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  1. 2.5 hrs • 2/9/2017 • Unabridged

    Lydia Ramsey specializes in business etiquette, professional conduct and customer service. She will help you develop the skills to attract and retain clients through the simple practice of modern manners and the basic principles of courtesy, kindness, and respect. Topics covered are: First ImpressionsThe Art of NetworkingBusiness DressProfessional CorrespondenceEmail and Social Media EtiquetteWorkplace MannersDining for Profit What’s in it for you? Never again walk into a networking event wondering if you are making a good impressionNever again get stuck trying to make conversation with strangersNever again question which fork to use or which bread and butter plate is yoursNever again agonize over what to wear to an interview or a client meetingNever again question how to handle conflict in the officeFeel confident that you and your employees have the interpersonal skills to grow your business and to build better business relationshipsFeel positive about your professional image no matter what the situationBe at ease in the business environment Who should take this course? Job seekersRising executivesEntrepreneursCorporate and non-profit leadersSales teamsHigh school and college studentsAnyone who wants to get ahead in business

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  2. 19.6 hrs • 2/7/2017 • Unabridged

    No Barriers is about my journey since coming down from Everest fifteen years ago, and the path to where I am today. It is the story of my own life—the ups and downs both personal and professional but also the many people I’ve encountered who possess what I call a “No Barriers” mindset, who live a No Barriers life. It’s about people who give those around them the courage to do great things. People who have risked failure, transcended their personal barriers, and shown others a way forward: scientists and innovators and technologists and artists and musicians and activists and soldiers. No Barriers is a way of living, and it lives in all of us. I think there is something inside all of us, a kind of light. But sometimes—through injury, disease, tragedy, mental illness, and trauma—people get shoved into a dark place, and that light is almost extinguished. A lot of times, making hard choices is what feeds that light, and becomes the energy we need to propel us forward. This book is about making the hard choices to fuel that light flickering in all of us, so that we can ignite with purpose and become our very best selves.

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    No Barriers

    Foreword by Bob Woodruff
    19.6 hrs • 2/7/17 • Unabridged
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  3. 8.5 hrs • 9/20/2016 • Unabridged

    The eccentric, tech genius founder of the travel website Kayak, a poor boy who became a billionaire and then philanthropist, is at the center of Pulitzer Prize winner Kidder’s new riveting book about an untraditional hero. Like Paul Farmer in Mountains beyond Mountains, Paul English grew up poor, in working-class Boston, but as Tracy Kidder writes, he had “a mind for the age that was coming.” Brilliant, reckless, endlessly energetic, Paul English, after Kayak sold for $2 billion, asked himself: What comes next? Start another company? Use his new wealth to make a difference in the world? With a riveting, page-turning narrative and unmatched storytelling skill, Kidder casts a fresh and critical eye on how new technologies, start-ups, and money are reshaping our culture.

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    Truck Full of Money by Tracy Kidder

    Truck Full of Money

    8.5 hrs • 9/20/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 7.6 hrs • 8/15/2016 • Unabridged

    Access the deepest source of inspiration and vision We live in a time of massive institutional failure that manifests in the form of three major divides: the ecological, the social, and the spiritual. Addressing these challenges requires a new consciousness and collective leadership capacity. In this groundbreaking book, Otto Scharmer invites us to see the world in new ways and in so doing discover a revolutionary approach to learning and leadership. In most large systems today, we collectively create results that no one wants. What keeps us stuck in such patterns of the past? It’s our blind spot, that is, our lack of awareness of the inner place from which our attention and intention originate. By moving through Scharmer’s U process, we consciously access the blind spot and learn to connect to our authentic Self—the deepest source of knowledge and inspiration. Theory U offers a rich diversity of compelling stories, examples, exercises, and practices that allow leaders, organizations, and larger systems to cosense and coshape the future that is wanting to emerge. This second edition features a new preface in which Scharmer identifies five transformational trends and describes U process case stories around the world. There are also eight color drawings by Kelvy Bird that capture U journey applications and illustrate the concepts in the book, as well as new resources for applying the principles and practices.

