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  • Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success
    Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success
    Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success

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    Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success

    byGary Vaynerchuk

    In his sixth business book, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and investor Gary Vaynerchuk explores the twelve essential emotional skills that are integral to his life—and business—success and provides today’s (and tomorrow’s) leaders with critical tools to acquire and develop these traits. For decades, leaders have relied on “hard” skills to make smart decisions, while dismissing the importance of emotional intelligence. Soft skills like self-awareness and curiosity aren’t quantifiable; they can’t be measured on a spreadsheet and aren’t taught in B-schools or emphasized in institutions. We’ve been taught that emotional intelligence is a “nice to have” in business, not a requirement. But soft skills can actually accelerate business success, Gary Vaynerchuk argues. For analytical minds, it’s challenging to understand how to get “better” at being self-aware, curious, or empathetic—or even why it’s important to try.  In this wise and practical book, Gary explores the 12 human ingredients that have led to his success and happiness and provides exercises to help you develop these traits yourself. He also shares what the “half” is—that emotional ingredient of leadership he’s weakest at and makes the most effort to improve. Working through the ideas and exercises in the book, he teaches you how to discover your own “halves” and offers insight on how to strengthen them.  Gary’s secret to success is using these twelve traits in varying mixtures, depending on the situation. But how do we know when to balance patience with ambition? Humility with conviction? Gary provides real-life examples involving common business scenarios to show you how to use them together for optimum results.  This iconoclastic book will help you refine your ingredients and improve your leadership capabilities. When implemented in the proper situation, these ingredients can help leaders land promotions, retain core employees, move faster than competitors, win the loyalty of customers, and build successful organizations that last.   

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Larger Than Yourself: Reimagine Industries, Lead with Purpose & Grow Ideas into Movements
    Larger Than Yourself: Reimagine Industries, Lead with Purpose & Grow Ideas into Movements
    Larger Than Yourself: Reimagine Industries, Lead with Purpose & Grow Ideas into Movements

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    Larger Than Yourself: Reimagine Industries, Lead with Purpose & Grow Ideas into Movements

    byThibault Manekin

    A fresh, road-tested guide to growing a flicker of an idea into a full-blown movement, often using unexpected and even counterintuitive principles It’s an age-old question: Why do some great ideas or inventions take off and soar while others never get off the ground? Today, with more and more young entrepreneurs seeking to incorporate social justice, economic equity, climate concerns, and communal health into their endeavors, the need for practical-yet-think-big answers is great. Thibault Manekin has a few. In 2002, eight years after the fall of apartheid, recent college graduate Manekin moved from his hometown of Baltimore to Durban, South Africa, on the strength of an idea: What if basketball could bridge even the deepest social divides? Despite enormous obstacles, such as the HIV/AIDS crisis, and fueled by support from figures including Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama, he proved that it could. Manekin then took the lessons he’d learned back to Baltimore, where he asked himself how the real estate industry could be reimagined to unite cities, empower communities, and launch powerful ideas. Larger Than Yourself tells this story but is about much more than Manekin himself. It also profiles the remarkable real-world change makers he has worked with, and the innovative practices he has instituted, in the profitable companies and nonprofit organizations he has helped to create. Manekin makes these methods accessible to all, meaningful to anyone, and inspirational to everyone with an idea, a hope, and a purpose-driven dream.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact
    Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact
    Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact

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    Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact

    byLiz Wiseman

    Why do some people break through and make an impact while others get stuck going through the motions? In every organization there are Impact Players—those indispensable colleagues who can be counted on in critical situations and who consistently receive high-profile assignments and new opportunities. Whether they are on center stage or behind the scenes, managers know who these top players are, understand their worth, and want more of them on their team. While their impact is obvious, it’s not always clear what actually makes these professionals different from their peers. In Impact Players, New York Times bestselling author and researcher Liz Wiseman reveals the secrets of these stellar professionals who play the game at a higher level. Drawing on insights from leaders at top companies, Wiseman explains what the most influential players are doing differently, how small and seemingly insignificant differences in how we think and act can make an enormous impact, and why—with a little coaching—this mindset is available to everyone who wants to contribute at their highest level.   Based on a study of 170 top contributors, Wiseman identifies the mindsets that prevent otherwise smart, capable people from contributing to their full potential and the five practices that differentiate Impact Players: While others do their job, Impact Players figure out the real job to be done. While others wait for direction, Impact Players step up and lead.While others escalate problems, Impact Players move things across the finish line.While others attempt to minimize change, Impact Players are learning and adapting to change. While others add to the load, the Impact Players make heavy demands feel lighter. Wiseman makes clear that these practices—and the right mindset—can help any employee contribute at their fullest and shows leaders how they can raise the level of play for everyone on the team. Impact Players is your playbook for the new workplace. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • The Perfect Day to Boss Up
    The Perfect Day to Boss Up
    The Perfect Day to Boss Up

