What if you could have a meaningful, well-paid career without a daily commute to a physical office? What if your team or organization could work well together even when physically apart?What if your organization's "work from home" policy was a competitive advantage, while also helping address important social, diversity, urban planning and environmental issues?If you are working in, joining, or starting a distributed team, this book is for you. This easy-to-read book has short chapters with practical takeaways on topics like:* Why distributed teams are good for business, diversity, employee retention, society and the environment. * How to run efficient video calls and meetings while dealing with lots of email and group chat.* How to handle complex interpersonal topics such as hiring, firing, one-on-ones, reviews, trust and group culture.Drawn from 26+ years working in distributed organizations, this book gathers what did--and did not--work from my own hard-learned lessons, as well as learnings from company founders, hedge fund managers, software developers, data scientists, accountants, book publishers, economists, political organizers, recruiters, military personnel, executive assistants, therapists and medical technicians.
Book 1 in the best-selling Bite Back series "Vampires are the flickering illusions of Hollywood. They don't exist. We do. We are the Athanate." For Amber Farrell, post-military life as a PI has its ups and downs: She's been hit by a truck. She's being sued by a client. Denver's newest drug lord just put out a contract on her. The sinister Athanate want her to come in for a friendly chat. And it's only Tuesday. Enter Jennifer Kingslund: rich, gorgeous - a tough businesswoman who's known for getting what she wants in the boardroom and the bedroom. Someone's trying to sabotage her new resort and destroy her company - and she wants Amber to find out who. The answers lead Amber past Were and Adept, right back to the Athanate - and a centuries-old war that could threaten not just Denver, but the nation that Amber swore to protect and serve. And all sides want to claim her for their own... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kimberly Henrie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/028377/bk_acx0_028377_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ember Manchester hoped that keeping her boss - and one time lover, Rylan - at arm's length would make her life easier. But as the weeks go by, she finds out that's simply not the case; Rylan's asking her to help him work more cases, he's always coming into her office to chat, and worse - he's getting involved in her love life. Ember's been avoiding men since her last night with Rylan, where she found out that he used to work for the hacker Seth Mathews, a man devoted to crippling the government. It's not until she meets Stan that she changes her mind about seeing other men. Stan's the opposite of Rylan: geeky, awkward with girls, and unsure of himself. And, he has no idea what her job is really like. In other words, he's just what Ember needs to stay out of trouble. Her life is going great until she's contacted by the United States military and tasked with a crucial job that she can't refuse. She's asked to keep an eye on Rylan, who may still be working with Seth Mathews. Ember feels guilty spying on Rylan, but she knows that she's the only one capable of finding out what Rylan is really up to. When her contact in the military asks her to infiltrate Rylan's apartment and find a stolen prototype, Ember's life is turned upside down. She's torn between a man she's surprised to find she still has feelings for and doing what's right. Meanwhile, Ember's relationship with Stan is deepening, further complicating the matter. But as she's about to find out, not everyone is what they seem, and her life may very well be in danger.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shoshana Franck. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/079848/bk_acx0_079848_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Press 1 for technical support. Press 2 for broken hearts. Press 3 if your life has totally crashed. . . . Six friends work nights at a call center in India, providing technical support for a major U.S. appliance corporation. Skilled in patience-and accent management-they help American consumers keep their lives running. Yet behind the headsets, everybody's heart is on the line. Shyam (Sam to his callers) has lost his self-confidence after being dumped by the girl who just so happens to be sitting next to him. Priyanka's domineering mother has arranged for her daughter's upscale marriage to an Indian man in Seattle. Esha longs to be a model but discovers it's a horizontal romp to the runway. Lost, dissatisfied Vroom has high ideals, but compromises them by talking on the phone to idiots each night. Traditional Radhika has just found out that her husband is sleeping with his secretary. And Military Uncle (nobody knows his real name) sits alone working the online chat. They all try to make it through their shifts-and maintain their sanity-under the eagle eye of a boss whose ego rivals his incompetence. But tonight is no ordinary night. Tonight is Thanksgiving in America: Appliances are going haywire, and the phones are ringing off their hooks. Then one call, from one very special caller, changes everything. Chetan Bhagat's delicious romantic comedy takes us inside the world of the international call center, where cultural cross-wires come together with perfect pathos, hilarity, and spice.
