Business & Economics Audio Books
3.5 hrs • 5/21/2013Listen
Derived from the Wall Street Journal bestseller The 5 Levels of Leadership, this condensed version shares the essentials the five stages of every leader must master.
In this perfectly compact read, #1 New York Times bestselling author John C. Maxwell explains how true leadership works. It is not generated by your title. In fact, being named to a position is the lowest level that every effective leader should hope to achieve. In order to lead, you must also be able to follow. You must master the ability to inspire and invest in people. You need to build a team that produces not only results, but also future leaders. By combining the advice contained in these pages with skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership—where your influence extends beyond your immediate reach for the benefit of others.>Learn More
9.0 hrs • 5/21/2013Listen
Series: The 99U Series
Are you over-extended, over-distracted, and overwhelmed? Do you work at a breakneck pace all day, only to find that you haven’t accomplished the most important things on your agenda when you leave the office?
The world has changed and the way we work has to change, too. With wisdom from twenty leading creative minds, Manage Your Day-to-Day will give you a toolkit for tackling the new challenges of a 24/7, always-on workplace.
Featuring contributions from: Dan Ariely, Leo Babauta, Scott Belsky, Lori Deschene, Aaron Dignan, Erin Rooney Doland, Seth Godin,Todd Henry, Christian Jarrett, Scott McDowell, Mark McGuinness, Cal Newport, Steven Pressfield, Gretchen Rubin, Stefan Sagmeister, Elizabeth G. Saunders, Tony Schwartz, Tiffany Shlain, Linda Stone, and James Victore.>Learn More
8.5 hrs • 5/21/2013Listen
All too often, business owners and real estate investors are asking this question: “I’ve set up my corporation. Now what do I do?” They have formed their protective entity—be it a corporation, LLC, or LP—and don’t know what to do next.
Run Your Own Corporation provides the solution to this very common dilemma. Breaking down the requirements chronologically (i.e. the first day, first quarter, first year) the audiobook sets forth all of the tax, corporate, and legal matters new business owners must comply with. Written by Rich Dad Advisor Garrett Sutton, Esq., who also authored the companion edition Start Your Own Corporation, this audiobook clearly identifies what must be done to properly maintain and operate your corporation entity.
From the first day, when employer identification numbers must be obtained in order to open up a bank account, to the fifth year when trademark renewals must be filed, and all of the requirements in between, Run Your Own Corporation is a unique resource that all business owners and investors must have.>Learn More
8.5 hrs • 5/21/2013Listen
The DNA of business has changed. Forever. You can blame technology, smartphones, social media, online shopping and everything else, but nothing changes this reality: we are in a moment of business purgatory. So, what are you going to do about it?
Mitch Joel, one of the world's leading experts in new media, warns that the time has come to Ctrl Alt Delete—to reboot and to start re-building your business model. If you don’t, Joel warns, not only will your company begin to slide backwards, but you may find yourself unemployable within five years.
That’s a very strong warning, but in his new audiobook, Ctrl Alt Delete, Joel explains the convergence of five key movements that have changed business forever. The movements have already taken place, but few businesses have acted on them. He outlines what you need to know to adapt right now. He also points to the seven triggers that will help you take advantage of these game-changing factors to keep you employable as this new world of business unfolds. Along the way, Joel introduces his novel concept of “squiggle” which explains how you can learn to adapt your personal approach to your career as new technology becomes the norm.
In short, this is not a book about “change management,” but a book about changing both you and your business model.>Learn More
7.0 hrs • 5/21/2013Listen
A bold and thought-provoking look at the future of US-China relations, and how their coming power struggle will reshape the competitive playing field for nations around the world.
The Cold War seemingly ended in a decisive victory for the West. But now, Noah Feldman argues, we are entering an era of renewed global struggle: the era of Cool War. Just as the Cold War matched the planet’s reigning superpowers in a contest for geopolitical supremacy, so this new age will pit the United States against a rising China in a contest for dominance, alliances, and resources. Already visible in Asia, the conflict will extend to the Middle East (US-backed Israel versus Chinese-backed Iran), Africa, and beyond.