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    The Perfect Day to Boss Up

    byRick Ross

    A captivating and inspiring guide to building an untouchable empire from mud to marble, no matter what obstacles stand in the way Rick Ross is a hip-hop icon and a towering figure in the business world, but his path to success was not always easy. Despite adversity and setbacks, Ross held tight to his vision and never settled for anything less than greatness. Now, for the first time, he shares his secrets to success, offering his own life as a road map to readers looking to build their own empire. Along the way he reveals:    How to turn your ambition into action  Tips for managing and investing your money  Inside stories from his business and music ventures  Why failure is central to success  Secrets to handling stressful situations  How to build the perfect team   As Ross explains, “It doesn’t matter what’s going on. Even the most dire situation is just another opportunity to boss up.”Intimate, insightful and brimming with no-nonsense advice, The Perfect Time to Boss Up is the ideal book for hustlers everywhere. 

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Power, for All: How It Really Works and Why It's Everyone's Business
    Power, for All: How It Really Works and Why It's Everyone's Business
    Power, for All: How It Really Works and Why It's Everyone's Business

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    Power, for All: How It Really Works and Why It's Everyone's Business

    byJulie Battilana

    Discover how to gain (and keep) power in any situation with this “remarkably insightful read on what power is, how it’s gained, and how it can be used for good” (Adam Grant, bestselling author of Think Again). Power is one of the most misunderstood—and therefore vilified—concepts in our society. Many assume power is predetermined by personality or wealth, or that it’s gained by strong-arming others. You might even write it off as “dirty” and want nothing to do with it. But by staying away from power, you give it up to someone else who may not have your best interest in mind. We must understand and use our power to have impact, and pioneering researchers Julie Battilana and Tiziana Casciaro provide the playbook for doing so in Power, for All. Battilana and Casciaro offer a “necessary” (Tarana Burke, creator of the #MeToo movement and bestselling author of Unbound) and “invaluable” (David Gergen, CNN political analyst) vision of power: the ability to influence someone else’s behavior. This influence is derived from having access to valued resources, which anyone can have, regardless of their income or status in life. Everyone has a resource to offer, so everyone can have access to power. With proven strategies of agitating, innovating, and orchestrating change, Power, for All shows how those with less power can challenge established structures to make them more balanced. The authors teach you how to power-map your workplace to find who can create real change at work, plan for and cause sustaining shifts, and understand the two basic needs all human beings share—safety and self-esteem—and the resources people seek to satisfy those needs: money and status, but also autonomy, achievement, affiliation, and mortality. They explore how these dynamics play out through vivid storytelling: as Donatella Versace successfully leads her brother’s company after his death—despite having a title, but little influence; what social movements can learn from youth climate activists and how they can go farther; and how a manager can gain the trust of skeptical employees and improve the workplace. Power, for All demystifies the essential mechanisms for acquiring and using power for all people.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
    Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
    Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals

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    Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals

    byOliver Burkeman

    AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER This program is read by the author. Time is our biggest worry: there is too little of it. The acclaimed Guardian writer Oliver Burkeman offers a lively, entertaining philosophical guide to time and time management, setting aside superficial efficiency solutions in favor of reckoning with and finding joy in the finitude of human life. The average human lifespan is absurdly, insultingly brief. Assuming you live to be eighty, you have just over four thousand weeks. Nobody needs telling there isn’t enough time. We’re obsessed with our lengthening to-do lists, our overfilled inboxes, work-life balance, and the ceaseless battle against distraction; and we’re deluged with advice on becoming more productive and efficient, and “life hacks” to optimize our days. But such techniques often end up making things worse. The sense of anxious hurry grows more intense, and still the most meaningful parts of life seem to lie just beyond the horizon. Still, we rarely make the connection between our daily struggles with time and the ultimate time management problem: the challenge of how best to use our four thousand weeks. Drawing on the insights of both ancient and contemporary philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers, Oliver Burkeman delivers an entertaining, humorous, practical, and ultimately profound guide to time and time management. Rejecting the futile modern fixation on “getting everything done,” Four Thousand Weeks introduces listeners to tools for constructing a meaningful life by embracing finitude, showing how many of the unhelpful ways we’ve come to think about time aren’t inescapable, unchanging truths, but choices we’ve made as individuals and as a society—and that we could do things differently. A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • The One Week Marketing Plan: The Set It & Forget It Approach for Quickly Growing Your Business
    The One Week Marketing Plan: The Set It & Forget It Approach for Quickly Growing Your Business
    The One Week Marketing Plan: The Set It & Forget It Approach for Quickly Growing Your Business

