A New History of Management

Existing narratives about how we should organize are built upon, and reinforce, a concept of "good management" derived from what is assumed to be a fundamental need to increase efficiency. But this assumption is based on a presentist, monocultural, and generally limited view of management's past. A New History of Management disputes these foundations. By reassessing conventional perspectives on past management theories and providing a new critical outline of present-day management, it highlights alternative conceptions of "good management" focused on ethical aims, sustainability, and alternative views of good practice. From this new historical perspective, existing assumptions can be countered and simplistic views disputed, offering a platform from which graduate students, researchers, and reflective practitioners can develop alternative approaches for managing and organizing in the 21st century.

Empty Labor: Idleness and Workplace Resistance

While most people work ever-longer hours, international statistics suggest that the average time spent on non-work activities per employee is around two hours a day. How is this possible, and what are the reasons behind employees withdrawing from work? In this thought-provoking book, Roland Paulsen examines organizational misbehavior, specifically the phenomenon of "empty labor", defined as the time during which employees engage in private activities during the working day. This study explores a variety of explanations, from under-employment to workplace resistance. Building on a rich selection of interview material and extensive empirical research, it uses both qualitative and quantitative data to present a concrete analysis of the different ways empty labor unfolds in the modern workplace. This book offers new perspectives on subjectivity, rationality, and work simulation and will be of particular interest to academic researchers and graduate students in organizational sociology, organization studies, and human resource management.

HBR's 10 Must Reads Series #, HBR's 10 Must Reads for CEOs

As CEO, you set the vision, the strategy, and the tone of your organization.  

You establish priorities, anticipate and address challenges, champion and lead change efforts, set people up for success, and manage risk. Though you may have a great senior executive team and a top-flight board, the success of your organization depends on your leadership.  

We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the best ones to help you toggle between long- and short-term views, manage risk and innovation, and cultivate productive relationships with your staff and your board. This book will inspire you to: navigate the changing global business environment; customize your company's strategy to the environment you're working in; attract, engage, and retain the best talent; anticipate and address legislative and regulatory issues; sharpen your awareness of the tactical and soft skills you need to lead; adopt a founder's mindset and build new offerings, move into new markets, and create next-generation solutions; and manage and build relationships with your board - and your shareholders.

 

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Sense & Respond: How Successful Organizations Listen to Customers and Create New Products Continuously

We're in the midst of a revolution. Quantum leaps in technology are enabling organizations to observe and measure people's behavior in real time, communicate internally at extraordinary speed, and innovate continuously. These new, software-driven technologies are transforming the way companies interact with their customers, employees, and other stakeholders.  

This is no mere tech issue. The transformation requires a complete rethinking of the way we organize and manage work. And, as software becomes ever more integrated into every product and service, making this big shift is quickly becoming the key operational challenge for businesses of all kinds. We need a management model that doesn't merely account for, but actually embraces, continuous change. Yet the truth is, most organizations continue to rely on outmoded, industrial-era operational models. They structure their teams, manage their people, and evolve their organizational cultures the way they always have.  

Now, organizations are emerging, and thriving, based on their capacity to sense and respond instantly to customer and employee behaviors. In Sense & Respond, Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden vividly show how these companies operate, highlighting the new mindset and skills needed to lead and manage them - and to continuously innovate within them.

The Harvard Business Review Entrepreneur's Handbook: Everything You Need to Launch and Grow Your New Business

The one primer you need to develop your entrepreneurial skills.

Whether you're imagining your new business to be the next big thing in Silicon Valley, a pivotal B2B provider, or an anchor in your local community, the Harvard Business Review Entrepreneur's Handbook is your essential resource for getting your company off the ground.  

Starting an independent new business is rife with both opportunity and risk. And as an entrepreneur, you're the one in charge: Your actions can make or break your business. You need to know the tried-and-true fundamentals - from writing a business plan to getting your first loan. You also need to know the latest thinking on how to create an irresistible pitch deck, mitigate risk through experimentation, and develop unique opportunities through business model innovation.  

The Harvard Business Review Entrepreneur's Handbook addresses these challenges and more with practical advice and wisdom from Harvard Business Review's archive. Keep this comprehensive guide with you throughout your startup's life - and increase your business's odds for success.

 

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Noise: Living and Leading When Nobody Can Focus

In the current digital age, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to stay focused. Smartphones, tablets, smart watches, and other devices constantly vie for our attention. In both business and life, we are constantly bombarded with tweets, likes, mentions, and a constant stream of information. The inability to pay attention impacts learning, parenting, prioritizing, and leading. Not surprisingly, attention spans have gotten shorter. Already being pulled in a dozen directions every minute, managers and business leaders often struggle to address important issues and focus on everything that needs attention. 

