Boost engagement - and profits - by feeding your staff’s craving for community It seems the more connected we are through email, smartphones, and social media, the more disconnected we become on a personal, human level - and teamwork suffers tremendously. If this is happening in your company, fear not. The solution is here. The Power of Community provides a step-by-step approach to transforming your organization by tapping in to the human need to connect with and feel valued by others. By creating a company culture based on core community values, you’ll empower your workforce, build customer loyalty, and drive profits and growth. This game-changing guide describes why community is the answer to employee disengagement - which is now at a record 70 percent - and it explains how to develop the kind of culture that makes an industry leader of your business. It takes hard work and determination, but the rewards will astound you. ´´When people feel like they belong to one another, when they feel cared for, and they believe that the vision is worth sacrificing for, they will go the extra mile for the company,” the author writes. This is true community, and it’s at the core of today’s most successful companies. Business leaders often tell their people, ´´We’re all in this together,” but very few follow through on this sentiment. Separate yourself from the pack by implementing the simple but profoundly effective methods in this book. When people feel they’re part of something bigger than themselves, they’re more collaborative, creative, and innovative - and this will always drive organizational success. Everyone wins in The Power of Community. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Anthony. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/graw/000766/bk_graw_000766_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Civility, which comes to us from the Latin word for citizen, includes not only the notions of courtesy and politeness, but also such matters as social relationships and proper conduct in human relationships. For some, civility is the essential glue that holds society together, and it involves such important issues as friendship, altruism, responsibility, dignity, and justice. Aristotle saw civility as a form of friendship, which he understood as a mutual feeling of good will. Aristotle believed that humans are capable of promoting another person´s interest without regard for our own, and he ranked friendships according to their degree of intimacy and commitment. ´´Character friendship´´ may be purely selfless; ´´advantage friendship´´ is a mixture of self-interest with perhaps some altruism, and this is the basis of civil interaction. By contrast, Thomas Hobbes believed that humans are incapable of sympathy with the interests of others; he said that we are ultimately motivated by self-interest in all of our acts. But recent experiments and theoretical developments have supported the view of David Hume, who believed that humans are naturally sympathetic, with our benevolence (or willingness to act selflessly) guided by such things as reason and custom. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cliff Robertson and Robert Guillaume. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001534/bk_blak_001534_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What does Barack Obama´s re-election campaign have in common with a dusty box of black and white photographs found in a Cardiff studio? The answer is something that we are all a part of - communities. The way in which Obama´s team drove engagement with the US electorate is fabled. Online and offline, people came together to spread the campaign´s messages across the country. Less well known is how Jon Pountney, who found the Cardiff photos, reached out across the web and into the local community to try and identify the faces captured in them. Piece by piece, this community constructed a story of the photos, which in turned out to be a remarkable slice from the city´s history. In Connected, Hannah Waldram, Ed Walker and Marc Thomas explore examples from across the world which demonstrate that social media is a hugely powerful tool, but it is when it combines with physical communities - spurring action, amplifying a message, organizing movements - that it becomes truly transformative. It is a fascinating insight into how communities can be so much greater than the sum of their parts, and how the power of the internet has become seamlessly woven into community action. The authors also offer practical steps for how to make the most of communities and harness their potential. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anna Parker-Naples. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019362/bk_adbl_019362_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Have you joined a church or small group in hopes of experiencing real life change, only to be disappointed? Have you sat through inspiring sermons about what is possible when Christians gather together in mutually edifying relationships, only to recognize how cynical you have become after many failed attempts? Community may be one of the most over-promised, under-delivered aspects of the Christian life today. Individuals remain selfish and stuck in their ways. Communities become spiritually lifeless or even fall apart because we don´t know how to experience transformation together. Transforming community does not come primarily from listening to inspiring preaching or adding another church program. It emerges as we embrace a shared commitment to the attitudes, practices and behaviors that open us to Christ in our midst. And that´s where Life Together in Christ comes in. Reflecting on the story of the two disciples who meet Christ on the Emmaus Road, Ruth Haley Barton offers this interactive guide for small groups of spiritual companions who are ready to encounter Christ in transforming ways - right where they are on the road of real life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carol Hendrickson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020973/bk_adbl_020973_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A sweeping new look at the