Serving Up A Slice Of Einstein On Pi Day,Which Is Also Albert Einstein’s Birthday


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It’s on this day each year that so many debate the merits of Dutch apple a la mode vs. lemon meringue pie.

It’s the day pie lovers embrace the (other) Pi (3.14…), transforming March 14th into a good reason to globally celebrate Pi with pie.

For those of us who celebrate fundamental scientific research every day, we raise our forkfuls for yet another reason: to celebrate the man who brought us theories about space and time that, among other things, make today’s GPS so accurate and our search for gravitational waves a reality. Yes, Pi Day is also Albert Einstein’s birthday.

Soon, I will have the honor of participating in this year’s World Science Festival in Australia, where so much of my involvement there is a reflection of science and technology that hinges on Einstein’s contributions and specifically his connection to the NSF-funded Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO).

Einstein, the “poster child” for fundamental scientific research

It’s been a little over a year since the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that the project it had funded for more than 40 years, LIGO, had detected gravitational waves resulting from two merging black holes 1.3 billion lightyears away.

Not only did Einstein theorize the existence of gravitational waves, his theories provided the tools to set up experiments, simulations and instrumentation that could realize his bold ideas. How did we know LIGO’s detection was two black holes merging? Einstein’s theory of General Relativity. Gravitational physicists from around the world had developed numerical codes that model black holes in this theory. This new discipline, called Numerical Relativity, is the one that provided the simulations that agree with the observations.

And these simulations, done on supercomputers, weren’t easy to achieve. Most of the breakthroughs in this area have been achieved by brilliant researchers in only the past 15 years, and by a large margin most of this work in the U.S. was funded by NSF.

But this is what we do. And the payoff is that NSF research, along with our national and international collaborators, has literally opened a new window to our universe. We have found a way to observe some of the most powerful cosmic phenomena that occur in the farthest reaches of our universe, without leaving our own planet, and we have achieved the means to understand it! It’s a feat that never ceases to amaze me. And one certainly worthy of quite a bit of pie!

When science gives you new windows…

I’m often asked why I became an astrophysicist, to which I reflect on the wonder I held even as a young girl, looking out at the stars. Today, that same sense of awe is coupled with a curiosity shared far beyond my scientific community. In much the same way one gets to know a school or neighborhood to its fullest extent, I believe collectively we share a desire to learn more about our universe. Only last month, an NSF-funded astronomer was among the cadre who discovered seven Earth-like exoplanets outside our solar system.

NSF has long invested in exploring our universe with ground-based approaches that exploit the electromagnetic spectrum from radio waves to gamma-rays. It has also funded observatories that detect high-energy particles of cosmic origins. Now, with the advent of LIGO, NSF also supports the observation of gravitational waves. In fact, as NSF leadership and our National Science Board distilled the broad range of science into “big ideas” that represent important questions for our future, we naturally determined one of them as “windows on the universe.”

I believe strongly that it’s our investment in fundamental research that will allow us not only to see and understand so much more of our universe, but develop understanding, tools and technology along the way that can also be important economic drivers and excite the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians who test and prove theories and create new theories of their own.

What’s next for LIGO

NSF continues to invest in this project because we believe this is just the beginning for a whole new way to study our universe. The plan for Advanced LIGO is that it will run at three separate times, increasing sensitivity with each new “run” of the project’s two interferometers in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington. The hope was that with this second run that is ongoing, European collaborators would also jump into the observations with their Advanced VIRGO detector, and all of this would potentially increase and improve detections.

At this point, VIRGO is delayed because of technical issues, but the LIGO detectors will likely continue until the summer, and we still hope that VIRGO can join in. Our expectation is that potentially we could still see two to five detections. The third run will occur in 2018.

Additionally, we may hear from India on which location they have officially selected, and their plans for a third LIGO interferometer that could get up and running in 2024. That seems like a long time away, but a third LIGO interferometer would help triangulate signals and potentially allow researchers to pinpoint the origin of these cosmic phenomena more accurately.

