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The Agility Factor
"This book reveals the factors that drive long-term profitability based on the practices of successful companies that have consistently outperformed their peers. The book offers specific, research-based case studies to help organizational leaders use what the authors call "the agility factor" to achieve sustained profitability and performance while also becoming more adaptable to a changing marketplace. The book is intended for executives, leaders, consultants, board members and all those responsible for the long-term health of organizations"--
Published by John Wiley & Sons on 08/04/2014
Book details: 208 pages.

The Hair of Harold Roux
In 1975 the National Book Award Fiction Prize was awarded to two writers: Robert Stone and Thomas Williams. Yet only Stone's Dog Soldiers is still remembered today. That oversight is startling when considering the literary impact of The Hair of Harold Roux. A dazzlingly crafted novel-within-a-novel hailed as a masterpiece, it deserves a new generation of readers. In The Hair of Harold Roux, we are introduced to Aaron Benham: college professor, writer, husband, and father. Aaron-when he can focus-is at work on a novel, The Hair of Harold Roux, a thinly disguised autobiographical account of his college days. In Aaron's novel, his alter ego, Allard Benson, courts a young woman, despite the efforts of his rival, the earnest and balding Harold Roux-a GI recently returned from World War II with an unfortunate hairpiece. What unfolds through Aaron's mind, his past and present, and his nested narratives is a fascinating exploration of sex and friendship, responsibility and regret, youth and middle age, and the essential fictions that see us through. "Williams's novel is terrific: it is sweet, funny and sexy ... Williams is an accomplished magician."-Newsweek "Everywhere the language flows from the purest vernacular to the elevations demanded by distilled perception. Our largest sympathies are roused, tormented and consoled."-Washington Post Book World "A wonderfully old-fashioned writer ... that dinosaur among contemporary writers of fiction, an actual storyteller."-John Irving
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on 06/07/2011
Book details: 400 pages.

Knowing Right from Wrong
Father Williams explains how the conscience is formed through our training and experiences and informed by the Holy Spirit, making it an essential tool for daily living. He uses familiar and surprising characters to illustrate the positive choices conscience can direct--and the disaster that results when a conscience is undeveloped or ignored. Questions he tackles include "Is it more important to be smart or good?" "Is there a morally right thing to do in every situation?" and "Is the Christian moral life an exciting adventure, or a necessary burden?" Rich, provocative, and practical for everyday decision making, KNOWING RIGHT FROM WRONG is a must-read for all who hunger for personal holiness.
Published by FaithWords on 09/18/2008
Book details: 224 pages.

Who is My Neighbor?
Who Is My Neighbor? makes an original, compelling case for human rights as moral entitlements grounded in the dignity of the human person.
Published by CUA Press on 03/01/2005
Book details: 342 pages.

Losing My Cool
A pitch-perfect account of how hip-hop culture drew in the author and how his father drew him out again-with love, perseverance, and fifteen thousand books. Into Williams's childhood home-a one-story ranch house-his father crammed more books than the local library could hold. "Pappy" used some of these volumes to run an academic prep service; the rest he used in his unending pursuit of wisdom. His son's pursuits were quite different-"money, hoes, and clothes." The teenage Williams wore Medusa- faced Versace sunglasses and a hefty gold medallion, dumbed down and thugged up his speech, and did whatever else he could to fit into the intoxicating hip-hop culture that surrounded him. Like all his friends, he knew exactly where he was the day Biggie Smalls died, he could recite the lyrics to any Nas or Tupac song, and he kept his woman in line, with force if necessary. But Pappy, who grew up in the segregated South and hid in closets so he could read Aesop and Plato, had a different destiny in mind for his son. For years, Williams managed to juggle two disparate lifestyles- "keeping it real" in his friends' eyes and studying for the SATs under his father's strict tutelage. As college approached and the stakes of the thug lifestyle escalated, the revolving door between Williams's street life and home life threatened to spin out of control. Ultimately, Williams would have to decide between hip-hop and his future. Would he choose "street dreams" or a radically different dream- the one Martin Luther King spoke of or the one Pappy held out to him now? Williams is the first of his generation to measure the seductive power of hip-hop against its restrictive worldview, which ultimately leaves those who live it powerless. Losing My Cool portrays the allure and the danger of hip-hop culture like no book has before. Even more remarkably, Williams evokes the subtle salvation that literature offers and recounts with breathtaking clarity a burgeoning bond between father and son. Watch a Video
Published by Penguin on 04/29/2010
Book details: 240 pages.

