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Our Interactive Book Apps distill the big ideas and essential concepts from the top business books. Our apps are new, original works of content, created in concert with our publishing partners or created by ourselves using our team of management and business process experts. We work with authors, publishers, and other experts to identify, create, and launch new titles that deliver both insights and practical solutions to improving ourselves, our teams, and our organizations.

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Agile & Lean


Be Agile Do Agile Book

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Be Agile Do Agile

The global economy and free market philosophy have resulted in higher global competition and increased expectations from customers. It is obvious that new approaches are needed to satisfy demands and many of them fall under a broad umbrella called agile. To capitalize fully on the benefits of agile, one must first understand the concepts that underpin it. In this book, we first identify many concepts that various approaches advocate for agile and group them into three areas forming a simple, robust system. Then, we describe the most useful agile methods in savage summaries regardless of the approach that promotes them, grouping them logically and showing how to use them. We have an agnostic agile model that can be useful to anyone using any form of agile. Both concepts for being agile and techniques for doing agile are summarized in this book and there are several ways to use this book. (description from Publisher)

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Equipment Leasing and Financing

This book explains how companies that sell equipment and other products can increase product sales and add an additional profit center by establishing their own innovative leasing and financing operation. Industry data shows that the need for equipment and other product financing has evolved over the past few decades to where now nine out of ten U.S. companies use leasing or other forms of third party financing to acquire the equipment or other products they need. For market-aggressive companies offering products for sale, having an available in-house customer product leasing and financing program as a product marketing strategy can dramatically increase their ability to close product sales.
In the past, establishing an in-house financing activity was difficult and expensive, requiring unique and substantial additional business operational and financing components in addition to an extensive learning curve. This is no longer the case. In recent years, there have been wide-spread market advances surrounding the financing of equipment and other products that enable forward-thinking companies to cost-effectively establish their own in-house product financing activity, using readily available, state-of the-art financing software programs, and third-party back- office services to manage any part of the financing process.
This book will provide a product vendor with the turnkey know how it needs to assess the viability of establishing an in-house equipment financing operation, as well as the various considerations needed to set up and run its own cost-effective and profitable product financing activity. (description from Publisher)

Gemba Kaizen

The definitive, fully up-to-date guide to continuous improvement in the workplace

Written by Masaaki Imai, pioneer of modern business operational excellence and founder of the Kaizen Institute, Gemba Kaizen, Second Edition is an in-depth revision of this renowned, bestselling work. The book reveals how to implement cost-effective, incremental improvements in your most critical business processes.

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Lean Analytics

By measuring and analyzing as you grow, you can validate whether a problem is real, find the right customers, and decide what to build, how to monetize it, and how to spread the word. Focusing on the One Metric That Matters to your business right now gives you the focus you need to move ahead–and the discipline to know when to change course.

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Managing Sustainability

Managing Sustainability: First Steps to First Class provides a compelling case, real-world examples, and the tools to follow a proven strategy for aligning sustainability efforts with existing organizational priorities.

This strategy has taken companies from initial conception to the top of the sustainability rankings. Using examples from leading companies, readers will understand how to build-programs that drive results and enhance reputation.

Benefits include enabling companies to attract, hire, retain, and fully engage the best talent, seize the innovation high ground with new and premium products and services, provide access to socially responsible investment capital, implement “best practices,” earn license to operate, reduce compliance and regulatory costs, and more.

Includes the latest trend to go beyond the organization’s own “footprint” to integrate their values into their supply chains and build employee and customer loyalty by empowering these essential stakeholders to live their shared values.

Sustainability professionals or business strategists who are seeking to integrate effective programs that match corporate strategy with the purpose and values-driven initiatives that engage employees, build customer loyalty, and improve license to operate will benefit from the author’s more than 30 years’ experience in corporate communications, business, and corporate sustainability. (description from Publisher)

Lean UX

Designing Great Products with Agile Teams.

Lean UX has become the preferred approach to interaction design, tailor-made for today’s agile teams. In the second edition of this award winning book, leading advocates Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden expand on the valuable Lean UX principles, tactics, and techniques covered in the first edition to share how product teams can easily incorporate design, experimentation, iteration, and continuous learning from real users into their Agile process.

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New World Technologies

In today’s high-pressured world, digital transformation is everywhere on the agendas of corporate boards and has risen to the top of CEOs’ strategic plans. Artificial intelligence, blockchain, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, and drones are some of the emerging technologies that are already transforming our world. In this fast changing domain— predicted by few and now reality for all—how can companies transform today’s challenges into tomorrow’s opportunities?
This book is targeted to help a broad audience such as students, professionals, business, and technology managers to transform an old-world brick and mortar organization to a new-world digital leader. The author addresses various questions including: what essential components does digital transformation include, and how does it impact the enterprise? How does convergence of emerging technologies benefit your organization? How can you start transformation and technology planning projects? (description from Publisher)

The Scrum Fieldbook

A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future.

Scrum is the secret weapon behind some of today’s most successful companies. Businesses like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple use Scrum to drive incredibly fast innovation, laser focus on customers, and continuous improvement, and to decrease decision times in order to reshape the world.

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Understanding Economic Equilibrium

Economic agents all over the world are trying to maximize their returns given their efforts, resources, and opportunities. They come together in markets that ultimately allocate goods and services among many competing interests. We can readily see how individual markets behave; it’s more difficult, but exponentially more important, to recognize the general equilibrium across all markets. Disturbances in one market have implications for others.
These interrelationships are particularly important to understand when policy changes are being considered where actions in one market will impose changes on other markets, and not always in obvious or pleasant ways. Understanding Economic Equilibrium reveals how all markets fit together, and how we as individuals fit into that bigger picture.
The authors have prepared a Quick Quiz to Test Your Economics Savvy. But don’t be concerned if you don’t get a perfect score. You’ll find the answers and all the supporting information in Understanding Economic Equilibrium. (description from Publisher)

Unfair Advantage

On the heels of his 2010 New York Times bestseller Conspiracy of the Rich, Robert Kiyosaki takes a new and hard-hitting look at the factors that impact people from all walks of life as they struggle to cope with change and challenges that impact their financial world.

In Unfair Advantage – The Power of Financial Education, Robert underscores his messages and challenges readers to change their context and act in a new way.

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UX for Lean Startups

Faster, Smarter User Experience Research and Design.

Great user experiences (UX) are essential for products today, but designing one can be a lengthy and expensive process. With this practical, hands-on book, you’ll learn how to do it faster and smarter using Lean UX techniques.

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Workplace Jazz

Following a team development system that jazz musicians use naturally provides clarity, purpose, and structure is the key to creating high-performing agile teams. It is attainable through this book, Workplace Jazz.
In Workplace Jazz, the author raises a battle cry for individual and corporate responsibility in building cultures that are healthier and more productive for those working in them.
What should leaders do to address this workforce engagement and productivity gap? Should companies keep implementing culture improvement processes and procedures that do not address the emotional connection that teams need? Workplace Jazz offers a step-by-step process, enhanced with stories, neuroscience research, case studies, metaphors, and a strategic blueprint for developing connected and high-performing project teams based on the author’s experiences as a professional musician, certified conversational intelligence coach, and certified business consultant. (description from Publisher)

Career & Success


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101 Tips for Improving Your Business Communication 

This book contains business communication information that may not have been taught in college, information that has been accumulated over years of business experience and teaching. Anyone can read these brief tips to learn how to better communicate in business while saving the time that might have been invested in reading many books.
The tips cover the fundamental areas of writing, speaking, and interpersonal communication, as well as offer general business communication advice. Each tip is a practical application that can be implemented immediately. Each tip is also illustrated by a story from the author’s work life in various industries. Lastly, the book also lays a foundation for an understanding of how the brain influences all communication. (description from Publisher)

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Achieving Success in Nonprofit Organizations

There is a need for current, research-based content focused on helping leaders of nonprofit and faith-based organizations to be successful. When compared to the market for new books and publications which discuss success strategies that apply to for-profit organizations, this market is underserved.
This book is an essential tool to help you grow with your nonprofit organization. Whether you are an executive director, manager, board member, pastor, or key volunteer, the details here will help you achieve so much more. The four overarching areas of what the authors term a ‘virtuous cycle in nonprofit organization success’–living the mission, making good decisions, getting things done, developing your team–emerged from literature searches, focus groups, and surveys to discover objectively what critical skills and knowledge are most useful to leaders of nonprofit organizations. Inside, experts contribute individual chapters in each of these four areas. This book can be used as a reference for specific skills and knowledge in any of these areas. It can also be used as a text since it covers 16 specific chapters within the four major sections and each chapter has a major case study, assessment questions, and summaries of key concepts. (description from Publisher)

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Ask the Right Questions; Get the Right Job

Too often people go to interviews prepared only to answer questions. They study the tough questions for days hoping to give the right responses on D-Day. These same people treat the interview as a cross examination; they see themselves on trial, under the spotlight, deer in the headlights. People who are being interviewed need another attitude, an attitude that says, “I’m here to interview you, to see if I want to bring my talents and experiences to your organization.” Most people don’t know how to do this. However, if armed with a few questions, they can even the playing field and engage in a useful conversation with their hosts. This book provides a set of questions that are appropriate for any job candidate to ask and allows candidates to participate in a dialogue, a conversation. Experience suggests that only a handful of questions are necessary in most interviews. Review all of the questions. Choose the ones that you believe provide you with the information you need. Learn to interview the interviewer! (description from Publisher)

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Breakthrough: Career Strategies for Women’s Success

It is an important time to celebrate the advancement of women. We have made visible progress in the last few decades. The number of women entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders in corporate leadership roles is growing. However, there are still many challenges women face that are different from their male counterparts. Women sometimes have beliefs or career myths that may interfere with their personal career satisfaction and success.

