Lipstick On A Pig
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A former Pentagon communications chief recommends her personal strategies for communicating successfully in the modern world, citing the consequences of "spin" tactics while sharing real-life examples about the importance of accepting accountability and maintaining a broad support base. 40,000 first printing.
Torie Clarke, renowned and respected in political and business circles as one of the nation's most gifted communicators, offers a complete guide to the new age of transparency. Clarke's message is refreshing and straightforward: No more spin. Always a dubious proposition, spin has become increasingly vulnerable as information sources have proliferated; spin is simply no longer viable. Or put another way, "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig." Distilling her twenty-five years of experience and wisdom into eight concise rules, Clarke counsels that politicians and executives need to tell the truth early, often, and in plain language. Clarke's experience is incomparable: She was the Pentagon's communications chief during the early years of George W. Bush's presidency and, prior to that, a high-ranking adviser to the first President Bush and to Senator John McCain. She illustrates her lessons with riveting behind-the-scenes accounts of some of our country's crucial moments over the last two decades -- for instance, as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs under Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, she was at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and she recounts her experience that day as Rumsfeld's office strove to inform, instruct, and reassure the public. Clarke shows that a policy of transparency not only protects you, but that you even stand to gain from it -- because once you figure out that you can't put lipstick on a pig, you've actually learned something far more powerful: not to create a pig in the first place. Her lessons for getting your message out include: Tell your own story -- especially if it's bad news -- on your own terms, before someone else tells it on theirs. It will allow you to survive controversy and will also enhance your reputation. It's about one thing. Be ready and able to explain yourself to the proverbial man on the street in a clear, simple sentence or two. Admit your mistakes, because the truth will out. Entertaining, approachable, and full of crucial insight and practical guidance, Lipstick on a Pig will be indispensable for business leaders, public figures, and anyone working in media relations. With humor and savvy, Clarke's vision offers truly new opportunities for communications in the Information Age.
'Lipstick on a Pig: Why Bail-outs Fail and People Power Will Succeed' is the first of a new series of books by Zopa co-founder Simon Deane-Johns (aka 'The Pragmatist') that take a subversive and irreverent look at how the relationship between society and its institutions is changing, fundamentally and forever - how we, as individuals, are personalising the one-size-fits-all existence traditionally offered by our institutions; and what the impact of this trend will be on our financial system, politics, unions, the church and beyond. Irreverent it may be, but the series deals with some of the most serious and far-reaching issues facing us today. Why start with our financial system? Because, like it or not - and recent impromptu campsites demonstrate that most of us do not like it - our financial system is supposed to be the beating heart of our society, yet it's badly broken. And all the money we allocate to the existing structure is just so much lipstick on a pig. But there is hope, even in the face of financial doom. Alternative financial structures are emerging as part of the 'architecture of participation' that characterises the online environment. At the same time, the 'occupations' are a sign that the majority of us have rounded the 'change curve'. That we have moved beyond 'shock' at how broken things are, through 'denial' and past 'anger and blame' - despite what's written on the placards. We all accept the financial system has changed for the worse, and that something must be done. The only reason people are gathering publicly is to figure out what and how. 'Lipstick on a Pig' explains this challenge in five chapters, based on a series of Pragmatist posts on banking and finance. In the first chapter, we consider the rise of pragmatism out of a bottom-up desire to know what 'works' in the midst of widespread disillusionment with society's institutions. The second chapter looks at the difference between 'institutions', which exist largely to solve their own problems, and 'facilitators', which exist largely to solve their customers' problems. The third focuses on the economic environment in which our financial system operates, including the prevalence of greed and stupidity and a dearth of scepticism and critical thought. The fourth chapter looks at how financial services are evolving in the context described in the previous three chapters. Finally, 'Lipstick on a Pig' explains how financial regulation that ironically was intended to protect us actually works to our detriment, and what changes could be made to encourage the growth of simple, low cost - and useful - financial services.
