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  1. 2.3 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Learn to grow your business and create more profitability and more fun in your business from one of today’s top coaching and consulting experts. Achieve the same success she has shared with clients over the past several decades and finally enjoy the business success you deserve.

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    Turbo Charge by Terri Levine

    Turbo Charge

    2.3 hrs • 9/13/16 • 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. 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

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    2.6 hrs • 8/1/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 7.5 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    Ken Segall, bestselling author of Insanely Simple shows how any company can leverage the power of simplicity--based on exclusive insights from business leaders around the world In Insanely Simple, Segall showed how Steve Jobs' love of simplicity propelled Apple from near-bankruptcy to the world's most valuable company. Now he explores how other companies, in a range of industries, all over the world, are simplifying their way to success--providing real-life examples that can inspire others to do the same. Segall's interviews with leaders from more than forty diverse companies demonstrate the power of simplicity on multiple levels. Readers will discover: ·How South Korea's second biggest credit card company, Hyundai Card, used the power of simplicity to turn around a business losing two billion dollars a year.·How Australia's biggest telecom, Telstra, tapped the power of simplicity to reverse a severe drop in customer satisfaction ratings and stock price.·How a simple concept drove the architecture, location, hiring, and record-setting global success of the retail Apple Stores.·How adherence to a simple mission helped propel StubHub to create a consumer revolution.·How The Blue Man Group used the principles of simplicity to grow from a local street act to a multinational creative network.·How Ben & Jerry's, Whole Foods, and Charles Schwab embraced the principles of simplicity to create their own success stories. Segall distills the philosophies and methods of all these successful companies into nine useful chapters, each of which explores a key component of simplicity--Mission, Culture, Leadership, Brand, Scale, Streamlining, Team, Love, and Instinct. The combined insights of Segall and accomplished business leaders help readers create a roadmap to simplicity of their own.From the Hardcover edition.

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    Think Simple

    7.5 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 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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  6. 7.1 hrs • 12/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Imagine what would happen if you could quickly elevate the EQ score of everyone in your organization. Profitability, retention, and customer satisfaction would soar! Studies prove that emotional intelligence-knowing how to manage emotions, empathize, build relationships, and more-drives performance. But how do you get naturally resistant people to practice new ways of thinking? Trainers, coaches, and organizational development professionals can now break through and trigger lasting EQ improvements. The fifty original activities in The Emotional Intelligence Activity Kit help:Promote introspectionIncrease empathy Improve social skills Boost personal influence Inspire purpose Bring everyone on board Make learning stick From setup instructions to debriefing questions, these simple exercises are quick to deploy and target key areas that benefit most from EQ training: leadership, project management, customer service, teamwork, sales, and more. Know-it-all bosses, overcompetitive colleagues, or leaders who rarely leave their offices-common EQ problems such as these damage not just camaraderie, but also results. Fix them fast, and create thriving, successful organizations.

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  7. 8.4 hrs • 11/1/2015 • Unabridged

    California’s Silicon Valley is home to the greatest concentration of designers in the world: corporate design offices at flagship technology companies and volunteers at nonprofit NGOs; global design consultancies and boutique studios; research laboratories and academic design programs. Together they form the interconnected network that is Silicon Valley. Apple products are famously “Designed in California,” but, as Barry Katz shows in this first-ever, extensively illustrated history, the role of design in Silicon Valley began decades before Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak dreamed up Apple in a garage. Offering a thoroughly original view of the subject, Katz tells how design helped transform Silicon Valley into the most powerful engine of innovation in the world. From Hewlett-Packard and Ampex in the 1950s to Google and Facebook today, design has provided the bridge between research and development, art and engineering, technical performance and human behavior. Katz traces the origins of all of the leading consultancies-including IDEO, frog, and Lunar-and shows the process by which some of the world’s most influential companies came to place design at the center of their business strategies. At the same time, universities, foundations, and even governments have learned to apply “design thinking” to their missions. Drawing on unprecedented access to a vast array of primary sources and interviews with nearly every influential design leader—including Douglas Engelbart, Steve Jobs, and Don Norman-Katz—reveals design to be the missing link in Silicon Valley’s ecosystem of innovation.

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    Make It New

    8.4 hrs • 11/1/15 • Unabridged
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    9.2 hrs • 10/13/2015 • Unabridged

