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Do games hold the secret to better productivity' If you' ve ever found yourself engrossed in Angry Birds, Call of Duty, or a plain old crossword puzzle when you should have been doing something more productive, you know how easily games hold our attention. Hardcore gamers have spent the equivalent of 5.93 million years playing World of Warcraft while the world collectively devotes about 5 million hours per day to Angry Birds. A colossal waste of time' Perhaps. But what if we could tap into all the energy, engagement, and brainpower that people are already expending and use it for more creative and valuable pursuits' Harnessing the power of games sounds like a New-Age fantasy, or at least a fad that' s only for hip start-ups run by millennials in Silicon Valley. But according to Adam L. Penenberg, the use of smart game design in the workplace and beyond is taking hold in every sector of the economy, and the companies that apply it are witnessing unprecedented results. " Gamification" isn' t just for consumers chasing reward points anymore. It' s transforming, well, just about everything. Penenberg explores how, by understanding the way successful games are designed, we can apply them to become more efficient, come up with new ideas, and achieve even the most daunting goals. He shows how game mechanics are being applied to make employees happier and more motivated, improve worker safety, create better products, and improve customer service. For example, Microsoft has transformed an essential but mind-numbing task-- debugging software-- into a game by having employees compete and collaborate to find more glitches in less time. Meanwhile, Local Motors, an independent automaker based in Arizona, crowdsources designs from car enthusiasts all over the world by having them compete for money and recognition within the community. As a result, the company was able to bring a cutting-edge vehicle to market in less time and at far less cost than the Big Three automakers. These are just two examples of companies that have tapped the characteristics that make games so addictive and satisfying. Penenberg also takes us inside organizations that have introduced play at work to train surgeons, aid in physical therapy, translate the Internet, solve vexing scientific riddles, and digitize books from the nineteenth century. Drawing on the latest brain science as well as his firsthand reporting from these cutting-edge companies, Penenberg offers a powerful solution for businesses and organizations of all stripes and sizes.
So, she' s made a career of it. She thought she had struck gold a few years back when she was lucky enough to get pregnant by Devon Wright. She knew they' d get married, he would take care of her and her baby, and she' d be set for life. What Shauntae didn' t know was that it' s much harder to keep a man than it is to catch him. Now she' s lost custody of the child and the child support check and has to go back to hustling. Shauntae is lucky enough to get herself pregnant by Gary Jackson. She knows she has to figure out how to be a good wife to Gary and a good mother to their child to keep herself in his big, fancy house and his big, fancy car. She has to learn to talk " proper" and say all the right things at the right time. The absolute worst thing is that Shauntae must learn how to be a " church girl." When issues with Gary' s ex-wife and kids threaten Shauntae' s " get married and stay married" plan, it' s actually God that helps her out. Shauntae decides that instead of hustling God, she might want to get to know Him. But can an ex-hustler really shed her old ways and become a true Christian, and a good wife and mother'
Sexy and powerful lawyer Xavier Kane is everything Farrah Langley ever wanted-in a one-night stand, at least. He's gentle and compassionate, yet an unleashed tiger in the bedroom. Now Xavier is interested in putting his lady-killer days behind him and settling down. But is he the kind of man Farrah could share the rest of her life with?
Six years ago, Alessandro and Cassie shared a night of passion before Alessandro returned to his native Italy. Now he's reappeared to be the head of the company Cassie works for. She has a secret to reveal to this strapping Italian god-twin secrets, actually-yet he laims to have no memory of her. But he's more taken by this young lady than he lets on, and soon their passions are sparked once more.
Joe Haldeman' s " adept plotting, strong pacing, and sense of grim stoicism have won him wide acclaim" ( The Washington Post ) and numerous honors for such works as The Forever War , The Accidental Time Machine , and the Marsbound trilogy. Now, the multiple Hugo and Nebula award- winning author pits a lone war veteran against a mysterious enemy who is watching his every move-- and threatens him with more than death unless he kills for them. Wounded in combat and honorably discharged nine years ago, Jack Daley still suffers nightmares from when he served his country as a sniper, racking up sixteen confirmed kills. Now a struggling author, Jack accepts an offer to write a near-future novel about a serial killer, based on a Hollywood script outline. It' s an opportunity to build his writing career, and a future with his girlfriend, Kit Majors. But Jack' s other talent is also in demand. A package arrives on his doorstep containing a sniper rifle, complete with silencer and ammunition-- and the first installment of a $100,000 payment to kill a " bad man." The twisted offer is genuine. The people behind it are dangerous. They prove that they have Jack under surveillance. He can' t run. He can' t hide. And if he doesn' t take the job, Kit will be in the crosshairs instead
Leading evangelist Billy Graham has written an inspiring and thought-provoking work based on his personal quest to understand the most mysterious and difficult aspect of the Trinity. After a discussion with a noted Swiss theologian, Dr. Graham began a study of the Bible to see what is said about the Holy Spirit. As he progressed through his examination, he became concerned by the 'misunderstanding and even ignorance in some Christian circles concerning the Third Person of the Trinity.' The Holy Spirit was written with an eye towards clarifying any misconceptions. Using Biblical passages to illustrate his points, Dr. Graham helps the reader to understand the power of the Holy Spirit and His relevance in everyday life. Thorough, yet accessible, Billy Graham's The Holy Spirit is an intimate look at this cornerstone of faith. Jack Garrett's commanding narration will leave listeners with the sense of having a personal conversation with a learned friend.
