Use your time effectively and get greater results! Everyone is endowed with the same amount of time each day: 86,400 seconds – and your ability to manage that time toward goals and objectives can tip the balance of success in your favor. No matter what career and job role you're in, this practical guide delivers solutions for working better and faster, getting rid of time-wasting distractions, and ultimately reducing stress. Open the book and find: Ways to prioritize your daily efforts Strategies for using time-blocking to achieve goals Tools to help organize your physical and electronic workspace Tips for handling interruptions and ending procrastination
"Save yourself ten years of hard work. Read Brian's powerful book and let him show you the shortcut to success. He'll show you the fastest way for you to get rich." -Robert Allen bestselling author, Multiple Streams of Income «Millions of people start with nothing and become wealthy as the result of doing certain things in a certain way, over and over again. This book by Brian Tracy shows you how you can achieve all your financial goals, starting from wherever you are today.» -Jack Canfield coauthor, Chicken Soup for the Soul(r) series and The Success Principles «This is the only book you need to read to become wealthy! It is loaded with practical ideas and strategies to propel you onwards and upwards.» -Nido Qubein Chairman, Great Harvest Bread Company, and founder, National Speakers Association Foundation «Another great book from Brian Tracy. Tangible, practical ideas that will make you money and make you rich!» -Bill Bachrach President, Bachrach & Associates, Inc. «Brian Tracy has put together a masterpiece of common sense for getting rich. If you wish a different life, commit now to different actions-read this book!» -H. J. (Jim) Graham President and CEO, Cyber Broadcast One, Inc. «Brian Tracy shows you how unlimited wealth starts in the mind, and how anyone can focus their time and energy to earn millions. It's the readable, riveting primer for countless new American fortunes.» -Peter Montoya CEO, Peter Montoya Inc.
You have what it takes to be a CIO. Do you have a strategy for getting there? Now you do. «Gregory Smith has written the definitive work on how to achieve leadership success in IT. This well-written and carefully researched book is a must-read for any IT professional with aspirations toward the top IT spot. Years from now, seasoned IT leaders will be crediting Smith's book with playing a role in their success.» —Martha Heller, Managing Director, IT Leadership Practice, Z Resource Group, and cofounder, CIO Executive Council «Wow! Put all the tips, advice, and strategies in this book to use now. The road to the top is rarely straight—follow Gregory's advice and the path will reveal itself to you!» —John R. Sullivan, CIO, AARP «While most professions have a distinct road map to the top, there is no standard career path to becoming a CIO. Smith addresses this unique challenge and provides aspiring CIOs with encouragement, advice, and essential skills based on years of his own and other CIOs' cumulative experience – an important effort for the profession that Smith's fellow members in the CIO Executive Council embrace and applaud.» —Mark Hall, General Manager of the CIO Executive Council «Teaching students what a CIO really does has been tough. We've had to choose between anecdotal treatments based on trade press articles and integrated academic frameworks that offer little in the way of lived experiences. Greg's book fixes that. By organizing interviews with leading technology executives, trade press reports, and his own experiences as a CIO, he provides an organized and comprehensive view of the job and its important role in modern organizations.» —Fred Collopy, PHD, Professor and Chair of Information Systems and Professor of Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University
An accessible guide that contains the tools needed to find trustworthy financial assistance Given the events of the past two years-from bankruptcies to financial scams-it is more important than ever that investors understand who they are hiring to handle their finances. Getting Started in Finding a Financial Advisor explores the important relationship between an investor and their financial advisor and examines how you should go about finding potential candidates. Along the way, it shows you how to interview and check the credentials of six key types of advisor so that you can spot and avoid rogues, scam artists, and incompetents. You will also learn how to understand what can happen if the institution or the advisor ends up in financial or legal difficulty. This insightful and useful guide Helps you determine the kind of advisor best-suited for your situation Provides interview questions, discusses what credentials really mean, and which are important Explains in detail the issue of fiduciary responsibility of financial advisors, so you can find helpers who are on your side Most people who give advice about money are trusted without actually earning that trust. Getting Started in Finding a Financial Advisor helps you set the highest standards, allowing you to locate professionals who can be trusted to protect your financial well-being and help you prosper.
