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  1. 13.0 hrs • 3/21/2017 • Unabridged

    New York Times bestselling author Nicole Lapin is back with a sassy and actionable guide empowering women to be the boss of their own lives and careers.   You don’t need dozens or hundreds of employees to be a boss, says financial expert and serial entrepreneur Nicole Lapin. Hell, you don’t even need one. You just need to be confident, savvy, and ready to get out there and make your success happen. You need to find your inner Boss Bitch — your most confident, savvy, ambitious self—and own it.   A Boss Bitch is the she-ro of her own story. She is someone who takes charge of herself and her future and embraces being a “boss” in all senses of the word: whether as the boss of her own life, a boss at work, or the literal boss of her own company (or all three). Whichever she chooses, being a Boss Bitch isn’t something to apologize for—it’s something to be proud of!   We all have what it takes to be a boss bitch, says Lapin. The problem is: we don’t learn how to do it in school. Even if we study business, we’re not getting enough real-deal business education. Until now. Here, Lapin draws on raw and often hilariously real stories from her own career and experiences starting businesses—the good, the bad, and the ugly—to show what it means to be a "boss" in twelve easy steps. In her refreshingly honest and relatable style, she first shows how to embrace the boss-of-you mentality by seizing the power that comes from believing in yourself and expanding your personal skillset. Then she offers candid no-nonsense advice on how to kill it as the boss at work whether you have a high-up role or not. And finally, for those who want to take the plunge as an entrepreneur, she lays out the nuts and bolts of how to be the boss of your own business—from raising money and getting it off the ground to hiring a kickass staff and dealing office drama to turning a profit.  Being a rock star in your career is something that should be worn as a badge of honor.  Here Lapin shows how to crush it in our careers like like a Boss Bitch!

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    Boss Bitch

    13.0 hrs • 3/21/17 • Unabridged
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  2. 7.3 hrs • 3/21/2017 • Unabridged

    We live in the age of algorithms. But what happens when number crunching fails to solve a company’s problems? Madsbjerg argues that many of today’s biggest success stories stem not from “quant” thinking but from deep, nuanced engagement with the culture, language, and history of customers. He calls this technique “sensemaking” and illustrates how business leaders, entrepreneurs, and individuals can use human science tools to innovate and solve their thorniest problems. In a time when liberal arts graduates fear for their prospects, Sensemaking is a welcome, transformative vision for success in the twenty-first century.

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    Sensemaking

    7.3 hrs • 3/21/17 • Unabridged
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  3. 7.5 hrs • 3/21/2017 • Unabridged

    A generations expert and author of When Generations Collide and The M-Factor teams up with his seventeen-year-old son to introduce the next influential demographic group to join the workforce—Generation Z—in this essential study, the first on the subject. They were born between between 1995 and 2012. At 72.8 million strong, Gen Z is about to make its presence known in the workplace in a major way—and employers need to understand the differences that set them apart. They’re radically different than the Millennials, and yet no one seems to be talking about them—until now. This generation has an entirely unique perspective on careers and how to succeed in the workforce. Based on the first national studies of Gen Z’s workplace attitudes; interviews with hundreds of CEOs, celebrities, and thought leaders on generational issues; cutting-edge case studies; and insights from Gen Zers themselves, Gen Z @ Work offers the knowledge today’s leaders need to get ahead of the next gaps in the workplace and how best to recruit, retain, motivate, and manage Gen Zers. Ahead of the curve, Gen Z @ Work is the first comprehensive, serious look at what the next generation of workers looks like, and what that means for the rest of us.

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    Gen Z @ Work by David Stillman, Jonah Stillman

    Gen Z @ Work

    7.5 hrs • 3/21/17 • Unabridged
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  4. 5.6 hrs • 3/21/2017 • Unabridged

    A leader's job is to unleash the unlimited store of potential in people. "The vast majority of the workforce in any organization possesses far more talent, intelligence, capability, and creativity than their present jobs require or even allow.” - Dr. Stephen R. Covey That’s what Talent Unleashed is about—unleashing that unlimited store of potential in people. That’s a leader’s job. And how does a leader do that job? Through 3 Leadership Conversations—not just individual events, but ongoing discussions designed to help people give the best they can. In these conversations, leaders trade fear for trust, confusion for clarity, and micromanaging for empowerment. The three vital leadership conversations are:The Performance ConversationThe Voice ConversationThe “Clearing the Path” Conversation Performance Conversations define roles and set clear goals. Leaders hold people accountable for these roles and goals, thus transforming team members from “managed hirelings” to “trusted partners and teammates.” Voice Conversations affirm the worth and potential of each person on a team. Leaders help individuals discover their unique gifts, talents, and abilities and align these gifts, talents, and abilities to the great mission of the organization. It is the process that ignites the inner fire. Clear the Path Conversations turn supervisors into leaders who become sources of help and empower people to succeed in their jobs. Leaders help clear away the obstacles from the success pathway.

