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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Audacity of Hope eBook edition

It is eerily fitting that the author of The Audacity of Hope was written by a man who had the audacity to run for President of the United States of America. One look at the portrait on the cover told you that his chance to be President was roughly equivalent to the proverbial snowball in hell.

And yet somehow we woke up this morning with "a skinny black kid with a funny name" as the next President of the USA. Unbelievable from where I sit!

It wasn't that long ago (70 years) that the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow a "colored" woman to give a concert in their hall. As a side note -- I always find this story the ultimate irony! Women who's ancestors fought and died for freedom actually denying Marian Anderson access to a building! But I digress.

I am old enough to remember Selma and Montgomery and the passage of the Voting Rights Act. I am old enough to have heard Martin Luther King voice his dream.

In those dark days it seemed an impossible dream! Just the idea that his "children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" was unfathomable. And yet this morning those children will wake up to a country where their Dad's dream has come true!

My Dad used to say that "we are saved by hope." As a teenager I thought it was perhaps the corniest thing I had ever hears. And yet this morning I can't help but think that he was on to something.

After all. what keeps us going in the face of incredible odds? It is sometimes simply the belief in a positive outcome; the feeling we can get what we want or that at the very least everything will turn out for the best.

Hope brings out the best in all of us. Hope is the sometimes the only thing that gets us out of bed in the morning. Hope is the bedrock of the American Dream. And at least for this moment in time, hope reigns in America.

If you haven't done so yet, do yourself a favor and read Barak Obama's message of hope:

In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. One phrase in particular anchored itself in listeners’ minds, a reminder that for all the discord and struggle to be found in our history as a nation, we have always been guided by a dogged optimism in the future, or what Senator Obama called “the audacity of hope.”

Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics–a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the “endless clash of armies” we see in congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of “our improbable experiment in democracy.” He explores those forces–from the fear of losing to the perpetual need to raise money to the power of the media–that can stifle even the best-intentioned politician. He also writes, with surprising intimacy and self-deprecating humor, about settling in as a senator, seeking to balance the demands of public service and family life, and his own deepening religious commitment.

At the heart of this book is Senator Obama’s vision of how we can move beyond our divisions to tackle concrete problems. He examines the growing economic insecurity of American families, the racial and religious tensions within the body politic, and the transnational threats–from terrorism to pandemic–that gather beyond our shores. And he grapples with the role that faith plays in a democracy–where it is vital and where it must never intrude. Underlying his stories about family, friends, members of the Senate, even the president, is a vigorous search for connection: the foundation for a radically hopeful political consensus.

A senator and a lawyer, a professor and a father, a Christian and a skeptic, and above all a student of history and human nature, Senator Obama has written a book of transforming power. Only by returning to the principles that gave birth to our Constitution, he says, can Americans repair a political process that is broken, and restore to working order a government that has fallen dangerously out of touch with millions of ordinary Americans. Those Americans are out there, he writes–“waiting for Republicans and Democrats to catch up with them.” Tags: ebook,e-book,obama,hope,the audacity of hope,ebooks about people,new york times best sellers

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Nonprofit's And Sacred Cows? Read IT To Believe It!


'The Budget Building Book for Nonprofits:' by Murray Dropkin & Jim Halpin. This eBook steps you through the terminology and methodology of preparing and using budgets in the special case of the nonprofit organization. The eBook could use a few more computational examples, but it has excellent worksheets and checklists to simplify the task and keep you on track. It says what it has to say very concisely, which helps you to focus on the tips and pointers. It is really like an annotated workbook, complete with a sample budget. If you have to do this stuff, this book is invaluable. The author did an excellent job in bringing the complex and problematic issues of budgeting for Nonprofit organizations and takes you step by step into the process. The Budget Building eBook for Nonprofits takes the fear out of budgeting.

'Death to All Sacred Cows' by Beau Fraser. Death to all Sacred Cows is a non-business book, business eBook. The authors intelligently and with a lot of humor advocate original thinking and reasonable questioning of the status quo as the only way to make a serious mark whether you are a company competing against a market leader or an individual trying to advance your career. "The customer is always right", died a humorous death as did "Teams create the best solutions" and "Internal competition Leads to Better Results" in chapter length explanations about why the sacred cow is dangerous and why it deserves to die. Unlike most business books whose authors try to impress me with their intelligence, Death to All Sacred Cows wins me over with approachable charm and well-argued examples of why everything I thought was true is in fact false. Well worth reading. Use the Coupon Code below to receive a Discount on either of these two eBook Titles.

The Budget-Building Book for Nonprofits: A Step-by-Step Guide for Managers and Boards (Adobe Reader) eBook edition by Dropkin, Murray, Halpin, Jim
This best-selling nuts-and-bolts workbook, now in its second edition, has become the gold standard for nonprofit managers and boards who must work through the budget cycle. The book offers practical tools and guidance for completing each step of the budgeting process.
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Death to All Sacred Cows eBook edition by Fraser, Beau
Never say something offensive in a headline. BANG. Try to find the right balance between playing it safe and pushing the envelope. It's okay to act like a jerk when you're talented. BANG. Sometimes you have to look below the bottom line to see what something's really costing you. A good idea sells itself.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Business Views Abroad


'What's Next: The Experts' Guide' by Jane Buckingham. This eBook offered incredible insights on the future! I loved it. It was fun to compare my own predictions with those of the experts. I have been a huge fan of Jane Buckingham since her Modern Girl books, and her latest experts' guide is a must-read for anyone who wants to know how the most compelling people think and feel about what the future holds. It is a fascinating assortment of experts with brilliant points of view.

'Die Broke' by Stephen Pollan. Retirement, as the author points out, is a myth. There is no such thing as retirement. Retirement at age 65 was arbitrarily made up years ago to get rid of the elderly so younger people could fill up those jobs. Interesting point but not sure if I totally agree. My favorite quote from the book was this little gem: "Forget about the pursuit of a holistic work life. You cannot successfully integrate your work and the rest of your life. Your work is not your life. Your work is what you do so you can have a life." Be sure to check below for the Coupon Code. Use it at Checkout to receive a Discount on either or both of these two eBook Titles.

What's Next: The Experts' Guide eBook edition by Buckingham, Jane
In her role as founder and president of The Intelligence Group, a consulting and trend-spotting company at the forefront of predictions about the ever-elusive youth and consumer market, Jane Buckingham spends her days looking for the telling details in today's culture that give clues about what our future holds.
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Die Broke eBook edition by Pollan, Stephen
From America's most trusted financial advisor comes a comprehensive guide to a new and utterly sane financial choice. In Die Broke, you'll learn that life is a game where the loser gives his money to Uncle Sam at the end.
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