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    The One Week Marketing Plan: The Set It & Forget It Approach for Quickly Growing Your Business

    byMark Satterfield

    We’re told marketing is hard. That it requires months of analysis, weeks of brainstorming, and years of consistent implementation. To succeed in marketing, you need the fortitude of General Patton, the genius of Don Draper, and the cash reserves of Warren Buffet. WRONG. One week. That’s all it takes for most small and medium-sized businesses to dramatically improve their marketing. And let’s face it, most business owners do very little marketing, and what they do is not particularly effective. Business owners often don’t know how to best market their company, or are too busy working to make time to promote it. What they don’t realize is that effective marketing doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Mark Satterfield’s The One Week Marketing Plan lays out a step-by-step system entrepreneurs can put in place in just five business days. This “set it and forget it” strategy works all day, every day to bring in new business. Tailored to each company’s niche market, this innovative plan can generate a consistent stream of customers for an out-of-pocket expense of as little as $300. Satterfield, founder and CEO of Gentle Rain Marketing, Inc., has more than two decades of experience helping clients in more than 75 niche industries grow their businesses without cold calling or hard selling. Now, in The One Week Marketing Plan, his strategies and wisdom are accessible and realistic for entrepreneurs, self-employed professionals, and business owners looking to move in a new direction. One week. That’s all it takes. So let’s get started.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Winning: The Unforgiving Race to Greatness
    Winning: The Unforgiving Race to Greatness
    Winning: The Unforgiving Race to Greatness

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    Winning: The Unforgiving Race to Greatness

    byTim S. Grover

    From the elite performance coach who authored the international bestseller Relentless, and whose clients have included Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade, comes this brutally honest formula for winning in business, sports, or any arena where the battle is fiercely unforgiving. Featuring conversations with the authors recorded exclusively for the audiobook! In Winning, Tim Grover shows why he is one of the world’s most sought-after mindset experts. Drawing on his three decades of work with elite competitors, Grover strips away the clichés and rah-rah mentality that create mediocrity and challenges you to embrace reality with single-minded intensity. The prize? Massive success. Whether you’re an athlete with championship dreams, an entrepreneur building a business, a CEO managing an empire, a salesperson closing a deal, or simply a competitor determined to stand in the winner’s circle, Winning offers thirteen crucial principles for achieving unbeatable performance. Featuring exclusive conversations with the authors, the Winning audiobook reveals the truth about the obstacles and challenges that could be standing between you and your goals: Winning never lies. Winning knows your secrets. Winning wages war on the battlefield of your mind. Winning wants all of you. And more. If you’re addicted to the taste of success and crave more, then you’re ready for Winning’s results-driven performance strategy. And if you’re already winning and want to learn how to execute at a level that will establish you as one of the greatest—so you can own not just this moment but the next, and the next—this book will show you the path.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Business Networking for Introverts: How to Build Relationships the Authentic Way
    Business Networking for Introverts: How to Build Relationships the Authentic Way
    Business Networking for Introverts: How to Build Relationships the Authentic Way

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    Business Networking for Introverts: How to Build Relationships the Authentic Way

    byKarlo Krznarić

    It’s well-established that these days that networking is a requirement to make it in the business world. But many of us cringe at the mere mention of the word “networking.” If you’re an introvert, that might be the case for you. Social interactions are already draining enough — they can feel totally undesirable when a business component is introduced. Thankfully, Karlo Krznarić knows that networking doesn’t have to be a nightmare. It can be an enjoyable, valuable experience… even if you’re an introvert! In Business Networking for Introverts, Krznarić runs you through everything you need to know about networking, from getting into a relationship-building state of mind to following up after a networking event. Krznarić also offers practical tips on thorny networking situations like managing awkward exchanges, leaving a conversation, and running out of conversational material. Above all, Krznarić teaches that networking should be a pleasurable activity motivated by the desire to build meaningful relationships that are mutually beneficial both inside and outside of business contexts. If you’re an introvert or someone who’s otherwise apprehensive about the prospect of networking, this course is for you. Networking is a nightmare no more.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • Pressure Makes Diamonds: Becoming the Woman I Pretended to Be
    Pressure Makes Diamonds: Becoming the Woman I Pretended to Be
    Pressure Makes Diamonds: Becoming the Woman I Pretended to Be

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    Pressure Makes Diamonds: Becoming the Woman I Pretended to Be

    byValerie Graves

    This is the unflinching memoir of a female African American advertising executive’s unprecedented and unlikely success, which began in the Mad Men era. It follows her journey from the projects of Motown-era Michigan to the skyscrapers of Madison Avenue and beyond. With marches, riots, and demonstrations as the backdrop, and rock ’n’ roll as a soundtrack, this book accompanies Graves as she traverses the seismically shifting terrain of 1960s and ’70s America on her quest to “be somebody.” In the ’80s and ’90s, as Graves makes her ascent to the East Coast heights of the white male–dominated advertising world, she turns familiarity with harsh realities like racism and sexism into robust insights that deeply connect with African American consumers. During the golden era of black advertising, she becomes an undisputed “somebody.” Soon, though, she learns that money, success, a good marriage, and connections that reach all the way to the White House cannot entirely insulate her against the social ills that threaten to crush black Americans.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • You're Invited: The Art and Science of Cultivating Influence
    You're Invited: The Art and Science of Cultivating Influence
    You're Invited: The Art and Science of Cultivating Influence

