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  1. 5.4 hrs • 1/16/2015 • Unabridged

    Every move your company makes can be copied by your competitors. But truly mobilizing your people creates positive results in a thousand different ways throughout your organization, giving your company the ultimate competitive advantage. For decades FranklinCovey has been working with businesses throughout the world to train their people in the seven habits model of personal effectiveness. The Ultimate Competitive Advantage describes the six practices FranklinCovey has discovered to engage people across the company and shows how employing these practices can take your organization to a higher level of performance. In the end, the success of any organization is dependent on effectiveness and the commitment of its people. Everyone knows this, but few organizations operate this way. But with the help of The Ultimate Competitive Advantage, yours can.

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    The Ultimate Competitive Advantage

    Foreword by Sean Covey
    5.4 hrs • 1/16/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 0.4 hrs • 7/1/2014

    The fastest way to learn about business topics! Get the crucial points of business books with getAbstract’s audio summaries. These take you directly to the core ideas of business themes in record time. Help your customers decide which books to read! In our fast-paced world, success depends on one thing: arming yourself with the right information. Whether you are looking to refine your business skills, learn the best interviewing techniques to find a new job, or simply make better business decisions, there are many great books that address these topics. But which ones should you read? getAbstract’s audio summaries give you the main points of these books in a convenient and smart format. getAbstract has selected the best titles from a range of business themes, and assembled them as short and sweet immersion courses on each topic. Each collection includes three hand-picked titles that cover exactly what you need to know from a multitude of business themes—in a matter of minutes. Each book is compressed into a 10-minute audio file—the perfect length to grasp the title’s main themes and put you ahead of the pack.

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    8.9 hrs • 6/11/2013 • Unabridged

    The traditional attitude toward creativity in the American business world is to “think outside the box ”: to brainstorm without restraint in hopes of coming up with a breakthrough idea, often in moments of crisis. Sometimes it works, but it’s a problem-specific solution that does nothing to engender creative thinking more generally. Inside the Box demonstrates Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT), a method that systemizes creativity as part of the corporate culture. SIT requires thinking “inside the box,” working in one’s familiar world to create new ideas independent of specific problems.  Dozens of books discuss how to make creative thinking part of a corporate culture, but none takes the innovative and unconventional approach of Inside the Box. SIT’s techniques and principles have instilled creative thinking into such companies as Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, and other industry leaders. Inside the Box shows how corporations have successfully used SIT in business settings as diverse as medicine, technology, new product development, and food packaging. With “inside the box” thinking, companies of any size can become sufficiently creative to solve problems even before they develop and to innovate on an ongoing basis.

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    Inside the Box

    8.9 hrs • 6/11/13 • Unabridged
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  4. 8.7 hrs • 5/20/2013 • Unabridged

    The classic first edition of this book argued that organizations that place service above self-interest and practice a far-reaching redistribution of power, privilege, and wealth stewardship will succeed far beyond those with a narrower, more selfish focus. As a successful managing strategy for corporate, governmental, and nonprofit organizations, “stewardship” is, fundamentally, the spirit of partnership and service. Organizations that absorb the principles of stewardship will offer equity and partnership at all levels for its employees, and managers who identify themselves as “stewards” will hold themselves accountable to all those over whom they exercise power.  In this revised and updated edition, Block explores what has and has not changed in organizations and in the world in the twenty years since the first edition was published. He argues that the concept of stewardship is more relevant and necessary than ever, and shows how the idea of stewardship can and must be expanded out from organizations into our communities, societies, and nations. Peter Block is one of our most provocative and original thinkers. Here, he extends the scope of his insights to help us create not just productive and humane workplaces but vibrant communities, an engaged democracy, and a healthy planet.

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    Stewardship by Peter Block

    Stewardship

    8.7 hrs • 5/20/13 • Unabridged
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  5. 5.2 hrs • 4/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Unless you’re lucky enough to be the CEO, you’ll need to present your ideas to people up the chain to get anything done—and those presentations can sometimes be brutal. Careers and projects can come unwound in a matter of minutes if the presenter doesn’t know the rules at the top level. Tactics and techniques that work wonderfully with peers, subordinates, and immediate supervisors suddenly crumble in the tense meeting room with the “bigwigs.” A psychologist by training, Gilbert offers revelatory insights into the minds of the men and women who make it to the top—critical information if you’re going to understand what they’re looking for from you. He keeps it simple by focusing on three key imperatives for “speaking up:” 1. Know the people,  2. Get to the point, and  3. Improvise. Gilbert’s research suggests that 67 percent of middle managers break one or more of these rules. Based on ten years of research and hundreds of interviews, Gilbert’s book is unique in featuring extensive comments from C-level leaders explaining exactly what they want and don’t want in a presentation, as well as mid-level managers’ stories of triumphs and tragedies and what they learned as a result. This is a must-have audiobook for surviving the high-stakes meeting.

