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  1. 6.8 hrs • 9/20/2016 • Unabridged

    The cofounder of Fast Company shows that opportunities for extraordinary innovation may be closer than you think. A new era of business and leadership cries out for new stories of success, and new strategies for bringing them to life. Today, the way to win big, argues bestselling author William C. Taylor, is to relentlessly rethink the everyday. The unthinking assumptions your industry makes about its processes and its customers are ripe territory for innovation. Taylor goes inside nineteen unique organizations that have become unlikely change agents in their otherwise humdrum fields. For example: At a 150-bed hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, a shift in language helped the staff feel more invested in patient health—and produced extraordinary health outcomes in the local Native American community. Miami Beach’s 1111 Lincoln Road is a parking garage that also serves as a wedding venue, apartment complex, shopping center, and social hub.USAA, which provides insurance to military officers, teaches salespeople empathy through a simulated overseas deployment in which they subsist on MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) and don Kevlar vests.Pal’s Sudden Service, a cult favorite fast-food restaurant, delivers unmatched speed and order accuracy thanks to its unique approach to employee training. Taylor reveals that these businesses share a set of core principles that help them pioneer unlikely innovation: They strive to be the only ones doing what they’re doing instead of competing in crowded fields; they don’t let past experience limit what they can imagine; they seek ways to be kind as well as clever; and they share they value they create with those who helped create it. By embracing these strategies, Taylor argues, leaders in any industry will be well on their way to upending the status quo, and finding opportunity where competitors didn’t or couldn’t look.From the Hardcover edition.

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    Simply Brilliant

    6.8 hrs • 9/20/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 8.6 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    In the past few years, a number of well-known firms have failed; think of Blockbuster, Kodak, or RadioShack. When we read about their demise, it often seems inevitable—a natural part of “creative destruction.” But closer examination reveals a disturbing truth: Companies large and small are shuttering more quickly than ever. What does it take to buck this trend? The simple answer is: ambidexterity. Firms must remain competitive in their core markets, while also winning in new domains. Innovation guru Clayton M. Christensen has been pessimistic about whether established companies can prevail in the face of disruption, but Charles A. O’Reilly III and Michael L. Tushman know they can! The authors explain how shrewd organizations have used an ambidextrous approach to solve their own innovator’s dilemma. They contrast these luminaries with companies which—often trapped by their own successes—have been unable to adapt and grow. Drawing on a vast research program and over a decade of helping companies to innovate, the authors present a set of practices to guide firms as they adopt ambidexterity. Top-down and bottom-up leaders are key to this process—a fact too often overlooked in the heated debate about innovation. But not in this case. Readers will come away with a new understanding of how to improve their existing businesses through efficiency, control, and incremental change, while also seizing new markets where flexibility, autonomy, and experimentation rule the day.

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    Lead and Disrupt

    8.6 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 10.6 hrs • 8/30/2016 • Unabridged

    College football’s most colorful, endearing, and successful pioneer, Steve Spurrier, shares his story of a life in football — from growing up in Tennessee to winning the Heisman Trophy to playing and coaching in the pros to leading the Florida Gators to six SEC Championships and a National Championship to elevating the South Carolina program to new heights — and coaching like nobody else. He’s been called brash, cocky, arrogant, pompous, egotistical, and hilarious, but, mostly, he’s known as the Head Ball Coach, a self-ordained term introduced to the lexicon of football by none other than the man, himself, Steve Spurrier. He is the only coach who can claim to be the winningest coach at two different SEC schools, and the only person who has won both the Heisman Trophy as a player and a national championship as a coach. Or who has won a Heisman and coached a Heisman winner.From the beginning, Spurrier didn’t want to sound like other coaches, dress like other coaches, and, especially, coach like other coaches. As a controversial football pioneer, he ushered in a different style of leadership and play. Spurrier’s press conferences were glorious — he refused to lapse into coachspeak and was always entertaining, although he took his football very seriously. He was known for his fierce competitiveness, roaming up and down the sidelines, often throwing his signature visor to the ground in disgust. Now resigned from coaching at age 70 — he doesn’t like to say “retired” yet — Spurrier has calmed down, but don’t mistake that for a lack of fire. He can be just as feisty as the day he set foot on the East Tennessee dirt in Johnson City’s Kiwanis Park, where he grew up to become one of the state’s all-time greatest athletes, and went on to play for Florida where he launched one of sports history’s all-time great careers.In his memoir, Spurrier talks for the first time about the circumstances under which he unexpectedly became a coach and why he resigned at South Carolina. He explains his unique style, the difference between winners and losers, his relationship with the media, why he follows the wisdom of ancient philosophers and warriors, his affinity everything taught by John Wooden, and the reasons behind his relaxed regimen for living well. Spurrier, as always, speaks candidly, bringing together his thoughts about his words, actions, and achievements, while telling countless wonderful anecdotes.