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    You're Invited: The Art and Science of Cultivating Influence

    byJon Levy

    ** A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday Bestseller ** Regardless of what you want to accomplish, from growing your business, creating a great company culture, championing a social cause, or affecting your habits, you can’t do it alone. The people around you define your success (whatever that means for you) and they have the potential to change the course of your life. That’s what You’re Invited is about: The most universal strategy for success is creating meaningful connections with those who can impact you, your life, and the things you care about. But how do you make those connections and build trust quickly? What do you do if you’re introverted or hate networking?  Behavioral scientist Jon Levy had no money, reputation or status, but was able to convince groups of Nobel Laureates, Olympians, celebrities, Fortune 500 executives, and even an occasional princess to not only give him advice, but cook him dinner, wash his dishes, sweep his floors, and then thank him for the experience. The goal of his gatherings, much like this book, was not networking, but to build meaningful and lasting relationships.     This private community based around the dinner experience became known as “The Influencers”, named for the member’s success and industry influence. Since its inception more than a decade ago, The Influencers has grown into the largest private group of its kind worldwide, with a thriving community both in person and through digital experiences. In You’re Invited, Levy guides readers through the art and science of creating deep and meaningful connections with anyone, regardless of their stature or celebrity, and demonstrates how we develop influence, gain trust, and build community so that we can impact our communities and achieve what’s important to us. 

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • We Should All Be Millionaires: Change Your Thinking, Build Bank, and Claim Your Independence
    We Should All Be Millionaires: Change Your Thinking, Build Bank, and Claim Your Independence
    We Should All Be Millionaires: Change Your Thinking, Build Bank, and Claim Your Independence

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    We Should All Be Millionaires: Change Your Thinking, Build Bank, and Claim Your Independence

    byRachel Rodgers

    Dedicated to a reality in which every woman has at least seven zeros in her bank account, author and experienced entrepreneur Rachel Rodgers offers this pull-no-punches guide for women to wield economic power—how real change is created. Every single woman should want to be a millionaire. If you agree, this book is for you. If you disagree, this book is definitely for you. While women now own 40% of businesses in the U.S., the percentage of revenue brought in by women-owned businesses is only 4.2%. And, while the gender pay gap isn’t quite that extreme, corporate women are making four percent less than their male counterparts, and women hold only 25% of c-suite positions. Now that women are getting a seat at the table, it’s time they demand what they deserve. This book: Represents a breakthrough step-by-step guide for women who want to shift their mindset and work their way to seven figures. Reveals the unique hurdles businesswomen face that their male peers do not, both in the office and at home, showing how to leap each and every one. Is a clarion call for all women who are done having their work undervalued, are tired of being sexually harassed in the workplace, and are ready for a revolution that starts with the mindset outlined in these pages. If women are going to make demands, they need capital. So, it’s time for women to turn towards their money. To begin to focus on their earning potential and their ability to generate wealth. To begin stepping up into their own leadership, advocacy, and autonomy. And if you’re not into dismantling the systems of oppression that exist in the world today, that’s cool. Women can create wealth for no other reason than they deserve it and they want it. Women are allowed to make a million dollars because they want to fly first-class, carry a Chanel bag, and order fancy champagne whenever the hell they want.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Nailing the Interview: A Comprehensive Guide to Job Interviewing
    Nailing the Interview: A Comprehensive Guide to Job Interviewing
    Nailing the Interview: A Comprehensive Guide to Job Interviewing

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    Nailing the Interview: A Comprehensive Guide to Job Interviewing

    byImran Afzal

    If you're like most people, the thought of going to a job interview probably puts you a little on edge. How can you know what to expect? What if you don't leave a good first impression? What if you get asked a question but don't know how to answer? Interviewing for a job can feel like a high-stakes jigsaw puzzle. But it doesn't have to. Imran Afzal, backed by decades of professional experience, offers a road map for nailing your job interview. In Nailing the Interview from Scribd Coach, Afzal explains how you can sell your skills and support your resume; typical job interview formats; how to practice for a job interview; how to make a good first impression; how to wrap up when an interview is over; and much, much more, including comprehensive interviewing tips. And since no job interview guide would be complete without sample questions, he's also included how to answer behavioral, situational, and technical questions you might encounter in your next interview. If you want to interview competently and conquer your fear of sitting for a job interview, you're in the right place. Afzal's guidance could easily earn you your next role!