Yet this Cool War differs fundamentally from the zero-sum showdowns of the past: The world’s major power and its leading challenger are economically interdependent to an unprecedented degree. Exports to the US account for nearly a quarter of Chinese trade, while the Chinese government holds eight percent of America’s outstanding debt. This positive-sum interdependence has profound implications for nations, corporations, and international institutions. It makes what looked to be a classic contest between two great powers into something much more complex, contradictory, and badly in need of the shrewd and carefully reasoned analysis that Feldman provides.
To understand the looming competition with China, we must understand the incentives that drive Chinese policy. Feldman offers an arresting take on that country’s secretive hierarchy, proposing that the hereditary “princelings” who reap the benefits of the complicated Chinese political system are actually in partnership with the meritocrats who keep the system full of fresh talent and the reformers who are trying to root out corruption and foster government accountability. He provides a clear-eyed analysis of the years ahead, showing how China’s rise presents opportunities as well as risks. Robust competition could make the US leaner, smarter, and more pragmatic, and could drive China to greater respect for human rights. Alternatively, disputes over trade, territory, or human rights could jeopardize the global economic equilibrium, or provoke a catastrophic “hot war” neither country wants.
The US and China may be divided by political culture and belief, but they are also bound together by mutual self-interest. Cool War makes the case for competitive cooperation as the only way forward that can preserve the peace and make winners out of both sides.>Learn More
4.5 hrs • 5/21/2013Listen
Every great team, culture, society, religion or business that has endured time, adversity, and challenge has always had one thing in common: a set of simple but powerful rules that govern the internal behaviors and expectations of that group. This is called a Code of Honor.
Yet if salesmanship is the #1 skill in business, #2 has to be the ability to bring ordinary people together to build a championship team. This does not happen by chance or by the simple accumulation of talent. A Code of Honor is the core ingredient to creating winning organizations.
This audiobook is a step-by-step guide for any individual, group or company to actually create a Code of Honor specific to their team. The Rich Dad Advisor series helps individuals succeed in the world of business and finance, and “Team Code of Honor” bridges all facets of business, investment, entrepreneurship, and even personal life. The book explains how a set of rules is created, maintained, enforced, and used for rapid and controlled growth of any entity.
The book is designed as an operating manual for putting any business team together. It steps you all the way from properly choosing players, to creating a set of rules, to increasing performance—and to winning.>Learn More
6.0 hrs • 5/21/2013Listen
Series: The Rich Dad Advisors Series
Buying and Selling a Business reveals key strategies to sell and acquire business investments. Garrett Sutton, Esq. is a best selling author of numerous law for the layman books, and he guides the listener clearly through all of the obstacles to be faced before completing a winning transaction.
Using real-life stories to illustrate how to prepare your business for sale, analyze acquisition candidates and assemble the right team of experts, Sutton also clearly identifies how to understand the tax issues of a business sale how to use confidentiality agreements to your benefit and how to negotiate your way to a positive result.
Robert Kiyosaki, the best selling author of Rich Dad Poor Dad has this to say about Buying and Selling a Business: “Garrett Sutton's information is priceless for anyone who wants to increase his or her knowledge of the often secret world of the rich, what the rich invest in, and some of the reasons why the rich get richer.”>Learn More
10.5 hrs • 5/21/2013Listen
During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Even more importantly, he succeeded in never wavering from coaching in his own way: from a place of deep values. Jackson was tagged as the “Zen master”—half in jest—by sportswriters, but the nickname speaks to an important truth: this is a coach who inspired, not goaded, and who led by awakening and challenging the better angels of his players’ nature, not their egos, fear, or greed.
This is the story of a preacher’s kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. In his quest to reinvent himself, Jackson explored everything from humanistic psychology and Native American philosophy to Zen meditation. In the process, he developed a new approach to leadership based on freedom, authenticity, and selfless teamwork that turned the hypercompetitive world of professional sports on its head.
