Startup Culture Mindset: A Primer to Building an Amazing Culture and Tribe

Startup Culture Mindset: A Primer to Building an Amazing Culture and Tribe was written for startup founders or executives who aspire to create an amazing team that buys into the mission. The key is to understand that the founder of a startup or leaders of a company determine the culture on purpose. And in order to do that well, you have to understand the key elements of a culture framework. Based on 20 years of company creation, leadership, and observation, Bernhard Schroeder shares with you the key elements of a culture framework:  

  • Leadership: Led by the founders or key leaders of a startup.  
  • Mission: The goal of the startup from a customer point of view.  
  • Values: The core values of the startup, usually determined by the leadership.
  • Freedom/Accountability: The key mantra to any successful startup.

The Seventh Power: One CEO's Journey Into the Business of Shared Leadership

A corporate executive loses his voice and discovers a new pathway to organizational excellence, built on the premise of dispersed power and shared leadership.

Tip: A Simple Strategy to Inspire High Performance and Lasting Success

In Tip, Dave Gordon tells the engaging and motivating story of Brian Davis, an average salesperson who is fired without warning for being average. After 10 years at the same company, he is suddenly faced with no immediate prospects, an uncertain future, and a young family to support. With minimal savings, and determined to not lose everything he's worked for, he reluctantly takes the only job he can get at a popular bar and restaurant called Crossroads. Guided by an unlikely mentor, and insightful colleagues and customers in an unforgiving environment of relentless customer service, he learns the four simple principles of Tip to take control of his life, his career, and his future:

 

  1. Enhanced self-awareness
  2. Confident communications
  3. Commitment-based actions
  4. Fulfillment of a unique value promise

Tip is a timeless, inspirational story created to remind anyone in a position judged by performance that the only way to achieve continued recognition and growth in work and life is to take personal accountability for your reputation and results.

Whatever your role, or level of success in your career, Tip is a guide that will help you discover, or remember, how to consistently bring unique value to your team, your organization, and your most important customers.

Entrepreneur Voices on Emotional Intelligence: Entrepreneur Voices Series

Improve your EQ

Success as an entrepreneur takes a lot more than big ideas and dedication. With threats of burnout and rejection at nearly every turn, the entrepreneurial journey is riddled with obstacles-but the staff, experts, and voices of Entrepreneur want you to know you're not alone.

Entrepreneur Voices on Emotional Intelligence brings you real-world strategies to help you get brutally honest with yourself and boost your emotional intelligence. Dive in and learn how to:

 

  • Assess and manage your own EQ levels
  • Stop negative thoughts in their tracks to stay focused
  • Decipher nonverbal cues that are the key to your success
  • Shut down emotional manipulators before they suck the life out of you
  • Develop a positive relationship with failure
  • Cope with the grief, loneliness, and self-doubt that all entrepreneurs face
  • Propel your career with regular EQ maintenance

Plus, gain tips and tricks to become more likable, win big in your negotiations, and leverage emotions when marketing your business.

Cannabis Capital: How to Get Your Business Funded in the Cannabis Economy

The cannabis industry is seeing an explosion of entrepreneurship and a great amount of capital is flowing into the sector globally. It is essential for cannabis business owners to understand how to be one of the few businesses that secure funding. The answer to bridging this disconnect lies in not only understanding how to build a successful business, but directly listening from investors on what is required when backing a company. And most importantly, why they invest in certain companies, entrepreneurs, and not others.  

Cannabis Capital is the definitive resource outlining the fundamentals for building a company that will attract investment, why investors will invest, and how to successfully raise capital. Ross O'Brien brings more than a decade of investing in private companies, managing a $50 million cannabis investment fund, hosting cannabis industry events, as well as investor forums. O'Brien shares the best practices and shares proven frameworks for success.

Fewer, Richer, Greener: Prospects for Humanity in an Age of Abundance

Why do so many people fear the future? Is their concern justified, or can we look forward to greater wealth and continued improvement in the way we live?  

