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        The Art of Asking  

        by Terry J. Fadem

        (Pearson)

        Business & Investing

         

        This is the eBook version of the printed book.

        Ask the Right Questions in the Right Ways...And Get the Answers You Need to Succeed!

        Discover the core questions that every manager needs to master...how to avoid the mistakes business questioners make most often...ten simple rules for asking every question more effectively. Learn how to ask tough questions and take control of tough situations...use questions to promote innovation, drive change, identify hidden problems, and get failing projects back on track.

        Ask better questions, get better answers, achieve better results!

        “Required reading for every leader who wishes to see his or herorganization flourish and career progress.”

        Garry A. Neil, MD, Corporate Vice President, Johnson & Johnson

        “Asking, listening, understanding the real meaning of the answers, and taking actions based on facts are really the essence of managing. This book has helped me in connecting the dots in my understanding (and lack thereof) of why things really did not work the way I expected them to.”

        Pradip Banerjee, PhD, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xybion; retired partner, Accenture

        “The framework and techniques provide outstanding ideas for executives to both gain better information and develop the analytical skills of their teams.”

        Terry Hisey, Vice Chairman and US Life Sciences Leader, Deloitte

        We’ve all met the corporate inquisitor: the individual whose questions seem primarily intended to terrify the victim. The right goal is to solve the problem--and to build a more effective, collaborative organization where everyone learns from experience, and nobody’s too intimidated to tell the truth.

        That means asking the right questions in the right ways. This book will teach you how to do precisely that. Terry J. Fadem shows how to choose the right questions and avoid questions that guarantee obvious, useless answers...how to help people give you the information you need...how to use body language to ask questions more effectively...how to ask the innovative or neglected questions that uncover real issues and solutions.

        You’ll learn how to adopt the attributes of a good questioner...set a goal for every question...use your personal style more effectively...ask tough questions, elicit dissent, react to surprises, overcome evasions, and more. Becoming a better questioner may be the most powerful thing you can do right now to improve your managerial effectiveness--and this book gives you all the insights, tools, and techniques you’ll need to get there.

        • Evaluate your current “questioning” skills...
          ...then systematically improve them
        • Choose better questions...
          ...and ask them the right way
        • Ask tough questions more effectively
          Get at the truth, uncover the real problem, and solve it
        • Master the crucial nonverbal aspects of asking questions
          Finding your best style and the right body language

         

        25 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living  

        by Linda Elder, Richard W. Paul

        (Pearson)

        Self-Help

         

        You are what you think! Take control of your thinking...and start living life to the fullest! In just 25 days, you can discover how to cut through lies, gain insight, and make smarter choices in every area of your life–from work and money to your intimate relationships. Discover how to overcome bad thinking habits caused by self-delusion or out-of-control emotions...clarify what you really want...recognize what you don’t know. Ask the right questions...resist brainwashing, manipulation, and hypocrisy...Avoid worrying, conformism, and blame!

        • 25 powerful ways to improve your thinking–and make smarter, better decisions.
        • Stop deceiving yourself: Overcome built-in self-delusion, wishful thinking, and worrying.
        • Use better thinking to make better decisions at work, at home, and throughout your life.
        • Critically evaluate what you’re told by advertisers, politicians, your boss...even your family!
        • Quick, practical, easy to use! Includes daily/weekly action plans, progress notes, and more.