The book is based on a global survey of over 180 women and interviews with a dozen influential women in leadership and professional roles conducted from January to March 2018. The women validated 21 career myths and provided advice and tips for helping women overcome them. While women seem to agree that these myths exist, until now, there has been few development resources dedicated to overcoming them. (description from Publisher)

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Creating a Business and Personal Legacy

This short book crystalizes key ideas on how to create a lasting business and personal legacy.

Worldwide, there is a growing interest on how to uncover one’s true purpose in life and legacy. It is a subject that crosses the minds of everyone regardless of geographic location, gender, age, or occupation.

Using fictional, but highly plausible stories, this short book crystalizes key ideas on how to create a lasting business and personal legacy.

With rising cases of depression resulting from personal and career challenges, this book provides refreshing perspectives on how to find new meaning and happiness in one’s life while making a relevant and lasting impact. (description from Publisher)

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Delivering Effective Virtual Presentations

In an era where technology and the skills required to navigate its use are deemed innate, people can experience some difficulty in transferring face-to- face skills to the virtual environment when they have not received any training or instruction in that regard. In many cases, books designed to assist in the learning process can be lengthy and cumbersome, rather than the clear, concise, complete, and correct format appreciated by readers.
Delivering Effective Virtual Presentations provides the reader with clear guidelines for creating and delivering webinars, e-meetings, and virtual presentations, including checklists and examples. The concise content of this book will help fill the gap between existing knowledge, skills, and abilities for delivering effective presentations and those necessary for doing so in the virtual environment. This book is a user-friendly guide to prepare college students, employees, supervisors, managers, and executives, to be highly effective virtual presenters. (description from Publisher)

Discover Your True North

The Leadership Classic, Discover Your True North, expanded for today’s leaders.

Discover Your True North is the best-selling leadership classic that enables you to become an authentic leader by discovering your True North. Originally based on first-person interviews with 125 leaders, this book instantly became a must-read business classic when it was introduced in 2007.

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Emotional Intelligence at Work

Even though it is seldom acknowledged, the truth is that business runs on emotion—yours and almost everyone else’s. And that emotion is often negative, leading us into bewilderment, dysfunction, and failure.
This book explains how to face up to this reality and respond by building street smarts and business emotional intelligence (BEQ). It supports your business success by developing your ability to recognize and effectively manage the destructive emotional tendencies, hidden agendas, and behaviors that exist all around you, and sometimes within you, that block business progress.
Emotions don’t belong in the business process, we are told. And that’s absolutely correct when destructive feelings disrupt the workplace. But here is the dirty little secret: Irrational and runaway feelings nevertheless dominate in many businesses and hold back professionals who are crippled by emotional dynamics that often play out beyond conscious awareness and their control.
Learn how and why emotions are a controlling factor in every career or business success and failure, and how to work with them to achieve your full potential by developing (BEQ). Expand and transform your business thinking and approach, by learning to recognize common, hidden emotional issues in a simple and straightforward manner. Strengthen your BEQ to achieve more accurate self-analysis, improved awareness, and effective functioning that creates predictable and positive results immediately. (description from Publisher)

Employee to Entrepreneur

How to Earn Your Freedom and Do Work that Matters.

Are you living for the weekend? Are you dissatisfied at work? Are you itching to do something that is important to you? How can you avoid the pitfalls that many first-time entrepreneurs have fallen into? How do you explore whether entrepreneurship is right for you without giving up your day job? Employee to Entrepreneur is your guide to leaving your job behind and building something for yourself.

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Every Job is a Sales Job

How to Use the Art of Selling to Win at Work.

While you may not have “sales” in your title, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to sell. Renowned sales authority Dr. Cindy McGovern believes that everyone is a salesperson, regardless of his or her job description. When you ask for a referral, network to form a new connection, or interview for a job, you’re selling the other person on an ideal version of yourself. Every Job is a Sales Job will help you learn to identify “selling” opportunities that you may have overlooked.

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Getting it Right When it Matters Most

Discover how to Get It Right in your Moments That Matter-when the situation is complex and relational-and the stakes are high. Transform the outcome of your most challenging situations and interactions when you feel-

  • Threatened by charged emotions or uncertainty
  • Paralyzed by fear of saying (or doing) the wrong thing (again)
  • Defeated by a relationship that seems damaged beyond repair
  • Perplexed about how to achieve the results you desire
  • Stalled in progress with others due to differing styles and perspective.

In an ever-changing environment when typical habits, behaviors, and thinking aren’t enough, Getting It Right When It Matters Most introduces research backed insight and a simple model for your most important situations. Apply self-awareness, learning agility, and emotional intelligence through the Self, Outlook, Action, and Reflection (SOAR) cycle. (description from Publisher)

How Women Rise

Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job.

Overcome the twelve habits holding you back and take your career to new heights with this wise and approachable guide from two business leadership experts.

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Manage Your Career: 10 Keys to Survival and Success

This book gives the reader the keys to survival and success as his or her career progresses from one job to the next in the same, or a different, organization—be it for-profit, nonprofit, government, or volunteer. It is designed to help the reader avoid the many traps and pitfalls encountered along his or her career path and to help facilitate increased personal effectiveness during all three stages of the job cycle—interviewing, new hire, and long-term employment. Whether preparing to enter the workforce for the first time or in early, middle, or later career stages, this book will show the reader how to avoid jobs and organizations that are not a good fit. It will also go beyond survival and show how to achieve success by doing the job well and making other contributions to the organization in ways that improve job performance, satisfaction, happiness, and personal and professional growth. The keys this book provides will work whether the reader is an independent contributor, a manager responsible for the work of others, or an executive responsible for the enterprise. Organizational leaders, human resource professionals, career coaches, and mentors can also utilize this book to educate and train employees to be more productive at work and happy in their worklife. (description from Publisher)

The One Hour Content Plan

The Solopreneur’s Guide to a Year’s Worth of Blog Post Ideas in 60 Minutes and Creating Content That Hooks and Sells.

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Pivot

The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One.

Pivoting is a crucial strategy for Silicon Valley tech companies and startups but it can also be a successful strategy for individuals looking to make changes in their work lives. This book will introduce you to the Pivot Method and show you how to to take small, smart steps to move in a new direction–now and throughout your entire career.

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Powershift

Transform Any Situation, Close Any Deal, and Achieve Any Outcome.

Have you ever wanted to make a big change in your life but weren’t sure where to start? In Powershift, Daymond John shares the answer. To take control of your destiny and drive the change you want to see, you need to lay the groundwork so you’re prepared to seize every opportunity that comes your way.

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The Personal MBA

Master the Art of Business.

Getting an MBA is an expensive choice-one almost impossible to justify regardless of the state of the economy. Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business.

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Your GPS to Employment Success

Economies had barely recovered from the Great Recession of 2008 when the COVID-19 pandemic moved swiftly around the world threatening to devastate global economies and their populations yet again. Inevitably, unemployment followed. Anyone looking for employment or a promotion in a mercurial economic environment can find useful tips and information in Your GPS to Employment Success: How to Find and Succeed in the Right Job.
This book is a career resource that contains a treasure trove of straightforward, pithy job search and career advice, 125 tips, and stories from an employment expert. It is a career advancement and networking guide that also identifies inconvenient truths that are not commonly known but are helpful to have in your career toolkit.
Your GPS to Employment Success also addresses
‧ The importance of preparing mentally, physically, and emotionally for a roller-coaster job search.
‧ How to adopt NBA star forward LeBron James’s career strategy for personal career goals.
‧ How to develop a career plan and strategy, and the need to execute a career strategy.
‧ How to look for employment in a virtual world.
‧ How a former NFL athlete asked a stranger for help and changed the trajectory of his life.
The author also provides a career toolkit that contains informative, time-saving material. (description from Publisher)

Consulting & Coaching


Becoming an Exceptional Executive Coach

Use Your Knowledge, Experience, and Intuition to Help Leaders Excel.

Written by five leading executive coaches, Becoming an Exceptional Executive Coach is the answer to any businesses’ need for more individualized development resources. Drawing on their varied backgrounds, the authors show readers that coaching is about more than simply learning a set of skills.

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Flawless Consulting

A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used.

This Third Edition to Peter Block’s Flawless Consulting addresses business changes and new challenges since the second edition was written ten years ago. It tackles the challenges next generation consultants face, including more guidance on how to ask better questions, dealing with difficult clients, working in an increasingly virtual world, how to cope with complexities in international consulting, case studies, and guidelines on implementation. Also included are illustrative examples and exercises to help you cement the guides offered.

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Getting Started in Consulting

The definitive guide to getting out of the office and getting into consulting.

Getting Started in Consulting, Fourth Edition is the acclaimed real-world blueprint to professional and financial freedom. For nearly two decades, this invaluable resource has helped thousands of people quit the daily grind and become their own boss. This practical and motivational guide provides the tools and knowledge to control your future and secure your fortune.

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Million Dollar Consulting

Build a thriving consultancy with the updated edition of this classic bestseller.

Having inspired generations of consultants and entrepreneurs around the world, the “Rock Star of Consulting” Alan Weiss returns with a revised and completely updated edition of his authoritative guide to consulting success.