Eleven times, Jackson led his teams to the ultimate goal: the NBA championship—six times with the Chicago Bulls and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers. We all know the legendary stars on those teams, or think we do. What Eleven Rings shows us, however, is that when it comes to the most important lessons, we don’t know very much at all. This book is full of revelations: about fascinating personalities and their drive to win; about the wellsprings of motivation and competition at the highest levels; and about what it takes to bring out the best in ourselves and others.>Learn More
11.0 hrs • 5/17/2013Listen
Overcoming Fake Talk explains why we often fail at our most important communications and offers proven advice for turning challenging confrontations into rewarding exchanges that foster collaboration, improve performance, and achieve results. You’ll develop an understanding of the skills for holding a REAL conversation, including both the “said” and the “unsaid” elements present in any conversation; discover the framework for preparing and holding difficult yet meaningful conversations; and learn to no longer avoid the tough conversations they need to have. In Overcoming Fake Talk, business communication guru John R. Stoker offers proven advice for turning challenging confrontations into rewarding exchanges that foster collaboration, improve performance, and achieve results.>Learn More
4.8 hrs • 5/16/2013Listen
Most people spend the majority of their lives at work, and many not happily. Here’s a way to find your inner spirit—what you truly desire to do in life—this audiobook illuminates the path leading you to ultimately achieving your goals. J. P. Hansen will help you get there through exercises such as building a great resume, nailing the interview, and knowing whether or not to accept a particular job offer when it comes along.>Learn More
9.0 hrs • 5/14/2013Listen
Throughout his long and distinguished career, as a naval aviator, a US Congressman, a top aide to four American presidents, a high-level diplomat, a CEO of two Fortune 500 companies, and the only twice-serving Secretary of Defense in American history, Donald Rumsfeld has collected hundreds of pithy, compelling, and often humorous observations about leadership, business, and life. When President Gerald Ford ordered these aphorisms distributed to his White House staff in 1974, the collection became known as “Rumsfeld’s Rules.”
First gathered as three-by-five cards in a shoebox and then typed up and circulated informally over the years, these eminently nonpartisan rules have amused and enlightened presidents, business executives, chiefs of staff, foreign officials, diplomats, and members of Congress. They earned praise from the Wall Street Journal as “required reading,” and from the New York Timeswhich said: “Rumsfeld’s Rules can be profitably read in any organization…The best reading, though, are his sprightly tips on inoculating oneself against that dread White House disease, the inflated ego.”
Meanwhile, the collection continued to grow as Rumsfeld added new rules derived from things he read, heard, or observed in more than eight decades of a remarkable life. Now these legendary rules are made available for the first time to corporate executive. Rumsfeld has selected his most useful and important rules for effective leadership, enhanced with fresh insights and entertaining anecdotes, and discusses them in the blunt and witty style he is known for.
Distilled from a career of unusual breadth and accomplishment, and organized under practical topics like hiring people, running a meeting, and dealing with the press, Rumsfeld’s Rules can benefit people at every stage in their careers and in every walk of life, from aspiring politicos and industrialists to recent college graduates, teachers, and business leaders.
The book provides unprecedented insight into leadership, management, strategy, and life, thinking that not only helped Rumsfeld lead the Pentagon in wartime, but earned him a reputation as one of America’s toughest and most effective CEOs.>Learn More
7.0 hrs • 5/14/2013Listen
In Breaking Out, idea developer and adviser John Butman shows how the methods of today’s most popular “idea entrepreneurs,” including dog psychologist Cesar Millan, French lifestyle guru Mireille Guiliano (French Women Don’t Get Fat), TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie, and many others can help you take an idea public and build influence for it.
It isn’t easy. Butman argues that the rise of the “ideaplex” (TED, Twitter, YouTube, online learning, and all the rest) has caused such an explosion in the creation and sharing of ideas that it has become much easier to go public, yet much harder to gain influence. But it can be done.
Based on his own experience in advising content experts worldwide, Butman shows how the idea entrepreneur breaks out, by combining personal narrative with rich content, creating many forms of expression (from books to live events), developing real-world practices, and creating “respiration” around the idea such that other people can breathe it in and make it their own. The resulting idea platform can reach many different audience groups and continue to build influence for many years and even decades.
If you have an idea and want to make a difference in your organization, build a change movement in your community, or improve the world in some way, this book will get you started on the journey to idea entrepreneurship.>Learn More
8.0 hrs • 5/13/2013Listen
Birth, death, and conflict—three things you truly can’t avoid. Whether it’s big or small, conflict eats into productivity and makes people feel stuck. Yet solutions exist for even the toughest situations with the most intractable people. The answer lies in better communication—not just using different words but learning to think differently.
