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  1. 4.7 hrs • 6/2/2015 • Unabridged

    Holacracy distributes authority and decision making throughout an organization and defines people not by hierarchy and titles, but by roles. Holacracy creates organizations that are fast, agile, and that succeed by pursuing their purpose, free from the tyranny of top-down planning that’s instantly out of date. This isn’t anarchy—it’s quite the opposite. When you start to follow Holacracy, you learn to create new structures and ways of making decisions that empower the people who know the most about the work your company does: your frontline colleagues. Some of the many champions of Holacracy include Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com (and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Delivering Happiness), Evan Williams (co-founder of Blogger, Twitter, and Medium), and David Allen.

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    Holacracy

    4.7 hrs • 6/2/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 10.3 hrs • 12/1/2014 • Unabridged

    Bo Burlingham’s book Small Giants became an instant classic for its original take on a common business problem—how to handle the pressure to grow. It used deeply researched entrepreneurship stories to provide fresh insight into what really makes a great small business. Now Burlingham returns with a look at an even more common problem—how to leave your company gracefully. He interviewed dozens of owners who have sold or bequeathed their companies and distilled nine key lessons for success. For example, Ray Pagano turned down an initial offer for his twenty-eight-year-old company that manufactured housings for security cameras in favor of making the business more efficient and profitable. The effort paid off when he sold his newly improved company at the bottom of a recession for four times the original offer. Through stories like Pagano’s, Burlingham offers an inspirational and enlightening guide through one of the most stressful processes every business owner must face.

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    Finish Big

    10.3 hrs • 12/1/14 • Unabridged
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  3. 7.3 hrs • 8/1/2014 • Unabridged

    When people hear “the cloud,” they think of cloud computing, just a sliver of what the cloud is today. The cloud has grown: it represents the consummate disruptor to structure; a pervasive social and economic network that will soon connect and define more of the world than any other political, social, or economic organization. The cloud is the first megatrend of the twenty-first century, one that will shape the way we will address virtually every challenge we face for at least the next one hundred years. It is where we will all live, work, and play in the coming decades. The cloud is where your kids go to dive into online play. It’s where you meet and make friends in social networks. It’s where companies find the next big idea. It’s where political campaigns are won and lost. Cloud Surfing is the groundbreaking book that will explain how to access the full value of the cloud and how to embrace its possibilities.

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    Cloud Surfing

    7.3 hrs • 8/1/14 • Unabridged
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  4. 3.4 hrs • 11/1/2013 • Unabridged

    What would happen if you, your team, and your entire organization were constantly focused on adapting, changing, and improving your business? Imagine the results that a nimble and engaged organization could achieve—and how that will help you stay relevant in a competitive marketplace. Make Change Work presents real ideas for thriving in a world of constant change. This isn’t just another book that tells you change is coming, so get ready. It is a field guide to help you design and implement a strategy for leading change and delivering meaningful business results. You will learn: • How to rate your organization on a scale of dodos to coyotes • Why change fails and what good change looks like in today’s organizations • How to be bold in the face of change • How to make your company faster, better, cheaper, and friendlier-by simply listening to your customers • How to take the uncertainty out of the change process for your employees • Six leadership strategies for creating urgency, building support, and ensuring successful change • The specific challenges that occur when change isn’t a choice (such as a downsizing or merger)Z • How to lead by example and not by decree • The future of change Your employees want you to lead them through change and not just shuffle them around on a chessboard. They want to make change work, but in order for them to do that, you need to show your own adaptability, resolve, and resilience. This audiobook will help you establish a clear and purposeful goal, inspire a culture relentlessly focused on customers, and create an environment where your talented team wants to Make Change Work.

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    Make Change Work

    3.4 hrs • 11/1/13 • Unabridged
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  5. 4.8 hrs • 10/22/2013 • Unabridged

    Most books on innovation make it sound as if successful innovation is the end result of a carefully followed recipe. But the simple fact is that when it comes to any new venture, failure is the surest horse to bet on. Respected pastor and author Larry Osborne explains how understanding this dirty little secret behind innovation can bring both stability and creativity to organizations, especially those with teams of people that focus on innovation, creativity, new ideas, and problem-solving. Using the wisdom and principles found in this book, you will be free to lead dynamically without causing uncertainty or insecurity in your organization. In Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret, you’ll learn: • How to foster innovation’s most powerful igniters and accelerators while avoiding the most common killers of innovation • How to recognize and break through ceilings of complexity and competency • The six pitfalls of growth and what you can do to avoid them • The three questions every leader needs to ask before launching any new endeavor

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    Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret

    4.8 hrs • 10/22/13 • Unabridged
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  6. 2.3 hrs • 3/12/2013 • Unabridged

    How Stella Saved the Farm is a simple parable about making innovation happen. Written by the authors of the New York Times bestselling Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere, Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, the story resonates in organizations of all types—public sector, private sector, and social sector, from mammoth corporations to small organizations employing just a few dozen people. The parable is about a farm in trouble. Bankruptcy, or the grim prospect of being acquired by a hostile competitor, threaten. The farm succeeds only if the team pulls together and innovates. The main characters in the story—Stella, Deirdre, Bull, Mav, Einstein, Rambo, Maisie, and Andrea—are all like people you know, maybe even yourself. The tale includes an unexpected leadership challenge, an ambitious call to action, a bold idea, countless internal obstacles and conflicts, fears, joys, triumphs, and even a love interest. It’s a story that can be enjoyed by anyone. In How Stella Saved the Farm delivers eight simple lessons to guide innovation initiatives to success. It prepares business leaders to avoid some of innovation’s most toxic myths, teaches how to build the right kind of team, and shows how to learn quickly from experience.

