Executive career development secrets from a life at Disney. Career Magic is a unique audiobook full of priceless advice and insightful experience. Lee Cockerell chronicles how he went from being a college dropout, rose through the ranks at both Hilton and Marriott, and ultimately became the executive vice president of operations for the Walt Disney World Resort. As the senior operating executive for more than a decade, Lee led a team of 40 thousand cast members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, a shopping and entertainment village, and the ESPN sports and recreation complex. After spending more than 40 years in the hospitality industry developing skills, learning lessons in management and excellence in customer service, people were always asking Lee, "How can I climb the corporate ladder? How can I get into management? How can I get promoted? How can I make more money?" It was these persistent questions that led Lee to create this audiobook. Lee candidly shares the specific things he did to experience such dramatic success in the corporate world, but he also shares the mistakes he made along the way and the million-dollar lessons he learned that ultimately led him to the top spot at the number one vacation destination in the world. It was not Disney magic that made Lee Cockerell's career so successful, but the way he dealt with the ups and downs that made it magical. It's the same with your career. Through this book, you will learn how to navigate the ups and downs along your own career path and zero in on your ideal job – and ultimately, the life you desire. When Lee Cockerell says, "If I can do it, so can you," he truly means it. No matter where you are along your career path, you have an opportunity to climb the ladder of success by paying attention, asking questions, and having a passion for your chosen career. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jody Maberry. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/115890/bk_acx0_115890_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a collection of essays on essays on Smollett, Lawrence, Austen, Dickens & others, by a man who went on to write a number of hugely popular novels. The classic book on the craft of writing, this is Norman Collins’ first published work. Norman Richard Collins (1907-1982) was born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. In his early career he worked in publishing while also writing and publishing several successful novels. In 1941 Collins began working at the BBC. During this time he became known for his innovative programming, which included Woman’s Hour, which still airs today on BBC Radio Four. He rose to controller of the BBC Television Service, later leaving to co-found what is now ITV after deciding a competitior to the BBC’s monopoly was needed. Collins continued to write fiction throughout his busy working life. Although never a full-time writer he was a fluent and prolific author, with 16 titles and two plays to his credit between 1934 and 1981. An autograph edition of 12 of his novels was published during the 1960s. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Damian O’Hare. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009231/bk_adbl_009231_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Julia Richardson is no fan of weddings. A lifetime of watching her parents treat relationships like the flavor of the month has taught her that love is for fools and faith is for the naïve. She's always put her faith in her career. Then her life is thrown into a tailspin. First she loses her job. Then she gets a panicked call and learns her former stepsister is having a crisis with her pregnancy. The crisis has Julia returning to the small Southern town - and the family - she's been avoiding for years. Before she knows it, Julia's been pressed into service running her stepsister's wedding-planning business. Julia doesn't know a garter from a garden hose, but now she must navigate couples along the bumpy path down the aisle - despite wardrobe malfunctions, killer bees, and plenty of near disasters. In the midst of it all, Julia makes the most unexpected discovery of all: love, with Seth Graham, the widowed local minister! Julia's been running from love and everything spiritual for most of her life. It's not until she finds the courage to stop running and learns to believe in the power of love, faith, and family that she finds her own "I do" moment. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rose Roe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/065905/bk_acx0_065905_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Guadalcanal Marine, Lt. Col. Kerry L. Lane recounts the dark reality of combat experienced by the men of the 1st Marine Division fighting on Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester. With his text he brings to life the struggles of his companions as they achieve these two astonishing victories. Lane, a 16-year-old farm boy from North Carolina, battled the Japanese and rose to heroism powering a bulldozer to bridge "Suicide Creek" in the swamps on Cape Gloucester. There he led his Marine comrades to victory. Lane describes the trials of the common Marine serving in the first grueling island campaign. In vivid prose, he tells of joining the service before the war and of training. Soon after the shocking news of Pearl Harbor, he and his trusted comrades fight the Japanese in one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific. In the tropics, Lane and his companions suffer malaria and dysentery, endure jungle rot and oppressive heat, and grapple with an enemy who fights to the death. Throughout the audiobook, Lane bares the experience of the average Marine and his historic World War II journey, revealing how one teenager became a Corps hero and ultimately finished his military career as a lieutenant colonel. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kenneth Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/022508/bk_acx0_022508_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Real leadership that leads to high engagement, higher performance, and a culture of accountability. As president and CEO of Scripps Health, one of America's most prestigious health systems, Chris Van Gorder presided over a dramatic turnaround, catapulting Scripps from near bankruptcy to a dominant market position. While hospitals and health systems nationwide have laid people off or are closing their doors, Scripps is financially healthy, has added thousands of employees (even with a no-layoff philosophy), and has developed a reputation as a top employer. What are the secrets to this remarkable story? In The Front-Line Leader, Chris Van Gorder candidly shares his own incredible story, from police officer to CEO, and the leadership philosophy that drives all of his decisions and actions: people come first. Van Gorder began his unlikely career as a California police officer, which deeply instilled in him a sense of social responsibility, honesty, and public service. After being injured on the job and taking an early retirement, Van Gorder had to reinvent himself, taking a job as a hospital security director, a job that would change his life. Through hard work and determination, he rose to executive ranks, eventually becoming CEO of Scripps. But he never forgot his own roots and powerful work ethic, or the time when he was a security officer and a CEO would not make eye contact with him. Van Gorder leads from the front lines, making it a priority to know his employees and customers at every level. His values learned on the force - protecting the community, educating citizens, developing caring relationships, and ultimately doing the right thing - shape his approach to business. As much as companies talk about accountability, managers seldom understand what practical steps to take to achieve an ethic of service that makes accountability meaningful. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Price. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021419/bk_adbl_021419_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Set in an off-the-map British Colony in Central Africa in the early 1930's, The Governor's Lady portays a host of interesting characters: young Harold Stebbs, bachelor, newly appointed to the Governor's secretariat in Amimbo; the Governor, Sir Gardnor Hackforth, already something of a Pro-consular legend in the Service, and tipped by The Times for the next Viceroyship; Mr. Frith, the passed-over Acting Chief Secretary, a rather too familiar figure at the bar in the Milner Club; Tony Henley, the A.D.C., who has ultimately to be disowned; Old Moses, the trusted Mimbo butler and key figure in the Residency; the socially irresistible Mr. Ngono; Mr. Talefwa, left-wing editor of the African Independence newspaper, War Drum; and Mr. Das, itinerant legal Counsel called in by the Defence. Then there is the Governor's Lady herself; twenty years younger than Sir Gardnor; somewhat withdrawn from Government life because of an incident that occurred before Harold Stebbs arrived; and already the subject of gossip in European, African and Asian circles alike. There is also Lady Anne's lady-in-waiting, Sybil Prosser, who has her own reasons for discretion. Norman Richard Collins (1907 - 1982) was born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. In his early career he worked in publishing while also writing and publishing several successful novels. In 1941 Collins began working at the BBC. During this time he became known for his innovative programming which included Woman's Hour which still airs today on BBC Radio Four. He rose to Controller of the BBC Television Service, later leaving to co-found what is now ITV after deciding a competitior to the BBC's monopoly was needed. Collins continued to write fiction throughout his busy working life. Although never a full-time writer he was a fluent and prolific author with sixteen titles and two plays to his credit between 1934 and 1981. An autograph edition of twelve of his novels was published during the 1960s. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Armatrading. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009235/bk_adbl_009235_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Set in the early 50s in the aftermath of the war, The Bat that Flits tells the story of James Hudson, a research assistant in bacteriological warfare. On arriving in Bodmin to start work at the government centre based deep in the moors, Hudson finds a suspicious note placed on his pillow. Setting out to discover the origin of such a letter, Hudson becomes entangled in something much more sinister than he could have imagined.... Originally published by The Crime Club, this is Norman Collins' first thriller. In addition to his prowess as a novelist, Collins displays an extraordinary talent for making the blood run cold. Norman Richard Collins (1907 - 1982) was born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. In his early career he worked in publishing while also writing and publishing several successful novels. In 1941 Collins began working at the BBC. During this time he became known for his innovative programming which included Woman’s Hour which still airs today on BBC Radio Four. He rose to Controller of the BBC Television Service, later leaving to co-found what is now ITV after deciding a competitor to the BBC’s monopoly was needed. Collins continued to write fiction throughout his busy working life. Although never a full-time writer he was a fluent and prolific author with sixteen titles and two plays to his credit between 1934 and 1981. An autograph edition of twelve of his novels was published during the 1960s. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Halverson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009234/bk_adbl_009234_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Admiral William F. “Bull” Halsey earned a legendary reputation for daring and boldness as commander of the U.S. Third Fleet. Admiral Halsey’s Story is this admiral’s record of his actions through the course of his remarkable career in the US Navy.The account begins with a brief overview of his years in school and early years with the navy, where he fought in the First World War and served in Mexico and Greece, as he rose through the ranks to become vice admiral just before the outbreak of the Second World War.Halsey’s life was dramatically altered with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, as through the next four years, he rose from relative obscurity to become one of the most famous allied naval figures in the war.The events of Halsey’s life through World War Two are split into three sections in the book and are covered in wonderful detail:Firstly, he uncovers the details of his command of a carrier task force in the immediate aftermath of Pearl Harbor until May 1942.Next, the book discusses his life as Commander of the South Pacific Area and its forces which lasted until June 1944.And finally, the book gives an in-depth overview of the final year of the war when Halsey was commander of the U.S. Third Fleet.During the war, Halsey had continually acted with bravery and speed and all of his most famous actions are covered through the book, such as how he directed the campaigns in the Solomons and led the attacks on the Carolines and New Britain.William F. Halsey was an American admiral in the United States Navy during World War II. In 1943, he was made commander of the Third Fleet, the post he held through the rest of the war. He was promoted to fleet admiral in December 1945 and retired from active service in March 1947. Admiral Halsey's Story was first published in 1947, and Halsey passed away in 1959. The book was written with Lieutenant Commander J. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jordan Walters. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/150417/bk_acx0_150417_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Among all of Hollywood's iconic leading men, arguably none proved as versatile at acting as Henry Fonda, whose career spanned six decades and earned him Academy Awards for roles in various genres. After breaking into Hollywood in 1935, Fonda quickly rose the ranks, earning an Academy Award nomination in the classic Twelve Angry Men (1940), but Fonda had the kind of staying power that most actors could only dream of. In fact, Fonda had already received an honorary lifetime achievement award from the Academy (in 1980) before winning the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in On Golden Pond (1981), an award he earned when he was already well into his 70s and only about a year away from his death. Fonda would also earn Emmy nominations for his work on two different shows and even a Grammy for a spoken word album in 1977. And as if all that wasn't enough, he was also a critically acclaimed stage performer, winning a Tony for Mister Roberts in 1948. A lot of Fonda's success could be attributed to the fact that he could convincingly play the all-American man that everybody in the nation adored and/or wanted to be, to the extent that one magazine called him "the man we wished we lived next door to." At the same time, Fonda could portray characters like Tom Joad, who maintain their status as heroes even while breaking rules on-screen. His personal life also seemed to mirror his acting versatility; while his World War II service helped cement his all-American persona, his family life was also extremely troubled, even after he became recognized as the patriarch of a family full of famous actors, including Jane and Bridget Fonda. When Henry played a distant father on-screen in On Golden Pond alongside his daughter Jane, the autobiographical elements of the film were apparent to those who knew him. One of the remarkable aspects of Henry Fonda's career is that he was able to play vastly different roles despite not changing his style o 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Romick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034837/bk_acx0_034837_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.