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  5. 15.5 hrs • 3/21/2017 • Unabridged

    The Wall Street Journal’s award-winning business reporter unveils the bizarre and sinister story of how a math genius named Tom Hayes, a handful of outrageous confederates, and a deeply corrupt banking system ignited one of the greatest financial scandals in history. In 2006, an oddball group of bankers, traders and brokers from some of the world’s largest financial institutions made a startling realization: Libor—the London interbank offered rate, which determines the interest rates on trillions in loans worldwide—was set daily by a small group of easily manipulated functionaries, and that they could reap huge profits by nudging it to suit their trading portfolios. Tom Hayes, a brilliant but troubled mathematician, became the lynchpin of a wild alliance that among others included a French trader nicknamed “Gollum”; the broker “Abbo,” who liked to publicly strip naked when drinking; a Kazakh chicken farmer turned something short of financial whiz kid; a broker known as “Village” (short for “Village Idiot”) and fascinated with human-animal sex; an executive called “Clumpy” because of his patchwork hair loss; and a broker uncreatively nicknamed “Big Nose.” Eventually known as the “Spider Network,” Hayes’s circle generated untold riches —until it all unraveled in spectacularly vicious, backstabbing fashion. The Spider Network is not only a rollicking account of the scam but a provocative examination of a financial system that was crooked throughout, designed to promote envelope-pushing behavior while shielding higher-ups from the consequences of their subordinates’ rapacious actions.

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    The Spider Network by David Enrich

    The Spider Network

    15.5 hrs • 3/21/17 • Unabridged
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  6. 3.1 hrs • 3/21/2017 • Unabridged

    In today’s hectic work environment, the chances are that you have way too much to do and too little time to get it done. No matter how accomplished and capable you are, achieving your goals can seem almost insurmountable. Why is it that some people consistently seem to get more done than others? The answer is that they know how to set specific, achievable goals for themselves...and then follow through on them. This revised and updated audio edition of Goal Setting offers listeners practical tools and powerful techniques on how to set a goal, make a plan, and achieve an objective. The audio book teaches you how to:act upon your objectives in a precise, targeted wayrecognize obstacles and overcome thembecome more assertivechange counterproductive behaviorestablish prioritiesmake the most of your timeAchieving goals takes hard work and discipline, but it can be done.

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    Goal Setting

    3.1 hrs • 3/21/17 • Unabridged
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  7. 4.4 hrs • 3/20/2017 • Unabridged

    We live in an evolving economic environment, one in which job security and career certainty are distant memories. The old rules for navigating the turbulent waters of employment just don’t apply anymore. In the face of these ongoing changes, it’s easy to become fearful and discouraged. In The Career Catapult, innovative career consultant Roopa Unnikrishnan shows you how to gaze into this uncertain future and shape it to your advantage―regardless of your current position in the hierarchy. Leaping into a revised career trajectory requires quick and purposeful movement. In The Career Catapult, Roopa offers five essential disciplines that will catapult you along the fast track: Dig Deep to Soar. Examine your skills and resources to accurately assess your marketplace value. Stalk Innovations and Trends. Explore the context in which you can offer your value. Jolt Your Network. Use your assets, including networks that can drive significant value. Prototype Possibilities. Free yourself to imagine. Visualize the full array of possibilities and test-drive them. Find ways to don the mantle of the new role. Go Extreme. Is your desired future achievable? Yes! Take that confident leap into your future.

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    The Career Catapult by Roopa Unnikrishnan

    The Career Catapult

    4.4 hrs • 3/20/17 • Unabridged
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  8. 7.3 hrs • 3/20/2017 • Unabridged

    Retirement planning was simple and predictable forty years ago. All you needed was your company pension, personal savings, and Social Security. Those days are long gone. Most public pensions are underfunded, and private companies can’t get rid of them fast enough. Social Security’s own trustees predict it will run out of money in less than twenty years. And most people haven’t saved even a fraction of what they should. Retiring comfortably today is not about saving more, it’s about saving smart. In Don’t Retire Broke, you will learn the following:Traps to avoid before you retireHow to maximize Social Security benefitsWhat to do now if you still have a pensionHow to keep the IRS out of your IRA Isn’t it time to make sure you don’t retire broke?

