The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor: Penny Junor
The pace of modern life is accelerating. To keep up, we must keep on moving and adapting - constantly striving for greater happiness and success. Or so we are told. But the demands of life in the fast lane come at a price: stress, fatigue and depression are at an all-time high, while our social interactions have become increasingly self-serving and opportunistic. How can we resist today´s obsession with introspection and self-improvement? In this witty and bestselling book, Danish philosopher and psychologist Svend Brinkmann argues that we must not be afraid to reject the self-help mantra and ´stand firm´. The secret to a happier life lies not in finding your inner self but in coming to terms with yourself in order to coexist peacefully with others. By encouraging us to stand firm and get a foothold in life, this vibrant anti-self-help guide offers a compelling alternative to life coaching, positive thinking and the need always to say ´yes!´
There are not many books that are genuine classics, and only a handful in business and management whose insights and ideas last for 50 years and more. This book is one of the very few ´´must reads´´ for anybody seriously interested in the role of management within the firm. Originally published in 1959, The Theory of the Growth of the Firm has illuminated and inspired thinking in strategy, entrepreneurship, knowledge creation, and innovation. Edith Penrose´s tightly-argued classic laid the foundations for the resource based view of the firm, now the dominant framework in business strategy. She analyses managerial activities and decisions, organizational routines, and also the factors that inevitably limit a firm´s growth prospects. For this new anniversary edition, Christos Pitelis has written a new introduction which both tells the story of Penrose´s extraordinary life, and provides a balanced assessment of her key ideas and their continuing relevance and freshness.
Amy Snowden, in middle age, has long since settled into a lonely life in the Yorkshire town of Gunnarshaw, until - to her neighbours´ surprise - she suddenly marries a much younger man. Months later, Amy is found dead - apparently by her own hand - and her husband, Wright, has disappeared.
New Strategies for Financial Services Firms:The Life-Cycle-Solution Approach. Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2003 Dennis Kundisch
Stephen LaPointe believed in Jesus. For him, the Bible was the only sufficient, firm foundation for his life. He wanted to obey God in all things, and had given up a career to become an ordained minister. He loved to preach the Word and knew that one day he would stand before God, accountable for everything he preached. But there was one problem: How could he be certain that what he was preaching was true? Sara LaPointe never wanted this role, but she loved Stephen. So, through his encouragement and tutelage, she had become both an enthusiastic Evangelical and an effective pastor´s wife at least in the eyes of the congregation. But would the gnawing guilt of a past mistake a mistake she would never reveal to her husband ever let her go? And then there was Walter. He, too, believed in Jesus. He, too, loved the Bible and vowed to do whatever God called him to do. But what if this was the unthinkable? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin O´ Brien. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001040/bk_acx0_001040_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The definitive guide to management success for sole practitioners and leaders of small design firms Owning and operating a small architectural design firm can be challenging, with tight project deadlines, on-the-fly meetings, rush proposals, and fluctuating workloads as part of the firm´s day-to-day activities. To help small firm owners cope with the chaos and prepare for the unexpected, here is The Architect´s Guide to Small Firm Management, a no-nonsense guide to repurposing daily demands into workable, goal-directed solutions. Crucial topics such as self-aware leadership, people management, technology, financial health, scenario planning, sustainable practice, and future trends are examined using real-life case studies and business model paradigms. This definitive text explores the whole system experience of a small firm practice to deliver organizational strategies proven to keep a firm´s creative mission on a steady, productive path. The Architect´s Guide to Small Firm Management addresses how small firm owners can: * Deal effectively with unexpected circumstances and shifting work requirements * Meet the demands of the marketplace while creating a satisfying workplace * Set and achieve goals in an environment of constant change This book is a must-have for those facing the often harsh reality of managing small design firms in a difficult and changing economy. Entrepreneurial architects and designers will discover how to define their own personal and professional meanings of success, as well as how to refocus their business approach to replace long, unrewarding hours with manageable, satisfying ones.
When she hears about the engagement of her sister, Esther, to one of San Francisco´s wealthiest merchants, 25-year-old Amelia Lander decides it is high time she obeyed her mother´s last wish - that she watch over her younger sister. Amelia leaves her teaching job in New York City and travels by train to San Francisco, where she loses no time in calling on Esther and her new husband, Samuel Allen, and providing them with proof that she is Esther´s sister and that her existence has been intentionally concealed by their father for 17 years, since Esther was a toddler. Samuel suggests that Amelia live with them, but when Esther says something impolite and Samuel tells her - in front of Amelia - that she can expect to be soundly spanked for her rudeness, Amelia is shocked. Samuel informs Amelia that he will run his house as he sees fit, and when she responds with insults and defiance, Amelia soon finds herself over the knee of Samuel´s business partner, Michael Sullivan, for a long, hard spanking on her bare bottom. In spite of her shame and fury, however, Amelia cannot help but be drawn to the man who chastised her so thoroughly. When she learns that her father is once again up to no good, Amelia runs straight to Michael with the news, and he and Samuel form a plan to stop him. But can Amelia bring herself to obey Michael and stay out of the way, or will her foolhardy actions cost the life of the man she has reluctantly come to love? Publisher´s Note: Their Firm Men is an erotic romance novel that includes spankings, anal play, sexual scenes, and more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Aimee Sutherland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/024497/bk_acx0_024497_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.