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  1. 7.2 hrs • Mar/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 morePowerful and practical, Leadership Step by Step will start you on the road to success.

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  2. 7.1 hrs • Mar/14/2017 • Unabridged

    Managers want great teams, but most build them around decades-old ideas and practices made popular by companies that have lost their edge. Extreme Teams looks at the new generation of teams driving growth in today's most innovative firms. They do this by doing things differently: hiring the right person instead of the best person; focusing on one priority while leaving room to explore new ideas; creating an environment where people are comfortable dealing with the uncomfortable; and maximizing profit by not making profit what matters most. The book takes you inside top companies and examines the teamwork experiments powering their results, including how:Pixar's teams use constant feedback and debate to transform initially flawed films into billion-dollar hits - A culture of radical "freedom and responsibility" helps Netflix execute on the next big thing - Whole Food's super-autonomous teams embrace hard metrics and friendly competition to drive performance - Zappos fuels the weirdness and fun that sustains its successTimes change, and so must teams. Designing and managing high-performance teams requires upgrading outdated beliefs and behaviors, and spurring a level of intensity and collaboration that lets them face down any challenge.

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    Extreme Teams

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    7.1 hrs • Mar/14/2017 • Unabridged
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  3. 11.2 hrs • Mar/14/2017 • Unabridged

    For ten years Bill Stokes was a roving reporter and columnist for the Milwaukee Journal. He has written reams of material about his vivid impressions of people, animals, events, personal activities, and “things in general.”Through his travels, Bill has met with the unusual and unique to the humorous, trivial, and tragic. This select group from his collection of stories and columns indicates the broad scope of his journalistic efforts, brilliant talents, and professional ability. Listeners will enjoy this potpourri of delightful columns as they move with Bill through the seasonal changes of life in Wisconsin. People rarely succeed at anything unless they have fun doing it. Bill Stokes obviously enjoys his role as Wisconsin’s favorite journalist. In this delightful book he shares that fun with all.

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  4. 1.6 hrs • Feb/07/2017 • Unabridged

    VICTORIOUS in the War of American Independence, Alexander Hamilton and the founding fathers built the first successful democratic government. They'll forever go down in history as having changed the rules of leadership and redefined what it means to ignite change in people.As a modern day leader, you may not be establishing a new system of government ? but the principles of radical leadership still apply, whether you're undertaking a new initiative, rejuvenating a business, or sparking motivation in your team.Using history's greatest rebels as your guide: START YOUR REVOLUTION!

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    The Leadership Secrets of Hamilton

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    1.6 hrs • Feb/07/2017 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.0 hrs • Dec/15/2016 • Unabridged

    The best companies in the world discover what their customers desire—and then deliver it in memorable and deeply human experiences. How well do you know your customers?What Customers Crave examines how the hyper-connected economy is radically changing consumer expectations, and reveals what companies need to do to stay on top. The solution rests on two simple questions: What do your customers love? What do they hate? Find the answers, and you’re well on your way to success.Jam-packed with tools and examples, What Customers Crave helps you reinvent how you engage with customers (both digitally and non-digitally) and:Gain invaluable insights into who they are and what they care about • Use listening posts and Contact Point Innovation to refine customer types • Engineer experiences for each micromarket that are not only exceptional, but insanely relevant • Connect across the five most important touchpoints • Co-create with your customers • And much moreWhen you learn to provide your customers with exactly what they want, they not only buy—they come back again and again…and bring their friends.

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    What Customers Crave

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    7.0 hrs • Dec/15/2016 • Unabridged
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  6. 7.8 hrs • Dec/06/2016 • Unabridged

    Today, not only is everything digital getting faster, cheaper, and smaller at an exponential rate, we also have the Internet. When these two revolutions--one in technology and the other in communications--joined, an explosive force was unleashed that changed the very nature of innovation. And with any change, we have seen many strategic blunders and extraordinary learning curves along the way.At last, in Whiplash, Joi Ito and Jeff Howe have distilled nine organizing principles for navigating and surviving this tumultuous period. These principles give us a roadmap on how to thrive no matter what industry we're in.With Whiplash, two great thinkers tell us how to adapt and succeed in today's unpredictable marketplace.

