How entrepreneurs find the next big thing-and make it huge.
The era of easy money and easy jobs is officially over. Today, we're all entrepreneurs, and the tides of change threaten to capsize anyone who plays it safe. Taking risks is the name of the game-but how can you tell a smart bet from a stupid gamble?
Andy Kessler has made a career out of seeing the future of business, as an analyst, investment banker, venture capitalist, and hedge fund manager. He evaluated the business potential of the likes of Steve Jobs and Michael Dell before they were Steve Jobs and Michael Dell. His eye for what's next is unparalleled.
Now Kessler explains how the world's greatest entrepreneurs don't just start successful companies-they overturn entire industries. He offers twelve surprising and controversial rules for these radical entrepreneurs, such as:
• Eat people: Get rid of worthless jobs to create more wealth for everybody
• Create artificial scarcity for virtual goods
• Trust markets to make better decisions than managers
Whether you're at a big corporation or running a small business, you're now an entrepreneur. Will you see change coming and grab on to opportunity or miss the boat?
Use online video to Get Seen and drive your business to new heights.
The new rules of social media are constantly changing. The world of online video is exploding. Hollywood is getting into the game, professional actors and writers are joining in, and independent producers are finding their niche. Now, companies are wide-awake to the new opportunity that video presents for product and brand promotion, as well as long-term customer engagement.
Are you paying attention? Are you getting your business seen? In Get Seen, online video maven Steve Garfield offers a quick and complete toolkit that shows you how to get the massive exposure that online video can give your business. Want proof? Listen to:
Video is the ideal way to tell your story, which leads to more business. If you're ready to take full advantage of the newest resource in the social media arsenal, Get Seen is the audio guidebook you need.
Are you letting your employees shine?
Today’s workplace is a pressure cooker— even the most talented people struggle to sort through an influx of information, relentless demands, and unprecedented stress. And so your job as manager becomes even harder. How, in a world of intensifying competition and economic stress, can you help people shine their brightest and perform at their best, day in and day out? How can you keep your star players inspired?
In Shine, best-selling author, psychiatrist, and ADD expert Edward Hallowell combines brain science with performance research to offer a proven process to help you do just that. Hallowell’s five-step process pulls from his own work of helping people overcome their problems to become more productive in everyday life. Shine will help you:
Brimming with the candor and warmth that millions of readers and listeners have come to expect, Hallowell’s Shine is a vital new resource for all managers seeking to inspire excellence in their teams.
The workplace isn't what it used to be - and neither is the workforce.
Today’s companies have fewer hierarchical layers. The nature of work is also more virtual, collaborative, and transparent than at any previous time. Information flows move every which way, shifting from top-down to all-in. And the workforce is forever altered, too. Sweeping changes in expectations across backgrounds, experiences, generations, and gender are challenging long-held, inflexible beliefs about the relationship between work and life—and the very meaning of success.
These transformations, observe Cathleen Benko and Molly Anderson, are also upending the ways people advance along their career paths. Careers zig and zag. Work is what you do, not where you go. The traditional corporate ladder, firmly rooted in the industrial era, proffers a one-size-fits-all view of the world of work. In this audiobook, the authors argue, convincingly, that a lattice model is better suited to today’s global business environment.
The Corporate Lattice provides a framework to help organizations transform how careers are built, how work is done, and how participation is fostered. The corporate lattice model offers leaders a strategic approach to making the most of the shifting landscape by:
Offering much more than theory, the authors illustrate the lattice model using rich, in-depth case studies of exemplars, including Cisco and Thomson Reuters
Renowned French neuropsychiatrist and psychoanalyst Boris Cyrulnik's parents were deported to a concentration camp during the Second World War. They never returned. This early personal trauma at the age of five led Cyrulnik to his life's work helping individuals and countries come to terms with their pasts and forge ahead to create positive futures. It is his firm belief that trauma does not equal destiny—that, rather, we can find strength in the face of pain. Drawing on years of experience working around the globe with children who have been abused, orphaned, fought in wars and escaped genocide, Cyrulnik here tells many amazing and moving stories of individuals whose experiences prove that suffering, however appalling, can be the making of somebody rather than their destruction. This inspiring audio book teaches us that we can not only survive in the shadow of adversity—we can thrive.