    In 1967 Charles Koch took the reins of his father’s company and began the process of growing it from a $21 million start-up into a $110 billion global corporation—one of the largest private companies in the world today, with value growth exceeding that of the S&P 500 by thirtyfold. So how did this MIT engineer manage to increase Koch Industries’ value by 5,000 times over the last five decades? Through his unique five-dimensional management process and system called Market-Based Management. Based on five decades of cross-disciplinary studies, experimental discovery, and practical implementation across Koch companies and their 100,000 employees worldwide, the core objective of Market-Based Management’s framework is as simple as it is effective: to generate good profit. What is good profit? Good profit results when a company creates value for customers in a way that helps them improve their lives. Good profit is the result of innovations that customers freely vote for with their own dollars; it’s the result of business decisions that create long term value for everyone—customers, employees, shareholders, and society. While you won’t find the Koch Industries name on your home’s stain-resistant carpet, your baby’s more comfortable but absorbent diapers, your stretch denim jeans, or your television with a better clarity screen, MBM™ drove these innovations and many more. Here, drawing on revealing, honest stories from his five decades in business—the company’s many successes as well as its stumbles—Koch walks the reader step-by-step through the five dimensions of Market-Based Management to show stockholders, entrepreneurs, leaders, students—and innovators, supervisors and employees of all kinds, in any field—how to apply the principles to generate good profit in their organizations, companies, and lives.

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    Good Profit

    9.2 hrs • 10/13/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 8.9 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    The revolutionary book that teaches you how to use the cutting edge of human psychology to build high-performing workplace cultures Too often, great cultures feel like magic. While most leaders believe culture is critical to success, few know how to build one or sustain it over time. What if you knew the science behind the magic—a science so predictive and powerful that you could transform your organization? What if you could use cutting edge psychology to unlock people’s innate desire to innovate, experiment, and adapt? In Primed to Perform, Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor show you how to do just that. The result: higher sales, more loyal customers, and more passionate employees. Primed to Perform explains the counter-intuitive science behind great cultures, building on over a century of academic thinking. It shares the simple, highly predictive new measurement tool—the Total Motivation (ToMo) Factor—that enables you to measure the strength of your culture and track improvements over time. It explores the authors’ original research into how Total Motivation leads to higher performance in iconic companies, from Apple to Starbucks to Southwest Airlines. Most importantly, it teaches you to build great cultures, using a systematic and sustainable approach. High performing cultures cant be left to chance. Organizations must create systems that shape and maintain them. Whether you’re a five-person team or a startup, a school, a nonprofit, or a mega-institution, Primed to Perform shows you how.

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    Primed to Perform

    8.9 hrs • 10/6/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 5.7 hrs • 9/1/2015 • Unabridged

    We’ve all read about the experts: the artists, the scientists, the engineers—that special group of people known as Imagineers for the Walt Disney Company. But who are they? How did they join the team? What is it like to spend a day in their shoes? Disney legend Marty Sklar wants to give back to fans and answer these burning questions. When Marty was president of Walt Disney Imagineering, he created a list of principles and ideals for the team, aptly named Mickey’s Ten Commandments. Using this code of standards as his organizational flow, Marty provides listeners with insights and advice from himself and dozens of hands-on Imagineers from around the globe. It’s a true insider’s look like no other.

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    One Little Spark!

    5.7 hrs • 9/1/15 • Unabridged
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  11. 8.7 hrs • 7/7/2015 • Unabridged

    Combing vivid reports of the latest scientific research, compelling case studies, and great storytelling, Team Genius shows managers and executives how to look at their teams in a radically new way. It explores vital questions that could mean the difference between success and obsolescence. Do you know how to reorganize your sub-par teams into top performers? Could you identify which of the top-performing teams in your company are reaching the end of their lifespan? Would you have the courage to shut them down? Would you know how to create the replacement team to be just as effective—without losing time or damaging morale? And most important, are your teams the right size for the job? Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone share insights and real-life examples gleaned from their careers as journalists, analysts, investors, and entrepreneurs who travel the world meeting successful teams and team leaders. Throughout, they reveal some “new truths” about teams, including:The right team size is usually one person less than managers think they need;Everything you know about performance compensation is probably wrong;The greatest challenge facing good teams is not how to succeed but how to die;Good “chemistry” often makes for the least effective teams;And more. Eye-opening, grounded, and essential, Team Genius is the next big idea that will revolutionize business today—and tomorrow.

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    Team Genius

    8.7 hrs • 7/7/15 • Unabridged
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  12. 8.3 hrs • 6/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Our intuition on how the world works could well be wrong. We are surprised when new competitors burst onto the scene, when businesses protected by large and deep moats find their defenses easily breached, or when vast new markets are conjured from nothing. Trend lines resemble sawtooth mountain ridges. The world not only feels different, the data tells us it is different. Based on years of research by the directors of the McKinsey Global Institute, No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends is a timely and important analysis of how we need to reset our intuition as a result of four forces colliding and transforming the global economy: the rise of emerging markets, the accelerating impact of technology on the natural forces of market competition, an aging world population, and accelerating flows of trade, capital, and people. Our intuitions formed during a uniquely benign period for the world economy—often termed the Great Moderation. Asset prices were rising, the cost of capital was falling, labor and resources were abundant, and generation after generation was growing up more prosperous than their parents. But the Great Moderation is gone; the cost of capital may rise, the price of everything from grain to steel may become more volatile, the world’s labor force could shrink, and individuals, particularly those with low job skills, are at risk of growing up poorer than their parents. What sets No Ordinary Disruption apart is depth of analysis combined with lively writing informed by surprising, memorable insights that enable us to quickly grasp the disruptive forces at work. For evidence of the shift to emerging markets, consider the startling fact that by 2025 a single regional city in China—Tianjin—will have a GDP equal to that of Sweden. In the decades ahead, half of the world’s economic growth will come from 440 cities, including Kumasi in Ghana and Santa Carina in Brazil—cities that most executives today would be hard-pressed to locate on a map. What we are now seeing is no ordinary disruption but the new facts of business life—facts that require executives and leaders at all levels to reset their operating assumptions and management intuition.