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The Consultant’s Handbook

A Practical Guide to Delivering High-value and Differentiated Services in a Competitive Marketplace.

This comprehensive handbook covers the fundamental skills and attitudes required by successful consultants from novice to practitioner level, irrespective of their specialist area. It untangles the key variables present in any consulting service and introduces practical ways to improve their effectiveness based upon the author’s experience of helping consulting organisations to develop and excel in the marketplace. The book explores consulting ‘from the ground up’ steering away from theory and focusing instead on practical application, providing a solid platform upon which to build further domain-specific competence.

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Corporate Culture


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The Barn Door Is Open

The Barn Door Is Open: Frameworks and Tools for Success and Fulfillment in the Workplace is a business book, a playful and humorous read, an intelligent metaphorical and philosophical tale anchored in the tools and techniques of innovative and proven management frameworks. Readers will not only find its teachings entertaining and inspirational, but will benefit from its lessons and tools by applying them to their personal lives.
This book integrates the subjects and tools of Lean and Lean Transformation, mindfulness, confiict resolution, Theory of Constraints, project management, Agile, Six Sigma, change management, and corporate culture transformation into one easily digestible reference. (description from Publisher)

Building an Inclusive Organization

Leveraging the Power of a Diverse Workforce.

A diverse workforce is a business imperative. Without it, companies are made up of employees who come from the same background and have the same skills and, therefore, the same blind spots. A diverse workforce brings together different strengths, a variety of experiences, a huge breadth of knowledge and a wealth of creative problem-solving techniques.

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Built to Last

Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies.

Filled with hundreds of specific examples and organized into a coherent framework of practical concepts that can be applied by managers and entrepreneurs at all levels, Built to Last provides a master blueprint for building organizations that will prosper long into the 21st century and beyond.

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Change the Culture, Change the Game

The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accountability for Results.

Two-time New York Times bestselling authors Roger Connors and Tom Smith show how leaders can achieve record-breaking results by quickly and effectively shaping their organizational culture to capitalize on their greatest asset – their people.

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Civility at Work

In case you were not aware, research focusing on both Canadian and U.S. companies shows that a whopping 98 percent of people polled have experienced uncivil behavior on the job. And, according to the fourth annual study on Civility in America: A Nationwide Survey, conducted by global public relations firm Weber Shandwick and public affairs firm Powell Tate in partnership with KRC Research, civility in America continues to erode. This year’s study found that 70 percent of the Americans believe incivility has reached crisis proportions. Alarmingly, 81 percent of the Americans think that incivility is leading to an increase in violence at work. Notably, 80 percent of the people are dissatisfied with their jobs.
Increasingly, people are choosing employers who understand that civility is good business. In Civility at Work, Lew Bayer describes the business case for civility and explains how organizations can increase employee retention, performance, and overall revenue by creating a workplace culture of human kindness and civility. (description from Publisher)

The Culture Code

The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups.

Combining leading-edge science, on-the-ground insights from world-class leaders, and practical ideas for action, The Culture Code offers a roadmap for creating an environment where innovation flourishes, problems get solved, and expectations are exceeded. Culture is not something you are – it’s something you do. The Culture Code puts the power in your hands. No matter the size of your group or your goal, this book can teach you the principles of cultural chemistry that transform individuals into teams that can accomplish amazing things together.

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The Fifth Discipline

The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization.

Peter Senge’s groundbreaking ideas on building organizations have made him a household name among corporate managers. His theories help businesses to clarify their goals, to defy the odds, to more clearly understand threats, and to recognize new opportunities. He introduces managers to a new source of competitive advantage, and offers a marvelously empowering approach to work.

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In Search of Excellence

Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies.

Based on a study of forty-three of America’s best-run companies from a diverse array of business sectors, In Search of Excellence describes eight basic principles of management — action-stimulating, people-oriented, profit-maximizing practices — that made these organizations successful.

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Soren Kaplan - Invisible Advantage Book

The Invisible Advantage: How to Create a Culture of Innovation

The Invisible Advantage details how any organization can create a culture of innovation – an environment that promotes free thinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and sustainable value creation at all levels and across all functions. This book isn’t just about the importance of an innovation culture, nor how to emulate the “innovation untouchables” like Google and Apple. It’s a complete tool kit that anyone can use to uncover the unique, hidden drivers of innovation and then introduce fresh, intuitive approaches tailored to their organization’s specific environment.

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Lean on Civility

In Lean on Civility, the authors explain how incorporating civility can drive success in your business. As a key component of workplace training, civility can have a significant impact on workplace culture and also increase measurable outputs related to continuous improvement—including but not limited to quality, efficiency, and cost.
When organizations are deliberate and strategic about increasing supervisors’ and managers’ civility competencies in four key skill areas, they experience almost immediate improvements in interpersonal relationships, communication, morale, retention, trust, and productivity.
Lean on Civility offers a practical tool kit—complete with strategies and tools (like the Masotti Feedback Method)—that you can take back to your workplace and implement immediately. (description from Publisher)

Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace

A Practical Guide for Employers and Employees.

Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace contains expert guidance for improving mental health and supporting those experiencing mental ill health. This comprehensive book addresses the range of issues surrounding mental health and wellbeing in work environments – providing all involved with informative and practical assistance.

This important guide explains mental health’s impact on businesses and employees; discusses why and how to promote mental health in the workplace and the importance of having an effective “wellbeing strategy”; provides guidance on managing staff experiencing mental ill health; addresses dealing with employee stress and anxiety; and more.

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Creativity

The Creative Thinking Handbook

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Problem Solving in Business.

Some people say that creativity is about thinking outside the box, while others believe it is about being creative inside the box; but what if there is no box? More than 82 percent of companies believe creativity directly impacts results, yet few of us understand how it comes about or how to put it into practice. If we could identify and remove the ‘box’ around our thinking, we could unlock unlimited streams of creativity for professional and business success.

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship


A / B Testing

The Most Powerful Way to Turn Clicks Into Customers.

A/B testing is the simple idea of showing several different versions of a web page to live traffic, and then measuring the effect each version has on visitors. Using A/B testing, companies can improve the effectiveness of their marketing and user experience and, in doing so, can sometimes double or triple their conversion rates.

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Behind the Cloud

The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an Industry.

How did salesforce.com grow from a start up in a rented apartment into the world’s fastest growing software company in less than a decade? For the first time, Marc Benioff, the visionary founder, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, tells how he and his team created and used new business, technology, and philanthropic models tailored to this time of extraordinary change.

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Blitzscaling

The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies.

Whether your business has ten employees or ten thousand, Blitzscaling is the essential playbook for winning in a world where speed is the only competitive advantage that matters.

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Co-Opetition

Intel, Nintendo, American Express, NutraSweet, American Airlines, and dozens of other companies have been using the strategies of co-opetition to change the game of business to their benefit. Formulating strategies based on game theory, authors Brandenburger and Nalebuff created a book that’s insightful and instructive for managers eager to move their companies into a new mind set.

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Crossing the Chasm

Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers.

In Crossing the Chasm, Geoffrey A. Moore shows that in the Technology Adoption Life Cycle—which begins with innovators and moves to early adopters, early majority, late majority, and laggards—there is a vast chasm between the early adopters and the early majority. While early adopters are willing to sacrifice for the advantage of being first, the early majority waits until they know that the technology actually offers improvements in productivity. The challenge for innovators and marketers is to narrow this chasm and ultimately accelerate adoption across every segment.

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Crushing It!

How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence—and How You Can, Too.

Crushing It! is a state-of-the-art guide to building your own path to professional and financial success, but it’s not about getting rich. It’s a blueprint to living life on your own terms.

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Disrupted

My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble.

For twenty-five years Dan Lyons was a magazine writer at the top of his profession–until one Friday morning when he received a phone call: Poof. His job no longer existed. “I think they just want to hire younger people,” his boss at Newsweek told him. Fifty years old and with a wife and two young kids, Dan was, in a word, screwed.

With a cast of characters that includes devilish angel investors, fad-chasing venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and “wantrapreneurs”, bloggers and brogrammers, social climbers and sociopaths, Disrupted is a gripping and definitive account of life in the (second) tech bubble.

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Do More Faster

Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup.

If you have the drive and desire to start a business, need to create a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in your community, or want to spark greater innovation in your organization―don’t go it alone. Use the advice, tips, and tactics found throughout Do More Faster to give yourself the best chance of succeeding.

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Exponential Organizations

Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours (and what to do about it).

In the past five years, the business world has seen the birth of a new breed of company — the Exponential Organization — that has revolutionized how a company can accelerate its growth by using technology. An ExO can eliminate the incremental, linear way traditional companies get bigger, leveraging assets like community, big data, algorithms, and new technology into achieving performance benchmarks ten times better than its peers.

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Failing Forward

Turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones for Success.

John C. Maxwell takes a closer look at failure, and he reveals that the secret of moving beyond failure is to use it as a lesson and a stepping-stone. He believes that the major difference between achieving people and average people is their perception of and response to failure. He covers the top reasons people fail and shows how to master fear instead of being mastered by it.

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Founded After Forty

How to start a business when you haven’t got time to waste.

Founded After Forty by small business expert Glenda Shawley takes you step by step from discovering your ‘why’ and vision to launching your business and keeping the momentum going. It covers finding the right business model and business fundamentals as well as practical considerations such as making the time for running a business.

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Franchise Your Business

The Guide to Employing the Greatest Growth Strategy Ever.

