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  1. 6.8 hrs • 9/20/2016 • Unabridged

    The cofounder of Fast Company shows that opportunities for extraordinary innovation may be closer than you think. A new era of business and leadership cries out for new stories of success, and new strategies for bringing them to life. Today, the way to win big, argues bestselling author William C. Taylor, is to relentlessly rethink the everyday. The unthinking assumptions your industry makes about its processes and its customers are ripe territory for innovation. Taylor goes inside nineteen unique organizations that have become unlikely change agents in their otherwise humdrum fields. For example: At a 150-bed hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, a shift in language helped the staff feel more invested in patient health—and produced extraordinary health outcomes in the local Native American community. Miami Beach’s 1111 Lincoln Road is a parking garage that also serves as a wedding venue, apartment complex, shopping center, and social hub.USAA, which provides insurance to military officers, teaches salespeople empathy through a simulated overseas deployment in which they subsist on MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) and don Kevlar vests.Pal’s Sudden Service, a cult favorite fast-food restaurant, delivers unmatched speed and order accuracy thanks to its unique approach to employee training. Taylor reveals that these businesses share a set of core principles that help them pioneer unlikely innovation: They strive to be the only ones doing what they’re doing instead of competing in crowded fields; they don’t let past experience limit what they can imagine; they seek ways to be kind as well as clever; and they share they value they create with those who helped create it. By embracing these strategies, Taylor argues, leaders in any industry will be well on their way to upending the status quo, and finding opportunity where competitors didn’t or couldn’t look.From the Hardcover edition.

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    Simply Brilliant

    6.8 hrs • 9/20/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Part manual, part manifesto, a humorous yet incisive guide to navigating subtle sexism at work—a pocketbook Lean In for the Buzzfeed generation that provides real-life career advice and humorous reinforcement for a new generation of professional women. It was a fight club—but without the fighting and without the men. Every month, the women would huddle in a friend’s apartment to share sexist job frustrations and trade tips for how best to tackle them. Once upon a time, you might have called them a consciousness-raising group. But the problems of today’s working world are more subtle, less pronounced, harder to identify—and harder to prove—than those of their foremothers. These women weren’t just there to vent. They needed battle tactics. And so the fight club was born. Hard-hitting and entertaining, Feminist Fight Club blends personal stories with research, statistics, and no-bullsh*t expert advice. Bennett offers a new vocabulary for the sexist workplace archetypes women encounter everyday—such as the Manterrupter who talks over female colleagues in meetings or the Himitator who appropriates their ideas—and provides practical hacks for navigating other gender landmines in today’s working world. With Feminist Mad Libs, a Negotiation Cheat Sheet, and fascinating historical research, Feminist Fight Club tackles both the external (sexist) and internal (self-sabotaging) behaviors that plague women in the workplace—as well as the system that perpetuates them.

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    Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett
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  3. 11.5 hrs • 9/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Leaders have talked about the importance of corporate culture for decades, but the success of iconic companies like GE, Apple, and Google shows how culture is a strategic lever that can be utilized for driving growth, change, and innovation. In this new age of globalization, rapid technology shifts, and constant disruption, the 21st century marketplace is more volatile and uncertain than ever. To thrive, businesses need a new kind of emphasis around culture. Sara Roberts, former CEO and founder of Roberts Golden and a seasoned executive consultant to dozens of Fortune 500 companies and CEOs, sees how flourishing companies-from established market leaders to the surprising upstarts-share three distinct attributes: Nimble: They are much faster and more agile than ordinary organizations Focused: They use their sense of purpose as a lens to understand and meet the needs of customers and markets Feisty: They play big and act bold to capitalize on advantages and out-muscle the competition For successful companies in this new era, culture is not about playing defense but about going on offense. It's purposely designed, leveraged, and honed to deliver value and drive growth. In Nimble, Focused, Feisty, Roberts provides not only a look into what these organizations are doing differently but also a blueprint and framework so your company can create a cultural strategy to thrive in the new era.

