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What Duke Ellington and Miles Davis teach us about leadership How do you cope when faced with complexity and constant change at work? Here’s what the world’s best leaders and teams do: they improvise. They invent novel responses and take calculated risks without a scripted plan or a safety net that guarantees specific outcomes. They negotiate with each other as they proceed, and they don’t dwell on mistakes or stifle each other’s ideas. In short, they say “yes to the mess” that is today’s hurried, harried, yet enormously innovative and fertile world of work. This is exactly what great jazz musicians do. In this revelatory book, accomplished jazz pianist and management scholar Frank Barrett shows how this improvisational “jazz mind-set” and the skills that go along with it are essential for effective leadership today. With fascinating stories of the insights and innovations of jazz greats such as Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins, as well as probing accounts of the wisdom gleaned from his own experience as a jazz musician, Barrett introduces a new model for leading and collaborating in organizations. He describes how, like skilled jazz players, leaders need to master the art of unlearning, perform and experiment simultaneously, and take turns soloing and supporting each other. And with examples that range from manufacturing to the military to high-tech, he illustrates how organizations must take an inventive approach to crisis management, economic volatility, and all the rapidly evolving realities of our globally connected world. Leaders today need to be expert improvisers. Yes to the Mess vividly shows how the principles of jazz thinking and jazz performance can help anyone who leads teams or works with them to develop these critical skills, wherever they sit in the organization. Engaging and insightful, Yes to the Mess is a seminar on collaboration and complexity, against the soulful backdrop of jazz.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Frank J. Barrett
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
Release: 2012-07-24
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781422183953

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Proposes an organizational leadership and collaboration model based on the improvisational natures of such jazz musicians as Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins, discussing inventive approaches companies can take to deal with change.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Frank Barrett
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Release: 2012-08-07
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781422161104

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On Rylee McDermott’s 30th birthday, she doesn’t have much to show for her life. Dumped by her sometimes boyfriend, she’s living back home with her mom and stepfather number three. But when she inherits her grandmother’s bridal shop, she is determined to make it work. Darius Wirth, host of TV’s business-rescue program, Wirth More, needs just the right fit for the show’s season one finale, one that will both wow their main sponsor enough to garner a second season and keep him from letting his father down again. Rosie’s Bridals fits the criteria, and before long Darius and Rylee begin work on the episode. Sparks fly, despite the no-fraternizing clause in their contract. So it’s hands off. But what’s a girl to do when all she wants is her hands on the guy? Can these two wounded hearts find both success and their way to love?

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Genre: Fiction
Author: M. Kate Quinn
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press Inc
Release: 2018-08-27
File: 242 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781509222650

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The Mess That We Made explores the environmental impact of trash and plastic on the ocean and marine life, and it inspires kids to do their part to combat pollution. Simple, rhythmic wording builds to a crescendo ("This is the mess that we made. These are the fish that swim in the mess that we made.") and the vibrant digital artwork captures the disaster that is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Children can imagine themselves as one of the four multi-ethnic occupants of the little boat surrounded by swirling plastic in the middle of the ocean, witnessing the cycle of destruction and the harm it causes to plants, animals, and humans. The first half of the book portrays the growing magnitude of the issue, and the second half rallies children and adults to make the necessary changes to save our oceans. Facts about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, ocean pollution, and how kids can help are included in the back matter.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Michelle Lord
Publisher: Flashlight Press
Release: 2020-09-06
File: 32 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781947277557

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Ever since Einstein's study of Brownian Motion, scientists have understood that a little disorder can actually make systems more effective. But most people still shun disorder-or suffer guilt over the mess they can't avoid. No longer! With a spectacular array of true stories and case studies of the hidden benefits of mess, A Perfect Mess overturns the accepted wisdom that tight schedules, organization, neatness, and consistency are the keys to success. Drawing on examples from business, parenting, cooking, the war on terrorism, retail, and even the meteoric career of Arnold Schwarzenegger, coauthors Abrahmson and Freedman demonstrate that moderately messy systems use resources more efficiently, yield better solutions, and are harder to break than neat ones.Applying this idea on scales both large (government, society) and small (desktops, garages), A Perfect Mess uncovers all the ways messiness can trump neatness, and will help you assess the right amount of disorder for any system. Whether it's your company's management plan or your hallway closet that bedevils you, this book will show you why to say yes to mess.

