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  1. 8.0 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard—legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.—shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian blacksmith to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport’s equipment, Let My People Go Surfing is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life—a book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

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    Let My People Go Surfing

    Foreword by Naomi Klein
    8.0 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 6.0 hrs • 8/30/2016

    Managing projects effectively and on time can be tough. But how would you like a system to manage several projects at once and bring in all of them on time and on budget? What if you could clearly identify your priorities and consistently meet your deadlines? What if factoring in your hard-won wisdom and keenest insights suddenly became systematic for you? How would you like to have more work/life balance and even be able to go home on time? It’s no pipe dream—now you can! Project Manager Training System will teach you techniques that make strategic planning a breeze. Using this tightly honed process to systematically factor tasks into your daily work schedule, you can be sure that all your projects meet your organization’s biggest goals. This audiobook trains you to build structures into the project management skills you already have. You’ll easily confront day-to-day tasks while accomplishing projects on time and establishing personal and professional balance. This excellent program takes you by the hand to create a master plan for all your projects. With this top-down view of the big picture, everything starts to flow. Mastering your projects and the structure that supports them will enable you to manage your life and work as one big project—one you can savor with confidence and precision. This life-changing program will show you how to zoom to the optimal perspective to be productive in the moment;clearly communicate your expectations and increase team engagement—even with challenging personalities;reverse engineer projects to merge them with daily plans;capture and structure all the elements of your work into a daily plan;organize resources and plan for interruptions to create a realistic approach;maximize the diversity of available resources to delegate work and ensure it is done correctly;keep track of what you need to know and recall it at the right time; anduse recognition, rapport, and reprogramming to overcome barriers and stay on target.

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    Project Manager Training System by Sherry Prindle
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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

    Read by Brian Tracy 
    2.6 hrs • 8/1/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 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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  5. 5.5 hrs • 7/1/2016 • Unabridged

    How do you lead the launch of a product you know will be extremely controversial? What should you do if a single parent on your staff is falling behind in his or her work? How should you respond if you are offered an opportunity at work solely because of your race or gender? This is a book about work choices and life choices, and the critical points, or defining moments, at which the two become one. A refreshing antidote to traditional feel-good, inspirational business ethics, it examines the right-versus-right conflicts that every business manager faces and presents an unorthodox yet practical way for you to think about and resolve them. When making hard professional decisions, managers often use personal values as a touchstone. Badaracco asserts, however, that resolving such dilemmas is not as simple as the “do the right thing” school of ethics would have you believe. Defining Moments reveals an alternative approach that will help you tackle the more complex and troubling question of what to do when doing the right thing requires doing something else wrong, or leaving another right thing undone. Drawing on philosophy, literature, and three case studies that reveal the increasing complexity today’s managers face as their careers advance, Defining Moments provides tangible examples, actionable steps, and a flexible framework that you can use to make the choices that will shape not only your career, but your character. Compelling and absent of ethical jargon, this book gets to the core of what makes being a manager so difficult. For new and seasoned managers alike, Defining Moments explores what it means, and whether it’s even possible, to be a successful manager and simultaneously a thoughtful, responsible human being.

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    Defining Moments

    5.5 hrs • 7/1/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 6.7 hrs • 7/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Is your workplace working for you and your employees? Studies show that unhealthy work habits, like staring at computer screens and rushing through fast-food lunches are taking their toll in the form of increased absenteeism, lost productivity, and higher insurance costs-but it doesn't have to be that way. Companies such as Google, Apple, Aetna, and Johnson & Johnson have used innovative techniques to incorporate healthy habits and practices into the workday and into their culture with impressive ROI. Packed with real-life examples and the latest research, The Healthy Workplace proves that it pays to invest in your people's well-being and reveals how to:Create a healthier, more energizing environmentReduce stress to enhance concentration Inspire movement at work Use choice architecture to encourage beneficial behaviors Support better sleep Heighten productivity without adding hours to the workdayFilled with tips for immediate improvement and guidelines for building a long-term plan, The Healthy Workplace will boost both employee well-being and the bottom line.

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    The Healthy Workplace

    6.7 hrs • 7/1/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 2.9 hrs • 6/7/2016 • Unabridged

    The bestselling authors of Our Iceberg Is Melting (more than one million sold) are back with their second business fable, this time on the eternal tensions of management vs. leadership, planning vs. spontaneity, big vs. small.This short, full-color fable tackles the most fundamental questions in business: Why do organizations rise and fall, and how can they rise again in the face of adversity? It distills decades of research by bestselling Harvard Business School professor and leadership consultant John Kotter. Once upon a time, there was a clan of meerkats living in the Kalahari, a warm and dry stretch of land in the southern part of the African continent. After years of easy growth for their clan, a drought sharply reduces their resources and enables dangerous new predators. The harmony of the clan is damaged as the meerkats quarrel about possible solutions, and even whether a solution is required at all. One young, bright, and adventurous worker, Nadia, sets out to find other clans, to see if other meerkats have fresh ideas that could help her struggling clan. She discovers a much smaller group that does things very differently, with much more flexibility and team spirit. But not everything in the new group is as perfect as it seems at first. And they are just as likely to fall victim to some of the most dangerous words in any organization: “That’s not how we do it here.” This simple yet rich story will connect with a broad range of people who need to combine flexibility and systems in a challenging climate.

