The Payoff

Author: Attilio Veraldi
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Category: Italy
Page: 234
View: 6441


the role of organized crime in American politics
Author: Michael Dorman
Publisher: N.A
Category: Organized crime
Page: 333
View: 9965


A Simon Fisk Thriller
Author: Douglas Corleone
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 1466836016
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
View: 3585
When movie studio mogul Edgar Trenton's teenage daughter, Olivia, is kidnapped during a violent home invasion in Calabasas, California, former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk is called upon to ensure a smooth ransom exchange. But once it becomes clear that the kidnappers never intended to return Olivia to her parents, Simon must follow a lethal trail that will lead him from the powdery white sand beaches of the Cayman Islands through the wild jungles of Costa Rica, and into some of the darkest and deadliest cities of South America. Payoff is another satisfying thrill ride from Douglas Corleone, the author of GOOD AS GONE, and as Booklist said in a starred review, "Once the story kicks into high gear, which is pretty much on the top of page two, it doesn't let up, period."

The IT Payoff

Measuring the Business Value of Information Technology Investments
Author: Sarv Devaraj,Rajiv Kohli
Publisher: FT Press
ISBN: 9780130650740
Category: Computers
Page: 167
View: 5048
In an era when IT budgets are being cut as indiscriminately as they were once increased, this book offers the first systematic guide to measuring the true impact of IT spending--and making rational decisions about which projects to fund.


The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations
Author: Dan Ariely
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501120050
Category: Psychology
Page: 128
View: 8491
Bestselling author Dan Ariely reveals fascinating new insights into motivation—showing that the subject is far more complex than we ever imagined. Every day we work hard to motivate ourselves, the people we live with, the people who work for and do business with us. In this way, much of what we do can be defined as being “motivators.” From the boardroom to the living room, our role as motivators is complex, and the more we try to motivate partners and children, friends and coworkers, the clearer it becomes that the story of motivation is far more intricate and fascinating than we’ve assumed. Payoff investigates the true nature of motivation, our partial blindness to the way it works, and how we can bridge this gap. With studies that range from Intel to a kindergarten classroom, Ariely digs deep to find the root of motivation—how it works and how we can use this knowledge to approach important choices in our own lives. Along the way, he explores intriguing questions such as: Can giving employees bonuses harm productivity? Why is trust so crucial for successful motivation? What are our misconceptions about how to value our work? How does your sense of your mortality impact your motivation?

The Patron's Payoff

Conspicuous Commissions in Italian Renaissance Art
Author: Jonathan K. Nelson,Richard J. Zeckhauser
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691161941
Category: Architecture
Page: 256
View: 7352
An analysis of Italian Renaissance art from the perspective of the patrons who made 'conspicuous commissions', this text builds on three concepts from the economics of information - signaling, signposting, and stretching - to develop a systematic methodology for assessing the meaning of patronage.


A Mindspace Investigations Novella (A Penguin Special from Roc)
Author: Alex Hughes
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101618248
Category: Fiction
Page: 112
View: 2974
Being a telepath, I should have seen the hell I was getting myself into… I used to be one of the most powerful telepaths in the guild. That was before my drug addiction and before they kicked me out. But I'm not a bad guy. Now I help the Atlanta PD solve murders. And even though there are only a few people I call friends, I'd do most anything to keep their trust. So when a judge asks me to help investigate a missing college kid, I'm down for it. No questions asked. No problem. But in this dark world, things are never easy and a favor is never just a favor. Turns out, politicians don’t like being murder suspects. And it's bad to anger someone with more power than you. I thought I had nothing to lose... I was wrong. Includes a preview of Alex Hughes’s Sharp

