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  1. 2.3 hrs • 6/15/2016 • Unabridged

    Great hopes make great people. The key to successful leadership today is influence. Leadership of any kind, in any location, for any purpose requires that we take the time and effort to work well with people. We must take into account that we all have hopes, dreams, desires, and goals of our own. And as leaders, we should bring together our vision and our team’s aspirations in a way that benefits everyone. It is important for us to put others ahead of our ambition and be willing to take them along with us. Our attitude will always create the situation we imagine. So we need to spend some time thinking about where we are headed as a team, know the steps we need to take to go where we desire, and do what we want to do. Remember, if we are growing, we attract others who are growing, which puts us in a position to start building a community of like-minded people who can help each other succeed because none of us and nobody gets to live life backward. So, let’s look ahead as that is where our future lies. As innovative leaders, we should set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role, but always about the goal. Good leadership is about walking beside people and helping them to climb up the hill with us.

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    Innovative Leadership by Akpowene Jude Kakpovbia

    Innovative Leadership

    2.3 hrs • 6/15/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 4.1 hrs • 2/16/2016 • Unabridged

    When it comes to qualities such as passion, enthusiasm, energy, and creativity, the majority of the American workforce could be described as “severely lacking.” Too many people just go through the motions, viewing work as something they have to do rather than something they love to do. This translates into lackluster performance, lost opportunities, and a staggering loss of profits. So how does a team leader turn a business-as-usual team into a remarkable one? Remarkable! is an entertaining and enlightening business parable that has the power to turn any team around. Through the humorous and eye-opening story of Dusty, leaders will discover how to build a culture that inspires team members to bring the best of who they are to the table every day. Addressing the three dimensions of culture—values, beliefs, and behaviors—Remarkable! introduces readers to the Four Maxims of Value Creation: creativity, positivity, sustainability, and responsibility. It shows leaders the most effective ways to cultivate these qualities in their team members and how to craft a corporate culture where people can thrive.

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    Remarkable!

    4.1 hrs • 2/16/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 9.8 hrs • 12/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Jenny Santi, an advisor to some of the world’s wealthiest philanthropists, reveals the surprising truth about how giving can help those who give just as much as those who receive. In The Giving Way to Happiness, Jenny Santi overturns conventional thinking about what it takes to be happy by revealing how people find purpose and joy in giving. This book is filled with inspiring stories of generosity told by Goldie Hawn, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, and supermodel Christy Turlington Burns, among many others. Despite their diverse backgrounds, they have all found unexpected happiness and fulfillment through giving. Santi also shares a growing body of scientific evidence that links giving with happiness. For example:research shows that altruism involves far more than suppressing basic selfish urges; rather, we are wired to give, as it activates pleasure centers in the brain;several studies demonstrate that those who volunteer regularly and frequently live longer than nonvolunteers; andpeople who give to charity are 43 percent more likely to say they’re very happy than those who don’t give. Amid a culture of materialism and self-centeredness, Santi shows how giving can assuage ennui, give us purpose, and contribute to happiness in the deepest ways.

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    The Giving Way to Happiness by Jenny Santi

    The Giving Way to Happiness

    Foreword by Deepak Chopra
    Read by Karen Saltus
    9.8 hrs • 12/1/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 5.0 hrs • 11/1/2015 • Unabridged

    You can make a difference on a daily basis, and it’s not as difficult as you might think. Simple Giving includes more than forty ideas to make the world a better place. Most people think they have to donate a lot of time and money in order to make a difference. But there are simple ways to integrate giving into our personal and professional lives that don’t involve either. In Simple Giving, Jennifer Iacovelli shows us how to make giving a part of our daily routines. It can involve something as simple as holding the door open for a stranger or paying someone else’s toll, which will brighten that person’s day. We can also think about ways to make sustainability and social good a part of our business models. After working in the nonprofit sector and soliciting and coordinating donations for ten years, Iacovelli became frustrated with the disconnect between givers and receivers. Givers (or potential givers) didn’t realize how much of an impact they could make, while recipients couldn’t thank the organization enough. In Simple Giving, Iacovelli inspires us with the stories of how people ranging from moms to social entrepreneurs are giving back in creative ways. By being more mindful of how our actions impact others and taking steps toward positive change, we also live happier and more fulfilled lives.

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    Simple Giving

    5.0 hrs • 11/1/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 4.7 hrs • 6/1/2014 • Unabridged

    A new wave of investors is using impact investing to address some of the greatest challenges of our time—from climate change and water scarcity to lack of access to health care, education, and affordable housing—with the intention of also generating a financial return. This couldn’t happen at a more critical time. While philanthropy continues to be a transformative force for good, global philanthropic funds, even when combined with the development or aid budgets of many national governments, add up to mere billions of dollars. Meanwhile, the cost of solving the world’s problems runs into the trillions. In The Power of Impact Investing, Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin and Margot Brandenburg, two of the foremost experts in the field, explain what impact investing is, how it compares to philanthropy and traditional investments, where opportunities are evolving around the world, and how to get started. By sharing moving stories of impact investors and the exciting social enterprises benefiting from these investments, Rodin and Brandenburg offer a compelling resource for anyone interested in better understanding the power of impact investing—including retail investors, high-net-worth individuals, and heads of family offices, foundations, banks, and pension funds—while also offering experienced impact investors an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and benefit from the perspectives of other investors.

