The quintessential self-made man, master of brand identity, New York Times best-selling author, and award-winning executive, KISS's Gene Simmons, shares his manifesto for business success. KISS did not become one of the most successful rock bands in history by accident. Long before they first took the stage, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley had a clear-cut operating plan for their business. Over the past forty years, KISS has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide and manages over 3,000 licensed merchandise items. In addition to KISS, Simmons' lucrative ventures include two hit reality shows, a professional sports team, a restaurant chain, and a record company. A recipient of the Forbes lifetime achievement award, this brilliant executive runs all of his businesses on his own - no personal assistant, few handlers, and as little red tape as possible. In Me, Inc., the marketing and finance wizard gives aspiring entrepreneurs the critical tools they need to succeed. Simmons teaches you how to build a solid business strategy, harness the countless tools available in the digital age, network like hell, and be the architect for the business entity that is you. Inspired by The Art of War, Me, Inc. is organized around thirteen specific, easy-to-understand principles for success, drawn from Simmons’s own triumphs and failures. From finding the confidence necessary to get started, to surrounding yourself with the right people, to knowing when to pull the plug and when to double-down, these principles can help you attain the freedom and wealth of your dreams. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gene Simmons, John Varvatos. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004170/bk_harp_004170_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Irish immigrant and private detective Molly Murphy is thrilled to have a ticket to see world-famous illusionist Harry Houdini. But before he can even take the stage, the opening act goes horribly wrong—and the sensational Signor Scarpelli’s lovely assistant is sawed in half. In the aftermath, Scarpelli accuses Houdini of tampering with his equipment. Who else but the so-called Handcuff King could have got a hold of his trunk of tricks, which he keeps under lock and key?And it seems the maestro Scarpelli’s not the only one critical of Houdini. Now that he’s raised the stakes to such a perilous level, lesser acts are being put out of business. With everyone on edge, Houdini’s wife hires Molly to watch his back. But how can she protect a man who literally risks his life every night? Now it’s up to Molly to keep an eye on Houdini and find out whether these masters of illusion are simply up to their tricks—or if there truly is something much more treacherous going on… 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicola Barber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011183/bk_adbl_011183_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The information infrastructure---comprising computers, embedded devices, networks and software systems---is vital to day-to-day operations in every sector: information and telecommunications, banking and finance, energy, chemicals and hazardous materials, agriculture, food, water, public health, emergency services, transportation, postal and shipping, government and defense. Global business and industry, governments, indeed society itself, cannot function effectively if major components of the critical information infrastructure are degraded, disabled or destroyed. Critical Infrastructure Protection V describes original research results and innovative applications in the interdisciplinary field of critical infrastructure protection. Also, it highlights the importance of weaving science, technology and policy in crafting sophisticated, yet practical, solutions that will help secure information, computer and network assets in the various critical infrastructure sectors. Areas of coverage include: Themes and Issues, Control Systems Security, Infrastructure Security, and Infrastructure Modeling and Simulation. This book is the 5th volume in the annual series produced by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 11.10 on Critical Infrastructure Protection, an international community of scientists, engineers, practitioners and policy makers dedicated to advancing research, development and implementation efforts focused on infrastructure protection. The book contains a selection of 14 edited papers from the 5th Annual IFIP WG 11.10 International Conference on Critical Infrastructure Protection, held at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA in the spring of 2011. Critical Infrastructure Protection V is an important resource for researchers, faculty members and graduate students, as well as for policy makers, practitioners and other individuals with interests in homeland security. Jonathan Butts is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, USA. Sujeet Shenoi is the F.P. Walter Professor of Computer Science at the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
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Seminar paper from the year 2012 in the subject Business economics - Business Management, Corporate Governance, University of Dodoma (College of Education), course: Policy Planning and Project Design in Education, language: English, abstract: Project Design and Management Knowledge and Project Management Skills By Mohamed Msoroka Assistant Lecturer of the University of Dodoma-Tanzania College of Education Department of Education Foundations and Continuing Education Abstract The purpose of this paper is to provide a critical analysis of the topic of project design and implementation, where issues of project design and management knowledge and project management skills have been the main focus. In the process of analysis, the paper provides various aspects like the concept of project, features of project, major characteristics of project and the project life cycle phases. On the other hand, issues on project design and the Logical Framework Approach in project planning are emphasized. Moreover, the paper provides significant information on project management, where issues on project management process, stages/phases of project management, management skills and project management knowledge are discussed. The most important thing to bear in mind is that, the information provided in this paper is useful in any kind of project, and therefore including education projects.
