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Tim Baker - Author

About the Author

Born into a showbiz family in Sydney, Tim Baker lived in Rome and Madrid before moving to Paris, where he wrote about jazz. He later ran consular operations in France and North Africa for the Australian embassy, liaising with international authorities on cases involving murder, kidnap, terrorism and disappearances. He has worked on film projects in India, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and China and currently lives in the South of France with his wife, their son, and two rescue animals, a dog and a cat.

 

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Featured books by Tim Baker

City Without Stars

City Without Stars

Author: Tim Baker Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/01/2018

'One of those books that just won't let you go ... An exhilarating and kaleidoscopic novel that will also break your heart.' STAV SHEREZ author of A Dark Redemption and The Intrusions'Beautifully plotted, with excellent characterisation and a highly developed social conscience, City Without Stars is an intelligent thriller that moves at a breath-taking pace.' NICHOLAS SEARLE, author of The Good LiarThe only thing more dangerous than the cartels is the truth...In Ciudad Real, Mexico, a deadly war between rival cartels is erupting, and hundreds of female sweat-shop workers are being murdered. As his police superiors start shutting down his investigation, Fuentes suspects most of his colleagues are on the payroll of narco kingpin, El Santo.Meanwhile, despairing union activist, Pilar, decides to take social justice into her own hands. But if she wants to stop the killings, she's going to have to ignore all her instincts and accept the help of Fuentes. When the name of Mexico's saintly orphan rescuer, Padre Marcio, keeps resurfacing, Pilar and Fuentes begin to realise how deep the cover-up goes.

Other books by Tim Baker

City Without Stars

City Without Stars

Author: Tim Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2019

The epic second novel from the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger-shortlisted and Shamus-nominated author of Fever City Mexico - Ciudad Real is in crisis: the economy is in meltdown, a new war between rival cartels is erupting, and a serial killer is murdering hundreds of female workers. Fuentes, the detective in charge of the investigation, suspects that most of his colleagues are on the payroll of his chief suspect, narco kingpin, El Santo. If he's going to stop the killings, he has to convince fiery union activist, Pilar, to ignore all her instincts and work with him. But in a city eclipsed by murder, madness and magic, can she really afford to trust him?

Bringing the Human Being Back to Work The 10 Performance and Development Conversations Leaders Must Have

Bringing the Human Being Back to Work The 10 Performance and Development Conversations Leaders Must Have

Author: Tim Baker Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/08/2018

For the past 100 years, we've progressively dehumanized our places of work. We've learned to systemize, homogenize, and mechanize - all in the quest for greater efficiency and cost-saving. We've forgotten that the human being is the centre of work. This book highlights the ten essential performance and development conversations leaders must have to restore human spirit at work. First, it explains the importance of cultivating an authentic workplace by resisting the dumbing down of work and respecting employee dignity. Second, it presents five developmental conversations, from coaching to relationship-building. Third, it outlines five performance conversations, from climate review to innovation. An organization - any organization - is a group of people working together towards a common goal, but we tend to lose sight of this simple idea. Too often, human resources are lumped in with technological resources, administrative resources and financial resources. Managers become obsessed with processes, procedures and systems. Tim Baker provides leaders with a roadmap to bring the human being back to work.

Performance Management for Agile Organizations Overthrowing The Eight Management Myths That Hold Businesses Back

Performance Management for Agile Organizations Overthrowing The Eight Management Myths That Hold Businesses Back

