The book will show people that they can build and manage a Joomla! 2.5 website without a technical background. Starting with an introduction to Joomla and how to install it, the book will detail how to add content, control users, make links and then add extra features to a Joomla! site. The book simplifies things to avoid difficult tasks that are unnecessary for beginners to understand. Written in plain English, the tutorial offers clear instructions, simple explanations, real-life examples, plenty of screenshots and humor. The book is aimed at busy people who want to understand Joomla in a fun, readable and straightforward way.
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In a time where 'analytics' is a buzz word, and books on this topic are a dime-a-dozen, Dr Pauwels' book cuts through the clutter in many ways. For starters, this is a book by a top academic, who has successfully done analytics all his life - even before analytics was cool! Second, this book does not pretend to do it all. For example, there is no promise made of teaching the most complex models using just excel, or being a complete guide to big data / data analytics. Rather, INTSOD sticks to the crucial first step in data analytics, that of Dashboard creation, and guides the reader through all the intricate steps related to it (more on that below). And finally, it does so in a manner that is approachable, while still not dumbing down the science behind it.
This book makes a convincing argument that Dashboards are the critical first step before any firm begins a successful data analytics program. Dr Pauwels guides us through all the intricate steps involved in making dashboards an integral part of a firm's culture. Each step is detailed, from getting the right data, the scientifically most efficient ways of displaying it, the techniques for choosing the right metrics, and even tackling office politics in getting dashboards implemented ('organization behavior'). Dr Pauwels also provides several interesting case studies, mostly based on his own personal experience, which give a very real-world feel to the whole discussion.
In short, a must-have for any individual or firm that aims to understand or implement a successful Dashboard and Analytics program
This is an awesome book and well written. These are excellent speaking tips - Jeremey and Ryan have experience and have done their research. I love how they break down speeches and allow the reader to understand the craft of storytelling, along with teaching us how to implement these strategies in our own speaking engagements. This is the kind of book that anyone can benefit from at just about any age and I highly recommend it.
"James Kerr's The Executive Checklist will not only help you achieve your goals, but make getting there far easier and less stressful. In operating rooms and airline cockpits checklists save lives, and this book may very well save your professional life. Put it at the top of your book buying checklist." August Turak, Forbes.com leadership contributor and Author of Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks
"James Kerr's The Executive Checklist is, indeed, a great checklist for business executives a 'to do' list chock full of useful examples and wise advice. And we particularly like the fact that a number of Kerr's examples are bad examples: tales of managers or initiatives that were not successful. As business authors ourselves, we know how difficult it is to find these kinds of cases, which are usually even more instructive than the successes, and Kerr does a great job of tying the cases to his checklist of principles. The Executive Checklist is well worth the read!" Don Peppers and Martha Rogers, Ph.D., authors of Extreme Trust: Honesty as a Competitive Advantage
"If you really want to change an organization, you need to be very clear what outcomes you want. The Executive Checklist does this and is also a practical, accessible, and comprehensive handbook for doing business in the 21st century. Any manager who wants to thrive in 'the new normal' needs this on their bookshelf." David Bosdet, Executive Editor, Management-Issues.com
"Jim Kerr's The Executive Checklist belongs on your 'must read' list. There's something for executives in all sectors. As government leaders learn to embrace unprecedented change, this book offers profound strategies laid out with common sense and anchored in proven results that will help them set a new course of action." Kevin Sullivan, Connecticut's Commissioner of Revenue Services and former Lt. Governor
"James Kerr provides a simple, everyday technique for successfully managing a business. All aspiring managers should learn from his excellent insights." Neil Smith, author of New York Times bestseller How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things
This innovative and popular text provides a clear pathway to developing public relations campaigns and other types of strategic communication. Implementing the pragmatic, in-depth approach of the previous editions, author Ronald D. Smith presents a step-by-step unfolding of the strategic campaign process used in public relations practice. Drawing from his experience in professional practice and in the classroom, Smith walks readers through the critical steps for the formative research, strategic and tactical planning, and plan evaluation phases of the process.
Offering clear explanations, relevant examples, and practical exercises, this text identifies and discusses the decision points and options in the development of a communication program. The cases and examples included here explore classic real-world public relations situations as well as current, timely events. This fourth edition highlights the results of new research studies on opinions and practices within the discipline, and adds overviews of several award-winning public relations campaigns.
As a classroom text or a resource for professional practice, this volume provides a model that can be adapted to fit specific circumstances and used to improve effectiveness and creativity in communication planning. It serves as an accessible and understandable guide to field-tested procedures, offering practical insights that apply to public relations campaigns and case studies coursework.
Social entrepreneurship is a hot topic in public and non-profit management. Organizations everywhere are looking for innovative ways to respond to financial, social, and regulatory pressures. The next generation of transformative leaders will be risk takers who know how to face even the biggest challenges using market-driven strategies that get results. This book contains everything students and professionals need to know about the cutting-edge practice of social entrepreneurship.
In Social Entrepreneurship, you'll learn how to read markets and environments to identify opportunities for entrepreneurial activity. Then, the authors show to convert opportunities into successful ventures: one-time initiatives, ongoing programs and new, mission-driven organizations are all covered. Sector-specific strategies and recommendations guide readers directly to the techniques that will have the biggest impact.
Employs an evidence-based approach to help organizations achieve goals more efficiently
Offers advice on taking advantage of new technologies and untapped resources using the most current approaches
Written by renowned experts in the field of social entrepreneurship
Authors Guo and Bielefeld have been instrumental in advancing the study of social entrepreneurship, and they understand the trends and currents in the field. They bring readers up to date and ready them to begin implementing changes that really make a difference. In non-profits and government, leadership is already becoming synonymous with social entrepreneurship, and this book is its foundation.