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University of Southern California business professor Bennis and Los Angeles Times reporter Biederman examine six "Great Groups" whose work affected and sometimes changed the modern world. They are the Disney organization and its animated films; the Xerox Corporation's Palo Alto Research Center, which designed the first user-friendly computer; the Clinton presidential campaign of 1992 for what the authors deem a remarkable victory; Lockheed's Skunk Works, where the U-2 spy plane and the Stealth bomber were developed; Black Mountain College in the foothills of North Carolina, which lasted only from 1933 to 1956 but attracted many major artists; and the Manhattan Project, whose scientists created the atomic bomb. All of these groups, the authors stress, consisted of enormously talented people with a sense of mission, who worked under a strong leader and were imbued with pragmatic optimism. Each segment is so well told that it has lessons for all.
We are at a crossroads of immense proportions. Nationally, internationally, and globally, we areliving in a manner that is absolutely, unconditionally, irrevocably unsustainable. Our global economic stability is in jeopardy, our planet’s ecosystems are under attack, and our health is deteriorating. Huge changes are coming whether or not we want them, whether or not we are ready for them. How can we lead the charge to introduce innovations and solutions to meet the inevitable challenges of new kinds of economic forces? Damon Vickers believes that by anticipating social trends and detecting potentially profitable areas for investing, we might still be able to profit while supporting a sustainable future.
In The Day After the Dollar Crashes, Vickers presents a possible time line for the crash of the U.S. dollar and the subsequent collapse of global markets. He outlines the New World Order that may take shape over the next decade and the impact it could have on nations, businesses, and individuals. Perhaps more importantly, he tells how investors can weather the coming economic collapse and position themselves for the coming global transformation. By changing our expectations and taking action to get in alignment with reality, Vickers shows, we can steadily profit in our investments. He suggests both globally sustainable and socially responsible types of investments, including investing in currencies of countries that are backed by real assets like resources and technologies that expand our sustainable energy and food sources.The time for denial and waiting for someone else to fix everything is over. It is up to us, each and every one of us, to wake up and start to make more responsible choices as we enter a New World Order. This audio book will show us how.
In the 16th century, control of colonies and gold bullion gave Spain the edge; 17th-century Netherlands profited from trade and finance; 18th-century France gained from its larger population, while 19th-century British power rested on its primacy in the Industrial Revolution and its navy. In the era of Kennedy and Khrushchev, power resources were measured in terms of nuclear missiles, industrial capacity, and numbers of men under arms and tanks lined up ready to cross the plains of Eastern Europe. But the global information age of the 21st century is quickly rendering these traditional markers of power obsolete, remapping power relationships.
In The Future of Power, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., a longtime analyst of power and a hands-on practitioner in government, delivers a new power narrative that considers the shifts, innovations, bold technologies, and new relationships that will define the 21st century. He shows how power resources are adapting to the digital age and how smart power strategies must include more than a country’s military strength. Information once reserved for the government is ow available for mass consumption. The Internet has literally put power at the fingertips of nonstate agents, allowing them to launch cyberattacks on governments from their homes and creating a security threat that is felt worldwide. But the cyberage has also created a new power frontier among states, ripe with opportunity for developing countries. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, America had about a quarter of the world’s product but only 5 percent of its population. It was indisputably the most powerful nation in the world, unsurpassed in military strength and ownership of world resources. Today, China, Brazil, India, and others are increasing their share of world power resources, but remain unlikely to surpass America as the most powerful nation if the United States adopts new strategies designed for a global information age.The Internet’s ultimate impact on the nature of power is a concern shared by nations around the world.The Future of Power, by examining what it means to be powerful in the 21st century, illuminates the road ahead.