unheralded transformation that is eroding the foundations of American exceptionalism. Americans today find themselves mired in an era of uncertainty and frustration. The nation´s safety net is pulling apart under its own weight; political compromise is viewed as a form of defeat; and our faith in the enduring concept of American exceptionalism appears increasingly outdated. But the American Age may not be ending. In The Vanishing Neighbor, Marc J. Dunkelman identifies an epochal shift in the structure of American life - a shift unnoticed by many. Routines that once put doctors and lawyers in touch with grocers and plumbers - interactions that encouraged debate and cultivated compromise - have changed dramatically since the postwar era. Both technology and the new routines of everyday life connect tight-knit circles and expand the breadth of our social landscapes, but they´ve sapped the commonplace, incidental interactions that for centuries have built local communities and fostered healthy debate. The disappearance of these once-central relationships - between people who are familiar but not close, or friendly but not intimate - lies at the root of America´s economic woes and political gridlock. The institutions that were erected to support what Tocqueville called the ´´township´´ - that unique locus of the power of citizens - are failing because they haven´t yet been molded to the realities of the new American community. It´s time we moved beyond the debate over whether the changes being made to American life are good or bad and focus instead on understanding the tradeoffs. Our cities are less racially segregated than in decades past, but we’ve become less cognizant of what´s happening in the lives of people from different economic backgrounds, education levels, or age groups. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Andres Pabon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/001367/bk_gdan_001367_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript. In this prophetic work, which was unavailable for more than 10 years, he lays out his thoughts, plans, and dreams for America´s future, including the need for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, and quality education. With a universal message of hope that continues to resonate, King demanded an end to global suffering, asserting that humankind - for the first time - has the resources and technology to eradicate poverty. 1. Language: English. Narrator: J. D. Jackson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005504/bk_rand_005504_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Akbar was one of the most admired and also the most feared emperors of India. He patronized art and promoted religious harmony due to which he is called ´´Akbar the Great´´. In his court was present one of the most wise man of his time - Birbal. The interactions between Akbar and Birbal are stuff of legend and folklore due to the interesting problems and situations that Akbar posed and the witty solutions and answers that Birbal gave. You will definitely admire the timeless charm of the witty replies and possibly come away by learning something. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Claire Heffron. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/066519/bk_acx0_066519_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Church of Facebook will move readers toward understanding God´s work in the body of Christ, the church, by introducing thought-provoking questions through observation, humor, and heartfelt storytelling. It will also do this by challenging listeners to consider new perspectives in regard to their social-networking habits and how those habits may point to deeper heart issues and, ultimately, our hunger for Jesus.Jesus was particularly skilled in asking revolutionary questions that got people thinking and living differently. And it´s when we wrestle with the hard questions and reject spoon-fed answers in place of hard-won truth that growth happens. Healing happens. Redemption happens. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adam Verner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hove/000343/bk_hove_000343_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the midst of the Superpowers and the Third World, a new vision is emerging of a Fourth World, encompassing small communities as an alternative to the notion that ´´bigger is better.´´ Returning power to a personal level is one of the goals, according to Papworth, who offers an expansive overview of the plight of the individual vs. ´´giant ism.´´ ´´Human scale and morality´´ need to be reintroduced to the political decision-making process, Papworth says, and he provides some useful ways to meet the challenge he so eloquently describes. Papworth is the founding editor of the Fourth World Review, and for nine years was personal assistant to the president of Zambia. Gregory McGee is a student of anti-nuclear political movements and spent a year in London working with Papworth. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Toms. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/newd/000030/rt_newd_000030_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Andrew Clark and his family moved to a new community in Knoxville, Tennessee with the hopes of being in a more secured area. He picked what seemed to be the perfect gated community where no one had access to get in or out without using a gate key card. The moment he and his family moved in, a cute little girl from the neighborhood would come knocking on his door every day asking for dog food. Being who he was, he would give it to her, but something wasn´t adding up as his mind wondered. Why was this cute little girl allowed to roam the neighborhood and knock on doors alone? Why did she need dog food every day? Where were her parents? The closer Andrew got to the answers of those questions, the more we wish he never asked. Welcome to Community Terror, where things aren´t what they seem. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cee Scott. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/067956/bk_acx0_067956_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.