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    Nimble, Focused, Feisty

    11.5 hrs • 9/1/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 4.0 hrs • 9/1/2016 • Unabridged

    Organizations are coming to the reality that work-life balance is no longer solely an issue for working women. As we progress further into the 21st century, workers and ways of working are changing. We have four generations operating together in the workplace, and a tremendous variety of professional expectations, values, goals, and needs. People want to work, but more and more need work to work better in their lives. For some, it might be a question of flexibility to care for family, for others, a question of personal fulfillment and being present both at work and at home. Regardless, people are expressing the need for an improved sense of work-life balance. It has become central to maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace. As companies grapple with increased talent and marketplace competition, work-life balance has become a pivotal issue for higher engagement, increased productivity, greater innovation, and employee retention. Backed by 20 years of talent engagement expertise, The Golden Apple bridges the gap between awareness and action, giving leaders practical solutions they can take for immediate impact: the 50-minute meeting, mindful minutes, and establishing clear boundaries that can instantly provide a valuable return with minimal effort. In short, the book shows how full engagement of a diverse, inclusive workforce is the competitive advantage of our time.

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    The Golden Apple

    4.0 hrs • 9/1/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 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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  6. 4.2 hrs • 5/10/2016 • Unabridged

    A parable about the secret to engaging and motivating people to do great things in all walks of life, by the bestselling author of Taking People With You. Based on real experiences that David Novak had as the Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, this parable will empower readers to recognize the contributions of those around them in order to drive bigger and better results. It’s not hard, it’s not expensive, and you don’t need an MBA or even a position of authority to do it. It’s a deceptively simple principle that can have a huge impact on both your life and your business. Jeff Johnson, the new CEO of the Happy Face Toy Company, has one year to save his family’s famous toy company, which has fallen on hard times following the death of his father. If Jeff fails, the whole company will fail. As he races to save his family’s legacy by getting the company back on track, Jeff encounters downtrodden factory workers and an uninspired executive team. Then a birthday gift from his grandson gives Jeff an important insight into why business is suffering: the secret ingredient to making people happy and engaged is missing. During his time as CEO of Yum!, Novak harnessed the power of employee recognition to revitalize the culture. The principles he lives by, from handing out personalized awards to coaxing office culture into life, are at the core of this parable. Novak recently founded OGO Enterprises, the world’s first recognition brand focused on appreciating all people for who they are and what they do.

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    O Great One

    4.2 hrs • 5/10/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 7.8 hrs • 5/3/2016 • Unabridged

    Learn the secrets to excelling at job interviews, directly from top interviewers and recruiters.You can't prepare an answer for every interview question. So, of the thousands of questions a potential employer might ask, which ones will they ask? And what should you say?After extensive research among hundreds of interviewers and thousands of interviewees, finally here's the book that will give you the answer.101 JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS YOU'LL NEVER FEAR AGAIN is based on direct input from top interviewers. It offers powerful preparation techniques, the lowdown on how to answer the most common questions and - above all - how to adopt a winning mindset at interviews, one that will help you stand out from the pack and land the job.From classic questions like "Tell me about yourself" and "What are your greatest weaknesses?" to puzzlers like "Sell me this pen" and "How many traffic lights are there in New York?," James Reed reveals what interviewers are really asking and gives you the best possible answers.

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  8. 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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  9. 7.7 hrs • 4/5/2016 • Unabridged

    A newly revised and updated edition of the influential guide that explores one of the most powerful ways to attract attention and influence behavior—fascination—and how businesses, products, and ideas can become irresistible to consumers. In an oversaturated culture defined by limited time and focus, how do we draw attention to our messages, our ideas, and our products when we only have seconds to compete? Award-winning consultant and speaker Sally Hogshead turned to a wide realm of disciplines, including neurobiology, psychology, and evolutionary anthropology. She began to see specific and interesting patterns that all centered on one element: fascination. Fascination is the most powerful way to capture an audience and influence behavior. This essential book examines the principles behind fascination and explores how those insights can be put to use to sway choices such aswhich brand of frozen peas you pick in the case;which city, neighborhood, and house you choose;which profession and company you join;where you go on vacation; andwhich book you buy off the shelf. Structured around the seven languages of fascination Hogshead has studied and developed—power, passion, innovation, alarm, mystique, prestige, and alert—Fascinate explores how anyone can use these triggers to make products, messages, and services more fascinating—and more successful.

