Icons and Idiots

Icons and Idiots Author Bob Lutz
ISBN-10 9781101608081
Release 2013-06-04
Pages 240
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When Bob Lutz retired from General Motors in 2010, after an unparalleled forty-seven-year career in the auto industry, he was one of the most respected leaders in American business. He had survived all kinds of managers over those decades: tough and timid, analytical and irrational, charismatic and antisocial, and some who seemed to shift frequently among all those traits. His experiences made him an expert on leadership, every bit as much as he was an expert on cars and trucks. Now Lutz is revealing the leaders-good, bad, and ugly-who made the strongest impression on him throughout his career. Icons and Idiots is a collection of shocking and often hilarious true stories and the lessons Lutz drew from them. From enduring the sadism of a Marine Corps drill instructor, to working with a washed-up alcoholic, to taking over the reins from a convicted felon, he reflects on the complexities of all-too-human leaders. No textbook or business school course can fully capture their idiosyncrasies, foibles and weaknesses - which can make or break companies in the real world. Lutz shows that we can learn just as much from the most stubborn, stupid, and corrupt leaders as we can from the inspiring geniuses. The result is a powerful and entertaining guide for any aspiring leader.

Icons and Idiots

Icons and Idiots Author Bob Lutz
ISBN-10 1591846048
Release 2013
Pages 227
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The former vice chairman of General Motors profiles the leaders who made the strongest impression on him throughout his extensive career, sharing anecdotes that provide managers with leadership examples to emulate or avoid.

Car Guys vs Bean Counters

Car Guys vs  Bean Counters Author Bob Lutz
ISBN-10 110151602X
Release 2011-06-09
Pages 272
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A legend in the car industry reveals the philosophy that's starting to turn General Motors around. In 2001, General Motors hired Bob Lutz out of retirement with a mandate to save the company by making great cars again. He launched a war against penny pinching, office politics, turf wars, and risk avoidance. After declaring bankruptcy during the recession of 2008, GM is back on track thanks to its embrace of Lutz's philosophy. When Lutz got into the auto business in the early sixties, CEOs knew that if you captured the public's imagination with great cars, the money would follow. The car guys held sway, and GM dominated with bold, creative leadership and iconic brands like Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, GMC, and Chevrolet. But then GM's leadership began to put their faith in analysis, determined to eliminate the "waste" and "personality worship" of the bygone creative leaders. Management got too smart for its own good. With the bean counters firmly in charge, carmakers (and much of American industry) lost their single-minded focus on product excellence. Decline followed. Lutz's commonsense lessons (with a generous helping of fascinating anecdotes) will inspire readers at any company facing the bean counter analysis-paralysis menace. From the Hardcover edition.

American Icon

American Icon Author Bryce G. Hoffman
ISBN-10 9780307886071
Release 2012-03-13
Pages 432
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The inside story of the eipc turnaround of Ford Motor Company under the leadership of CEO Alan Mulally. At the end of 2008, Ford Motor Company was just months away from running out of cash. With the auto industry careening toward ruin, Congress offered all three Detroit automakers a bailout. General Motors and Chrysler grabbed the taxpayer lifeline, but Ford decided to save itself. Under the leadership of charismatic CEO Alan Mulally, Ford had already put together a bold plan to unify its divided global operations, transform its lackluster product lineup, and overcome a dys­functional culture of infighting, backstabbing, and excuses. It was an extraordinary risk, but it was the only way the Ford family—America’s last great industrial dynasty—could hold on to their company. Mulally and his team pulled off one of the great­est comebacks in business history. As the rest of Detroit collapsed, Ford went from the brink of bankruptcy to being the most profitable automaker in the world. American Icon is the compelling, behind-the-scenes account of that epic turnaround. In one of the great management narratives of our time, Hoffman puts the reader inside the boardroom as Mulally uses his celebrated Business Plan Review meet­ings to drive change and force Ford to deal with the painful realities of the American auto industry. Hoffman was granted unprecedented access to Ford’s top executives and top-secret company documents. He spent countless hours with Alan Mulally, Bill Ford, the Ford family, former executives, labor leaders, and company directors. In the bestselling tradition of Too Big to Fail and The Big Short, American Icon is narrative nonfiction at its vivid and colorful best.

