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  1. 11.4 hrs • 4/7/2015 • Unabridged

    From the visionary head of Google’s innovative People Operations—a groundbreaking inquiry into the philosophy of work, and a blueprint for attracting the most spectacular talent to your business and ensuring the best and brightest succeed. “We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It’s not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing.” So says Laszlo Bock, head of People Operations at the company that transformed how the world interacts with knowledge. This insight is the heart of Work Rules!, a compelling and surprisingly playful manifesto with the potential to change how we work and live. Drawing on the latest research in behavioral economics and with a profound grasp of human psychology, Bock also provides teaching examples from a range of industries—including companies that are household names but hideous places to work, and little-known companies that achieve spectacular results by valuing and listening to their employees. Bock takes us inside one of history’s most explosively successful businesses to reveal why Google is consistently rated one of the best places to work in the world, distilling fifteen years of intensive worker R&D into delightfully counterintuitive principles that are easy to put into action, whether you’re a team of one or a team of thousands. Cleaving the knot of conventional management, some lessons from Work Rules! include the following: Take away managers’ power over employeesLearn from your best employees—and your worstOnly hire people who are smarter than you are, no matter how long it takes to find themPay unfairly—it’s more fair!Don’t trust your gut; use data to predict and shape the futureDefault to open; be transparent and welcome feedbackIf you’re comfortable with the amount of freedom you’ve given your employees, you haven’t gone far enough Work Rules! shows how to strike a balance between creativity and structure, leading to success you can measure in quality of life as well as market share. Read it to build a better company from within rather than from above. Read it to reawaken your joy in what you do.

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    Work Rules!

    11.4 hrs • 4/7/15 • Unabridged
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    6.0 hrs • 10/21/2014 • Unabridged

    The quintessential self-made man, master of brand identity, and award-winning executive—KISS’s Gene Simmons—shares his manifesto for business success. KISS did not become one of the most successful rock bands in history by accident. Long before they first took the stage, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley had a clear-cut operating plan for their business. Over the past forty years, KISS has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide and manages over three thousand licensed merchandise items. In addition to KISS, Simmons’ lucrative ventures include two hit reality shows, a professional sports team, a restaurant chain, and a record company. A recipient of the Forbes Lifetime Achievement Award, this brilliant executive runs all of his businesses on his own—no personal assistant, few handlers, and as little red tape as possible. In Me, Inc., the marketing and finance wizard gives aspiring entrepreneurs the critical tools they need to succeed. Simmons teaches you how to build a solid business strategy, harness the countless tools available in the digital age, network like hell, and be the architect for the business entity that is you. Inspired by The Art of War, Me, Inc. is organized around thirteen specific, easy-to-understand principles for success, drawn from Simmons’ own triumphs and failures. From finding the confidence necessary to get started to surrounding yourself with the right people to knowing when to pull the plug and when to double-down, these principles can help you attain the freedom and wealth of your dreams.

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    Me, Inc.

    Foreword written and read by John Varvatos
    Read by Gene Simmons
    6.0 hrs • 10/21/14 • Unabridged
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  3. 6.0 hrs • 10/21/2014 • Unabridged

    The quintessential self-made man, master of brand identity, and award-winning executive—KISS’s Gene Simmons—shares his manifesto for business success. KISS did not become one of the most successful rock bands in history by accident. Long before they first took the stage, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley had a clear-cut operating plan for their business. Over the past forty years, KISS has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide and manages over three thousand licensed merchandise items. In addition to KISS, Simmons’ lucrative ventures include two hit reality shows, a professional sports team, a restaurant chain, and a record company. A recipient of the Forbes Lifetime Achievement Award, this brilliant executive runs all of his businesses on his own—no personal assistant, few handlers, and as little red tape as possible. In Me, Inc., the marketing and finance wizard gives aspiring entrepreneurs the critical tools they need to succeed. Simmons teaches you how to build a solid business strategy, harness the countless tools available in the digital age, network like hell, and be the architect for the business entity that is you. Inspired by The Art of War, Me, Inc. is organized around thirteen specific, easy-to-understand principles for success, drawn from Simmons’ own triumphs and failures. From finding the confidence necessary to get started to surrounding yourself with the right people to knowing when to pull the plug and when to double-down, these principles can help you attain the freedom and wealth of your dreams.