For years we have been told to make lists and obsessively monitor when we’re angry, what we eat, how much we worry, and how often we go to the gym. So why isn’t everyone healthy? Now based on the most extensive study of long life ever conducted The Longevity Project reveals what really matters across the long run—the personality traits, relationships, experiences, and career paths that naturally keep you vital. Gathering key new information and using modern research methods to study 1,500 Californians across eight decades, health scientists Dr. Howard S. Friedman and Dr. Leslie R. Martin bust many old dead-end myths. For instance,
With self-tests that illuminate your own best paths to longer life, and a deeper scientific understanding than we have seen before of the true causes of long-term health, this audio book will change the conversation about what it really takes to optimize your chances for a long, healthy life.
Have you held dreams of success and happiness that you’ve failed to fulfill? Do you sometimes feel that, however much you’ve done, you are still, in part, an underachiever? If so, there is good news. Your past failures have no bearing on your future. And if you can change the way you approach your work, you can change the way you live.
In The Pledge, best-selling author Michael Masterson teaches you how to reinvent your life by putting together a personal master plan. It’s a formal contract between the person you are today (fed up with the problems and lack of success you’ve been having) and the person you have decided to be (the successful you who is healthy, wealthy, happy, and wise). Masterson’s unique approach to creating a master plan will change your life immediately and forever. It is based on the best principles of the great personal productivity masters (such as Dale Carnegie and Stephen Covey) and on discoveries he made during his climb from indebtedness to multimillionaire status. The Pledge is not a book on goal setting. It is a blueprint for fundamental change. Once you have experienced even one day of Michael’s revolutionary system, you’ll be hooked for life.Through his writing and personal coaching, Masterson has changed the lives of countless people. His office walls are covered with personal letters from people from all over the world who credit him with transforming their lives. Now it’s your turn. Once you set up your personal master plan, your effort will be minimal. You will start to see results immediately. You will have more money, more success, and more time to do the things you love.
The ability to make decisions is central to strong living—yet many frankly admit that they are chronically indecisive. Well, they think they are; they just haven’t made up their minds. Sound familiar? In this audio book, Dr. Barker shows how indecisive people are failure-prone, as he explores the decision-making process in the individual, especially the role of the subconscious mind in either abetting or thwarting every conscious mind decision. He then provides specific steps to shift the balance of decision-making power in your favor. Listening to The Power of Decision may well prove to be one of the best decisions you ever made.
Many of the prices we pay seem to make little sense. We shell out $2.29 for a coffee at Starbucks when a nearly identical brew can be had at the corner deli for less than a dollar. We may be less willing to give blood for $25 than to donate it for free. Americans hire the cheap labor of illegal immigrants to fix the roof or mow the lawn and vote for politicians who promise to spend billions to keep them out of the country. And citizens of the industrialized West pay hundreds of dollars a year in taxes or cash for someone to cart away trash that would be a valuable commodity in poorer parts of the world.
The Price of Everything starts with a simple premise: there is a price behind each choice that we make, whether we're deciding to have a baby, drive a car, or buy a book. Eduardo Porter uncovers the true story behind the prices we pay and reveals what those prices are actually telling us. He takes us on a global economic adventure, from comparing the relative prices of a vote in corrupt São Tomé and in the ostensibly aboveboard United States to assessing the cost of happiness in Bhutan to deducing the dollar value we assign to human life. His unique approach helps explain:
Porter weaves together the constant - and often unconscious - cost and value assessments we all make every day. While exploring the fascinating story behind the price of everything from marriage and death to mattresses and horsemeat, Porter draws unexpected connections that bridge a wide range of disciplines and cultures. The result is a cogent and insightful narrative about how the world really works.
Don’t be daunted by a challenging economy and fierce competition. Even in the toughest environment, innovative, highly profitable businesses abound. And yours can be one of them with Now, Build a Great Business! This essential success kit from business heavyweights and acclaimed authors Mark Thompson and Brian Tracy is filled with straightforward, powerful strategies to ignite growth in your business.
Packed with insights from face-to-face interviews with world-class business leaders (Tony Hsieh of Zappos, Virgin Brands’ Richard Branson, Ingvar Kamprad of IKEA, Charles Schwab, and many others), this audio book distills a wealth of ideas and practices to uncover the core ingredients of successful organizations. Step-by-step instructions and a compelling big-picture overview show you exactly how to:? Become a great leader—and get extraordinary results from everyone around you? Develop a great business plan—and structure your company to maximize every resource? Surround yourself with great people who are motivated to give their best? Offer a great product or service—identifying exactly what your market needs? Design a great marketing plan—and position your business as the preeminent provider? And much more!