Useful Idiots

Useful Idiots Author Mona Charen
ISBN-10 0895261391
Release 2003-01-01
Pages 284
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The author attacks American liberals as naive and disengenuous in their dealings with the world, accusing them of rewriting history to portray themselves as "Cold Warriors" along with conservatives.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Mac OS X

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Mac OS X Author Kate Binder
ISBN-10 0789725282
Release 2001
Pages 365
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A guide to Mac computing essentials showcases the updated features of OS X, covering installationg, integration, applications, networking, and troubleshooting.


Icons Author Margaret Stohl
ISBN-10 9780007520848
Release 2013-05-09
Pages 448
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The first book in a breathtaking new series from Beautiful Creatures co-author Margaret Stohl

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Taoism

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Taoism Author Brandon Toropov
ISBN-10 9781440690013
Release 2002-03-01
Pages 336
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You’re no idiot, of course. You know Taoism is one of the world’s oldest religions, based on simplicity and balance. However, you may not know it has important parallels with modern Western life: health, ecology, even in such pop culture icons as Luke Skywalker and The Beatles. But you don’t have to sit at the feet of a Taoist master to learn how the Taoist tradition has enlightened seekers throughout the centuries! The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Taoism will show you exactly why Taoist principles appeal to people from every walk of life! In this Complete Idiot’s Guide®, you get: --The history of the Daode Jing, the world’s shortest core religious text, and Laozi, its mysterious author. --The teachings of Zhuangzi, the often-overlooked master sage of Taoism. --An explanation of ying-yang and what it represents. --Taoism’s relationship to Zen Buddhism.

Faster Higher Farther The Volkswagen Scandal

Faster  Higher  Farther  The Volkswagen Scandal Author Jack Ewing
ISBN-10 9780393254525
Release 2017-05-23
Pages 320
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A shocking exposé of Volkswagen’s fraud by the New York Times reporter who covered the scandal. In mid-2015, Volkswagen proudly reached its goal of surpassing Toyota as the world’s largest automaker. A few months later, the EPA disclosed that Volkswagen had installed software in 11 million cars that deceived emissions-testing mechanisms. By early 2017, VW had settled with American regulators and car owners for $20 billion, with additional lawsuits still looming. In Faster, Higher, Farther, Jack Ewing rips the lid off the conspiracy. He describes VW’s rise from “the people’s car” during the Nazi era to one of Germany’s most prestigious and important global brands, touted for being “green.” He paints vivid portraits of Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piëch and chief executive Martin Winterkorn, arguing that the corporate culture they fostered drove employees, working feverishly in pursuit of impossible sales targets, to illegal methods. Unable to build cars that could meet emissions standards in the United States honestly, engineers were left with no choice but to cheat. Volkswagen then compounded the fraud by spending millions marketing “clean diesel,” only to have the lie exposed by a handful of researchers on a shoestring budget, resulting in a guilty plea to criminal charges in a landmark Department of Justice case. Faster, Higher, Farther reveals how the succeed-at-all-costs mentality prevalent in modern boardrooms led to one of corporate history’s farthest-reaching cases of fraud—with potentially devastating consequences.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Hawaii

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Hawaii Author Corey Sandler
ISBN-10 1592575951
Release 2007-10
Pages 408
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An easy-to-use traveler's guide to the nation's fiftieth state offers readers everything they need to know before visiting the islands of Hawaii, features a variety of single-island and multiple-island itineraries to suit a range of tastes and budgets, and includes ratings of hotels, restaurants, landmarks, and other traveler's destinations. Original.

Six Walks in the Fictional Woods

Six Walks in the Fictional Woods Author Umberto Eco
ISBN-10 9780674503953
Release 1998-07-21
Pages 160
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In this exhilarating book, we accompany Umberto Eco as he explores the intricacies of fictional form and method. Using examples ranging from fairy tales and Flaubert, Poe and Mickey Spillane, Eco draws us in by means of a novelist's techniques, making us his collaborators in the creation of his text and in the investigation of some of fiction's most basic mechanisms.

