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  1. 4.0 hrs • 9/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Organizations are coming to the reality that work-life balance is no longer solely an issue for working women. As we progress further into the 21st century, workers and ways of working are changing. We have four generations operating together in the workplace, and a tremendous variety of professional expectations, values, goals, and needs. People want to work, but more and more need work to work better in their lives. For some, it might be a question of flexibility to care for family, for others, a question of personal fulfillment and being present both at work and at home. Regardless, people are expressing the need for an improved sense of work-life balance. It has become central to maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace. As companies grapple with increased talent and marketplace competition, work-life balance has become a pivotal issue for higher engagement, increased productivity, greater innovation, and employee retention. Backed by 20 years of talent engagement expertise, The Golden Apple bridges the gap between awareness and action, giving leaders practical solutions they can take for immediate impact: the 50-minute meeting, mindful minutes, and establishing clear boundaries that can instantly provide a valuable return with minimal effort. In short, the book shows how full engagement of a diverse, inclusive workforce is the competitive advantage of our time.

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    The Golden Apple

    4.0 hrs • 9/1/16 • Unabridged
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    4.5 hrs • 5/27/2016 • Unabridged

    A mindful guide for using our minds to win the games our brains are hardwired to play on us. In a ten-year study involving hundreds of interactive creative problem-solving sessions, renowned business strategist and author Matthew E. May gave over 150,000 professionals a simple thought exercise, finding that less than 5 percent arrived at the best and most elegant solution. The evidence he collected points to seven observable thinking flaws, hardwired in the human brain, that could send you down a path to business failure. Winning the Brain Game calls on neuroscience and psychology to explain these fatal flaws, then draws on case studies and interviews with the most innovative thinkers in the world to provide you with a super-curated set of battle-tested tools for fighting them. Short, practical, and imminently readable, the book offers a fresh spin on the traps that cause innovators, product designers, and business strategists to employ generic solutions for complex, real-world problems. May’s practical solutions to avoid repetitive thinking patterns will lead you to better decision-making, higher levels of innovation, clearer business strategies, and overall success.

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    Winning the Brain Game

    4.5 hrs • 5/27/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 6.1 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Unabridged

    We are operating in a world defined by constant connection, rapid change, and abundant choices. News that once took months, even years, to spread now reaches across the globe in seconds. Advances in medicine and science are pushing boundaries with gene therapy and stem cell transplants. And decisions about where and how to work and live are nearly endless. As new knowledge—and the possibilities that arise from that knowledge—propels us forward, leadership readiness expert and renowned author Erika Andersen suggests that success in today’s world requires the ability to acquire new knowledge and skills quickly and continuously-in spite of our mixed feelings about being a novice. In her newest book, Be Bad First, Erika explores how we can become masters of mastery; proficient in the kind of high-payoff learning that’s needed today. She encourages listeners to embrace being bad on the way to being great-to be novices over and over again as we seek to learn and acquire the new skills that will allow us to thrive in this fast-changing world.

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    Be Bad First

    6.1 hrs • 3/1/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 7.0 hrs • 10/1/2015 • Unabridged

    What is the best way for a company to innovate? That’s exactly the wrong question. The better question: How can organizations get the maximum possible value from their innovation investments? Advice recommending “innovation vacations” and the luxury of failure may be wonderful for organizations with time to spend and money to waste. But this book addresses the innovation priorities of companies that live in the real world of limits. They want fast, frugal, and high impact innovations. They don’t just seek superior innovation, they want superior innovators. In The Innovator’s Hypothesis, innovation expert Michael Schrage advocates a cultural and strategic shift: small teams, collaboratively—and competitively—crafting business experiments that make top management sit up and take notice. Creativity within constraints—clear deadlines and clear deliverables—is what serious innovation cultures do. Schrage introduces the 5x5 framework: giving diverse teams of five people up to five days to come up with portfolios of five business experiments costing no more than $5,000 each and taking no longer than five weeks to run. The book describes multiple portfolios of 5x5 experiments drawn from Schrage’s advisory work and innovation workshops worldwide. These include financial service approaches for improving customer service and addressing security challenges; a pharmaceutical company’s hypotheses for boosting regulatory compliance; and a diaper divisions’ efforts to give babies and parents alike better “diapering experiences” with glow-in-the-dark adhesives, diagnostic capability, and bundled wipes. Schrage’s 5x5 is enterprise innovation gone viral: Successful 5x5s make people more effective innovators, and more effective innovators mean more effective innovations.