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    That’s Not How We Do It Here!

    2.9 hrs • 6/7/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 3.9 hrs • 5/3/2016 • Unabridged

    #1 New York Times bestselling author John C. Maxwell responds to the most popular questions he’s received to help listeners achieve greater success. John Maxwell, America’s #1 leadership authority, has mastered the art of asking questions, using them to learn and grow, connect with people, challenge himself, improve his team, and develop better ideas. In this compact derivative of Good Leaders Ask Great Questions, he gives detailed answers to the most popular and intriguing questions posed to him by people at all stages of their careers, including: How can you be a leader if you’re at the bottom?How do you motivate an unmotivated person?How can you succeed with a leader who is difficult to work with?How do you find balance between leading others and producing?What gives a leader sustainability? No matter whether you’re a seasoned leader or wanting to take the first steps into leadership, this book will provide helpful and applicable advice and improve your professional life.

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  13. 5.3 hrs • 5/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Mentors are over-utilized, under-trained and, as studies show, under-deliver. From an employer's perspective, assigning a mentor is often a band-aid to a larger problem. From an employee's perspective, a lack of formal mentorship is seen as a serious, career-inhibiting problem, the equivalent of sailing a boat without a rudder. In The Mentor Myth, Debby Carreau represents this dichotomy, explaining that while a mentor's counsel can be invaluable, it is not the silver bullet human resources professionals often purport it to be. The opinions of a mentor are one data point, one piece in the much more complex game of navigating a career. In fact, the increasing overreliance on mentorship can actually be a hindrance to a successful career. Instead of continually looking outward for career guidance, aspiring professionals must realize that they possess all the tools necessary to take control of their own careers by using their own strengths, capabilities, and visions of success. Through her years of experience consulting, speaking, and writing about career development, Debby has created a comprehensive, easy-to-implement guide for taking ownership of your professional success. Debby begins by helping the reader create a professional roadmap, including how to build a personal brand, project the right amount of confidence, and manage time. She addresses mentors in the context of networks and sponsors, advising the reader how to incorporate outward influences rather than be defined by them.

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    The Mentor Myth

    5.3 hrs • 5/1/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 7.2 hrs • 4/15/2016 • Unabridged

    It can feel like a rigged game. Executives set impossible goals, so managers drive their teams to burnout trying to deliver. Employees demand connection and support, so managers focus on relationships and fail to make the numbers. The fallout is stress, frustration, and disengagement, and not just among team members—two-thirds of managers report being disengaged. To succeed, managers need balance: they must push people to achieve while creating an environment that makes them truly want to. Winning Well offers a quick, practical action plan—complete with examples, stories, online assessments, and more—for getting the results you need. Managers learn how to do the following: • Stamp out the corrosive win-at-all-costs mentality• Focus on the game, not just the score• Reinforce behaviors that produce results• Set clear expectations—delegating outcomes rather than focusing on process• Celebrate even small successes• Correct poor performance using the INSPIRE accountability method• Demonstrate confidence and humility• Energize teams to sustain excellent performance• And more Today’s hypercompetitive economy has created tense, overextended workplaces. Keep it productive, rewarding, and even fun with this one-stop success kit.

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    Winning Well

    Foreword by Marshall Goldsmith
    7.2 hrs • 4/15/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 2.0 hrs • 4/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Meetings don’t have to be a waste of time. When managed right, they are a powerful tool for solving problems, making decisions, exchanging ideas and getting results fast. Based on years of experience consulting for companies around the world, Brian Tracy has learned firsthand what works in meetings and what doesn’t. Now, he reveals simple, proven ideas you can use to make meetings shorter, more effective, and more satisfying to everyone in attendance. Listeners will find out how to: Structure different types of meetings: one-on-one or group, informational or problem-solving, internal or externalClearly define the purpose and the desired outcomeEstablish prioritiesSet an achievable agendaPrepare and participateEncourage open communicationKeep discussions on trackAvoid groupthinkPress for closureSummarize discussion points and decisionsGain agreement on action steps, assign responsibility, and set deadlinesDetermine the ideal room layoutMake effective presentationsMaximize the return on time investedAnd more Meetings are management in action, superiors and subordinates alike will assess your performance. Meetings That Get Results will help you shine.

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  16. 8.7 hrs • 4/1/2016 • Unabridged

    In Victory!, bestselling author Brian Tracy applies to business and personal success the same concepts that have helped great leaders triumph in military campaigns throughout history. Using military examples throughout, he provides ambitious, success-oriented readers with a practical template for reaching their own potential for greatness. This is an indispensable strategic field guide, from America's foremost expert on achievement.

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    Victory!

    8.7 hrs • 4/1/16 • Unabridged
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