Vance Hayes died while joyriding on a snowmobile late one night and breaking through thin ice near the Wisconsin Dells. The cold-hearted, hard-headed lawyer goes unmourned by clients, colleagues, or anyone else—including his reluctant eulogist, fellow attorney Rep Pennyworth. In fact, interest in Hayes’ death is merely perfunctory until it inter-sects with the perils facing charmingly ingenuous Vietnamese-American court reporter Sue Key, tied to Milwaukee’s Hmong community. Could it be that Hayes died not because of any of the rotten and vicious things he spent his career doing to literally hundreds of people, but because of the one decent, human endeavor that marked his adult life? The situation is further complicated by deer season when for several weeks in the fall, “up north” is home to 700,000 people carrying loaded firearms. And by the presence of a gaggle of lawyers, patrician and plebian, grouped around Indianapolis and Milwaukee, not to mention a private eye, an e-tailer into books, and a seedy photographer. Can Rep and his shrewd wife Melissa find in them the key to solving the puzzle of Vance Hayes’ death?
Willow Bay's Summer Festival was supposed to mean fun... not murder!The annual summer festival has come to Willow Bay, and for Angela, that means being in charge of the petting zoo. She thought the worst she was going to have to deal with was overly energetic piglets and some argumentative goats, but all that changed when a woman appeared dead in the pig pen on just the second morning of the festival.Unfortunately for Angela, Sophie and Charlotte, the victim worked for a law firm, and they quickly find that getting information out of lawyers is a lot more difficult than they expected. And on top of everything else, Angela discovers that Matt Smith is trying to buy the property her vet clinic sits on.Angela's on a mission to stop Matt Smith from turning Willow Bay into a modern monstrosity, as well as finding the murderer. But when Angela finds herself in the murderer's crosshairs, she realizes she needs to find the guilty party before she becomes the next victim...Lipstick on a Pig is the fourth book in the Willow Bay Witches series of paranormal cozy mysteries. It's a full-length novel full of funny and sarcastic best friends, a touch of magic, a snarky talking cat and a little bit of romance.
Get involved in politics with your child in an absolutely fun way! Based on a political comment by one running for office (that your child has more than likely heard) Dyan sets out to both teach your child and amuse. The other words used in this book are some of the very same words taught in the Penny Mouse Early Reader Series, taken from and based upon the first primary reading list, and this book is not only fun, it is relevant and also purposeful . So smile and laugh and have some fun with this book, and please talk to your child and interact with your child, because this is all a part of the intended purpose of this book! A former K-12 teacher, published in 'The Kindergartner, ' as well as in 'Instructor Magazine' and in 'Humpty Dumpty' children's magazine, and an award winning author, Penelope Dyan has once again put her expertise, love and knowledge of children to work; and this book is one story of one election you and your child do not want to miss!
Digital Lipstick on a Legacy Pig! is a small book, but big on insight. It's a purist take on digital transformation. It is a compilation of personal experiences from the frontlines of digital transformation. The author shares candid reflection of his experiences. The book clarifies the most important concepts and offers a pragmatic approach to digital transformation. Digital Lipstick on a Legacy Pig! is a must read for the C-Suite and business leaders tasked with digital transformation.
Today’s pressing political, social, economic, and environmental crises urgently ask for effective policy responses and fundamental transitions towards sustainability supported by a sound knowledge base and developed in collaboration between all stakeholders. This book explores how action research forms a valuable methodology for producing such collaborative knowledge and action. It outlines the recent uptake of action research in policy analysis and transition research and develops a distinct and novel approach that is both critical and relational. By sharing action research experiences in a variety of settings, the book seeks to explicate ambitions, challenges, and practices involved with fostering policy changes and sustainability transitions. As such it provides crucial guidance and encouragement for future action research in policy analysis and transition research. This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of policy analysis and transition research and more broadly to public administration and policy, urban and regional studies, political science, research and innovation, sustainability science, and science and technology studies. It will also speak to practitioners, policymakers and philanthropic funders aiming to engage in or fund action research.