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    Whiplash

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    7.8 hrs • Dec/06/2016 • Unabridged
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  7. 5.8 hrs • Dec/05/2016 • Unabridged

    Too many companies limit their strategic thinking by focusing on what they already know how to do. Executives are expected to set concrete objectives and create detailed, step-by-step plans to reach them. This approach may satisfy short-term considerations like quarterly earnings reports, but it produces modest innovation and evolutionary development at best. As a result, the business can find itself in a performance plateau that it cannot seem to break out of.In Your Creative Mind, you will discover an entirely different approach to the creative process.You will learn how to:catapult your company out of a performance plateau and into dynamic growth, expansion, and market leadership.move beyond classic group-think and unleash your true creative power.become a trend leader and paradigm shifter by harnessing the secrets of the power of creation.innovate your way into the most beneficial business relationships you can imagine. Using the practical techniques and steps described in Your Creative Mind will infuse your company with creative power and drive innovation. Break free of business as usual and create the dynamic growth you deserve!

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    Your Creative Mind

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    5.8 hrs • Dec/05/2016 • Unabridged
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  8. 10.9 hrs • Nov/08/2016 • Unabridged

    In An Extraordinary Time, acclaimed economic historian Marc Levinson recounts the global collapse of the postwar economy in the 1970s. While economists struggle to return us to the high economic growth rates of the past, Levinson counterintuitively argues that the boom years of the 1950s and 1960s were an anomaly; slow economic growth is the norm―no matter what economists and politicians may say. Yet these atypical years left the public with unreasonable expectations of what government can achieve. When the economy failed to revive, suspicion of government and liberal institutions rose sharply, laying the groundwork for the political and economic polarization that we’re still grappling with today.A sweeping reappraisal of the last sixty years of world history, An Extraordinary Time describes how the postwar economic boom dissipated, undermining faith in government, destabilizing the global financial system, and forcing us to come to terms with how tumultuous our economy really is.

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    An Extraordinary Time

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    10.9 hrs • Nov/08/2016 • Unabridged
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  9. 7.4 hrs • Oct/04/2016 • Unabridged

    A coauthor of the New York Times bestselling guide to social security Get What’s Yours authors an essential companion to explain Medicare, the nation’s other major benefit for older Americans. Learn how to maximize your health coverage and save money.Social security provides the bulk of most retirees’ income and Medicare guarantees them affordable health insurance. But few people know what Medicare covers and what it doesn’t, what it costs, and when to sign up. Nor do they understand which parts of Medicare are provided by the government and how these work with private insurance plans—Medicare Advantage, drug insurance, and Medicare supplement insurance.Do you understand Medicare’s parts A, B, C, D? Which Part D drug plan is right and how do you decide? Which is better, Medigap or Medicare Advantage? What do you do if Medicare denies payment for a procedure that your doctor says you need? How do you navigate the appeals process for denied claims? If you’re still working or have a retiree health plan, how do those benefits work with Medicare? Do you know about the annual enrollment period for Medicare, or about lifetime penalties for late enrollment, or any number of other key Medicare rules?Health costs are the biggest unknown expense for older Americans, who are turning sixty-five at the rate of ten thousand a day. Understanding and navigating Medicare is the best way to save health care dollars and use them wisely. In Get What’s Yours for Medicare, retirement expert Philip Moeller explains how to understand all these important choices and make the right decisions for your health and wealth now—and for the future.

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    Get What's Yours for Medicare

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    7.4 hrs • Oct/04/2016 • Unabridged
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  10. 5.8 hrs • Sep/19/2016 • Unabridged

    7 Secrets of Persuasion is the first book to take the latest scientific insights about the mind and apply them to the art of persuasion. It directly translates the revolution in neuroscience that has occurred over the last 40 years into practical new techniques for effective persuasion.Whether your goal is to persuade one person—a husband, child, or boss—or the millions who might purchase an Apple Watch or a Budweiser, 7 Secrets of Persuasion will show you how to:Unearth the motivation that actually changes a behavior like smoking, voting, or buying, even if the person(s) doesn’t know why they do what they do.Tap into the mental process that gives religious symbols, political symbols, and commercial logos their power.Make a promise that is delayed, uncertain, and rational more compelling by making it immediate, certain, and emotional. Transform your candidate, service, or product into the one people want to buy by utilizing what psychologists call the “fundamental attribution error.”