These are big plans that potentially will provide big news about our universe. And that’s a win for all of us, anyway you slice it.

Tips For The Summer Reading


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What comes to mind when you think about summer with your children? Swimming? Summer camp? Barbecues? Music in the park? This year, why not make sharing books part of your family’s summer fun?

Teachers and literacy experts agree that children of all ages need to be read to or to read by themselves and to talk about books over the summer. When you read or talk to your young child about books, she develops important language skills, understandings about books and print, and knowledge about how stories are constructed that will help her to become a strong reader and writer. Your school-aged child’s summer reading and book discussions will help him maintain his reading skills, improve his reading fluency, and learn new vocabulary and concepts. Most importantly, when parents and children enjoy summer reading together, children develop a love of books and reading that lasts a lifetime.

Learn tips for weaving language and literacy activities into your child’s summer days and for helping your school-aged child tackle her school summer reading list . In addition, you can explore links to summer reading lists and more.

Qualities of a Good Classroom Is Benefit For Children


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Decades of research about how young children learn have shown that good beginnings make a lifelong difference. Young children who spend time in homes and classrooms in which there is a great deal of conversation and daily exposure to books and writing are better prepared to become readers and writers when they enter kindergarten. School-aged children who are in classrooms with a well-balanced reading and writing program and who have support from home are more likely to become skilled readers and writers. This age-customized guide to child care settings and classrooms can help you get your child off to the best start possible.

How to Create a Literate Home Atmosphere


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What exactly is a “literate home?” It is an environment that encourages children to learn to read and write and become lifelong readers and writers. It is simple and inexpensive to transform your home into a literate home. You need to consider what kinds of materials to have on hand and how to arrange materials so your child will use them. More importantly, you need to interact with your child in ways that foster literacy development. Follow the tips in the pages below to learn about what materials parents need and what parents can do. If you like, print the page that relates to the age of your child and stick it on the fridge, for regular reference.

Something Should Not Say to Emerging Readers


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Through the whole, sometimes long and painful process, it‘s easy for parents to become impatient with emerging readers. We want our children to feel comfortable and successful when they read, and to love reading. So when kids struggle to sound out every word on a page, insist on reading books that aren’t the “right fit” or read a whole page fluently but are unable to recall what they’ve just read, it’s frustrating.

Don’t get discouraged! We’ve listed common mistakes that some parents make, along with better ways to support your early reader. Here’s hoping it leads to relaxing read-alouds and stronger readers:

Do not say, “Stop. Reread this line correctly.” If the mistake didn’t interfere with the meaning of the text (for example, if it was “a” for “the”or “fine” for “fun”), let it go.
Do not interrupt your child reading. Ever. You want your child to be comfortable reading. If necessary, make the correction when you read it the next time.
Do not say, “C’mon, speed up. You have to read a little faster!” Or “Slow down, you’re zipping through this!” Instead, model appropriate pacing and fluency. Fluency or reading with appropriate speed, pacing and intonation is something that is best taught through parent or teacher modeling and tons of practice. Fluent reading sounds like conversation or natural speaking, and it’s something that has to be learned.
To help your child gain fluency, grab a level-appropriate book to read over and over again. Begin by having your child read the entire book from cover to cover. On the second day, have your child read the entire book again. Then echo read—read a paragraph or a page, then have your child repeat what you’ve just read. You may also want your child to track what you’re reading with her finger. On the third day, read the book the first time, and then read together in unison—this helps your child to learn pacing. On the fourth day, read the book first and then have your child read it by herself. Day five is all about showing off your child’s skills! Have her read the book again by herself to practice. Then it’s time to videotape or Skype faraway friends and relatives.

