating pieces take a fresh look at the people, places and things we take for great-and for granted. Dozens of America's most celebrated writers muse on the subjects they know best: Liz Smith on the Most Overrated and Underrated Love Affairs; Art Spiegelman on Comic Strips; Lawrence Block on Fictional Private Eyes, and Christopher Buckley on the most Overrated and Underrated Kennedys, to name just a few. Their wizened analysis, leavened with liberal dollops of humor, is sure to inspire thought and lively conversation, whether you agree or disagree, for example, that Barbara Streisand is the most overrated singer or that the peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich is the most underrated American dish.
Description : According to the authors, there are few questions in business more powerful than "What problem are you trying to solve?" The authors argue that leaders who can formulate clear problem statements get more done with less effort and move more rapidly than their less-focused counterparts. Clear problem statements can unlock the energy and innovation that lies within those who do the core work of an organization, whether it be manufacturing, product development, or service. As valuable as good problem formulation can be, it is rarely practiced. Psychologists and cognitive scientists have suggested that the brain is prone to leaping straight from a situation to a solution without pausing to define the problem clearly. Such "jumping to conclusions" can be effective, particularly when done by experts facing extreme time pressure, like fighting a fire or performing emergency surgery. But, when making change in an organization, neglecting to formulate a clear problem statement often prevents innovation and leads to wasted time and money. A good problem statement has five basic elements: - It references something the organization cares about and connects that element to a clear and specific goal; - it contains a clear articulation of the gap between the current state and the goal; - the key variables - the target, the current state, and the gap - are generally quantifiable, even if they cannot be measured objectively; - it is as neutral as possible concerning possible diagnoses or solutions; - and it is sufficiently small in scope that it can be tackled quickly. To tackle complex problems, executives need to complement good problem formulation with a structured approach to problem-solving. The authors recommend an approach using a modified version of the A3 form, which was originally developed by Toyota Motor Corporation to support knowledge sharing in its factories by summarizing a structured problem-solving effort in a single page.
Description : Intention is the seed of all change and it is the creative power that fulfils our dreams. An intention contains the DNA of manifestation and it is therefore the key to creating the life you want. Our outer world is a reflection of our inner world, and so the only way to shift reality is to start with what is inside us. According to research, 92% of new year resolutions fail by the end of the year. The only way to reverse this trend is to go deeper. This powerful book guides you through a process of practical self-enquiry that gets to the true heart of your intentions for this life. You will weed out the obstacles in the way of your wishes, such as limiting self-beliefs and the stories you currently tell about yourself. You will plant the seeds of intention with a sense of true clarity and infinite possibility, and then water them with your daily actions and care. And then all that needs to be done is to trust in the outcome and allow your intentions to grow. Intention is for anyone who wishes to align their life with their innermost wishes and tap into the most underrated power in the universe. PRAISE FOR Intention: "It is a joy to find a life-changing book that is so clearly and beautifully written. Andrew Wallas distils decades of clinical practice with wisdom and a deceptively light touch. The overall message is strong. We are each responsible for our own path to happiness, and Intention is the inspiring guidebook that can help us to find it." - Georgia Coleridge, author of The Chakra Project PRAISE FOR ANDREW WALLAS: "Intention is a superpower which when used correctly aligns us to our purpose and helps fulfil our heart's work. Andrew Wallas elegantly and generously shows us how. His approach is simple, yet it is not easy - but boy is it worth it." Emma Cannon, fertility and women's health expert, acupuncturist and author of Fertile "Andrew holds the space for you to reconnect with your inner wisdom. His skill is that he is intuitive but practical." - Financial Times, How To Spend It "Fast-tracked healing" - Vogue "Andrew Wallas has a gift for transforming stuck energy and releasing you from negative patterns" - Tatler "With easy charm and 30 years' experience as a psychotherapist, Andrew Wallas helps clients remove the obstacles standing in their way"- Vanity Fair "He has an uncanny ability to sense emotional blocks and asks penetrating questions that unearth destructive patterns of behaviour" - The Daily Mail "Amazingly honest. Incredibly insightful. For any blocks you need to uncover to be able to create the life you want - visit the Wizard" - Tanya, business woman "I have met many "spiritual" healers, guides and psychics over the years. However, none of them have managed to explain to me in terms that I understand how I can effectively blend the real or human world with this spiritual calling that I feel. I believe that I have found in you my guru / teacher that can really help me navigate this exciting journey" - Gavin, businessman "Andrew's magic on the course with other brilliant instructors is to lead you to alchemical change which is the only way to really heal and feel flow again. I have done a lot of self growth in 15 years and nothing has touched and released my deepest wounding like this." - Gina, Yoga Teacher "I have never experienced anything so connected, painful, insightful, empowering and liberating" - Carmen, Business Leader "I have a deeper connection with myself and more intimacy in all the important relationships in my life" - Vicky, Marketing Director