Accessible information on the causes, health risks, and treatment of prediabetes If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with prediabetes – a heightened level of glucose, and/or impaired glucose tolerance – the time to act is now. Prediabetes For Dummies examines the signs and symptoms of this potential precursor to diabetes and offers up-to-date information about treatment. It provides clear, practical advice on steps you can take to minimize the risk of serious health consequences. This plain-English guide shows you how to stop prediabetes in its tracks and prevent it from progressing to diabetes. You'll learn how to recognize the symptoms of this often-undiagnosed condition, and what to do if you think you may be prediabetic. You'll also discover how simple lifestyle changes, such as changes in your diet and moderate exercise, can put the brakes on prediabetes and even reverse the condition. Offers clear explanations of prediabetes causes, health risks, and treatment Includes the latest advances in the use of diabetes medications to treat prediabetes Provides diet suggestions, meal plans, and exercise tips Contains helpful suggestions for friends and family members who want to support a loved one with prediabetes While there is no cure for diabetes, it can be prevented if prediabetes is diagnosed and treated early. Packed with valuable information for patients of all ages, Prediabetes For Dummies is an important resource for taking control of this dangerous condition.
The inside story on finding the capital your business needs to grow When it comes to finding capital–and the right investors for your business–entrepreneurs need all the help they can get. Brian Hill and Dee Power spent three years surveying 250 venture capital firms to find out what venture capitalists look for when putting their money in young businesses. Their results will give you all the tools you need to make smart decisions and avoid pitfalls and unnecessary risks, including: * How to create and present a business plan to investors * Profiles of venture capitalists in action * Enlightening true tales in venture capital * How to organize a quality management team to attract investors * The truth about referrals * Tips on valuing your company realistically * Doing due diligence: scams, vultures, and bottom feeders * Negotiating the best terms for you and your business Inside Secrets to Venture Capital will show you what it takes to attract the investors and the money you need to grow. It's everything you need to know to play the venture capital game–and win . . .
Windows is the world’s most popular operating system, and Windows For Dummies is the bestselling computer book ever. When you look at Windows XP For Dummies, 2nd Edition, it’s easy to see why. Here’s all the stuff you want to know, served up in plain English and seasoned with a few chuckles. But make no mistake, this book means business. Author Andy Rathbone listened to what you wanted to know, and this edition is loaded with additional information about E-mail, faxing, and troubleshooting Maximizing security features Customizing and upgrading Windows XP Multimedia applications—CDs, digital music and photos, video, and more Answers to questions asked by thousands of Windows users If you’re just getting started with Windows XP, you’ll find Windows XP For Dummies, 2nd Edition is a lot easier than trying to get the fourth-grader next door to explain it to you. (Andy Rathbone is a lot more patient.) There’s a whole section devoted to “Windows XP Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know,” so you can get the hang of the basics quickly and in the privacy of your own home. And if you’ve been around a couple of generations of Windows, you’ll be especially interested in how to squeeze maximum security from the beefed-up anti-spam and firewall features in Service Pack 2. Windows XP For Dummies, 2nd Edition is sort of like a buffet—you can sample everything, or just stick with the stuff you know you like. You’ll find out how to Locate programs and files, organize your information, and fax, scan, or print documents Get online safely, send and receive e-mail, work with Internet Explorer’s security toolbar, and steer clear of pop-ups, viruses, and spam Make Windows XP work the way you want it to, share your computer while maintaining your privacy, set up a network, and perform routine maintenance Transfer and organize pictures from your digital camera, edit digital video, and create custom CDs of your favorite tunes Use Windows XP’s troubleshooting wizards and become your own computer doctor With its task-oriented table of contents and tear-out cheat sheet, Windows XP For Dummies, 2nd Edition is easy to use. You can quickly find what you want to know, and you just may discover that this book is as important to your computer as the power cord.