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    Head Ball Coach

    10.6 hrs • 8/30/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 2.7 hrs • 8/16/2016 • Unabridged

    In this ninety-day growth guide, #1 New York Times bestselling author John C. Maxwell helps you prioritize your life to make each day count toward fulfilling your goals. Based on his Businessweek bestseller Today Matters, John Maxwell offers his road map for success by helping you seize the present. The way you prioritize and spend your time each day impacts your ability to reach your goals. Whether you are a new leader or looking to expand on your success, this book will help you focus by exploring how to maximize the potential of the most important day of your life—today. Offering inspiring quotes and lessons, thought-provoking questions, and space for reflective notes, over the course of three short months this book will help you learn to master the moment and set you on the path toward fulfilling your aspirations.

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  5. 5.6 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Negotiation is the middle ground between capitulation and stonewalling, a back-and-forth between two parties trying to reach agreement. If a price or other term is non-negotiable, there is no give and take, just “take it or leave it.” You may think you are negotiating, but if the other side isn’t playing, you aren’t either. Regardless of the industry, situation, or product, the two most common mistakes negotiators make are: they give ground too easily, and;they get nothing in return. When dealing with tough customers it is even more important to be able to defend your position and bargain for reciprocal concessions. Negotiating With Tough Customers provides proven methods for holding your ground against (seemingly) more powerful negotiators. But it goes further, making sure that when you do give ground, you get equal or better value in return. Using a cooperative, collaborative approach in a hardball negotiation just doesn’t work. Tough negotiators will play win-win, but only if they have nothing to lose. Negotiating With Tough Customers will make you a better salesperson by making you a better negotiator…and vice versa.

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    Negotiating with Tough Customers

    5.6 hrs • 8/1/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 2.6 hrs • 8/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Hiring and firing are hard to get right—and potentially costly to get wrong. Two of the most crucial tasks you face as a manager, they are vital to both the success of the enterprise and your own career—but no need to worry. This handy guide breaks down the simple but powerful strategies you can use to bring better employees onboard—and weed out the weaker ones. Featuring techniques that business expert Brian Tracy has identified as the most effective and that he himself employs, Hiring and Firing reveals how you can: write appealing and accurate job descriptions,find suitable candidates,use the law of three when interviewing,ask the right questions,probe past performance,listen for the questions that indicate interviewees are qualified and serious,dig deep when checking references,negotiate salary,start new employees off strong,provide clear direction and regular feedback,document performance problems,dehire gracefully, and create an appropriate severance package. Hiring and firing are key to improving your team and reaching your goals. This indispensable little book will help you eliminate the guesswork and make the best decisions for your business.

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    Hiring and Firing

    Read by Brian Tracy 
    2.6 hrs • 8/1/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 7.3 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged

    Linda Kohanov, author of the bestselling The Tao of Equus, pioneered a deep understanding of “the way of the horse,” including the extraordinary nonverbal communication of skilled riders and the collaborative power of “herding cultures” through the centuries. She has adapted this profound, time-tested approach to modern life and the organizations in which top-down management hierarchies have become obsolete. Detailing the five roles of “master herders”—Dominant, Leader, Sentinel, Nurturer/Companion, Predator—she shows readers how to recognize and utilize them in the “modern tribes” of our workplaces and other social organizations. Richly nuanced and yet wonderfully practical, this model facilitates the mobility, adaptability, and innovation essential today, and allows groups to achieve goals, overcome obstacles, and sustain one another with the powerful grace exemplified by skilled horse and rider.

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    Five Roles of a Master Herder

    7.3 hrs • 7/12/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 1.7 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    Con la publicación de Los 7 Hábitos de la Gente Altamente Efectiva, considerado por muchos como el libro más influyente de nuestro tiempo, el Dr. Covey tuvo—y sigue teniendo—un impacto mundial. Este libro y el resto de sus obras pueden encontrarse literalmente en bibliotecas de casas y oficinas de todo el mundo. No sólo sus enseñanzas, también su vida nos recuerda el poder de los principios duraderos. él no estaba interesado en seguir modas o ser complaciente para obtener publicidad. Su pasión era articular y enseñar verdades inalterables, inmutables y atemporales de la vida-verdades que se aplican por igual al éxito profesional y a una profunda satisfacción personal. También vivió siguiendo esas verdades, algo que incontables amigos, familiares y estudiantes del Dr. Covey pueden atestiguar. Ordenados siguiendo principios vitales decisivos—como la integridad, el equilibrio en la vida, la visión y el amor—las historias y citas contenidas en este libro enseñan estos principios de una forma accesible y valiosa.