Our world seems to be experiencing stagnant economic growth, climatic deterioration, dwindling natural resources, and an unsustainable level of population growth. The world is doomed, they argue, and there are just too many problems to overcome. But is this really the case? In Fewer, Richer, Greener, author Laurence B. Siegel reveals that the world has improved - and will continue to improve - in almost every dimension imaginable.  

This practical yet lighthearted book makes a convincing case for having gratitude for today's world and optimism about the bountiful world of tomorrow. Life has actually improved tremendously. We live in the safest, most prosperous time in all human history. Whatever the metric-food, health, longevity, education, conflict - it is demonstrably true that right now is the best time to be alive. The recent, dramatic slowing in global population growth continues to spread prosperity from the developed to the developing world. Technology is helping billions of people rise above levels of mere subsistence. This technology of prosperity is cumulative and rapidly improving: we use it to solve problems in ways that would have be unimaginable only a few decades ago.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Sales: HBR's 10 Must Reads Serie

ales isn't about pushing products or being efficient; it's about building the right systems to manage and empower your salespeople.  

We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you understand how to create the conditions for sales success.  

This book will inspire you to: understand your customer's buying center, integrate your sales and marketing operations, assess your business cycle and its impact on your sales force, transition away from solution sales, leverage the power of micromarkets, introduce tiebreaker selling and consensus selling, and motivate your sales force properly.

 

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Secrets of Self-Mastery: Napoleon Hill Success Course Series

In the third volume of the Napoleon Hill Success Course series, PEN Award-winning historian and New Thought voice Mitch Horowitz explores the full-range of self-development ideas that appear throughout Hill's work. 

In Secrets of Self-Mastery, Mitch supplies new insights and updates on the techniques that make you more confident, effective, attractive, charismatic, astute, and creative, including: how to use theatrical techniques to reshape your persona; benefiting from the psychology of clothing; how to allow only the right people and influences into your life; what brain science reveals about improving self-confidence; the can't-miss way to prepare and deliver a compelling sales talk or public address; how to manage depression and anxiety on the path to self-development; and much more. This is the book that finally distills and prescribes exactly what Hill grasped about human nature, and how recent breakthroughs and insights make it all the more compelling and useful.

The Artist in the Machine: The World of AI-Powered Creativity

Today's computers are composing music that sounds "more Bach than Bach", turning photographs into paintings in the style of Van Gogh's Starry Night, and even writing screenplays. But are computers truly creative - or are they merely tools to be used by musicians, artists, and writers?  

Miller, an authority on creativity, identifies the key factors essential to the creative process, from "the need for introspection" to "the ability to discover the key problem." He talks to people on the cutting edge of artificial intelligence, encountering computers that mimic the brain and machines that have defeated champions in chess, Jeopardy!, and Go. In the central part of the book, Miller explores the riches of computer-created art, introducing us to artists and computer scientists who have, among much else, unleashed an artificial neural network to create a nightmarish, multi-eyed dog-cat; taught AI to imagine; developed a robot that paints; created algorithms for poetry; and produced the world's first computer-composed musical. 

But, Miller writes, in order to be truly creative, machines will need to step into the world. He probes the nature of consciousness and speaks to researchers trying to develop emotions and consciousness in computers. Miller argues that computers can already be as creative as humans - and someday will surpass us.

Designed for Digital: How to Architect Your Business for Sustained Success

Most established companies have deployed such digital technologies as the cloud, mobile apps, the internet of things, and artificial intelligence. But few established companies are designed for digital. This book offers an essential guide for retooling organizations for digital success. In the digital economy, rapid pace of change in technology capabilities and customer desires means that business strategy must be fluid. As a result, the authors explain, business design has become a critical management responsibility. Effective business design enables a company to quickly pivot in response to new competitive threats and opportunities. Most leaders today, however, rely on organizational structure to implement strategy, unaware that structure inhibits, rather than enables, agility. In companies that are designed for digital, people, processes, data, and technology are synchronized to identify and deliver innovative customer solutions - and redefine strategy. Digital design, not strategy, is what separates winners from losers in the digital economy.  