The Atlas of Forgotten Places
"After a long career as an aid worker, Sabine Hardt has retreated to her native Germany for a quieter life. But when her American niece Lily disappears while volunteering in Uganda, Sabine must return to places and memories she once thought buried in order to find her. In Uganda, Rose Akulu--haunted by a troubled past with the Lord's Resistance Army--becomes distressed when her lover Ocen vanishes without a trace. Side by side, Sabine and Rose must unravel the tangled threads that tie Lily and Ocen's lives together--ultimately discovering that the truth of their loved ones' disappearance is inescapably entwined to the secrets the two women carry."--
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on 07/11/2017
Book details: 368 pages.

Assessing Organization Agility
In-depth agility evaluation for a more efficient response tochange Assessing Organization Agility provides a clear, conciseroadmap to improved implementation of change. Written by twoorganizational researchers at USC's Center for EffectiveOrganizations and a management consultant with Strategy&(formerly Booz & Company), this book provides the means forassessing an organization's agility and formulating an improvementplan. Beginning with a discussion about the meaning of "agility,"the authors enumerate the various contributing factors that affecthow quickly an organization responds to change, and the efficiencyof the response. An agility survey shows readers how their ownorganization compares in terms of both perception andimplementation, allowing the formulation of an "Agility Profile"that can point out strengths while highlighting areas in need ofimprovement. Case studies demonstrate the real-world impact ofeffective agility strategy, and example scenarios illustrateimproved responses by each agility "type." Eighty percent of large-scale organizations fail to meet theirobjectives, and poor agility is often to blame. Organizationsrespond to changes in the marketplace, economy, and society byimplementing changes in their processes and procedures, butplanning and implementing change takes time. During that time, thecontext of the initial decision frequently evolves, leaving theorganization one step behind. Agility is the ability to quicklyimplement change without sacrificing strategy, and AssessingOrganization Agility helps readers to: Discover the organizational/operational factors that contributeto agility Assess current agility from all perspectives, highlightingareas for improvement Implement processes and procedures that streamline changeevents Maintain forward trajectory with adjustments to strategy andimplementation The current pace of technical, competitive, and environmentalchange is faster than ever before, and response requirements arefar more complex and sophisticated. In this turbulent environment,agility can mean the difference between success and stagnation.Assessing Organization Agility asks the questions andprovides the answers that lead to better organizational reflex andmore effective response.
Published by John Wiley & Sons on 12/11/2014
Book details: 54 pages.

Word Warrior
Posthumously inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2007, Richard Durham creatively chronicled and brought to life the significant events of his times. Durham's trademark narrative style engaged listeners with fascinating characters, compelling details, and sharp images of pivotal moments in American and African American history and culture. In Word Warrior , award-winning radio producer Sonja D. Williams draws on archives and hard-to-access family records, as well as interviews with family and colleagues like Studs Terkel and Toni Morrison, to illuminate Durham's astounding career. Durham paved the way for black journalists as a dramatist and a star investigative reporter and editor for the pioneering black newspapers the Chicago Defender and Muhammed Speaks . Talented and versatile, he also created the acclaimed radio series Destination Freedom and Here Comes Tomorrow and wrote for popular radio fare like The Lone Ranger . Incredibly, his energies extended still further--to community and labor organizing, advising Chicago mayoral hopeful Harold Washington, and mentoring generations of activists. Incisive and in-depth, Word Warrior tells the story of a tireless champion of African American freedom, equality, and justice during an epoch that forever changed a nation.
Published by University of Illinois Press on 08/30/2015
Book details: 264 pages.

A Genealogical and Biographical History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
"Allegheny County in southwestern Pennsylvania was for many years a staging area of westward migration. Thousands of early pioneers passed through it and thousands more stayed. Representatives of many of these early settlers, perhaps the majority, are immortalized in this work in genealogical and biographical sketches. The sketches, numbering approximately 2,250 and naming a total of 50,000 related persons, generally treat subjects who were born in the early nineteenth century, with reference to immediate forebears of the late eighteenth century. The sketches typically mention the date and place of birth and marriage of the principal subject, the place of birth of his parents and often grandparents, sometimes the name of the first ancestor in America, and details of religion, education, military service, occupation, home, and residence" -- publisher website (December 2008).
Published by Genealogical Publishing Com on 07/19/1975
Book details: 584 pages.

Parliamentary Papers
Published on 07/19/2019
Book details: 584 pages.
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