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    Speaking Up by Frederick Gilbert

    Speaking Up

    5.2 hrs • 4/1/13 • Unabridged
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  6. 8.4 hrs • 1/15/2013 • Unabridged

    Business leaders are in charge. They are in charge of people, of budgets, of production lines. Most leaders also believe that they are in charge of their greatest resource—their own brain. But how true is that? The more we understand about how the brain works, the clearer it becomes that often our brain kicks in before we do. For example: 1. The more expert we become, the less we “think.”2. Our brain can con us into being sure that we’re right—even when we’re wrong.3. Without consulting us, our brain decides who to trust. The good news is that leaders can use what researchers have learned about the brain to manage their own brains more effectively. That’s the first Brain Advantage. Just as important, leaders can use that knowledge to manage other people more effectively. That’s the second Brain Advantage. The Brain Advantage does for business leaders what few have time to do for themselves. It combines the latest brain research with insights from psychological studies of how people think. It uses powerful stories to convey that information.

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    8.1 hrs • 7/18/2011

    Includes a bonus DVD and bonus PDF workbook! Benefit from the perspectives of nine management experts and bestselling authors, each with a unique viewpoint on becoming the most effective manager for your company. With these perspectives on twenty-first century management, your team will get recognized and promoted by top management faster than ever before. High-performing teams with great morale do not happen by accident, nor are they the result of your charisma. It takes systems, processes, and the ability to motivate the team to generate the mindset to go the extra mile for your company. With expert training, your success is guaranteed in today’s business climate of double digit quarterly earnings growth, KPI management, and the soft skills of expert management. Like a management retreat in a box, this program brings the collective expertise of a $100,000 training seminar into the front seat of your car for about the price of a business lunch.

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    Management 101

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    8.1 hrs • 7/18/11
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  8. 7.4 hrs • 2/26/2010 • Unabridged

    Following his BusinessWeek bestsellers Elizabeth I, CEO and Patton on Leadership comes a new and perfect subject for Alan Axelrod’s innovative format: Winston Churchill, the quintessential leader of the 20th century. Churchill skillfully converted crisis into victory, making the boldest of visions seem attainable; even though he sometimes failed audaciously, he embraced his errors and used them to become stronger. Axelrod looks at this much-studied figure in a way nobody has before: he explores 25 key facets of Churchill’s leadership style and decision-making from his early years as a junior cavalry officer and journalist to his role throughout WWII and demonstrates how he was able to overcome near-impossible obstacles. Fluidly and engagingly written, each lesson is enlivened with a vivid vignette from Churchill’s life. As always, Axelrod’s penetrating analysis will instruct, inspire, and encourage those who lead business enterprises, large and small.

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    Winston Churchill, CEO

    7.4 hrs • 2/26/10 • Unabridged
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  9. 2.5 hrs • 12/8/2009 • Unabridged

    Even in today's economic climate, when so many investors and major companies are failing, Warren Buffett continues to be successful in all aspects of his life. Mary Buffett and David Clark have written the first book ever to take an in-depth look at Warren Buffett's philosophies for personal and professional management -- what they are, how they work, and how you can use them. Through close examination of Warren Buffett's life and career from his earliest days to now, Buffett and Clark shed light on his decision-making processes and reveal his strategies for keeping on track and maintaining focus. They examine Buffett's inimitable leadership qualities and explain how Warren integrated what he learned over time into a winning management formula and became not only the manager whom other managers want to emulate but also the second richest man in the world. A true companion volume to Buffett and Clark's successful Buffettology series, Warren Buffett's Management Secrets is filled with anecdotes and quotes that show how Buffett's life philosophies are reflected in his business decisions and in the way he manages people and businesses. This insider's view into Warren Buffett's management techniques offers simple solutions for success to newcomers and seasoned Buffettologists alike and illustrates how and why success in business and life usually go hand in hand.

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    Warren Buffett's Management Secrets

    2.5 hrs • 12/8/09 • Unabridged
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  10. 9.9 hrs • 8/25/2009 • Unabridged

    Roger Connors and Tom Smith literally wrote the book on accountability. Their bestseller The Oz Principle has sold more than 500,000 copies in several editions since 1994.  As they’ve worked with thousands of clients over two decades through their firm, Partners in Leadership, the authors have developed new strategies for holding people accountable while building morale. They offer powerful steps to establish a positive “Accountability Connection,” rather than waiting to place blame after problems arise and people fail to deliver.  Drawing on case studies, many from client companies, the authors show how to establish clear expectations and manage the unmet expectations that inevitably occur. And they offer a positive, principled way that engages hearts and minds.  This book can help people at every level—from senior executives to front-line workers—enjoy greater productivity, profitability, and job satisfaction.

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    How Did That Happen?

    9.9 hrs • 8/25/09 • Unabridged
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    4.5 hrs • 4/6/2009 • Unabridged

    Executive Power arms listeners with effective, fast-acting techniques that show them, step-by-step, how to get what they need before they and their companies pay a heavy toll for lack of it. This audiobook contains specific, carefully formulated psychological tactics that can be applied to any business situation—with any person. It also offers readers the opportunity to use the most important psychological tools governing human behavior, not just to level the playing field but to create an automatic advantage in today’s business world.  The book will arm the listener with the tactics to: • Get back any customer you’ve lost;• Find out who in your company is loyal to you and who is not;• Get any group of people to get along and work as a team;• Turn a lazy worker into an ambitious go-getter;• Fire anyone easily, without an argument or even a difficult conversation;• Dilute the impact of negative publicity quickly;• Collect money owed, no matter how long it’s been overdue;• Inspire your client, colleague, or boss to go along with your idea or plan; and• Manage the unmanageable—get any employee to fall in line with the company line.