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Genre: Psychology
Author: Eric Abrahamson
Publisher: Little, Brown
Release: 2007-01-03
File: 336 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780759516496

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Across the United States there are hundreds of thousands of archaeological collections being housed in repositories. Unfortunately, many of these collections have very little and even incorrect data associated with them. The material recovered from the Canoe Camp site near Orofino, Idaho, is no exception. Locating the inventory forms associated with the collections, and locating the actual collections is difficult, since they are currently managed by several institutions. This is an example of how the crisis of curation is affecting collections in the United States. The use of a standardized inventory form to ensure consistent information, and the inclusion of information on all artifacts recovered from Canoe Camp in a single document would be beneficial to future researchers. Information from the Canoe Camp inventory forms has been entered into a comprehensive database, and a standardized inventory form has been created to make future research on the artifacts easier to carry out.

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Genre: Archaeology
Author: Rowan Kaufman
Publisher:
Release: 2015
File: 142 Pages
ISBN-13: 1321752083

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"Reality" TV show host Holt needs somebody to fake marry, fast. Wiley, his childhood friend, is happy to help. But can entertainment magic turn manufactured moments into a love that will last when the cameras stop rolling?

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Author: ELLE. BROWNLEE
Publisher:
Release: 2020-11-17
File: 236 Pages
ISBN-13: 1641082313

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The creator of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" details the one-year experiment with saying "yes" that transformed her life, revealing how accepting unexpected invitations she would have otherwise declined enabled powerful benefits.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Shonda Rhimes
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2015-11-10
File: 311 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781476777092

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Millennial women are changing what it means to be powerful and successful in the world--for everyone. Forever. You want The Big Life--that delicious cocktail of passion, career, work, ambition, respect, money and a monumental relationship. And you want it on your own terms. Forget climbing some corporate ladder, you want a career with twists and turns and adventure. For you, success only matters if it's meaningful. Ann Shoket knows the evolving values of young women more than anyone. She's the voice behind the popular Badass Babes community, a sisterhood of young, hungry, ambitious women who are helping each other through the most complex issues around becoming who you're meant to be. As the trailblazing editor-in-chief of Seventeen for the better part of a decade, Shoket lead provocative conversations that helped young women navigate the tricky terrain of adolescence and become smart, confident, self-assured young women. Now that they are adding muscle to the framework of their lives, she's continuing the conversation with The Big Life. The Big Life is packed with actionable guidance combined with personal advice from high-profile millennial women who have already achieved tremendous success, plus intimate conversations with a cast of compelling characters and Shoket's own stories on her quest for The Big Life. You'll learn to tackle all of the issues on heavy rotation in your mind such as: How to craft a career that's also a passion. How to get respect from a boss who thinks you're a lazy, entitled, and self-obsessed millennial Why you need a "squad" of people who support you as you build your Big Life How a side hustle will make you smarter, hotter, and more in control of your destiny. Why work/life balance is a sham and your need to embrace the mess. How to find a partner whose eyes light up when you talk about your ambition. Written in Shoket's friendly and authoritative style, The Big Life will help you recognize your power, tap into your ambition, and create your own version of The Big Life.

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Genre: Self-Help
Author: Ann Shoket
Publisher: Rodale Books
Release: 2017-03-14
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781623368258

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Some pastors preach boring sermons. Some church music is dull. But here’s the thing: If Jesus had been boring, the disciples wouldn’t have followed him and the Pharisees wouldn’t have killed him. So if you’re bored, don’t waste another minute. If your church service feels like a failed pep rally that never leads to the actual game, then it’s time for you to follow Jesus onto the field where the opposition is real and the stakes are extraordinary. It will get messy. It won’t always be comfortable. But you’ll make a difference. And you’ll discover that nobody’s bored out there. Nobody.

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Genre: Religion
Author: John Hambrick
Publisher: David C Cook
Release: 2016-04-01
File: 208 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780781414296

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