You’ll find no theory here—just practical steps you can take immediately, with simple explanations of exactly how to measure how well you’re doing at each step along the way. The clear-cut strategies, inspiring examples, personal interviews, and enlightening lessons from history that come together here create one of the most important business books you’ll ever put your hands on.
When you think of a great business, you often think of its clients. They’re not just happy customers; they’re raving fans who’ll take time out of their day to tell you or anyone within range just how much they love that business. They’ll line up before dawn for its latest product offering, create buzz, and treat the brand as a personal status symbol. Does your business have super-fans like this? Do you want them? If so, ...And the Clients Went Wild! is your essential marketing toolbox for fostering the fans whose word-of-mouth will drive your growth to exponential levels.
Focusing on the practical—what’s worked for a wide range of businesses—and employing an eclectic mix of methods, platforms, and technologies, this go-to guide shows you five key principles for cultivating passionate and vocal clients. Access a complete playbook of techniques and approaches for connecting with clients as well as a template to build your own successful strategy.
...And the Clients Went Wild! reveals how:
There’s a difference between feeling okay about a business and feeling complete, wild enthusiasm for it. If you want your customers to talk up your business at every opportunity, generate lasting word-of-mouth and highly valuable referrals. ...And the Clients Went Wild! is the only marketing playbook you need. Start using its proven game plan today, and discover just how powerful your biggest fans can be!
Kosher? That means the rabbi blessed it, right? Not exactly. In this captivating account of a Bible-based practice that has grown into a multibillion-dollar industry, journalist Sue Fishkoff travels throughout America and to Shanghai, China, to find out who eats kosher food, who produces it, who is responsible for its certification, and how this fascinating world continues to evolve. She explains why 86 percent of the 11.2 million Americans who regularly buy kosher food are not observant Jews—they are Muslims, Seventh-day Adventists, vegetarians, people with food allergies, and consumers who pay top dollar for food they believe “answers to a higher authority”.
Fishkoff interviews food manufacturers, rabbinic supervisors, and ritual slaughterers; meets with eco-kosher adherents who go beyond traditional requirements to produce organic chicken and pasture-raised beef; sips boutique kosher wine in Napa Valley; talks to shoppers at an upscale kosher supermarket in Brooklyn; and marches with unemployed workers at the nation’s largest kosher meatpacking plant. She talks to Reform Jews who are rediscovering the spiritual benefits of Kashrut and to Conservative and Orthodox Jews who are demanding that kosher food production adhere to ethical and environmental values. She chronicles the corruption, price-fixing, and strong-arm tactics of early-20th-century kosher meat production, against which contemporary kashrut scandals pale by comparison.
A revelatory look at the current stat of kosher in America, this audiobook will appeal to anyone interested in food, religion, Jewish identity, or big business.
Become a master of business seduction in just 30 days.
In business, you need an edge. In every business situation—to get that job, get that promotion, lead that negotiation, make that sale—you need to win people over. In highly competitive situations, you need to stand out, get noticed, and be remembered. The Art of Business Seduction gives you the edge you need. This is a concise personal success plan that teaches you how to make the smart moves and say the right things to succeed in any business setting. As the “Business Seducer”, Mark Jeffries utilizes the new power of seduction to provide you with a proven system for becoming a master of business seduction, giving you the tools to size up any business situation, think and act on your feet, and get exactly what you want. After only 30 days of using the author’s straight-forward L-WAR (Listen, Watch, Anticipate, React) approach, you’ll be able to:
So much in business success depends on first impressions, personal interactions, and other intangible aspects of your behavior. Embrace this important skill-set, develop your abilities, and remove those habits that work against you. Get The Art of Business Seduction and give yourself the tools to attract and win people over so you can enjoy breakthrough results in business and life.
