Monthly Archives: June 2013

Change Management Executives Guide Others on Path to Class A Business Excellence with New Book

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Oliver Wight Americas releases “An Executive’s Guide to Achieving Class A Business Excellence” by Dennis Groves, Kevin Herbert, and Jim Correll.

A team of seasoned change management executives shares their industry experience to help other executives succeed in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Executives – and aspiring executives – face challenges with increased regulations and aggressive competition, as well as economic pressures. Increased costs of running a business, poor customer service, mismanaged inventories, and weak management processes are just some of those challenges. This new book provides perspectives on how to address those challenges utilizing the transformation capabilities of some of Oliver Wight’s most experienced coaches and educators. Oliver Wight International is a global organization founded on the mission of “changing the face of industry.” The organization consists of experienced coaches and educators in integrated business processes who guide client companies on achieving sustained and sustainable business results through an integrated approach to improvement and change management.

This change management book, http://www.oliverwight-americas.com/ow_library/change-management-book.htm, “An Executive’s Guide to Achieving Class A Business Excellence,” presents an explanation of improvement and change management processes which lead to increased sales revenue, improved cash flow, reduced costs, increased return on assets, and increased customer satisfaction. These robust integrated management processes allow business professionals to meet the demands of both customers and shareholders. In this short, readable guide – offering answers to questions executives ask – the authors detail key principles on the path to business excellence, called by Oliver Wight, “Class A”.  They also describe some of the benefits of achieving Class A status, such as the ability of the executive team to focus on and execute their strategic plan, enhanced predictability and sustainability of results, and people working as natural, cross-functional teams.

Skillfully integrating people, processes, and tools can dramatically impact a business, but the people portion of the equation is the most important to arriving at the desired result, the authors write.  In addition, gaining the support of senior executives to commit to the journey to Class A business excellence is the key predictor of success since the executives serve as both decision makers and role models for the rest of the company, driving change from the top. Based on thousands of discussions with executives, the queries posed in this question-and-answer format book aim to inspire others to learn more about the concepts behind Class A and the never-ending journey to strive for excellence.

This guide for executives accompanies the authors’ much more detailed book, “Achieving Class A Business Excellence,” written for team members and executives involved in the actual implementation of Class A Business Excellence. http://www.oliverwight-americas.com/ow_library/achieving-class-a-business-excellence.htm

Author Dennis Groves, who has more than 35 years of experience as a consultant and practitioner, serves as chairman of Oliver Wight Americas and president of Oliver Wight International. Among his successes are personally leading two Procter & Gamble North American businesses as well as companies in the pharmaceutical, consumer products, and chemical industries to Class A. Author Jim Correll served eight years as chairman of Oliver Wight Americas and co-chairman of Oliver Wight International. He helped more than 20 companies achieve Class A excellence. Author Kevin Herbert, a former executive for a global manufacturing company, joined Oliver Wight in 1998. His expertise spans both manufacturing and service industries. All three are published authors.

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For additional information, please visit http://www.oliverwight-americas.com/ow_library/change-management-book.htm.

An Executive’s Guide to Achieving Class A Business Excellence

Dennis Groves, Kevin Herbert, Jim Correll

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1970-3 100 pages $29.99 US

Available at Oliver Wight Americas, Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Novel about Business Planning Shares How to Improve Company Results

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Oliver Wight Americas releases “The Transition from Sales and Operations Planning to Integrated Business Planning” by George Palmatier and Colleen Crum.

Two industry experts break down the steps involved in improving the bottom line through adopting Integrated Business Planning in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Every once in a while, something comes along that makes life a little easier, even if it will take some hard work first. For Jack Baxter, president of the fictional Global Products and Services Inc., that something is a process known as Integrated Business Planning. This new book follows the theoretical executive as he considers the business advantages of transforming Sales and Operations Planning into Integrated Business Planning, launching the process to improve the bottom line of his company.

“The Transition from Sales and Operations Planning to Integrated Business Planning” http://www.oliverwight-americas.com/ow_library/sales-operations-planning-to-integrated-business-planning-transition.htm  by way of a story, covers the steps executives consider when evaluating changing their way of doing business. Starting with the proposition and first step, and continuing through such stages as getting a consensus on the basics and implementing the process, the authors use Baxter’s experiences at his multi-divisional company as a lens through which real-life executives can imagine the process playing out at their companies. Baxter’s first goal is to convince Mark Ryan to help head up the new initiative, working with an outside consulting firm. As he and Mark work with the consultant, they learn more about the advantages of integrated business plans such as increased revenue growth, improved inventory numbers, and even higher customer satisfaction.