Author: Tim Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Baker takes on eight dysfunctional people management practices originating from the scientific management and offers practical solutions for changing these practices and increasing organizational agility. Agile is the new black. Every business now has to be adaptive, nimble and ready to pivot - managers have to be comfortable with ambiguity and constantly ready for change. And yet... While agility is regarded as essential for competitive advantage, most organizations are still unthinkingly applying people management practices, rooted in Frederick Taylor's scientific management philosophy of the early 20th century, designed to ensure consistency and efficiency on production lines but which actively prevent the sort of creativity and flexibility needed in the modern workplace. 100 years of scientific management has led to the creation of eight performance myths. Myths that impede the agility necessary to compete in the age of the knowledge worker but which are so instinctively embedded in management psyche that they go unchallenged despite the fact that the changing world of work has rendered them dysfunctional and counterproductive. Through case studies and examples Baker demonstrates how the right workplace culture for promoting and applying agile decision-making consists of eight values shared by employer and employee - values that are polar opposite of the values and assumptions of traditional management styles. A new psychological contract that enables the collaborative working relationship necessary for agility to flourish.

City Without Stars

City Without Stars

Author: Tim Baker Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/01/2018

'One of those books that just won't let you go ... An exhilarating and kaleidoscopic novel that will also break your heart.' STAV SHEREZ author of A Dark Redemption and The Intrusions'Beautifully plotted, with excellent characterisation and a highly developed social conscience, City Without Stars is an intelligent thriller that moves at a breath-taking pace.' NICHOLAS SEARLE, author of The Good LiarThe only thing more dangerous than the cartels is the truth...In Ciudad Real, Mexico, a deadly war between rival cartels is erupting, and hundreds of female sweat-shop workers are being murdered. As his police superiors start shutting down his investigation, Fuentes suspects most of his colleagues are on the payroll of narco kingpin, El Santo.Meanwhile, despairing union activist, Pilar, decides to take social justice into her own hands. But if she wants to stop the killings, she's going to have to ignore all her instincts and accept the help of Fuentes. When the name of Mexico's saintly orphan rescuer, Padre Marcio, keeps resurfacing, Pilar and Fuentes begin to realise how deep the cover-up goes.

City Without Stars

City Without Stars

Author: Tim Baker Format: eBook Release Date: 16/01/2018

The only thing more dangerous than the cartels is the truth...In Ciudad Real, Mexico, a deadly war between rival cartels is erupting, and hundreds of female sweat-shop workers are being murdered. As his police superiors start shutting down his investigation, Fuentes suspects most of his colleagues are on the payroll of narco kingpin, El Santo.Meanwhile, despairing union activist, Pilar, decides to take social justice into her own hands. But if she wants to stop the killings, she's going to have to ignore all her instincts and accept the help of Fuentes. When the name of Mexico's saintly orphan rescuer, Padre Marcio, keeps resurfacing, Pilar and Fuentes begin to realise how deep the cover-up goes.

Performance Management for Agile Organizations Overthrowing The Eight Management Myths That Hold Businesses Back

Performance Management for Agile Organizations Overthrowing The Eight Management Myths That Hold Businesses Back

Author: Tim Baker Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/02/2017

Baker takes on eight dysfunctional people management practices originating from the scientific management and offers practical solutions for changing these practices and increasing organizational agility. Agile is the new black. Every business now has to be adaptive, nimble and ready to pivot - managers have to be comfortable with ambiguity and constantly ready for change. And yet... While agility is regarded as essential for competitive advantage, most organizations are still unthinkingly applying people management practices, rooted in Frederick Taylor's scientific management philosophy of the early 20th century, designed to ensure consistency and efficiency on production lines but which actively prevent the sort of creativity and flexibility needed in the modern workplace. 100 years of scientific management has led to the creation of eight performance myths. Myths that impede the agility necessary to compete in the age of the knowledge worker but which are so instinctively embedded in management psyche that they go unchallenged despite the fact that the changing world of work has rendered them dysfunctional and counterproductive. Through case studies and examples Baker demonstrates how the right workplace culture for promoting and applying agile decision-making consists of eight values shared by employer and employee - values that are polar opposite of the values and assumptions of traditional management styles. A new psychological contract that enables the collaborative working relationship necessary for agility to flourish.

