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Chicken Soup for the Soul Cookbook: 101 Stories with Recipes from the Heart: Stories and Recipes from the Hearth (Chicken Soup for the Soul (Paperback Health Communications))
Chicken Soup for the Soul Cookbook: 101 Stories with Recipes from the Heart: Stories and Recipes from the Hearth (Chicken Soup for the Soul (Paperback Health Communications))
von Jack Canfield
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 16,09

3.0 von 5 Sternen Inspirational stories from many people, 3. Januar 2000
A collection of inspirational stories from many people, collected by two well-known motivational speakers wherein you will find something to make you better than you might have been, as well as make you better able to cope. The stones are about people caring for each other, parenting, learning, living your dream, overcoming obstacles and other avenues of wisdom in life. The stories are in their original form as assembled by the authors.
Much of the material embraces stones about adults, but a goodly portion is about kids and how important it is to show, over and over, that others care for them and love them. We see too, the impact of good teachers on the lives of students in the classroom every day; an important reminder of the complex ways quality education and quality teachers make a better world for all of us.
One story, "All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" illustrates, I think, the connection between youth and adulthood. Here are excerpts from author, Robert Fulghum: "These are the things I learned: "Share everything. "Play fair. "Don't hit people. "Put you things back where you found them. "Clean up your own mess. "Don't take things that aren't yours. "Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody. "Wash your hands before you eat. "Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. "Live a balanced life. "Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some." "Everything you need to know is there somewhere."
And then from an Unknown Source, there is the classic reminder about Abraham Lincoln's life and the lesson of persistence. "Born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with defeat throughout life. "He lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown. "He could have quit many times-but he didn't and because he didn't quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the history of our country. Lincoln was a champion and he never gave up."
From a piece by Bob Richards, Olympic Athlete: "Greatness is all around us. "It's easy to be great because great people will help, you... .the greatest in the business will come and share their ideas, their methods and their techniques with everyone else. "They don't hold back. "Great people will share.. .(they) will tell you their secrets. "It's easy to be great when you get around great people."
And finally, a tongue-in-cheek bit under the heading of "Eclectic Wisdom: This life is a test. It is only a test. Had it been an actual life you would have received further instructions on where to go and what to do." (Found on a bulletin board).
An interesting collection of inspiring stories about the human condition which you can pick up and put down at will. You don't weed to read them all at once in one sitting and the payoff is that you'll find something to turn you on and make you better (or at least feel better) than you might have been.


Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
von James C. Collins
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 12,20

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5.0 von 5 Sternen New insights on growth for people and organizations, 3. Januar 2000
If you invested in a general market stock fund, or a comparison company, and a visionary company January 1, 1926 and reinvested dividends, a $1 in the general market fund would have grown to $415; not bad. Your $1 investment in the comparison companies would have grown to $955 (twice the general market). But your investment in the visionary companies would have grown to $6,356, six times greater than comparison companies and fifteen times greater than the general market.
The "visionary" companies: 3M, American Express, Boeing, Citicorp, Ford, GE, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Marriott, Merck, Motorola, Nordstrom, Philip Morris, Procter & Gamble, Sony, Wal-Mart, Walt Disney.
Enduring companies grow because they concentrate on being a great organization, not because of an original idea for a product or service. A lasting, core ideology is the driving force behind a visionary company; not culture, strategy, tactics, operations or policies. Core values are simple, clear, straightforward beliefs of unchanging, fundamental values such as The Golden Rule, but core values differ widely. They are the basic reason for existence beyond just making money. Visionary companies concentrate on building an organization rather than implementation of a great idea, charis-matic leadership, or wealth accumulation. The authors call it "clock-building" rather than "time-telling."
Growth favors the persistent but persist in what? They never give up on the company, but drop losing ideas, adopt winning ideas and along the way, try many ideas to find winners. But it's the company, not the idea. Most revealing was the extraordinary fact that visionary companies can live with contradictory ideas and forces at the same time. They don't accept an A or B concept, for example, that there must be either stability or change. They do both at the same time, all the time.
This is a rare, difficult trait. The book aptly quotes F. Scott Fitzgerald: "...first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas... at the same time.. . and still function."
The profit myth. Visionary companies are more idealogically-drlven and less profit-driven than comparison companies. Of course they pursue profit, but they do both. More importantly, their values don't shift with the times, or changing markets.
As the authors reel off the rather obscure names of heads of visionary companies (and their personality traits), clearly they aren't charismatic leaders, but perhaps better described as "architects." People have always harbored a deep need to be assured that someone or something must have it all figured out; God must have made it that way. Not so with visionary companies. Things are the way they are because the founders created an evolving, changing process for selecting what works and doesn't work. And these visionary companies continue to come up with a stream of successful products and services.
Other shattered myths. Playing it safe: They make bold, risky commitments and make them work most of the time. A great place to work: You fit and flourish or hate it and leave. Brilliant strategic planning; Best moves are made by trial and error. Beating competition: They concentrate on beating themselves. They believe in home-grown management; promotion from within. The authors conclude that new ideas will become obsolete faster than ever before, therefore corporate success must be ideological and provide common bonds of values, beliefs and aspirations.
This is a landmark book. It goes beyond corporate concepts and provides new insights on growth for individuals, groups or organizations.


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