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The money class : learn to create your new American dream
by Suze Orman.
Book list From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission. 9781400069736 New economic times demand new economic strategies. In her tenth book, Orman deals some hard and sobering truths to readers, truths she had difficulty embracing. The parameters remain the same. She talks about home, job and career, family, retirement, and spending. Yet the advice often differs dramatically from that of previous books. She begins each section with hard-edged facts; for example, if unemployment hits you, be prepared to accept a job, almost any job, at a lower salary level than before. Do not wait for the best job; take the best option that you have today. Pay off your mortgage before retiring. Delay Social Security benefits at least until the government's full retirement age. And so on. Sidebars lend detailed insight to chapters on topics including life insurance as the ultimate gesture of love, the risks of private college loans, and questions condo buyers need to ask. It's a very straightforward but still optimistic message that Orman's delivering: Live below your means but within your needs. High-Demand Backstory: Orman's new book will be given a publicity blitz of enormous proportions, which could even include billboards.--Jacobs, Barbara Copyright 2010 Booklist
Applied Strategic Planning
by Goodstien, Leonard
Choice Copyright American Library Association, used with permission. 9780070240209 Goodstein, Nolan, and Pfeiffer draw from their extensive consulting experiences to provide this practical guide which is designed to assist organizations in identifying, systematizing, and implementing effective long-term strategies. The volume successfully addresses the integration of business and functional plans, performance audits, organizational culture analysis, gap analysis, and values clarification. Additionally, environmental scanning, mission formulation, action plans integration, and contingency planning are addressed. The authors offer a straightforward, comprehensive guide to actually doing applied strategic planning through pragmatic aids such as models and a checklist which deal with every significant aspect of the planning process. The 15 chapters contain numerous anecdotes, charts, diagrams, and cartoons to illustrate the concepts needed to implement effective step-by-step strategic planning. Although written primarily for managers and consultants, academicians and advanced undergraduate and graduate students will find the book useful. J. W. Leonard; Miami University