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The Human Capital Imperative ~ Valuing Your Talent

The Human Capital Imperative: Valuing Your Talent

The Human Capital Imperative: Valuing Your Talent by Alan Coppin
English | 2017 | ISBN: 3319491202 | 271 Pages | PDF | 34.6 MB
In this new book Alan Coppin, a leader with extensive cross-sector experience, draws on discussions with leaders in the public and private sectors, as well as from charities, the military and trade unions to offer you the ideas and practical applications that have proved effective in ensuring human capital is properly valued and managed.
Most business decisions are based on lag data historical reporting of what happened last month, last quarter or last year. It’s solid, real and comforting. Unfortunately, it’s also not a very good indicator of what might happen next. The best lead data information with genuine predictive power comes from understanding your people and what they can deliver.
All major organizations claim that people are their greatest asset and yet, at the first sign of problems, the first action they take is to fire people. Why, because employees are also an organisation’s biggest liability in terms of cost and their cost is much easier to quantify than their value. But, like any asset, human capital will only deliver its full value if it is properly understood, measured and managed.
The author offers you the tools you need to take the issue beyond the HR department and satisfy the number crunchers in the boardroom. With their help, you can make human capital part of the normal financial metrics essential to running a successful organisation.
Isn’t it time you understood and managed the metrics that can predict your organization’s future rather than relying on those that simply report on its past

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The High Cost of Good Intentions ~ A History of U.S. Federal Entitlement Programs

The High Cost of Good Intentions: A History of U.S. Federal Entitlement Programs

The High Cost of Good Intentions: A History of U.S. Federal Entitlement Programs by John F. Cogan
English | 2017 | ISBN: 1503603547 | 512 Pages | EPUB | 1.3 MB
Federal entitlement programs are strewn throughout the pages of U.S. history, springing from the noble purpose of assisting people who are destitute through no fault of their own. Yet as federal entitlement programs have grown, so too have their inefficiency and their cost. Neither tax revenues nor revenues generated by the national economy have been able to keep pace with their rising growth, bringing the national debt to a record peacetime level.
The High Cost of Good Intentions is the first comprehensive history of these federal entitlement programs. Combining economics, history, political science, and law, John F. Cogan reveals how the creation of entitlements brings forth a steady march of liberalizing forces that cause entitlement programs to expand. This processas visible in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as in the present dayis repeated until benefits are extended to nearly all who could be considered eligible, and in turn establishes a new base for future expansions. His work provides a unifying explanation for the evolutionary path that nearly all federal entitlement programs have followed over the past two hundred years, tracing both their shared past and the financial risks they pose for future generations.

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The Great Cowboy Strike ~ Bullets, Ballots and Class Conflicts in the American West

The Great Cowboy Strike: Bullets, Ballots & Class Conflicts in the American West

Mark Lause, The Great Cowboy Strike: Bullets, Ballots & Class Conflicts in the American West
English | ISBN: 1786631962 | 2018 | EPUB | 304 pages | 3,3 MB
When cowboys were workers and battled their bosses
In the pantheon of American icons, the cowboy embodies the traits of rugged individualism, independent, solitary, and stoical. In reality, cowboys were grossly exploited and underpaid seasonal workers, who responded to the abuses of their employers in a series of militant strikes. Their resistance arose from the rise and demise of a beef bonanza that attracted international capital. Business interests approached the market with the expectation that it would have the same freedom to brutally impose its will as it had exercised on native peoples and the recently emancipated African Americans. These assumptions contributed to a series of bitter and violent range wars, which broke out from Texas to Montana and framed the appearance of labor conflicts in the region. These social tensions stirred a series of political insurgencies that became virtually endemic to the American West of the Gilded Age. Mark A. Lause explores the relationship between these neglected labor conflicts, the range wars, and the third-party movements.
The Great Cowboy Strike subverts American mythology to reveal the class abuses and inequalities that have blinded a nation to its true history and nature

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The Day I (Almost) Killed Two Gretzkys ~ …And Other Off-the-Wall Stories About Sports…and Life

The Day I (Almost) Killed Two Gretzkys: …And Other Off-the-Wall Stories About Sports…and Life