Do not laugh. Think about something serious and ugly and breathe deeply until you regain composure. If you can laugh together, that’s okay—most likely if your kid reads aloud “butt,” she’ll break out into hysterics and you will too. But if she’s working hard and trying her best while making a mistake that tickles your funny bone, then just move on.
Do not say, “You know this.” Help break it down for her by asking her if she recognizes parts of the word. Most likely she will recognize the “b” or “at” part of “bat” or the “th” or “ick” part of “thick.” If she can pick up either part, help her put the parts together: “You got it! That does say ‘ick.’ Now let’s put the first part, ‘th,’ together with ‘ick’: th-ick. Thick!” Then put that word into the sentence and give her a high-five for getting through it.
Do not say, “You’re wrong. That says, (insert correct word).” Instead, say nothing. As hard as that may be, remain silent. Unless it’s a mistake that interferes with the meaning of the text, let it go. If every time your child gets stuck, she looks to you for the word, she’ll never get to practice decoding skills.
If, however, she made a mistake that alters the meaning, at the end of the page, ask your child to reread the passage carefully. If she reads it incorrectly again, ask her to look at the pictures to help her decode the word or ask her if what she read makes sense. If she still misses the error, ask her to point out the tricky section. If she doesn’t know where it is, point it out.

Once you resume reading, ask her on a page she reads correctly if she was correct. This isn’t to annoy your child; it’s to help her become a better self-monitor. As self-monitors, we’re constantly checking and rechecking to make sure that what we read made sense.

As parents, it’s important to make our children feel comfortable reading with us—and to want to read with us—at home. They need the practice, and they need to know that reading with Mom and Dad is safe, natural and enjoyable.

Design Can Inprove eLearning and reading Comprehension


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Does reading comprehension suffer when learners switch from paper to screens? This question has been studied from multiple angles, with varied findings. There’s no definitive answer, but for eLearning professionals, a better question might be: How can eLearning design maximize learning potential and mitigate potential barriers to comprehension?

Anyone considering implementing eLearning—or converting existing training to eLearning—should consider the differences in how learners take in and process information when using digital means (like desktop or tablet computers) versus reading printed material, and design accordingly!

Learners perform better on paper

So, what are those differences? A 2013 study compared participants’ reading comprehension when reading on paper versus on computer screens. It found that people performed better on reading comprehension tests when they read from paper. The researchers offered several possible explanations for why this is the case.

Scrolling: The researchers cite several studies that support the contention that scrolling interferes with reading comprehension because it affects the readers’ mental representation of the text. In simple English, that means that people often recall text by picturing where on the page they saw it. When learners scroll through multiple screens of text, the text is not fixed in a location, and the learners cannot form a mental picture of where a specific passage is located, as they can when reading on paper.
When reading on digital screens, learners can only see one screen of text at a time. Partial or entire text: When holding books or printed documents, learners can leaf through and skip from page to page—the entire text is available to them at once. They lack the physicality of a book or printed document, which also gives them a tangible way to tell how far they have progressed and how much they have left to read.
Myth of multitasking: When answering reading comprehension questions about a digital text, learners have to switch back and forth on the screen between the text and the question. This type of multitasking places additional demands on the learners, possibly interfering with comprehension of the text. Considerable research has shown that, when people think they are multitasking, they are actually switching between tasks, and they lose efficiency with each switch. But when reading a paper text, whether answering questions on a digital screen or on an additional piece of paper, learners can have both the text and the questions in front of them at the same time, so multitasking is not required.
Bias: The researchers cite a common perception that digital media are more useful for short messages, while serious study “should” be done using paper media. Learners holding this bias are less likely to focus deeply on the material they are reading on-screen. However, this condition is difficult to study objectively or measure.
Visual fatigue: People who spend a long time reading a tablet or computer screen often report visual fatigue or headaches, which can interfere with reading comprehension and recall, or may simply cause learners to prefer paper. Electronic readers (eReaders), such as Kindles, that use electronic ink and reflect light, rather than emitting light, cause less visual fatigue. Since most available research groups computers, tablets, and electronic readers into a single category, additional research that looks at eReaders and paper might provide useful insight.

