• March 2018

      Give Back, Lead Forward

      Why Every Leader should be a Mentor and have a Mentor

      by Julian Carle

      Give Back. Lead Forward by Julian Carle provides a practical framework that demonstrates why every leader should be a mentor and have a mentor. If you are a leader looking to become a mentor then this book highlights not only how to go about it, but it gives you key things to consider when you are trying to identify a potential suitable mentee. If you want to implement a formal mentoring program in your organisation, this book provides you with the structure that will support your program. Mentoring provides a way for both mentor and mentee to accelerate their leadership learning. This fascinating book covers building trust, giving feedback, resolving issues and the networking benefits mentoring brings. With the rapid of approach of artificial intelligence threatening to take so many jobs, it is soft skills, such as those learned and honed through mentoring, that will give readers the edge in their career journey. From the mentor's perspective, mentoring a next-generation leader is an extremely rewarding way of giving back to the leadership community.

    • Health & Personal Development
      July 2018

      Read me first

      Before you write the next chapter in the story of you

      by Lisa Stephenson

      Have you ever heard someone say, ‘If only life came with a set of instructions’? Success coach Lisa Stephenson has – hundreds of times. Almost every client utters this at some point in some form. Read Me First is the book she now gives them. It is also the book she wishes someone had given her when she found herself suddenly single with three young children and needing a new plan. Read Me First will challenge your thinking then provide a structured way to reflect and take action. You’ll find quotes for inspiration and questions to ask yourself. Most importantly this is about doing the work on you – do that, and you will grow, you will change, and you will succeed. When you change, so does the world around you. That is Lisa’s promise. This book alone will NOT change your life, but YOU can, especially after reading this first.

    • October 2018

      Lead Like a Coach

      How to Get the Most out of any Team

      by Karen Morley

      "According to leadership expert, Karen Morley, leaders who coach can double their engagement score. Even more importantly in today’s technology-driven, fast-paced world, they can lighten their load and reduce the pressure on themselves. Coaching is all about refocusing how you engage with your team. Leaders who coach: Focus on the team and on developing the members of the team Trust their team and delegate, but are still there to offer support Encourage and applaud Listen to their team’s challenges and encourage them to find solutions Ask coaching questions Develop next-gen leaders who pay the coaching approach forward. Lead Like a Coach is for leaders who care about the people they lead; care about their own success; and want to make a positive impact on their stakeholders, their families and their communities. It is packed with practical strategies and case studies making it easy for anyone to start to lead like a coach. "According to leadership expert, Karen Morley, leaders who coach can double their engagement score. Even more importantly in today’s technology-driven, fast-paced world, they can lighten their load and reduce the pressure on themselves. Coaching is all about refocusing how you engage with your team. Leaders who coach: Focus on the team and on developing the members of the team Trust their team and delegate, but are still there to offer support Encourage and applaud Listen to their team’s challenges and encourage them to find solutions Ask coaching questions Develop next-gen leaders who pay the coaching approach forward. Lead Like a Coach is for leaders who care about the people they lead; care about their own success; and want to make a positive impact on their stakeholders, their families and their communities. It is packed with practical strategies and case studies making it easy for anyone to start to lead like a coach. "According to leadership expert, Karen Morley, leaders who coach can double their engagement score. Even more importantly in today’s technology-driven, fast-paced world, they can lighten their load and reduce the pressure on themselves. Coaching is all about refocusing how you engage with your team. Leaders who coach: Focus on the team and on developing the members of the team Trust their team and delegate, but are still there to offer support Encourage and applaud Listen to their team’s challenges and encourage them to find solutions Ask coaching questions Develop next-gen leaders who pay the coaching approach forward. Lead Like a Coach is for leaders who care about the people they lead; care about their own success; and want to make a positive impact on their stakeholders, their families and their communities. It is packed with practical strategies and case studies making it easy for anyone to start to lead like a coach.

