Sales of George Orwell's classic dystopian novel "1984" have shot up on Amazon.com amid new disclosures about surveillance and spying by the National Security Agency (NSA) in the U.S.
Sales of "1984" have risen by 166 percent in the past 24 hours, according to Amazon's "movers and shakers" list, which charts the books with the sharpest sales increases.
The novel, which depicts a totalitarian state with omnipresent government surveillance, may ring bells with readers shocked by revelations that the NSA allegedly collected vast amounts of users' data from internet companies like Google, Facebook and Apple.
Such is the current interest in "1984" that it is the only book on Amazon's list of top "movers and shakers" that is not a new release.
Is perfectionism all it's cracked up to be? Maybe not, according to a work hitting bookstores this week.
"The Plateau Effect: Getting From Stuck to Success" explores what causes people to "get used" to things and quit striving to max their potential and happiness. It was authored by Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson, two entrepreneurial analysts with forty years of experience between them researching, writing, and analyzing systems and human nature.
Bob Sullivan is an investigative journalist and the bestselling author of "Gotcha Capitalism" and "Stop Getting Ripped Off." He lives in Seattle, Washington. Hugh Thompson is a mathematics and computer science professor and internationally acclaimed speaker. He lives in Los Gatos, California.
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"The Great Gatsby" has united generations of American readers with its crash-and-burn tale of empty elegance and impossible love on Long Island in the 1920s.
Now the novel is dividing the nation's booksellers with dueling paperback editions: the enigmatic blue cover of the original and the movie tie-in book that went on sale Tuesday, a brash, flashy version with Leonardo DiCaprio front and center.
Conversations are the lifeblood of business. Whether selling, pitching, communicating a strategy, dealing with a customer service issue, working an idea, sending an email to a colleague, or tweeting; you are having a conversation. How you have those conversations and how effectively you have them are critical to your success as a leader.
In our work — which spans CEO's and senior executives in F50 companies, leaders of transformation initiatives, to struggling visionaries and entrepreneurs driving growth — we see three common pitfalls which trip up a leader's ability to have effective conversations.
Mistake #1. Not facing into reality.
Smart leaders may become wise leaders when they have the foresight or courage to make unpopular and counter-intuitive decisions.
Here are seven leaders who broke classic business rules in order to benefit their company or community--and demonstrated wise leadership capabilities in the process.
Turn your best people into beginners.
Are the people who pay for goods and services "Customers," "Patients," "Students," "Residents," or "Guests?"
Are the people working in an organization "Associates," "Team Members," "Partners," "Employees or "Cast Members"?
The debate about how to best address customers and employees consumes valuable time, energy and money in many organizations. Yet, merely changing nouns or verbs won't ensure a culture dedicated to world class customer service or create a motivated and engaged workforce.
Cultural etiquette, politeness, and good manners are passed down through societies from generation to generation.
Etiquette refers to the cultural guidelines for what is appropriate or inappropriate and polite or impolite. It gives a culture structure, integrity, grace, and finesse—all of which are uniquely adapted from one culture to another.
Fortunately, simple business and social etiquette are often based on basic common sense. Although etiquette styles and fads may come and go, the fundamentals of global etiquette remain essentially the same.
Let's face it, we have a disconnect that is killing us. It's as simple as this: many, many jobs in this country have gone away and they are likely to never come back. And, the way we are currently going about finding work is not yielding new jobs for these people.
We talk a lot about parts of the process that are important to success. Great resumes, cover letters, interviewing tips. Books and workshops abound and experts are on every corner telling us that if we would just pull the right levers, then 1-2-3, we'll have work. But if that was all it took to get a job, then everyone who wants one would have one, right? Instead, we have millions of people who have just given up.
I know. I was one of those people not so long ago. I bought the books, listened to the experts, went to workshops, networked until I couldn't network any more. I had reams of cards and little slips of paper from those events with phone numbers and information that I quite honestly didn't know how to use.
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Guest Author Blog by Jake Breeden author of, "Tipping Sacred Cows: Kick the Bad Work Habits that Masquerade as Virtues."
Sometimes collaboration hides a lack of accountability and balance masks an unwillingness to make a decision. Collaboration and balance are two virtues that can combine to cover up some nasty virtues. Leaders must take a hard look at the virtues they are proud of to make sure no vice lurks within.
Guest Author Blog by Debra Kaye author of book, "Red Thread Thinking: Weaving Together Connections for Brilliant Ideas and Profitable Innovation,"
How many times have you thought, "I wish I'd thought of that!" or wanted to know how to successfully connect to a winning concept? Great innovators create new ideas by making connections between seemingly unrelated experiences and observations to uncover surprising, unique insights. Now you can have the genius quotient, too.
My new book, "Red Thread Thinking: Weaving Together Connections for Brilliant Ideas and Profitable Innovation," proves insights are no accident. It helps you tap into your own resources and knowledge to help create big, successful, fresh ideas or improve on existing ones.
Here are just five examples.