Drawing on the principles of the Oliver Wight Class A Checklist for Business Excellence, the authors reveal, through Global Products and Services, the thought processes and steps that would be taken at any real-life company committed to improving its business. The book explores both positive aspects and potential issues, allowing executives to imagine how their own company might adopt these practices to bring about equally supercharged results.

Both authors are principals with Oliver Wight Americas, a company comprised of coaches and educators with industry experiences specializing in integrated business processes. Their strengths include Sales and Operations Planning, Integrated Business Planning, Demand Management, and Integrated Planning and Control. George Palmatier spent 11 years as vice president of sales and marketing at Bently Nevada Corp. (now part of General Electric). He has co-authored three books: “The Marketing Edge,” “Enterprise Sales and Operations Planning,” and “Demand Management Best Practices.” Palmatier belongs to The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Colleen Crum has assisted companies that manufacture everything from chemicals and biotechnology to consumer goods, electronics, food and beverages, and aerospace. She has co-authored three books: “Enterprise Sales and Operations Planning,” “Demand Management Best Practices,” and “Supply Chain Collaboration.”

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For additional information, please visit http://www.oliverwight-americas.com/ow_library/sales-operations-planning-to-integrated-business-planning-transition.htm .

The Transition from Sales and Operations Planning to Integrated Business Planning

George Palmatier with Colleen Crum

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1825-6                        112 pages                        $39.99 US

Available at Oliver Wight Americas, Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Movement’s Connections to Health Take Center Stage in New Book by Laura Cox and Karen Studd

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Everybody Is a Body” by Karen Studd and Laura Cox.

Two notes experts in movement offer their insights into how movement affects all aspects of life, including mental and physical pain, in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Movement is a fundamental human activity, but increased reliance – and use – of technology has changed how people interact with the world. This new book purports that even as people can connect with each other across the globe almost instantaneously, people are becoming increasingly disembodied, leading to “dis-ease” in physical, emotional and intellectual selves. Authors Karen Studd and Laura Cox, noted experts in movement, promote awareness of the potential and power of human movement as a means of expression.

“Everybody Is a Body” aims to help readers re-discover movement and how they relate to all people, whether they are professional athletes, performers or couch potatoes. Movement is such an unconscious, constant presence that people can begin to feel disconnected from body experiences and even their own physical existence. Technology and increasing specialized movements can enhance that disconnection. The authors write that this feeling, which they describe as “not feeling comfortable in one’s own skin,” can develop into actual chronic pain and disease. Movement awareness helps avoid stress and stressful situations, contributing to better health and well being.

The book cover all aspects of movement, starting with a chapter on basic information about movement itself and including chapters on how movement relates to language, posture and moving the whole body, moving portions of the body, the beauty of rotation, core support, the dynamic expression of movement, body shape, expression of space, and awareness. Language itself is infused with references to movement, the authors point out, especially when describing emotions: someone’s heart wrenches when parting with a loved one or a person will lose his breath when taking in a spectacular view. But studying movement is not simply an academic exercise, the authors note. Understanding movement and keeping in touch with how someone’s physical being relates and moves in the world is important to experiencing life to its fullest. As the authors write, “Knowing something about who you are as a mover leads to greater knowledge about who you are as a person.”

Author Karen Studd, who teaches movement analysis, somatics and dance, is master teacher for the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, teaching internationally for training programs in movement analysis. She also serves as professor at George Mason University. Studd, known as a “body language expert,” has a master’s degree from the University of Oregon and is a certified movement analyst and registered somatic movement therapist and registered somatic movement educator. Laura Cox, a certified movement analyst and registered somatic movement educator and therapist, teaches Laban/Bertenieff movement studies, dance, kinesiology and somatics. Cox, who has a master’s degree in dance and dance education from New York University, has taught internationally and has a private practice in movement education, specializing in working with people suffering from chronic pain or injury. She’s been a faculty member of New York University and the University of Nebraska among others.

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For additional information, please visit www.everybodyisabody.com.

Karen Studd and Laura Cox

Everybody Is a Body

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1850-8                        184 pages                        $44.00 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

New Fiction Release Based on True Story of Prominent African American Ohioans; Book by Alvin G. Brown

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Two Tan Lions” by Alvin G. Brown.

 

Imagine a story about two men whose exploits in the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century changed their local landscapes. As this new book describes, William Wesley “W.W.” Brown and Moses “Fleet” Walker rose in the same provincial Ohio county, and spent their free time playing pick-up baseball games and chasing pretty girls. As they grew older, the boys took separate paths; Fleet half-heartedly embraced his fatherʼs dream of college, preferring to spend his time playing baseball, while W.W. tried to settle down with Becky, the girl heʼd admired for a long time, and started working to support his new wife and her son.

