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ABOUT THE BOOK I became a Realtor in 2000, when an opportunity presented itself. I had been a journalist, slaving away at a small and insignificant newspaper in a small and insignificant town when I was offered a position creating marketing materials for a Real Estate company in a not-­too-­distant city. I had no idea that taking that job would thrust me in the middle of the worst financial crisis my generation would know. From that marketing position, I went to work for a Realtor and was licensed shortly thereafter. The rest, as they say, is history. When I first saw The Big Short appear at the bookstores, I was delighted. Finally, someone could explain what the hell had happened during that crazy time period that began about the time I was licensed and ended when the market exploded in middle America. At the same time, I was secretly a little afraid that there would be a list tucked inside with the names of Realtors who had sold subprime mortgages. At the time, I didnt really . . .

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ABOUT THE BOOK You don’t have to live under a socialist government for Ayn Rand’s Anthem to strike home. Even in the American system, people have a tendency to lose their sense of individuality after childhood. There’s no way to avoid being grouped by class; everyone falls into a category: white collar, blue collar, or something in between. In Anthem, Ayn Rand illuminates a flaw that exists not just in socialist design, but in human nature: a tendency to devalue the individual. After reading the book, I could not help but consider how often I refer to people in the collective, according to their role in my own life. I define them by their role in society, rather than by their individuality: the car salesman, the plumber, the garbage man. This is the lasting impact of Rand's work: not her courage to speak out against the Russian government, but her warning to all mankind to think. She demands that individualism be respected and stereotypes be ignored. She reminds us to define . . .

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ABOUT THE BOOK In Drive, Daniel Pink makes the case that it’s time to rethink our business practices. The contemporary view of motivation is that if you want people to perform better, you give them contingent rewards or threaten them with punishments. For many twenty-­first century tasks, however, contingent rewards, such as monetary incentives, do not work. Incentives narrow focus and restrict possibility, so they’re only effective for tasks that have clear set of rules and obvious solutions. Too many organizations make decisions based on management assumptions that are outdated and often do more harm than good. The old way of thinking about motivation led to the collapse of the financial system in 2008 and had repercussions throughout the global economy. The stakes are too high to keep operating under a flawed, “business as usual” mentality. MEET THE AUTHOR Paula Braun is a recovering bureaucrat. On a whim, she took a one-­year assignment in Iraq and followed it with another . . .

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