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less
    Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less
    Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less

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    Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less

    byLeidy Klotz

    This program includes an introduction and epilogue read by the author. Blending evidence across science and design, Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less offers a revolution in problem-solving: proving why we overlook subtraction, and how we can access its true potential We pile on “to-dos” but don’t consider “stop-doings.” We create incentives for good behavior, but don’t get rid of obstacles to it. We collect new-and-improved ideas, but don’t prune the outdated ones. Every day, across challenges big and small, we neglect a basic way to make things better: we don’t subtract. Leidy Klotz’s pioneering research shows why. Whether we’re building Lego models or cities, grilled-cheese sandwiches or strategic plans, our minds tend to add before taking away. Even when we do think of it, subtraction can be harder to pull off because an array of biological, cultural, and economic forces push us towards more. But we have a choice—our blind spot need not go on taking its toll on our cities, our institutions, and our minds. By diagnosing our neglect of subtraction, we can treat it. Subtract will change how you change your world. In these pages you’ll meet subtracting exemplars: design geniuses, Nobel Prize-winners, rock-stars, and everyday heroes, who have subtracted to dismantle racism, advance knowledge, heal the planet, and even tell better jokes. These and more guiding lights show how we can revolutionize not just our day-to-day lives, but our collective legacy. A paradigm shift of a book, Subtract shows us how to find more of the options we’ve been missing—and empowers us to pursue them. A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books “This is a captivating, perceptive read on one of the most basic mistakes that we make in the pursuit of success and happiness...If the defining word of your life is ‘more,’ you need to read this book.”--Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and Originals, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • Just Work: How to Root Out Bias, Prejudice, and Bullying to Build a Kick-Ass Culture of Inclusivity
    Just Work: How to Root Out Bias, Prejudice, and Bullying to Build a Kick-Ass Culture of Inclusivity
    Just Work: How to Root Out Bias, Prejudice, and Bullying to Build a Kick-Ass Culture of Inclusivity

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    Just Work: How to Root Out Bias, Prejudice, and Bullying to Build a Kick-Ass Culture of Inclusivity

    byKimberly Scott

    This program includes a bonus conversation with Kim Scott. From Kim Scott, author of the revolutionary New York Times bestseller Radical Candor, comes Just Work: Get Sh*t Done, Fast & Fair—how we can recognize, attack, and eliminate workplace injustice—and transform our careers and organizations in the process. We—all of us—consistently exclude, underestimate, and underutilize huge numbers of people in the workforce even as we include, overestimate, and promote others, often beyond their level of competence. Not only is this immoral and unjust, it's bad for business. Just Work is the solution. Just Work is Kim Scott's new book, revealing a practical framework for both respecting everyone’s individuality and collaborating effectively. This is the essential guide leaders and their employees need to create more just workplaces and establish new norms of collaboration and respect. A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press "Too many workplaces undervalue talented women and people of color while promoting mediocre white men. As a tech exec, entrepreneur, and CEO coach, Kim has zero tolerance for injustice. Her book tackles serious issues with clarity and humor to highlight smart steps that we can all take to combat discrimination and promote fairness.” -- Adam Grant

    Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
  • Flex: Reinventing Work for a Smarter, Happier Life
    Flex: Reinventing Work for a Smarter, Happier Life
    Flex: Reinventing Work for a Smarter, Happier Life

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    Flex: Reinventing Work for a Smarter, Happier Life

    byAnnie Auerbach

    Seasoned trends forecaster and consultant Annie Auerbach takes a fresh look at women’s professional lives today by rethinking the 9 to 5 in this “no-nonsense guide to thinking and behaving more flexibly in order to have a happier, better, less frenetic life” (Marie Claire)—now widely available for American readers and updated with an author note addressing work in the post-Covid age. The recent coronavirus outbreak has proven what Annie Auerbach has long championed: working 9-5 in an office doesn’t work for most us.  It’s time to change the rules. We can be efficient and productive when we’re allowed the freedom of flexibility—to meet deadlines working during the hours and in the places we choose. But before the coronavirus pandemic, only 47 percent of American workers had access to flexible working options. Annie Auerbach advises major corporations, including Nike, Google, Unilever, and Pepsico. She understands work culture and the needs of employees. The world is changing for working women, but until the recent pandemic, companies turned a blind eye. Now, it’s time to make this change routine. Auerbach reiterates the importance of leaving the office cubicle behind and explores the realities many women experience working from home and the changes to their daily lives, including the trickle-down effects, from emotional labor to balancing childcare and education with work, to even biohacking the female body’s unique rhythms.  What happens when women embrace the concept of flex? We become more creative, more strategic with our time and energy, and more engaged with our personal lives. As Auerbach makes clear, we reject “our toxic culture of presenteeism, time-pressure, and ultimately burnout. It helps us escape the army of octopus lady jugglers, crazed with the exhaustion of “having it all.” It allows us to live longer lives more sustainably. It gives us self-worth.” Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Own the Arena: Getting Ahead, Making a Difference, and Succeeding as the Only One
    Own the Arena: Getting Ahead, Making a Difference, and Succeeding as the Only One
    Own the Arena: Getting Ahead, Making a Difference, and Succeeding as the Only One

