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  1. 7.3 hrs • Mar/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

    Read by Jeremy Maxwell
    7.3 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
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  2. 7.5 hrs • Mar/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

    7.5 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
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  3. 15.5 hrs • Mar/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

    15.5 hrs • Mar/21/2017 • Unabridged
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  4. 4.4 hrs • Mar/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

    4.4 hrs • Mar/20/2017 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.3 hrs • Mar/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 IRAIsn’t it time to make sure you don’t retire broke?

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    Don’t Retire Broke

    7.3 hrs • Mar/20/2017 • Unabridged
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  6. 5.4 hrs • Mar/07/2017 • Unabridged

    It’s an exciting time to be in marketing: the internet, social media, and content marketing are powerful equalizers, resetting the playing field for businesses large and small. Yet it’s also a challenging time, with much work to do and an ever-changing array of platforms, features, and networks to master—all on a tighter budget than before. Don’t get discouraged, get scrappy!Shattering the myth that only big brands can do big things, Get Scrappy will help you demystify digital marketing in a way that makes sense for your business,do more with less,build a strong brand with something to say,find inspiration in unexpected places,create relevant and engaging content and promote it via Twitter, Facebook, and other channels,integrate strategy and message across touchpoints for a unified brand experience both online and off,spark dialogue with your community of customers, andmeasure what matters.The result is a reliable, repeatable system for reinventing your marketing as marketing reinvents itself. Featuring frameworks, hacks, tips, idea starters, and more, Get Scrappy is the map you need to take your marketing from good to great.

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    Get Scrappy

    5.4 hrs • Mar/07/2017 • Unabridged
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  7. 10.7 hrs • Mar/07/2017 • Unabridged

    The Internet today connects roughly 2.7 billion people around the world, and booming interest in the “Internet of things” could result in 75 billion devices connected to the web by 2020. The myth of cyberspace as a digital utopia has long been put to rest. Governments are increasingly developing smarter ways of asserting their national authority in cyberspace in an effort to control the flow, organization, and ownership of information.In The Hacked World Order, Adam Segal shows how governments use the web to wage war and spy on, coerce, and damage each other. Israel is intent on derailing the Iranian nuclear weapons program. India wants to prevent Pakistani terrorists from using their Blackberries to coordinate attacks. Brazil has plans to lay new fiber cables and develop satellite links so its Internet traffic no longer has to pass through Miami. China does not want to be dependent on the West for its technology needs. These new digital conflicts have as yet posed no physical threat—no one has ever died from a cyberattack—but they serve to undermine the integrity of complex systems like power grids, financial institutions, and security networks.Segal describes how cyberattacks have the potential to produce unintended and unimaginable problems for anyone with an Internet connection and an email account. State-backed hacking initiatives can shut down, sabotage trade strategies, steal intellectual property, sow economic chaos, and paralyze whole countries. The Hacked World Order exposes how the Internet has ushered in a new era of geopolitical maneuvering and reveals its tremendous and terrifying implications for our economic livelihood, security, and personal identity.

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    The Hacked World Order

    Read by Don Hagen
    10.7 hrs • Mar/07/2017 • Unabridged
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  8. 9.9 hrs • Mar/07/2017 • Unabridged

    A lively, inviting account of the history of economics, told through events from ancient to modern times and the ideas of great thinkers in the fieldWhat causes poverty? Are economic crises inevitable under capitalism? Is government intervention in an economy a helpful approach or a disastrous idea? The answers to such basic economic questions matter to everyone; yet the unfamiliar jargon and math of economics can seem daunting. This clear, accessible, and even humorous book is ideal for young readers new to economics and to all readers who seek a better understanding of the full sweep of economic history and ideas.Economic historian Niall Kishtainy organizes short, chronological chapters that center on big ideas and events. He recounts the contributions of key thinkers including Adam Smith, Ricardo, Marx, Keynes, and others, while examining topics ranging from the invention of money and the rise of agrarianism to the Great Depression, entrepreneurship, environmental destruction, inequality, and behavioral economics. The result is a uniquely enjoyable volume that succeeds in illuminating the economic ideas and forces that shape our world.