In a world where speed and flexibility are valued more than ever, leaders from the corporate boardroom to the military are looking for answers from seemingly unlikely experts - the ones in the grass, in the air, in the lakes, and in the woods. In this innovative audiobook, veteran National Geographic editor Peter Miller explains the basic principles of smart swarms - self-organization, diversity of knowledge, indirect collaboration, and adaptive mimicking - to show how swarm species such as ants, bees, and fish can teach us to tackle some of the most complex conundrums in business, politics, and technology.
By studying ant colonies’ simple governing rules, computer scientists have written programs to streamline factory processes, telephone networks, and truck routes. Termites have inspired climate-control solutions, and the U.S. military is developing a team of robots that behaves like a school of fish. Groups in nature are the real specialists because they’ve evolved strategies over millions of years to cope with uncertainty, complexity, and change - the same challenges that make our lives and businesses difficult today.
Leading scientists in fields from biology to physics, social psychology, and business management are all studying smart swarms to unlock their secrets, and Peter Miller takes us on a lively tour to show us how we can, too. A fascinating journey from the critter to the corporation, The Smart Swarm is an eye-opening look at small-scale phenomena with big implications for us all.
How to stay sane in an insane world.... Given the high level of both opportunity and comfort, we would expect people to be happier than ever, and even more satisfied with their lives. The reality, though, is startlingly different. Instead of thriving and feeling empowered as a result of greater choices, we are deteriorating.
Drawing on timeless wisdom and fundamental principles in psychology, Dr. David Leiberman, offers insights into the human condition, and reveals how, regardless of the opportunities available to us today, a lack of self-control results in poor choices and ultimately leads to negative emotions and destructive habits.
If God Were Your Therapist offers neither exercises or affirmations, nor meditations or motivating mantras. There is no homework to do or journals to fill out. Rather, listeners learn how to regain self-control and move their thoughts, choices, and lives in a purposeful, powerful direction, free from the shackles of anxiety and stress.
Experience a new kind of freedom and power when you discover how to permanently rise above your nature and move confidently through life on ordinary days, and in extraordinary times.
Do you want to be more productive and enjoy your work more fully? The Now Habit at Work, written by top performance expert Neil Fiore, reveals how true time management goes hand-in-hand with greater ease, well-being, and success in business and life. Whatever your occupation, Fiore’s proven tools will empower you to overcome procrastination and engage your full creative potential on the job.
Adapting the principles of Fiore’s best-selling The Now Habit to the unique challenges of business settings, The Now Habit at Work provides you with a complete, no-nonsense program to build effective self-management strategies. You’ll develop the focus of a champion, the ability to bounce back from setbacks, and the habit of problem-solving your way around obstacles and doubt.
Drawn from the latest neuroscience, cognitive behavioral psychology, and peak performance research, The Now Habit at Work enables you to optimize your approach so you:
Filled with practical examples and exercises that are thoroughly tested and easy to implement, The Now Habit at Work will enable you to increase your productivity while eliminating negative patterns and reducing your stress. You’ll be amazed as your new habits improve your work/life balance and inspire those around you to create a vigorous organization with a healthy bottom line!
The Power of Body Language is your practical, personal playbook for getting what you desire from others—and zoning in on what others are saying to you without words. In an insightful and engaging narrative peppered with fascinating facts, nationally renowned body-language expert Tonya Reiman illuminates the hidden meaning behind specific gestures, facial cues, stances, and body movements - giving you a life-changing, career-saving, troubleshooting skill you will never leave home without. Learn how to:
America’s body-language expert Tonya Reiman, who has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, the Today show, Access Hollywood, and Fast Money, shows you how to unlock THEPower of Body Language. Learn to use it. Learn to read others. And tap into success like never before.
Timely advice from value-investing giants, such as Warren Buffett, William O’Neil, Charles Brandes, and David Iben.
After the financial chaos and panic of the last few years, investors are looking to rebuild confidence and learn from the mistakes that led to the crash. In The Triumph of Value Investing, Janet Lowe urges listeners to return to the basic principles of value investing, as taught by the legendary Benjamin Graham, which remain as relevant as ever today. These lessons can help listeners maneuver sanely through any type of economic turmoil and even benefit from further disruptions.