The End of the Job Description Shifting From a Job-Focus To a Performance-Focus

The End of the Job Description Shifting From a Job-Focus To a Performance-Focus

Author: Tim Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2015

'That's not my job.' If you don't want your employees to say that, why do you start your relationship by giving them a narrow task and competency focused description of their job? We need people to fulfil many different roles at work yes the need to do their job, but they also need to contribute positive energy, collaborate, and take personal reasonability for innovation and personal development. How do they fit into a traditional job description? It is futile persevering with the job description borne out of the scientific management movement one hundred years ago. The world of work is vastly different to the assembly lines of the Ford Motor Company of the early twentieth-century. Building on the phenomenal success of The End of the Performance Review, Baker examines four essential 'Non-Job' roles that all employees must fulfil and shows how to create meaningful role descriptions that can help you recruit better people and enable them to deliver better results.

Conversations at Work Promoting a Culture of Conversation in the Changing Workplace

Conversations at Work Promoting a Culture of Conversation in the Changing Workplace

Author: Tim Baker, Aubrey Warren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2015

Organizations are about conversations. For any organization to achieve its goals, people need to interact and those interactions require dialogue and conversation. Yet, thanks to technology, we seem to be having fewer genuine conversations. This book seeks to change this, through how to skills and wider cultural change advice.

Lecciones biblicas creativas: Salmos

Lecciones biblicas creativas: Salmos

Author: Tim Baker Format: eBook Release Date: 24/12/2013

Estas 12 lecciones desempolvaran este libro del Antiguo Testamento para que tus adolescentes entiendan la pasion, la angustia y la alegria expresada por David y los otros compositores hebreos que lo escribieron. Con el aprenderan a amar al mismo Dios que los antiguos judios amaron en medio de todas las circunstancias que pasaron. Conoceran los diferentes tipos de salmos y sabran el por que de cada uno. Cada sesion esta llena de opciones para que puedan captar mejor el contenido con "e;clips"e; de videos, juegos y preguntas profundas para cada joven. Este libro promovera espacios para disfrutar los silencios y tambien y la mas entusiasta celebracion que encontramos en los salmos.

Surfari

Surfari

Author: Tim Baker Format: eBook Release Date: 26/10/2011

On the Road meets Endless Summer as Tim Baker, bestselling author of Occy, High Surf and Bustin' Down the Door, embarks on the classic surfing road trip around Australia.All surfers dream of shedding responsibilities and answering the siren's call of ocean swells. For most, it is an ideal that recedes as age advances - as family, career and provider fatigue threatens to overwhelm the wanderlust of youth. But what if you could defy the slow march of age? Shelve all your worldly pressures, pack up the family and a few trusty surfboards and hit the open road for the Great Australian surfing road trip? Inspired by the dreams of his youth, surf writer Tim Baker embarks on the Big Lap in search of the perfect wave and domestic bliss. Surfari documents the state of surf culture and our coastline, and the array of colourful characters who inhabit these parts, evoking all the magic, charm and challenges such a lifestyle entails. It is a story for anyone who has ever dreamed of an alternative to the busy, micro-scheduled existence of work, school, shopping and the daily drudge. The result is a lively, colourful account of what happens when you trade your life for another variety, and the delights and dangers that lay in wait when you dare to chase your dreams and follow another path.