The Payoff Principle

Discover the 3 Secrets for Getting What You Want Out of Life and Work
Author: Alan Zimmerman
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group
ISBN: 1626341745
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 288
View: 8931
Where do you hope to go with your life, your career, and your relationships? How will you muster the energy to keep on keeping on, in the good times and the bad? What skills do you have to learn—and then use—to make sure you get the payoffs you really want in your professional life and your personal life? The problem with so many positive-thinking books and self-help routines is that they don’t give you the whole formula. The Payoff Principle gives you that formula—Purpose + Passion + Process = Payoff—and then works as your guidebook, teaching you how to apply the formula to achieve success at work, at home, and everywhere you go. When you find purpose in what you do, exhibit passion for the outcome, and master the process to make it happen, you produce the payoffs you want, need, and deserve. Plenty of people have done exactly that, whether consciously and deliberately or accidently and luckily. But, you don’t have to depend on luck anymore. You have a formula for getting what you want. You have a practical set of strategies guaranteed to deliver greater happiness and success than you’ve ever experienced. All you have to do now is read The Payoff Principle to learn how to implement the formula to experience the new-and-complete you.

High-Payoff Strategies

How Education Leaders Get Results
Author: Jody Spiro
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 111884193X
Category: Education
Page: 160
View: 7627
Focus on the right things An education leader’s job can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Research shows that by spending time on just a few high-payoff strategies, leaders can bring about the meaningful change their schools and districts need. High-Payoff Strategies helps administrators lead successful change initiatives by focusing on the three top priorities identified by research and practitioners alike: fostering a supportive district and school culture, leading instructional change, and building a learning community among faculty and staff. Drawing on the latest research as well as hundreds of interviews with education leaders, High-Payoff Strategies reveals what it really takes to bring about school turnaround. The book includes rich and varied examples showing how real-world education leaders—in urban, suburban, and rural settings—have successfully led changes in their schools and districts. It also provides tools that readers can use immediately to put these practices in place, together with videos demonstrating the practices in action. High-Payoff Strategies helps education leaders create schools and districts that support teachers and make a difference in the lives of children.

Deadly Payoff

Author: Valerie Hansen
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1426845626
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
View: 6516
A note from Delia Blanchard So many things have been happening here at our family's mansion, I can't go home to Hawaii: I've met my long-lost grandparents; learned the woman shot to death in the library was my aunt, not my mother; and been threatened by a blackmailing loan shark! And Shaun Murphy is back in my life—he was hired to repair the damage after the shooting. He's been rather distant with me, but I think, with God's help, I can convince him to help me track down my missing mother—and perhaps give our love another chance, too.

Measuring Information Technology Investment Payoff

Contemporary Approaches
Author: Mo Adam Mahmood,Edward J. Szewczak
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 9781878289421
Category: Computers
Page: 556
View: 1045
It would seem that business investment in information technology (IT) is at root no different from business investment in anything else. After a careful consideration of the costs of the investment and its anticipated benefits, a decision is made as to whether the benefits of the investment outstrip the costs and by how much. If the benefits are competitive with other investment alternatives (say, a major marketing campaign), then the business will commit financial resources to the IT proposal. Otherwise it won't. This decision making process is at the heart of capital budgeting. Senior executives have been making IT investment decisions for well over three decades. So why is the measurement of IT investment payoff so difficult and controversial? Why do we need a book dealing with contemporary approaches to measuring IT investment payoff? Why have earlier approaches to measuring IT investment payoff proven unsatisfactory? In what respects have earlier approaches fallen short? Do we need to scrap earlier approaches entirely or can we find important improvements to these approaches such that they can be newly applied to effectively measure IT investment payoff in ways that are convincing to senior management? This book will help you to find improvements in existing methods for measuring IT investment payoff as well as to find new, innovative methods for addressing the value of emerging IT.0000 ø0.