Moodle’s Newest Version Will Provide Clients with Improved Capabilities And User Tour Feature


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Moodle, the world’s most widely used learning management system (LMS), has announced that the Moodle 3.2 release is scheduled for November 28. eThink Education, a certified Moodle partner, announced that the new features and fixes of Moodle 3.2—including notable improvements to theme and navigation, updated API and LTI, and the addition of a customizable User Tour feature that helpfully guides learners through the Moodle interface—will be available to clients shortly after the release to ensure users can quickly begin utilizing key new functionality.

Moodle 3.2 builds on the notable improvements of its predecessor with upgrades to core themes and navigation, providing a more modern and easy-to-navigate interface. The best part of the upgrade is that users can choose whether or when to implement the new version, resulting in a non-disruptive transition to a more visually pleasing display.

Moodle’s previous update, the highly anticipated Moodle 3.1, included many new user-requested features and fixes, such as: support for competency-based education, enhancements to several activities, easy retrieval of deleted files, improved tagging and course editing, and expanded functionality within the Moodle mobile app.

The tool is perfect for introducing new users to Moodle, pointing out new features, introducing a specific course, or directing users to an important piece of the dashboard.Perhaps the most notable feature of Moodle 3.2 is the User Tour tool, which creates a customizable walkthrough with overlay to guide users through the Moodle interface.

On the technical side, updated API in graph reports will increase ease of use, improve how graphs display, and allow for handling of larger data sets. Improvements to LTI include minor bug fixes, enhanced enrollment LTI support, and improved overall quality of life for LTI version 2.0.

eThink Education will begin utilizing the new improvements provided with the latest Moodle release in client sites upon request. eThink prides itself on ensuring that all of its clients are using current and up-to-date Moodle technology to ensure maximum adoption and learning success.

eThink will be attending the highly anticipated DevLearn 2016 Conference & Expo, November 16 – 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stop by Booth 240 to discuss recent eThink happenings, partnership opportunities, and more.

About eThink Education

eThink Education is a certified Moodle partner providing implementation, cloud hosting, integration, and management services for the open-source learning management system. Open-source Moodle is the most widely used LMS in the world. When implemented and managed by experts, Moodle is an extremely dynamic platform capable of surpassing the functionality of competing systems. eThink’s Moodle cloud hosting services offer unrivaled performance and exceptional value. For more information, visit eThinkEducation.com.

Top 10 Social Media Books for Your Enjoyment


Social media continues to play an increasingly important role in the marketing of a small business today. No longer is it deemed enough to only have a website for your business. You now MUST engage with your clients, provide interesting and valuable content, and build a brand that clients are happy to recommend to others.

As a result of the way a business now needs to market itself, the frequent changes to the existing social media platforms, and the arrival of new ones, there are an increasing number of social media books being published each year.
The Small Business Trends editorial team has sifted through volumes of social media books and picked out a list of 10 that we believe will help you stay on top of your social media marketing game.

For this reason the various social media platforms available to do this are continually changing as they compete to be the platform of choice. This means that business owners have a need to regularly revisit and amend their social media marketing strategy.

Likeable Social Media, Revised and Expanded: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Amazing on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and More
by Dave Kerpen (@DaveKerpen)

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Despite the fact that we are now in 2015 and social media has been available to small business for more than a decade, some businesses still fail to get what it is all about, and continue to blast clients with impersonal information.
Through his experience working as the CEO of a company which has helped thousands of companies get to grips with their digital marketing, Kerpen provides all the specifics and practical steps on how to interact with your customers, to become more likeable, and to build a trusted personal relationship.
Regardless of your ability to use social media to its full potential, in this book you will find all the information you need to ensure that your business is properly engaging with its customers.
Social Media Optimization For Dummies
by Ric Shreves (@ricoflan)

The variety of social media platforms available for marketing purposes can sometimes seem overwhelming, especially if you are relatively new to the concept.
If you are looking to drive more traffic to your website and increase your customer base, the book will teach you how to do exactly that. It will also advise you on how best to establish your brand through engaging with your clients using social media.
This book is targeted towards those who understand that social media is the way forward, but who need help to determine which of the various platforms is the most suitable for their purpose.