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    The Power of Impact Investing

    4.7 hrs • 6/1/14 • Unabridged
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    7.5 hrs • 3/18/2014 • Unabridged

    Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen-years-old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling as a college student, he met a young boy begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked the boy what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered, “a pencil.” This small request became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would leave a prestigious job at Bain & Company to start with just $25 at the age of twenty-four. Using his unique “for-purpose” approach, he helped redefine the space in which business, philanthropy, and social media intersect. And a mere five years later, Pencils of Promise has now built more than two hundred schools around the world, proving that anyone can create a movement that matters.  The Promise of a Pencil chronicles Braun’s journey through more than fifty countries to find his calling, as each chapter explains the steps that every person can take to ignite their own passion and potential. His trailblazing story takes readers behind the scenes with business moguls and village chiefs, world-famous celebrities and hometown heroes. Driven by compelling stories and shareable insights, this is a vivid and inspiring book that will give readers the tools to unlock their own extraordinary journey of self-discovery. If you have ever wanted a more purpose-driven life, if you have ever felt like you could become more than your current circumstances allow, it’s time to ask yourself, “What do I want most in the world?” And through the lessons shared in this book, turn those ideas into reality.

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    The Promise of a Pencil

    7.5 hrs • 3/18/14 • Unabridged
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  7. 8.6 hrs • 2/12/2014 • Unabridged

    The Generosity Network is the essential guide to the art of activating resources of every kind behind any worthy cause. Philanthropist Jeff Walker and fund-raising expert Jennifer McCrea offer a fresh new perspective that can make the toughest challenges of nonprofit management and development less stressful, more rewarding—and even fun. Walker and McCrea show how traditional pre-scripted, money-centered, goal-oriented fund-raising techniques lead to anxiety and failure, while open-spirited, curiosity-driven, person-to-person connections lead to discovery, growth—and often amazing results. Through engrossing personal stories, a wealth of innovative suggestions, and inspiring examples, they show nonprofit leaders how to build a community of engaged partners who share a common passion and are eager to provide the resources needed to change the world—not just money, but also time, talents, personal networks, creative thinking, public support, and all the other forms of social capital that often seem scanty yet are really abundant, waiting to be uncovered and mobilized. Highly practical, motivating, and thought provoking, The Generosity Network is designed to energize and empower nonprofit leaders, managers, donors, board members, and other supporters. Whether you help run a multimillion-dollar global nonprofit or raise funds for a local scout troop, PTA, or other community organization, you’ll learn new approaches that will make your work more successful and enjoyable than ever.

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    The Generosity Network

    By Jennifer McCrea and Jeffrey C. Walker, with Karl Weber
    8.6 hrs • 2/12/14 • Unabridged
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  8. 10.4 hrs • 3/5/2013 • Unabridged

    The inspirational story of a former Microsoft executive’s quest to build libraries around the world and share the love of books What has happened since John Wood left Microsoft to change the world? Just ask six million kids in the poorest regions of Asia and Africa. In 1999, at the age of thirty-five, Wood quit a lucrative career to found the nonprofit Room to Read. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the Andrew Carnegie of the developing world,” he strived to bring the lessons of the corporate world to the nonprofit sector—and succeeded spectacularly. In his acclaimed first book, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, Wood explained his vision and the story of his start-up. Now, he tackles the organization’s next steps and its latest challenges—from managing expansion to raising money in a collapsing economy to publishing books for children who have no books in their native language. At its heart, Creating Room to Read shares moving stories of the people Room to Read works to help: impoverished children whose schools and villages have been swept away by war or natural disaster and girls whose educations would otherwise be ignored. People at the highest levels of finance, government, and philanthropy will embrace the opportunity to learn Wood’s inspiring business model and blueprint for doing good. And general readers will love Creating Room to Read for its spellbinding story of one man’s mission to put books within every child’s reach.

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    Creating Room to Read

    10.4 hrs • 3/5/13 • Unabridged
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  9. 5.9 hrs • 2/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Business guru Peter Drucker referred to the Salvation Army as “the most effective organization in the US.” The Salvation Army has long been revered for its passionate adherence to its mission and purpose of delivering humanitarian and spiritual aid to anyone, no matter who they are. In this important book, former commissioner of the Salvation Army in the US Robert Watson outlines those principles that not only guide that organization but also can apply to companies, ministries, and organizations anywhere. The five principles that are laid out in Leadership Secrets of the Salvation Army are: 1. Clarity of mission2. Ability to innovate3. Measurable results4. Dedication5. Putting money to maximum use

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    Leadership Secrets of the Salvation Army

    5.9 hrs • 2/1/13 • Unabridged
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  10. 5.1 hrs • 12/23/2011 • Unabridged