I Hear You supplies proven techniques for stepping outside one’s point of view and seeing things from other perspectives. Sample dialogues show how this shift in thinking leads to better conversations and greatly improved outcomes. Listeners learn how to:
• Tell the other person’s story, the cornerstone of real engagement
• Look from the outside in and see themselves as others do
• Recognize the role systemic factors play, and transform a conflict into a shared challenge
• Overcome the defense mechanisms that derail dialogue
For anyone trying to negotiate a difficult situation with a boss, colleague, employee, or client, I Hear You changes opposition into understanding and mere talk into real trust.>Learn More
13.5 hrs • 5/7/2013Listen
This nonfiction legal thriller traces the fourteen-year struggle of two lawyers to bring the most powerful coal baron in American history to justice.
Don Blankenship, head of Massey Energy since the early 1990s, ran an industry that provides nearly half of America’s electric power. But wealth and influence weren’t enough for Blankenship and his company, as they set about destroying corporate and personal rivals, challenging the Constitution, purchasing the West Virginia judiciary, and willfully disregarding safety standards in the company’s mines—mines in which scores died unnecessarily.
As Blankenship hobnobbed with a West Virginia Supreme Court justice in France, his company polluted the drinking water of hundreds of citizens; he himself fostered baroque vendettas against anyone who dared challenge his sovereignty over coal country. Just about the only thing that stood in the way of Blankenship’s tyranny over a state and an industry was a pair of odd-couple attorneys, Dave Fawcett and Bruce Stanley, who undertook a legal quest to bring justice to this corner of America. From the backwoods courtrooms of West Virginia they pursued their case all the way to the US Supreme Court and to a dramatic decision declaring that the wealthy and powerful are not entitled to purchase their own brand of law.
The Price of Justice is a story of corporate corruption so far-reaching and devastating it could have been written a hundred years ago by Ida Tarbell or Lincoln Steffens. And as Laurence Leamer demonstrates in this captivating tale, because it’s true, it’s scarier than fiction.>Learn More
7.5 hrs • 5/7/2013Listen
In today’s market, playing it safe is not an option. The business world is in flux, and you have to think and act quickly in order to stay competitive. But the last thing you want to do is make reckless business decisions. You have to find the middle ground. You have to take smart risks.
In this groundbreaking audiobook, leadership expert Doug Sundheim explains how to find that precise point between comfort and danger for generating the sustained ability to work at the highest level of performance.
Taking Smart Risks reveals the secrets to discovering, planning for, and acting upon the kind of risks that will move your company forward and ahead of the competition.>Learn More
6.7 hrs • 5/7/2013Listen
Politicians have talked endlessly about the seismic economic and social impacts of the recent financial crisis, but many continue to ignore its disastrous effects on human health, and have even exacerbated them, by adopting harsh austerity measures and cutting key social programs at a time when constituents need them most. The result, as pioneering public health experts David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu reveal in this provocative audiobook, is that many countries have turned their recessions into veritable epidemics, ruining or extinguishing thousands of lives in a misguided attempt to balance budgets and shore up financial markets. Yet sound alternative policies could instead help improve economies and protect public health at the same time.
In The Body Economic, Stuckler and Basu mine data from around the globe and throughout history to show how government policy becomes a matter of life and death during financial crises. In a series of historical case studies stretching from 1930s America, to Russia and Indonesia in the 1990s, to present-day Greece, Britain, Spain, and the US, Stuckler and Basu reveal that governmental mismanagement of financial strife has resulted in a grim array of human tragedies, from suicides to HIV infections. Yet people can and do stay healthy, and even get healthier, during downturns. During the Great Depression, US deaths actually plummeted, and today Iceland, Norway, and Japan are happier and healthier than ever, proof that public wellbeing need not be sacrificed for fiscal health.
Full of shocking and counterintuitive revelations and bold policy recommendations, The Body Economic offers an alternative to austerity, one that will prevent widespread suffering, both now and in the future.>Learn More