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    Theory U

    7.6 hrs • 8/15/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 25.0 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    An astonishing—and astonishingly entertaining—behind-the-curtain history of Hollywood’s transformation over the past five decades as seen through the agency at the heart of it all, from the #1 bestselling coauthor of Live from New York and Those Guys Have All the Fun. In 1975, five young employees of a sclerotic William Morris agency left to start their own, strikingly innovative talent agency. In the years to come, Creative Artists Agency would vault from its origins in a tiny office on the last block of Beverly Hills to become the largest, most imperial, groundbreaking, and star-studded agency Hollywood has ever seen—a company whose tentacles now spread throughout the world of movies, music, television, technology, advertising, sports, and investment banking far more than previously imagined. Powerhouse is the fascinating, no-holds-barred saga of that hot-blooded ascent. Drawing on unprecedented and exclusive access to the men and women who built and battled CAA, as well as financial information never before made public, acclaimed author James Andrew Miller spins a tale of boundless ambition, ruthless egomania, ceaseless empire building, drugs, sex, greed, and personal betrayal. Powerhouse is also a story of prophetic brilliance, magnificent artistry, singular genius, entrepreneurial courage, strategic daring, foxhole brotherhood, and how one firm utterly transformed the entertainment business. Here are the real Star Wars—complete with a Death Star—told through the voices of those who were actually there. Packed with scores of stars from movies, television, music, and sports, as well as a tremendously compelling cast of agents, studio executives, network chiefs, league commissioners, hedge fund managers, tech CEOs, and media tycoons, Powerhouse is itself a Hollywood blockbuster of the most spectacular sort.

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    Powerhouse by James Andrew Miller

    Powerhouse

    25.0 hrs • 8/9/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 10.5 hrs • 3/8/2016 • Unabridged

    The bestselling author of The Power of Habit explores the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think—rather than what you think about—can transform your life. Productivity, recent studies suggest, isn’t always about driving ourselves toward greater “efficiency.” Rather, real productivity relies on managing how we think, identify goals, construct teams, and make decisions. This book explores eight concepts that are critical to increasing productivity, illustrated by compelling CASE STUDIES. It introduces us to basic training in the U.S. Marine Corps, where the internal locus of control is exploited to increase self-motivation, and shows us how the principles of lean manufacturing—in which decision-making power is pushed to the lowest levels of the hierarchy—allowed the FBI to finally produce a new software system that had eluded them for years. It also explores how Disney Animation made Frozen into a record success by encouraging a certain kind of tension among animation teams—a version of what biologists refer to as the Intermediate Disturbance Hypothesis, which posits that nature is most creative when crises occur, but not so many that they wipe everything out. With the combination of relentless curiosity, deep reporting, and rich storytelling that defined The Power of Habit, this book takes listeners from neurology laboratories to World Series poker showdowns to Google’s brainstorming sessions and illustrates how we can all increase productivity in our lives.

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    Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

    Smarter Faster Better

    10.5 hrs • 3/8/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 3.7 hrs • 1/26/2016 • Unabridged

    IBM is in serious trouble. Big Blue, as the company is known, tends to rely on magical thinking for its success, but that magic ran out a long time ago. The trouble began back in the 1990s and IBM had to hire, for the first time, an outside CEO. Lou Gerstner saved the day, pushing IBM into services with spectacular results, but not without consequence. As services became commoditized, IBM could compete only by offshoring the work. Quality suffered. In addition, Gerstner’s compensation was very high, which impacted IBM negatively. In IBM history, only the Watson family hit rich running IBM. Later CEOs, like John Opel and John Akers, lived comfortable lives with many perks, but weren’t big rich. That changed with Gerstner. IBM has essentially sacrificed both its customers and its employees in the name of earnings. The company has cut labor to the bone, offshored as much as possible, and dropped quality. Acquisitions are deliberately underbid, the under-delivered. These moves, combined with share buybacks, have kept earnings growing until recently, when the house of cards began to fall. IBM’s current CEO, Ginni Rometty, has outlined an earning goal for 2015 and she is not afraid to destroy the company to achieve it. This book outlines IBM’s fall from grace, where the company is heading, and what can be done to save IBM before it’s too late.

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    The Decline and Fall of IBM

    3.7 hrs • 1/26/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 8.2 hrs • 1/1/2015

    Take control of your financial life, get out of debt, and achieve financial independence! Why are some people more successful than others? Why do 20 percent of the people control 80 percent of the wealth? The recipes for financial success are tested and proven year after year. Millions of people go from rags to riches in one generation, and what others have done, you can do as well. All financial skills are learnable. Ninety percent of people who are rich today started poor, often with little education and no advantages. In this excellent fast-moving program, multimillionaire Brian Tracy shows you how to start wherever you are today and achieve all your financial goals. In this program, you will learn how to:Start with nothing and become wealthyDevelop the wealth-creating skills of successful peopleGet out of debt with a foolproof systemMake yourself more valuable each dayUse the miracle of compound interest in your favorTransform your thinking about yourself and moneySet and achieve all your financial goalsGet paid more and promoted fasterDevelop the million-dollar habits you needBuy real estate with no money downStart and build your own businessMarket and sell your product or serviceRent, borrow, or buy the knowledge you needSave yourself years of hard workAnd much, much more

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    Financial Independence Made Simple

    A seminar by Brian Tracy
    8.2 hrs • 1/1/16
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  9. 17.8 hrs • 10/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Now in audio, the updated and expanded edition of David Graeber’s “fresh, fascinating, thought-provoking, and exceedingly timely” (Financial Times) history of debt Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: he shows that before there was money, there was debt. For more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods-that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors. Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like “guilt,” “sin,” and “redemption”) derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it.

