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Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: TN, USA
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Two Extended Samples on Kindle
America, Welcome to the Poorhouse: Why You Can't Retire from a 401(k) Plan: You Won't Have Ten Times Your Salary in Your Account at Age 65, by Jane White.
The nationally broadcast debate in 1980 between President Jimmy Carter and would-be President Ronald Reagan was summed up in 10 short words: -Are you better off than you were four years ago?-
For Carter, the situation was dire. Iranian radicals had held 52 American hostages for nearly a year. The economy had nose-dived while inflation skyrocketed. Nothing Carter said could counter Reagan's rhetorical question. It was Reagan's debate and a week later it was Reagan's election.
Today if you ask yourself, -Am I better off than I was growing up?- the answer may very well be no. This time it's not a war or hyperinflation that's threatening America (although we're still paying through the nose for gasoline prices), but financial stress.
Despite the fact that many Americans may appear to be wealthy, too many have been -living on leverage--over their heads in debt-unless they've got -chief- and -officer- in their job titles because most of what they own is paid for with borrowed money-whether it-s credit card debt or home equity loans-not with rising wages. While in 1980 the average CEO wage was 42 times that of the average worker, in 2008 it was 208 times, averaging $7.7 million. At the same time, the average weekly earnings for Americans has actually decreased in the past 30 years, from more than $325 in the early 1970s to about $280 in 2005 (in 1982 dollars).
Leading at a Higher Level: Is Your Organization High Performing?, by Ken Blanchard. If you do get the full book, make sure you get this year's edition, which has been updated (there are two $9.99 Kindle editions, one of them from 2007).
From The One Minute Manager® to Raving Fans, Ken Blanchard’s books have helped millions of people unleash their power and the potential of everyone around them. The Ken Blanchard Companies has helped thousands of organizations become more people oriented, customer centered, and performance driven.
Now, in this fully updated edition of Leading at a Higher Level, Blanchard and his colleagues bring together all they’ve learned about world-class leadership. You’ll discover how to create targets and visions based on the “triple bottom line” and make sure people know who you are, where you’re going, and the values that will guide your journey.
Leading at a Higher Level presents the definitive discussion about using Situational Leadership® II to lead yourself, individuals, teams, and entire organizations. More important, you’ll learn how to dig deep within, discover the personal “leadership point of view” all great leaders possess, and apply it throughout your entire life.
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