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    Me, Inc. by Gene Simmons

    Me, Inc.

    Foreword written and read by John Varvatos
    Read by Gene Simmons
    6.0 hrs • 10/21/14 • Unabridged
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  4. 11.3 hrs • 9/10/2013 • Unabridged

    A behind-the-scenes, revelatory history of McKinsey & Company, America’s most influential and controversial business consulting firm, told by one of the nation’s leading financial journalists Founded in 1926, McKinsey & Company has become one of the world’s leading management consulting firms, helping to invent American business and shaping its course for decades. Ushering in the age of American industrial dominance, McKinsey remapped the power structure in the White House, helped create the bar code, revolutionized business schools, and introduced the idea of budgeting as a management tool. McKinsey consultants have created the corporate behaviors that shaped our world—reinventing our idea of American capitalism and exporting it across the globe. At the same time, however, McKinsey can also be associated with a list of striking failures. Its consultants were on the scene when General Motors drove itself into the ground, and they played a critical role in building the bomb known as Enron. Yet they are rarely blamed for the failures—at least not publicly. McKinsey employees are trusted and distrusted, loved and despised. And far from prying eyes, they are doing behind-the-scenes work for the most powerful people in the world. In The Firm, star financial journalist Duff McDonald uncovers how these high-powered, high-priced business savants have ushered in waves of structural, financial, and technological shifts to the biggest and best American organizations. With unrivaled access to company documents and current and former employees, McDonald reveals the inner workings of what just might be the most influential private organization in America.

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    The Firm by Duff McDonald

    The Firm

    11.3 hrs • 9/10/13 • Unabridged
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  5. 11.0 hrs • 9/10/2013 • Unabridged

    When BIC, manufacturer of disposable ballpoint pens, wanted to grow, it looked for an idea beyond introducing new sizes and ink colors. Someone suggested lighters. With an idea that seemed crazy at first, that bright executive, instead of seeing BIC as a pen company, a business in the pen “box”—figured out there was growth to be found in the disposable “box.” And he was right. Now there are disposable BIC lighters, razors, even phones. The company opened its door to a host of opportunities. It invented a new box. Your business can, too. And simply thinking “out of the box” is not the answer. True ingenuity needs structure, hard analysis, and bold brainstorming. It needs to start thinking in new boxes, a revolutionary process for sustainable creativity from two strategic innovation experts from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). To make sense of the world, we all rely on assumptions, on models—on what Luc de Brabandere and Alan Iny call “boxes.” If we are unaware of our boxes, they can blind us to risks and opportunities. This innovative book challenges everything you thought you knew about business creativity by breaking creativity down into five steps: •  Doubt everything. Challenge your current perspectives. •  Probe the possible. Explore options around you. •  Diverge. Generate many new and exciting ideas, even if they seem absurd. •  Converge. Evaluate and select the ideas that will drive breakthrough results. •  Reevaluate. Relentlessly. No idea is a good idea forever. And did we mention Reevaluate? Relentlessly. •  Creativity is paramount if you are to thrive in a time of accelerating change. Replete with practical and potent creativity tools, and featuring fascinating case studies from BIC to Ford to Trader Joe’s, Thinking in New Boxes will help you and your company overcome missed opportunities and stay ahead of the curve. This book isn’t a simpleminded checklist. This is Thinking in New Boxes. And it will be fun. We promise.

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    Thinking in New Boxes

    11.0 hrs • 9/10/13 • Unabridged
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  6. 8.5 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    Once upon a time Corporate America paid certain people huge fees to tell organizations what they were doing wrong. These men and women really knew next to nothing. They trashed businesses, destroyed careers, and wasted time and money. They called themselves Management Consultants. I know them well. I was one of them. Welcome to the... HOUSE OF LIES.When Martin Kihn joined a powerhouse New York consulting firm, he thought his job was to help organizations. In reality, the consultants spent precious work hours prowling for new clients, and offered little or no useful information. From power breakfasts with mind games to the screaming indignity of "Feedback Camp" in New Jersey, HOUSE OF LIES reveals the truth about a "profession" that could threaten your job, your career, and your life...and even throws you some lifelines should the suits start circling your company.

