NOW UPDATED WITH A NEW EPILOGUE In the summer of 1964, aged twenty, Ray Davies led the Kinks to fame with their number one hit ´You Really Got Me´. Within months, they were established among the pop elite, swamped by fans and fast becoming renowned for the rioting at their gigs. But Ray´s journey from working-class Muswell Hill to the Rock ´n´ Roll Hall of Fame was tumultuous in the extreme, featuring breakdowns, bitter lawsuits, spectacular punch-ups and a ban from entering the USA. His relationship with his brother Dave is surely the most ferocious and abusive in music history. Based on countless interviews conducted over several decades, this richly detailed and revelatory biography presents the most frank and intimate portrait yet of Ray Davies.
New tools for managing complexity. Does your organization manage complexity by making things more complicated? If so, you are not alone. According to The Boston Consulting Group´s fascinating Complexity Index, business complexity has increased sixfold during the past 60 years. And, all the while, organizational complicatedness - that is, the number of structures, processes, committees, decision-making forums, and systems - has increased by a whopping factor of 35. In their attempt to respond to the increasingly complex performance requirements they face, company leaders have created an organizational labyrinth that makes it more and more difficult to improve productivity and to pursue innovation. It also disengages and demotivates the workforce. Clearly it´s time for leaders to stop trying to manage complexity with their traditional tools and instead better leverage employees´ intelligence. This book shows you how and explains the implications for designing and leading organizations. The way to manage complexity, the authors argue, is neither with the hard solutions of another era nor with the soft solutions - such as team building and feel-good ´´people initiatives´´ - that often follow in their wake. Based on social sciences (notably economics, game theory, and organizational sociology) and The Boston Consulting Group´s work with more than 500 companies in more than 40 countries and in various industries, authors Yves Morieux and Peter Tollman recommend six simple rules to manage complexity without getting complicated. Showing why the rules work and how to put them into practice, Morieux and Tollman give managers a much-needed tool to reinvigorate people in the face of seemingly endless complexity. Included are detailed examples from companies that have achieved a multiplicative effect on performance by using them. It´s time to manage complexity better. Employ these six simple rules to foster autonomy and co-operati... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel Henning. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/010031/bk_reco_010031_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A highly detailed look into the world of empaths and empathy in general. Do you want to find out if you´re an empath? This book highlights the criteria that you need to meet in order to be confirmed as an empath. Look no further in your quest to find out the truth. Are you an empath that needs guidance on how to manage in this world? Life as an empath can be extremely overwhelming. This book will guide you on how to manage it all and which situations to avoid to preserve your energy as an empath. Perhaps you´re a non-empath who needs to learn more about an empath friend or family member? Empaths can be very complicated people, and I know that it can be hard to live with one. Use this resource to learn all about them. This could dramatically enhance your relationship with an empath. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Olsen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/070686/bk_acx0_070686_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Everyone knows how to solve problems. But persistent problems, such as low morale, reduced productivity, or a gradual reduction in business metrics, can often seem insurmountable. Chris Christensen, a recognized technical management authority, provides a proven, straightforward approach to permanently resolve the most difficult and complicated problems that plague organizations. Follow the seven-step process detailed in Solving Organizational Problems to ensure that those recurring and debilitating problems that plague your organization get?and stay? solved.Solving Organizational Problems borrows proven tools, practices, and techniques from marketing and sales, industrial psychology, six sigma, lean operations, project management, strategic planning, new product development, creativity enhancement, and other business processes, and combines them into a simple, straightforward, powerful method for surfacing and permanently eliminating troublesome, persistent problems once and for all. This approach is being applied with remarkable results in dozens of businesses and government agencies all over the world.
