On the threshold of opening the moon to tourist excursions, a private space firm owned by a visionary billionaire takes a team of non-astronauts to the lunar surface. To address concerns that the moon´s barren rock may not hold long-term allure for an uber-wealthy clientele, the company´s charismatic owner reveals to the group the ultimate discovery: life on the moon. But what is initially a triumphant and world-changing moment soon gives way to unrelenting terror as the team experiences firsthand that despite their technological prowess, the moon still holds many secrets. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Rausch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/058673/bk_acx0_058673_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
S,M,L,XL presents a selection of the remarkable visionary design work produced by the Dutch firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.) and its acclaimed founder, Rem Koolhaas, in its first twenty years, along with a variety of insightful, often poetic writings. The inventive collaboration between Koolhaas and designer Bruce Mau is a graphic overture that weaves together architectural projects, photos and sketches, diary excerpts, personal travelogues, fairy tales, and fables, as well as critical essays on contemporary architecture and society. The book´s title is also its framework: projects and essays are arranged according to scale. While Small and Medium address issues ranging from the domestic to the public, Large focuses on what Koolhaas calls ´´the architecture of Bigness.´´ Extra-Large features projects at the urban scale, along with the important essay ´´What Ever Happened to Urbanism?´´ and other studies of the contemporary city. Running throughout the book is a ´´dictionary´´ of an adventurous new Koolhaasian language -- definitions, commentaries, and quotes from hundreds of literary, cultural, artistic, and architectural sources.
Dave Hitz likes to solve fun problems. He didn´t set out to be a Silicon Valley icon, a business visionary, or even a billionaire. But he became all three. It turns out that business is a mosaic of interesting puzzles like managing risk, developing and reversing strategies, and looking into the future by deconstructing the past. As a founder of NetApp, a data storage firm that began as an idea scribbled on a placemat and now takes in $4 billion a year, Hitz has seen his company go through every major cycle in business--from the Jack-of-All-Trades mentality of a start-up, through the tumultuous period of the IPO and the dot-com bust, and finally to a mature enterprise company. NetApp is one of the fastest-growing computer companies ever, and for six years in a row it has been on Fortune magazine´s list of Best Companies to Work For. Not bad for a high school dropout who began his business career selling his blood for money and typing the names of diseases onto index cards. With colorful examples and anecdotes, How to Castrate a Bull is a story for everyone interested in understanding business, the reasons why companies succeed and fail, and how powerful lessons often come from strange and unexpected places. Dave Hitz co-founded NetApp in 1992 with James Lau and Michael Malcolm. He served as a programmer, marketing evangelist, technical architect, and vice president of engineering. Presently, he is responsible for future strategy and direction for the company. Before his career in Silicon Valley, Dave worked as a cowboy, where he got valuable management experience by herding, branding, and castrating cattle.
´´Stirring and imaginative, with an engaging premise that is briskly paced. Both the characters in the story and the listener are in for a wild ride.´´ (Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The King´s Deception). At a mausoleum in Cairo´s most notorious cemetery, a mercenary receives a package containing a silver test tube suspended in hydraulic stasis. An investigative reporter tracking rogue biomedical companies is terrified by the appearance of a mummified man outside her Manhattan apartment. A Bulgarian scientist who dabbles in the occult makes a startling discovery in his underground laboratory. These seemingly separate events collide when Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cults, are hired by the CEO of an Egyptian biomedical firm to locate stolen research integral to the company´s new life extension product. However, after witnessing the slaughter of a team of scientists by the remnants of a dangerous cult thought long abandoned, Grey and Viktor turn from pursuers to pursued. From the corridors of visionary laboratories to the cobblestone alleys of Eastern Europe to a lost oasis in the Sahara, Grey and Viktor must sift through science and myth to uncover the truth behind the Egyptian and his sinister biotech - before that truth kills them. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Berkrot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/005626/bk_brll_005626_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The inside story of the new race to conquer space, as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos spend billions of their own money to explore the final frontier For the larger-than-life personalities now staking their fortunes on the development of rocket ships, the new race to explore space could be a dead end, a lucrative opportunity - or the key to humanity´s salvation. Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos take center stage in this fast-paced narrative as they attempt to disrupt the space economy, feed their own egos, and maybe even save the world. We also meet a supporting cast of equally fascinating entrepreneurs, from the irrepressible British mogul Richard Branson to satellite Internet visionary Greg Wyler. All are united in the profound conviction that commercial space transportation will transform our world for the better. Tim Fernholz´s fly-on-the-wall reporting captures an industry in the midst of disruption, as NASA seeks to preserve its ambitious space exploration program, traditional aerospace firms like Boeing and Lockheed Martin scramble to adapt to new competitors, lobbyists tussle over public funds, and lawmakers try to prevent this new space race from sparking global conflict. With privileged access to top executives at SpaceX, including Musk himself, as well as at Blue Origin, NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK, and Virgin Galactic, Fernholz spins this high-stakes marathon into a riveting tale of rivalry and survival. Cover design by Brian Moore. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erin Moon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/032155/bk_adbl_032155_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie educate listeners on one of the hottest trends in business development: ´´design thinking´´, or the ability to turn abstract ideas into practical applications for maximal business growth. Jeanne Liedtka´s recent book, The Catalyst: How YOU Can Lead Extraordinary Growth, was named a Top Innovation and Design Thinking Book by Business Week. Tim Ogilvie has been hailed as a visionary for his pioneering contributions to service innovation, business model innovation, and customer experience design. Liedtka and Ogilvie cover the mind-set, techniques, and vocabulary of design thinking; unpack the mysterious connection between design and growth; and teach managers, in a straightforward way, how to exploit design´s exciting potential. Exemplified by Apple and the success of their elegant products, and cultivated by high-profile design firms such as IDEO, design thinking unlocks creative right-brain capabilities to solve a range of problems. This approach has become a necessary component of successful business practice, helping managers turn abstract concepts into everyday tools that grow business while minimizing risk. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicol Zanzarella. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027271/bk_adbl_027271_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A visionary, proven program for positive gain in virtually every aspect of life by one of the 20th century´s most influential self-help experts and spiritual leaders. Norman Vincent Peale´s groundbreaking self-help classic, The Power of Positive Thinking, has dramatically transformed countless lives throughout the world with its powerful message of constructive affirmation. Positive Imaging builds on the principles originally presented in Dr. Peale´s life-changing, multimillion-copy best seller, offering step-by-step guidance that will help you break through the barriers that stand in the way of achieving the harmony, happiness, and success you so fervently desire. In this essential volume, Dr. Peale takes the positive thinking idea a step further. By employing a potent mental process called ´´imaging´´, you can eliminate problems and take firm control of your life. Keeping a clear and vivid picture of a desired goal in your mind until it becomes part of your subconscious will help you actualize your objectives by releasing previously untapped inner energies. With Positive Imaging you can banish fear and loneliness, strengthen and gain new confidence in your interpersonal relationships, improve your health, and eliminate your financial worries. The path to mental and physical wellness, spiritual well-being, and overall success in life is opening up right in front of you - let Dr. Peale show you the way. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Young. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025894/bk_adbl_025894_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Turbulent times occur due to crises, which can happen at any time and in any organization. Even if the firm is doing well today, it does not eradicate the possibility of the firm being thrown into trouble in the nearest future. No one can predict the future. While leaders of a company are enjoying the good times, they should equally consider the possibility of turbulent × as a result, they should prepare for eventualities. They should get themselves ready for those times that crisis will be the order of the day. No one wishes for crises, but the crisis does not come by wishing for them; they come a random, and the causes can be internal or external. Preparing ahead of time can prevent the problems of under-preparation for crises. A company and its management should understand how to manage crises situations when such arise. The leaders in a company should be visionary enough to get them set for any problem that may arise. There is a clear difference between crises leadership and crisis management. Company A may thrive in times of crises, while company B may fail in the same situation. One major factor that differentiates the two is the quality of leadership being displayed during such period. A manager should show him or herself worthy of the place of leadership throughout the crisis-management process. In this audiobook, emphasis will be laid on several competencies that a leader should have during crises for effective crisis management; lacking any of these qualities will not augur well for the company during those severe downturns. Leaders should develop top quality corporate communication strategies and also build a foundation of trust among the members of staff of the organization and those involved in the supply chain. The foundation thus built can then be used in preparing the organization for those difficult times. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrea Giordani. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/104589/bk_acx0_104589_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Antoine van Agtmael coined the term ´´emerging markets´´ and built a career and a multibillion-dollar investing firm centered on these surging economies that would, over time, supplant the West as engines of wealth and prosperity. The trend held for decades, but a few years ago van Agtmael and Alfred Bakker, a renowned European journalist, began seeing signs that the tide might be turning. For example, during a visit to an enormously successful chip company in Taiwan, the company´s leaders told them that their American competitors were now eating their lunch. And Taiwan was not the only place giving them this message. Thus began a remarkable two-year journey to reassess the conventional wisdom that the US and Europe are yesterday´s story and to determine whether there is something profound that is happening that points the way to the creation of the next economy. In The Smartest Places on Earth, van Agtmael and Bakker present a truly hopeful and inspiring investigation into the emerging sources of a new era of competitiveness for America and Europe that are coming from unlikely places - those cities and areas once known as ´´rustbelts´´ that have, from an economic perspective, been written off. Take Akron, Ohio, whose economy for decades was dependent on industries such as tire manufacturing, a product now made cheaply elsewhere. In Akron and other such communities, a combination of forces - including visionary thinkers, government initiatives, start-ups making real products, and even big corporations - have succeeded in creating what van Agtmael and Bakker call a ´´brainbelt´´. These ´´brainbelts´´ depend on a collaborative style of working that is unique to the societies and culture of America and Europe, since they involve levels of trust and freedom of thinking that can´t be replicated elsewhere. They are producing products and technologies transforming industries such as vehicles and transportation, farming and food production, medical device... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Lane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/007863/bk_brll_007863_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.