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    Own the Arena: Getting Ahead, Making a Difference, and Succeeding as the Only One

    byKatrina M. Adams

    From the former President and CEO of the United States Tennis Association—the first black woman and youngest person ever to hold the position—comes a behind-the-scenes look at the leadership skills involved in hosting the U.S. Open, the largest and most lucrative sports event in the world—lessons that can be applied across business and to any life challenge. One of professional tennis’s Grand Slam Tournaments, the U.S. Open has been described as a fourteen-day Superbowl. This single tennis championship, held annually in New York City, attracts top professionals from around the globe, generates more money than any other sporting event—or any other sport over an entire season—and attracts more than 700,000 attendees and millions of television viewers.  In Own the Arena, Katrina Adams offers a privileged, singular inside look at this sensational global event, while elaborating on what makes tennis the only sport of a lifetime. She opens with the women’s 2018 championship match between Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams that ended in boos. This was Adams’s last year as president and the whole world was watching. How would she respond? How should the press be handled? What needs to be said to Osaka? Serena? What does this break from decorum mean for the Open and the sport? As Adams shares a wealth of stories from her career and personal life, as well as insights from top tennis professionals, she provides invaluable information on meeting life’s tests both on the tennis court and off. Own the Arena offers fresh perspectives on having presence, being remembered, directing a conversation, and moving boldly in spaces where “you are the only one.” It also covers good sportsmanship—treating others with respect and by being inclusive and open to diverse perspectives. Tennis is said to be 90 percent mental; this book shows how to take the elements of mental fortitude and use them to achieve greatness. By embracing and expressing one’s inner grace and humanity, Adams shows, you can own the arena.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Everybody Has a Podcast (Except You): A How-To Guide from the First Family of Podcasting
    Everybody Has a Podcast (Except You): A How-To Guide from the First Family of Podcasting
    Everybody Has a Podcast (Except You): A How-To Guide from the First Family of Podcasting

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    Everybody Has a Podcast (Except You): A How-To Guide from the First Family of Podcasting

    byJustin McElroy

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling McElroy Brothers, creators of the hit podcasts My Brother, My Brother and Me and The Adventure Zone, comes a helpful and hilarious how-to podcast guide covering everything you need to know to make, produce, edit, and promote a podcast…and get rich* doing it! (*Results not guaranteed.) Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy made their names as “advice giving brothers who have no business giving advice” (New York Times) on the hit podcast My Brother, My Brother and Me. But while they may not have the best relationship or workplace advice, they certainly make you laugh, and they do know a thing or two about podcasting.   In fact, the McElroy Brothers have spent the last decade making podcasts, including My Brother, My Brother and Me; The Adventure Zone; Sawbones; and more. From their start, independently producing and releasing the early episodes of My Brother, My Brother and Me, to their eleven currently available podcasts, the McElroys have become experts in creating successful podcasts. And now, they want to share what they’ve learned with you. In Everybody Has a Podcast (Except You), the McElroy Brothers will walk you through the process of turning an idea into ear-candy for legions of fans, sharing their expertise on everything from deciding on an effective name (definitely not something like My Brother, My Brother and Me), what type of microphone to use (definitely not one from the video game Rock Band), to making lots and lots of money (spoiler: you probably won’t). A must-listen for anyone interested in podcasting, Everybody Has a Podcast (Except You) shares the keys to success as well as the mistakes to avoid and draws on the vast experiences of three of the funniest and most successful podcasters working today.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • The Three Happy Habits: Techniques Leaders Use to Fight Burnout, Build Resilience and Create Thriving Workplace Cultures
    The Three Happy Habits: Techniques Leaders Use to Fight Burnout, Build Resilience and Create Thriving Workplace Cultures
    The Three Happy Habits: Techniques Leaders Use to Fight Burnout, Build Resilience and Create Thriving Workplace Cultures