    • November 2018

      Outside-In Downside-Up Leadership

      50 Insights From a True Story of Remarkable Organisational Change

      by Jason T. Smith

      For more than a decade, Jason T. Smith had led his business with a traditional vertical organisational structure that mostly worked – up to a point, anyway. But something changed. He set an unreasonable goal that couldn’t be achieved through the status quo. The organisational model lacked the critical design attributes needed to unleash its innovative potential. It seemed like the team had just stopped working. Fast-forward two years later, after weeks of intentional learning, planning, testing and probing, they found the sweet spot between collaboration and peer accountability. They discovered an authentic and scalable way to give each team member the freedom to do what they love and excel at it. They started working from the outside-in, turning former norms and systems downside-up. The result was a workplace revolution. They achieved their overriding strategic target of 7/50/100: a brand presence in 7 states or territories, generating revenues of close to $50 million in annual client services, in over 100 locations. The colleagues leading the organisation work together in their new- found structure they call ONEteam™. This book is their story…warts and all!

    • June 2016

      Look Forward to Spring Breeze

      by Ge Fei

      Latest work by Chinese Borges. 2016 China National Book Award. The gradual transition, conflict and confusion between the rural and urban China. Ru Li Zhao is a simple yet scenic village in Jiangnan, known as the ancient home of wealthy and distinguished families. From the perspective of a youth, this novel recorded the town’s gradualchange from simplicity to complexity. Depicting individual fate and town crises, the story spans for more than a half century, revealing its possible future. As “Avant-garde” author, Ge Fei attempts to explore new ways of narration. Following “native China” facing extinction, Looking Forward to Spring Breeze grants a new perspective on the ethics and historical development of modern villages.

    • January 2017

      Blue Bird Short Story Collection

      by Li Jingze

      Blue Bird Short Story Collection is a collection of proses and reviews, a verification and analysis of history and also an imaginary fction. Li Jingze explored into the historical texts like an archaeologist, collecting their traces and fragments and composed a picture of China’s complicated past. He looked for people hidden in history who bridged communications between Eastern and Western civilizations. With “Sinking, dragon Saliva and roses”, he draws our eyes to the ancient past; we are likely to be fascinated with “silver trees in Buxie district” or go on a long journey with “Eight Beats of Ganzhou Song” in our mind; most probably, we would pay attention to Matteo Ricci, the Christian missionary. In imagination, the past things vividly present themselves before our eyes and the ancient people fly across like blue birds, their routes and gestures deeply engraved in our minds.

    • March 2016

      Bell Tower and Drum Tower

      by Liu Xinwu

      A story within one day – from 5 a. m. to 5 p. m. A vivid picture of secular life in Beijing. Winner of Mao Dun Literature Prize. Everything begins in an archaic quadrangle dwelling in Beijing, where Xue Jiyue’s mother gets up early to prepare for the son’s wedding banquet.Other characters show up one after another. After narrating their behaviors during the day, the author goes back and tells about their past, with a special concern about the influences from vicissitudes of time, especially how the Cultural Revolution changed those individuals’ courses of life.The Bell Tower and Drum Tower stand there still, witnessing all of those earthshaking changes.

    • March 2016

      Archways on the Old Street

      by Liu Xinwu

      An extraordinary literary experiment influenced by Dream of the Red Chamber. Author’s personal favorite。 Shanghai Literature Award Best Novel. Jiang Yingbo, the eldest daughter of the Jiang family lives a life full of ups and downs. She had her age of innocence, but later gets fettered by the triviality of life; she used to be overwhelmed by passions, but becomes busy coping with various difficulties after marriage. Her brothers and sisters, each with distinct personalities and life choices, journey to their own destinations, some preserve idealism, while others bend their heads towards life. The Culture Revolution is still a key factor which influences those characters’ life. The archways on the old street is a symbol, representing all the vicissitudes the Jiang family experiences during 30 years.

    • December 2017

      Wake Me Up at 9 AM

      by A Yi

      The title comes from a Borges interview, in which Borges planned to write a short story entitled Wake Me Up At 9 AM but he didn’t write it at last. A Yi borrowed this title. In A Yi’s story, looped in the night of his birthday, Hong Yang asks his wife Jin Yan to wake him up at nine AM the next morning, but he doesn’t wake up any longer. The book recalls how Hong Yang, an illiteracy who has been simply considered as an outlaw, becomes well known in the town by taking advantage of his violence and necessary schemes, with the narrative of a hurried and perfunctory funeral. Love, belief, brotherhood and affection have nothing to do with him. The novel makes a scroll-type portrayal of the vanishing village and people living in the village by virtue of him.