        Preface xv

        Day One: Learn to Empathize with Others 2

        Day Two: Develop Knowledge of Your Ignorance 4

        Day Three: Beware of Hypocrisy and Notice Contradictions in Your Life 8

        Day Four: Be Fair, Not Selfish 11

        Day Five: Know Your Purpose 14

        Day Six: Clarify Your Thinking 17

        Day Seven: Stick to the Point 20

        Day Eight: Question, Question, Question 23

        Day Nine: Think Through Implications 26

        Day Ten: Get Control of Your Emotions 29

        Day Eleven: Take Control of Your Desires 32

        Day Twelve: Be Reasonable 35

        Day Thirteen: Show Mercy 38

        Day Fourteen: Don’t Be a Conformist 41

        Day Fifteen: Don’t Be a Top Dog 45

        Day Sixteen: Don’t Be an Underdog 48

        Day Seventeen: Don’t Be a Worrywart 52

        Day Eighteen: Stop Blaming Your Parents 55

        Day Nineteen: Don’t Be Brainwashed by the News Media 58

        Day Twenty: Don’t Be Bamboozled by Politicians 62

        Day Twenty-One: Strive to Be a Citizen of the World 65

        Day Twenty-Two: Don’t Get Your Views from TV, Ads, and Movies 68

        Day Twenty-Three: Do Something, Anything, to Help Make the World Better 71

        Day Twenty-Four: Educate Yourself 74

        Day Twenty-Five: Figure Out Where to Go from Here 77

        ReadingBackwards 79

        Daily Action Plan 81

        Daily Progress Notes 82

        Weekly Action Plan 83

        Weekly Progress Notes 84

        Recommended Readings to Augment the Strategies 85

        Index 87

         

        God's Eye  

        by A.J. Scudiere

        (Emerald Book Company)

        Occult

         

        Katharine Geryon is living the life her family name has dictated, and why not? After all, it has given her a good job in the family company and a fine life with all the things she should want. But all that changes as increasingly disturbing events begin to occur: soot stains on the carpet, glimpses of strange black animals, and cryptic messages written on her bathroom mirror. Baffled and afraid, Katharine begins to doubt her own sanity.

        At the same time, two charismatic men enter her life: Allistair, her new assistant at work, and Zachary, a well-heeled neighbor who just moved into her building. Katharine soon finds each of them inextricably entangled in her affairs. As her life becomes stranger and her dreams more terrifying, she realizes neither man is what he seems and that she's caught in something far beyond her own comprehension. For the first time, she must reach beyond her own boundaries. There Katharine forges her first true friendship with Margot, a librarian who helps her discover what these men really are, why she's drawn to them, and what they want with her.

        The answer places Katharine in the middle of a fierce battle that forces her to decide between the two men fighting for her soul.

        In the end, only one can be saved, but all three will be judged.

         

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          by Jon M. Huntsman

           

          Publisher: Pearson Education

          ISBN-13: 9780137000814

          Pages: 256

          File size: 216 KB

           

          (Information provided here comes from B&N Website)

           

           

           

          Overview

          This is the eBook version of the printed book.

          The nationwide bestseller--fully updated for today’s tough times and worldwide financial crises

          “Everyone does it.” Everyone cheats. Cuts corners. Tells lies. Maybe it was different once. Not today. If you want to succeed in this economic climate, you simply have to make compromises. Right?

          Wrong. You can succeed at the highest levels, without sacrificing the principles that make life worth living. The proof? You’re holding it.

          Jon M. Huntsman built a $12 billion company from scratch, the old-fashioned way: with integrity. There were short-term costs and difficult decisions. There were tough times. Times just like today. But ultimately, leading with integrity wasn’t just personally right for Huntsman, it also proved to be the best business strategy.

          In Winners Never Cheat, Huntsman tells you how he did it, and how you can, too. This book is about remembering why you work, and why you were chosen to lead. It’s about finding the bravery to act on what you know is right, no matter what you’re up against.

          It’s about winning. The right way.

          Think about the kind of person you want to do business with. Then, be that person--and use this book to get you there.

          Author royalties from this book go to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation

          “The way Jon conducts his business and lives his life will not only inspire you to be a better person, citizen, and entrepreneur, it also will give you hope that the good guys don't finish last.”

          Glenn Beck

          "Jon Huntsman is a different breed. He believes business is a creative endeavor, similar to a theater production, wherein integrity must be the central character."

          Larry King, CNN

          "Jon Huntsman's own life and personal values lend credence to his words. He walks his ethical talk."