The Day I (Almost) Killed Two Gretzkys: …And Other Off-the-Wall Stories About Sports…and Life by James Duthie
English | July 23rd, 2013 | ASIN: B00D5TRS2Q, ISBN: 0470677783, 1443427896 | 285 pages | EPUB | 0.47 MB
Although James Duthie’s daughter had hoped he would write a book featuring princesses, dragons or zebras, you won’t miss them in The Day I (Almost) Killed Two Gretzkys. Instead Duthie interviews a prophet monkey who predicts games’ outcomes, confesses to the near-homicide of both Walter and Wayne Gretzky, and provides plenty of evidence of his unhealthy obsession with Anna Kournikova.
He weighs in on famous athletes like Sidney Crosby, Tiger Woods, Tom Brady and Derek Jeter, and tells his misadventures as a sportscaster, fan, father, husband and son.

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The Care and Display of Historic Clothing

The Care and Display of Historic Clothing

The Care and Display of Historic Clothing
Rowman & Littlefield | English | 2017 | ISBN-10: 1538105918 | 334 pages | PDF | 22.21 mb
by Karen M. DePauw (Author)
Wearable textiles hold their own stories of trade, manufacture and regionalism, just to name a few; they also tell a personal tale of the individuals who created our history. When we look at a piece of clothing, a coat, a dress, an undergarment, we see an item that is more personal, more closely related to the human body than nearly anything else it comes in contact with throughout the day. Garments can do far more for exhibitions and interpretation than merely providing a bit of color and beauty. Clothing is both artistic and utilitarian and is capable of adding so much to the story of who we are and where we came from.
The Care and Display of Historic Clothing aims to assist with the full integration of costume collections into the interpretation of the past. Often relied on for their ability to add beauty and color to exhibitions, these collection items provide a very personal side to any story at a given moment in history. The topics explored in this publication range from the care and identification of items in a costume collection to discussions about both physical display and how they can be used to engage audiences.
The book’s focus is on costume collections and discussion topics will include information in regards to
costume collection storage,
display techniques,
basic identification, and
ideas on how to incorporate costumes into exhibitions and programming.
A list of further resources at the back of the book helps provide supplemental, in-depth information on individual areas. The layout of this work will aim to provide information that slowly leads from understanding your costume collection and obtaining physical control to incorporating it in a significant and informative way into the work of the organization. Providing all of these resources in one place will make the incorporation of costumes a more obtainable goal for small to mid-sized museums and historical societies.
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The Bodybuilding.com Guide to Your Best Body ~ The Revolutionary 12-Week Plan to Transform Your Body…

The Bodybuilding.com Guide to Your Best Body: The Revolutionary 12-Week Plan to Transform Your Body and Stay Fit Forever

The Bodybuilding.com Guide to Your Best Body: The Revolutionary 12-Week Plan to Transform Your Body and Stay Fit Forever by Kris Gethin
English | December 28th, 2010 | ASIN: B003UYURTW, ISBN: 1451606133 | 209 pages | EPUB/AZW3 | 16.27 MB/10.08 MB
FROM KRIS GETHIN, editor in chief of the world’s leading online fitness site Bodybuilding.com, comes a revolutionary 12-week diet and exercise programsupported by two million members and thousands of real-life success stories. Body by Design is a plan that promotes health from the inside out, starting by breaking down the mental blocks that are holding you back, then by building up the muscles on your body, and finally by adding delicious, healthy food onto your plate.
Rather than subtracting things from your life cutting out calories, losing weight, banishing your bellyhere’s how to add more of the right things: more muscle, more support, and more success. Motivation is the key factor that drives permanent change, and with Body by Design you can finally learn how to activate your inner motivation and
With the proper balance of weight training, make fit happen forever. cardiovascular exercise, and nutritionalong with the motivational tools to stick with that program for the long termeven people who have struggled with fitness for their entire lives can achieve spectacular, lasting results. Join the Transformation Nation and create your own story that will inspire otherswith Body by Design.
In Body by Design, you’ll learn the optimal balance of weight training, cardiovascular exercise, and nutritionalong with the motivational tools to stick with your goals and achieve dramatic results. Rather than subtracting things from your life (cutting calories, losing weight, banishing your belly), here’s how to more muscle, more support, and more success.
Based on the best practices found at Bodybuilding.com (the world’s leading online fitness site), Body by Design shows that amazing things can happen when people get the tools they need to achieve their fitness goals.