    • February 2017

      China Shield

      by Chen Kui

      “China Competitiveness” series is an important cultural project including six volumes entitled: China Bridges, China Tunnels, China Shield, China High-Speed Railways, China High-End Equipment, China Innovators. The series focuses on the major achievements in the field of domestic infrastructure, interspersed with constructive thinking and historic breakthrough. This illustrated edition has over 40 QR video codes printed on the pages of each volume, providing instant access via a mobile phone for the readers. The books will be a bridge for the world to better understand China and China’s industries.

    • June 2015

      My Uncle Zhou Enlai

      by Zhou Erliu

      My Uncle Zhou Enlai honestly and sincerely records the bounds and influence of Zhou Enlai’s conduct, behavior and idealism from the perspective of author Zhou Erliu’s family history, personal experiences, and strong data proof. This new, over 200,000-word book is divided into seven sections including “The Zhou Family’s Social Standing”, “I and Uncle Zhou Enlai and Aunt Deng Yingchao”, “The Storms of Building the Nation”, “The Time of the Cultural Revolution”, “An Eternal Reminiscence”, “The Correction and Clarifcation of Historical Facts”, and “Carrying out the Wishes of the Deceased”. The author Zhou Erliu received nurturing and aid for many years from Mr. and Mrs. Zhou Enlai, and was the closest nephew to Prime Minister Zhou Enlai at work and in life. He was deeply influenced by them and possessed an innumerable amount of precious firsthand news and information, all these establishing the basis for the true emergence of Zhou Enlai in his book. This book has countless exclusive historical facts revealed for the frst time, including the influence of Zhou Enlai’s ancestors on him, a pillow side book from his last days along with his aspiration to write the novel Family Branch, his thoughts and views revealed in front of his family from the establishment of the New China to the “Cultural Revolution”, Deng Yingchao’s telling of the true cause for Zhou Enlai’s passing, and more.

    • October 2014

      An Anthology of the Twentieth Century Chinese Literature

      by Wang Ning

      Co-published with Springer, An Anthology of the Twentieth Century Chinese Literature is a major Chinese Literature Going-Out Project. It is funded by the State General administration of Press,Publication, Radio, Film and Television(SGAPPRFT) in China. The anthology contains six volumes: Novels, Novelettes and Short Stories, Poetry, Drama, Prose and Literary Theory Criticism. In this anthology, there are well-chosen representative works written by leading Chinese authors or literature theory critics in the 20th century, including dozens of Chinese literary masters such as Lu Xun, Mao Dun, Ba Jin, Lao She, Shen Congwen and Qian Zhongshu. This anthology is aimed at systematically introducing the overall perspective of Chinese literary creation and theoretical criticism in the 20th century, promoting the development of Chinese literature to the whole world. It is comparable to The Norton Anthology of World Literature and The Longman Anthology of World Literature.

    • June 2017

      Chinese Civilazation: A Reader

      by Liu Dong

      Presenting belief and philosophy, society and social class, city and architecture, literature and art, medicine and nursing, cooking and food, etiquettes and folk customs, this book explores the deep meaning of Chinese civilization in a comprehensive way.

    • August 2015

      The Crystallization of Chinese Opera

      by The Nanjing Musuem

      This is a complete catalogue of the exhibition The Crystallization of Chinese Opera, enhanced by high-quality images of more than 150 pieces (sets) of cultural relics related to various kinds of traditional Chinese operas, including UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Peking Opera and Kun Opera. Exhibition objects are carefully selected and arranged to show the characteristics of Chinese opera in different regions and different times, as well as the role opera played in Chinese people’s daily life. Images of the colorful sculptures and statues, costumes, puppet figures, script books, movable stage, stage props, as well as decorative objects painted with opera scenes, will enable the audience to perceive the charm of various operas.

    • February 2005

      A Theory of Moral Capital: the Core Theme of Ethical Economics

      by Wang Xiaoxi

      This book is an original work of the author’s 20-year academic quintessence with unique perspectives and logical arguments. There are both philosophical analyses and exploration of practical applications in this book. Guided by Marxist historical materialism, the author shows the function and effect of morality by analyzing and defining moral domain. He also explains the fact that economic development requires moral support by analyzing the inseparable logical connection between economics and morality. Moreover, the author researches moral capital and its route to achieving value multiplication in economic activities, and structures an application and evaluation index system for moral capital in enterprises. He also discusses the basic strategy for enterprises to accumulate and manage their moral capital.