Jesus Is for Liars A Hypocrite's Guide to Authenticity

Jesus Is for Liars A Hypocrite's Guide to Authenticity

Author: Tim Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2009

Leave a Footprint - Change The Whole World

Leave a Footprint - Change The Whole World

Author: Tim Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2008

You are here for a reason. God is calling you to reshape the planet-to help change it for the better. But if you're like most people, you'll spend years searching out why God made you the way he did and never really uncover God's beauty in you and ultimately never realize why God created you. Some people believe that when it comes to God's Will in your life, there's only one answer. Well, inside the pages of this book, you'll discover that God has definitely created you for a purpose, but that purpose isn't an occupation set in stone for the rest of your life.Take the time to find out what it means for you to leave a footprint. The marks you leave on this world could make all the difference. Inside you'll explore:* Who am I really? What gifts and skills do I have? You'll look deep inside your emotions, your personality, and abilities to understand how God has uniquely gifted you to make a difference on Planet Earth.* What do I dream about? You'll look at what your heart longs to do, and you'll learn that what you dream about is probably something God has placed in you. God has given you passions...will you use them for his glory?* Why am I here? You'll discover your life purpose and look into the things you think God may be calling you to do. And, you'll be challenged to use who you are in the world right now.So take off your shoes and step out in faith. You'll find out what it means for you to leave your footprint in your world today, and what it could mean for your future.

Beat Your Best Golf Score Tips and On-Course Strategy from Top PGA Teaching Pros

Beat Your Best Golf Score Tips and On-Course Strategy from Top PGA Teaching Pros

Author: Tim Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2008

Beat Your Best Golf Score provides invaluable tips tailored to players of all levels, giving alternate strategies for dealing with common situations encountered on the golf course, whatever your standard.Colour step-by-step photographs, sound advice from PGA teaching professionals, and instruction on how to achieve each type of shot will help you to maximise your scoring potential. It includes clearly structured tips with easy quick reference for high, mid and low handicappers. This entertaining and practical guide emphasises the on-course decisions that can make a real difference to your score.

Golf Tips from the Pros

Golf Tips from the Pros

Author: Tim Baker Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2006

An invaluable collection of tips, tricks, techniques and tactics from the world's leading professional golfers, this title includes step-by-step photographs, detailed illustrations and clear instructions featuring top golfers, including Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els and many more. Professional advice on swing and technique covering the long and short game, putting, getting out of trouble, and course strategy.

Dewitched

Dewitched

Author: Tim Baker Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2004

Wicca is the fastest-growing religion on today's college campuses, and is even featured on the covers of popular teen magazines. Christian teens need to know what to believe when it comes to witchcraft. Dewitched equips teens to carry on intelligent conversation with someone from a Wiccan background, know how to defend their faith to a Wiccan, and notice signs of Wicca or witchcraft in their culture.Dewitched is the must-have resource for any teen, youth pastor, or parent who wants good solid information and advice from a Christian perspective about this popular but dangerous religion.

Creative Bible Lessons in Psalms Raw Faith and Rich Praise---12 Lessons from Israel's National Songbook

Creative Bible Lessons in Psalms Raw Faith and Rich Praise---12 Lessons from Israel's National Songbook

Author: Tim Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2000

Let your students experience the raw faith and rich praise in Israel's national songbook--the Psalms. The 12 sessions in Creative Bible Lessons in Psalms (the latest in Youth Specialties' Creative Bible Lessons series) unwrap this Old Testament book so your students understand the passion, anguish, and joy expressed by David and the other Hebrew songwriters--and then learn to love the same God that the ancient Jews loved. The meetings (which are perfect for high schoolers and middle schoolers alike) are arranged around kinds of Psalms, including- Torah Psalms Seeing God at work in your personal history Complaint Psalms When you're attacked, is God always your bulletproof vest? Royal Psalms Jesus in the Psalms Trust Psalms The God who really knows you, inside and out Penitential Psalms Shedding old skin--forgiveness and renewal Thanksgiving Psalms Gratitude is next to godliness Oracle Psalms How to hear God Taunt Psalms Battle lines are drawn And each session is loaded with options galore: clips from easy-to-get videos, games for mixing and games with a purpose, in-depth and ready-to-use questions for small-group discussions, original role plays, low-prep scripts, talks for you to give--activities to choose from that give your students not only a memorable time in youth group, but a taste of both the quiet trust and the boisterous celebration that the Psalms overflow with. Perfect for Sunday school teachers, youth workers, volunteers, CE directors, DREs, associate pastors--whoever wants to minister to real teenagers in a real world.

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