Designed for Digital offers practical advice on digital transformation. Drawing on five years of research and in-depth case studies, the book is an essential guide for companies that want to disrupt rather than be disrupted in the new digital landscape.

Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World

In industry after industry, data, analytics, and AI-driven processes are transforming the nature of work. While we often still treat AI as the domain of a specific skill, business function, or sector, we have entered a new era in which AI is challenging the very concept of the firm. AI-centric organizations exhibit a new operating architecture, redefining how they create, capture, share, and deliver value.  

Marco Iansiti and Karim R. Lakhani show how reinventing the firm around data, analytics, and AI removes traditional constraints on scale, scope, and learning that have constrained business growth for hundreds of years. From Airbnb to Ant Financial, Microsoft to Amazon, research shows how AI-driven processes are vastly more scalable than traditional processes, drive massive scope increase, enabling companies to straddle industry boundaries, and enable powerful opportunities for learning - to drive ever more accurate, complex, and sophisticated predictions.  

When traditional operating constraints are removed, strategy becomes a whole new game, one whose rules and likely outcomes this book will make clear.

 

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Business Communication: Harvard Business Essentials Series

With advice and tools for improving a wide array of communication skills - from delivering an effective presentation to drafting proposals to the effective use of e-mail - Business Communication helps managers deliver information effectively.

 

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Cracking the Millionaire Code: Your Key to Enlightened Wealth

Why do some people struggle financially while others seem destined for more prosperous lives? What if you could enjoy a more abundant lifestyle without sacrificing anything you now hold dear - your values, your health, your spirituality, your freedom, your friends and family? Take it from two authors who know firsthand: You can.  

Mark Victor Hansen is coauthor of the phenomenally successful Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and Robert G. Allen is the author of the blockbuster paradigm-shifting best seller Nothing Down. But it wasn't always that way. Neither author is a stranger to failure. Both have lost everything - more than once! But, independent of each other and over time, these two men came up with principles for helping both themselves and others. They began conducting their business lives along enlightened lines, and since then their joy and their wealth have grown exponentially.  

Now, with this book, Hansen and Allen have teamed up to provide you with their time-tested tenets for unlocking the secrets of creating Enlightened Wealth. The keys lie in the book's four wealth codes: The Destiny Code, The Prism Code, The Angel Code, and The Star Code.

Decisions: Practical Advice from 23 Men and Women Who Shaped the World

Your future depends on your decisions....

Sorting out our lives amidst chaos, confusion, and innumerable options is a process we all have in common. The decisions we ultimately make can affect our lives and the lives of others. It's not always easy. In this empowering guide, an expert in business strategies shares the choices of notable, visionary decision-makers - from Harry Truman and Henry Ford to Marie Curie and Malala Yousafzai - and explains how you can apply their principles to your own personal and professional real-life scenarios.

Resolve, patience, and practical thinking-take it from these politicians, scientists, economists, inventors, entrepreneurs, theologians, activists, and commanders of war and peace. Their inspiring counsel will give you the tools you need to help change your life. Both big and small, your choices can shape the minutes, days, weeks, and years ahead. This book is the first motivating step in the right direction.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Negotiation: HBR's 10 Must Reads Series

Learn to be a better negotiator - and achieve the outcomes you want.  

We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you avoid common mistakes, find hidden opportunities, and win the best deals possible.  

This book will inspire you to: control the negotiation before you enter the room; persuade others to do what you want - for their own reasons; manage emotions on both sides of the table; understand the rules of negotiating across cultures; set the stage for a healthy relationship long after the ink has dried; and identify what you can live with and when to walk away.

 

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Decision Making: 5 Steps to Better Results (Harvard Business Essentials Series)

Decision-making is a critical part of management, and bad choices can damage careers and the bottom line. This book offers the tools and advice managers need to avoid common biases and arrive at and implement decisions that are both sound and ethical. 

