National Outburst Week

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Congressman Joe Wilson, Serena Williams and Kanye West bestowed upon the world the first National Outburst Week, as treating people with dignity and respect seems to have gone out the window. It is a major concern of our time, both in private and work life. A recent book, The Cost of Bad Behavior by Christine Pearson, delves into this timely issue by trying to quantify the effects of rude, uncivilized behavior in the workplace. Just what happens when you’ve been verbally assaulted by a coworker or a customer, tried to communicate with someone while they are texting, or made to feel left out of the loop during a team project? It can cause stress, health problems and weakened commitment.

Pearson looks at companies with strong leadership that implemented policies designed to create an environment where civilized behavior, dignity and respect are taken very seriously. And guess what? When the talk is walked from the top down companies can quantify the positive effects to their bottom line. Three cheers for dignity and respect!!!

Happy Birthday Earl S. Tupper!

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American manufacturer Earl S. Tupper, inventor of Tupperware, was born July 28, 1907 in New Hampshire. In the 1930's, Tupper invented a flexible, lightweight material that was used to make plastic gas masks during World War II. He then turned his attention to consumer products and created Tupperware - a line of plastic, airtight food storage containers. Sales languished in stores until it was discovered that home demonstrations better proved the value of the product, and thus, the Tupperware Party was born. It has since become a global institution in more than 100 countries. Find out the history behind the Tupperware empire by checking out Tupperware : The Promise of Plastic in 1950s America by Alison J. Clarke or by watching the PBS home video Tupperware!, which offers an interesting look at the quirky, and often bizarre, history of this household name.

The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages 1851-2008

The Old Gray Lady has covered all these events and more:

Lincoln’s assassination, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic, WW I, the Normandy Invasion, the Titanic disaster, Watergate, and 9/11.

If you give this book to a history buff you may never see him or her again. About 300 of the most momentous front pages are printed in this mammoth book. Also included are 3 very user friendly DVDs that cover every single front page through 2008.

If you don't ever hear from me again you'll know what happened.

Time For a Garage Sale!

Want to have a garage sale, but not sure where to begin? Check out our helpful DVD Garage Sale Success. This DVD includes over 100 tried and true tips that will help you maximize your garage sale profits. It discusses sale ideas that include; location, items, display methods, marketing, and advertising. If you have never had a garage sale, or want to have an even better one this summer, then check out this DVD. It will set you on the right path toward having the most successful garage sale ever.

Intrinsic Motivation at Work: What Really Drives Employee Engagement

"Employee Engagement" is probably the new buzzword that "Value-Added" or "Synergy" was in the 90's. But it does deserve some respect because it is attempting to describe the sea change that is going on in workplaces.

Company leaders and employers are increasingly aware that they must address employees' need to feel a sense of meaningfulness, choice, competence and progress in their daily work lives. In turn, if a company can create an environment where those feelings truly exist, it will have a powerfully positive effect on retention, creativity and dedication.

Kenneth W. Thomas skillfully explains how to create an environment like this in his recently updated Intrinsic Motivation at Work: What Really Drives Employee Engagement.

It all really points to a variation of the golden rule: care about your work and the people who work for you and they will do the same. This book gives a pretty good outline on how to accomplish this and gives some refreshing ideas in language that doesn't drive you insane with corporate lingo.

Mr. Otis Don't Let Us Down!

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Elisha Otis invented the safety elevator in 1852, a steam-powered behemoth I thought of last week while experiencing a bit of a scary ride going to the fourth floor here at the downtown library.

Read about him and other American inventors in They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine.

Mr. Otis invented the escalator too and built a huge company that installed elevators in the Eiffel Tower, the London Underground, the Kremlin, Balmoral Castle, the Washington Monument, the Flatiron Building, the Empire State Building, highly specialized installations for NASA and the Statute of Liberty.

The 100 Best Business Books of All Time

Most people pick up a business book when trying to solve a problem. You go to a library or bookstore and find one that seems to address the situation you are in. The problem is, more slop resides in the how-to business section than just about any other category. Even my brother-in-law has written three business books!

Making It All Work

Author David Allen has released a new book entitled Making it all work : winning at the game of work and the business of life. For fans of his Getting Things Done this book expands on how to implement GTD in a more complete way, covering all of life not just work. While it recaps some of the GTD concepts you may still want to read Getting Things Done first.

David Allen visited the Free Library of Philadelphia and spoke about GTD and his new book. You can listen to the program online here:

Nonprofits will find this profitable

In these tough economic times, NEW - Nonprofit Enterprise at Work - continues to help southeast Michigan non-profits succeed. The NEW Center, located at 1100 N. Main St., provides office space for area nonprofits. NEW also hosts an internet radio show, the Nonprofit Buzz, which airs here each fourth Thursday of the month, 9-10 a.m On March 26, the topic will be "Partnering For Success." At the library, electronically browse some of our books on nonprofits, or visit our special collection downtown on the second floor.

American Credit Repair: Everything U Need to Know About Raising Your Credit Score

Ok, the title alone almost says it all. And who has a credit score that couldn’t use a bit of a boost? Do you know how to find your score? Do you know the five main factors that make up your score and the practice which is its best indicator? Did you know that, with a carefully worded letter to your creditor (sample given), you can have a late payment expunged from your report? What should you do first if your report has multiple problems?

Credit, and reporting your credit activity, is a big game in America. But it is a game that you can learn to play as well as your creditors. Perhaps even learn to win. There is a wealth of information here to help you learn the rules of the game and strategize a new reality to the story of your credit report. Ready-to-print forms, sample letters and an accompanying cd allow you to apply triage to your score on your own. The author also maintains a website which may help.

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