Expert franchise consultant Mark Siebert delivers the ultimate how-to guide to employing the greatest growth strategy ever—franchising. Siebert tells you what to expect, how to move forward, and avoid costly mistakes as he imparts decades of experience, insights, and practical advice to help grow your business exponentially through franchising.

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Frenemies

The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else).

Frenemies is essential reading, not simply because of what it says about this world, but because of the potential consequences: the survival of media as we know it depends on the money generated by advertising and marketing–revenue that is in peril in the face of technological changes and the fraying trust between the industry’s key players.

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Hacking Growth

How Today’s Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success.

An accessible and practical toolkit that teams and companies in all industries can use to increase their customer base and market share, this book walks readers through the process of creating and executing their own custom-made growth hacking strategy. It is a must read for any marketer, entrepreneur, innovator or manger looking to replace wasteful big bets and “spaghetti-on-the-wall” approaches with more consistent, replicable, cost-effective, and data-driven results.

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How I Built This

The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs.

Award-winning journalist and NPR host Guy Raz has interviewed more than 200 highly successful entrepreneurs to uncover amazing true stories like these. In How I Built This, he shares tips for every entrepreneur’s journey: from the early days of formulating your idea, to raising money and recruiting employees, to fending off competitors, to finally paying yourself a real salary.

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Peter Drucker’s classic book on innovation and entrepreneurship.

This is the first book to present innovation and entrepreneurship as a purposeful and systematic discipline that explains and analyzes the challenges and opportunities of America’s new entrepreneurial economy. Superbly practical, Innovation and Entrepreneurship explains what established businesses, public service institutions, and new ventures need to know and do to succeed in today’s economy.

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The Lean Startup

How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses.

Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs—in companies of all sizes—a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in an age when companies need to innovate more than ever.

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Little Bets

How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries.

Reporting on a fascinating range of research, from the psychology of creative blocks to the influential field of design thinking, Sims offers engaging and illuminating accounts of breakthrough innovators at work, and a whole new way of thinking about how to navigate uncertain situations and unleash our untapped creative powers.

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Loonshots

Loonshots reveals a surprising new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behavior that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs.

Safi Bahcall, a physicist and entrepreneur, shows why teams, companies, or any group with a mission will suddenly change from embracing new ideas to rejecting them, just as flowing water will suddenly change into brittle ice. Mountains of print have been written about culture. Loonshots identifies the small shifts in structure that control this transition, the same way that temperature controls the change from water to ice.

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Platform Scale

How an emerging business model helps startups build large empires with minimum investment.

Over the last decade or so, we’re seeing the emergence of a new form of scale. Today’s massively scaling startups – which rapidly grow to millions of users and billions in valuation – do not sell a product or service. Instead, they build a platform on which others can create and exchange value. The many manifestations of the platform business model – social media, the peer economy, cryptocurrencies, APIs and developer ecosystems, the Internet of things, crowdsourcing models, and many others – are becoming increasingly relevant.

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Profit First

Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine.

Conventional accounting uses the logical (albeit, flawed) formula: Sales – Expenses = Profit. The problem is, businesses are run by humans, and humans aren’t always logical. Serial entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz has developed a behavioral approach to accounting to flip the formula: Sales – Profit = Expenses.

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Purple Cow

Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable.

You’re either a Purple Cow or you’re not. You’re either remarkable or invisible. Make your choice. In Purple Cow, first published in 2003 and revised and expanded in 2009, Godin launched a movement to make truly remarkable products that are worth marketing in the first place. Through stories about companies like Starbucks, JetBlue, Krispy Kreme, and Apple, coupled with his signature provocative style, he inspires readers to rethink what their marketing is really saying about their product. In a world that grows noisier by the day, Godin’s challenge has never been more relevant to writers, marketers, advertisers, entrepreneurs, makers, product managers, and anyone else who has something to share with the world.

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Scaling Up

How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t (Rockefeller Habits 2.0).

It’s been over a decade since Verne Harnish’s best-selling book Mastering the Rockefeller Habits was first released. Scaling Up is the first major revision of this business classic which details practical tools and techniques for building an industry-dominating business.

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See You on the Internet

Building Your Small Business with Digital Marketing.

Today, you can launch a website, create social media accounts, and sell on the world’s most powerful sales platforms in a matter of hours. But marketing your small business effectively takes some careful thought. In See You on the Internet, Avery Swartz, one of North America’s top tech leaders, delivers a fail-safe framework to plan and execute a brilliant digital marketing strategy with confidence.

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The Idea-Driven Organization

The Idea-Driven Organization.

Too many organizations are overlooking, or even suppressing, their single most powerful source of growth and innovation. And it’s right under their noses. The frontline employees who interact directly with your customers, make your products, and provide your services have unparalleled insights into where problems exist and what improvements and new offerings would have the most impact.

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The Startup Playbook

Founder-to-Founder Advice from Two Startup Veterans.

Get the real guidance you need to create and build your first startup company from founders who have been there many times before.

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Venture Deals

Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist.

How do venture capital deals come together? This is one of the most frequent questions asked by each generation of new entrepreneurs. Surprisingly, there is little reliable information on the subject. No one understands this better than Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson.

Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist is a must-have resource for any aspiring entrepreneur, venture capitalist, or lawyer involved in VC deals as well as students and instructors in related areas of study.

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What Every Angel Investor Wants You to Know

An Insider Reveals How to Get Smart Funding for Your Billion Dollar Idea.

Veteran early-stage investor Brian Cohen knows how to spot a great company destined for success, and in this groundbreaking book he offers soup-to-nuts guidance for any entrepreneur seeking to launch an invention, a product, or a great new idea into a receptive marketplace.

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Zero to One Book App

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets. The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself. Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique. Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.

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Management & Leadership


5 Levels of Leadership

Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential.

Use this helpful book to learn about the leadership tools to fuel success, grow your team, and become the visionary you were meant to be.

True leadership isn’t a matter of having a certain job or title. In fact, being chosen for a position is only the first of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than “the boss” people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them.

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A Team of Leaders

Empowering Every Member to Take Ownership, Demonstrate Initiative, and Deliver Results.

Every team needs a leader, but why do we so often take that to mean that the appropriate workplace team needs to consist of one gem of a worker complemented with a bunch of obedient order-takers and yes men? What if the complementary fits between the team members were not with how well they performed the tasks handed down to them but with how they all used their unique strengths to share knowledge, push the envelope, and lead together in the challenge before them?The team of authors behind A Team of Leaders wants to show readers how to design systems within their organization and management procedures that nurture the leadership potential of every employee, not just the ones they ear-marked as having potential for promotion.

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Applied Humanism

You can’t understand humanistic business management unless you understand what humanism is. This book provides a short introduction to the philosophy of humanism and discusses how and why it is being applied to business and why it is so effective when you do so. Humanism helps us prioritize human value as important. It supports positive interpersonal relationships and collaborative and respectful decision-making. Since all businesses are in the business of solving problems, good problem solving is essential to good business.
Humanism has already transformed many other disciplines including psychology, medicine, nursing, and more. Additionally, humanism is foundational to the practice of human resources, without which businesses cannot operate. It is important for business managers to understand the philosophy fully so they can understand how to not only manage people more effectively, but how to operate their businesses in a way that helps the communities in which they operate. This book will provide the primer they need to create more effective and ethical businesses. (description from Publisher)

Business Execution for RESULTS

A practical guide for leaders of small to mid-sized firms.

In this practical guide for small to mid-sized companies, Stephen Lynch takes you through the proven strategic planning and business execution processes you need to drive better business RESULTS.

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Charismatic Leadership

The Skills You Can Learn to Motivate High Performance in Others.

Charismatic Leadership will show you how to be a powerful influencer with your peers, your colleagues and your customers. You’ll learn why charisma is a vital asset in any organization, understand its essential components, find out how to grow your charismatic presence and discover why you need the companion skills of coaching, problem-solving and empathy. Using charisma effectively helps everyone perform at a high level. This book will show you how.

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Conflict and Leadership

Conflict is one of the greatest sources of tolerated business expenses and loss. This is despite the fact that this expense and loss can, in most cases, be easily turned around to revenue and gain. In the nonprofit world one of the greatest inhibitors of mission success is not that there isn’t enough funding, or the challenging nature of the cause. It is the simple fact that teams struggle to work well together.
What if conflict was the starting point for developing trust? What if it catalyzed a deeper, more meaningful understanding between team members? What if it was crucial for building stronger and more powerful organizations? Last of all, what if there were simple steps you could take to automatically help your teams communicate and work together more easily? This book shows you how. (description from Publisher)

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Creative Solutions to Global Business Negotiations

Based on decades of teaching and consultancies around the world, the author provides a useful guide for business executives operating in today’s digitalized global economy. This latest edition will help readers enhance their preparation, anticipate objections, create value for tangibles/intangibles, and avoid cultural blunders to reach mutually beneficial outcomes.
By sharpening negotiation skills, business executives will be able to interact more effectively with their counterparts in the fast changing global business environment and the rising influence of third parties. Practical and user friendly, the author describes all the key elements needed to negotiate deals that are doable, profitable, and sustainable. (description from Publisher)

Dare to Lead

Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential.

How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? In this new book, Brown uses research, stories, and examples to answer these questions in the no-BSstyle that millions of readers have come to expect and love.

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The Data Mirage

The Data Mirage: Why Companies Fail to Actually Use Their Data is a business book for executives and leaders who want to unlock more insights from their data and make better decisions.The importance of data doesn’t need an introduction or a fancy pitch deck. Data plays a critical role in helping companies to better understand their users, beat out their competitors, and breakthrough their growth targets. 