For brands of all shapes and sizes, a great vision can inspire and guide brilliant marketing that creates more meaning, clarity and differentiation for consumers and employees. However, most visioning projects sink without trace under the weight of theory, complexity and lack of focus. Now, David Taylor brings his trademark no-nonsense approach to this critical area. brandvision shows how to create a truly inspiring vision that really will drive growth, illustrated with cases including T-Mobile, Dove, Porsche, Absolut and James Bond. 'brandvision cuts to the chase and provides refreshingly candid insights and practical how-to information. That's why it is required reading for the all MBAs and Executives who come to INSEAD to learn about branding. Read it. It will change the way you do business.' --Pierre Chandon, Assistant Professor of Marketing, INSEAD 'This is one of the first books that tackles the real challenges of 21st Century brand building and offers practical solutions to overcome them. If you are looking for help to really understand your customers, position your brand and engage your organisation, you should start with brandvision.' --Mark Ritson, Associate Professor of Marketing, Melbourne Business School 'David's passion for great brands which inspire is infectious. He offers an easy to use toolkit to help on the journey to brand greatness, always challenging, but with a gift for keeping things down-to-earth and practical.' --Phil Chapman, Marketing Director, T-Mobile UK 'Do you have the ambition to create a brand as powerful as Absolut? If so, then this book provides the inspiration and practical advice you need. It's packed with fascinating case studies to help you create an inspiring vision, and turn it into a brilliant marketing mix.' --Michael Persson, Global Brand Director, Absolut 'If you want to build a truly unique and authentic brand, David's book is a great place to start. It shows how companies like the Geek Squad have created a differentiated point-of-view and inspiring vision, and offers valuable insights on how to create your own.' --Robert Stephens, Founder and Chief Inspector, The Geek Squad 'Keeping a copy of brandvision close by is like having a legal performance-enhancing drug for your business.' --Hugh Burkitt, Chief Executive, The Marketing Society
For the past few decades, the financial world has often displayed an unreasonable willingness to believe that 'the model is right, the market is wrong,' in spite of the fact that these theoretical machinations were largely responsible for the stock market crash of 1987, the LTCM crisis of 1998, the credit crisis of 2008, and many other blow-ups, large and small. Why have both financial insiders (traders, risk managers, executives) and outsiders (academics, journalists, regulators, the public) consistently demonstrated a willingness to treat quantifications as gospel? Nassim Taleb first addressed the conflicts between theoretical and real finance in his technical treatise on options, Dynamic Hedging. Now, in Lecturing Birds on Flying, Pablo Triana offers a powerful indictment on the trustworthiness of financial theory, explaining-in jargon-free plain English-how malfunctions in these quantitative machines have wreaked havoc in our real world. Triana first analyzes the fundamental question of whether financial markets can in principle really be solved mathematically. He shows that the markets indeed cannot be tamed with equations, presenting a long and powerful list of obstacles to prove his point: maverick unlawful human actions rule the markets, unexpected and unimaginable events shape the markets, and historical data is not necessarily a trustworthy guide to the future of the markets. The author then examines the sources of origin of many prevalent theories and mathematical dictums. He details how the field of financial economics evolved from a descriptive discipline to an abstract one dedicated to technically concocting professors' own versions of how such a world should work. He goes on to explain how Wall Street and other financial centers became eager employers of scientists, and how scientists became eager employees of financial firms. Triana concludes with an in-depth discussion of the most significant historical episodes of theory-caused real-life market malaise, with a strong emphasis on the current credit crisis. In the end, Lecturing Birds on Flying calls for the radical substitution of good old-fashioned common sense in place of mathematical decision-making and the restoration to financial power of those who are completely unchained to the iron ball of classroom-obtained qualifications. Praise for Lecturing Birds On Flying 'Finally, a book taking a critical look at quantitative finance models, illuminating both their flawed fantasy assumptions as well as the uncritical use of such models on Wall Street, in many cases, leading to billion dollar losses. Pablo Triana knows both the financial industry and the academic community from the inside. A must-read for anyone interested in finance.' --Dr. Espen Gaarder Haug, trader, thinker, and author of Derivatives Models on Models 'A thoroughly readable explanation of the problems that have beset the models and quantitative techniques that have underpinned so much of