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Work Smarter with Social Media: A Guide to Managing Evernote, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Your Email
by Alexandra Samuel (@awsamuel)

This has been written in an easy-to-read style, and is aimed at anyone already using, or wanting to use social media, but without it to take up all of their time.
The book focuses on the amount of data that we receive each day via social media, and the time we spend reading and responding to it.
Through the use of this book, you will learn about the available resources that enable you to filter out the most important content from the least important, and how to make a bigger impact from your own online presence in a far more productive way.

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Color Your Message: The Art of Digital Marketing and Social Media
by Lisa Caprelli (@BusinessExpShow) and Brian Gaps
Whether you are a well-established business or just starting out, “Color Your Message” is packed with useful information to help you compete for today’s Internet focused customers.
The reality for many of these businesses is actually the fact that they have failed to keep up to date with the ever changing marketing methods.
The author aims to bring today’s business owners up to date with modern marketing methods, and explains that many businesses believe they are still suffering the effects of a slow economy.

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YouthNation: Building Remarkable Brands in a Youth-Driven Culture
by Matt Britton (@MattyB)
If you are not yet aware that the marketing methods required for engaging the youth of today are very different from what they were twenty years ago, you will after reading this.
“Youth Nation” describes the mind-set of the 80 million American citizens born between 1982 and 1998, and what they expect from a brand.
These potential clients are currently aged between 18 and 34 and you need to understand them to get your branding and marketing right.

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Social Media 247: Everything You Need to Know to Leverage Social Media for Business Success
by Andrew Chow (@IdeasAndrew)

Whatever the size of your business or organization, if you are looking to implement or refine your social media strategy, then this book is specifically aimed at you.
Customer loyalty and brand ambassadors are goals that need to be achieved to become a successful business.
Discussed within these pages are the steps that any business needs to know and understand when planning, implementing and reviewing the success and costs of their social media marketing strategies.

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Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn for Business (Ultimate Series)
by Ted Prodromou (@tedprodromou)

Whether you are a novice or an expert in the use of LinkedIn, you are certain to learn something from Ted Prodromou who is an authority on the site.
This book contains something for everyone and will fill the beginner full of confidence and the more advanced user will undoubtedly learn new techniques to improve their business or personal profile.
As we are told so often, a great profile on LinkedIn is a must for any business or professional, and this book will guide you through the necessary steps to achieve such a profile.

The Definitive Guide to Social CRM: Maximizing Customer Relationships with Social Media to Gain Market Insights, Customers, and Profits
by Barton Goldenberg (@BGoldenbergISM)

This book is a must read for any business owner or entrepreneur wanting to become more in tune with customers through the use of social media.
Goldenberg gives out useable advice on the software available, the day-to-day management of your CRM, and how to understand the needs of your customers through listening and harvesting information from your social media platforms.
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about how to accurately gauge your customers and potential customers to give them more of what they want, you must give Goldenberg’s outlook a chance.
Success Secrets of the Online Marketing Superstars
by Mitch Meyerson (@MitchMeyerson)

Through a series of chapters from a variety of successful online marketers, Meyerson provides a host of strategies and tactics which will enable you to obtain new clients, and to better influence the ones you already have.
Whether your business is using online marketing on a regular basis or just getting started, it’s important for you to take the time to study these strategies as blueprints and inspiration.

Whether you are looking for information on developing your brand, increasing traffic to your website using SEO or pay-per-click, or just want guidance on how to gain leverage from the various platforms, the tips and mistakes to avoid are provided throughout the book.