Windows 10 For Dummies

Windows 10 For Dummies Author Andy Rathbone
ISBN-10 9781119311065
Release 2016-08-03
Pages 456
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Get productive with Windows 10 Windows 10 For Dummies is the all-time bestselling computer how-to book—and it's been fully updated for the enhancements coming with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update! Free of confusing jargon and packed with lots of helpful step-by-step explanations, it quickly gets you started with exploring the Start menu, storing files on the Cloud, creating desktop shortcuts, connecting to a printer, using Windows social apps, organizing digital photos, interpreting error messages, and so much more. Windows 10 keeps your PC or tablet running, organizes your files, and provides a platform to run your important applications. In short, it's the brain and heart of your computer. The simple steps and friendly advice inside help you manage files and applications, connect to the Internet, customize your Windows experience, and make repairs when things go haywire. Fast answers to Windows 10 questions Steps for customizing your Windows 10 PC Tips for solving common Windows problems Covers using Windows 10 on a tablet If you're new to Windows or upgrading to its new operating system, grab this book to get to know Windows 10 a little better.

Mad about Superheroes

Mad about Superheroes Author Nick Meglin
ISBN-10 1401226744
Release 2010
Pages 192
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Written and illustrated by the Usual Gang of Idiots Everybody loves superhero movies! Now, MAD rains on the parade by collecting its outrageous parodies of movies including Spider-Man, THE DARK KNIGHT, Iron Man, WATCHMEN, SUPERMAN RETURNS, X-MEN, The Incredibles, Fantastic Four, The Hulk and many more! Advance-solicited; on sale January 6 o 192 pg, FC, $12.99 US

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Recording with Cubase

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Recording with Cubase Author Michael Miller
ISBN-10 1592574998
Release 2006-06-01
Pages 250
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"Get on the right tracks! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Recording with Cubase shows you how to use this revolutionary computer software to record, mix, and master your own music. In this Complete Idiot's Guide, you get: simple tips on navigating and configuring the Cubase workspace; straightforward strategies for spicing up your tracks with process effects and equalization; foolproof instructions for creating drum tracks and loop-based recordings; expert advice on recording, mixing, and mastering." - back cover.

Once Upon a Car

Once Upon a Car Author Bill Vlasic
ISBN-10 9780062042224
Release 2011-10-04
Pages 416
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Once Upon a Car is the fascinating epic story of the rise, fall, and rebirth of the Big Three U.S. automakers, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. Written by Bill Vlasic, the Detroit bureau chief for the New York Times and acclaimed author of Taken for a Ride, this eye-opening, richly anecdotal work is more than a riveting and insightful business history. It offers a clear-eyed view of the present day automobile industry and of Detroit, the city that spawned it, going far beyond the corporate and federal maneuverings to explore the impact the car companies’ failures have had on the overall economy, and more importantly what they have done to people’s lives. Relevant and thought-provoking, Once Upon a Car is an unforgettable journey deep inside this quintessentially American industry.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Understanding Buddhism

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Understanding Buddhism Author Gary Gach
ISBN-10 1592572774
Release 2004
Pages 390
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An introduction to the teachings, concepts, schools, and practices of Buddhism explains the creation of the Buddhist universe, life of the Buddha, and enlightenment as a path to freedom from suffering.

Idiot s Guides

Idiot s Guides Author Daniel Klingler
ISBN-10 1615647953
Release 2015-07-29
Pages 256
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BRAND NEW TOPIC IN FULL COLOUR Cosmetics is a $42 billion industry. Creating various looks to express a woman's personality can be achieved merely through the swipe of some glittery powder, a simple concealer contour, or steady brow line. Makeup can make your features pop and it can also correct or hide your flaws. Idiot's Guides: Everyday Makeup Secrets shows readers how to achieve everyday looks for all age ranges, in addition to all skin types, colours and flaws using practically priced makeup. In this book, readers get: - Introduction to basic skin care and nourishment, skin types and the tools needed to get the perfect look. - Before and after pictures illustrating just how contouring makeup can change your face. - Large, full-color photos showing step-by-step application for lips, cheeks and eyes. - Techniques on how to correct features and flaws using makeup. - Secrets for weather-proofing your makeup. - Application tutorials for creating the most popular looks, including natural, bridal, smoky and day-to-night looks.