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    Fascinate, Revised and Updated by Sally Hogshead

    Fascinate, Revised and Updated

    7.7 hrs • 4/5/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 9.1 hrs • 3/15/2016 • Unabridged

    A career advisor explains why many talented, hard-working people often miss out on their full career potential, revealing the unspoken rules you need to know in order to play the game to win. It can be frustrating to watch others achieve great success while your own career trajectory is average, especially if the uber-successful are clearly less talented or less ethical. Or if they don’t work as hard as you, or if they play the game of office politics better than you. You can choose to be annoyed and indignant about the unfairness, or you can decide to do something about it. Workplace Poker is a master course in career management designed to drive career advancement in a positive and ethical manner, with proven strategies to accelerate your career path. Career adviser Dan Rust shares the stories of many people who had lackluster career progress or were hampered by setbacks, but were able to turn things around and boost their professional momentum by “playing the game under the game.” They learned to think more deeply and act more strategically. They gained insight into what their colleagues at work were doing and developed the skills needed to promote themselves. They learned to turn every adversity into advantage and every struggle into strength. This book will help you recognize your own blind spots and learn how to fix them;learn about “corporate anthropology” and complex human relationships in your work environment;accept full responsibility for your own career missteps and failures, then develop action plans to turn them around;master authentic self-promotion, without feeling that you’re bragging; andachieve the mental and physical energy necessary to supercharge your career. Smart, funny, and conversational, Rust shares insight gained from more than twenty years of helping individuals turn run-of-the-mill jobs into high-flying careers. If your work life is just beginning, this book is the perfect springboard. If you are in a later stage of your career, you’ll wish you had read it decades ago. But there is still time to give your career a boost, and this book has many examples of late-stage career turnarounds. In Workplace Poker, you will learn how to get out of your own way and find the success you’ve always wanted.

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    Workplace Poker

    Read by Dan Rust and Rick Adamson
    9.1 hrs • 3/15/16 • Unabridged
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  11. 5.8 hrs • 3/15/2016 • Unabridged

    What does it take to win success and influence? Some people think that in today’s hyper-competitive world, it’s the tough, take-no-prisoners type who comes out on top. But in reality, argues New York Times bestselling author Dave Kerpen, it’s actually those with the best people skills who win the day. Those who build the right relationships. Those who truly understand and connect with their colleagues, their customers, their partners. Those who can teach, lead, and inspire. In a world where we are constantly connected, and social media has become the primary way we communicate, the key to getting ahead is being the person others like, respect, and trust. Because no matter who you are or what profession you’re in, success is contingent less on what you can do for yourself, but on what other people are willing to do for you. Here, through fifty-three bite-sized, easy-to-execute, and often counterintuitive tips, you’ll learn to master the eleven people skills that will get you more of what you want at work, at home, and in life. For example, you’ll learn: the single most important question you can ever ask to win attention in a meeting,the one simple key to networking that nobody talks about,how to remain top of mind for thousands of people everyday,why it usually pays to be the one to give the bad news,how to blow off the right people, andwhy, when in doubt, buy him a Bonsai. A book best described as “How to Win Friends and Influence People for today’s world,” The Art of People shows how to charm and win over anyone to be more successful at work and outside of it.