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Twitter Power 3.0: How to Dominate Your Market One Tweet at a Time
by Joel Comm (@joelcomm)

Described are the differences between Twitter and the other forms of social media, and the importance of Twitter when marketing your brand. Readers will also learn how to create a sound Twitter marketing strategy, and which metrics to use when measuring its success.
This is the third edition of this book which has again been updated to include the latest and best strategies to get the most out of Twitter for your business.
If you favor the use of Twitter in your business, or simply want to understand what it may be able to do for you, reading this book should be of great benefit.

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This is obviously not meant to be a definitive guide to the best social media books published. There are so many published that it is impossible to review them all, and we each have our own preference as to which platform we feel is best suited to us and our business.
However, we hope that it will serve as a useful list of what we have found interesting, and which you may find useful to put on your reading list.

The 10 New Leadership Books Guaranteed to Change the Way You Lead


This list of new leadership books is dedicated to exploring all the different facets of being a leader, from governing a board to having fun and even presenting your ideas to a broader audience.In this election year, leadership is a big conversation. What does it take to be a good leader? How is leadership changing in a world where we are both leaders and followers?

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1.Leadership of Larger Organizations

The Directors Manual: A Framework for Board Governance
by Peter C. Browning and William L. Sparks
Readers will get an overview of Key Leadership Roles, Board Culture, Managing and Understanding Group Dynamics, Assessing Performance, Managing Disruptive Members and more. The book also contains an informative Appendix that both experienced and new board members will appreciate.
Is the right CEO running the company? Does the company have a succession plan? Does the company have the right strategy and how well is it being implemented? These are the top three issues company boards are tasked to manage. Even small businesses have boards of directors.
In “The Directors Manual: A Framework for Board Governance” by Peter C. Browning and William L. Sparks, the authors, who are experienced board members, have written this manual that contains specific best practices, guidance and questions designed to help board members improve the performance and efficiency of the companies they serve.

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2.The Leadership Capital Index: Realizing the Market Value of Leadership
by Dave Ulrich

What is the “value” of leadership? Today we have indices, scores and ratings for everything. And now we have one for leadership; “ The Leadership Capital Index: Realizing the Market Value of Leadership“.
Developed by leadership scholar, author and consultant Dave Ulrich (@Dave_Ulrich), the Leadership Capital Index measures both the individual and the organizational proficiency of leadership. The Leadership Index gives investors the ability to assess how much a firm is worth based on the extent to which a leader can articulate a point of view about the future, behave consistently with customer expectations, create a customer-focused culture, ensure accountability and manage the flow of talent in the organization. The authors call this a minimally viable product and expect to see an evolution of Leadership Index 2.0 and 3.0 as research continues.

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3.Leadership Skills and Strategies for the Future

Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts
by Daniel Shapiro

Whether you’re conflict averse or a savvy negotiator, “Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts” by Daniel Shapiro is a book you’ll want to read and review before your next negotiation or potentially charged conversation. Internationally renowned negotiation expert Daniel Shapiro has developed a new negotiation platform to help leaders, families and even nations resolve the most emotionally charged conflicts. This book centers on the idea of the Tribes Effect, a divisive mindset that keeps us from seeing potential resolutions.
While this book offers a process and a system to overcome conflicts, the focus is more on identifying and working through blind spots and mindsets as the road to reconciliation.

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4.The Strategy Book: How to Think and Act Strategically to Deliver Outstanding Results
by Max Mckeown

Strategy is about getting from where you are to where you want to be. It sounds simple, yet so many small businesses struggle. “The Strategy Book: How to Think and Act Strategically to Deliver Outstanding Results” by Max Mckeown (@MaxMckeown) is a guide for small business owners who are committed to reaching their goals. This book will help you understand strategy and think strategically. It’s sophisticated enough to be used as a textbook for classes on strategy while being simple and straightforward enough to understand and implement in your small business.
“The Strategy Book” also includes a “toolkit” section that houses a collection of strategy tools that you can use in your analysis. You don’t have to read it in one sitting. You can read it from front to back or skip around.

