What We’re Reading: November 14-18

Technology, nature (bad), nature (good), inventory, toys, information, and Thanksgiving.

Some genius devised a new, and much improved, use of drone technology!

You might have heard something about the disappearance of bees over the past 10 years or so. Here are steps you can take to help the population. AJC1 2011 AJC1/flickr/2011

All those poor fish!

This is horrifying, but that poor rodent!

This encounter could have gone so very differently…

Dogs are much more than just man’s best friend.

If you are color blind, this new app can show you how others see the world.

In this area of California, housing hasn’t kept up with demand.

LEGO® has bestowed upon us the beautiful skyline of Chicago –shut up and take our money!

There are a lot of out of date articles and fake news floating around on the internet, which is why information literacy is so important.

Better bone up on your carving skills — Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

*We will be on hiatus next week due to Thanksgiving. See you again in December!*


New eBooks – November 2016

NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection. Members can also borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library Catalog for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Central at 800.874.6500 for assistance.

1131+1=3: Changing the Equation with the Booming Hispanic Market
by Tony Dieste, Greg Knipp and Jim Wegerbauer
We have entered a new era in American demographics and Dieste has something new to say about marketing and selling to Hispanics. 1+1=3 is not based on academic theories. It’s based on experience. This book is first and foremost about myth busting. It shows that much of what some believe about the US Hispanic culture is false. Many American businesses get caught up in these misconceptions and make costly mistakes.

brain2 Weeks to a Younger Brain
by Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan
Misplacing your keys, forgetting someone’s name at a party, or coming home from the market without the most important item — these are just some of the many common memory slips we all experience from time to time. But such cognitive lapses don’t just plague middle-agers and seniors; UCLA studies indicate that forgetfulness begins much earlier in life. Scientists can detect subtle changes in the brain that coincide with mental decline by the time we reach age 40, and our findings show that people as young as 20 already have memory problems.

investThe 3 Simple Rules of Investing
by Michael Edesess, Kwok L. Tsui, Carol Fabbri and George Peacock
Managing your money can be stressful. And confusing and complicated advice from the financial industry just makes it harder. But as the authors of this clear, practical, and enlightening book—part financial guide, part exposé—prove, there are just three simple rules you need to follow and only a few investment products that are necessary for an ideal portfolio. That’s it. And the authors dispense with all that “expert” advice by deftly debunking what they call investing’s Seven Deadly Temptations. By embracing commonsense solutions and rejecting investments that seem enticing but are needlessly complex, overpriced, and risky, you’ll put not only yourself in a stronger position but the entire economy as well.

thinkingThe 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking
by Cliff Michaels
In The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking, Cliff Michaels takes us on an inspirational journey while capturing the passion and wisdom of extraordinary people. On the cutting edge of life and business strategies for over 20 years, Cliff not only shares his triumphs and tribulations as an entrepreneur, he unleashes a fun system of timeless lessons anyone can follow. Drawing on classic mentors from da Vinci, Edison, and Mozart, to modern moguls like Jobs, Oprah, and Branson, Cliff suggests we all benefit from a real-world MBA – your Master’s in Basic Abilities. This fast-paced book raises the bar for learning success principles.

languagesThe 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace
by Gary D. Chapman and Paul White
This book helps supervisors and managers effectively communicate appreciation and encouragement to their employees, resulting in higher levels of job satisfaction, healthier relationships between managers and employees, and decreased cases of burnout. Ideal for both the profit and non-profit sectors, the principles presented in this book have a proven history of success in businesses, schools, medical offices, churches, and industry. Each book contains an access code for the reader to take a comprehensive online MBA Inventory.

paths5 Magic Paths to Making a Fortune in Real Estate
by James E. A. Lumley
More and more people are discovering that real estate investing is a safe and affordable way to increase their cash flow and build lasting wealth. If you want to achieve financial freedom, then look no further. 5 Magic Paths to Making a Fortune in Real Estate reveals the proven real estate investment strategies that many of today’s millionaires used to make their fortunes. In fact, you don’t even need a lot of money to start investing and start putting cash in your pocket today!

employeesThe 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave
by Leigh Branham
People are four times more likely to leave a job because of something going on in the office than for an outside opportunity. Yet most managers blame employee turnover on the lure of other companies. . . even when the real factors are well within their control. Based on research performed by the prestigious Saratoga Institute, The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave provides readers with real solutions for the costly problem of employee turnover. Readers will learn how to align employee expectations with the realities of the position, avoid job–person mismatches, and provide feedback and coaching that breed employee confidence. The book examines factors such as manager relationships, lack of trust in senior leadership, company culture and integrity, salary and benefits, and more—revealing what can be done to hold on to the people who provide the most value to the organization.

What We’re Reading: November 8-11

Nature, listings, mail, drones, logos, hotels, maps, dogs, halftime shows, and coffee vessels.

The earth and communities are still recovering years after natural devastation.

Think about how much thought and effort you put into a listing, then look at how little was put into these.

This is the time of year a doorman would be especially helpfulwes hill 2007 Wes Hill/flickr/2007

Maybe we’ll catch this show the next time Annual is held in Orlando!

Do you know about the hidden images in famous logos?

We wonder how much a-rrest we would get in these hotels

Do you like Google Street View, but wish for something that makes you feel like you’re really traveling the streets? Good news!

Dogs have the good life.

Is anyone else amazed by the talent of these student musicians?

Calm down, people. You have your red cups.

What We’re Reading: Oct. 31 – Nov. 4

FLY THE W!, floor plans, extra time, sea life, technology, home buying, travel, and science.

THE CUBS WON THE WORLD SERIES!!! Fly the W! We aren’t the only ones who knew the Cubbies could pull it off! Chicago is a city of loyal fans!

Max Goldberg 2016 Max Goldberg/flickr/2016

This series ending couldn’t have been better if it had been scripted in Hollywood!

You know this meteorologist/Cubs fan had this one in his back pocket for a while.

Take a closer look at the floor plans of these cult TV shows.

This weekend marks the end of Daylight Savings Time. How will you spend your extra hour on Sunday?

Have you ever seen coral move? Soon you can say yes!

Solar panels have never looked this good.

Finally a phone for people who hate change. And get off our lawn!

It’s hard to save the money for a down payment on a house. Juggling 20 boyfriends doesn’t sound like an easier route, but to each her own.

Shut up and take our money.

In case you were looking for a reason not to smoke, we now know how each cigarette affects the DNA of your cells.

Have a song stuck in your head? Here’s why.