Summary: Fail Fast, Fail Often:Review and Analysis of Babineaux and Krumboltz´s Book BusinessNews Publishing
In this thoroughly revised edition of his bestselling 1999 volume Why Peacekeeping Fails , Dennis Jett explains why peacekeepers today are dying in record numbers while engaged in operations that either are bound to fail or make little contribution to peace. The original book compared a wide range of peacekeeping experiences, including the unsuccessful attempt at peacekeeping in Angola with the successful effort in Mozambique in the early 1990´s, to argue for the importance of peacekeeping and suggest ways to improve its chances for success. Nearly two decades later, the number of UN peacekeepers has risen to 100,000 from 15,000; and yet, after years of expansion, support for peacekeeping seems to be diminishing. This thoroughly revised and updated 20 th anniversary edition-half of which is completely new material-provides a timely update to Jett´s previous volume, examining why the dramatic growth in peacekeeping has occurred, how it is now being used, and why the challenges peacekeepers face cannot be dealt with alone. Also considering the impact of terrorism on both recent and longstanding peacekeeping operations, this book will assess the prospects of peacekeeping in an era in which the United States seems to be withdrawing from the world.
The United States national-security establishment is vast, yet the United States has failed to meet its initial objectives in almost every one of its major, post-World War II conflicts. Of these troubled efforts, the US wars in Vietnam (1965-73), Iraq (2003-11), and Afghanistan (2001-present) stand out for their endurance, resource investment, human cost, and miscalculated decisions. Because overarching policy goals are distant and open to interpretation, policymakers ground their decisions in the immediate world of short-term objectives, salient tasks, policy constraints, and fixed time schedules. As a consequence, they exaggerate the benefits of their preferred policies, ignore the accompanying costs and requirements, and underappreciate the benefits of alternatives. In Planning to Fail , James H. Lebovic argues that a profound myopia helps explain US decision-making failures. In each of the wars explored in this book, he identifies four stages of intervention. First and foremost, policymakers chose unwisely to go to war. After the fighting began, they inadvisably sought to extend or expand the mission. Next, they pursued the mission, in abbreviated form, to suboptimal effect. Finally, they adapted the mission to exit from the conflict. Lebovic argues that US leaders were effectively planning to fail whatever their hopes and thoughts were at the time the intervention began. Decision-makers struggled less than they should have, even when conditions allowed for good choices. Then, when conditions on the ground left them with only bad choices, they struggled furiously and more than could ever matter. Policymakers allowed these wars to sap available capabilities, push US forces to the breaking point, and exhaust public support. They finally settled for terms of departure that they (or their predecessors) would have rejected at the start of these conflicts. Offering a far-ranging and detailed analysis, this book identifies an unmistakable pattern of failure and highlights lessons we can learn from it.
Jack Reacher walks alone. No job, no ID, no last known address. But he never turns down a plea for help. Now a woman tracks him down, because she needs a break with her new job. Her task? Protecting the Vice President of the United States. From someone threatening to kill him.
Dilbert creator Scott Adams´ funny memoir about his many failures and what they eventually taught him about success Scott Adams has probably failed at more things than anyone you´ve ever met. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world´s most famous comic strips, in just a few years? No career guide can offer advice that works for everyone. Your best bet is to study the ways of others who made it big and try to glean some tricks that make sense for you. So here Scott Adams tells how he turned one failure after another - including a corporate career, inventions, investments, and two restaurants - into something successful. Along the way he discovered some unlikely truths. Goals are for losers; systems are for winners. Forget ´passion´; what you need is personal energy. In this brilliant book, Adams shows us how to invite failure in, embrace it, then pick its pocket. While you laugh at his failures, you´ll discover some helpful ideas for your own path to personal victory.
Shortlisted for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award 2012. Why are some nations more prosperous than others? Why Nations Fail sets out to answer this question, with a compelling and elegantly argued new theory: that it is not down to climate, geography or culture, but because of institutions. Drawing on an extraordinary range of contemporary and historical examples, from ancient Rome through the Tudors to modern-day China, leading academics Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson show that to invest and prosper, people need to know that if they work hard, they can make money and actually keep it - and this means sound institutions that allow virtuous circles of innovation, expansion and peace. Based on fifteen years of research, and answering the competing arguments of authors ranging from Max Weber to Jeffrey Sachs and Jared Diamond, Acemoglu and Robinson step boldly into the territory of Francis Fukuyama and Ian Morris. They blend economics, politics, history and current affairs to provide a new, powerful and persuasive way of understanding wealth and poverty.
They were masters of the financial universe, flying in private jets and raking in billions. They thought they were too big to fail. This book gives an account of the most powerful men and women at the eye of the financial storm - from Lehman Brothers CEO Dick the gorilla Fuld, to AIG´s Joseph Cassano, dubbed ´The Man Who Crashed the World´.
Titel: Equipped to Fail - AsadoFormat: Audio CDTracks: Disc 1:1. The First Step 2. Equiped To Fail 3. King Died Today 4. Without A Choice 5. Disconnect 6. Roast 7. Occupation 101 8. Horrible Truths 9. Safety Zone 10. Pelting Lies 11. Go On Belie
Peinliche SMS-Pannen. Im digitalen Zeitalter kommunizieren viele Menschen vermehrt durch SMS und WhatsApp-Kontakt, anstatt zu telefonieren oder sich persönlich zu unterhalten. Doch obwohl die neue Art der Kommunikation bequem und zeitsparend ist, birgt sie auch ihre Tücken. So hat z.B. die Autokorrektur-Funktion schon viele Smartphone-Nutzer zur Verzweiflung gebracht. Denn wenn ´´shoppen´´ zu ´´poppen´´ wird, wird der Sinn einer Nachricht durchaus verfälscht ... Und auch, wenn der Text versehentlich an den falschen Empfänger geschickt wird, kann so manche peinliche Situation entstehen. Die Internetseite Webfail.de und die Facebook-Seite ´´Die peinlichsten und lustigsten FB Status Einträge & Fotos´´ sammeln witzige und peinliche Smartphone-Fails und bringt damit Millionen Fans zum Lachen und Schmunzeln. Die besten Fails - darunter viele unveröffentlichte - sind in diesem einzigartigen Buch versammelt.
The most underrated tool for success? Failure. Now, you have a pragmatic program for turning failure today into profits and growth tomorrow Everyone makes mistakes and learning from them is the only way to truly improve performance-but how many people take a clear, focused approach to building on the foundations of failure? Now, Fail More provides the knowledge, insight, and tools to do just that. This one-of-a-kind guide to business success helps you accept the unknown and turn the sting of failure into the reward of growth. The author reveals the setbacks that are both inevitable and valuable, and delivers practical ways of moving past self-recrimination to: .Create large and small goals .Establish milestones for achieving them .Analyze data to determine what worked and what didn´t .Make the necessary corrections to your method .Determine what you need and adjust accordingly .Evaluate your actions .Assess your progress while refining your game plan .Use failing as a core tool for motivation