The Harvard Business Essentials series provides comprehensive advice, personal coaching, background information, and guidance on the most relevant topics in business. Whether you are a new manager seeking to expand your skills or a seasoned professional looking to broaden your knowledge base, these solution-oriented books put reliable answers at your fingertips. 

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HBR's 10 Must Reads on Mental Toughness: HBR's 10 Must Reads Series

Come back from every setback a stronger and better leader

We've combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you build your emotional strength and resilience - and to achieve high performance.  

This book will inspire you to: thrive on pressure like an Olympic athlete; manage and overcome negative emotions by acknowledging them; plan short-term goals to achieve long-term aspirations; surround yourself with the people who will push you the hardest; use challenges to become a better leader; use creativity to move past trauma; and understand the tools your mind uses to recover from setbacks.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Reinventing HR: HBR's 10 Must Reads Series

How HR can lead.  

We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones on how HR leaders can partner with the C-suite, drive change throughout the organization, and develop the workforce of the future.  

This book will inspire you to: overhaul performance management practices to jump-start motivation and engagement; use agile processes to transform how you hire, develop, and manage people; establish diversity programs that increase innovation and competitiveness as well as inclusion; use people analytics to bring unprecedented insight to hiring and talent management; prepare your company for the double waves of artificial intelligence and an older workforce; and close the gap between HR and strategy.

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Teams Unleashed: How to Release the Power and Human Potential of Work Teams

Teams Unleashed provides a map and compass for engaged, sustainable, and improved team performance. This practical approach uses the everyday language of teams to highlight what's working, and uncover what's not, and gives teams the tools to incorporate new practices that build team effectiveness. This is an approach proven in the real world of teams since 2005 and used by thousands of teams worldwide.  

The steps outlined are based on the fundamentals of coaching - a powerful, repeatable process to support and empower change that makes a difference. Teams Unleashed introduces the five core competencies for working effectively with teams, describes the essential team coaching skills, and provides exercises and activities to generate the important conversations that lead to new understanding and new team norms.  

This is a book for those who work with and lead teams: team and executive coaches, internal HR, OD and L&D professionals, and team leaders. This is an approach that gives teams a way to get clear "We are here"; the tools to design "Where we go from here"; and the structure and accountability to stay on track for team success.

The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business

Are you at risk of being trapped in an uncompetitive business? 

Chances are the strategies that worked well for you even a few years ago no longer deliver the results you need. Dramatic changes in business have unearthed a major gap between traditional approaches to strategy and the way the real world works now. 

In short, strategy is stuck. Most leaders are using frameworks that were designed for a different era of business and based on a single dominant idea - that the purpose of strategy is to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. Once the premise on which all strategies were built, this idea is increasingly irrelevant.  

Now, Columbia Business School professor and globally recognized strategy expert Rita Gunther McGrath argues that it's time to go beyond the very concept of sustainable competitive advantage. Instead, organizations need to forge a new path to winning: capturing opportunities fast, exploiting them decisively, and moving on even before they are exhausted. She shows how to do this with a new set of practices based on the notion of transient competitive advantage. 

This book serves as a new playbook for strategy, one based on updated assumptions about how the world works, and shows how some of the world's most successful companies use this method to compete and win today. 

 

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They Ask, You Answer: A Revolutionary Approach to Inbound Sales, Content Marketing, and Today's Digital Consumer, Revised & Updated

In today's digital age, the traditional sales funnel-marketing at the top, sales in the middle, customer service at the bottom - is no longer effective. To be successful, businesses must obsess over the questions, concerns, and problems their buyers have, and address them as honestly and as thoroughly as possible. Every day, buyers turn to search engines to ask billions of questions. Having the answers they need can attract thousands of potential buyers to your company - but only if your content strategy puts your answers at the top of those search results. It's a simple and powerful equation that produces growth and success: They Ask, You Answer.   