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    Don’t Retire Broke by Rick Rodgers

    Don’t Retire Broke

    7.3 hrs • 3/20/17 • Unabridged
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  9. 5.5 hrs • 3/20/2017

    Succeed in Any Culture, in Every Situation In today's global economy, the ability to interact effectively across cultures is a fundamental job requirement for just about everyone. But it's impossible to learn the customs and traits of every single culture. David Thomas and Kerr Inkson present a universal set of techniques and people skills that will allow you to adapt quickly to, and thrive in, any cultural environment. You'll learn to discard your own culturally based assumptions and pay careful attention, in a mindful and creative way, to cues in cross-cultural situations. The authors show how to apply cultural intelligence in a series of specific situations: making decisions; communicating, negotiating, and resolving conflicts; leading and motivating others; and designing, managing, and contributing to multicultural groups and teams. This extensively revised third edition has been updated with new stories showing cultural intelligence in action. Thomas and Inkson have broadened the focus beyond business to include organizations of all kinds—nonprofits, governments, educational institutions, and more. And they include a reliable and valid measure of cultural intelligence based on a decade of research by an international team of scholars.

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  10. 8.6 hrs • 3/14/2017 • Unabridged

    In Eyes Wide Open, Isaac Lidsky draws on his experience of achieving immense success, joy, and fulfillment while losing his sight to a blinding disease to show us that it isn’t external circumstances, but how we perceive and respond to them, that governs our reality.Fear has a tendency to give us tunnel vision—we fill the unknown with our worst imaginings and cling to what’s familiar. But when confronted with new challenges, we need to think more broadly and adapt. When Isaac Lidsky learned that he was beginning to go blind at age thirteen, eventually losing his sight entirely by the time he was twenty-five, he initially thought that blindness would mean an end to his early success and his hopes for the future. Paradoxically, losing his sight gave him the vision to take responsibility for his reality and thrive. Lidsky graduated from Harvard College at age nineteen, served as a Supreme Court law clerk, fathered four children, and turned a failing construction subcontractor into a highly profitable business. Whether we’re blind or not, our vision is limited by our past experiences, biases, and emotions. Lidsky shows us how we can overcome paralyzing fears, avoid falling prey to our own assumptions and faulty leaps of logic, silence our inner critic, harness our strength, and live with open hearts and minds. In sharing his hard-won insights, Lidsky shows us how we too can confront life’s trials with initiative, humor, and grace. From the Hardcover edition.

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    Eyes Wide Open

    8.6 hrs • 3/14/17 • Unabridged
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  11. 9.9 hrs • 3/14/2017 • Unabridged

    “The Knowledge Illusion is filled with insights on how we should deal with our individual ignorance and collective wisdom.” —Steven PinkerWe all think we know more than we actually do. Humans have built hugely complex societies and technologies, but most of us don’t even know how a pen or a toilet works. How have we achieved so much despite understanding so little? Cognitive scientists Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach argue that we survive and thrive despite our mental shortcomings because we live in a rich community of knowledge. The key to our intelligence lies in the people and things around us. We’re constantly drawing on information and expertise stored outside our heads: in our bodies, our environment, our possessions, and the community with which we interact—and usually we don’t even realize we’re doing it. The human mind is both brilliant and pathetic. We have mastered fire, created democratic institutions, stood on the moon, and sequenced our genome. And yet each of us is error prone, sometimes irrational, and often ignorant. The fundamentally communal nature of intelligence and knowledge explains why we often assume we know more than we really do, why political opinions and false beliefs are so hard to change, and why individually oriented approaches to education and management frequently fail. But our collaborative minds also enable us to do amazing things. This book contends that true genius can be found in the ways we create intelligence using the world around us.

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    The Knowledge Illusion

    9.9 hrs • 3/14/17 • Unabridged
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  12. 9.1 hrs • 3/14/2017 • Unabridged

    When Peter Drucker wrote Concept of the Corporation in 1946, he revealed what made the large American corporation tick. Similarly, The Art of Japanese Management by Richard Pascale in 1981 explained the unique practices developed by the Japanese to bring that country’s economy out of the ashes. The emerging Chinese juggernauts—the Alibabas, Lenovos, and Haiers—need similar revelation since they are a different breed in their own right. Little is understood about them, how they work, and what makes them such potentially imposing competitors. Now, based on unprecedented access to the people who have created and grown the great private companies of China—the “General Electrics and Sonys" of that country, Michael Useem, Harbir Singh, Peter Cappelli and Neng Liang bring to life the distinctive practices of Chinese business leaders as they invent their own way forward to create world-class companies, and provide a comprehensive look at the leaders and businesses that are the future of the Chinese economy—and major competition to Western companies. Chinese companies are emerging on the global stage as never before, and their leadership lessons are invaluable in understanding and coping with their growing commercial presence worldwide. Company managers everywhere will want to understand China’s distinct way of doing business if they are to compete against the companies that already dominate the domestic Chinese market and are coming to the fore in foreign markets, including the U.S.