Joel Kurtzman persuasively shows why all the talk about America's decline is not only baseless but dead wrong. Our best days, are, in fact, ahead of us. Four transformational forces-unrivaled manufacturing depth, soaring levels of creativity, massive new energy sources, and gigantic amounts of capital waiting to be invested-have been gathering steam. When combined they will provide the foundation for a much stronger economy, robust growth, and broad-based prosperity that will propel the United States to new heights...
Guidance for dealing with this common and frustrating form of behavior. Many people often say " yes" to something when they' d rather say " no." They offer cooperation through words but follow up with how they really feel-- in actions that contradict their words. That' s passive-aggression. At its heart, passive-aggression is about being untrue to oneself, which makes it impossible to have a clean relationship with others. Passive-aggression as a communication method doesn' t make someone " bad." It is simply a strategy learned in childhood as a coping mechanism, a hard-to-break habit. Changing passive-aggressive behavior requires knowledge, tools, and practice, as outlined here. This audiobook offers effective methods for transforming passive-aggression into healthy assertiveness to communicate in constructive ways through eight keys: Recognize Your Hidden Anger; Reconnect Your Emotions to Your Thoughts; Listen to Your Body; Set Healthy Boundaries; Communicate Assertively; Interact Using Mindfulness; Disable the Enabler; and Problem-Solve for Better Outcomes. Hands-on exercises are featured, enabling readers to better understand themselves.
Cheyenne and Kelsi grew up together in the hood. They' re best friends who' ve always had each other' s backs-- until Cheyenne' s father is released from prison and Kelsi can' t resist his advances. Their scandalous affair might do more than just tear apart a friendship;it could destroy Cheyenne' s whole world. Angela Farmer' s early childhood was filled with neglect and abuse at the hands of her drug-addicted mother. Not even the love and support of her foster parents could totally erase her painful memories. In an effort to rid herself of her demons, Angela makes it her mission to protect others, but her methods strike fear in the hearts of the people around her. Eva is a good, churchgoing girl who seems to have the perfect life, until she' s wrongly accused of embezzling from her clients. Caught up in a struggle to prove her innocence, she is forced to face the grittier side of life. She enters into a sexually charged world fueled by power, murder, and greed, where she must adapt if she' s going to survive. Eva wants to remain true to herself and everything she' s been taught in the church, but like Jay Z says, " When church is over, life begins."
Following her best friend's death in a car crash, Sophie Mills assumed custody of her friend's two young daughters. Sophie loves the children as if they are her own, but everything gets complicated when their father re-enters the picture. Louis seems to want to put his family back together--but Sophie isn't sure she can trust a man who abandoned his family once before.
Workaholic tycoon Luke Holloway wants nothing to do with family, romance, or children. But when he falls for and beds his new personal assistant Sara Fleet, his world is thrown into tumult. Things only get more complicated after she reveals to him that she is pregnant with their child. Now this busy rogue is going to have to seriously reevaluate his life and priorities.
Amy Hardwick has one last Season to shake off her wallflower image and make a love match. If she can't, she'll set aside her dreams of romance and return home to a suitor who can provide security-if little else. What she doesn't count on is the inappropriate-and irresistible-attention lavished on her in a darkened library by rake extraordinaire Will "The Devil" Darcett . . . DEVILISH DELIGHT When Will is caught in a tryst with the ton's shyest miss, he knows he must offer for her hand. Yet Amy is not the shrinking violet she seems to be. Passion lies beneath her prim exterior and Will is eager to release it. But winning Amy isn't simply a matter of seduction; first, Will must convince her that he's mended his wicked ways . . .