 Both men found it difficult to “roost,” eager to keep looking for the next ball game, the next skirt, the next drink of hard liquor or the next opportunity. Both, however, possessed a charisma that infused their lives. Fleet chose to use his God-given talent to break through the barriers and become the nationʼs first African American baseball player, while W.W. continued to build his business near his home town, becoming a leader in his own right. Through the years, their lives took different turns, and they suffered as many losses as they celebrated victories, but the men both achieved a great deal at a time that hampered the achievements of men of color.

 “Two Tan Lions” is a fascinating portrait of two men who became leaders in their communities in very different manners. Author Alvin G. Brownʼs affection for these men shines through every page, and his skillful recreation of the anecdotes of the people who knew the men personally brings the story to life. Upon his retirement from his position as a senior executive in the federal government, Brown turned to writing, and his Ohio upbringing made W.W. Brown and Fleet Walker a natural choice of topic. This is his second novel.

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Two Tan Lions

Alvin G. Brown

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-14575-1889-8 182 pages $14.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

 Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense!

Bahis Sedq Releases New Book The Quran Speaks

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Quaran Speaks” by Bahis Sedq.

The Quran is the most widely read book in the world, but also amongst the least understood. One reason for this disconnect is that the Quran is not arranged chronologically (for instance, the first verses to be revealed are placed in Chapter 96), or by subject (different themes intermingle in the same chapter, while often enough discussion on the same subject gets distributed among different chapters). All this makes it a challenge for the uninitiated reader to follow the flow. He must therefore rely on Muslim scholars to interpret the Quran for him, who are not always forthright about the Quran’s message, and on occasion withhold verses that do not support their views. The result is that Muslim audiences frequently remain uninformed on many critical aspects of the Quran. This has allowed myths to develop regarding the Quran, and also about Muhammad, which have little basis in the Quranic text—for instance, that the Quran is a scientific miracle (when the Quran does not make any such claim), and that Muhammad had miracle powers (whereas the Quran repeatedly refutes the suggestion).

The Quran Speaks is a long overdue analysis of the Quran that seeks to address some of the common myths about Muhammad and about Islam itself. Written pseudonymously by someone who grew up in the Muslim faith, the author, despite not being an academic scholar, brings an analytical and yet different perspective to understanding the Quran today. The book is an attempt to let the Quran speak directly on issues which are of immense interest to Muslims and non-Muslims alike but have been confounded by Muslim scholars, whether deliberately or not. The hope is that a coherent analysis based fundamentally on the Quranic word itself, will shatter many of the myths associated with the Quran.

Since the analysis relies fundamentally on the Quranic text itself, it is important to identify reliable translations. The book chooses not one but four highly recognized English translations of the Quran. These are carefully selected too, to represent the entire spectrum from the conservative to the more liberal interpretations of the Quran, and thereby to make the point that when all translators agree (which is the case with an overwhelming majority of verses discussed in the book), one can be confident of capturing the true message of the Quran. On the odd occasion when the translators tend to disagree, the book discusses the disagreement as well.

The question underlying the discussion is: Is the Quran the word of Allah? The book does not answer it squarely, but lets the Quran speak on issues of significant importance. Apart from analyzing a particular Quranic challenge (i.e. were it not from Allah there would be many contradictions in it), and the claim that the Quran is nothing but a scientific miracle, the book also reconstructs Muhammad based entirely on Quranic disclosures. What emerges is a picture quite different from what is generally believed. Relying again on the Quranic text, the book also discusses subjects such as religious tolerance, the role of women in an Islamic society, the Quran’s concept of justice, Muhammad’s treatment of minorities, and even the debated incident of the “Satanic Verses”. It thus enables the reader to form an informed response to the above question.

The overall goal of The Quran Speaks is to promote a world that contains religious divisions, but is undistracted by them. It concludes: “Despite its focus on the Quran, this book would like to be counted as part of the initiative that desires to promote understanding and inclusiveness amongst all religions (not just Islam) regarding differences in human belief systems and cultures. It is written in the belief that humanity has far greater potential than realized—once religious tolerance is universally accepted as the norm. It dreams of a world totally committed to fighting misery, hunger, and disease—a truly wonderful world, undistracted by religious divisions!”

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For additional information, please visit www.thequranspeaks.net.

The Quran Speaks

Bahis Sedq

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1887-4                        320 pages                        $19.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Self-made Man Shares Secrets to Success; Donald L. Dowridge Jr. Releases New Book.

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Power of Being a W-I-N-N-E-R” by
Donald L. Dowridge Jr.

