Author: A.G. Lafley
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
Release Date: 2013-02-05
Genre: Business & Economics
Are you just playing—or playing to win? Strategy is not complex. But it is hard. It’s hard because it forces people and organizations to make specific choices about their future—something that doesn’t happen in most companies. Now two of today’s best-known business thinkers get to the heart of strategy—explaining what it’s for, how to think about it, why you need it, and how to get it done. And they use one of the most successful corporate turnarounds of the past century, which they achieved together, to prove their point. A.G. Lafley, former CEO of Procter & Gamble, in close partnership with strategic adviser Roger Martin, doubled P&G’s sales, quadrupled its profits, and increased its market value by more than $100 billion in just ten years. Now, drawn from their years of experience at P&G and the Rotman School of Management, where Martin is dean, this book shows how leaders in organizations of all sizes can guide everyday actions with larger strategic goals built around the clear, essential elements that determine business success—where to play and how to win. The result is a playbook for winning. Lafley and Martin have created a set of five essential strategic choices that, when addressed in an integrated way, will move you ahead of your competitors. They are: • What is our winning aspiration? • Where will we play? • How will we win? • What capabilities must we have in place to win? • What management systems are required to support our choices? The stories of how P&G repeatedly won by applying this method to iconic brands such as Olay, Bounty, Gillette, Swiffer, and Febreze clearly illustrate how deciding on a strategic approach—and then making the right choices to support it—makes the difference between just playing the game and actually winning.
Denny Logan - a new kid in town. Denny is responsible and confident for his 16 years. While his mum works he looks after his 7-year-old twin sisters, holds down a part-time job and keeps up with his schoolwork. Denny wants to make the school rugby team but he comes up against a rival, Todd, who not only plays the same position Denny is after but likes the same girl, Alice. Things come to a head when Todd starts a fight with Denny at a rugby party. Denny leaves but a drunken Todd drives after him...
In the new Play-By-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of All Wound Up, a football hot shot and his best friend’s sister are breaking all the rules. All the Right Moves For Barrett Cassidy, playing defense for the Tampa Hawks is a dream come true. And now he may have discovered his dream woman. Harmony Evans, once the sweet, gawky teenage sister of his best friend and teammate has grown into a smart, gorgeous woman with moves he finds hard to resist. But he knows he can’t get involved with his best friend’s sister—it’s guy code. Harmony has always gone after what she wants with single-minded determination, from her independence to her education to her career in interior design. She never expected her youthful crush on Barrett to develop into something deeper. And she’s not about to let some ridiculous man rules or her brother stand in her way. When the chemistry is this combustible, lines tend to get crossed. And when Barrett and Harmony’s secret gets out, it just might be game over... From the Trade Paperback edition.
The new Play-by-Play novel by Jaci Burton BODY CHECK Everything’s coming together for budding fashion designer Carolina Preston. Only months away from having her own line, she could use some publicity. That’s when her brother suggests his best friend as a model—hockey player Drew Hogan. Carolina and Drew already have a history—a hot one, back in college. Unforgettable for Carolina, but for Drew, just another slap shot. This time, though, it’s different. His perfect body would be for professional use only. This time, she could use him. Drew is all for it. He’s looking forward to the exposure. Plus, it would give him a chance to prove to Carolina that he’s changed. If only he could thaw her emotions, convince her to let down her guard and let him in just one more time… From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Wanda Ellen Wakefield
Publisher: SUNY Press
Release Date: 1997-01-01
Genre: Social Science
Traces the development of U.S. military sports and explains how and why the American armed forces embraced sports as a crucial part of training and entertainment for the men (and ultimately women) in uniform.
A sexy quarterback used to playing the field both figuratively and literally finds his heart ensnared by a glamorous supermodel who doesn't have time for him. Includes teasers for All Wound Up and Love After All. By the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Straddling the Line. Original.