Bradley Manning perpetrated the biggest breach of military security in American history. While serving as an Army intelligence analyst, he leaked an astounding amount of classified information to WikiLeaks: classified combat videos, plus hundreds of thousands of documents from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and from embassies around the globe. Nearly all of WikiLeaks' headline-making releases of information have come from a single source: Bradley Manning. The leaks affected governments the world over - the Arab Spring may have been sparked, in part, by Manning's revelations. They propelled WikiLeaks to a level of international prominence it never had before and forever changed the delicate dance between secrecy and transparency. Bradley Manning's story is one of global significance, and yet he remains an enigma. Now, for the first time, the full truth will be told about a man who, at the age of only twenty-two, changed the world. Nicks' book paints a nuanced portrait of a man haunted by demons and driven by hope, impulsive and cocky yet idealistic enough to follow his conscience. Relying on numerous conversations with those who know Manning best and extensive chat logs published here for the first time, Nicks gives the full story of a bright, gay young man from middle America who signs on to serve his country but finds himself serving a cause he finds far more sinister. Manning's is the morally complex tale of a soldier who took matters into his own hands in order to fulfill what he saw as a higher purpose. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rob Granniss. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/008137/bk_acx0_008137_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Their love is forbidden, but their hearts aren't listening to rules and regulations.... Lieutenant Dustin Strauss is a reformed man. No longer a 20-something hell-raiser, he's his SEAL team's new XO - and a man with a secret. Or seven. He's kept his bisexual identity under wraps for years, along with his kinky side and a fondness for the military-themed semi-anonymous hookup website Joe4Joe. His latest chat buddy is more than a sexy online distraction - they're taking their very not-safe-for-work relationship into real time. Petty Officer Wes Lowe has a smart mouth, a take-charge attitude, and an uncanny ability for making things go boom. The life of an enlisted man isn't always enough to satisfy him, but one wild, no-questions-asked weekend with his online love comes close. When a transfer order comes in, Wes feels ready and centered. He'll make a good impression on his new SEAL team and keep his growing feelings for Dustin on the down low. But as they log more time online and some very real emotions surface, Dustin and Wes struggle to pretend they're just a harmless fling. And when his commander introduces Dustin to his team's newest member, they're in for the shock of a lifetime...and a crushing disappointment: their difference in ranks means even a friendship without sexual contact could end their navy careers for good. With their hearts on the line, Dustin and Wes may not survive their next mission, let alone find a way toward a future together. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you're looking for with an HEA/HFN. It's a promise! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Greg Boudreaux. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006392/bk_harp_006392_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
English professor Dr. Georgeanne Hayes has a problem. Her star pupil, an Army sergeant who works in a top secret military program, is missing - and someone tried to push her in front of a train last night. Sam "Knight Rider" McKnight is used to looking out for Georgie. When they were kids, she was just his best friend's baby sister. But Georgie's not a baby anymore and Sam is getting some very male - and very dirty - thoughts about the girl he knows he can never have. When someone threatens Georgie's life again, Sam will do anything necessary to keep her safe. Even if it means spending the next few days locked up in a remote house on Maryland's Eastern Shore with her. Sam might be used to denying himself what he wants, but he's about to find out that being cooped up with Georgie will push him to the limit. And maybe beyond. Want to chat about the HOT guys? Join Lynn's Facebook Readers and Fans Group at on.fb.me/1cyN8Xt or sign up for her newsletter at bit.ly/14xyA65 to be among the first to hear about new releases! The Hostile Operations Team Series: Book 1: Hot Pursuit (Matt & Evie)Book 2: Hot Mess (Sam & Georgie)Book 3: Hot Package (Billy & Olivia)Book 4: Dangerously Hot (Kev & Lucky)Book 5: Hot Shot (Jack & Gina)Book 6: Hot Rebel (Nick & Victoria)Book 7: Hot Ice (Garrett & Grace)Book 8: Hot & Bothered (Ryan & Emily)Book 9: Hot SEAL (Dane & Ivy) Each book stands alone and can be listened to in any order. However, you might most enjoy them in order. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Aiden Snow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/056806/bk_acx0_056806_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When most think of Tolstoy, they think of the great author. War and Peace and Anna Karenina brought him worldwide fame, and a good deal of money. Had he done nothing else in life, these two novels would have ensured him status and respect. Few others had written both a national epic and a great love story; and some might have been content with that.For his last 30 years, however, Tolstoy walked a different track. After his spiritual crisis, when he was 50, he exchanged his author’s clothes for those of a prophet – a prophet who was to have a great influence on Gandhi, amongst others. Through his prolific writing, he now became the scourge of the rich, the Church, and the Government. Neither did he miss an opportunity to denounce both science and art. Darwin? Dostoyevsky? Shakespeare? No one was to be left standing.In Conversations with Leo Tolstoy, Simon Parke grants us the honour of sitting with the great man, towards the end of his life, and gives us the chance to chat with him. The conversation is imagined, but not Tolstoy’s answers. This is Tolstoy is his own words, drawn from his extensive books, essays, and letters, and the military, vegetarianism, marriage, non-violence, death, God, and sex are all on the agenda. ‘I want people to come away feeling they know Tolstoy,’ says Simon Parke, who was keen to use only Tolstoy’s authentic words. ‘They will be become aware of his opinions certainly, for he was forthright in those. He had an opinion on everything! But I hope also that people leave with a sense of the man beneath the opinions. I don’t always agree with him; but it is hard not to admire him. He was far from perfect, but as he says: just because he walks the road like a drunk, doesn’t mean it’s the wrong road.’ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andy Harrison, Simon Parke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/wcrw/000014/bk_wcrw_000014_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ninteen ninety-four, Northern California. The Internet is just emerging from its origins in the military and university research labs. Groups of idealistic technologists, recognizing its potential as a tool for liberation and solidarity, are working feverishly to build the network. In the early chat rooms of one such gathering, soon-to-become-famous as The WELL, a Stanford futurist named Tom Mandel creates a new conference. In a topic headed "Local Bug Report", he asks for advice from fellow online participants about how he might shake off a persistent hacking cough. A few weeks into the conversation, it emerges that Mandel's illness is something serious. Within six months he is dead. This astonishing and deeply moving book is an edited version of the exchanges that took place on The WELL in the months leading up to the death of Mandel. It traces the way an innocuous health topic morphed into a dramatic chronicle of terminal illness and the complicated and emotional issues that surrounded it. A cast of articulate and savvy participants offer their advice and love to Mandel, supporting both him and each other as the trauma unfolds. At the center of their back-and-forth is Mandel himself, in a voice that is irascible, intelligent, never sentimental, and, above all, determined to stay in the conversation to the end. With an introduction by Paper editor Kim Hastreiter, who followed the exchanges on The WELL as they happened and was so moved that she printed and filed away a copy, @heaven opens a window onto the way the Internet functioned in its earliest days. In contrast to the trolling and take-downs of today's online discourse, this electronic chronicle of a death foretold reminds us of the values of kinship and community that the Internet's early pioneers tried to instill in a system that went on to take over the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Drummond. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023968/bk_adbl_023968_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.