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INF.- Innovation Union Scoreboard 2015

The impact of the economic crisis has become visible for several Member States which showed a decreasing innovation performance compared to last year. Last year's edition showed that there were positive signs as the innovation performance improved and the catching up process of less innovative countries resumed after it had reversed two years ago. This year’s edition shows a mixed picture, with 13 Member States presenting a declining innovation performance and 15 Member States improving their performance compared to last year. However, differences are becoming smaller between the different Member States: innovation performance has continued to converge in 2014 following the trend resumed last...

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Best books to improve your English vocabulary

Summer and Holydays are always a good time for reading. If you want to enjoy and improve your English at the same time, a good strategy is reading English books.  Then, read on! Because if you read a lot, that will help to improve vocabulary, one of the most important tools to facilitate communication. If you read a story that you enjoy, it is likely that you will re-read sections that you are particularly attracted to and the vocabulary and syntax in these sections will be more memorable and usable. Is very important to choose stories that will grip your attention, one where the plot structure is fairly straightforward, ones with not too many characters, ones with relatively easy to understand syntax and vocabulary. And ones that are not too long. Then you will stand a good chance of finishing them. Here are a number of recommended reading list that may help you choose some suitable reading for pleasure or study purposes. The first ones is: 1100 words You Need to Know, a  best-seller for more than four decades, with word list and definitions, analogy exercises and words- in context exercise. For optimal ease and enjoyment in learning, the authors recommend 15 minute sessions with this book. All the new words for students to learn and replaced in the context of sentences that have been selected from well- know novels, plays, poems, newspaper, editorials, and TV broadcast. And here are some well known books that have a good style and rich vocabulary and at the same time are popular for English learners. Animal Farm. There is a short novel by G.Orwell, written in the style of a fable. It is an incredibly well-written novel against totalitarianism. Other very famous novel is 1984. It is longer than Animal farm and deals with the same topic, but from a different perspective. It might be a bit more difficult. If you like mysteries, any of Agatha Christiee’s novels would be a good choice. She created two of crime fiction’s most memorable characters, Hercule Poirot, the legendary Belgian detective and Miss Marple. It...

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The Leader who had no Title

The Leader who had no Title is been considerate for the members who participate in The Professional Reading Club like a breath of fresh air. A positive message in those times where all round you looks black. Is been a very inspiring book to change and improve our lives, and learn how to make little changes in our day to day live. A method to recognize and then seize opportunities in times of deep change. Regardless of what you do within your organization and the current circumstances of your life, the single most important fact is that you have the power to show leadership. Wherever you are in your career or life, you should always play to your peak abilities. This book shows you how to claim that staggering power, as well as transform your life—and the world around you—in the process. The author, Robin Sharma, has been quietly sharing with Fortune 500 companies and many of the super-rich a success formula that has made him one of the most sought-after leadership advisers in the world, and with this book he helps us to discover: How to work with and influence people like a superstar, regardless of your position. A method to recognize and then seize opportunities in times of deep change. The real secrets of intense innovation. An instant strategy to build a great team and become a "merchant of wow" with your customers. Hard-hitting tactics to become mentally strong and physically tough enough to lead your field. Real-world ways to defeat stress, build an unbeatable mind-set, unleash energy, and balance your personal life. The book tells the story of Blake, a dissatisfied office worker who is offered a life-altering opportunity: spend one full day studying the lessons of a mysterious group of teachers and learn the secrets of limitless success at work and in life. Along with Blake, readers are introduced to the four inspirational teachers—a maid who proves that every job can be done with deep passion; a surfer who demonstrates how important it is to rise to the riskiest challenges in turbulent times; a former...

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