A lifesaver for those drowning in the demands of leadership Leadership Hacks is the business leader’s guide to getting things done. Over the years, the leader’s role has expanded to encompass more duties, more responsibility and more accountability – yet we’re still stuck with the same 24 hours in every day. The evolving business environment leaves many of us struggling to achieve against constantly shifting priorities, competitors and deadlines, and we are forever expected to do more with less. Is it even possible to make a real impact? Yes! This book shows you how to sort through the madness and get back to getting results. Identify your major speed bumps, and let the action-focused discussion gives you practical workarounds that will streamline your day and help you make things happen. Covering hacks at personal, one-on-one, and team levels, this book is packed with tips, tricks and advice that will help you eliminate the distractions and harness technology; communicate effectively, delegate clearly and coach confidently; and make meetings and missions that matter for your team. You’ll achieve greater results, open the channels of communication and look like a rock star to those still struggling with the daily deluge. Identify what distractions slow you down Fast-track your productivity to do more in less time Streamline delegation so your people perform faster Re-route meetings into productive conversations Learn the communication and technology shortcuts that get faster results Leaders are recognised for their results, but judged by their impact. Don’t let yourself fall victim to ever-mounting demands. Leadership Hacks shows you how to hack your day, shift your approach, boost your communication and start making your way to the top.
No matter what you want to write, Scrivener makes it easier. Whether you’re a planner, a seat-of-the-pants writer, or something in between, Scrivener provides tools for every stage of the writing process. Scrivener For Dummies walks you step-by-step through this popular writing software’s best features. This friendly For Dummies guide starts with the basics, but even experienced scriveners will benefit from the helpful tips for getting more from their favourite writing software. Walks you through customizing project templates for your project needs Offers useful advice on compiling your project for print and e-book formats Helps you set up project and document targets and minimize distractions to keep you on track and on deadline Explains how to storyboard with the corkboard, create collections, and understand their value Shows you how to use automated backups to protect your hard work along the way From idea inception to manuscript submission, Scrivener for Dummies makes it easier than ever to plan, write, organize, and revise your masterpiece in Scrivener.
Turbocharge your reasoning with Critical Thinking Just what are the ingredients of a great argument? What is the secret to communicating your ideas clearly and persuasively? And how do you see through sloppy thinking and flim-flam? If you’ve ever asked any of these questions, then this book is for you! These days, strong critical thinking skills provide a vital foundation for academic success, and Critical Thinking Skills For Dummies offers a clear and unintimidating introduction to what can otherwise be a pretty complex topic. Inside, you'll get hands-on, lively, and fun exercises that you can put to work today to improve your arguments and pin down key issues. With this accessible and friendly guide, you'll get plain-English instruction on how to identify other people's assumptions, methodology, and conclusions, evaluate evidence, and interpret texts effectively. You'll also find tips and guidance on reading between the lines, assessing validity – and even advice on when not to apply logic too rigidly! Critical Thinking Skills for Dummies: Provides tools and strategies from a range of disciplines great for developing your reflective thinking skills Offers expert guidance on sound reasoning and textual analysis Shows precisely how to use concept mapping and brainstorming to generate insights Demonstrates how critical thinking skills is a proven path to success as a student Whether you're undertaking reviews, planning research projects or just keen to give your brain a workout, Critical Thinking Skills For Dummies equips you with everything you need to succeed.
A no-nonsense guide to driving performance while still maintaining a great place to work Leadership Isn't For Cowards offers straightforward steps to leading courageously and practical tips for driving performance. Courageous leadership means toughening your approach by being rigorous in the application of your values through the company culture. It means confronting and challenging people, and not letting them get away with being less than you know they can be. The path to courageous leadership has six components: Accept Your Current Circumstances, Take Responsibility, Take Action, Acknowledge Progress, Commit to Lifelong Learning, and Kindle Relationships. These manageable steps include: Identify the area in your business or life where a gap exists between your current reality and your desired reality Align yourself with a person or a group of people who can commit to holding you accountable for closing the gap Make a specific commitment to the outcome(s) you want and assign dates to them With courageous leadership, you'll create a culture and a mindset that encourages and demands excellence! Follow these steps to bring out the best in your employees and lead your company to significant success.