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    The Innovator’s Hypothesis

    7.0 hrs • 10/1/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 6.1 hrs • 6/16/2015 • Unabridged

    A book that argues that lessons in creativity, innovation, salesmanship, and entrepreneurship can come from surprising places: pirates, bootleggers, counterfeiters, hustlers, and others living and working on the margins of business and society. Who are the greatest innovators in the world? You’re probably thinking Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford. The usual suspects. This book isn’t about them. It’s about people you’ve never heard of. It’s about people who are just as innovative, entrepreneurial, and visionary as the Jobses, Edisons, and Fords of the world. They’re in the crowded streets of Shenzhen, the prisons of Somalia, the flooded coastal towns of Thailand. They are pirates, computer hackers, pranksters, and former gang leaders. Across the globe, diverse innovators operating in the black, grey, and informal economies are developing solutions to a myriad of challenges. Far from being “deviant entrepreneurs” that pose threats to our social and economic stability, these innovators display remarkable ingenuity, pioneering original methods and practices that we can learn from and apply to move formal markets. This book investigates the stories of underground innovation that make up the Misfit Economy. It examines the teeming genius of the underground. It asks: Who are these unknown visionaries? How do they work? How do they organize themselves? How do they catalyze innovation? And ultimately, how can you take these lessons into your own world?

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    The Misfit Economy

    6.1 hrs • 6/16/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 9.0 hrs • 9/2/2014 • Unabridged

    Insights—like Darwin’s understanding of the way evolution actually works, and Watson and Crick’s breakthrough discoveries about the structure of DNA—can change the world. We also need insights into the everyday things that frustrate and confuse us so that we can more effectively solve problems and get things done. Yet we know very little about when, why, or how insights are formed—or what blocks them. In Seeing What Others Don’t, renowned cognitive psychologist Gary Klein unravels the mystery. Klein is a keen observer of people in their natural settings—scientists, business people, firefighters, police officers, soldiers, family members, friends, himself—and uses a marvelous variety of stories to illuminate his research into what insights are and how they happen. What, for example, enabled Harry Markopolos to put the finger on Bernie Madoff? How did Dr. Michael Gottlieb make the connections between different patients that allowed him to publish the first announcement of the AIDS epidemic? What did Admiral Yamamoto see (and what did the Americans miss) in a 1940 British attack on the Italian fleet that enabled him to develop the strategy of attack at Pearl Harbor? How did a “smokejumper” see that setting another fire would save his life, while those who ignored his insight perished? How did Martin Chalfie come up with a million-dollar idea (and a Nobel Prize) for a natural flashlight that enabled researchers to look inside living organisms to watch biological processes in action? Klein also dissects impediments to insight, such as when organizations claim to value employee creativity and to encourage breakthroughs but in reality block disruptive ideas and prioritize avoidance of mistakes. Or when information technology systems are “dumb by design” and block potential discoveries. Both scientifically sophisticated and fun to read, Seeing What Others Don’tshows that insight is not just a “eureka!” moment but a whole new way of understanding.

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    Seeing What Others Don’t

    9.0 hrs • 9/2/14 • Unabridged
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  7. 5.8 hrs • 11/22/2013 • Unabridged

    Drive positive change in your company using the “future-oriented mindset” of Peter Drucker. Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way helps any business leader uncover the future now and use this knowledge to steer his or her organization—and career—to success. The book encourages you to consider how your actions can create, influence, and affect the future for other people, as well as entire professions and organizations. In particular, it helps you develop the same kind of forward-thinking and acting Drucker mindset that led him to the highest levels of success.

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    Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way

    5.8 hrs • 11/22/13 • Unabridged
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  8. 7.2 hrs • 2/4/2011 • Unabridged

    How entrepreneurs find the next big thing-and make it huge. The era of easy money and easy jobs is officially over. Today, we're all entrepreneurs, and the tides of change threaten to capsize anyone who plays it safe. Taking risks is the name of the game-but how can you tell a smart bet from a stupid gamble? Andy Kessler has made a career out of seeing the future of business, as an analyst, investment banker, venture capitalist, and hedge fund manager. He evaluated the business potential of the likes of Steve Jobs and Michael Dell before they were Steve Jobs and Michael Dell. His eye for what's next is unparalleled. Now Kessler explains how the world's greatest entrepreneurs don't just start successful companies-they overturn entire industries. He offers twelve surprising and controversial rules for these radical entrepreneurs, such as: Eat people: Get rid of worthless jobs to create more wealth for everybody Create artificial scarcity for virtual goods Trust markets to make better decisions than managers Whether you're at a big corporation or running a small business, you're now an entrepreneur. Will you see change coming and grab on to opportunity or miss the boat?

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    Eat People

    7.2 hrs • 2/4/11 • Unabridged
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  9. 6.0 hrs • 12/7/2007 • Unabridged

    Why are some people more successful in business than others? Why do some businesses flourish where others fail? Renowned business speaker and author Brian Tracy has discovered the answers to these profoundly puzzling questions. In this eye-opening practical audio guide, he presents a set of principles or “universal laws” that lie behind the success of business people everywhere. The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success will teach you how to: –Attract and keep better people –Produce and sell more and better products and services –Control costs more intelligently –Expand and grow more predictably –Increase profits and much more Tracy provides a wealth of practical advice distilled into 100 easy-to-understand and easy-to-apply laws covering the major areas of work and business. He provides numerous real-life examples to illustrate how each law functions in the world and practical guidance and exercises for applying each to your life and work. Easy to understand, and easy to apply, The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success is a straightforward, life-affirming guide to how the world of business really works.

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