    • August 2013

      The Crucial Ten Years: Chinese Experience of Cultural Heritage Protection

      by Shan Jixiang

      Consisting of three volumes, Crucial Ten Years mainly focuses on China urban design, China cultural heritage preservation and museums establishment. The preservation of our cultural heritage has never been this important due to the acceleration of the urbanization process. With his solid experience, Jixiang Shan, the author, has revealed the importance of heritage and museum establishment in a brand new way. This book was sponsored by Chinese government as a national publishing project.

    • Humour
      January 2018

      City of infinite walls

      short stories

      by Tareq Imam

      Tareq Imam’s “City of infinite walls” takes us back to the glory of the fairy tale the roots of Arabic tales go back to medieval times. They were orally disseminated for centuries everywhere in the world and inspired countless works in every literature known. Mesopotamian, Persian, Egyptian and Indian influence could be easily traced. The myth and lore in the tales about goblins, genies, trolls, gnomes, talking creatures, elfs, heroic characters used to be the magical ingredients that continue to add enchantment to the narratives; charm and delight readers. These tales were first introduced in the Syrian manuscripts in the fourteenth century. Notably, Arabic literature seems to witness some sort of renaissance of interest in fairy tale in recent decades. The trend is not least among fiction writers. The Egyptian novelist Tareq Imam’s new book “City of infinite walls” brings back the glory of the fairy tale. It is considered as a revolutionary move in his career as a fiction writer. He spent a whole decade weaving the thirty six tales contained in the book, from 2007 till 2017. In “City of Infinite Walls”, the mood and tone of the tales is shaped by its setting, no specific time set whereas the place is a weird city where walls outnumber its streets. All the tales, as Imam confirmed, are connected to this one single setting. There are preternatural and eerie characters like freebooter woman, cobbler, talking shoe and the man who had never dreamed. The book creates a world where humans, birds, animals, demons and angels coexist. Arabian Nights stand as the masterpiece ever narrated. We all know that Decameron’s Boccaccio and Chaucer’s Canterbury tales were inspired by the Arabian Nights. The literary technique used in the nights is frame narrative where a story is framed by another story to create a story within story often through what is called separate scene storytelling. The philosophy of the fairy tale here lies, according to Tareq, in its potentiality to express human beings at any time through fantasy. The form used echoes sort of search for something in the heart of the narrative, something deeper and hidden in the human soul.Imam said: “I exerted a hell of effort and time to write this book. I built it as a huge narrative, not a collage of tales. That’s why I dropped lots of tales to focus on the thirty six pieces I selected for the book as to structure a narrative sphere thematically connected, though every tale could be read separately.” Excerpt from the bookStory of the old man who recalls the future “Real memory enables us to remember what we are yet to experience.”The old man used to tell the kids, as they have a long future ahead; memorable. Aged people like him own nothing but their past. To him, the past was something unknown to the memory, being nonexistent hitherto.«Whatever we think hasn›t come about occurred, in a day yet to come. Failing to recall, it would fade. We would be devoid of experiences enabling us to face up to the past when it shows up.»Thus the old man who remembers the future creates the first generation in the city able to recall the goings-on of its future on the button. They mourned calling to mind the deaths of beloved ladies that took place after years, fathers, mothers and friends who passed away in a few following months. Lucky ones own fragile memory, frail to recall something happened to them, just, after a few days.He had a special gait. He used to walk backwards, reversely. As if, contrary to all humans, he came into being at the moment of his death. So, he had never seen the world moving forward. He was advancing opposite the direction of the world. His dream was to create a generation like himself but walks like people.They were dying; he didn›t. He remained as such, held in abeyance, in silent eternity, training generation after generation on recollection, thinking of his death he anticipated, at any moment of his past.

    • Fiction
      January 2016

      One Ticket to Cairo

      by Achraf El Achmawi

      This novel focuses on the problem of one of the minority groups in Egypt who are the Nubians, one of the oldest civilizations in the world who lived alongside the Nile River between Egypt and Sudan. Through the hero of this novel “Aguiba”, who is a Nubian Muslim born during the 1940’s, the reader lives the life of those minorities. Augiba is like all Nubians was forced to migrate from his homeland to avoid drowning after the Egyptian government decided to build Aswan Reservoir. He loses his wife and son during this process and hisdesperate quest becomes finding whetherthey are alive or not. Aguiba’s life is full of unusual events and his search for his family takes him from Cairo to Alexandria to Switzerland. In each place, he encounters different people and his identity changes so he becomes a Sudanese Christian in Alexandria, and in Switzerland he is a Swiss Jewish who works in currency smuggling. Aguiba’s quest makes him encounter Patricia who claims that she loves him and then he discovers that she is using him. The same thing happens with Badr, whom he thought was his friend and turns to be an opportunist whowants to put his hands on the land that Aguiba has inherited in Nuba. When Aguiba discovers that he was deceived by those close people, he decides to change all his plans, ignoring that he has bought a one-way ticket to Cairo.