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    Debt

    17.8 hrs • 10/1/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 11.1 hrs • 5/1/2015 • Unabridged

    The trade in oil, gas, gems, metals and rare earth minerals wreaks havoc in Africa. During the years when Brazil, India, China and the other “emerging markets” have transformed their economies, Africa’s resource states remained tethered to the bottom of the industrial supply chain. While Africa accounts for about 30 percent of the world’s reserves of hydrocarbons and minerals and 14 percent of the world’s population, its share of global manufacturing stood in 2011 exactly where it stood in 2000: at 1 percent. In his first book, The Looting Machine, Tom Burgis exposes the truth about the African development miracle: for the resource states, it’s a mirage. The oil, copper, diamonds, gold and coltan deposits attract a global network of traders, bankers, corporate extractors and investors who combine with venal political cabals to loot the states’ value. And the vagaries of resource-dependent economies could pitch Africa’s new middle class back into destitution just as quickly as they climbed out of it. The ground beneath their feet is as precarious as a Congolese mine shaft; their prosperity could spill away like crude from a busted pipeline. This catastrophic social disintegration is not merely a continuation of Africa’s past as a colonial victim. The looting now is accelerating as never before. As global demand for Africa’s resources rises, a handful of Africans are becoming legitimately rich but the vast majority, like the continent as a whole, is being fleeced. Outsiders tend to think of Africa as a great drain of philanthropy. But look more closely at the resource industry and the relationship between Africa and the rest of the world looks rather different. In 2010, fuel and mineral exports from Africa were worth $333 billion, more than seven times the value of the aid that went in the opposite direction. But who received the money? For every Frenchwoman who dies in childbirth, 100 die in Nigeria alone, the former French colony whose uranium fuels France’s nuclear reactors. In petro-states like Angola three-quarters of government revenue comes from oil. The government is not funded by the people, and as result it is not beholden to them. A score of African countries whose economies depend on resources are rentier states; their people are largely serfs. The resource curse is not merely some unfortunate economic phenomenon, the product of an intangible force. What is happening in Africa’s resource states is systematic looting.

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    The Looting Machine

    11.1 hrs • 5/1/15 • Unabridged
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  11. 12.3 hrs • 5/20/2014 • Unabridged

    Not long after the death of his father, whose heart gave out suddenly in November 1967, Charles Koch—then in his early thirties—discovered a letter his father had written when his four sons were small. “My dear boys,” it began, “when you are twenty-one, you will receive what now seems to be a large sum of money. It may either be a blessing or a curse.” “Above all,” he cautioned, “be kind and generous to one another.” In the ensuing decades, Fred’s legacy became a blessing and a curse. Two of his sons, Charles and David, joined forces to build Koch Industries, one of the largest private corporations in the world. But they ended up in an epic feud with brothers Bill and Frederick that spanned nearly two decades, tearing the family apart—and nearly Koch Industries along with it. Bill would start his own energy company and attain a modicum of fame as a litigious wine collector and yachtsman. After being marginalized by the patriarch because of his effete manner, Frederick became a patron of the arts and a fastidious refurbisher of historic estates. Starting with their boyhood when fraternal disputes were sometimes settled in the boxing ring, Sons of Wichita takes you inside this highly private family and traces the evolution of these four distinct personalities, as well as their corporate, philosophical, social, and political ambitions. Influenced by the conservative, anticommunist sentiments of their father, a founding member of the John Birch Society, Charles and David devised an ambitious strategy to foist their ideological agenda upon the nation—quietly channeling millions of dollars of their fortune into a web of free market think tanks, academic programs, advocacy groups, and more, while also building what amounts to a shadow Republican Party, replete with a donor network capable of raising as much in an election cycle as the Republican National Committee. Never before did they flex their political muscles as vigorously as they did during the 2012 campaign, when Charles and David clashed with the Obama administration in what Charles described as the “mother of all wars.” Like the Rockefellers before them, the Koch brothers are a great American dynasty. Unlike the Rockefellers, they have never before been the subject of a major biography.