However, despite significant investments in their data, most organizations struggle to get much value from it. According to Forrester, only 38% of senior executives and decision-makers “have a high level of confidence in their customer insights and only 33% trust the analytics they generate from their business operations.”

This reflects the real world that I have experienced. In this book, I will help readers formulate an analytics strategy that works in the real world, show them how to think about KPIs and help them tackle the problems they are bound to come across as they try to use data to make better decisions. (description from Publisher)

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Decision Analysis for Managers

Everybody has to make decisions–they are unavoidable. However, we receive little or no education or training on how to make decisions. Business decisions are difficult: which people to hire, which product lines or facilities to expand, which proposal to accept, how much R&D to invest in, which environmental projects are high priority, etc. Personal decisions (college, getting married, changing jobs, buying a house, retiring, dealing with a health problem) can be even more difficult.
This book gives you the tools you need to…
Clarify and reach alignment on goals and objectives,
Understand trade-offs associated with reaching those objectives,
Develop and examine alternatives,
Systematically analyze the effects of risk and uncertainty, and
Maximize the chances of achieving your goals.
Success (getting what you want) depends on luck and good decision making. You can’t control your luck, but you can maximize your odds by making the best possible decisions, and this book gets you there. The author organizes and presents otherwise formal decision-making tools in an intuitively understandable fashion. The presentation is informal, but the concepts and tools are research-based and formally accepted. Whether you are a business owner, a manager or team leader, or a senior professional, these tools will help both your personal and your business life. (description from Publisher)

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Developing Strengths-Based Project Teams

Everyone has talents and strengths. Everyone does projects.
Developing Strengths-Based Project Teams integrates common project management and strengths-based talent development language to help you and your project team learn about and become a strengths-based project team.
This book is designed for project managers, team members, and stakeholders who have an interest in talent development— not only their own talents and strengths, but also the combined talents and strengths of their project teams.
Learn about the characteristics of a strengths-based project team. Apply a series of building blocks for individual and team strengths-based development. Through exercises, templates, action plans, and reflective questions, learn how to cultivate the collective strengths of project team members to become a strengths-based project team. (description from Publisher)

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Emerging Technologies

The convergence of blockchain and Internet of things (IoT) powered by data and artificial intelligence (AI) is on the agenda of several big companies and some of them have already started using its implementations, initiatives, and solutions in various projects. In this book, the author calls the convergence of these three technologies: the blockchain of intelligent things.
This book is targeted to help a broad audience, including anyone interested in and responsible for vision, projects, and implementations of blockchain, IoT, and AI in medium-sized companies and large enterprises. This would include business and technology managers, IT professionals, and last but not least, business or technology students, looking to broadening their knowledge and expertise. This book is number two in a series of four books.
The first chapters of the book take you from the convergence of blockchain and IoT, via an overview of the most important blockchain of things projects such as IOTA, and the industries, which are heavily being disrupted, into the blockchain of intelligent things, which essentially adds the business value of data science and AI. Further topics you will find in this book include chapters such as required skills, jobs and future, industrial IoT (IIoT) platforms, and opportunities, challenges, and trends of the blockchain of intelligent things. Readers looking for a methodology to engage in blockchain, IoT, and/or AI projects, can find a comprehensive
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Emotional Intelligence

By now, emotional intelligence (EQ) needs little introduction — it’s no secret that EQ is critical to your success. But knowing what emotional intelligence is and knowing how to use it to improve your life are two very different things. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 delivers a step-by-step program for increasing your emotional intelligence using the four core EQ skills — self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management — to exceed your goals and achieve your fullest potential.

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EntreLeadership

20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches

Your team will never grow beyond you, so here’s another question to consider—are you growing? Whether you’re sitting at the CEO’s desk, the middle manager’s cubicle, or a card table in your living-room-based start-up, EntreLeadership provides the practical, step-by-step guidance to grow your business where you want it to go.

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Finance for Non-Finance Executives

This book is intended to help professionals, especially from functional areas other than finance—such as sales, marketing, human resource, research and development, production, and procurement—to gain an extensive working knowledge of critical financial principles in an easy-to-follow manner, enabling them to make critical business decisions involving cost-savings, budgets, new projects decisions, and growth strategies.
The author introduces the key concepts of finance so you can contribute to the success of your business. These will help you understand the language used by accountants and how financial statements fit together. Furthermore, you will understand how to use ratio analysis to get a sense of the company’s performance.
In addition, readers will learn the concepts of management accounting and various kinds of decisions, including make-or-buy and shutdown. You will gain an understanding of how to implement budgeting and working capital management. The exciting part is also the chapter on investment appraisal, where readers will learn how to evaluate business proposals from a return standpoint. (description from Publisher)

Finding My Virginity

The New Autobiography.

Richard Branson’s Losing My Virginity shared the outrageous tale of how he built Virgin from a student magazine into one of the greatest brands in history. No challenge was too daunting, no opportunity too outlandish to pursue. And each new adventure started with five simple words: “Screw it, let’s do it.”

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First, Break All the Rules

What the world’s Greatest Managers Do Differently.

First, Break All the Rules presents vital performance and career lessons for managers at every level — and best of all, shows you how to apply them to your own situation.

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Hiring for Fit

A key skill for any leader is the ability to hire a great team, and this skill requires a considerable depth of knowledge of the complex subject of fit. Most organizations talk about the need to hire for fit, but many go about hiring in the wrong way because their leaders don’t fully understand the concept of fit.
Hiring for Fit goes to the heart of what fit really means and provides expert insight for anyone involved in making hiring decisions. The author studied the personality traits and attributes of successful hires and developed a comprehensive system to hire the right fit for any role. The entire process is an application of her unique Trait Alignment Protocol (TAP), which is the key to identifying fit and maintaining fit over the long term.
By applying the thorough and practical fit strategy described in the book, leaders will gain expertise in the complex subject of fit, replace seat-of-the-pants hiring with a reliable process, gain confidence in assessing a candidate’s fit, make well-founded hiring decisions that avoid common hiring pitfalls, and pave the way for effective employee retention and advancement and for succession planning. (description from Publisher)

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How to Navigate Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures

Organizations, large and small, are realizing the importance of collaborations to achieve their business objectives. Organizations to create independent and joint values are entering into strategic alliances with their suppliers, customers, and even their competitors. Every alliance follows a lifecycle and decisions have to be taken by executives at each stage. Anticipated revenues and other sources of financial value remain unrealized if inadequate decisions are taken and alliances fail or under perform.
This book takes readers across the different stages of an alliance lifecycle and, through practical incidents, discusses and debates on the decisions to be taken. The book also demonstrates the various challenges faced by executives in an alliance. This book is perfect for managerial executives who are contemplating proposing a strategic alliance for their organizations or are part of an organization juggling various ongoing alliances, alliance managers, and business development professionals.
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Good Strategy Bad Strategy

The Difference and Why It Matters.

Good Strategy/Bad Strategy clarifies the muddled thinking underlying too many strategies and provides a clear way to create and implement a powerful action-oriented strategy for the real world.

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Lead from the Outside

How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change.

Leadership is hard. Convincing others―and yourself―that you are capable of taking charge and achieving more requires insight and courage. Lead from the Outside is the handbook for outsiders, written with an eye toward the challenges that hinder women, people of color, the working class, members of the LGBTQ community, and millennials ready to make change.

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Leadership and Self-Deception

Getting Out of the Box.

Since its original publication in 2000, Leadership and Self-Deception has become a word-of-mouth phenomenon. Its sales continue to increase year after year, and the book’s popularity has gone global, with editions now available in over twenty languages.

Read this extraordinary book and discover what millions already have learned—how to consistently tap into an innate ability that dramatically improves both your results and your relationships.

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Leadership Strategy and Tactics

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.

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 book 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.

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Multipliers, Revised and Updated

How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.

A revised and updated edition of the acclaimed Wall Street Journal bestseller that explores why some leaders drain capability and intelligence from their teams while others amplify it to produce better results.

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Only the Paranoid Survive

How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company.

Under Andy Grove’s leadership, Intel became the world’s largest chip maker and one of the most admired companies in the world. In Only the Paranoid Survive, Grove reveals his strategy for measuring the nightmare moment every leader dreads–when massive change occurs and a company must, virtually overnight, adapt or fall by the wayside–in a new way.

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Project Communication from Start to Finish

Research shows that 90 percent of a project manager’s time is spent communicating with various stakeholders. This book offers strategies that enhance communication throughout the project cycle and describes innovative techniques for bridging cultural gaps, increasing understanding, and ensuring project success. (description from publisher)

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Project Communications

Communication is vital for project success. Experts know it. Industry-wide research verifies it. Yet projects continue to fail because of poor communication. As a result, stakeholders and organizations don’t realize the benefits of their projects and project teams.
This book presents a new way to look at communication within projects. It combines real-world examples and practical tips with theory, research, and professional standards that can be applied to any size and type of project. Gain actionable in- sights into identifying your audience, choosing the right tools, managing change, and handling conflict. Expand your professional toolkit with templates, activities, and re- sources. Develop your project communications expertise with reflective questions and recommendations. Make your project communications a critical factor in your project success. (description from Publisher)

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Project Management for Archaeology

Archaeology, the science in charge of studying ancient cultures, is without a doubt one of the most alluring professions in today’s academic world. It is a versatile and complex discipline requiring a lot of skill expertise from both students and specialists, including the efficient management of team of coworkers, logistics, resources, etc.