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Terraform ~ Up and Running ~ Writing Infrastructure as Code

Terraform: Up and Running: Writing Infrastructure as Code

Terraform: Up and Running: Writing Infrastructure as Code by Yevgeniy Brikman
English | March 13th, 2017 | ASIN: B06XKHGJHP, ISBN: 1491977086 | 206 pages | EPUB | 5.67 MB
Terraform has emerged as a key player in the DevOps world for defining, launching, and managing infrastructure as code (IAC) across a variety of cloud and virtualization platforms, including AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure. This hands-on book is the fastest way to get up and running with Terraform.
Gruntwork co-founder Yevgeniy (Jim) Brikman walks you through dozens of code examples that demonstrate how to use Terraform’s simple, declarative programming language to deploy and manage infrastructure with just a few commands. Whether you’re a novice developer, aspiring DevOps engineer, or veteran sysadmin, this book will take you from Terraform basics to running a full tech stack capable of supporting a massive amount of traffic and a large team of developers.
Compare Terraform to other IAC tools, such as Chef, Puppet, Ansible, and Salt Stack
Use Terraform to deploy server clusters, load balancers, and databases
Learn how Terraform manages the state of your infrastructure and how it impacts file layout, isolation, and locking
Create reusable infrastructure with Terraform modules
Try out advanced Terraform syntax to implement loops, if-statements, and zero-downtime deployment
Use Terraform as a team, including best practices for writing, testing, and versioning Terraform code

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Ten Journeys to Cameron's Farm ~ An Australian Tragedy

Ten Journeys to Cameron's Farm: An Australian Tragedy

Ten Journeys to Cameron’s Farm: An Australian Tragedy by Cameron Hazlehurst
English | Nov. 8, 2013 | ISBN: 1925021009 | 682 Pages | PDF | 12 MB
In the whole history of government in Australia, this was the most devastating tragedy.’ Three decades after what he called a dreadful air crash, almost within sight of my windows’ Robert Menzies wrote I shall never forget that terrible hour; I felt that for me the end of the world had come’ Ten Journeys to Cameron’s Farm tells the lives of the ten men who perished in Duncan Cameron’s Canberra property on 13 August 1940: three Cabinet ministers, the Chief of the General Staff, two senior staff members, and the RAAF crew of four. The inquiries into the accident, and the aftermath for the Air Force, government, and bereaved families are examined. Controversial allegations are probed: did the pilot F/Lt Bob Hitchcock cause the crash or was the Minister for Air Jim Fairbairn at the controls Cameron Hazlehurst is a story-teller, one of the all-too rare breed who can write scholarly works which speak to a wider audience. In the most substantial, original, and authoritative account of the Canberra aircraft accident of August 1940 he provides unique insights into a critical, poignant moment in Australian history. Hazlehurst’s account is touched with irony and quirks, set within a framework of political, social, and military history, distinctions of class, education, and rank, and the machinations of parliamentary and service politics and of the official mind’. The research is meticulous and wide-ranging, the analysis is always balanced, and the writing at once skilful and compelling. This is a work of an exceptional historian.’ (Ian Hancock, author of Nick Greiner: A Political Biography, John Gorton: He Did It His Way, and National and Permanent The Federal Organisation of the Liberal Party of Australia) Ten Journeys to Cameron’s Farm is a monumental work of historical research pegged on a single, lethal moment at the apex of government at an extraordinarily sensitive time in Australia’s history. The book embodies top drawer scholarship, deep sensitivity to antipodean class structures and sensibilities, and a nuanced understanding of both democratic and bureaucratic politics.’ (Christine Wallace, author of Germaine Greer Untamed Shrew and The Private Don: the man behind the legend of Don Bradman)

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