Christopher Coker does not believe that war is coming to an end any time soon. This short book offers a beguiling variety of evidence and explanation for why the end of war is not likely, not predictable, and possibly not something we actually want. War is central to the human condition; it is part of our evolution, our inheritance and our culture. Viewing war as simply wrong, or as a bad idea, or even simply as the opposite of peace, is much too simplistic. Over the six short chapters of this exciting philosophical pamphlet Coker explores war’s place in society and culture, how it has changed and how it might change.
The subject of war is discussed in terms of evolution, culture, technology, geopolitics, peace, and humanity. These different subjects are illustrated with a wide and entertaining variety of sources, moving easily from zombie fiction to Aristotle, and from evolutionary biology to Call of Duty. Coker’s fundamental argument, which runs through all his chapters but is developed in the first four, is simply that war is so much a part of who we are that the idea of just stopping it is at best naive. Evolution, at the level of human culture, has been driven by war, and war itself has evolved with humanity. Similarly culture and war share a fertile relationship, where war inspires art and art in turn can inspire the warrior mentality. Pop culture, such as movies and games, demonstrate to Coker the enduring presence of the warrior mentality. The same can be said for technology and geopolitics. War may be fought by robots or through the internet, and the geography of war may be rapidly changing, but war itself remains.
The final two chapters are slightly different. Coker turns his attention to the idea of peace, and the ‘enders’, who advocate the end of war: thinkers from Kant to John Horgan and Stephen Pinker. The problem with the ‘enders’ is that peace is a contested concept, which is often culturally specific, and it assumes a certain geopolitical set of normative values to be universal. However, Coker counsels against despair in his final chapter. Considering humanity, he suggests that war maybe could be eliminated. However, it would require thinkers to engage with Coker’s thesis, that war is fundamental to our society. To eliminate war may be to alter our humanity. The book finishes with a challenge to those who argue for peace to up their game, be more philosophically rigorous, and to take war far more seriously.
The book is described on the cover as a ‘meditation’. This seems to me to be completely wrong, suggesting quite, detached thought. The book is clearly filled with knowledge and reflection, but it demonstrates this in a light and amusing manner, with more references to computer games than to political theory. Coker comes across as dynamic and entertaining, with a restless intellect. He is giving a rapid fire series of answers to an ill-thought-out question, the question of ending war. It is not a meditation; it is a friendly rebuke to people who have not done enough thinking.
Taken in this spirit, some of Coker’s more outrageous or less developed ideas can be dismissed and need not worry us too much. On the outrageous side, examples drawn from parapsychological warfare or zombie movies might seem ludicrous, but add to the fun of his thesis. More seriously, Coker’s unfortunate statement that rape is somehow a new weapon of war is either ill-informed, or very badly phrased. The book is not a detailed exposition of his argument: it is supposed to grab our attention, and picking at specific details does not seem in the spirit of the thing.
There are a couple of more substantial criticisms; one on what is in the book, and one on what is left out. Firstly, Coker’s use of biology is unconvincing, and secondly he never offers any explanation of what war is. Coker draws on biology, specifically cultural biology and Darwinism as argued for by writers such as David Sloan-Wilson and Daniel Dennett. Coker uses this work to argue that war is part of our biology, and that it is evolving as we are. His conclusion is that war will not cease until it has exhausted its evolutionary potential. In the context of the book as a whole, Coker’s faith in evolutionary biology of a particular sort seems very strange. Elsewhere Coker is hugely sceptical of ideas such as universal morality, but he applies none of this postmodern scepticism to the truth of science. It also sits uncomfortably alongside his many and varied other sources and illustrations, which make the book so fun, that he comes over so serious when considering biology. It may well be that this is a rhetorical hook to hang his argument upon, using scientific truth rather than falling back on innate human characteristics, or enlightenment ideas about human sociability: things which he dismisses with flair in other places. However, I am not convinced that universal truth of one kind can be dismissed, as in the very enjoyable whirlwind tour of geopolitics in chapter four, whilst relying on a universal truth of a different sort.
The second criticism is perhaps unfair, as it is not something which Coker is trying to do in the book, and he sensibly assumes his reader’s familiarity with the leading historical and political texts on war. However, if war is deeply ingrained in human culture, then it does seem reasonable to ask what war is. Is it simply conflict of any sort, or is it only between states, or do we all just know what war is? Coker seems to assume the latter. But this is problematic. Wars for humanitarian purposes have recently been euphemistically rebranded as interventions, peacemaking efforts, or police actions. From another perspective Foucault argued that war was a structure of society, it was the nature of politics, and that peace was therefore a very violent idea. Coker often refers to Clausewitz, but not Foucault’s inversion of Clausewitz’s formula. A chapter on language would have been useful, but Coker does not consider it. This is not fatal to the work, but it is irritating that an otherwise very clear discussion never defines the object of study.
Coker is not a warmonger, or a Schmittian believer in conflict. In fact it feels as if he wants to see an end to war and is disappointed, and at times disgusted, by the contemptuous ‘enders’ and their myriad weak attempts to persuade or cajole humanity out of such a foundational social practice as war. He has written an impressive, enjoyable book, which is hugely provocative. It provides several excellent introductions to big topics, and gives a very useful list of further reading. It should stimulate discussion and debate, and inspire serious thought, even while we read about zombies or play computer games.
‘By adopting an explicitly processual and temporal stance, Dawson and Andriopoulos go beyond simple prescriptions to conceive change, innovation and creativity as continuously inter-weaving and co-emergent dynamics of social engagement. This novel perspective not only has potential to liberate students and researchers from the constraints of overly abstracted thinking, but it also resonates strongly with the lived experiences of practising managers.’