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5.The Attacker’s Advantage: Turning Uncertainty into Breakthrough Opportunities
by Ram Charan

Whenever there is a business survey, “uncertainty” comes up as a factor that impacts the confidence index. Uncertainty creates fear and indecision. But what if you could reduce the level of uncertainty that you feel about your industry and your business?
This is where “The Attacker’s Advantage: Turning Uncertainty into Breakthrough Opportunities” by Ram Charan becomes a useful book. The author reveals the sources of uncertainty and helps you define a path forward while learning to embrace and accept uncertainty and then manage your business from there.
Here are just a few concepts that are included in the book: How to see and anticipate uncertainty and how to structure your organization in a way that sets you up for success.

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6.Leadership Skills On the Court

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever
by Michael Bungay Stanier

Coaching employees is one of the most powerful yet often forgotten skills used by managers. It’s no wonder “people problems” rank third among small business issues; right after sales and marketing.
Ask the question. Listen for the answer. This book is an easy step-by-step guide for small business owners or managers who want to get the most out of their teams. Specifically, readers will learn how to get straight to the point in any conversation with The Kickstart Question, get to the heart of any interpersonal or external challenge with The Focus Question and The Foundation Question and ensure others find your coaching as beneficial as you do with The Learning Question.In “The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever“, Michael Bungay Stanier (@BoxOfCrayons) lays out a simple coaching process grounded in just seven questions. The process is simple.

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7.The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy
by Chris Bailey

“I’ve got too much to do and not enough time.” If you’re nodding your head right now, then “The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy” is a book you might explore. Chris Bailey (@ALOProductivity) did something few of us would do; he turned down a lucrative job to run productivity experiments — on himself. He took a full year to interview experts and try out a variety of strategies such as cutting out sleep, caffeine and sugar, living in isolation for 10 days, only using his smartphone for an hour a day and many more fascinating strategies. Discover what he found out and how those lessons will help you get more done in less time.

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8.Motivating Your Inner Leader

Discover Your True North
by Bill George

This edition of “Discover Your True North” is a re-release of the 2007 best seller and includes 48 new interviews with contemporary leaders, the individual case studies of CEOs and the best leaders of our time as well as helpful exercises to guide you on the journey toward your “True North”.In “Discover Your True North,” author and former Medtronic CEO Bill George (@Bill_George) shares his personal stories and his wisdom by describing how you can become the leader you want to be by simply understanding your “True North.” This is the fixed point that you focus on as everything else changes around you.
Originally, the book was based on first-person interviews with 125 leaders.

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9.The Big Fish Experience: Create Memorable Presentations That Reel In Your Audience
by Kenny Nguyen , Gus Murillo, Robert Killeen, and Luke Jones

There is no such thing as being too good of a presenter. Yes, even expert speakers can seem “over-produced”. This is where “The Big Fish Experience: Create Memorable Presentations That Reel In Your Audience” by Kenny Nguyen (@BigFishKenny), Gus Murillo, Robert Killeen (@RJKileen) and Luke Jones (@Luke_T_Jones) becomes an invaluable tool for coaches, consultants, speakers and authors. Touching, moving and inspiring your audience to take action is a skill set you never stop developing. This book will show you how to do it quickly, easily and effectively. This is a book best consumed in full color. So definitely get it either in paperback or to be viewed on a full color screen.

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10.Life is Good: The Book
by Bert Jacobs and John Jacobs

Anyone who has ever worn a “Life is Good” T-Shirt will enjoy “Life is Good: The Book” by Bert Jacobs and John Jacobs (@LifeIsGood). This is a warm-your-insides entrepreneurial story about two brothers and the clothing empire that started in a van and almost died until a single “highway conversation” about the “negativity of the news that led to one idea that led to one shirt that led to one brand.” If you’re looking for inspiration about how to turn your passion into a profitable business, you will find this book a fun and worthy read. Purchase it as a hardback because the texture, the print and the color are worthy of a coffee table book. Filled with musical play lists and colorful art, this is a book any entrepreneur would enjoy.