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    The Three Happy Habits: Techniques Leaders Use to Fight Burnout, Build Resilience and Create Thriving Workplace Cultures

    byBeth Ridley

    Professional burnout is real, and it's ubiquitous: 79% of employees in the workforce have reported feeling some kind of burnout. The consequences of burnout can be troubling for individuals and employers alike. But, we're told, the work has to get done. How can you not only manage your own stress to avoid becoming burned out, but also thrive in spite of your exhaustion, and lift up the culture of your organization? Founder and culture consultant Beth Ridley has answers. In this audio course, The Three Happy Habits, she offers a new framework for dealing with workplace stress in the form of the "three happy habits": mindfulness, gratitude, and investing in new experiences. She also explains how to practice the habits consistently, how to lead with the happy habits, and shares exercises to verify your knowledge and start applying it to your own life. You don't merely have to cope with burnout — these three happy habits can help you thrive personally and professionally, even in times of high stress.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Create: Tools from Seriously Talented People to Unleash Your Creative Life
    Create: Tools from Seriously Talented People to Unleash Your Creative Life
    Create: Tools from Seriously Talented People to Unleash Your Creative Life

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    Create: Tools from Seriously Talented People to Unleash Your Creative Life

    byMarc Silber

    Find Your Creative Artist Within Creative conversations from some of the world's top photographers, filmmakers, Grammy award winners, TED presenters, actors, CEOs and more! Time for a new mindset. Many of us think of creativity as something distant and incompatible with daily life—a skill that artists get to use, but not the rest of us. Maybe you feel like a land-locked surfer, yearning for exhilarating rides. Or maybe you live for the few hours a week when you can take photographs, paint, or write. It’s time for a new mindset. Create shows you how to rediscover the artist within you. Live a more creative life. People who make a living in the creative arts know that there is a cycle to unlocking the imagination. Visualize, know your tools, work your craft, refine, share. When you tap into this cycle, you’ll find ways to operate at your highest state in all aspects of life. Find your creative purpose. Overcoming the barriers to innovation is easier than you think. Marc Silber, best selling author, award-wining creative and educator, shows you how to avoid the traps of procrastination, overthinking, and self-doubt. The exercises in Create are specifically designed to help you find certainty and confidence in self-expression. Learn how to: Master the techniques of visualization Draw inspiration from the world around you Collaborate with people who can further your vision Share with others to spread the joy If you enjoyed motivational books like The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, and Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way: 25th Anniversary Edition, you’ll love Create.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • Invent and Wander: The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos, With an Introduction by Walter Isaacson
    Invent and Wander: The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos, With an Introduction by Walter Isaacson
    Invent and Wander: The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos, With an Introduction by Walter Isaacson

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    Invent and Wander: The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos, With an Introduction by Walter Isaacson

    byWalter Isaacson

    In Jeff Bezos's own words, the core principles and philosophy that have guided him in creating, building, and leading Amazon and Blue Origin. In this collection of Jeff Bezos's writings—his unique and strikingly original annual shareholder letters, plus numerous speeches and interviews that provide insight into his background, his work, and the evolution of his ideas—you'll gain an insider's view of the why and how of his success. Spanning a range of topics across business and public policy, from innovation and customer obsession to climate change and outer space, this book provides a rare glimpse into how Bezos thinks about the world and where the future might take us. Written in a direct, down-to-earth style, Invent and Wander offers listeners a master class in business values, strategy, and execution. Each insight offers new ways of thinking through today's challenges—and more importantly, tomorrow's—and the never-ending urgency of striving ahead, never resting on one's laurels. Everyone from CEOs of the Fortune 100 to entrepreneurs just setting up shop to the millions who use Amazon's products and services in their homes or businesses will come to understand the principles that have driven the success of one of the most important innovators of our time.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Finance Secrets of Billion-Dollar Entrepreneurs: Venture Finance Without Venture Capital
    Finance Secrets of Billion-Dollar Entrepreneurs: Venture Finance Without Venture Capital
    Finance Secrets of Billion-Dollar Entrepreneurs: Venture Finance Without Venture Capital

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    Finance Secrets of Billion-Dollar Entrepreneurs: Venture Finance Without Venture Capital

    byDileep Rao

    Take Control of Your Startup—and Watch it Grow An analysis of success: By learning from both the mistakes and achievements of those before us, we can better craft our own approach to success. Award-winning professor of entrepreneurship Dileep Rao presents readers with a detailed guide to success through his interviews and analysis of billion-dollar entrepreneurs (those who built a venture from startup to more than $1 billion in sales and valuation) and 100 million-dollar entrepreneurs (startup to $100 million). Build your business without venture capital (VC) funding: While starting a business without outside help seems difficult, Rao is here to show entrepreneurs that not only is it possible, but it could very well lead to a more successful business. Rao shares how more than 90 percent of America’s billion-dollar entrepreneurs in the VC era (since 1946) avoided or delayed VC, and instead used finance-smart expertise—skills that combine business-smart, capital-smart, and leadership-smart strategies. The right mix of internal and external financing: It takes more than one person to grow a business from the bottom up. But that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice control of the venture in the process. Armed with 23 years of experience as a financer, Rao shows readers how to optimize internal financing so as to attract external financing. By keeping control of the venture, entrepreneurs keep more of the wealth, as well. Dileep Rao’s Finance Secrets of Billion-Dollar Entrepreneurs shares with readers: Pre-financing, financing and post-financing skills and strategies of finance-smart entrepreneurs The ins and outs of venture finance, applicable to anyone looking to start a business Tips on increasing capital productivity and attaining financially sustainable entrepreneurship If you’ve enjoyed entrepreneurship-focused titles such as The Lean Startup, The $100 Startup, and Venture Deals, then Rao’s Finance Secrets of Billion-Dollar Entrepreneurs is the next book for you.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them
    Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them
    Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them