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    Fortune Makers

    9.1 hrs • 3/14/17 • Unabridged
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  13. 7.2 hrs • 3/14/2017 • Unabridged

    We all need to think more like entrepreneurs. Seeking and seizing opportunities, boldly taking risks, quickly changing course—achieving success today requires the kind of action-first, fake-it-‘til-you-make-it ethos celebrated in the tech industry. This formula is not typically a female one. Women tend to be cautious. We overthink our next moves, become paralyzed by fear, and simply don’t act. We might be safer . . . but we’re also stuck. But, what if women embraced the startup model? What if we had the confidence to take chances, even if we knew we may fail fabulously? What if instead of agonizing over which step to take, we leapt forward quickly? Fearless and Free empowers women, showing us how we can all use lessons from Silicon Valley to pivot in our careers—and unlock a world of possibilities. Author Wendy Sachs talked to a wide range of women who faced down fears, roadblocks, and failures…to reinvent themselves. Spanning industries and ages—from media maven Jill Abramson to Aminatou Sow of the Tech LadyMafia—the book weaves their insights and experiences together with current research and actionable advice. You’ll learn how to: Capitalize on your skills and expand themGrow comfortable with being uncomfortableSell your storyEngineer serendipityNurture your networkShake off setbacksBrand yourself—without braggingBuild momentumCompete with digital nativesAnd more Being disciplined is no match for being disruptive. Whether you want out of a shrinking industry or into a business of your own creation, Fearless and Free helps you dream big—and act now.

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    Fearless and Free

    7.2 hrs • 3/14/17 • Unabridged
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  14. 7.2 hrs • 3/14/2017 • Unabridged

    Leadership literature is full of principles and ideas―but they rarely leave the page. Practice is what turns abstract concepts into useful skills. Leadership Step by Step walks readers through what to do and how to do it in an integrated and comprehensive progression of exercises designed to cultivate key abilities, behaviors, and beliefs through experience. The 22 exercises in this hands-on book help you accomplish the inner work and gain the social skills required for great leadership. Each chapter opens with a story demonstrating a leadership skill―and then guides you through the process of developing it. From basic solo assignments to advanced leadership practices, you’ll learn to: Build self-awareness • Manage emotions • Speak in your authentic voice • Create meaningful connections • Inspire others • Lead with empathy • Support teammates • And more Powerful and practical, Leadership Step by Step will start you on the road to success.

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    Leadership Step by Step

    7.2 hrs • 3/14/17 • Unabridged
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  15. 12.4 hrs • 3/14/2017 • Unabridged

    In this original, provocative contribution to the debate over economic inequality, Ganesh Sitaraman argues that a strong and sizable middle class is a prerequisite for America’s constitutional system.  For most of Western history, Sitaraman argues, constitutional thinkers assumed economic inequality was inevitable and inescapable—and they designed governments to prevent class divisions from spilling over into class warfare. The American Constitution is different. Compared to Europe and the ancient world, America was a society of almost unprecedented economic equality, and the founding generation saw this equality as essential for the preservation of America’s republic. Over the next two centuries, generations of Americans fought to sustain the economic preconditions for our constitutional system. But today, with economic and political inequality on the rise, Sitaraman says Americans face a choice: Will we accept rising economic inequality and risk oligarchy or will we rebuild the middle class and reclaim our republic?  The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution is a tour de force of history, philosophy, law, and politics. It makes a compelling case that inequality is more than just a moral or economic problem; it threatens the very core of our constitutional system.

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  16. 4.6 hrs • 3/14/2017 • Unabridged

    In an inspiring new motivational book, management consultant and speaking guru Brian Biro describes how we can seize and act upon the Windows of Opportunity that we encounter to transform our lives. In There Are No Overachievers, renown speaker and former U.S. Swimming coach Brian Biro distills a lifetime of lessons on how to be more energized and passionate about work and life by seizing the WOO. A WOO is a Window of Opportunity--a precious, unrepeatable moment that can impact, redirect, and even reshape our lives, once we recognize and choose to seize them. By enhancing our ability to relate to others, increasing our personal energy, fostering greater teamwork, and better partnering with those around us, he shows us how we can create windows of opportunity each and every day that can change our careers and our lives. Organized in a series of short, targeted chapters, There Are No Overachievers encourages us to engage others, overcome our incessant need for approval, and go beyond our limits to deliver breakthrough results.  Interweaving personal stories and anecdotes from his life as a top national swimming coach and executive vice president with insights and action steps we can apply to our lives, Biro reveals the secrets to living a rich and dynamic life, and a successful and fulfilling career. From the Hardcover edition.

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    There Are No Overachievers

    4.6 hrs • 3/14/17 • Unabridged
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