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    No Ordinary Disruption by Richard Dobbs, James Manyika, Jonathan Woetzel

    No Ordinary Disruption

    8.3 hrs • 6/1/15 • Unabridged
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  13. 2.6 hrs • 5/5/2015 • Unabridged

    A powerful manifesto for CEOs and employees alike: influential and award-winning business leader Margaret Heffernan reveals how organizations can build ideal workplace cultures and create seismic shifts by making deceptively small changes. By implementing sweeping changes, businesses often think it’s possible to do better, to earn more, and have happier employees. So why does engagement prove so difficult and productivity so elusive? In Beyond Measure, Margaret Heffernan looks back over her decades spent overseeing different organizations and comes to a counterintuitive conclusion: it’s the small shifts that have the greatest impact. Heffernan argues that building the strongest organization can be accelerated by implementing seemingly small changes, such as embracing conflict as a creative catalyst, using every mind on the team, celebrating mistakes, speaking up, listening more, and encouraging time off from work. Packed with incredible anecdotes and startling statistics, Beyond Measure takes us on a fascinating tour across the globe, highlighting disparate businesses and revealing how they’ve managed to change themselves in big ways through incremental shifts. How did the CIA revolutionize their intelligence gathering with one simple question? How did one organization increase their revenue by fifteen million dollars by instituting a short coffee break? How can a day-long hackathon change the culture of a company? Told with wry wit and knowing humor, Heffernan proves that it’s often the small changes that make the greatest, most lasting impact.

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    Beyond Measure

    2.6 hrs • 5/5/15 • Unabridged
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  14. 8.7 hrs • 3/31/2015 • Unabridged

    To compete with today’s increasing globalization and rapidly evolving technologies, individuals and organizations must take their ability to learn—the foundation for continuous improvement, operational excellence, and innovation—to a much higher level. In Learn or Die, Edward D. Hess combines recent advances in neuroscience, psychology, behavioral economics, and education with key research on high-performance businesses to create an actionable blueprint for becoming a leading-edge learning organization. Learn or Die examines the process of learning from an individual and an organizational standpoint. From an individual perspective, the book discusses the cognitive, emotional, motivational, attitudinal, and behavioral factors that promote better learning. Organizationally, Learn or Die focuses on the kinds of structures, culture, leadership, employee learning behaviors, and human resource policies that are necessary to create an environment that enables critical and innovative thinking, learning conversations, and collaboration. The volume also provides strategies to mitigate the reality that humans can be reflexive, lazy thinkers who seek confirmation of what they believe to be true and affirmation of their self-image. 

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    Learn or Die

    8.7 hrs • 3/31/15 • Unabridged
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  15. 3.0 hrs • 3/1/2015 • Unabridged

    This practical guide introduces managers to a powerful new engagement and retention tool: the stay interview. Smart companies have begun conducting these periodic reviews in order to discover why their important talent might leave and to solve any problems before they actually quit. Written by the retention expert who pioneered the process, The Stay Interview shows managers how toanticipate an employee’s top issues;set realistic expectations from the start;respond to difficult questions;listen effectively and dig deeper;craft a detailed and effective stay plan complete with timeline; andassess each employee’s level of engagement, predict potential exits, and communicate results to upper management. Complete with the five best questions to ask and sample scripts for different situations, The Stay Interview is the key to a more engaged and productive team.

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    The Stay Interview by Richard P. Finnegan

    The Stay Interview

    3.0 hrs • 3/1/15 • Unabridged
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  16. 6.1 hrs • 2/24/2015 • Unabridged

    When Ram Charan (and Larry Bossidy) published Execution, they saw it as the playbook for both senior and middle managers in “the new game.” But now, the game has changed. Business leaders find themselves operating in an era of persistent uncertainty moving at an unprecedented rate of change. Now Ram Charan returns with a new message for this challenging time.  In The Attacker’s Advantage, Charan reveals the upside of uncertainty for those leaders who are nimbly positioned to anticipate the catalysts of disruption and embrace change. He updates and adapts the principles of his previous bestsellers to address the current turbulent business environment, cutting through the veil of complexity to concentrate on the new customer needs and expectations and providing the tools for corporate leaders to take their companies to a higher level.

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    The Attacker’s Advantage

    6.1 hrs • 2/24/15 • Unabridged
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