finance in recent years. If only the bankers had heeded this message a few years before, we might not be in such a big mess today.' --Gillian Tett, Assistant Editor of the Financial Times, overseeing global financial markets coverage, and author of Fool's Gold 'Pablo Triana dismembers quantitative finance, in theory and in practice, with expertise, anger,and an excellent eye for the illuminating anecdote. By the time he has finished marshalling his evidence, his call to replace complex equations with something more like common sense sounds like, well, common sense.' --Edward Hadas, Assistant Editor at Breakingviews.com; and author of Human Goods, Economic Evils: A Moral Approach to the Dismal Science 'Pablo Triana is an entertaining and engaging writer, even on the dry subject of finance theory. His debunking of conventional wisdom is a treat.' --Pauline Skypala, Editor, FTfm, Financial Times 'Triana's book is an unrelenting fusillade of detailed and irrefutable arguments against financial theorems and those who teach them. It should, by rights, spark a revolution in both investment banks and business schools. But, at the very least, it is required reading for anyone who would regulate the finance industry.' --Felix Salmon, Finance Blogger, Reuters
Mike LaPenna brings an important perspective to a key shift in the structure of health care. Providers, payers, employers, and patients are greatly impacted by this shift from relative independence to integration, which has critical implications to the cost and quality of health care as we know it today.&#8212;Larry Boress, President and CEO, Midwest Business Group on HealthThere is no more complex administrative environment than health care and no time when it has been more confusing and challenging. Mr. La Penna has outlined several of the models and structures that go well beyond the traditional medical staff relationships. His book is recommended reading for the practitioner, the administrator, and board level stakeholders as they contemplate how to work together in the new health care environment. &#8212;Robert Harrison, MHA, PhD, President, Lake Michigan College and Former President of the Michigan Hospital Association After 25 years of my seeking Michael LaPenna's counsel and direction in half a dozen different medical practice venues and models, I have learned to appreciate his incisiveness, his conciseness, his analytical skills, his wisdom, and his dry humor. A survey of the 21 chapter titles gives a good clue to the superb information in this contemporary and masterful book.&#8212;George O.Waring III MD FACS, FRCOphth, Professor of Ophthalmology, Emeritus, Emory University; Private Clinical Practice, Atlanta, GeorgiaMike LaPenna is the consummate medical staff business consultant. His impressive depth of knowledge coupled with his common sense approach has led to successful resolution of a broad array of issues we have faced in managing the business organization, compensation, and management of our physicians and their practices. His words of wisdom and advice regarding physician integration are welcome in this turbulent time of reform and aggregation of health care entities.&#8212;Susan Mendelowitz, RN FACHE, President and COO, Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, New Jersey&#8212;Paul C. Mendelowitz, MD, MPH, Former Chief Medical Officer, Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, New JerseyNo health care environment is tougher than New York. When change occurs, it is rapid and dramatic. We look to experts who have a proven track record of managing change, Mike La Penna assisted us with the development of an IPA that numbered over 5,000 providers and a dozen institutions at a time when managed care first emerged. He fashioned the governance as well as the value proposition for all of the stakeholders. I welcome any book that captures his expertise and experience.&#8212;Dr. Anthony J. Gagliardi, M.D., Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, and Charter Trustee of SERVITAS IPA of Greater New YorkIn this time of turmoil and turbulence in relations between hospitals and their medical staff members and with all the different models emerging, it is a help to have a concise review of the options along with practical examples of structure and governance and income distribution. This book is a primer on how hospitals and doctors can find common ground to move from independence to collaboration to some level of true integration.&#8212;Ahmed Abdelsalam, MD, FACS, Managing Partner, Chicagoland Retinal Consultants, LLCIn the process of working in clinical and administrative medical positions for decades, I have had the pleasure of doing a number of joint projects with Mr. La Penna and his team. I am enthused to see that the experience and insight of his years of consulting in the hospital-physician ecosystem have finally made it into print. Anyone who is working with physician transactions will find some solace in knowing that some of us have been there before! This book suggests a number of ways to improve the reader's chances of succeeding in the very complex world of the new medical staff.&#8212;William Cunningham, D.O., M.H.A., Assistant Dean College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University