The Technology Payoff

How to Profit with Empowered Workers in the Information Age
Author: Gerald M. Hoffman
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595199097
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 264
View: 9038
What every executive and manager should know about information technology Increased competition has compelled organizations to flatten hierarchies, redesign business processes, empower workers, and rely upon other forms of change to improve performance. Information technology, used strategically, can facilitate these inevitable changes by enabling improvements in flexibility, efficiency, and most important, profitability. The Technology Payoff explores the expanded needs and opportunities for information systems, showing how and why organizations should integrate technology into their business strategies. Gerald Hoffman goes beyond traditional, large scale information systems to introduce innovative approaches used within business environments of all sizes and disciplines. Free of technical jargon and complex explanations, this guide offers a well-rounded, uncluttered view of information technology, addressing its managerial, organizational, and technological impacts. End-of-chapter sections labeled "What You Must Know" and "What You Must Do" reinforce key issues and provide a mandate for improvement through information technology. Change is now a defining characteristic of business and a prerequisite for success in any industry. With The Technology Payoff, you'll understand the kinds of information systems you need to manage change and remain competitive in today's fast paced, dynamic business environment, and learn how to get them.

Social Payoff

Measurable and cutting-edge strategies to boost sales, customer loyalty and brand dominance through social media
Author: Marcus Ho
Publisher: Write Editions / Tusitala (RLS) Pte Ltd
ISBN: 981091086X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 224
View: 2805
Many businesses get on social media just because they want to be on the bandwagon. With the fast-changing nature of social media, most businesses forget to set clear objectives and have already spent lots of money on advertising to get fans and plenty of engagement. Yet, such results are not leading to a positive impact on the bottom-lines of businesses. With the most measurable and cutting-edge strategies inside, Social Payoff tells you how to reach customers effectively and how to build valuable relationships that will shape the future of your business. With this book, you will discover how to: • Plan your social media strategy to increase sales and cultivate customers’ trust and loyalty • Find your potential customers on the social web and to connect with them • 24 metrics to measure social media ROI effectively • Attract digital influencers and champions to build your reach and gain attention quickly. "I love the tactical and practical wisdom in Marcus's book." —Guy Kawasaki, Former Chief Evangelists of Apple & International Bestselling Author "Loaded with practical, proven ideas (that) immediately increase your sales with social media." —Jay Baker, International Speaker and Bestselling Author of Unlimited Sales Success " Smart stuff from a smart guy." —Brian Tracy, New York Times Bestselling Author of Youtility

The Payoff

Why Wall Street Always Wins
Author: Jeff Connaughton
Publisher: Easton Studio Press, LLC
ISBN: 1935212974
Category: Political Science
Page: 224
View: 5190
Lobbyist, White House Lawyer, and Senate Aide on the Power of America’s Plutocracy to Avoid Prosecution and Subvert Financial Reform Beginning in January 2009, THE PAYOFF lays bare Washington’s culture of power and plutocracy. It’s the story of the twenty-month struggle by Senator Ted Kaufman and Jeff Connaughton, his chief of staff, to hold Wall Street executives accountable for securities fraud, to stop stock manipulation by high-frequency traders, and to break up too-big-to-fail megabanks. This book takes us inside their dogged crusade against institutional inertia and industry influence as they encounter an outright reluctance by the Obama administration, the Justice Department, and the Securities and Exchange Commission to treat Wall Street crimes with the gravity they deserve. On financial reforms, Connaughton criticizes Democrats for relying on the very Wall Street technocrats who had failed to prevent the crisis and Republicans for staunchly opposing real reforms primarily to enjoy a golden opportunity to siphon fundraising dollars from the Wall Street executives who had raised millions to elect Barack Obama president. Connaughton, a former lawyer in the Clinton White House, illuminates the pivotal moments and key decisions in the fight for financial reform that have gone largely unreported. His arch, nonpartisan account chronicles the reasons why Wall Street’s worst offenses were left unpunished, and why it’s likely that the 2008 debacle will happen again.

Information Payoff

The Transformation of Work in the Electronic Age
Author: Paul A. Strassmann
Publisher: Strassmann, Inc.
ISBN: 9780029317204
Category: Office practice
Page: 298
View: 6772
Focusing on how electronic technology is changing the methods of the workplace, this book examines the changes from the perspectives of the individual, the organization and society as it explores ways to increase productivity, encourage economic growth, and improve life in the workplace.