Noise: Living and Leading When Nobody Can Focus teaches managers and leaders how to help themselves and others sharpen their focusing skills. In this follow-up to his first book, Brief - the proven, step-by-step approach to clear, concise, and effective communication - author Joseph McCormack helps listeners cut through the static and devote their attention to what is important.  

Noise: Living and Leading When Nobody Can Focus is a valuable resource for leaders and managers seeking to develop laser-sharp focus and apply it to everything you do.

A Leader’s Guide to Cybersecurity: Why Boards Need to Lead - and How to Do It

Companies are investing an unprecedented amount of money to keep their data and assets safe, yet cyberattacks are on the rise - and the problem is worsening. No amount of technology, resources, or policies will reverse this trend. Only sound governance, originating with the board, can turn the tide.

Protection against cyberattacks can't be treated as a problem solely belonging to an IT or cybersecurity department. It needs to cast a wide and impenetrable net that covers everything an organization does - from its business operations, models, and strategies to its products and intellectual property. And boards are in the best position to oversee the needed changes to strategy and hold their companies accountable. Not surprisingly, many boards aren't prepared to assume this responsibility.

In A Leader's Guide to Cybersecurity, Thomas Parenty and Jack Domet, who've spent over three decades in the field, present a timely, clear-eyed, and actionable framework that will empower senior executives and board members to become stewards of their companies' cybersecurity activities. Filled with tools, best practices, and strategies, A Leader's Guide to Cybersecurity will help boards navigate this seemingly daunting but extremely necessary transition.

Couples That Work: How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive in Love and Work

Finding fulfillment in both love and work isn't easy - but it's possible.  

The majority of couples today are dual-career couples. As anyone who's part of such a relationship knows, this presents big challenges: trying to raise kids and achieve career goals while caring for and supporting your partner can seem impossible. Yet most advice for dual-career couples fails, framing the challenges as a zero-sum game in which one partner's gain is the other's loss and solutions feel like sacrifices or unsatisfactory trade-offs.  

This book is different. In Couples That Work, INSEAD professor Jennifer Petriglieri rejects conventional one-size-fits-all solutions and instead focuses on how dual-career couples can tackle and resolve the challenges they face throughout their lives - together. She identifies three key phases of exploration and personal growth in every couple's work-life journey, showing how partners must navigate these together to strengthen their bond.  

Filled with vivid real-life stories, keen insights, and engaging exercises, Couples That Work will help couples develop their own unique answers to that most pressing question: How can we successfully combine love and work?

High Returns from Low Risk: A Remarkable Stock Market Paradox

High Returns from Low Risk proves that low-volatility, low-risk portfolios beat high-volatility portfolios hands down and shows you how to take advantage of this paradox to dramatically improve your returns. 

Investors traditionally view low-risk stocks as safe but unprofitable, but this old canard is based on a flawed premise; it fails to see beyond the monthly horizon and ignores compounding returns. This book updates the thinking and brings reality to modelling to show how low-risk stocks actually outperform high-risk stocks by an order of magnitude. Accessible and easy to implement, the plan presented here will help you construct a portfolio that delivers higher returns per unit of risk and explains how to achieve excellent investment results over the long term.  

Do you still believe that investors are rewarded for bearing risk and that the higher the risk, the greater the reward? That old axiom is holding you back, and it is time to start seeing the whole picture. This book shows you, through deep historical simulation, how to reap the rewards of smarter investing.  

With this book, you will: 

 

  • Learn how and why low-risk, low-volatility stocks beat the market
  • Discover the formula that outperforms Greenblatt's
  • Construct your own low-risk portfolio
  • Select the right ETF or low-risk fund to manage your money

Investigating Cryptocurrencies: Understanding, Extracting, and Analyzing Blockchain Evidence

Investigate crimes involving cryptocurrencies and other blockchain technologies

Bitcoin has traditionally been the payment system of choice for a criminal trading on the Dark Web, and now many other blockchain cryptocurrencies are entering the mainstream as traders are accepting them from low-end investors putting their money into the market. Worse still, the blockchain can even be used to hide information and covert messaging, unknown to most investigators.  

Investigating Cryptocurrencies is the first book to help corporate, law enforcement, and other investigators understand the technical concepts and the techniques for investigating crimes utilizing the blockchain and related digital currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Listen to this book to understand blockchain and transaction technologies, set up and run cryptocurrency accounts, identify users of cryptocurrencies, and more.  

With nearly $150 billion in cryptocurrency circulating and $3 billion changing hands daily, crimes committed with or paid for with digital cash are a serious business. Luckily, Investigating Cryptocurrencies shows you how to detect it and, more importantly, stop it in its tracks.