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    A Little History of Economics

    Read by Steven Crossley
    9.9 hrs • Mar/07/2017 • Unabridged
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  9. 3.2 hrs • Mar/07/2017 • Unabridged

    Why do some people succeed at change while others fail? It’s the way they think! Liminal thinking is a way to create change by understanding, shaping, and reframing beliefs. What beliefs are stopping you right now? You have a choice. You can create the world you want to live in, or live in a world created by others. If you are ready to start making changes, read this book.

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    Liminal Thinking

    Read by Dan Woren
    3.2 hrs • Mar/07/2017 • Unabridged
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  10. 7.3 hrs • Mar/03/2017 • Unabridged

    The United States is becoming a nation of rich and poor, with few families in the middle. In this book, MIT economist Peter Temin offers an illuminating way to look at the vanishing middle class. Temin argues that American history and politics, particularly slavery and its aftermath, play an important part in the widening gap between rich and poor. Temin employs a well-known, simple model of a dual economy to examine the dynamics of the rich/poor divide in America, and outlines ways to work toward greater equality so that America will no longer have one economy for the rich and one for the poor.Many poorer Americans live in conditions resembling those of a developing country—substandard education, dilapidated housing, and few stable employment opportunities. And although almost half of black Americans are poor, most poor people are not black. Conservative white politicians still appeal to the racism of poor white voters to get support for policies that harm low-income people as a whole, casting recipients of social programs as the other—black, Latino, not like “us.” Moreover, politicians use mass incarceration as a tool to keep black and Latino Americans from participating fully in society. Money goes to a vast entrenched prison system rather than to education. In the dual justice system, the rich pay fines and the poor go to jail.

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    The Vanishing Middle Class

    7.3 hrs • Mar/03/2017 • Unabridged
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  11. 8.4 hrs • Feb/21/2017 • Unabridged

    It’s the biggest revolution you’ve never heard of, and it’s hiding in plain sight. Over the past decade, Silicon Valley executives like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk, special operators like the Navy SEALs and the Green Berets, and maverick scientists like Sasha Shulgin and Amy Cuddy have turned everything we thought we knew about high performance upside down. Instead of grit, better habits, or 10,000 hours, these trailblazers have found a surprising short cut. They’re harnessing rare and controversial states of consciousness to solve critical challenges and outperform the competition.New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler and high performance expert Jamie Wheal spent four years investigating the leading edges of this revolution—from the home of SEAL Team Six to the Googleplex, the Burning Man festival, Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Red Bull’s training center, Nike’s innovation team, and the United Nations’ Headquarters. And what they learned was stunning: in their own ways, with differing languages, techniques, and applications, every one of these groups has been quietly seeking the same thing: the boost in information and inspiration that altered states provide.Today, this revolution is spreading to the mainstream, fueling a trillion dollar underground economy and forcing us to rethink how we can all lead richer, more productive, more satisfying lives. Driven by four accelerating forces—psychology, neurobiology, technology and pharmacology—we are gaining access to and insights about some of the most contested and misunderstood terrain in history. Stealing Fire is a provocative examination of what’s actually possible; a guidebook for anyone who wants to radically upgrade their life.

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    Stealing Fire

    Read by Fred Sanders
    8.4 hrs • Feb/21/2017 • Unabridged
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  12. 4.4 hrs • Feb/07/2017

    According to millennials, advice is abusive. After all, if you didn’t go looking for the answer, then you probably didn’t ask the question! So with much respect, this brave gen-Xer—with incredible ideas and answers—would like to ask you a question: Would you like some timeless career tips?What if people skills and communication are not traits that you can put into your search bar? As millennials, you are the first generation to have access to the sum of the world’s knowledge at your fingertips, but is anyone inciting you to want more than just knowledge? This program will help you sift through the most important life skills needed to advance your career, including communications skills, people skills, workplace behavior, conflict resolution, and how to work with older coworkers to achieve your career goals. Contents include:Get a grip on why older generations treat you differently (stop the stereotype)Find a resolve with difficult humans (disagree correctly)Enhance your self-worth (dust off your trophies)Communication works if you work it (customization is the optimal style)Improve your emotional well-being (successful stress strategies)Show off your people skills (networking at its best)Take credit when credit is due (shameless recognition as an art form)Show the world you work smarter (gain motivational voodoo)