Write the perfect cover letter every time! With fewer job opportunities and more applicants, just being qualified isn't enough to get the job you want. So how can you separate yourself from the pack? With the perfect cover letter, of course! With so much riding on it, a cover letter that attracts-and holds-the attention of your prospective employer is essential. This practical how-to manual shows you step by step how to create highly effective letters designed to get the interview you want. The Perfect Cover Letter, Third Edition is an indispensable guide that covers all the vital elements of a great cover letter, so you know what to include and know how to phrase it. Inside you'll find: * The nuts and bolts of every type of cover letter-what they should include, how employers use them, and how to write them * Great sample cover letters, including general broadcast, executive search, networking, advertisement response, and personal introduction * Tips on what makes a letter effective-and what doesn't * Helpful guidelines on following up-writing the post-interview thank you letter With greatly expanded information on thank you letters and an entirely new chapter on the all-important networking cover letter, this update of the popular classic continues to offer top-notch advice and high-quality samples that will help any job hunter get the attention they deserve.
Untwist the question mark from your life to start living authentically UNSTUCK offers a path forward for those who are «stuck»—despite the comfort, security, and what should feel like success. Do you feel disengaged from a life that looks good on paper? Do you feel like there must be something more? This is your guide to getting unstuck, breaking free of your comfortable cocoon, and discovering what you are meant to be. Through the story of George Johnson, a man in a position much like yourself, you'll learn how to shed the boredom, emptiness, and confusion so you can get on with your life. Whether you need a complete overhaul or just a jumpstart, you'll find the advice you need to start making it happen. More than just a story, this book shifts your perspective to help you realistically plan a transition from the ordinary present to the extraordinary future; emotional support coupled with practical guidance helps you find your path, identify your destination, and begin your journey. Re-think your purpose in life and discover your calling Rediscover the truth about yourself and who you really want to be Follow a clear formula for moving forward with authenticity Break out of your comfort zone and feel fully alive The fact that you've succeeded doesn't mean that you can never change; your dedication, commitment, and skills got you this far—imagine what they could do with a healthy dose of passion! You Unstuck re-acquaints you with your authentic self, helps you uncover your passion, and guides you toward your next big thing.
Created especially for the Australian customer! Find your way through the managed fund maze and make the most of your investments! Multi-sector equities? Concentrated funds? How about index funds? If you're being deafened by the volume of investment options, this accessible and informative guide shows you the way! Find the best fund for your needs with lots of insider tips. Make smart investment decisions that will pave your way to financial success! Understand what makes a managed fund tick – how managed funds differ from other investments Work out your investor profile – weighing up the level of risk you're willing to take to reap your rewards Appreciate class and style – how a mix of asset class and management style can produce the results you're after Identify the key players – what makes some funds stand out and what keeps them on top of the pile Calculate the costs – deciphering fees and commissions and making sure you're not paying too much Make sense of ratings – what the ratings agencies do and how you can get your head around their research Learn the tricks of the trade – easy tips and strategies for buying, selling and monitoring your fund Analyse fund performance – how to assess returns to enhance your investment success Open the book and find: Charts and tables to illustrate how managed funds work Checklists for understanding reports and filling in the forms Concise descriptions of the different fund types Useful websites for funds and regulators Tips for managing your own investment portfolio A comprehensive glossary to cut through the jargon Learn to: Understand the pros and cons of investing in Australian managed funds Find the best types of managed funds to meet your financial goals Implement investment strategies to maximise your money Identify risks and returns
The ultimate reference on compensation for small business owners Beyond 401(k)s for Small Business Owners presents strategies for reducing taxes, planning for your retirement, and rewarding high-performing employees. Expert advice from attorney and CPA Jean Sifleet will help small business owners maximize their own rewards and create an environment in which employees know that their hard work will mean a better future for themselves. In clear, simple language this book helps you figure out what kind of plan you can afford, what your employees want, and what to do. Important tax and insurance issues are covered in detail and step-by-step guidance lets you design a compensation strategy that works for both you and your employees. Case studies, sample plans, and helpful references make this book your one-stop source for complete coverage of alternatives, from cash bonus programs to employee stock option plans (ESOPs) and everything in between. With Beyond 401(k)s for Small Business Owners you'll have all the tools you need to: * Maximize owner benefits, reduce taxes, and enhance your retirement income * Use creative compensation to motivate your employees * Understand qualified and nonqualified plans * Address the unique issues of family businesses * Get the best deal on insurance and benefits for your company * Avoid expensive pitfalls * Measure your progress and keep your plan on track