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    How Stella Saved the Farm

    2.3 hrs • 3/12/13 • Unabridged
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  7. 4.2 hrs • 2/5/2013 • Unabridged

    With environmental problems, resource shortages, financial uncertainty, and global hyper competition in full swing, it’s a big scary world out there. And your business is going to have to change in order to survive. There is simply no more room for “business as usual.” Evolve or Die shows how businesses that adapt the fastest are the ones that succeed the most. If you’re ready, this audiobook presents a series of practical, proven, real-world tools and techniques to start changing your business now to successfully meet current and future challenges. Not afraid to take on major issues, Evolve or Die proves that these problems are actually huge opportunities. You’ll find both inspiration and concrete examples as author and entrepreneur Robin Crow reveals how many “sustainable” practices are really just good business practices. Crow built his company, Dark Horse Recording, from the ground up and has set the gold standard for customer service and excellence in recording; it is home to Taylor Swift, Ashley Judd, Neil Diamond, Tim McGraw, and others. The lessons he imparts are both hard-won and proven, drawn from his own path to success. Evolve or Die lays out a clear road map to ensure your business thrives as the twenty-first century kicks into high gear. You’ll find seven steps enabling you to • Create a business that is always one step ahead of the competition;• Build an accountability matrix throughout your organization;• Reinvigorate your business by thinking multidimensionally;• Achieve new ways of increasing the efficiency of your business;• Combine people, planet, and profit for a triple bottom line. Your future successes will be in direct proportion to how you adapt to and anticipate change. Filled with optimistic yet practical solutions and helpful tools, Evolve or Die empowers you to hone your competitive edge and realize existing abundance in your personal and professional life. So unless you want your business to go the way of the dinosaur, it’s time to Evolve or Die.

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    Evolve or Die

    4.2 hrs • 2/5/13 • Unabridged
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  8. 1.5 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    No business concept was more important to America’s economic revival in the 1990s than reengineering, introduced to the world in Michael Hammer and James Champy’s Reengineering the Corporation. Already a classic, this international bestseller describes how the radical redesign of a company’s processes, organization, and culture can achieve a quantum leap in performance. But if you think that reengineering once was enough, think again. More changes, more challenges are coming in the twenty-first century. Now Hammer and Champy have updated and revised their milestone work for the New Economy they helped to create, promising to help corporations save hundreds of millions of dollars more, raise their customer satisfaction still higher, and grow ever more nimble in the years to come.

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  9. 6.2 hrs • 5/10/2012 • Unabridged

    Eventually every job and every business will become irrelevant. According to Jason Jennings, the past few decades have seen unprecedented shifts; former third-world nations have transformed themselves into high-tech manufacturing powerhouses; technology has democratized business and increased competition in ways never before seen; and customers, used to getting exactly what they want when they want it, are no longer beholden to the corporate giants. Jennings and his research team examined thousands of articles and news stories and selected the one hundred best examples of companies, including Best Buy, Cirque du Soleil, and Avon, that have successfully reinvented themselves. After interviewing the key players in these transformations, Jennings established what he calls the “reinvention rules,” including:Abandon all ego: being a master of conventional thinking yields conventional resultsTake lots of small chances: small bets allow you to see what works—and what doesn’t—without putting your neck on the lineBe frugal: the best companies know how to fix problems and effect change using the resources already availableGrow constantly: if you want to nurture and retain your best people, you need to make sure you can give them opportunities that will make them want to stay With the same friendly style of Jennings’ previous titles, this audiobook is a must-hear for any leader who wants to stay relevant for years to come.

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    Reinventors

    6.2 hrs • 5/10/12 • Unabridged
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  10. 6.6 hrs • 4/17/2008 • Unabridged

    Book Yourself Solid: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing & Selling is one of the top ten bestselling marketing books in the country. In fact, it has been so well received and needed, that it shows every sign of becoming an evergreen marketing title for professional service providers and small business owners who say they hate marketing and selling but absolutely need more clients. But the author, Michael Port has created a problem for them: they are now booked solid and they have more clients than they can handle. In his second book, Beyond Booked Solid: Your Business, Your Life, Your Way-It's All Inside,Michael Port will effectively and efficiently solve this pervasive problem. Beyond Booked Solid is a complete and easy-to-follow roadmap for continuing to grow a service business by getting "un-booked solid" and serves as an insurance policy that enables the listener to approach their business from a new and inspired perspective of making more money while working less. Beyond Booked Solid provides hundreds of tips, strategies, techniques, and resources that seamlessly help the listener integrate the intellectual and philosophical concepts into a plan of action that can be implemented in sequential steps.