Lowe also includes interviews with such leading value investors as Warren Buffett, William O'Neil, and Charles Brandes, and analyzes dozens of U.S. and foreign stocks. She walks investors through the steps necessary to apply the principles that define value investing, with special emphasis on investing in biotech, high-technology, and foreign companies. Whether listeners are familiar with value investing or are just discovering it, they will find plenty of fresh information in The Triumph of Value Investing, which covers the latest concepts and players in the market. As Lowe writes, "It is always healthy to check up on the validity of your own thinking. Considering the market breakdowns of the past decade and the confusion and discouragement many individual investors have suffered, this is an excellent time to restudy Benjamin Graham's concepts of value investing and learn how to apply them to a whole range of new challenges."
Great thinking + Great action = Extraordinary Results. The rules have changed. The old strategies of hard work, fitting in, and loyalty no longer guarantee a secure and shiny future. In this inspiring book, Laura B. Fortgang reveals that the most powerful currency today is a deep and unwavering awareness of one's inherent worth and potential.
The Prosperity Plan offers a simple and clear approach to building financial and emotional security. According to Fortgang, in order to obtain wealth and happiness, we need to become receptive to all the world has in store for us. We must build lives outside of the "norm", always reaching for our own unique good versus some cookie-cutter version of what we thought our lives "should" or "could" be. A step-by-step guide to creating the circumstances by which great luck can find you, this book illustrates how to:
The ten steps in The Prosperity Plan will show you how to beat the odds and prosper in ways you never dreamed possible!
Yes-a small word, but the key to opening doors both professional and personal. The power of the "yes factor" gets you the job, the promotion, or the second date. But getting a "yes" can be tricky. Tonya Reiman explains how communications works...what the words you speak actually say about you, and how the perfect pitch can help you achieve your goals, convince your boss or client you should get the account, give a killer presentation, or fire up your relationship.
Combining verbal and nonverbal tricks-identifying types of communications, recognizing subconscious motivations, and adopting covert communication techniques-The Yes Factor is a simple approach to influencing and framing communication so that your message resounds clearly, ensuring that your ideas are implemented effectively and that you present your best possible self.
A leading body language expert and Fox News contributor, Reiman uses accessible prose, firsthand anecdotes, and step-by-step advice to make The Yes Factor the ultimate how-to for exuding confidence, establishing rapport, building authority and making the lasting impression that will get you a "yes" every time.
Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love.
Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now. Attachment theory owes its inception to British psychologist and psychoanalyst John Bowlby, who in the 1950s examined the tremendous impact that our early relationships with our parents or caregivers has on the people we become. Also central to attachment theory is the discovery that our need to be in a close relationship with one or more individuals is embedded in our genes.
In Attached, Levine and Heller trace how these evolutionary influences continue to shape who we are in our relationships today. According to attachment theory, every person behaves in relationships in one of three distinct ways: "anxious" people are often preoccupied with their relationships and tend to worry about their partner's ability to love them back. "Avoidant" people equate intimacy with a loss of independence and constantly try to minimize closeness. "Secure" people feel comfortable with intimacy and are usually warm and loving. Attached guides listeners in determining what attachment style they and their mate (or potential mates) follow. It also offers a wealth of advice on how to navigate relationships more wisely, given a listener's attachment style and that of his or her partner. An insightful look at the science behind love, Attached offers a road map for building stronger, more fulfilling connections.
By the author of the modern classic The Black Swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses his major ideas in ways you least expect.
The Bed of Procrustes takes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. It represents Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s view of modern civilization’s hubristic side effects - modifying humans to satisfy technology, blaming reality for not fitting economic models, inventing diseases to sell drugs, defining intelligence as what can be tested in a classroom, and convincing people that employment is not slavery.
Playful and irreverent, these aphorisms will surprise you by exposing self-delusions you have been living with but never recognized. With a rare combination of pointed wit and potent wisdom, Taleb plows through human illusions, contrasting the classical values of courage, elegance, and erudition against the modern diseases of nerdiness, philistinism, and phoniness.