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    Executive Power

    4.5 hrs • 4/6/09 • Unabridged
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  12. 4.2 hrs • 3/15/2008 • Unabridged

    Three award-winning advertising executives prove that in business, Sacred Cows deserve to die. Don’t get us wrong. While the authors have nothing against cows in general—they love steak—they do have a problem with Sacred Cows. Blindly doing things because, well … that’s the way they’ve always been done. Formulas may be comforting, but they rarely work in the real world. For example:Always trust your research. BANG. Research should be used to demystify decisions, not make them for you.The customer is always right. BANG. Except in those instances when they are woefully wrong.Always focus on solving the problem. BANG. Focusing instead on the opportunity not only solves the problem, but leads to more imaginative and lasting solutions.Follow the leader. BANG. Doing so only plays to his strengths, not yours. After all, he drives the category.Focus on the numbers. BANG. Great numbers are a by-product of great strategies.Teams create the best solutions. BANG. Team dynamics usually kill great ideas.Internal competition leads to better results. BANG. It only leads to resentment. In this hysterically irreverent and wise book, Beau Fraser, David Bernstein, and Bill Schwab share their successful approach to euthanizing Sacred Cows through humorous and vivid real world, global examples.

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    Death to All Sacred Cows

    4.2 hrs • 3/15/08 • Unabridged
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  13. 2.9 hrs • 4/15/2007 • Abridged

    One of the most celebrated concepts in corporate life, teamwork is falling short on its promise. Why Teams Don’t Work identifies the obstacles (most of them people-made) that prevent teams from achieving their potential, suggests methods to remove those obstacles, and explains how to take care of the team members. Packed with down-to-earth questions and answers about teams, Why Teams Don’t Work facilitates teams in: • eliminating confusion about team goals• helping individual team members accept their roles• making decisions• enjoying appropriate rewards• helping team leaders act like leaders When teams do work, they increase productivity, improve communications, and accomplish work ordinary groups can’t. Whether you’re a manager or a team member, this recording will give you the tools to keep your team operating creatively and efficiently.

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    Why Teams Don’t Work

    2.9 hrs • 4/15/07 • Abridged
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  14. 1.9 hrs • 7/1/2006 • Unabridged

    This little audiobook could make a big change in the way you view your team. There’s little more energizing and fulfilling in life than the satisfaction of working well with others to accomplish a common goal. And this powerful little book can help you experience more team satisfaction than ever before. Making use of his exceptional, humor-laced storytelling style, Bill Butterworth makes the basics of teamwork easy to grasp and easy to put to work. He sketches a memorable overview of teamwork that includes:the three great needs of team membersthe four great barriers to teamworkthe five great traits of effective teams. It all adds up to a succinct understanding of how to work well as a team that will satisfy leaders, managers, coaches–anyone who wants to know how to make a group perform at high levels while enjoying the camaraderie and satisfaction of being “us.”

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  15. 17.1 hrs • 1/1/2004 • Unabridged

    In Managers, Not MBAs, Henry Mintzberg offers a sweeping critique of how managers are educated and how management, as a result, is practiced, making thoughtful—and controversial—recommendations for reforming both.  Management, Mintzberg writes, is a practice that blends a great deal of craft (experience) with a certain amount of art (insight) and some science (analysis). Because conventional MBA programs are designed almost exclusively for young people with little managerial experience, and hence little art and no craft to draw upon, the programs overemphasize science, in the form of analysis and technique. Graduates leave with a distorted impression that management consists entirely of applying formulas to situations, which has had a corrupting, dehumanizing effect not just on the practice of management but also on our organizations and our social institutions.  Turning to how managers should be developed, Mintzberg describes a set of innovative programs designed to address these shortcomings: the International Masters in Practicing Management (IMPM). Finally, he outlines how business schools can transform themselves to become true schools of management.  Managers, Not MBAs presents the kind of bold, iconoclastic thinking readers have come to expect from the man Fast Company magazine called “one of the most original minds in management.”

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    Managers Not MBAs by Henry Mintzberg

    Managers Not MBAs

    17.1 hrs • 1/1/04 • Unabridged
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  16. 3.1 hrs • 10/22/2002 • Abridged

    If you’re looking for a management system that has genuine staying power and consistently produces dramatic results—or if you're seeking a way to inspire yourself, every day—it’s time to get back to the basics.This unique, results-oriented audio enables you to select from a menu of everyday motivational issues that include plenty of curve balls and mistakes to avoid.David E. Rye shows you how to apply his theory in real-life situations with your boss, your peers, your employees, and the most important center for positive “teamwork”—your family.

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    1,001 Ways to Inspire

    3.1 hrs • 10/22/02 • Abridged
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