Project Management for Archaeology is a first approach to students and inexperienced archaeologists striving to better organize, lead, and execute an archaeological project. It also offers great insight and strategies to experienced and “old-school” researchers in order to improve efficiency, leadership, and organizational skills, following the most effective management techniques in the market.

Presented with a flexible approach that accommodates all types of archaeological research (from academic to rescue and salvage projects), Project Management for Archaeology is meant to be a practical handbook to be used all along the lifetime of any archaeological project.(description from Publisher)

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Project Management Essentials

Project management is a critical skill across a broad range of disciplines. Yet most people, regardless of educational background, have never received training in how to plan, manage, and execute projects. Project Management Essentials, Second Edition, is the go-to book for tried and true project management skills combined with the most current ideas from Agile in a concise, up-to-date, user-friendly format.
It follows the project life cycle and provides several ready- to-use templates. Readers can use this book to plan and manage a project from start to finish or as a reference for help with one particular component of project management. Along- side each template is a brief description of what each template is and why it is useful, with an example to illustrate it. (description from Publisher)

Redesigning Leadership

When designer and computer scientist John Maeda was tapped to be president of the celebrated Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, he had to learn how to be a leader quickly. He had to transform himself from a tenured professor—with a love of argument for argument’s sake and the freedom to experiment—into the head of a hierarchical organization. The professor is free to speak his mind against “the man.” The college president is “the man.” Maeda has had to teach himself, through trial and error, about leadership. In Redesigning Leadership, he shares his learning process.

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Strategic Leadership of Portfolio and Project Management

As an executive, your organization may have limited resources. This book will instruct you and your leadership teams on implementing strategy through identifying, selecting, prioritizing, resourcing, and governing an optimal work portfolio.
You’ll learn how to sponsor every project stage, as well as leading project managers as direct reports. Detailed advice is given for developing project management competency and utilizing input from customers, employees, and processes.
You’ll learn how your organization can capitalize upon information technology to become competitive and to effectively implement business strategies, as well as how to make portfolio and project decisions using both qualitative and quantitative data and reliable analysis methods. (description from Publisher)

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Supply Chain Planning

The critical role that supply chain planning contributes to a firm’s financial well-being has never been greater. All too often, however, considerable managerial resources are directed toward planning activities with minimal results. In this book, we present proven, practical management frameworks used by the authors to support supply chain operations management and planning in private industry. These frameworks provide methodologies for managing critical activities such as supply chain strategic planning and project selection, manufacturing and distribution planning, performance measurement, supply chain risk management, and customer logistics and inventory deployment.
The book is intended for supply chain professionals, as well as for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Practitioners will obtain valuable new insights and examples of implementable frameworks and methods for managing their supply chain functions and organizations. Students will develop an understanding of real-world approaches for supply chain planning, decision support, and many other key activities. (description from Publisher)

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Sustaining High Performance in Business

Many books and articles have been written about how firms can achieve and sustain high performance. They typically focus on a particular aspect of the firm such as its culture, resources, leadership, ability to learn, or management practices. However, often the very firms that are used as examples are no longer high performing even a few years later.

In contrast, this book asserts that it is the efficiency and effectiveness of a firm’s entire value creating system that determines its performance over the long term. Systems theory is used as an integrative mechanism to combine the best ideas from economics, the resource-based perspective, and stakeholder theory.

Based on this theoretical foundation, tools are provided for conducting in-depth, detailed analyses of each part of a firm’s value creation system and its contribution to the total stakeholder value created by the firm. This information leads to the development of strategies, including specific initiatives for overcoming weaknesses in the system and for creating new value for stakeholders, based on the reasoning that firms exist to create value for their stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders, suppliers, and the communities in which they operate. (description from Publisher)

The 4 Disciplines of Execution

Revised and Updated: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals.

The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) is a simple, repeatable, and proven formula for executing your most important strategic priorities in the midst of the whirlwind. By following the 4 Disciplines—Focus on the Wildly Important; Act on Lead Measures; Keep a Compelling Scoreboard; Create a Cadence of Accountability—leaders can produce breakthrough results, even when executing the strategy requires a significant change in behavior from their teams.

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The CIO Paradox

Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership.

Through interviews with a wide array of successful CIOs, The CIO Paradoxhelps readers level the playing field for IT success and get one step closer to bringing maximum value to their companies. The book addresses four vantage points for CIOs to consider as they move toward improvement: their particular Role, their Stakeholders, their Organization, and their particular Industry. When fully understood, these four aspects of IT leadership work in concert to comprise what Heller considers to be a winning formula for excellence.

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Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO

50 Indispensable Tips to Help You Stay Afloat, Bounce Back, and Get Ahead at Work.

It’s not enough to know how to manage common work-life challenges; you must also deal with the uncommon ones. Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO gives you proven, easy, go-to techniques for handling even the biggest career surprises, one step at a time.

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Transforming Towards Life-Centered Economics

Transforming Towards Life orients change agents, policy makers, activists, business leaders, ecologists, economists, and thoughtful people everywhere to the values and practices needed to build a world where all can flourish, where ‘all’ includes all humanity and all of life’s beings.

It provides an in-depth understanding of what it will take, especially in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic and the burgeoning climate emergency, to transform today’s growth-and profit-oriented socio-economic systems to life-affirming ways benefit all rather than just an elite few.

Transforming Towards Life argues that to move towards a world in which all can flourish, we all need to start telling new, yet very ancient, stories about who we are and why we are here in the world-stories built on relationship or connectedness, responsibility for the whole, reciprocity, and equity. We need to incorporate core ideas about what gives life to systems into all businesses, communities, governments, and other types of organizations-that is, what helps them flourish.

Business and other institutions need to create collective value, that is, value for all, and change the mindsets of people engaged with them so that they in turn can generate new performance metrics, practices, and power relationships that enable people everywhere to find their voice and their capacity to participate actively in bringing about a flourishing world. The book concludes with thoughts about how each one of us can do our bit to bring about this necessary transformation. (description from Publisher)

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Understanding the Financial Industry Through Linguistics

Imagine a collection of villages all beset upon by monsters. One village defeats their monsters using silver bullets. They convince all surrounding villages that their solution should be the only standard. The next village uses silver bullets to repel the monsters but fail! Why? Because the first village was fighting werewolves, the second village was fighting vampires. This is our data challenge – recognizing not all problems are the same – and there are no single silver bullet solutions.

There are many communities within financial services, each with nuanced needs that require slightly different solutions to address what may look like the same problem. The financial services industry is unique for being based upon information and communication. It is the failure in understanding that multiple existing financial languages exist and pursuing interoperability that sits at the crux of financial crisis – not the lack of a single unified financial language.

This book is an essential read for any professional dealing with data and information challenges. The author presents a new, unique approach to broad industry issues, leveraging applied linguistics. They discuss how to break barriers that exist between language and data; the aim to make it easier for the financial industry (including regulators) to communicate – for the benefit of all investors. Unconventional in the cross-disciplinary pairing of applied linguistics and financial services, it is practical and intuitive in pursuing solutions. While focused on financial services, the approach is relevant for other industries that have similar challenges. (description from Publisher)

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Why Projects Fail: Nine Laws for Success

We are all involved at some time in our lives in projects, if not professionally then in our private and community lives. Some projects fail completely and many more disappoint. We frequently hear reports of IT, construction, engineering, and personal projects failing by going over budget, or running late, or failing to meet the client’s expectations; or all three. This book deals with the nine features that almost all failing projects share.
In this easy to read book, the author uses his nine laws of project design and control to lead the reader through the traps that can catch out not only project managers but also the project client and other members of a project community. This book is not a treatise of project management theory but practical guide, based on wide experience and the study of the causes of project failure, aimed at the professional and amateur alike. (description from Publisher)

Welcome to Management

How to Grow From Top Performer to Excellent Leader.

Every year, millions of top performers are promoted to management-level jobs―only to discover that the tactics that got them promoted are not the tactics that will make them effective in their new role. In Welcome to Management, Ryan Hawk provides practical, actionable advice and tools designed to ensure that transition is a successful one.

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Winning Now, Winning Later

How Companies Can Succeed in the Short Term While Investing for the Long Term.

From local coffee shops to the largest Fortune 500 companies, everyone is struggling to make the impossible choice between chasing short-term objectives and creating a secure future for their company.

David Cote understood this dilemma and rejected it. And in these pages, he shows you how taking the same revolutionary approach might be the smartest business decision you’ll ever make.

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Customer Relationship Management

CRM first entered the business vocabulary in the early 90’s; initially as a systems driven technical solution. It has since escalated in importance as system providers increased their market penetration of the business market and, in parallel, CRM’s strategic importance gained more traction as it was recognized that CRM was, at its heart, a business model in the pursuit of sustainable profit.
This was accentuated by the academic community stepping up their interest in the subject in the early 2000’s. Today, it is a universal business topic which has been re-engineered by the online shopping revolution in which the customer is firmly placed at the center of the business. The current reality, however, is that, for the vast majority of businesses, CRM has not been adopted as a business philosophy and practicing business model. It has not been fully understood and therefore fully embraced and properly implemented.
The author addresses this head-on by stripping CRM down into its component parts by delving into and explaining the role and relevance of the C, R, and M in CRM. This is a practical guide but set within a strategic framework. The outage is clear actionable insights and how to convert them into delivery. It is written in an easily digestible, non-jargon style, with case studies to demonstrate how CRM works. This book can be immediately used as the primary practical reference to guide the development and implementation of a CRM strategy. (description from Publisher)

Growth Hacker Marketing

A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising.

