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Book Summary: The author, flight director in NASA's Mission Control, tells of the challenges in space flight from the very early years to the current time and of "his own bold suggestions about what we ought to be doing in space now."--Jacket.
Book Summary: “Writing this funny requires immense talent.” —AV Club H. Jon Benjamin—the lead voice behind Archer and Bob's Burgers—helps us all feel a little better about our own failures by sharing his own in a hilarious memoir-ish chronicle of failure. Most people would consider H. Jon Benjamin a comedy show business success. But he'd like to remind everyone that as great as success can be, failure is also an option. And maybe the best option. In this book, he tells stories from his own life, from his early days ("wherein I'm unable to deliver a sizzling fajita") to his romantic life ("how I failed to quantify a threesome") to family ("wherein a trip to P.F. Chang's fractures a family") to career ("how I failed at launching a kid's show"). As Jon himself says, breaking down one's natural ability to succeed is not an easy task, but also not an insurmountable one. Society as we know it is, sadly, failure averse. But more acceptance of failure, as Jon sees it, will go a long way to making this world a different place . . . a kinder, gentler place, where gardens are overgrown and most people stay home with their pets. A vision of failure, but also a vision of freedom. With stories, examples of artistic and literary failure, and a powerful can't-do attitude, Failure Is an Option is the book the world doesn't need right now but will get regardless.
Book Summary: The untold story of the historic voyage to the moon that closed out one of our darkest years with a nearly unimaginable triumph In August 1968, NASA made a bold decision: in just sixteen weeks, the United States would launch humankind’s first flight to the moon. Only the year before, three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and since then the Apollo program had suffered one setback after another. Meanwhile, the Russians were winning the space race, the Cold War was getting hotter by the month, and President Kennedy’s promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade seemed sure to be broken. But when Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders were summoned to a secret meeting and told of the dangerous mission, they instantly signed on. Written with all the color and verve of the best narrative non-fiction, Apollo 8 takes us from Mission Control to the astronaut’s homes, from the test labs to the launch pad. The race to prepare an untested rocket for an unprecedented journey paves the way for the hair-raising trip to the moon. Then, on Christmas Eve, a nation that has suffered a horrendous year of assassinations and war is heartened by an inspiring message from the trio of astronauts in lunar orbit. And when the mission is over—after the first view of the far side of the moon, the first earth-rise, and the first re-entry through the earth’s atmosphere following a flight to deep space—the impossible dream of walking on the moon suddenly seems within reach. The full story of Apollo 8 has never been told, and only Jeffrey Kluger—Jim Lovell’s co-author on their bestselling book about Apollo 13—can do it justice. Here is the tale of a mission that was both a calculated risk and a wild crapshoot, a stirring account of how three American heroes forever changed our view of the home planet.
Book Summary: Aligning theory with practice, chapter-by-chapter activities and discussion questions examine the critical role of a strong learning community in implementing effective school reform, with a focus on Blanksteins six guiding principles:Common mission, vision, values, and goals Systems for prevention and intervention Collaborative teaming for teaching and learning Data-driven decision making and continuous improvement Active engagement from family and community Building sustainable leadership capacity With the Facilitators Guide to Failure Is NOT an Option™, you can effectively lead others through dialogue, reflection, and application of Blanksteins principles. It is an ideal resource for school principals, district administrators, teacher leaders, and educational policy makers, and perfect for groups of any size-pairs, small workshops, and large seminars.
Book Summary: How did a tough, "D" school in Brooklyn that was about to be closed down become an "A" school in less than 3 years? How did a large school district in the Midwest use data to drive effective school improvement that led 15 of their 88 schools to make AYP for the first time? How are entire nations like Finland ensuring smooth leadership transition and capacity to sustain student success? Five years, 200,000 readers and one national award after Failure is Not an Optionwas first published, Alan M. Blankstein has documented how educators have closed gaps, turned schools around, and sustained overall success. With contributions from Pedro A. Noguera, Andy Hargreaves, and Dean Fink, this book outlines the who, what, and how of becoming a high-performing school and learning community, shows how to avoid ten common routes to failure, provides double the resources, includes many new case stories and examples, and offers new emphasis on: diversity; assessment for learning; intervention and support for students at risk; and schooling as a community endeavor involving families. The second edition of Failure is Not an Optiontells more than the story, it gives all the specifics, the tools, the insights, and the processes that others have used to ensure that success is the ONLY option!
Book Summary: Is Your Company Drowning?When you want your company to rebound from a downturn; to fly to greater heights; and to achieve success, Failure is Not An Option is the Operating Handbook to get you to your destination. It identifies the flight plan for you and your team to navigate the corporate hazards and keep you aloft.. Do you want to increase your profits'. Do you want to stop overtime as an entitlement'. Are you annoyed by customers who don't pay'. Are you concerned that your travelers might be taking you for a ride'. Are your benefits costs too steep?If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then Failure Is Not An Option is for you. When you are spending what you don't have because your growth projections are over optimistic and your cost assumptions are too low, and in today's economy, you cannot borrow to spend, you need Failure Is Not An Option to learn how to take a laser-like focus to every single line item in your company's P+L. The result is a successful turnaround.Start box
Book Summary: Do you dream about starting your own business, but don't know where to begin? Is your business stalled and in need of a new source of inspiration? Are you looking for a no-nonsense, practical guidebook for making your professional aspirations a reality? Then FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION is the book for you. After his incredible escape from war-torn Bosnia and subsequent arrival in the United States as a refugee, violinist Zeljko Pavlovic went on to start his own business and build a world-class career in music. After he and his wife opened Vivaldi Music Academy in 2013, the school became an overnight sensation, and since then it has grown into one of the largest music schools of its kind. Zeljko's incredible story and his unique business acumen has earned him international attention--and now he is telling that story in his own words for the first time. Having seen first-hand the positive impact of music on individuals and communities, Mr. Pavlovic opened the Vivaldi Music Academy in 2013 to offer innovative and engaging music programs to the greater Houston area. In 2014 the Vivaldi Music Academy was named National Music School of the Year by a peer group of over 250 music school owners whom Mr. Pavlovic now serves as a mentor and business coach. He has served on the board of directors for the Houston Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and was recently named as an honoree in Houston Business Journal's "40 under 40 Class of 2015."
Book Summary: A Developer's Unconventional Wisdom. "If Edna Ferber had wanted to write a real life story on the history of economic growth in West Texas, her book Giant would have been about Delbert McDougal... " - from the foreword by Coach Bob Knight In this Horatio Alger business story, Delbert McDougal started his own company with a $10,000 loan, followed by many evenings and weekends renting and maintaining a small apartment complex. Over the next twenty five years, McDougal built a multi-million dollar apartment, property development, construction, and realty corporation. The culmination of McDougal's success can be seen in the transformation of the North Overton neighborhood in Lubbock Texas, described as the largest privately-financed urban renewal project in America. His ability to succeed in the face of man), setbacks is a model for any business person, from the sole proprietor to the corporate president.