Monthly Mortgage Payoff Assistance Calendar System

Program Instruction Manual from Greater Investors Enterprises
Author: MMPACS
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1452008647
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 72
View: 952
Monthly Mortgage Payoff Assistance Calendar System(MMPACS) pronounced impacts,is an affordable foreclosure prevention program designed through a calendar system. The MMPACS program regularly diminishes a person's principal balance on any existing mortgage. MMPACS explains in detail two different payment methods for mortgage reduction/foreclosure prevention, allowing the consumer to chose the method that would be the best for them! The system also cuts thousands upon thousands of dollars from their mortgage, and helps the user gain a more favorable interest rate! It also provides a very unique savings plan builds equity, saves tons of money and gives the consumer a clear mental path to achieve their goals! The system/program, also contains charts and monitoring sheets that let the consumer know approximately what they are saving per month and year along with the amount of equity they have accumulated. Financial planing and organization is a must in today's economy please do not be caught sleeping!

The Flying Tigers Poker Payoff

Author: C. O Lamp
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595424511
Category: History
Page: 296
View: 465
During the war, soldiers shared newspapers and magazines. A coed pictured might be elected, "The Sweetheart of the 116 Infantry," or "The Girl Company B would most like to take to the movies." Election frequently resulted in letters and pinup photos. The Flying Tigers, the l4th Air Force, had Chinese speaking American, Dorothy Yuen, "in the flesh." Her dedication, courage, and devotion to duty earned Dottie-as they called her-medals and their utmost respect. Dottie shared their hopes and dreams-and their fears. Sometimes she joined their poker games. Dottie was the girl they dreamed of marrying. Alas, it was not to be. When the war ended, they married the girl back home, and sometimes talked too much about Dottie. To them, the Gentle Tigress remained a star-the real thing. When peace returned, poker became popular. Some Flying Tiger veterans attended annual reunions just to play. None of them realized poker would provide the vehicle to uncover murder.

The Economic Payoff from the Internet Revolution

Brookings Task Force on the Internet
Author: Robert E. Litan,Alice M. Rivlin
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 9780815714316
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 292
View: 4949
This volume contains detailed analyses of how the Internet revolution could bring economic benefits—primarily improved productivity and higher quality—in the eight sectors of the U.S. economy that collectively account for over 70 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP): automobile manufacturing and sales, non-auto manufacturing, higher education and private-sector training, financial services, government, health care, retailing, and trucking.

Purity's Big Payoff / Premarital Sex Is a Big Rip-Off

Author: Donna Lee Schillinger
Publisher: The Quilldriver
ISBN: 0979163986
Category: Premarital sex
Page: 124
View: 2133
Winner! 2012 Christian Small Publisher's Book of the Year in young adult (12-18) category. Add this book to your arsenal in the battle to remain pure! The most difficult task in the life of a Christian single today is maintaining purity until marriage. The payoff is perfect love and sex, just as our Creator intended. But if that’s so awesome, why aren’t more people choosing it? And how can premarital sex be so bad if so many people are doing it and loving it? People who were virgins when they married aren’t usually the type to kiss and tell. And when premarital sex goes wrong, no one wants to Tweet it. This awkward silence from both contingents isn’t helping the next generation to decide well on the issue of premarital sex. Purity’s Big Payoff/Premarital Sex is a Big Rip-off is a collection of 17 first-person narratives about successfully waiting for marriage to have sex – or not. Contributors on both sides of the issue candidly share in face-reddening detail what they learned on their way to the wedding bed. Young people aiming to remain pure will be encouraged and learn practical strategies for resisting sexual temptation. Those who wish they had waited will learn that it’s never too late to restore purity with God’s grace. (This book is two-faced. One side is dedicated to purity, then turned over and flipped upside down, the other side is dedicated to premarital sex. Thus the last page of the purity book is immediately followed by the last page of the premarital sex book, but upside down, and vice versa. Got it?)

Trends in the payoff to academic and occupation-specific skills

the short and medium run returns to academic and vocational high school courses for non-college bound students
Author: Ferran Mane
Publisher: N.A
Category: Education
Page: 40
View: 845