A journalist describes the years she worked in low-paying domestic work under wealthy employers, contrasting the privileges of the upper-middle class to the realities of the overworked laborers supporting them.
For most people, succeeding in life requires mastering the art of teamwork. Whether at work, school, church, or home, virtually everyone is part of a team--and when they work well, teams can accomplish more than individuals working by themselves. But not all teams are created equal. When a team isn't functioning well, individual strengths can be undermined and weaknesses accentuated, making the work environment a terrible place to be. So what does a truly effective team environment look like, and how can you create one within your own organization? As a former Super Bowl-winning coach, Tony Dungy is an expert at building and bringing out the best in a team. Drawing on his experiences from years of coaching and working with other leaders, this football fable lays out four essential principles practiced by truly effective teams. Telling the story of a fictional NFL team looking for a turnaround, The Soul of a Team not only identifies some of the most common issues that hold a team back but also lays out a game plan for winning teamwork. Whether you aspire to be a better leader or a stronger team player, The Soul of a Team will show you how to contribute to a stronger, healthier, more productive team destined for success. -- Amazon.com
A guide to enjoying a more successful and fulfilling career by staying small outlines a one-person business strategy for generating consistent cash flow, detailing how to set up, address unexpected setbacks, and maintain happy clients.
The Edge of Anarchy by Jack Kelly offers a vivid account of the greatest uprising of working people in American history. At the pinnacle of the Gilded Age, a boycott of Pullman sleeping cars by hundreds of thousands of railroad employees brought commerce to a standstill across much of the country. Famine threatened, riots broke out along the rail lines. Soon the U.S. Army was on the march and gunfire rang from the streets of major cities. This epochal tale offers fascinating portraits of two iconic characters of the age. George Pullman, who amassed a fortune by making train travel a pleasure, thought the model town that he built for his workers would erase urban squalor. Eugene Debs, founder of the nation's first industrial union, was determined to wrench power away from the reigning plutocrats. The clash between the two men's conflicting ideals pushed the country to what the U.S. Attorney General called the ragged edge of anarchy. Many of the themes of The Edge of Anarchy could be taken from today's headlines--upheaval in America's industrial heartland, wage stagnation, breakneck technological change, and festering conflict over race, immigration, and inequality. With the country now in a New Gilded Age, this look back at the violent conflict of an earlier era offers illuminating perspectives along with a breathtaking story of a nation on the edge.
Patterned after Strunk and White's classic The Elements of Style, this third edition concisely summarizes the substantial existing research on the art and science of mentoring. W. Brad Johnson's and Charles R. Ridley's classic guide, The Elements of Mentoring, reduces this wealth of published material on the topic to the seventy-five most important and pithy truths for mentors in all fields. Here are the 75 practices of master mentors. These include what excellent mentors do, what makes an excellent mentor, how to set up a successful mentor-mentee relationship, how to work through problems that develop between mentoring pairs, how to mentor with cultural humility and in diverse mentorships, what it means to mentor with integrity, and how to end the relationship when it has run its course. Succinct and comprehensive, this is a must-have for any mentor or mentor-to-be. -- Amazon.com.
Explains how a more socially connected workforce creates greater fulfillment, productivity, and engagement while preventing burnout and turnover.~Back to Human explains how a more socially connected workforce creates greater fulfillment, productivity, and engagement while preventing burnout and turnover--
A detailed profile of an alternative lifestyle known as FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early), in which participants strive to retire in their 30s or 40s by living frugally, saving creatively, and investing efficiently. Participants in the movement share personal stories and financial strategies with the author--