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    Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them

    byGary Hamel

    In a world of unrelenting change and unprecedented challenges, we need organizations that are resilient and daring. Unfortunately, most organizations, overburdened by bureaucracy, are sluggish and timid. In the age of upheaval, top-down power structures and rule-choked management systems are a liability. They crush creativity and stifle initiative. As leaders, employees, investors, and citizens, we deserve better. We need organizations that are bold, entrepreneurial, and as nimble as change itself. Hence this book. In Humanocracy, Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini make a passionate, data-driven argument for excising bureaucracy and replacing it with something better. Drawing on more than a decade of research and packed with practical examples, Humanocracy lays out a detailed blueprint for creating organizations that are as inspired and ingenious as the human beings inside them. Critical building blocks include: Motivation: Rallying colleagues to the challenge of busting bureaucracy Models: Leveraging the experience of organizations that have profitably challenged the bureaucratic status quo Mindsets: Escaping the industrial age thinking that frustrates progress Mobilization: Activating a pro-change coalition to hack outmoded management systems and processes Migration: Embedding the principles of humanocracy—ownership, markets, meritocracy, community, openness, experimentation, and paradox—in your organization's DNA If you've finally run out of patience with bureaucratic bullshit . . . If you want to build an organization that can outrun change . . . If you're committed to giving every team member the chance to learn, grow, and contribute . . . . . . then this book's for you. Whatever your role or title, Humanocracy will show you how to launch an unstoppable movement to equip and empower everyone in your organization to be their best and to do their best. The ultimate prize: an organization that's fit for the future and fit for human beings.

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
  • Think Like a Billionaire
    Think Like a Billionaire
    Think Like a Billionaire

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    Think Like a Billionaire

    byJames Altucher

    What do Tyra Banks, Ev Williams, and Richard Branson have in common? If you answered that they’re all extremely wealthy, you’d be right. But you’d also be missing a big part of the story. James Altucher, the noted entrepreneur, venture capitalist, bestselling author of Choose Yourself, and host of the podcast The James Altucher Show — which has over 40 million downloads — has interviewed 15 of the most successful people in the world to figure out just what makes them tick. And the conclusions might surprise you. For each of these people, money wasn't their ultimate goal — it was a natural byproduct of following their passions and developing good habits that enabled them to take advantage of their successes, and to learn from their failures. From the founder of Spanx to the entrepreneur behind Home Depot, from a craft beer aficionado to the investors on Shark Tank, these visionaries honed their ideas and creativity, and used what they loved as a compass to guide their curiosity. That curiosity gave them the insights they needed to skip the line, to try new things, to diversify, and to hit the accelerator on their successes. This isn’t some lofty self-help book. This is about real people who achieved their dreams and gained wealth and influence as a result. As Altucher notes, ultimately it’s not the number in the bank account that defines anyone — it’s asking if you’re living life to the best of your ability.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
  • Leadership Strategy and Tactics: Field Manual
    Leadership Strategy and Tactics: Field Manual
    Leadership Strategy and Tactics: Field Manual

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    Leadership Strategy and Tactics: Field Manual

    byJocko Willink

    This program is read by the author. The ultimate guide on leadership from the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Extreme Ownership. In the military, a field manual provides instructions in simple, clear, step-by-step language to help soldiers complete their mission. In the civilian sector, books offer information on everything from fixing a leaky faucet to developing an effective workout program to cooking a good steak. But what if you are promoted into a new position leading your former peers? What if you don't get selected for the leadership position you wanted? How do you overcome imposter syndrome, when you aren't sure you should be leading? As a leader, how do you judiciously dole out punishment? What about reward? How do you build trust with your both your superiors and your subordinates? How do you deliver truthful criticism up and down the chain of command in a tactful and positive way? These are all questions about leadership—the most complex of all human endeavors. And while there are books out there that provide solid leadership principles, books like Extreme Ownership and The Dichotomy of Leadership, there is no leadership field manual that provides a direct, situational, pragmatic how-to guide that anyone can instantly put to use. Until now. Leadership Strategy and Tactics explains how to take leadership theory, quickly translate that theory into applicable strategy, and then put leadership into action at a tactical level. This audiobook is the solution that leaders at every level need—not just to understand the leadership game, but also how to play the leadership game, and win it.

    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
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