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    7 Secrets of Persuasion

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    5.8 hrs • Sep/19/2016 • Unabridged
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  11. 8.6 hrs • Sep/06/2016 • Unabridged

    In the past few years, a number of well-known firms have failed; think of Blockbuster, Kodak, or RadioShack. When we read about their demise, it often seems inevitable—a natural part of “creative destruction.” But closer examination reveals a disturbing truth: Companies large and small are shuttering more quickly than ever. What does it take to buck this trend?The simple answer is: ambidexterity. Firms must remain competitive in their core markets, while also winning in new domains. Innovation guru Clayton M. Christensen has been pessimistic about whether established companies can prevail in the face of disruption, but Charles A. O’Reilly III and Michael L. Tushman know they can! The authors explain how shrewd organizations have used an ambidextrous approach to solve their own innovator’s dilemma. They contrast these luminaries with companies which—often trapped by their own successes—have been unable to adapt and grow.Drawing on a vast research program and over a decade of helping companies to innovate, the authors present a set of practices to guide firms as they adopt ambidexterity. Top-down and bottom-up leaders are key to this process—a fact too often overlooked in the heated debate about innovation. But not in this case. Readers will come away with a new understanding of how to improve their existing businesses through efficiency, control, and incremental change, while also seizing new markets where flexibility, autonomy, and experimentation rule the day.

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    Lead and Disrupt

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    8.6 hrs • Sep/06/2016 • Unabridged
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  12. 8.0 hrs • Aug/30/2016 • Unabridged

    An insider exposes the shocking facts deliberately left out of the hit Netflix series Making a Murderer—and argues persuasively that Steven Avery was rightfully convicted in the 2005 killing of Teresa Halbach.After serving eighteen years for a crime he didn’t commit, Steven Avery was freed—and filed a thirty-six-million-dollar lawsuit against Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. But before the suit could be settled, Avery was arrested again—this time for the brutal murder of Teresa Halbach—and, through the office of a special prosecutor, convicted once more.When the saga exploded onto the public consciousness with the airing of Making a Murderer, Michael Griesbach, a prosecutor and member of Wisconsin’s Innocence Project who had been instrumental in Avery’s 2003 exoneration, was targeted on social media, threatened—and plagued by doubt. Now, in this suspenseful, thorough narrative, he recounts his own re-examination of the evidence in light of the whirlwind of controversy stirred up by the blockbuster true-crime series.As Griesbach carefully reviews allegations of tampering and planted evidence, the confession by Avery’s developmentally disabled nephew, Brendan Dassey, and statements by Avery’s former girlfriend Jodi Stachowski, previously sealed documents deemed inadmissible at trial by Judge Patrick L. Willis—and a little-known, plausible alternate suspect—Griesbach shows how the filmmakers’ agenda, the accused man’s dramatic backstory, and sensational media coverage have clouded the truth about Steven Avery.Now as Avery’s defense counsel files an appeal and prepares to do battle in the courtroom once more, Griesbach fights to set the record straight, determined that evidence should be followed where it leads and justice should be served—for as surely as our legal system should not send an innocent man to prison, neither should it let a guilty man walk free.

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    Indefensible

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    8.0 hrs • Aug/30/2016 • Unabridged
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  13. 4.5 hrs • Aug/19/2016 • Unabridged

    Marcus Aurelius was the Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, and during that time, he kept several collections of journals that contained personal notes, militaristic strategy, and ideas on Stoic philosophy. While unlikely that he ever intended to publicly publish these journals, there is no real official title, so most often “Meditations” is used because of his in-depth writings on philosophy. These journals give an introspective look at how and why Marcus Aurelius’ operated as an emperor. This informative piece of history contains twelve sections that each chronicle different parts of Aurelius’ life, including his source of guidance, self-improvement tips, and his ideas on how to analyze yourself and adjust your attitude to become a better person or leader.