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    Beyond Booked Solid

    6.6 hrs • 4/17/08 • Unabridged
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  11. 3.0 hrs • 6/13/2006 • Abridged

    In the new economy, hierarchical business structures are being consigned to the shredder and replaced with flexible, fast-responding, ad hoc groups of brainworkers. Tom Peters, author of the bestselling In Search of Excellence is once again ahead of the curve, and now demonstrates that the key to success in business future is total engagement, dynamism, speed, and independence. 

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    Liberation Management

    3.0 hrs • 6/13/06 • Abridged
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  12. 2.4 hrs • 6/13/2006 • Abridged

    In 1982, business guru Tom Peters coauthored In Search of Excellence, one of the most influential business guides of all time. More recently, through 400 seminars in 47 states and 22 countries, Peters reexamined, refined, and reinvented his views on innovation—the #1 survival strategy, he asserts, for businesses of the next millennium. The Circle of Innovation brings these seminars—and Peters’ contagious passion—to the reader in a landmark book. Through astounding facts and figures, and quotes whose sources range from Émile Zola to Steve Jobs, Peters blows the lid off accepted management styles. Here is a book that will open your eyes to new ways of envisioning the challenges of today’s world. Here, too, is a practical guide that will teach you how to: reverse the rising tide of product and service “commoditization” and foster uniqueness capitalize on the skyrocketing purchasing power of women convert sluggish staff into vital centers of intellectual capital accumulation build systems of elegance and beauty liberate your creativity and individual leadership style Whether you manage a six-person department or a 60,000-body behemoth, The Circle of Innovation empowers you to transform your organization, your career, yourself. Inspiring, timely, this blueprint for success is pure Peters—a handbook as energetic as it is profound.

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    The Circle of Innovation

    2.4 hrs • 6/13/06 • Abridged
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  13. 25.7 hrs • 4/15/2005 • Unabridged

    DisneyWar is the breathtaking, dramatic inside story of what drove America’s best-known entertainment company to civil war. With access to both Michael Eisner and Roy Disney, company executives and board members, as well as letters and documents never before seen, James B. Stewart gets to the bottom of mysteries and corporate intrigue that have enveloped Disney for years. Here, too, is the creative process that lies at the heart of Disney, the many passionate artists who fought for their vision, the critical choices that led to success or failure, and the brilliant ideas which, in spite of the ego clashes and internal politics, were brought to miraculous fruition. No other book so thoroughly penetrates the secretive world of the corporate boardroom. DisneyWar is an enthralling true story of one of America’s most powerful media and entertainment companies, the people who control it, and those trying to overthrow them.

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    DisneyWar

    25.7 hrs • 4/15/05 • Unabridged
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  14. 2.9 hrs • 7/1/2003 • Abridged

    Building on the success of their previous book, The Oz Principle, Connors and Smith explore the direct link between a company’s culture and the results it produces. Journey To The Emerald City details a clear road map for Accelerating the Cultural Transition in which people focus on achieving the results critical to a company’s future. Connors and Smith provide a program to transform entrenched patterns into potent new ways of being and doing. Getting to the core of why people work as they do is a dynamic process demanding that leaders take control of the culture to create experiences that foster beliefs, that drive actions, that produce the ultimate competitive advantage. Filled with success stories, Connors and Smith introduce a step-by-step model to help people at any level of the organization take action that will alter the culture’s belief system in order to produce the desired results.

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  15. 3.1 hrs • 1/1/2002 • Abridged

    Everything in our world, from marketing to technology to distribution to the capital markets, is moving at a faster pace than ever. Yet most companies view change as a threat, and survival as the goal. This fascinating audio book transforms all that. It contains a simple yet revolutionary idea: we can evolve our companies the same way nature evolves a species.Evolution is a fundamental force of nature, and Seth Godin demonstrates how it can be put to work in any organisation. The first step is to eliminate the anti-change reflex that's genetically coded into all of us. Once a company learns to 'zoom' (to change without panicking), it is much more likely to evolve. And a company that evolves can become ever more profitable.

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    Survival Is Not Enough

    3.1 hrs • 1/1/02 • Abridged
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  16. 2.4 hrs • 2/1/2001 • Abridged

    What if the rules that made you successful were the cause of your current problems? What if the name of the game was personal fulfillment rather than power and wealth? What if the biggest threat to your company's future was employee dissatisfaction? What if success in the new economy depended on refreshing your work environment? What if you could eliminate friction betwween baby boomers and younger workers? What if the answer was eLeadership? From one of the world's leading management consultants comes a dynamic new style of leadership that will enlighten and inspire executives to rethink and retool their companies for the eWorld. With business practices changing on a daily basis, companies must create environments of speed and flexibility that will engage today's employees and allow radical ideas to thrive -- because only those companies that move first and innovate fast will reap the financial rewards the eWorld has to offer. Through dozens of real-world examples of eLeadership in action, Annunzio proves that the greatest opportunity to make a difference in corporate America today may be in attacking traditional priorities in unconventional ways.

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    eLeadership

    2.4 hrs • 2/1/01 • Abridged
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