Managing the Unexpected: Sustained Performance in a Complex World

Improve your company's ability to avoid or manage crises

Managing the Unexpected, Third Edition is a thoroughly revised text that offers an updated look at the groundbreaking ideas explored in the first and second editions. Revised to reflect events emblematic of the unique challenges that organizations have faced in recent years, including bank failures, intelligence failures, quality failures, and other organizational misfortunes, often sparked by organizational actions, this critical book focuses on why some organizations are better able to sustain high performance in the face of unanticipated change. High reliability organizations (HROs), including commercial aviation, emergency rooms, aircraft carrier flight operations, and firefighting units, are looked to as models of exceptional organizational preparedness. This essential text explains the development of unexpected events and guides you in improving your organization for more reliable performance.

"Expect the unexpected" is a popular mantra for a reason: it's rooted in experience. Since the dawn of civilization, organizations have been rocked by natural disasters, civil unrest, international conflict, and other unexpected crises that impact their ability to function. Understanding how to maintain function when catastrophe strikes is key to keeping your organization afloat.

Can I Have Your Attention?: Inspiring Better Work Habits, Focusing Your Team, and Getting Stuff Done in the Constantly Connected Workplace

As our workloads expand, attention has never been more valuable. Or more difficult to keep. In Can I Have your Attention?, Curt Steinhorst shows business leaders how to cut through the noise and get their employees back to work. Curt has spent years helping Fortune 500 companies overcome distraction and achieve focus. With technology creating endless opportunities to "improve productivity", people spend so much time responding to the interruptions that they've lost the ability to focus and do their jobs. Yet, the potential for harnessing the power of your team's attention has never been greater - if you can capture it.

You'll learn how to: implement a comprehensive organizational strategy to increase focus and overcome digital distraction; take back control of the technology in your organization and life; establish a Communication Compact, defining how, when, and why your team will communicate with each other; create a "vault" to increase productivity, decrease stress, and boost your creativity; free yourself and your employees from the never-ending flood of emails and messages; and achieve unmatched focus in the age of distraction. 

The smartphone isn't going away. Learn the simple rules and guidelines that will improve focus and create the mental space needed for your people to work to their full potential.

Category Creation: How to Build a Brand That Customers, Employees, and Investors Will Love

There is no such thing as an original idea anymore - right? Actually, it turns out that the world's most innovative companies have created so much more than just brand new products and technology. They've created entirely new market categories. The challenge is that successfully building new categories requires a perfect storm of luck and timing.

Or does it? Category Creation is the first and only audiobook on the topic written by executives and marketers actively building new categories. It explains how category creation has become the Holy Grail of marketing and, more importantly, how it can be planned and orchestrated. It's not about luck. You can use the same tactics that other category-defining companies have used to delight customers, employees, and investors. There's no better strategy that results in faster growth and higher valuations for the company on top.

Author Anthony Kennada, former Chief Marketing Officer at Gainsight, explains how he led Gainsight in creating the "customer success" category, and shares success stories from fellow category-creators like Salesforce, HubSpot, and others. The audiobook explains the seven key principles of category creation, including the importance of creating a community of early adopters who will rally around the problem they all share - especially if someone will lead them.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on AI, Analytics, and the New Machine Age: HBR's 10 Must Reads Series

Machine learning and data analytics are powering a wave of groundbreaking technologies. Is your company ready?

We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you understand how these technologies work together, how to adopt them, and why your strategy can't ignore them.

In this book, you'll learn how: data science, driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning, is yielding unprecedented business insights; blockchain has the potential to restructure the economy; drones and driverless vehicles are becoming essential tools; 3-D printing is making new business models possible; augmented reality is transforming retail and manufacturing; smart speakers are redefining the rules of marketing; and humans and machines are working together to reach new levels of productivity.

 

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No BS Direct Marketing: The Ultimate No-Holds-Barred Kick-Butt Take-No-Prisoners Direct Marketing for Non-Direct Marketing Businesses (No BS Series)

Dan S. Kennedy dares marketers to dramatically simplify their marketing, refocusing on what works. Updated to address the newest media and marketing methods, this marketing master plan delivers a short list of radically different, little-known, profit-proven direct mail strategies for any business. Strategies are illustrated by case history examples from an elite team of consultants - all phenomenally successful at borrowing direct marketing strategies from the world of online sales, infomercials, and more, to use in "ordinary" businesses including retail stores, restaurants, and sales.

Sales Management Success: Optimizing Performance to Build a Powerful Sales Team

Sales Management Success: Optimizing Performance to Build a Powerful Sales Team contains a leading-edge training program that is filled with state-of-the-art approaches specifically designed for sales managers. Drawing on the author's experience as the CEO of Porter Henry & Co., Warren Kurzrock details the eight most critical abilities and strategies in the sales manager's job. The Porter Henry process has proven to routinely help teams and individuals multiply their bottom-line results.