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    La sabiduría y enseñanzas

    1.7 hrs • 7/8/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 4.2 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    The Winners Laws by Bodo Schafer is a number-one best-selling book in the world that has helped innumerable people and can you can be one of them! What is it that you want most out of life? Is it wealth, power, or even happiness perhaps? The direction of one’s future is continuously up in the air for many people and they just let the current of life sweep them any which way and that. Wouldn’t it be great if there were some set of rules to follows, laws per say, which could help one join the ranks of the productive and the successful? As it turns out, there is. Bodo Schafer is a successful time management trainer. Through his time spent as a financial guru, Schafer has come up with a set of 30 laws that, when followed, can drastically improve the quality of one’s life. The laws give you the tools used by this world’s elite in order to gain control of your life and attain the confidence you need to move forward with all the gusto and purpose of a true winner. In this book, you will learn:How to be happy, smart, and successfulThe tools needed to achieve your dreamsThe secret to having immeasurable confidenceAnd so much more! There is no easy fix when it comes to achieving success. Rather, there are a series of steps you can follow to ensure that your life improves in a dramatic and measurable way. These laws have assisted many over a lengthy period of time and this infallible method can help you too!

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    The Winners Laws

    4.2 hrs • 7/8/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 6.4 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    In this remarkable book-hailed by CEOs, politicians, coaches, and college presidents alike-Donald T. Phillips examines Lincoln's effective leadership style. As he explores the President's diverse management skills, he demonstrates how you can succeed with them in today's complex world. When Lincoln took the oath of office in 1861, the Confederate States had already seceded from the Union. Even though his own advisers expected him to fail, he eventually reunited the embattled states with uncommon good sense. Using historical anecdotes, speeches, and Lincoln's own letters, the author shares the President's practical managerial strategies: seize the initiative, wage only one war at a time, encourage risk-taking while promoting job security, circulate among the troops, and more. With this compelling portrait, Donald T. Phillips reveals Lincoln as one of the world's most outstanding leaders. Nelson Runger's thought-provoking narration will motivate you to influence others in the same quiet way.

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    Lincoln on Leadership

    6.4 hrs • 7/8/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 8.8 hrs • 7/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Chapman and coauthor Raj Sisodia show how any organization can reject the traumatic consequences of rolling layoffs, dehumanizing rules, and hypercompetitive cultures. Once you stop treating people like functions or costs, disengaged workers begin to share their gifts and talents toward a shared future. Uninspired workers stop feeling that their jobs have no meaning. Frustrated workers stop taking their bad days out on their spouses and kids. And everyone stops counting the minutes until it’s time to go home. This audiobook chronicles Chapman’s journey to find his true calling, going behind the scenes as his team tackles real-world challenges with caring, empathy, and inspiration. It also provides clear steps to transform your own workplace, whether you lead two people or two hundred thousand. While the Barry-Wehmiller way isn’t easy, it is simple. As the authors put it “Everyone wants to do better. Trust them. Leaders are everywhere. Find them. People achieve good things, big and small, every day. Celebrate them. Some people wish things were different. Listen to them. Everybody matters. Show them.”

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    Everybody Matters

    8.8 hrs • 7/1/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 2.3 hrs • 6/15/2016 • Unabridged

    Great hopes make great people. The key to successful leadership today is influence. Leadership of any kind, in any location, for any purpose requires that we take the time and effort to work well with people. We must take into account that we all have hopes, dreams, desires, and goals of our own. And as leaders, we should bring together our vision and our team’s aspirations in a way that benefits everyone. It is important for us to put others ahead of our ambition and be willing to take them along with us. Our attitude will always create the situation we imagine. So we need to spend some time thinking about where we are headed as a team, know the steps we need to take to go where we desire, and do what we want to do. Remember, if we are growing, we attract others who are growing, which puts us in a position to start building a community of like-minded people who can help each other succeed because none of us and nobody gets to live life backward. So, let’s look ahead as that is where our future lies. As innovative leaders, we should set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role, but always about the goal. Good leadership is about walking beside people and helping them to climb up the hill with us.