Author: Melanie Scott
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Release Date: 2016-02-02
HIS GAME NEVER FAILS... Baseball star Oliver Shields has always lived for the game-and now the New York Saints have finally made the play offs. The season isn't over yet, but meeting gorgeous Amelia Graham seems like a bonus grand slam-until one night of partying threatens to take Oliver out of the game for good... UNTIL SHE puts his heart in play... All work and no play has always been Amelia's motto, earning her a coveted job on Wall Street and the freedom she's always longed for. Oliver is a real player-in more ways than one-and a distraction she doesn't need, especially when she's trying to win a chance at her dream assignment at work . When flirtation turns to attraction so fierce neither one of them can say good-bye, will Oliver and Amelia step up to the plate-and give love a chance? "Sexy...[with] emotional intensity." -Kirkus Reviews on The Devil in Denim
"I don't want options. I just want you." Robert McKenzie has a secret. As the only straight player on an all-LGBT soccer team, he's known to fans as "McWhataWaste." No one would guess Robert's actually bisexual. At twenty-one, on the verge of a brilliant career in video game design, he's finally ready to be his true self. The only thing keeping him in the closet is...his gay best friend? Liam Carroll has a problem. His gorgeous pal and teammate wants to kiss him and touch him and...everything with him. But for how long? With Robert embarking on a bright future--far from their rough-and-tumble East End streets--Liam may soon be left behind. He can't risk falling in love with a man he can't live without. His solution? Keep things casual, "see what happens." Aye, right. After a single camping trip, the bridge back to mere friendship is well and truly burned. Now Robert wants more than sex, but diehard cynic Liam won't drop the barriers around his heart. These two tough center-backs must find a way forward as lovers, or their lifelong bond--the heart of the Warriors team--will rupture for good. Glasgow Lads series More Warriors are on the way! The series features a recurring cast of teammates, but each novel contains its own stand-alone romance, so they can be read in any order. Play On, Duncan & Brodie novella Playing for Keeps, Fergus & John novel Playing to Win, Colin & Andrew novel Play It Safe, Fergus & John short story Playing with Fire, Liam and Robert novel Play Dead, Colin & Andrew novella Playing in the Dark, Evan & Ben novel Robert & Liam short fiction, coming 2019 Glasgow Lads on Ice (spinoff/crossover series featuring curling): Throwing Stones, Luca and Oliver novel Second novel (title and release date TBA), 2019
In the latest Play-by-Play novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Quarterback Draw, a sexy baseball player is done striking out... Tucker Cassidy is going through a slump—both with his curveball and in his dating life. After having a painful altercation involving his ex-girlfriend’s knee, the professional baseball player is convinced things couldn’t get worse…until a gorgeous doctor comes to the rescue at his most embarrassing moment. As the daughter of the owner of the St. Louis Rivers major league baseball team, Dr. Aubry Ross has been around jocks all her life. She knows the ins and outs of all their games, and she isn’t interested in playing. When Tucker repeatedly lands in the hospital where she’s working, Aubry starts to think he’s getting injured just to see her. Tucker is both funny and sexy, and Aubry is pleasantly surprised to discover he actually respects her job. But when her father disapproves of their relationship, will Tucker let threats of a trade get in the way of a game-changing love? From the Trade Paperback edition.