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            Five Minutes on Mondays : Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace, and Fulfillment at Work [NOOK Book]       

             By Alan Lurie

             

            Publisher: Pearson Education

            ISBN-13: 9780137011667

            Pages: 288

            File size: 322 KB

             

            Overview

            Five Minutes on Mondays is a gold mine of enrichment…It is an easy read with a deep and profound impact.”

            Martin Rutte, Chair of the Board, The Centre for Spirituality and the Workplace, Saint Mary’s University, co-author of New York Times business best-seller, Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work

            “Lurie’s wise and wonderful book should grace every karmic capitalist’s bookshelf. He reminds us that finding a sense of meaning and purpose in what we do may align us with unimagined success and a profound awakening to who we are.”

            Chip Conley, CEO, Joie de Vivre Hotels

            “Read Lurie’s suggestions to elevate your spirit—then bring that spirit to your work. The promise is; both you and your client will be more fulfilled, more satisfied, and more engaged in your business relationship.”

            John King, Senior Partner, CultureSync, and coauthor of Tribal Leadership

            Five Minutes on Mondays is a book of savvy and surprises. Lurie offers a tasting menu of wisdom, counsel, insight, psychology, and wonderful stories. But be warned, these little servings will last on your palate far longer than the five minutes it takes to consume them.”

            Peter Pitzele, Ph.D., author of Our Fathers’ Wells: A Personal Encounter with the Myths of Genesis and Scripture Windows: Toward a Practice of Bibliodrama

            “Lurie’s book is a gem—a must-read for anyone who works at their faith and believes in their work. Business professionals of all kinds and from all religious traditions will find Lurie’s light touch and real-world applications helpful as they strive to succeed without selling their soul.”

            David W. Miller, Ph.D., Director, Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative, and President, The Avodah Institute

            Imagine the leaders of one of New York City’s top real-estate firms coming together every Monday morning to hear…the moral and spiritual thoughts of a Rabbi.

            Imagine them returning, week after week…coming to eagerly anticipate those five minutes as a moment of uncommon peace in the world’s most brutally competitive environment.

            Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall? To hear the paths Alan Lurie traced for his listeners, how he helped them bring together their spiritual and business lives, the sacred and the profane? Five Minutes on Mondays compiles these talks for the first time, sharing Lurie’s deep and profound inspiration on the challenges we all face—at work, and in life.

            Lurie draws on millennia of philosophy, theology, and science to help us answer our deepest questions, comfort our deepest yearnings, and become better people—more connected to each other, and to the Greater Purpose.

            • Prosper while keeping your integrity

            • Balance faith, honor, and ambition

            • Use your workplace as your moral and spiritual “gymnasium”

            • Find deeper meaning and purpose in your work

            • Face your fears and failures, and keep going

            • Gain real respect—and give it

            • Live one authentic life—at work, and everywhere else

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              By Richard Templar

               

              Publisher: Pearson Education

              ISBN-13: 9780132733137

              Pages: 240

              Series: Richard Templar's Rules

              File size: 1 MB

              Overview

               

              This is the eBook version of the printed book.

              The Rules of Management: They're surprisingly easy to learn and live by. Now, Richard Templar's brought them all together in one place. They're surprisingly easy to learn and live by. Now, Richard Templar has brought them all together in one place: the quick, irreverent The Rules of Management. Templar covers everything from setting realistic targets to holding effective meetings; finding the right people to inspiring loyalty. Learn when and how to let your people think they know more than you (even if they don't)--and recognize when they really do! Discover how to adapt your style to each team member... create your own private game plan for success... manage stress and stay healthy... and take charge, as if you were born to manage! The first edition of The Rules of Management became a global phenomenon, topping bestseller charts around the word. This new, even better edition contains 10 brand-new rules to take you further, faster.

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                 by Bernhard Schlink

                 

                Publisher: Vook Inc.