Using these principles, author Marcus Sheridan led his struggling pool company from the bleak depths of the housing crash of 2008 to become one of the largest pool installers in the United States. Discover how his proven strategy can work for your business and master the principles of inbound and content marketing that have empowered thousands of companies to achieve exceptional growth. 

They Ask, You Answer is a straightforward guide filled with practical tactics and insights for transforming your marketing strategy. This new edition has been fully revised and updated to reflect the evolution of content marketing and the increasing demands of today's internet-savvy buyers.

Entrepreneur Voices on Strategic Management: Entrepreneur Voices Series

Everything You Need to Know About Managing Your Team

As a manager, you tend to walk a tightrope with executives on one side and employees on the other. But while managing personalities, team dynamics, and company culture aren't your only responsibilities, they are vital to the well-being of any company. To help you boost productivity and find the right management style for you, the staff of Entrepreneur helps you tap into the expertise of over 20 contributors and learn how to: delegate the right jobs to the right people; decentralize management and boost employee productivity; promote accountability with remote and in-house staff; motivate your team with radical candor and genuine appreciation; create a culture that fits your brand and management style; and supervise a staff without breathing down people's necks. 

Plus, get an inside look at the management styles of Karim Abouelnaga, founder and CEO of Practice Makes Perfect, Dr. Riaz Khadem, founder of Infotrac and author of Total Alignment, Chung-Man Tam, CEO of Homesuite, and Glenn Llopis, chairman of the Glenn Llopis Group and author of The Innovation Mentality.

Financial Modeling and Valuation: A Practical Guide to Investment Banking and Private Equity

Built around a full-length case study of Wal-Mart, Financial Modeling and Valuation shows you how to perform an in-depth analysis of that company's financial standing, walking you through all the steps of developing a sophisticated financial model as done by professional Wall Street analysts. Step-by-step, you will construct a full scale financial model and valuation. 

When we ran this analysis in January of 2012, we estimated the stock was undervalued. Since the first run of the analysis, the stock has increased 35 percent. Re-evaluating Wal-Mart nine months later, we will step through the techniques utilized by Wall Street analysts to build models on and properly value business entities. 

  • Step-by-step financial modeling - taught using downloadable Wall Street models, you will construct the model step by step as you listen to the book 
  • Concepts are reiterated and honed, perfect for a novice yet detailed enough for a professional 
  • Includes in-depth coverage of valuation techniques commonly used by Wall Street professionals

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Diversity: HBR's 10 Must Reads Series

Reap the benefits of a diverse workforce. 

We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you create a culture that seeks and celebrates difference. 

This book will inspire you to: identify and address bias; short-circuit discrimination instead of unintentionally feeding it; attract, retain, and engage talented people who represent myriad identities; ensure that everyone has equal access to growth opportunities; trade outdated policies for practices that are proven to foster inclusion; and harness employees' unique skills and perspectives to transform how your company operates. 

It's Personal, Not Personnel: Leadership Lessons for the Battlefield and the Boardroom

There has never been a more important time - in corporate America and in the American military - for leaders, at all levels, to understand how to invest in people. This book teaches you to do just that. Written by a 27-year army colonel, veteran, and leader of more than 5,000 troops in the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, It's Personal, Not Personnel offers true stories and practical frameworks you can apply to the people in your organization and on your team. 

Whether from lack of will, experience or training, many leaders pay lip service to investing in people. Instead, they manage them on spreadsheets and in HR-focused software applications without personal consideration, failing to truly know them, care for them or establish healthy, fulfilling environments in which they can work and serve. Those appointed to guide and delegate often miss the opportunity to create a people-centric environment where productivity and efficiency will improve. It's less about making mechanics, IT managers, or soldiers better at their trade, and it's more about making people better people. 

Explore the intricacies of personal connection in the workplace by following Rob Campbell through his own experiences leading large teams in high-stakes work, and then learn to apply those insights to your own work as a leader.