In the 34 years since his retirement, Henry Aaron´s reputation has only grown in magnitude: he broke existing records (rbis, total bases, extra-base hits) and set new ones (hitting at least 30 home runs per season15 times, becoming the first player in history to hammer 500 home runs and 3000 hits). But his influence extends beyond statistics, and at long last here is the first definitive biography of one of baseball´s immortal figures. Based on meticulous research and interviews with former teammates, family, two former presidents, and Aaron himself, The Last Hero chronicles Aaron´s childhood in segregated Alabama, his brief stardom in the Negro Leagues, his complicated relationship with celebrity, and his historic rivalry with Willie Mays - all culminating in the defining event of his life: his shattering of Babe Ruth´s all-time home-run record. Bryant also examines Aaron´s more complex second act: his quest to become an important voice beyond the ball field when his playing days had ended, his rediscovery by a public disillusioned with today´s tainted heroes, and his disappointment that his career home-run record was finally broken by Barry Bonds during the steroid era, baseball´s greatest scandal. Bryant reveals how Aaron navigated the upheavals of his time fighting against racism while at the same time benefiting from racial progress, and how he achieved his goal of continuing Jackie Robinson´s mission to obtain full equality for African-Americans, both in baseball and society, while he lived uncomfortably in the public spotlight. Eloquently written, detailed and penetrating, this is a revelatory portrait of a complicated, private man who through sports became an enduring American icon. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dominic Hoffman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002296/bk_rand_002296_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the complex sport of American football, teams rely on playbooks as thick as the Manhattan phone directory. But when it comes to creating innovative growth businesses - which is at least as complicated as professional football - most companies have not developed detailed game plans. Indeed, many managers have concluded that a fog enshrouds the world of innovation, obscuring high-potential opportunities. The authors believe that companies can penetrate that fog by developing growth strategies based on disruptive innovations, as defined by Clayton Christensen. - From the May 2006 issue of Harvard Business Review. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Harvard Business Review. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/hbsp/060501b/pe_hbsp_060501b_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the reviews: ´´... Federer´s timely and beautiful book indeed fills the need for a comprehensive treatise on geometric measure theory, and his detailed exposition leads from the foundations of the theory to the most recent discoveries. ... The author writes with a distinctive style which is both natural and powerfully economical in treating a complicated subject. This book is a major treatise in mathematics and is essential in the working library of the modern analyst.´´Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society
Winner of both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize, Oscar Wilde is the definitive biography of the tortured poet and playwright and the last book by renowned biographer and literary critic Richard Ellmann. Ellmann dedicated two decades to the research and writing of this biography, resulting in a complex and richly detailed portrait of Oscar Wilde. Ellman captures the wit, creativity, and charm of the psychologically and sexually complicated writer, as well as the darker aspects of his personality and life. Covering everything from Wilde´s rise as a young literary talent to his eventual imprisonment and death in exile with exquisite detail, Ellmann´s fascinating account of Wilde´s life and work is a resounding triumph.
An intimate, funny and frank account of the moments behind the music, the truth behind the headlines and the fascinatingly complicated man behind the imperious entertainer, Robbie Williams. Bestselling author Chris Heath has been working closely with Robbie for many years to create a personal and raw account of fame, fortune, family and music. This vivid and detailed portrait shows the real highs and lows of Robbie´s life as he found his way forward, one that is unprecedented in its intimacy and honesty.
SQL Made Easy- The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to Success Do you want to learn SQL programming without the complicated explanations? Do you want to understand how to manage databases without all the confusion? Well then, this is your go-to guide to help you master SQL programming in no time! This book breaks down the fundamentals elements that are essential to make you proficient in SQL programming and database management. By the end of this book, you will be confident enough to take on any problems that encompass SQL. SQL software can be complex but a powerful tool if used with the right understanding. In this book you will discover how SQL is simple, flexible, portable, and, most of all, well integrated to various database applications. The demand for SQL professionals is huge, and the opportunities are endless! Learn how to easily master it and land yourself high grade paying jobs or freelance work. Entry level positions in the US can easily earn $90,000+ USD salary. That´s almost six figures! The demand for these desirable skill sets are high, so become familiar with SQL ASAP. What sets this book apart from the rest? Why choose this book? This is the most comprehensive and detailed book out for beginners to use. Complicated subject matter is simplified in an easy to read, structured fashion that increases the knowledge retention and real-world application capacity for any listener. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lukas Arnold. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/102076/bk_acx0_102076_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.