"From #1 internationally bestselling author Lucinda Riley, an epic story of family secrets, love, and betrayal set in Imperial India, a magnificent English country house in the 1920s, and that same house today"-- Provided by publisher.
This can-do guide brings together little things listeners can do that will positively impact their daily life and overall happiness.
Birth, death, and conflict-- three things you truly can' t avoid. Whether it' s big or small, conflict eats into productivity and makes people feel stuck. Yet solutions exist for even the toughest situations with the most intractable people. The answer lies in better communication-- not just using different words, but rather learning to think differently. I Hear You supplies proven techniques for stepping outside one' s point of view and seeing things from other perspectives. Sample dialogues show how this shift in thinking leads to better conversations and greatly improved outcomes. Listeners learn how to: - Tell the other person' s story-- the cornerstone of real engagement - Look from the outside in and see themselves as others do - Recognize the role systemic factors play-- and transform a conflict into a shared challenge - Overcome the defense mechanisms that derail dialogue For anyone trying to negotiate a difficult situation with a boss, colleague, employee, or client, I Hear You changes opposition into understanding and mere talk into real trust.
Shante is an internationally known conference speaker and bestselling author who just received the shock of her life. Deandrea is an aggressive psychologist with two doctoral degrees who is struggling to keep her family together with her husband' s busy schedule. Misha is a soft-spoken teacher who is in a battle to keep her child from being taken from her. All of them are facing challenges in their marriages and ministries. After a chance meeting at a First Ladies' conference, secrets of their pasts are revealed. With each revelation, their commitment to God and family is questioned. These women will have to decide if they can rely on their faith and work together to help each other mend the broken pieces of their relationships. K.T. Richey explores the unique challenges that face these First Ladies. The choices they make can affect not only them, but their families and the churches that their husbands lead.
Stephen Chesterfield, the Earl of Whitmore, cannot recall the past three months of his life---much less that he has a wife. And Emily Chesterfield finds herself trapped in a marriage of convenience to a man who doesn't even remember her. Now, as their romance rekindles, they much face issues of trust and loyalty even as a shadowy villain actively tries to keep the Earl's memories suppressed.
Multiple award-winning author Sophia James pens scorching-hot romances her eager fans devour. In One Unashamed Night, reclusive Lord Taris Wellingham shuns the possibility of intimate relationships. His traveling companion, 28-year-old Beatrice-Maude Bassingstoke, on the other hand, doesn't expect to attract a man as handsome as Taris. But when they are forced to spend the night together during a snowstorm, passion erupts between them as they lay in each other's arms. And when the night ends, a new day of love dawns before them.
Single mom Jess Calhoun had learned the hard way not to trust a man in a Stetson; her young son's dad was long gone. But that doesn't stop Jess from noticing good-lookin', sweet-talkin' cowboy Johnny Jameson swagger into town. He's as wild and untamed as the stallions he trains. The attraction between them is as fiery as a Texan summer and Johnny finds himself questioning whether he could finally put down roots--in Larkville, a place where two very special people have taken hold of his heart.
Tom Asacker, author of Sandbox Wisdom and A Clear Eye for Branding, pulls back the curtain on the workings of the mind and reveals the hidden logic to motivating behavior, both in ourselves and in others. Whether you are launching a new brand or marketing campaign, selling products and services, coaching individuals or leading a team, this audiobook will shatter your assumptions about leadership and the art of influence, and give you the invaluable insights required to understand and move others.
An epic story of first contact between radically different worlds, steeped in the natural beauty and brutality of our country's formative years.
When Emma returns home to Serenity following her sister's untimely death, she must confront Sam and the feelings she never fully dealt with after their broken engagement. A strange clause in her sister's will forces Emma to stay and work with Sam to restore her sister's old house. As they work side by side, the promise of love blooms again.
Blackboard and New York Times best-selling author Connie Briscoe delivers a captivating sequel to her hit novel P.G. County. Newly sober Barbara Bentley, her womanizing husband Bradford, and the other wealthy residents of Silver Lake are steering their lives in new directions. And then royalty arrives in the person of Baroness Veronique Valentine, who claims to be everyone's friend.
A prolific author in nearly every genre, Mary Nichols has been thrilling fans of historical and contemporary romance for over 50 years. Here, widowed Kate Meredith, longing for a child of her own, accepts the proposal of stiff, upper-crust Viscount Robert Cranford. But her affections soon become torn when she meets the charming Simon Redfern'a doctor running a home for sick children. Propriety tells her she must stay with Cranford, but her heart knows that the man to make her truly happy is the good doctor.