Awake at Work

35 Practical Buddhist Principles for Discovering Clarity and Balance in the Mids t of Work's Chaos

Awake at Work

When we think of work, we often think of drudgery, frustration, and stress. For too many of us, work is the last place in our lives we expect to experience satisfaction, fulfillment, or spiritual growth. In this unique book, Michael Carroll—a meditation teacher, executive coach, and corporate director—shares Buddhist wisdom on how to transform the common hassles and anxieties of the workplace into valuable opportunities for heightened wisdom and enhanced effectiveness. Carroll shows us how life on the job—no matter what kind of work we do—can become one of the most engaging and fulfilling areas of our lives. At its heart, Awake at Work offers thirty-five principles that we can use throughout our day to revitalize our work as well as our understanding of ourselves and others. Carroll invites readers to contemplate these slogans and to use them on-the-spot, in the midst of work's chaos, to develop clarity, wisdom, and inspiration. Along the way, Carroll presents a variety of techniques and insights to help us acknowledge work, with all its complications, as "a valuable invitation to fully live our lives." In an engaging, accessible, and often humorous style, Awake at Work offers readers a path to rediscovering our natural sense of intelligence, confidence, and delight on the job.

Fearless at Work

Timeless Teachings for Awakening Confidence, Resilience, and Creativity in the F ace of Life's Demands

Fearless at Work

Work is such a crucial part of our life, and yet we often struggle with—and feel overwhelmed by—the numerous challenges it presents us. Whether it’s job insecurity, making peace with or leaving an unfulfilling job, or dealing with office conflicts, we often experience fear and a sense of groundlessness just at a time when we want to be our most creative and resilient. Drawing on Buddhist philosophy, Michael Carroll, a longtime human-resources executive, meditation teacher, and executive coach, explains how the practice of mindfulness—full awareness of our moment-to-moment experience—can help us become more confident and open to possibility in our work life. He offers a system of potent, inspiring principles that we can use as a practice for helping us work with our insecurities and awakening our natural bravery, resourcefulness, and resilience.

CIOs at Work

CIOs at Work

In CIOs at Work, noted author Ed Yourdon interviews many of the world's most influential chief information officers. You will gain insights from the first CIO of the USA, take a peek into the future with the CIO at Google, learn the unique role IT plays in testing Microsoft applications, and much more. Yourdon focuses on how his interviewees tackle the day-to-day work of managing information in their organizations while revealing much more: How they got there, how they manage and allocate resources, and how they interact with business units and assure that their companies take advantage of technologies and automation to make employees even more productive. Surveying a variety of unique corporations, you'll get a great sense of what can be done and what is being done now in organizations around the world. "Simply put, Ed Yourdon's CIOs at Work is a fascinating read. The author has managed to illuminate the real challenges confronting the Chief Information Officer. The technical expertise of his extraordinary interviewees and their personal insights into the changing role of technology in business are in no short supply. But, what really stands out— beyond the banter about "clouds," "agile development,"—is the human dimension. More than anything else, the CIO is wrestling with profound issues: the proliferation of choices, the speed of change, the shorter attention spans of consumers, the "everyone's an expert" mindset, and the growing expectation for limitless and low cost computing resources that are as open and accessible as they are safe, secure and accurate. At last, the CIO has a human face, but also an enormous burden that can only be appreciated by reading Yourdon's probative interviews." —Jon Toigo, Managing Principle, Toigo Partners International Featured CIOs: Ben Fried, Google Tony Scott, Microsoft Monte Ford, American Airlines Mittu Sridhara, Ladbrokes Steve Rubinow, NYSE Lew Temares (retired), University of Miami Mark Mooney, McGraw-Hill Dan Wakeman, Educational Testing Services Lynne Ellen, Detroit Energy Becky Blalock, Southern Company Ken Bohlen, Arizona Public Services Roger Gurnani, Verizon Ashish Gupta, British Telecom Joan Miller, U.K. Parliament Vivek Kundra, (first CIO), U.S. Government Paul Strassmann, (retired), Kraft Foods Other books in the Apress At Work Series: CTOs at Work, Donaldson, Seigel, & Donaldson, 978-1-4302-3593-4 Coders at Work, Seibel, 978-1-4302-1948-4 Venture Capitalists at Work, Shah & Shah, 978-1-4302-3837-9 Founders at Work, Livingston, 978-1-4302-1078-8 European Founders at Work, Santos, 978-1-4302-3906-2 Women Leaders at Work, Ghaffari, 978-1-4302-3729-7 Advertisers at Work, Tuten, 978-1-4302-3828-7 Gamers at Work, Ramsay. 978-1-4302-3351-0

Awake at Dusk

Awake at Dusk

Heather’s destiny was written long before her time, but the road leading to it was a treacherous one. A life-changing accident snatched her memory, leaving her with unexplainable dreams, which unbeknown to her, held the key to her destiny. After the accident, Heather struggled to get her normal life back but found herself torn between the love of Ellis Saxton, the EMT driver who saved her life, and her love for Omar Eden, a prominent businessman. Her goals soon became fleeting thoughts as her life began spiraling out of control. Heather quickly realizes that she will not find happiness until she finds the key to unlock the mystery of her dreams.