"I'm not a good man. But you make me feel like something close." Evan Hollister needs to feel real. He's pledged his life to protecting the innocent, but heroism carries a heavy price. After his job forced him to abandon his last boyfriend, Evan vowed never to love--and hurt--another man. Now, a wedding planner with a kind heart and a goofy grin is taking a blowtorch to Evan's wall of ice. Ben Reid needs to feel safe. Burned by secrets in the past, he thinks knowing everything about everyone is the best way to keep people happy--to keep them, full stop. But after falling for a god-on-earth-gorgeous footballer spy, Ben learns that some secrets can never see the light. When Ben's same-sex weddings become a terrorist target, Evan must once again choose between the man he loves and the country he swore to defend. And Ben must find the courage to fight for what he needs--no matter the cost. Be the next to learn Evan's darkest secret as this popular Scottish LGBT romance series takes a thrilling turn: Order your copy of the new Glasgow Lads novel now! Glasgow Lads series More Warriors are on the way! The series features a recurring cast of teammates, but each book contains its own stand-alone romance, so they can be read in any order. Play On, Duncan & Brodie novella Playing for Keeps, Fergus & John novel Playing to Win, Colin & Andrew novel Play It Safe, Fergus & John short story Playing with Fire, Liam & Robert novel Play Dead, Colin & Andrew short story Playing in the Dark, Evan & Ben novel Play Hard, Liam & Robert novella Glasgow Lads on Ice (spinoff/crossover series featuring curling): Throwing Stones, Luca and Oliver novel Second novel (title and release date TBA), late 2019
Wynn family bonds bend but never break. . . . “Kelly Jamieson is an auto-buy for me.”—Carly Phillips JP Wynn: I admit, I’ve made some bad choices—on and off the ice. Now all I want to do is show my team I can control my emotions while I’m playing and redeem myself with my family, especially with my brother, Théo. I hate that I hurt him and I’m determined to stay out of trouble. But the hot bridesmaid at Théo’s wedding is tempting me into another bad decision. A little flirting and a hook up with Taylor seem harmless . . . until Manny Martinez jumps me on the dance floor and starts beating the crap out of me. And just like that I add one more bad decision to my résumé. Taylor Hart: I always thought hockey players were hot. Now I think they’re crazy. Manny broke my heart when he got traded to another team and left without even a goodbye. Then he showed up at my best friend’s wedding. All I wanted to do was show Manny that I was over him. And the groom’s sexy brother, JP, seemed more than willing to be my distraction. But after the way everything went down, I want nothing to do with any of them. Easier said than done. Especially when Lacey’s new brother-in-law is always around. . . . And I keep thinking about the wedding night, when we snuck away to his room for the best sex of my life. USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson’s epic Wynn Hockey series can be read together or separately: PLAY TO WIN IN IT TO WIN IT Don’t miss any of Kelly’s captivating reads: The Aces Hockey series: MAJOR MISCONDUCT • OFF LIMITS • ICING • TOP SHELF • BACK CHECK • SLAP SHOT • PLAYING HURT • BIG STICK • GAME ON The Bayard Hockey series: SHUT OUT • CROSS CHECK The Last Shot series: BODY SHOT • HOT SHOT • LONG SHOT The standalone novel: DANCING IN THE RAIN This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
In a sport where Murphy's Law rules supreme, one slip can mean falling behind-or falling in love. Oliver Doyle needs to win. After his reign as one of Canada's top curlers is cut short by scandal, he arrives in Glasgow to coach Scotland's next big team to a national championship. All that stands in the way of Oliver's redemption is a band of upstarts led by an infuriatingly cute skip. Luca Riley needs to chill. Or so he's always believed, crafting a Zen-like serenity to carry his underdog curlers to the edge of greatness. To reach Nationals, Team Riley just have to keep calm and beat their arch-rivals-and their hot new Canadian coach-in one final bonspiel. Luca and Oliver form an instant, irresistible bond. For the first time, Oliver shares the secret shame that's kept him off the ice for years, and Luca finds true acceptance for who he is. As the tournament races toward a nail-biting climax, Oliver must face his past before it consumes him again. And Luca must choose between the dream he can taste and the man he could love.
He’s a biker working undercover for the Feds. She joined the Wild Riders for reasons of her own. Together, they’re burning up the asphalt and tearing headlong into danger and passion… Ever since runaway Jessie Matthews teamed up with the gang of special ops bikers, the guys of the Wild Riders have thought of her as their kid sister. Except for Diaz Delgado. Over the past few years he’s been watching the budding of a ripe young woman. Jessie’s glad somebody finally sees her for who she is—and she’s thrilled it’s Diaz. His dark good looks and killer body have tempted her since day one. Diaz’s unbrotherly urges have been hard to fight but the last thing he’d want to do is hurt Jessie and break up the gang. But when they both go undercover to infiltrate a group of killer survivalists, he knows it’ll be hard to keep his distance—especially when the mission takes a risky turn. Now Diaz has no choice but to open himself up to the one woman who may be strong enough to take him on.
An erotic new game from the New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Play. Sports agent Liz Darnell will do anything to win back her number-one client, baseball pro Gavin Riley. And Gavin's more than ready- especially when Liz is offering herself as part of the bargain. But when love unexpectedly enters the playing field, neither Liz nor Gavin are ready for the biggest game-changer of all.