The real work of an evaluator is to help practitioners and leaders do a better job using their limited resources to provide the best services possible for their clients. This job becomes challenging if the results of a program evaluation indicate that programs are not serving clients as well as everyone assumes. Old methods of data collection might not have been adequate, methods of analyzing the data might not bring issues to light, assumptions of benefits might be false, and a myriad of improper uses of data went unnoticed by the organization. We discover the ugly side of program evaluations when programs elect to use data because it is easy to collect. They may use data that provided glowing reports in the past, or they elect to "make data say what they want it to say." Unfortunately, "data" is so readily available that our fast-paced working world often causes people to grab the data that is the easiest to access, so long as it makes the point they want to make. The proper data to answer the research question may not be available because there has never been any effort to collect it. Data may be available, but no one has taken the time to analyze it properly. Someone may have analyzed the data, but the results of the analysis only make the program look like it wasted scarce resources without meeting clients' needs. There are far too many reasons to grab data, even if it has been manipulated, and present it as valid findings. This book helps anyone involved in programs to stop pretending they have valid data and move toward evaluations that will protect scarce resources and provide the services their clients deserve. It is time to stop putting lipstick on the pig.Topics include: -Dealing With Low or No Standards for Data.- Collection.Dealing With Programs That See No Need to Move Beyond Satisfaction Surveys and Client Counts.-Dealing With Outcomes That Are Only Putting Lipstick on the Pig.-Dealing With a Demand for Positive Data Where No Such Data Exist.-Dealing With "Samples" That Do Not Represent the Population Served.-Dealing With a Highly Popular, but Failing Program.-Dealing With Issues That Exacerbate Data Analysis Issues.-Dealing With Misconceptions About What Constitutes "Scientific Data."-Dealing With the Impact of Consultants and Sales Representatives.
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President Donald J. Trump lays out his professional and personal worldview in this classic work—a firsthand account of the rise of America’s foremost deal-maker. “I like thinking big. I always have. To me it’s very simple: If you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.”—Donald J. Trump Here is Trump in action—how he runs his organization and how he runs his life—as he meets the people he needs to meet, chats with family and friends, clashes with enemies, and challenges conventional thinking. But even a maverick plays by rules, and Trump has formulated time-tested guidelines for success. He isolates the common elements in his greatest accomplishments; he shatters myths; he names names, spells out the zeros, and fully reveals the deal-maker’s art. And throughout, Trump talks—really talks—about how he does it. Trump: The Art of the Deal is an unguarded look at the mind of a brilliant entrepreneur—the ultimate read for anyone interested in the man behind the spotlight. Praise for Trump: The Art of the Deal “Trump makes one believe for a moment in the American dream again.”—The New York Times “Donald Trump is a deal maker. He is a deal maker the way lions are carnivores and water is wet.”—Chicago Tribune “Fascinating . . . wholly absorbing . . . conveys Trump’s larger-than-life demeanor so vibrantly that the reader’s attention is instantly and fully claimed.”—Boston Herald “A chatty, generous, chutzpa-filled autobiography.”—New York Post
A Splendid Table Staff Book Pick of the Year "Estabrook, a reporter of iron constitution and persistence, has dug deep into the truth about the American pork industry without losing his sense of humor and humanity." —Christopher Kimball, Wall Street Journal In Pig Tales, New York Times best-selling author of Tomatoland Barry Estabrook turns his attention to the dark side of the American pork industry. Drawing on personal experiences raising pigs as well as sharp investigative instincts, Estabrook covers the range of the human-porcine experience. He shows how these intelligent creatures are all too often subjected to lives of suffering in confinement and squalor, sustained on a drug-laced diet just long enough to reach slaughter weight. But Estabrook also reveals how it is possible to raise pigs responsibly and respectfully, benefiting producers and consumers—as well as some of the top chefs in America. Provocative, witty, and deeply informed, Pig Tales is bound to spark conversation at dinner tables across America.