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    The Art of People

    5.8 hrs • 3/15/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 12.2 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Unabridged

    A definitive study of executive failures-why they happen and how to prevent them. There’s a scenario that keeps repeating itself in today’s business climate. A company is voted one of the most admired in the world. Then three or four years later, it’s in dire financial trouble. A CEO is celebrated on the covers of BusinessWeek, Forbes, and Fortune. Soon after, the company is in the midst of a disastrous merger or some other fiasco. What goes wrong in these cases? Usually it seems that the top management made some incredibly stupid mistake. But the people responsible are almost always remarkably intelligent and usually have terrific track records. Even more puzzling than the fact that brilliant managers can make bad mistakes is the way they so often magnify the damage. Once a company has made a bad misstep, it often seems as though it can’t do anything right. How does this happen? Instead of rectifying their mistakes, why do business leaders regularly make them worse? To answer these questions, Sydney Finkelstein has carried out the largest research program ever devoted to business breakdowns. In Why Smart Executives Fail, he uncovers—with startling clarity and unassailable documentation—the causes regularly responsible for major business breakdowns. Why Smart Executives Fail relates the stories of great business disasters and demonstrates that there are specific, identifiable ways in which many businesses regularly make themselves vulnerable to failure. The result is a truly indispensable, practical, must-have audiobook that explains the mechanics of executive breakdowns, how to avoid them, and what to do about them if they happen.

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    Why Smart Executives Fail

    12.2 hrs • 3/1/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 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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  14. 8.0 hrs • 2/7/2016 • Unabridged

    Today’s workforce is more diverse than ever before. But despite new perspectives and talents, the promise of increased innovation rarely materializes. Why are so few businesses seeing results? Studies show that diverse teams are more creative than homogenous ones—but only when they are managed effectively. The secret is to minimize conflict while maximizing the informational diversity found in varied values and experiences. To do this, both leaders and team members need a high level of cultural intelligence, or CQ. Drawing on success stories from Google, Alibaba, Novartis, and other groundbreaking companies, Driven by Difference identifies the management practices necessary to guide multicultural teams to innovation, including how to:Create an optimal environmentBuild trustFuse differing perpectivesAlign goals and expectationsGenerate fresh ideasConsider the various audiences when selecting and selling an ideaDesign and test for different users Cultural differences can lead to gridlock, or they can catalyze innovation and growth. This research-based plan turns diversity’s potential into economic reality.

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    Driven by Difference

    8.0 hrs • 2/7/16 • Unabridged
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    10.0 hrs • 2/2/2016 • Unabridged

    The New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can encourage originality in their organizations. With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation’s most compelling and provocative thought leaders. In Originals he again addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all? Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can fight groupthink to build cultures that welcome dissent. Learn from an entrepreneur who pitches his start-ups by highlighting the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who overturned the rule of secrecy at the CIA, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees for failing to criticize him, and a TV executive who didn’t even work in comedy but saved Seinfeld from the cutting-room floor. The payoff is a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo

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    Originals

    Foreword by Sheryl Sandberg
    Read by Fred Sanders
    10.0 hrs • 2/2/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 7.6 hrs • 1/6/2016 • Unabridged

    Bullies aren’t limited to the playground. These days, they roam our offices and can be found everywhere from break rooms to boardrooms. They don’t steal your lunch money, but they can make your work life a living hell—and even ruin your career. Whether the bully is a boss or a coworker, whether you’re the target of manipulation, intimidation, verbal abuse, or deliberate humiliation, Beating the Workplace Bully will show you how to fight back. Filled with exercises, assessments, and real-life examples, this empowering guide helps you recognize what’s been making you a victim … and reveals how to • avoid typical bully traps,• remain aware and in charge,• move past your fear,• calm yourself in any confrontation,• keep your dignity intact,• build confidence,• handle sneak attacks,• strengthen your resolve,• understand the steps that your employer or supervisors can take to address the issue,• combat cyberbullying, and more. With this practical, personal coaching program in your corner, you can reclaim your power—and defeat the office bully once and for all.

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    Beating the Workplace Bully

    7.6 hrs • 1/6/16 • Unabridged
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