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    House of Lies

    8.5 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  7. 9.3 hrs • 1/17/2012 • Unabridged

    When the landmark bestseller Flawless Consulting was first published more than three decades ago, it was quickly adopted as the “consultant’s bible.” With his legendary warmth and passion, Peter Block explained how to deal effectively with clients, peers, and others. The book continues to speak to people in a support function inside organizations as well as to external consultants. This thoroughly revised and updated third edition of Peter Block’s groundbreaking book explores the latest thinking on consultation. It includes new insights about how we can organize our consulting around discovering the strengths, positive examples, and gifts of the client organization or community. The book remains a practical and specific guide for anyone who needs to develop a capacity for deeper relatedness and partnership—which means it is for all who wish to make a real difference in the world. This new edition covers the consulting challenges that have arisen from the way we routinely communicate electronically and live in the virtual world. Block suggests ways to overcome the distancing and isolating effects inherent in electronic connects. The book also includes practical guidance on how to ask better questions, gives suggestions for dealing with difficult clients, and contains expanded guidelines on more engaging forms of implementation. Flawless Consulting includes two new examples, taken from health care and educational reform efforts, to show how consulting skills can be useful (and often transformative) in a broader context. These illustrative examples point the way for achieving changes for leadership in business, government, religion, human services, and more. Like the first two editions, Flawless Consulting affirms the notion that authentic behavior and personal relationships are the key to technical and business success. By demonstrating their ability to be truly authentic at each step in the process, consultants can aim toward creating workplaces that are more collaborative and ultimately more successful.

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    Flawless Consulting, Third Edition

    9.3 hrs • 1/17/12 • Unabridged
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  8. 6.2 hrs • 5/31/2011 • Unabridged

    YOU CAN LIGHT THE WAY FOR OTHERS. In this game-changing book by Brendon Burchard, founder of Experts Academy, you'll discover –Your life story and experience have greater importance and market value than you probably ever dreamed. –You are here to make a difference in this world. The best way to do that is to package your knowledge and advice (on any topic, in any industry) to help others succeed. –You can get paid for sharing your advice and how-to information, in the process you can build a lucrative business and a profoundly meaningful life. In The Millionaire Messenger, legendary expert trainer Brendon Burchard pulls back the curtains on the advice industry and shows you a simple 10-step plan for making an impact and an income with what you know. The lessons you've learned in life and business are about to become your greatest asset, and your greatest legacy.

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    The Millionaire Messenger

    6.2 hrs • 5/31/11 • Unabridged
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  9. 6.3 hrs • 8/6/2009 • Unabridged

    In today’s fast-paced networked economy, professionals must work harder than ever to maintain and improve their business skills and knowledge. But technical mastery of your discipline is not enough, assert world-renowned professional advisors David H. Maister, Charles H. Green, and Robert M. Galford. The key to professional success, they argue, is the ability to earn the trust and confidence of clients. The creation of trust is what earns the right to influence clients; trust is also at the root of client satisfaction and loyalty. The workings of trust are even more critical in the new economy than in the old. Maister, Green, and Galford enrich our understanding of trust, yet they have also written a deeply practical book. Using their model of the “Trust Equation,” they dissect the rational and emotional components of trustworthiness. With precision and clarity, they detail five distinct steps you must take to create a trust-based relationship. Each step—engage, listen, frame, envision, and commit—is richly described in distinct chapters. The book is peppered with pragmatic “top ten” lists aimed at improving advisors’ effectiveness that can be put to use instantly. This book will be welcomed by the inexperienced advisor and the most seasoned expert alike. The authors use anecdotes, experiences, and examples—successes and mistakes, their own and others’—to great effect. Though they use the professional services advisor/client paradigm throughout the book, their prescriptions have resonance for other trust-reliant situations—selling, customer relationship management, and internal staff functions like HR and information technology. The result is a tour de force—brilliant, penetrating, unique. It is essential listening for anyone who must advise, negotiate, or manage complex relationships with others.

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