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    Sons of Wichita

    12.3 hrs • 5/20/14 • Unabridged
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    20.6 hrs • 5/13/2014 • Unabridged

    A mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry In 1990, Nintendo had a virtual monopoly on the video game industry. Sega, on the other hand, was just a faltering arcade company with big aspirations and even bigger personalities. But that would all change with the arrival of Tom Kalinske, a man who knew nothing about video games and everything about fighting uphill battles. His unconventional tactics, combined with the blood, sweat, and bold ideas of his renegade employees, transformed Sega and eventually led to a ruthless David-and-Goliath showdown with rival Nintendo. The battle was vicious, relentless, and highly profitable, eventually sparking a global corporate war that would be fought on several fronts: from living rooms and schoolyards to boardrooms and Congress. It was a once-in-a-lifetime, no-holds-barred conflict that pitted brother against brother, kid against adult, Sonic against Mario, and the US against Japan. Based on over two hundred interviews with former Sega and Nintendo employees, Console Wars is the underdog tale of how Kalinske miraculously turned an industry punch-line into a market leader. It’s the story of how a humble family man, with an extraordinary imagination and a gift for turning problems into competitive advantages, inspired a team of underdogs to slay a giant and, as a result, birth a $60 billion dollar industry.

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    Console Wars

    20.6 hrs • 5/13/14 • Unabridged
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  13. 8.0 hrs • 3/4/2014 • Unabridged

    Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyzes the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies. A lifelong rap fanatic, he amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs, telling it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, from cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in. Filled with his trademark humor and straight talk, The Hard Thing about Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

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    The Hard Thing about Hard Things

    8.0 hrs • 3/4/14 • Unabridged
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  14. 9.5 hrs • 11/12/2013 • Unabridged

    One of our most influential progressive voices tells the story of the hollowing of the American middle class and lays out the choices that we must make to ensure that the dream of prosperity can live on for generations. In The Crash of 2016, Thom Hartmann describes a country not on the road to collapse but in the midst of an economic implosion that could make the Great Depression seem like small potatoes. Our once-enlightened political and economic systems have been manipulated to ensure the success of only a fraction of the population at the expense of the rest, a “for the rich, by the rich” system that is turning our democracy into an ancient feudal kingdom and leading to policies that only benefit the highest bidder. A backlash is now palpable—against the banksters, oligarchs, and economic royalists like Milton Friedman, Lewis F. Powell, Alan Greenspan, Ronald Reagan, Jude Wanniski, Roger Ailes, the Koch brothers, and others who have plunged our nation into economic chaos and social instability. But like the previous crashes of 1770, 1856, and 1929, the Crash of 2016 will give us the chance to once again embrace the moral motive over the profit motive and to rebuild an economic model that has always yielded great success. Thoroughly researched and passionately argued, The Crash of 2016 assures us that if the right reforms are enacted we can avert disaster and make our nation whole again.

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    The Crash of 2016

    9.5 hrs • 11/12/13 • Unabridged
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  15. 15.2 hrs • 11/1/2013 • Unabridged

    The riveting, untold story of the men who are transforming global energy In five years, the United States has seen a historic burst of oil and natural gas production, easing our insatiable hunger for energy. A new drilling process called fracking has made us the world’s fastest growing energy power, on track to pass Saudi Arabia by 2020. But despite headlines and controversy, no previous book has shown how the revolution really happened. The Frackers tells the dramatic tale of how a group of ambitious and headstrong wildcatters ignored the ridicule of experts and derision of colleagues to pursue massive, long-overlooked deposits. Against all odds, they changed the world—and made astonishing fortunes in the process. Zuckerman’s exclusive access enabled him to get close to men like George Mitchell, who developed a new way to drill for gas in shale rock; Harold Hamm, who discovered so much oil he’s now worth more than the estate of Steve Jobs; and Aubrey McClendon, who lost more than $2 billion on a misguided gambit. Zuckerman shows how the frackers are now using their wealth to shake up Hollywood, education, politics, sports, and other fields, much like the Rockefellers and Gettys before them. He also explores the debate over the environmental risks of fracking, and whether those risks are worth it for the United States to achieve energy independence and for the rest of the world to follow.

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    The Frackers

    15.2 hrs • 11/1/13 • Unabridged
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  16. 17.4 hrs • 11/1/2013 • Unabridged

    David Graeber’s “fresh…fascinating…thought-provoking…and exceedingly timely” (Financial Times) history of debt Anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: before there was money, there was debt. For more than five thousand years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods—that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors. Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion—words like “guilt,” “sin,” and “redemption”—derive in large part from ancient debates about debt and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it. Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a fascinating chronicle of this little known history—as well as how it has defined human history and what it means for the credit crisis of the present day and the future of our economy.

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    Debt

    17.4 hrs • 11/1/13 • Unabridged
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