Resilience at Work

How to Succeed No Matter What Life Throws at You

Resilience at Work

Reorganization, downsizing, mergers, budget pressures, transfers, job insecurity, and more are producing today’s unpredictable, pressure-cooker conditions, and making it harder for less resilient people to achieve the success they deserve. Resilience at Work supplies insights and strategies you can use to combat your fear of change and uncover the opportunities that can be found in even the most stressful situations.

Mavericks at Work

Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win

Mavericks at Work

Business as usual is a bust . . . In industry after industry, organizations that were once dismissed as upstarts, wildcards—mavericks—are making serious waves and growing fast. From high-profile innovators such as HBO and Google to funky sandwich shop chains, the truly imaginative and unconventional businesses are changing the way things are done—providing new approaches, strategies, and outlooks, as well as better ways to compete, lead, and succeed in the twenty-first century. The first book to document this change, Mavericks at Work is business "edutainment" for a smart, ambitious readership, profiling some of the most exciting—and often eccentric—CEOs in the United States, while detailing their remarkable strategies for success

Awake at the Wheel

Getting Your Great Ideas Rolling (in an Uphill World)

Awake at the Wheel

“Mitch Ditkoff has created a GPS for the innovation process. Awake at the Wheel is a witty and inspiring roadmap for the journey from ideas to invention!” (Donna Fenn, author of Alpha Dogs) Awake at the Wheel is a book about ideas: what they are, where they come from, and what it takes to manifest them in a world not always ready for the new and the different. Simply put, it's a book about possibility, about the wellspring of creation, about the strange and fascinating process we all go through whenever we have an idea and try to do something about it. And while it's often said that “ideas are a dime a dozen,” the fact is that your idea—the one you can't get out of your head—is priceless. That is, IF you make the kind of effort required to turn that top of the line idea into a bottom line reality. Maybe it’s an idea for a new business. Maybe it’s an idea for a new product . . . or invention . . . or a book you want to write . . . or a school you want to open . . . or a move you want to make. Maybe it's an idea for something that will change the world . . . or if not THE world, then YOUR world. Whatever it is, one thing is clear: it's time for you to take the next step. Now! “A superb catalyst for anyone with the urge to bring their best ideas into reality.” —Tim Gallwey, author of The Inner Game of Tennis and The Inner Game of Work

Grandmothers at Work

Juggling Families and Jobs

Grandmothers at Work

Winner of the 2014 Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award presented by the Gerontological Society of America Young working mothers are not the only ones who are struggling to balance family life and careers. Many middle-aged American women face this dilemma as they provide routine childcare for their grandchildren while pursuing careers and trying to make ends meet. Employment among middle-aged women is at an all-time high. In the same way that women who reduce employment hours when raising their young children experience reductions in salary, savings, and public and private pensions, the mothers of those same women, as grandmothers, are rearranging hours to take care of their grandchildren, experiencing additional loss of salary and reduced old age pension accumulation. Madonna Harrington Meyer’s Grandmothers at Work, based primarily on 48 in-depth interviews conducted in 2009-2012 with grandmothers who juggle working and minding their grandchildren, explores the strategies of, and impacts on, working grandmothers. While all of the grandmothers in Harrington Meyer’s book are pleased to spend time with their grandchildren, many are readjusting work schedules, using vacation and sick leave time, gutting retirement accounts, and postponing retirement to care for grandchildren. Some simply want to do this; others do it in part because they have more security and flexibility on the job than their daughters do at their relatively new jobs. Many are sequential grandmothers, caring for one grandchild after the other as they are born, in very intensive forms of grandmothering. Some also report that they are putting off retirement out of economic necessity, in part due to the amount of financial help they are providing their grandchildren. Finally, some are also caring for their frail older parents or ailing spouses just as intensively. Most expect to continue feeling the pinch of paid and unpaid work for many years before their retirement. Grandmothers at Work provides a unique perspective on a phenomenon faced by millions of women in America today.

SERA’S STAND

SERA’S STAND

Now available as an ePublication at most eBookstores. Place this book on your wishlist today. Sera MacFee is back. Reverend Marcia J. Bowman brings the character, Sera, back to a new journey in Sera’s Stand. As Sera becomes more mature in her Christian walk and begins a deeper evaluation of her spiritual life, she is faced with new challenges. In this new book, more is revealed about some of the returning characters who were with Sera in The Last Miserable Day. Through emotional and spiritual recovery Sera finds new ways to strengthen her life and establish new goals. New characters are introduced and she discovers a major secret about characters which could threaten her future. This will lay the foundation for the third book about Sera: Yea, Tho'' I Walk.