                ISBN-13: 9781936321339

                Edition description: Enhanced (Compatible with Nook Color/Tablet Only)

                Age range: 18 years

                File size: 59 MB

                 

                Overview

                "The Weekend" is the latest novel from Bernhard Schlink, bestselling author of "The Reader." It tells the story of a group of people involved in the political upheaval in Germany in the 1970s and how it affects their lives today.

                 

                After twenty-four years, Jörg, a convicted murderer and terrorist, has been released from prison. The announcement of his pardon sends shock waves throughout the country, but before the announcement, his friends-some of whom were Baader-Meinhof sympathizers or those who clung to them-gather for his first weekend of freedom. They excavate old memories and pass clandestine judgments on the wildly divergent paths they've taken since their youth.

                 

                In this Vook, chapters from "The Weekend" are paired with videos featuring Schlink as he reflects on terror, politics and his writing process. These videos are a window into the author's mind, and give insight to the history behind the story. As a special bonus at the end of this Vook, read Bernhard Schlink's short story "A Little Fling."

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                  A Texan's Promise (Heart of a Hero Series #1) 

                  By Shelley Gray

                   

                  Publisher: Abingdon Press

                  ISBN-13: 9781426736766

                  Series:Heart of a Hero Series, #1

                  File Size: 1 MB

                   

                  Overview

                   Texas, 1872. Clayton Proffitt knows Vanessa Grant can no longer live at home. Once more, he knows he's the only person who should take her away. Before Vanessa's father's death, Clayton promised he'd do everything in his power to keep her safe. So begins their journey from the plains of west Texas to the mountains of Colorado. Along the way, their faith is tested and their safety compromised. But most of all, Clayton's promise is tested. He will do anything to honor his promise to her father . . . even if it means it will break his heart.
                  When Clayton Proffitt, foreman of the Circle Z Ranch in Texas, discovers Vanessa Grant crying in the barn late one night, he first thinks she's gotten herself into another scrape. But when he spies the marks on her back and hears about her stepfather's advances, Clayton knows he must spirit Vanessa away to safety.
                  As they make their way west, it becomes apparent that there's something special between Vanessa and Clayton- far more significant than mere friendship or his sense of duty. Unfortunately, also heading west are Vanessa's brother Miles and her stepfather Price Venture. Price wants Vanessa back for obvious reasons; Miles wants to earn his stepfather's respect. Eventually, unexpected confrontations reach a harrowing conclusion. As their family begins to heal, their journey and trials they've faced helps them realize their future is in God's guiding hands.    

                   

                    

                  Editorial Reviews

                   

                  Library JournalTexas ranch foreman Clayton Proffitt made a promise to Vanessa Grant's father that he would always watch over her. When he learns that her stepfather has been making unwanted advances toward her, he packs up Vanessa and heads West. Vanessa has always loved Clayton, and his feelings for her turn romantic as they journey to escape her tormentor. VERDICT Suspense and a plethora of well-drawn secondary characters make Gray's (Hidden; The Survivor) series debut much more than your average Western romance. With strong character development and a brisk pace, this is a good choice for readers of Henry McLaughlin.           

                       

                   
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                    The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow (Bright's Pond Series) 

                     by Joyce Magnin

                     

                    Publisher: Abingdon Press

                    ISBN-13:9781426713736                       

                    Series:Bright's Pond Series

                    File size: 766 KB

                     

                    Overview

                                     The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow is the story of an unusual woman, Agnes Sparrow. No longer able or willing to leave her home, where she is cared for by her long-suffering sister Griselda, Agnes has committed her life to the one thing she can do-besides eat. Agnes Sparrow prays and when Agnes prays things happen, including major miracles of the cancer, ulcer-healing variety along with various minor miracles not the least of which is the recovery of lost objects and a prize-winning pumpkin.
                    The rural residents of Bright's Pond are so enamored with Agnes they plan to have a sign erected on the interstate that reads, "Welcome to Bright's Pond, Home of Agnes Sparrow." This is something Agnes doesn't want and sends Griselda to fight city hall. Griselda's petitions are shot down and the sign plans press forward until a stranger comes to town looking for his miracle from Agnes. The truth of Agnes's odd motivation comes out when the town reels after the murder of a beloved community member. How could Agnes allow such evil in their midst? Didn't she know? Well, the prayers of Agnes Sparrow have more to do with Agnes than God. Agnes has been praying to atone for a sin committed when she was a child. After some tense days, the townsfolk, Griselda, and Agnes decide they all need to find their way back to the true source of the miracles-God.           