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  13. 8.0 hrs • Feb/07/2017 • Unabridged

    Stretch identifies key ways for people and organizations to work beyond their resources to achieve higher performance. Based on in-depth research in psychology and management, Scott Sonenshein shows how to accomplish goals, find professional and personal success, and live a richer life.Two different mindsets drive achievement, creativity, and innovation: “stretching” and “chasing.” Stretchers embrace what they have, finding unconventional ways to use resources already at hand. A coat hanger is a surgical tool; a competitor is someone who improves your own work. Chasers get trapped in convention. They mindlessly accept other people’s definitions of resources and often feel they are missing what they need to succeed. Sonenshein teaches a four-part framework that activates the stretching potential we all have but may not fully recognize.Diversify experiencesAct immediately without overplanning Expect the positiveBuild unique combinationsSonenshein reveals that while we rarely have all we think we need, we usually have more than we imagine. Whether leading organizations, launching careers, or raising families, Stretch teaches us how to achieve more by acting resourcefully at work and beyond.

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    Stretch

    8.0 hrs • Feb/07/2017 • Unabridged
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  14. 7.8 hrs • Jan/31/2017 • Unabridged

    From a course they created for professionals, Mark Waldman and Chris Manning adapted their lectures, and present simple brain exercises, based on the latest neuroscience research, to guide listeners on what makes us happy, wealthy, and wise.The promise of their original class—and now of this book—is to help people create more “wealth” in their lives, defined as the combination of money, happiness, and success. The book presents both the scientific background and sets of NeuroWisdom exercises that will help everyone transform their environment into a more meaningful and enjoyable place. By spending just a few minutes each day, these exercises reduce neurological stress and increase happiness, motivation, and productivity. The “worry” centers of the brain are turned off and the optimism circuits are turned on. Work becomes more pleasurable and creativity is increased, enabling the brain to anticipate and solve problems more efficiently.

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    NeuroWisdom

    Read by Patrick Lawlor
    7.8 hrs • Jan/31/2017 • Unabridged
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  15. 6.3 hrs • Jan/24/2017 • Unabridged

    The measure of the executive, Peter F. Drucker reminds us, is the ability to “get the right things done.” This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results.Drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can, and must, be learned: Managing timeChoosing what to contribute to the organizationKnowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effectSetting the right prioritiesKnitting all of them together with effective decision-makingRanging widely through the annals of business and government, Peter F. Drucker demonstrates the distinctive skill of the executive and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious business situations.

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    The Effective Executive

    6.3 hrs • Jan/24/2017 • Unabridged
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  16. 6.0 hrs • Jan/10/2017 • Unabridged

    What do you want to be when you grow up? That question nags at us long after childhood. Why is it so hard to figure out? Because finding your true calling takes courage. It means conquering fears, shedding misguided ideas, and mustering the strength to let go of a safe job and stage your next act.Career Courage serves as a personal coach through the soul-searching and planning process ahead, whether you’re a college grad contemplating choices, a seasoned professional seeking new directions, or a stay-at-home mom preparing to reenter the workplace. Packed with exercises and stories of inspiring second acts, the book poses tough questions about motivation, confidence, character, risk tolerance, and more. The answers will power your journey forward as you learn to clarify what really matters,express your point of view,build strong relationships and a robust network,stay focused on finances,think like an entrepreneur,prioritize a truly fulfilling life, and more.A career that seemed promising can feel like a dead end today. Career Courage helps you break free and create your own brand of success.

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    Career Courage

    6.0 hrs • Jan/10/2017 • Unabridged
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