Author Donald L. Dowridge Jr. began life with the cards stacked against him but eventually figured out how to turn his failures into successes. The successful businessman shares what he’s learned in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

The power of positive thinking can get someone moving in the right direction. That’s the basic premise of this new book that offers 11 Steps to Success, to guiding people who want to be winners. As a graduate of the School of Hard Knocks, Donald L. Dowridge Jr. knows firsthand the lows of life. He was incarcerated at age 13 and became hooked on drugs and alcohol which led to several dangerous detours. “By trying my best to cheat I found myself traveling at the speed of light to nowhere,” he writes. After hitting rock bottom, he made a decision with God’s help that would change his life.

In “The Power of Being a W-I-N-N-E-R,” Dowridge describes how he went from deciding to be the best person he could be to achieving actual success through hard work and Christian faith. He details his “Eleven Steps of Excellence:” Faith, Motivation, Self-Esteem, Self-Belief, Education, Endurance, Initiative, Networking, Open-minded, Optimistic and Goal. Each step plays a role in determining future success. Dowridge has lived these steps. For instance, he makes no secret of the fact that he knows a lot about “endurance,” having been abused sexually, mentally, physically and verbally when young. Part motivational techniques and part memoir, this unique book becomes a valuable resource for those who want to show the world that no matter what their beginnings, they can be a winner too.

Author Donald L. Dowridge Jr., born in Baltimore, survived five violent fosters home until at age 12 he was transported to the South Bronx, where he endured six more abusive years with his biological father and stepmother. A move to Tampa in 1974 changed his life for the better. Dowridge though he quit Hillsborough Senior High School, would eventually get his High School Diploma by attending Adult School at night. Furthering opportunities to serve in the U.S. Army and later be employed by the U.S. Postal Service. He started his own company, DLD Enterprises, a consulting firm that offers training, coaching, organizational development and youth mentoring. Dowridge also co-hosted a gospel-based local cable TV show, hosted numerous radio shows, as well as writing volumes of poetry and motivational stories for newsmagazines throughout.

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For additional information, please visit dldauthor.com.

The Power of Being a W-I-N-N-E-R

Donald Dowridge Jr.

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1749-5                        140 pages                        $14.99 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Judy Lester Brown Shares Tales of her Four-Legged Therapy Partner in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Six Legs and a Leash: Stories of a Therapy Dog” by Judy Lester Brown.

A retired bank executive and an affectionate, mischievous giant schnoodle team up to become an effective tool for healing and ministry in their community. Judy Lester Brown describes their journey and mission, as well as that of other therapy dogs in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

When Judy Lester Brown first saw the giant schnoodle, it was love at first sight. Reggie, who proves to be funny, intelligent, exuberant – and stubborn – and Judy soon begin an intense two-year training session to become certified as a team for animal assisted activities and animal assisted therapy. This new book chronicles their story, describing their work visiting hospital patients, nursing home residents and people with special needs. Reggie and Judy even learn to communicate Bible truths to children, illustrating messages with Reggie at the center, at Greenfield Christian Church – where Judy first began to consider pet therapy as a ministry.

“Six Legs and a Leash: Stories of a Therapy Dog” shows the tremendous dedication Judy brings to working with Reggie, who eventually passed testing and became registered by Pet Partners. In the first section, she details how they manage to coax nursing home patients to stroke Reggie’s fur or throw a ball for him, leading to smiles and anticipation for his next visit. Each vignette shows how much the patients, families and caregivers appreciate the friendly dog’s work. The book’s second section highlights a series of children’s sermons and lessons Judy presents with Reggie’s help. Topics include the importance of being kind to one another, saying thank you, choosing a good attitude and what it means to follow Jesus.

The books’ third section features stories of other people and their work with therapy dogs: a college freshman with cerebral palsy whose dog helps him be more independent; Judy’s mentor and trainer Jamie Young, a veterinary pathologist who breeds and trains assistance dogs, including Reggie; and an amputee and cancer survivor who adopts a loving stray dog. This heartwarming book tells the tale of one woman’s determination to help others with her canine partner. Judy’s commitment to following God’s dictate to love one another is clear; she will donate $1 from the sale of each book to both Pet Partners and the children’s ministry of Greenfield Christian Church.

This is the first book for author Judy Lester Brown, who majored in journalism at the University of Kentucky. Brown, who worked as a feature writer for two daily newspapers and as vice president of marketing for Greenfield Banking Company, has published articles in several magazines as a freelance writer.

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For additional information, please visit www.jbrowntherapydogbook.com andwww.therapydogministry.org

Judy Lester Brown

Six Legs and a Leash: Stories of a Therapy Dog

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1823-2                        116 pages                        $13.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.