A classic work on gender culture exploring how the women’s movement has evolved to Girls Gone Wild in a new, self-imposed chauvinism. In the tradition of Susan Faludi’s Backlash and Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth, New York Magazine writer Ariel Levy studies the effects of modern feminism on women today. Meet the Female Chauvinist Pig—the new brand of “empowered woman” who wears the Playboy bunny as a talisman, bares all for Girls Gone Wild, pursues casual sex as if it were a sport, and embraces “raunch culture” wherever she finds it. If male chauvinist pigs of years past thought of women as pieces of meat, Female Chauvinist Pigs of today are doing them one better, making sex objects of other women—and of themselves. They think they’re being brave, they think they’re being funny, but in Female Chauvinist Pigs, Ariel Levy asks if the joke is on them. In her quest to uncover why this is happening, Levy interviews college women who flash for the cameras on spring break and teens raised on Paris Hilton and breast implants. She examines a culture in which every music video seems to feature a stripper on a pole, the memoirs of porn stars are climbing the bestseller lists, Olympic athletes parade their Brazilian bikini waxes in the pages of Playboy, and thongs are marketed to prepubescent girls. Levy meets the high-powered women who create raunch culture—the new oinking women warriors of the corporate and entertainment worlds who eagerly defend their efforts to be “one of the guys.” And she traces the history of this trend back to conflicts between the women’s movement and the sexual revolution long left unresolved. Levy pulls apart the myth of the Female Chauvinist Pig and argues that what has come to pass for liberating rebellion is actually a kind of limiting conformity. Irresistibly witty and wickedly intelligent, Female Chauvinist Pigs makes the case that the rise of raunch does not represent how far women have come, it only proves how far they have left to go.
Olivia is back! She has decided to form a band: a one-pig band, to be exact. And, as we all know, Olivia is certainly capable of making enough noise to sound like an entire orchestra . . . Featuring gatefold flaps, fireworks, experiments with lipstick an a very cross mummy, the fourth Oliviabook is simply and hilariously told and gorgeously rendered - sure to delight Olivia fans of all ages!!
As girls enter their tween and teen years, it’s especially important for them to have an open and growing relationship with their father. Unfortunately, this is often the time when parental relationships are strained. The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions can foster communication and understanding; and it’s a wonderful way for a father to bond with his daughter during a crucial point in her life. Each of the 365 devotions begins with an introductory story, then daddy-daughter time provides discussion questions, activities, or other practical applications of the daily lesson. A “What’s the Word” section gives a related Bible verse to help bring God’s Word alive as father and daughter apply the Scripture to their lives. Written by three fathers, the devotions have a tone that is conversational and relatable: the authors use everything from flavored potato chips to the Etch-A-Sketch game to share truths about God’s Word and to help fathers and daughters relate to each other.
'Still a loser, Pig,' Stormin says. 'Guess you haven't learnt much over summer.' 'Oh, I don't know,' I reply, bloody, bowed and hating his guts. 'I can read.' Which is when he kicks me. I really should learn to keep my stupid mouth shut. Seeing Stormin thoroughly occupied, the rest of Year 9 drift back, although they do wait till he's left before resuming their commentary. 'Loser.' 'Coward.' 'Hopeless.' 'Pussy.' 'Pig.' That's me: Morgan Patrick Lohdi - otherwise known as Pig. Life sucks for Morgan Patrick Lohdi. Used as the school punching bag, he's constantly bruised and harassed, and doesn't have anything even resembling a friend. Maybe it would be okay if he could keep his mouth shut, but Morgan has a sarcastic tongue that no amount of bullying is going to keep quiet. And then there's Lissa, the girl he thought was his friend. Who might even have been something more - if the bullies hadn't made her turn her back. When the art room burns down and Morgan's one safe haven disappears, things get much worse and he's determined to finally make it stop. But will learning to fight back work? Or is it possible to turn the other cheek? Or, just maybe, will help come from the unlikeliest source? Otherwise Known as Pig is a book about bullying, the planet-sized blind spots of teachers, and learning to accept help.
A hilarious book about learning to share from the much-loved, award-winning author and illustrator Aaron Blabey.