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    Meditations

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    4.5 hrs • Aug/19/2016 • Unabridged
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  14. 5.8 hrs • Aug/09/2016 • Unabridged

    From an esteemed geneticist and the director of gerontology at the Personal Genome Project at Harvard Medical School comes a revolutionary plan for curbing memory loss and improving cognitive longevity that will forever change how you think about diet and aging.All around the world people are living longer than ever, but record numbers of us are experiencing cognitive decline and other brain disorders later in life. New studies show that Alzheimer’s disease is the number three cause of death in developed countries, behind heart disease and cancer. But there is good news. We now have the knowledge to extend both lifespan and mindspan, helping to ensure that our minds and bodies stay in peak form at any age.Studying the diets of the “mindspan elite,” those populations that live longest with low levels of dementia—as well as the ways that certain food additives and ingredients interact with our genes—Dr. Preston Estep explains how some recent books on the brain and aging have steered us down the wrong dietary path. Shattering myths about which foods are and are not beneficial to our brains, The Mindspan Diet reveals a simple plan to slow cognitive decline. Startling in its revelations about healthy eating for those over the age of forty, it challenges us to rethink our approach to many common staples, including the following:Iron: While iron-fortified foods sound healthy, high iron intake can be toxic, especially for people over forty, and increases the risk of adult-onset diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.Whole grains: Processed grains such as white rice, pasta, and flour are actually staples in the diets of cultures with the best cognitive health.Protein: Though it’s considered by some to be a miracle macronutrient, high levels of protein are actually hard on the kidneys and may promote cancer and accelerate the progression of dementia.Complete with food recommendations, shopping lists, advice on reading nutrition labels, and more than seventy delicious recipes, The Mindspan Diet shows that you can enjoy the richest flavors life has to offer and remain lean, healthy, and cognitively intact for a very long life.

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    The Mindspan Diet

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    5.8 hrs • Aug/09/2016 • Unabridged
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  15. 10.4 hrs • Jul/18/2016 • Unabridged

    Dinesh D’Souza, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller America, is back with this darkly entertaining deconstruction of Hillary Clinton’s flawed character and ideology. From her Alinskyite past to her hopes for America’s progressive future, the presumptive Democratic nominee is revealed to be little more than a political gangster intent on controlling the nation’s wealth. D’Souza chronicles the sleazy ascent of the Clintons and makes clear what some voters have long suspected: that Hillary is far more dangerous and corrupt than Bill ever was.

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    Hillary's America

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    10.4 hrs • Jul/18/2016 • Unabridged
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  16. 2.9 hrs • May/18/2016 • Unabridged

    Trust is the glue that holds an organization together. It turns secrecy into transparency, micromanagement into empowerment, and conflict into creativity. With it, a tiny company like John Deere grew into a worldwide leader. Without it, a giant corporation like Enron toppled.In The 10 Laws of Trust, JetBlue chairman Joel Peterson explores how a culture of trust gives companies an edge. Consider this: What does it feel like to work for a firm where leaders and colleagues trust one another? Freed from micromanagement and rivalry, every employee contributes his or her best. Risk-taking and innovation become the norm. And, as Peterson notes, “When a company has a reputation for fair dealing, its costs drop: trust cuts the time spent second-guessing and lawyering.”In clear, engaging prose, highlighted by compelling examples, Peterson details how to establish and maintain a culture of trust. Steps include:Start with integrityInvest in respectEmpower everyoneRequire accountabilityCreate a winning visionKeep everyone informedBudget in line with expectationsEmbrace conflictForget “you” to become an effective leaderWith this book in hand, you’ll be able to plant the seeds of trust—and reap the rewards of reputation, profits, and success.

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    The 10 Laws of Trust

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    2.9 hrs • May/18/2016 • Unabridged
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