                     

                     

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                      Code Blue (Prescription for Trouble Series #1) 

                       by Richard L. Mabry

                       

                      Publisher: Abingdon Press

                      ISBN-13:9781426715341

                      Series:Prescription for Trouble Series, #1                           

                      File size: 439 KB

                       

                      Overview

                                       In the first book of the Prescription for Trouble series, "Code Blue" means more to Dr. Cathy Sewell than the cardiac emergency she has to face. It describes her mental state as she finds that coming back to her hometown hasn't brought her the peace she so desperately needs. Instead, it's clear that someone there wants her gone . . . or dead. Cathy returns to her hometown seeking healing after a broken relationship, but discovers that among her friends and acquaintances is someone who wants her out of town . . . or dead. Lawyer Will Kennedy, her high school sweetheart, offers help, but does it carry a price tag? Is hospital chief of staff Dr. Marcus Bell really on her side in her fight to get hospital privileges? Is Will's father, Pastor Matthew Kennedy, interested in advising her or just trying to get her back to the church she left years ago? When one of Cathy's prescriptions almost kills the town banker, it sets the stage for a malpractice suit that could end her time in town, if not her career. It's soon clear that this return home was a prescription for trouble.           

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                        The Pawn (Patrick Bowers Files Series #1) 

                        By Steven James

                         

                        Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

                        ISBN-13: 9781441216236

                        Series:Patrick Bowers Files Series #1

                         

                         

                         

                         

                        Overview

                         

                        Special Agent Patrick Bowers never met a killer he couldn't catch. Until now.
                        Called to North Carolina to consult on the case of an area serial killer, Bowers finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Cunning and lethal, the killer is always one step ahead of the law, and he's about to strike again. It will take all of Bowers's instincts and training to stop the man who calls himself the Illusionist.
                        Thrilling, chilling, and impossible to put down, The Pawn will hold you in its iron grip until the very last page.
                        "A captivating look at the fine line between good and evil. The Pawn is not to be missed."--Ann Tatlock, author of Every Secret Thing
                        "Steven James combines 21st-century high-tech law enforcement techniques with 18th-century Sherlockian deduction to craft an exciting, suspense-filled story."--Dr. Kim Rossmo, Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation, Texas State University
                        Critically acclaimed author Steven James is one of the nation's most innovative storytellers. Since developing his skill as a performer at Eat Tennessee State University (MA in Storytelling), he has spoken more than 1,500 times throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Now harnessing his ability to build suspense with his vivid imagination and evocative writing, Steven is launching his first series of high-octane thrillers, the Bowers Files. Steven lives with his wife and daughters in the hills of Tennessee.           

                         

                         
                        • 490. The Deadliest Sin - free NOOK Book
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                          After about a year away, Kensington is back with a couple of free e-books from its Love Spell imprint.

                           

                          The Deadliest Sin (Love Spell/Kensington)

                           

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                          Dark Dreams

                           

                          They had haunted Julia Woolcott all her life, but the strangest of all began with an invitation to a scandalous house party, and a game more dangerously arousing than any she'd ever imagined.

                           

                          Unbound Desires

                           

                          Driven by his ruthless ambition, Alexander Strathmore would do anything to come face to face with the mystery man who'd challenged him to first debauch Julia, then destroy her.