Bestselling author Ryan Holiday, the acclaimed marketing guru for many successful brands, authors, and musicians, explains the new rules of Growth Hacking in a book that has become a marketing classic in Silicon Valley and around the world. This new edition is updated with cutting-edge case studies of startups, brands, and small businesses.

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Insight Selling

Surprising Research on What Sales Winners Do Differently.

Mike Schultz and John Doerr, bestselling authors and world-renowned sales experts, set out to find the answer. They studied more than 700 business-to-business purchases made by buyers who represented a total of $3.1 billion in annual purchasing power. When they compared the winners to the second-place finishers, they found surprising results.

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Made to Stick

Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die.

In Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier, such as applying the human scale principle, using the Velcro Theory of Memory, and creating curiosity gaps. Along the way, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds—from the infamous “kidney theft ring” hoax to a coach’s lessons on sportsmanship to a vision for a new product at Sony—draw their power from the same six traits.

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Marketing Above the Noise

Achieve Strategic Advantage with Marketing That Matters.

Through her work with a wide range of organizations from small companies to professional service providers to Fortune 500 companies, Linda Popky has developed Dynamic Market Leverage(TM), an approach to help cut through the clutter, stand out, and effectively build business.

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Podcasting Marketing Strategy

A Complete Guide to Creating, Publishing and Monetizing a Successful Podcast.

Take advantage of the skyrocketing popularity of podcasts and learn how your business can use the unique opportunity to stand out and drive loyal engagement with target audiences, using this complete guide to podcast marketing – written by the hosts of the global top ten iTunes podcast, The Digital Marketing Podcast.

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Rethinking Prestige Branding

Secrets of the Ueber-Brands.

Prestige brand experts JP Kuehlwein and Wolfgang Schaefer uncover the formula for what drives the success of iconic brands, offering a behind-the-scenes look into not just the practical marketing of brands, but how consumers respond to them psychologically and emotionally.

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Run Frictionless Book

run_frictionless: How to free a founder from a sales role

Friction is not a sales problem, or a customer service problem. It is an organizational problem. No matter how talented people who work in the organization, the greater the friction, the more difficult it is for your people to create and serve a customer. run_frictionless help founders and sales teams overcome friction and reach predictable sales, using a decision-making framework called the 4Qs.

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Success Secrets of the Online Marketing Superstars

Eager business owners gain access to the playbooks of 23 of today’s most respected and well-known online marketers, who reveal their most valuable online strategies and tactics for capturing new customers and influencing ongoing purchases from current ones.

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The Dragonfly Effect

Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways To Use Social Media to Drive Social Change.

Many books teach the mechanics of using Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to compete in business. But no book addresses how to harness the incredible power of social media to make a difference. The Dragonfly Effect shows you how to tap social media and consumer psychological insights to achieve a single, concrete goal.

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The New Strategic Selling

The Unique Sales System Proven Successful by the World’s Best Companies.

The Book That Sparked A Selling Revolution In 1985 one book changed sales and marketing forever. Rejecting manipulative tactics and emphasizing “process,” Strategic Selling presented the idea of selling as a joint venture and introduced the decade’s most influential concept, Win-Win. The response to Win-Win was immediate and helped turn the small company that created Strategic Selling, Miller Heiman, into a global leader in sales development with the most prestigious client list in the industry.

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The Science of Selling

Proven Strategies to Make Your Pitch, Influence Decisions, and Close the Deal.

Blending cutting-edge research in social psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics, The Science of Selling shows you how to align the way you sell with how our brains naturally form buying decisions, dramatically increasing your ability to earn more sales.

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Selling: The New Norm

Why read another book on selling? Simple. Today’s client is more informed; more sophisticated, and has more access to information. Selling professionals today need to be keener to fulfill the needs of the client by offering value, and most important, trust. In the increasing age and rage of globalization and the Internet, competition rises. Selling professionals today need to determine better ways to reach the economic decision maker and better articulate their value. Selling: The New Norm is such a book. This book will provide the tools and templates required to meet today’s sales challenges. (description from Publisher)

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Shaping Your Future: Become the Brand Everyone Wants

This book is a powerful combination of transforming tools related to our three-part being: spirit, soul (will, intellect and emotions), and our body (what people observe, hear and the perceptions they form). What happens on the inside impacts every part of life on the outside. These exercises, stories, examples, and educational components are filled with techniques and inspiration designed to guide you into how to successfully advance your personal and professional life simultaneously. You will be empowered to learn how to turn both personal and professional challenges into success. These techniques can be implemented immediately and experienced for a lifetime.
Beginning with the very first chapter, you will launch into transforming exercises that dig deep to accelerate maximum growth. Become proficient as a routinely sought-after friend and business associate using this self-esteem, professional image, and business etiquette guidebook. Attract the most positive relationships by developing a success-driven default mindset through autosuggestion techniques. Confidently communicate with all socio-economic, educational and age groups. Learn powerful and effective communication skills to engage one or 1,000.
When you finish this book, you will revel in your new life and career reinvention, strength, reputation, persona and mind set. You will be empowered to radiate indispensable characteristics to those you meet every day. Start now! (description from Publisher)

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Stand Out!

This book democratizes branding: It makes branding—its history, theory, and practice—easily accessible and actionable. Stand Out! replaces the mystique of brand strategy with the magic of brand transformation….it makes it exciting and fun and puts that power directly into the hands of the business masses. It is a practical handbook for getting started with branding or for strengthening an existing brand management system. It gives the reader the confidence, permission, and skills to get branding now! (description from Publisher)

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This Note’s for You

This book talks to the people that created the campaigns with the songs we remember the most. Everything from Bob Seger’s “Like A Rock” in Chevy Trucks to Lady Gaga’s “Applause” and the dancing KIA hamsters. The result is a book for students to be educated and entertained on what made these campaigns excellent and how to make excellent campaigns. This collection of award-winning music in advertising campaigns is not available together anywhere else. It shows where this art in advertising form has been, where it is now, and helps the student to be a part of where it is still to go. (description from Publisher)

Ultimate Guide to Local Business Marketing

Search advertising leader Perry Marshall and local marketing expert Talor Zamir have teamed up to fill a void in the online marketing category. From local online advertising to local listings, maps and reviews to social outreach, effective content development and PR, this guide goes beyond local SEO, delivering tools so entrepreneurs can build a comprehensive online advertising campaign.

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What Great Brands Do

The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest.

It’s tempting to believe that brands like Apple, Nike, and Zappos achieved their iconic statuses because of serendipity, an unattainable magic formula, or even the genius of a single visionary leader. However, these companies all adopted specific approaches and principles that transformed their ordinary brands into industry leaders. In other words, great brands can be built–and Denise Lee Yohn knows exactly how to do it.

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You Can Negotiate Anything Book App

You Can Negotiate Anything: The World’s Best Negotiator Tells You How To Get What You Want

Regardless of who you are or what you want, you can negotiate anything promises Herb Cohen, the world’s best negotiator. From mergers to marriages, from loans to lovemaking, the #1 bestseller You Can Negotiate Anything proves that “money, justice, prestige, love—it’s all negotiable.” Hailed by such publications as Time, People, and Newsweek, Cohen has advised presidents on everything from domestic policy to hostage crises to combating internal terrorism. His advice: “Be patient, be personal, be informed—and you can bargain successfully for anything.” Inside, you’ll learn the keys to using Herb Cohen’s proven strategy for dealing with your mate, your boss, your credit card company, your children, your lawyer, your best friends, and even yourself:

  • The three crucial steps to success
    Identifying the other side’s negotiating style—and how to deal with it
    The win-win technique
    Using time to your advantage
    The power of persistence, persuasion, and attitude
    The art of the telephone negotiation, and much more

“Power is based upon perception—if you think you’ve got it then you’ve got it!” affirms Herb Cohen, the world’s expert. And with this book, you’ve got the power to get what you really want right in your hands. (description from Amazon)

Money & Investments

Accounting Made Simple

Accounting Explained in 100 Pages or Less.