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    Innovative Leadership by Akpowene Jude Kakpovbia

    Innovative Leadership

    2.3 hrs • 6/15/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 9.9 hrs • 6/1/2016 • Unabridged

    The missing manual on how to apply Lean Startup to build products that customers love The Lean Product Playbook is a practical guide to building products that customers love. Whether you work at a startup or a large, established company, we all know that building great products is hard. Most new products fail. This book helps improve your chances of building successful products through clear, step-by-step guidance and advice. The Lean Startup movement has contributed new and valuable ideas about product development and has generated lots of excitement. However, many companies have yet to successfully adopt Lean thinking. Despite their enthusiasm and familiarity with the high-level concepts, many teams run into challenges trying to adopt Lean because they feel like they lack specific guidance on what exactly they should be doing. If you are interested in Lean Startup principles and want to apply them to develop winning products, this audiobook is for you. This book describes the Lean Product Process: a repeatable, easy-to-follow methodology for iterating your way to product-market fit. It walks you through how to:Determine your target customersIdentify underserved customer needsCreate a winning product strategyDecide on your Minimum Viable Product (MVP)Design your MVP prototypeTest your MVP with customersIterate rapidly to achieve product-market fit This book was written by entrepreneur and Lean product expert Dan Olsen whose experience spans product management, UX design, coding, analytics, and marketing across a variety of products. As a hands-on consultant, he refined and applied the advice in this book as he helped many companies improve their product process and build great products. His clients include Facebook, Box, Hightail, Epocrates, and Medallia. Entrepreneurs, executives, product managers, designers, developers, marketers, analysts and anyone who is passionate about building great products will find The Lean Product Playbook an indispensable, resource.

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    The Lean Product Playbook

    9.9 hrs • 6/1/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 12.1 hrs • 6/1/2016 • Unabridged

    People power your business—and success can hinge on your hiring, inspiring, and keeping the right ones. As a manager, are you cultivating this vital resource? Is there more you could be doing? Are you just winging it? Every human resources executive has a laundry list of things they wish managers knew: best practices that would enable the entire organization to operate more effectively … transforming those managers into exceptional—and highly promotable—leaders. Now in this accessible and practical playbook, HR expert and author Paul Falcone shows listeners how to: Identify the best and the brightest talent Hire for organizational compatibility Communicate constructively Address uncomfortable workplace situations Create an environment that motivates Retain restless top performers Reengage your team after a layoff or during times of adversity Skillfully conduct performance reviews Take corrective action - Sidestep litigation land minesDelegate in a way that develops your staff And much, much more From recruiting to retaining, 75 Ways for Managers to Hire, Develop, and Keep Great Employees has all the advice you need to overcome your toughest people challenges.

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  15. 2.9 hrs • 5/18/2016 • Unabridged

    Trust is the glue that holds an organization together. It turns secrecy into transparency, micromanagement into empowerment, and conflict into creativity. With it, a tiny company like John Deere grew into a worldwide leader. Without it, a giant corporation like Enron toppled. In The 10 Laws of Trust, JetBlue chairman Joel Peterson explores how a culture of trust gives companies an edge. Consider this: What does it feel like to work for a firm where leaders and colleagues trust one another? Freed from micromanagement and rivalry, every employee contributes his or her best. Risk-taking and innovation become the norm. And, as Peterson notes, “When a company has a reputation for fair dealing, its costs drop: trust cuts the time spent second-guessing and lawyering.” In clear, engaging prose, highlighted by compelling examples, Peterson details how to establish and maintain a culture of trust. Steps include:Start with integrityInvest in respectEmpower everyoneRequire accountabilityCreate a winning visionKeep everyone informedBudget in line with expectationsEmbrace conflictForget “you” to become an effective leader With this book in hand, you’ll be able to plant the seeds of trust—and reap the rewards of reputation, profits, and success.

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    The 10 Laws of Trust

    Read by James Foster
    Foreword by Stephen M. R. Covey
    2.9 hrs • 5/18/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 4.6 hrs • 5/17/2016 • Unabridged

    A revolutionary and timely reconsideration of everything we know about power. Celebrated UC Berkeley psychologist Dr. Dacher Keltner argues that compassion and selflessness enable us to have the most influence over others and the result is power as a force for good in the world.It is taken for granted that power corrupts. This is reinforced culturally by everything from Machiavelli to contemporary politics. But how do we get power? And how does it change our behavior? So often, in spite of our best intentions, we lose our hard-won power. Enduring power comes from empathy and giving. Above all, power is given to us by other people. This is what all-too-often we forget, and what Dr. Keltner sets straight. This is the crux of the power paradox: by fundamentally misunderstanding the behaviors that helped us to gain power in the first place we set ourselves up to fall from power. We can't retain power because we've never understood it correctly, until now. Power isn't the capacity to act in cruel and uncaring ways; it is the ability to do good for others, expressed in daily life, and itself a good a thing.Dr. Keltner lays out exactly--in twenty original "Power Principles"-- how to retain power, why power can be a demonstrably good thing, and the terrible consequences of letting those around us languish in powerlessness.From the Hardcover edition.

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    The Power Paradox

    4.6 hrs • 5/17/16 • Unabridged
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