Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The DNA of Leadership


Just as your DNA may determine your destiny, a company's organizational DNA may determine its destiny. The DNA of Leadership helps you understand how to shape your company's genetic code for success. The author identifies the 7 vital leadership practices that can reshape an organisation into a WE-centric culture-a culture that will enable people to effectively work together during times organizational change. Learn how to 'graft' these 7 practices onto meetings, conversations, and strategic initiatives, and you'll leverage talent, maximize results, and boost profits in amazing ways!

Alter a Company's DNA, and Accelerate Its Profits!

Testosterone Inc. - Tales of CEOs Gone Wild

'Combines an understanding of balance sheets with an ear for gossip and an eye for human failings' - Daily Telegraph (UK)

'Irresistable, wonderfully well written, superbly documented..This book is a fabulous read' - The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

'Unearths tantalizing stories of bad behavior' - USA Today

'Cheeky, mesmerizing, and sometimes out-of-bounds...Byron will have you shaking your head in amazement by the time you finish Testosterone Inc.' - Business Week

'Entertaining and eye-opening...rarely do we get such a well documented and readable account of such unacceptable behavior among those at the top of American business' - Barron's

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Play Dirty

'Accused of murder, convicted of throwing a game for the mob, former Dallas Cowboys superstar Griff Burkett spent five years in federal prison. Now a free man, the fallen quarterback has no prospects - and worse, no forgiveness - in football-crazy Texas. But there is someone willing to pay - millions - for Griff's services. Airline CEO Foster Speakman and his lovely wife, Laura, want the one thing fate has denied them: a child. It's an offer Griff can't refuse, a job that demands total secrecy. But in this high-stakes game, Griff finds himself falling in love with Laura Speakman - and racing to protect them both from a ruthless nemesis from his past. Now, plunged into the spotlight of suspicion as the clock winds down, Griff's future - and his life - hinge on one last perfect play'

It took me about half way through before I got 'drawn' into the thriller. After 2/3 of the book, it was really a page turner to the end. Good read.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Love (2)

Time is Gold, Diamond is forever; Forever also refers to time. So, Time is also Diamond? Anyway, it just goes to show how precious time is. It is indeed undescribable. I mean if one loses a piece of gold the person can always get another piece as a replacement so long as he or she can afford it. Ofcourse the sentimental value is not the same. But can one do the same thing with regards to time? No way, Jose! Even the richest man in the world or even universe could not possibly buy time to replace the lost one, not even a second. This is because time is equivalent to one's age. One cannot replace childhood time with any other time. Time, being one's age is part of one's life, like it or not. Its very precious.

So, it seems, the manifestation of love really is to give one's most precious valuable to the one who feels in love with. What is more valuable other than time? Indeed, a person could shower a loved one with gifts and everything but it is less significant if one never spend own time as part of it. I mean those gifts can be ordered through a third party and arranged for the delivery. Of course it could make one's happy but it is far from being a manifestation of love.

Take an example, a rich father may give almost everything his son wants except time. Studies have shown how this would influence the child later in his life. It is even worst if the father is never there when he is needed, be it for a birthday party, a school activity or even a game on the field. Similarly, a rich mother in her twilight years may not need any material thing from her kids but a few minutes to spare; to talk, to reminisce, to feel the presence and most of all to be loved. One can always profess how much he or she loves a person but without giving the most precious part of his or her life i.e. time, the love will almost mean nothing. Indeed themanifestation of love is really by giving time to the loved ones when it is needed most!

Love is many splendid things but the main reason for a person who believes in a particular faith and practices his or her belief is called a devotee is because of his or her devotion in giving away his or her time through the various deeds and even sacrifices! That would be d ultimate manifestation................

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Fun Filled Weeks

Indeed, it has been quite fun to watch the drama unfolding. On the one hand you have a group of people or loyalist trying to pull together. On the other hand you have an old horse full of vengeance. What a shame really when you have a kettle calling a pot black. This old man was so powerful in his time that no one dared to challenge him. He would surely find ways and means to not only put that person(s) in the cold. He would destroy them. Now he is saying that his predecessor is doing what he did and he did not like it! Talking about tasting one's own medicine. There could not have been a better example.

He was just ranting this and that, like no end. Poor soul! He is now so desparate he creates problems for others. What a pity but then again you can only plan and do certain things while the ultimate planner is watching and only intervenes as necessary. I guess it is now payback time!

On the issues unfolding, there are so many people want to give their two sen worth! Some of them are now trying to be too clever by saying things they should have said earlier, not now. Its too shallow these people. But then again the world is full of actors and opportunists.

Some of them are still in denial mood and would not learn whatever lessons thrown at them. They are just waiting to be swallowed by the earth..

Keep watching..I guess there will be many more interesting things coming up!

Back Spin

The boy was last seen in a seedy, down-town hotel - and then he disappeared. Just another runaway, or is there more to it than that?

When Myron Bolitar is asked to unravel the mystery of the boy's disappearnce, he crashes through a crowd of undesirables, blue bloods and liars on both sides of the social divide. And when family skeletons begin to emerge, Myron is about to find out just how deadly a game he's got himself caught up in.....

The story of Jack, Linda and Chad Coldrens together with Win, Esperanza, Norm Zuckerman, Lloyd Rennart, Esme Fong, Tad Crispin, Tito Marshall.....

Its from Back Spin by Harlan Coben!