Find all of the following explained in Plain-English with no technical jargon:
The Accounting Equation and why it’s so significant
How to read and prepare financial statements
How to calculate and interpret several different financial ratios
The concepts and assumptions behind Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
Preparing journal entries with debits and credits
Cash method vs. accrual method
Inventory and Cost of Goods Sold
How to calculate depreciation and amortization expenses

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Getting the Best Equipment Lease Deal

This book is a guidebook for any business, small to large, considering acquiring equipment through a leasing alternative. It explains the pros and cons of leasing equipment, as well as how leasing and financing companies operate and the pitfalls to watch out for, provides guidance on how to financially evaluate lease offers and compare them to other financing alternatives. It also discusses the various business, accounting, and tax implications. Included are practical tips, recommendations and strategies for getting the best lease deal, a legal and business explanation of all relevant documents, and strategies to negotiate the relevant documents to get the best terms.
Very simply, this book is a comprehensive guidebook tailored expressly for the business lessee—with up-to-date suggestions, insider tips and observations. So, if you’re thinking about leasing equipment and want to know how to negotiate the best possible lease deal, this book is for you. (description from Publisher)

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Mastering Options

If you are a beginner to the world of options, Mastering Options— Effective and Profitable Strategies for Traders is essential for learning the basics of option strategies that will enable you to start making consistently handsome earnings. This book gives the novice a comprehensive understanding of using option investment and hedging strategies successfully.
The content is aimed primarily at the undergraduate whose ambition is to become either a trader in a financial organization or an online investor through a financial broker’s trading platform. It also provides seasoned investors and traders with new insights into using options as an investment tool. The key trading tools available on online trading platforms are explained in enough detail that beginners will be able to understand as well as learn how to invest effectively in the financial markets using options. (description from Publisher)

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The Non-Timing Trading System

The Non-Timing Trading System is a conservative process for investing in the stock market. This book is perfect for the investors that are dissatisfied with low interest rates and want high returns on their investment without high risk. The book will teach you a low-risk strategy that will give you consistent average yearly returns between 20 percent and 30 percent and beat the S&P 500 year after year. The system is based on a mathematical model designed to protect your capital while giving you high returns.
You don’t have to time the market and pick the right stock. The market will tell you what it is doing. There are always corrections in the market, even severe ones. The book describes in detail how it handles downturns and how it gets you out of the market before corrections become severe.
The author doesn’t just show you a strategy and leave you hanging. There is a tutorial with five years of trading using the system which covers every possible scenario so that you are never left wondering what to do. Protection of your capital is its highest priority. The investor that is looking for high returns should not have to settle for high risk. (description from Publisher)

Personal Development

15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management

The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs.

New York Times bestselling author, Kevin Kruse, presents the remarkable findings of his study of ultra-productive people. Based on survey research and interviews with billionaires, Olympic athletes, straight-A students, and over 200 entrepreneurs—-including Mark Cuban, Kevin Harrington, James Altucher, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Grant Cardone, and Lewis Howes—-Kruse answers the question: what are the secrets to extreme productivity?

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Anything You Want

From 1998 to 2008, I had this wild experience of starting a little hobby, accidentally growing it into a big business, and then selling it for $22 million. So now people want to hear my thoughts.

People ask me about that experience, so I tell stories about how it went for me. Many of them are about all the things I did wrong. I made some horrible mistakes.

People ask my advice on how to approach situations in their lives or businesses, so I explain how I approach things. But my approach is just one way, and I could argue against it as well.

I’m not really suggesting that anyone should be like me. I’m pretty unusual, so what works for me might not work for others. But enough people thought that my stories and the philosophies I developed from this experience were worth sharing, so here we are.

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Build Better Brains

The exciting news is that leadership has become measurable in the brain. This opens a new perspective on “the biology of leadership”.

Have you ever wished to discover what lies inside of the box on top of your head? Are you aware that by reading this book you will forever change your brain, because your brain is an eternal construction site? Did you know that we have three brains? One brain in the brain, one in the heart, one in the gut?

With Millennials and Generation Z becoming most of our workforce, the way we think about leadership is changing. Advances in neuroscience can prepare leaders to build a culture of trust and purpose for themselves and their teams.

Build Better Brains is neither a leadership book nor a book on neuroscience. It merges the best of the two worlds to serve a new type of leader emerging with contemporary organizations. (description from Publisher)

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Business Writing for Innovators and Change-Makers

Business Writing for Innovators and Change-Makers will empower you to build your confidence as a communicator, strengthen your brand, and increase your impact with your customers and clients.

Business Writing for Innovators and Change-Makers is a writing guidebook with street-smarts. It recognizes the unique communication challenges entrepreneurs face and offers clear action steps for tackling them.

As an entrepreneur with a pioneering product or service to offer the world, you can’t rely on cookie-cutter communication templates to get your meaning across. You need a set of writing strategies that are quick to implement and easy to adapt to a wide variety of communication situations, from emails to pitch decks.

Dawn Henwood provides a simple, flexible approach to writing that will open your eyes to the subtle ways written communication can engage and motivate your target audience. Whether you are just starting your business or scaling up to the next level of success, you’ll find Dawn’s straightforward teaching just the help you need to make your message heard. Business Writing for Innovators and Change-Makers will empower you to build your confidence as a communicator, strengthen your brand, and increase your impact with your customers and clients. (description from Publisher)

Communicate in a Crisis

Understand, Engage and Influence Consumer Behaviour to Maximize Brand Trust.

Communicate in a Crisis is the definitive guide for any PR or marketing professional to recognize, plan and respond to a sudden wildfire of consumer-led reaction, ‘manipulated outrage’ sparked from interaction on news feed algorithms, fuelled by social media and the constant demand for an instantaneous response.

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Emotional Connection, The EmC Strategy

We assert that underlying all of our interactions are the emotions we are all operating with, both consciously and unconsciously. Emotions, and not the content, are the most powerful presence in the room during conflicts and stress. But knowing this is not enough. This book lights the way to appreciating the importance of developing the emotional language to describe, acknowledge, and address emotions in the workplace using a proven and systemic approach absent in most other EI strategies. The EmC strategy will enable the leader inside you to connect more effectively, energize a harmonious workplace, and nurture creativity and innovation to achieve unprecedented results. Improve productivity, make better decisions, and get results.Create a cohesive work environment and a thriving culture Increase creativity, innovation, and collaboration Improve trust, confidence, and transparency. Approach work with enthusiasm and full engagement. Have greater motivation, be fearless in taking risks, and explore opportunities Improve your quality of life and have more fun at work. Enduring relationships give us the strength to face volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and adversity. When we are connected, we can thrive, we can achieve unimaginable success. (description from Publisher)

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Finding Your Career Niche: Conversations About Women and Business

This book is a conversation—not a lecture—for women. If women are wondering how to approach their careers at any age and how to decide when the time is right to have children, there are questions to help make the decision.
Chapters in this book provide women additional perspectives on deciding the type of career, taking advantage of opportunities, networking, surviving in the corporate environment, and when it is time to become an entrepreneur. (description from Publisher)

Influence

The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition.

In this highly acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Dr. Robert B. Cialdini—the seminal expert in the field of influence and persuasion—explains the psychology of why people say yes and how to apply these principles ethically in business and everyday situations.

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Invisible Influence

The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior.

By understanding how social influence works, we can decide when to resist and when to embrace it—and learn how we can use this knowledge to exercise more control over our own behavior. In Invisible Influence, Jonah Berger “is consistently entertaining, applying science to real life in surprising ways and explaining research through narrative.

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Noise

A Flaw in Human Judgment.

From the bestselling author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, the co-author of Nudge, and the author of You Are About to Make a Terrible Mistake! comes Noise, a revolutionary exploration of why people make bad judgments, and how to control both noise and cognitive bias.​

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Now, Discover Your Strengths

The revolutionary Gallup program that shows you how to develop your unique talents and strengths.

The 20th anniversary edition of Now, Discover Your Strengths comes with an access code to the Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment. This updated assessment includes reports and resources that go far beyond the standardized reports of the older assessment by providing you with personalized insight statements unique to your specific combination of strengths.

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Personal and Career Development

This workbook will help readers identify their strengths, interests, and priorities to take ownership of their life and career decisions.

The authors provide a framework to reflect on several questions that are becoming increasingly important among the 21st-century leaders―how to create an authentic leadership style, define one’s values, and align vision–values career. Readers are given an extensive number of tools for defining their purpose, creating a plan, and are being encouraged to take it into action.

Coaches, mentors–trainers who help others achieve their aspirations will benefit from the contents of this book. It is also very valuable for first-time and mid-level managers, recent graduates, and newly established entrepreneurs looking for tools to create a roadmap for their life and career planning. (description from Publisher)

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The Real Me

Modern society is ill. Many people sit in their work cubicle, at jobs that are stressful and unfulfilling. With a boss they don’t like. With a mortgage they cannot afford. With relationships that aren’t all they could be. With a work-life balance that’s all work and no life. It’s no wonder there’s a stress and depression epidemic in the Western world. Many people have simply lost themselves. Is this you? If so, life doesn’t have to be like this. You can choose to live life in a different way. Most people will say that they want more than anything to be themselves and to make a difference. This book is about how to be true to yourself in a society that more than ever pushes us to disguise who we are, so we end up pretending to be who we’re not. How can I find a way to be myself? Join Mark Eyre to find your own real me, and along the way, pick up some practical strategies and approaches to help you express who you really are. It’s time to join the journey of a lifetime, and in the words of George Eliot, to “be who you might have been.” (description from Publisher)

Reinvent Yourself

I’ve reinvented my career, my interests, my life, many times over the past twenty years. This is the book I wish I had at the beginning of that long and often volatile journey. I found when I outsourced my self-esteem to only one outcome, disaster resulted. Reinvention was the key to ensuring that the outcomes in life were positive ones.

And now the entire world: technology, governments, the shifting landscapes of opportunity and success, are all turning upside down, forcing us to reinvent as individuals and as a culture. Along my own journey I have read and encountered dozens of other successful leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, and mentors who I have learned the art of reinvention from.

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Speed of Trust

The One Thing That Changes Everything.

Stephen M. R. Covey shows how trust—and the speed at which it is established with clients, employees, and all stakeholders—is the single most critical component of a successful leader and organization.

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life.

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

There are only so many things we can give a f*ck about, so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

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Tiny Habits

The Small Changes That Change Everything.

BJ FOGG is here to change your life—and revolutionize how we think about human behavior. Based on twenty years of research and Fogg’s experience coaching more than 40,000 people, Tiny Habits cracks the code of habit formation. With breakthrough discoveries in every chapter, you’ll learn the simplest proven ways to transform your life. Fogg shows you how to feel good about your successes instead of bad about your failures.

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