    • Fiction
      January 2013

      After Coffee

      Sheikh Zayed Literature  Award 2014

      by Abdel Rasheed Mahmoudi

      “Al- Mahmoudi” is the only Egyptian that won one of Sheikh Zayed Book Awards for 2014, that include 8 categories, for which tens of writers across the Arab world compete.The novel addresses the social texture, the topographic nature, and the anthropological features of the Egyptian village in 1940s. It’s inspired by the classical and original international narrative conventions. It is an incarnation of smartness of narration, smooth sequence of events, and accuracy of portraying characters from childhood until elderliness. In addition, this novel is distinguished by an accurate depiction of the narrative world, drawing spaces, analyzing characters in their transitions between hope and disappointment, and combination of reality and legend in one frame.”In (After Coffee)”novel, there is a long epic style, through a journey extended for four consecutive decades. It displays the life of its expatriate hero, who was born in one of North Egypt villages, and had his early education in Ismailia, one of the canal cities. Then, he moved to Europe in a long diplomatic business trip in the city of classical music and world symphonies, Austria, the native country of Beethoven and Mozart.The writer was outstanding in playing on the relationship that ties the hero to his fevered and great fondness of music, the matter that will get the events develop in line with the interest in food, methods of cooking, and its different ways, as being one of the manifestations of cultural and anthropological diversity among populations. The writer did so in such a manner that presents the idea of intertextuality with another well-known novel for the Mexican experienced novelist “Laura Esquivel” in her marvelous novel “Boiling”, whose chapters are based on recipes and their ingredients. The novel (with its epic style and attribute) is derived also from the folklore and Arabic and world legendary heritage, in such a manner that invokes the great recitals and immortal legends that created the sentiment of mankind and that have an everlasting role of forming the creative and artistic consciousness of man all over ages. The writer implied in his novel hints that Youssef story refers to many things, that will take every ounce of your concentration when you discover the startling surprises that are always derived from multiple cultural resources. Youssef Story- in addition to the Egyptian folklore- includes explicit or implicit references to the three heavenly books, the Greek legends, especially what was mentioned in the Illiad and Odyssey works by Homer, in particular the story of the loss of Odysseys during his journey back home after his war on Troy, and a number of immortal world novels such as “TheBrothers Karamazov” by Dostoevsky and”Faust” by Thomas Mann.

    • Fiction
      January 2016

      Three Ladies in Cairo

      by Ann Edelstam

      Three Ladies in Cairo takes the reader through an original and very personal story of three generations of Swedish women through which the evolution and the transformation of Egypt during three vital decades is apparent. The bookunfolds through three intertwined destinies of three ladies the grandmother whose husband worked asjudge at the Mixed Courts, the daughter who was married to the Swedish Ambassador to Egypt and, finally, the granddaughter who was educated in Cairo and is the author of this work.Through those three ladies, crucial stages in contemporaryEgyptian history is reflected and three contrasting snapshots of this country ‘in movement’ areshown. The grandmother Hilda reflects the colonial Egypt when people were still searching for their independence. At this time, Cairo was a refined and cosmopolitan city, where, despite its two million inhabitants, it remained a charmingplace to live in. The mother Ingrid who grew up amongst Cairo’s magnificent Europeanmansions, gives an inside view of the political revolution that transformed Egyptfrom a monarchy into an authoritarian socialist state. Finally, the author, Anne, describes thedemographic revolution that gradually turned Cairo into today’s sprawling mega-poleof 20 million inhabitants who suffer from noise and misery.The originality of this book lies not only in its fragmented vision of Egyptian history, but also in the stark contrast between the harsh reality of today that the author discovers after years of absence, and the magical memories of the past that was transmitted toher from the previous generations of her family. She gives us a documented andmoving testimony that allows us to share the passion that these three generations of Swedish women have held to Egypt.

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