                           

                          Deadly Sins

                           

                          A wild shot...a frantic carriage ride through the night...a forbidden seduction. Rakehell adventurer and sheltered spinster, Alexander and Julia will break every rule of propriety to chase down their nemesis and consummate their unlikely passion.

                           

                          • 491. Changeling Moon - free NOOK Book
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                            Changeling Moon (Changeling Series #1)  (Love Spell/Kensington)

                             

                             

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                            He roams the moonlit wilderness, his every sense and instinct on high alert. Changeling wolf Connor Macleod and his Pack have never feared anything-until the night human Zoey Tyler barely escapes a rogue werewolf's vicious attack.

                             

                            As the full moon approaches, Zoey has no idea of the changes that are coming, and only Connor can show her what she is, and help her master the wildness inside. With her initiation into the Pack just days away and a terrifying predator on the loose, the tentative bonds of trust and tenderness are their only weapons against a force red in tooth, claw . . . and ultimate evil.

                             

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                              Sunfire (Pure Wildfire, Book One) 

                              by Lynne Connolly

                              (Ellora's Cave)

                              Erotica

                               

                              Rock meets classical. Paranormal meets mortal. Will anybody get out alive? The members of rock band Pure Wildfire are firebird shape-shifters. Manager John Westfall will sacrifice anything for the power they wield, even his daughter Corinne.

                              Corinne attracts Aidan in a way he's never known before. He'll do anything to release her from Westfall's trap. He offers her marriage, but Aidan wants more from Corinne - he wants her heart. And he'll give her his in return.

                              Classical guitarist Corinne is desperate to escape her father's control. She loves Aidan but craves her freedom - can she trust him to give it to her? Can she trust the wild man of rock with her heart? There's only one way to find out. Dive into the wildfire!

                               

                               

                               

                               

                               

                               

                               

                               

                              Lunewulf Law (Lunewulf, Book One)  

                              by Lorie O'Clare

                              (Ellora's Cave)

                              Erotica

                               

                              Book 1 in the Lunewulf series.

                              An unexpected human attack on a lunewulf pack has led to devastating losses, leaving the pack with very few single females old enough to mate. Drastic measures must be taken. Lunewulf law goes into effect, stating that every female shall have three males for her mates. If the matings aren't consummated in thirty days, the males die.

                              Nik Alexander knows Sophie Rousseau is his. The entire pack knows it. He's sniffed after her since high school, and now it's time to approach his pack leader and ask that Sophie be his mate. But with the new law in effect, Nik must share Sophie with two other males.

                              Nik is an honorable lunewulf. He won't turn away from his pack. As much as he wants to rip the throat out of his pack leader, he will respect the new law. Lukas Kade and Jonathan Abram may have Sophie, but only under Nik's terms.

                              Reader Advisory: This story contains a scene of menage-a-trois sex.

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                                Long time follower, first time poster. Forgive me if this doesn't post correctly. :smileywink:

                                 

                                Chili Cookbook by Gooseberry Patch

                                 

                                Overview

                                Get a taste of Gooseberry Patch in this collection of over 20 favorite chili recipes! Grab a spoon and dig in! Warm, hearty and oh-so-delicious, we've included plenty of recipes for your one-pot family favorite in our Chili cookbook. Try southwestern chili casserole, Grandpa's favorite chili and oh-so-cheesy chili dip.

                                 

                                Also, The Deadliest Sin is no longer free.

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                                  Dead Angler by Victoria Houston

                                   

                                  Overview

                                  Retired dentist Paul Osborne hasn't fly fished since his wife died. He hasn't had a woman tell him what to do since then either. But in the company of Lewellyn Ferris, he's relearning both. And when he and his lady instructor find a well-dressed body floating in the moonlight, Paul adds deputy to his list of experiences...
                                  Whether the death is accidental -- or accidentally on purpose -- Lewellyn is determined to rell in the truth. She enlists Pail and his walleye-expert buddy, Ray, to help her get to the bottom of the murky mystery. Whoever thought small-town retirement could be this dangerous?

                                   

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