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Leadership is Both Learned and Practiced
As with all skills, some people are blessed with a talent or gift for leadership. But that doesn’t mean they don’t learn and practice these skills. If you feel like you’re falling short, this list of new leadership books will give you the inspiration, guidance and motivation to keep at it. You don’t have to take on every single piece of advice, but you can take at least one lesson from each book and integrate it into who you are as a leader.
What leadership challenge have you been faced with? How did you approach the challenge and what were your results? I invite you to share your leadership wisdom here and even your favorite leadership book.

The 10 Laws of Trust: Talk About The Building Trust in a Fast-Paced World


Summary

“The 10 Laws of Trust: Building the Bonds That Make a Business Great” is a guide to the mechanics of trust. Trust is so integral to our everyday life that we fail to notice it until it’s too late. This book guides leaders and board members in laying out and exceeding the expectations of trust so they can run a high-trust and successful business.

“We take trust for granted, not conscious of how it pervades relationships,” writes Joel Peterson in The 10 Laws of Trust: Building the Bonds That Make a Business Great
As Joel Peterson wisely points out in his new book The 10 Laws of Trust: Building the Bonds That Make a Business Great, trust is required in every type of relationship we engage in at the checkout counter, board room, or the kitchen table. Yet, trust between consumers and business is at an all-time low, despite all the talk about “customer service” and “relationship-building”.
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What is The 10 Laws of Trust About

The 10 Laws of Trust breaks down trust and how it should be used to create a high-trust environment. The paradox is that most of us think we know what trust is. This is why businesses feel so comfortable using the word “trust”. They expect to know what it is.
The problem is that businesses often run auto-pilot in regards to trust. Because businesses assume they know what trust is and consumers assume they know it, everyone carries on. Leaders who can be trusted set the tone directly (through policies, budgets, and actions) and indirectly (through their own personal lives) for a business. They are the people that keeping businesses running, even when the spotlight isn’t on them.Businesses create policies and consumers shop for products … until an Enron or Volkswagen scandal shakes up our ignorance.
The path out of this ignorance is a willingness to truly understand trust, something The 10 Laws of Trust tries to do for business leaders who want to establish a high-trust business. The book argues that building that high-trust business starts at the foundation with leadership.
From this analysis of trust-based leadership, Joel Peterson extracts 10 laws that he feels exemplify a trust-based leader and business. These laws are stunningly simple (For example, “Keep everyone informed”); however, in practice they aren’t followed. How many companies do you know have policies that require employees to sign off a form for almost every decision they make? How many companies have private meetings or fail to disclose information to the public or employees? This is what Peterson means. Trust is not just a five-letter word. It’s something that you work out and craft like any other part of your business.
Joel Peterson is the Chairman of Jet Blue Airways, a consulting professor at Stanford, and founding partner of Peterson Partners (PPLP), an investment firm managing over half a billion dollars in assets.

What Was Best About The 10 Laws of Trust

The best part of The 10 Laws of Trust is the straightforward way that Peterson deals with the vague concept of “trust”. Rather than engaging in academic “marketing speak”, Peterson breaks down trust into concrete laws and provides simple examples to back up his laws. For people who are tired of reading vague articles about ethics and responsibility, this book should be a nice break.

What Could Have Been Done Differently

The downside of the general and broad nature of The 10 Laws of Trust is that the focus is on principle rather than specific strategies. Recommendations are provided throughout the book; however the book leaves it up to the reader to figure out how to implement them. To provide an example, the book asks readers to be more transparent in budgets and provides examples of big companies (like Zappos) that do. The book doesn’t get involved in the decisions about what to make transparent and how for a specific type of industry or business.

Why Read The 10 Laws of Trust

If your business is suffering from a lack of mission or you just want to ramp up the relationships in your business, The 10 Laws of Trust is perfect for upper-level management and executives who need the inspiration (along with some broad recommendations) to do it. The book is good for any type of leader (on a personal or private level) but the content (style, language, and tone) is geared for the leader (s) who has the authority to implement big changes.