    As recent events in Japan, the Middle East, and Haiti have shown, Twitter offers a unique platform to connect individuals and influence change in ways that were unthinkable only a short time ago. Twitter for Good is a groundbreaking book that contains the most effective tactics for tapping into the power of Twitter as a real-time information network. Claire Díaz-Ortiz, Twitter’s head of corporate social innovation and philanthropy, shares the same strategies she offers to organizations around the world. In her time at Twitter, Díaz-Ortiz has worked with such forward-thinking organizations as Nike, Pepsi, the United Nations, the American Red Cross, charity:water, Room to Read, Partners in Health, the Skoll Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Kiva, and many, many more. Filled with dynamic, global examples, Twitter for Good shows how the world’s top organizations use the power of Twitter to make a difference. Through Díaz-Ortiz’s T.W.E.E.T. model, which she developed to teach organizations how to excel on Twitter, she lays out the exact framework she teaches around the world. Step by step, Díaz-Ortiz walks you through a proven process, showing you: Why your organization needs a dedicated Twitter strategyThe five-step process that delivers resultsBest practices for using Twitter to catapult your organization’s mission With more than two hundred million users worldwide, Twitter has established itself as a dynamic force, one that every business and nonprofit organization must understand how to use effectively.

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    Twitter for Good

    5.1 hrs • 12/23/11 • Unabridged
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  11. 9.6 hrs • 2/15/2011 • Unabridged

    Former WikiLeaks insider and spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg authors an exposé of the “World’s Most Dangerous Website.” In an eye-opening account, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former spokesman of WikiLeaks, reveals never-disclosed details about the inner workings of the increasingly controversial organization that has struck fear into governments and business organizations worldwide and prompted the Pentagon to convene a 120-man task force. Under the pseudonym Daniel Schmitt, Domscheit-Berg was the effective No. 2 at WikiLeaks and the organization’s most public face, after Julian Assange. In this book, he reveals the evolution, finances, and inner tensions of the whistleblower organization, beginning with his first meeting with Assange in December 2007. He also describes what led to his September 2010 withdrawal from WikiLeaks, including his disenchantment with the organization’s lack of transparency, its abandonment of political neutrality, and Assange’s increasing concentration of power. What has been made public so far about WikiLeaks is only a small fraction of the truth. With Domscheit-Berg’s insider knowledge, he is uniquely able to tell the full story. A computer scientist who worked in IT security prior to devoting himself full-time to WikiLeaks, he remains committed to freedom of information on the Internet. He is now working on a more transparent secret-sharing website called OpenLeaks, developed with other former WikiLeaks people.

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    Inside WikiLeaks

    9.6 hrs • 2/15/11 • Unabridged
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  12. 9.5 hrs • 4/17/2008 • Unabridged

    What makes great nonprofits great? Not large budgets. Not snazzy marketing. Not perfect management. The answer is not what you might think. Great nonprofits spend as much time working with institutions outside their four walls as they do managing their internal operations. They use the power of leverage to become greater forces for good. This landmark book reveals the six powerful practices of 12 high-impact nonprofits and tells their compelling stories. Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant spent four years surveying thousands of nonprofit leaders, conducting hundreds of interviews, and studying in-depth a dozen high-impact organizations to uncover their secrets to success. Their quest took them from the well-known (Habitat for Humanity) to the less well-known (YouthBuild USA) and to the unexpected (the Exploratorium). What the authors discovered surprised them. How did seeing a pile of McDonald's trash lead Environmental Defense's president to join forces with business instead of treating it as the enemy? Why did a school bus driver prompt Self-Help Credit Union to move from serving low-income groups in North Carolina to launching a national advocacy campaign against predatory lenders? And how did Teach For America turn the teachers it places in underserved public schools into a national vanguard for education reform? At a time when the social sector has grown to more than $1 trillion, understanding what leads to impact is essential. Whether you're a nonprofit leader, philanthropist, business executive, board member, volunteer, or simply interested in changing the world, this book will inspire you to be a stronger force for good.

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    Forces for Good

    9.5 hrs • 4/17/08 • Unabridged
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  13. 8.7 hrs • 1/1/2005 • Unabridged

    The New York Times bestselling examination of the worldwide movement for social and environmental change Paul Hawken has spent more than a decade researching organizations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering social justice. From billion-dollar nonprofits to single-person causes, these groups collectively comprise the largest movement on earth, a movement that has no name, leader, or location but that is in every city, town, and culture. Though this movement has gone largely ignored by politicians and the media, it is organizing from the bottom up and is emerging as an extraordinary and creative expression of people’s unstoppable need to re-imagine their relationship to the environment and to one another. Blessed Unrest explores the diversity of the movement, its brilliant ideas, innovative strategies, and centuries of hidden history. A culmination of Hawken’s many years of leadership in the environmental and social justice fields, it will inspire all who despair of the world’s fate, and its conclusions will surprise even those within the movement itself.

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    Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken

    Blessed Unrest

    8.7 hrs • 1/1/06 • Unabridged
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