While all major companies provide basic orientations for new sales managers, these sessions are usually focused on policy, procedure, product, and marketing information. Most companies spend huge amounts of money on sales training new employees but do little for sales manager development. Written for sales executives in an appealing, upbeat tone, the book is well-grounded in research and real-world experience, as well as proven ideas and tools. The eight strategies are supported with illustrative examples and quotes from successful sales executives. 

This must-have book contains the most up-to-date strategies for sales executives; offers compelling real-world examples; includes the ideas and tools that can be put into action immediately; and reinforces the immediate application and learning with assessments, exercises, and a professional toolbox.

 

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Streetsmart Financial Basics for Nonprofit Managers, 4th Edition

Let's be honest. Most books about financial management are densely written, heavy on jargon, and light on practicality. Expert financial consultant and author Tom McLaughlin takes a different approach with his fourth edition of Streetsmart Financial Basics for Nonprofit Managers. This comprehensive guide provides effective, easy-to-use tips, tools, resources, and analyses.

The light, humorous tone in Streetsmart Financial Basics for Nonprofit Managers makes it an accessible resource for nonprofit executives, board members, students, and those new to the field. This book forgoes useless, pretentious verbiage in order to outline real-world strategies that work. This edition includes: new insights, updates, vignettes, case studies, and examples to deal with the implications of nonprofit financial management; an examination of nonprofit business models in relation to growing demands from the government and other funders; how to construct business plans for virtually any nonprofit entity; and a guided tour through common aspects of nonprofit management, such as financial analysis, accounting, and operations.  

Practical and informative, Streetsmart Financial Basics for Nonprofit Managers is the go-to financial management reference for nonprofit managers, boards of directors, and funders.

The Busy Leader's Handbook: How to Lead People and Places That Thrive

A comprehensive book of "need-to-know" insights for busy leaders

Being a great leader means getting the fundamentals right. It also means consistently doing the "little things" that make a positive difference in the lives of employees, customers, and other stakeholders. The Busy Leader's Handbook: How to Lead People and Places That Thrive is a practical, easy-to-use book filled with gentle reminders of what we should be doing every day - especially when work is at its most intense. 

This audio handbook is packed with proven best practices, tools, tips, and tactics for engaging employees, revitalizing cultures, delighting customers, and building high-performance companies. Short, succinct, and accessible, each chapter is stand-alone, offering helpful advice for meeting common business challenges. Plus, the strategies, approaches, and tactics are designed to be put into action immediately. 

Best-selling author, businessman, visionary, and entrepreneur Quint Studer draws on his 30-plus years of experience in helping organizations of all sizes and leaders at every level reach peak performance. Comprehensive in scope, his book overflows with insights and practical advice to help you make smart leadership decisions.

The Program: Lessons from Elite Military Units for Creating and Sustaining High-Performance Leaders and Teams

The Program: Lessons from Elite Military Units for Creating and Sustaining High-Performance Leaders and Teams offers a hands-on guide to the winning techniques and tactics of The Program, the acclaimed team-building and leadership development company. Drawing on the actual experiences of The Program's instructors from their personal combat stories to working with world-class athletic teams and successful corporations, the audiobook clearly shows how The Program's training operations can help to achieve life goals and ambitions.

The Program offers a road map that contains illustrative examples, ideas, and approaches for improving teammates and leaders at all levels within an organization of any size or type.

  • Bring your organization to the next level of success
  • Discover how to hold your leaders and teammates to the highest standards
  • Understand how accountability increases effectiveness
  • Learn to communicate effectively

This important audiobook explores the military's leadership and team building concepts that can be implemented to ensure an organization creates and sustains performance that adheres to the highest standards of excellence.

Architects of Intelligence: The Truth About AI from the People Building It

How will AI evolve and what major innovations are on the horizon? What will its impact be on the job market, economy, and society? What is the path toward human-level machine intelligence? What should we be concerned about as artificial intelligence advances? 

Architects of Intelligence contains a series of in-depth, one-to-one interviews where New York Times best-selling author Martin Ford uncovers the truth behind these questions from some of the brightest minds in the artificial intelligence community. 

Meet the minds behind the AI superpowers as they discuss the science, business, and ethics of modern artificial intelligence. Hear James Manyika's thoughts on AI analytics, Geoffrey Hinton's breakthroughs in AI programming and development, and Rana el Kaliouby's insights into AI marketing. This AI book collects the opinions of the luminaries of the AI business, such as Stuart Russell (coauthor of the leading AI textbook), Rodney Brooks (a leader in AI robotics), Demis Hassabis (chess prodigy and mind behind AlphaGo), and Yoshua Bengio (leader in deep learning) to complete your AI education and give you an AI advantage in 2019 and the future.

Clash of the Generations: Managing the New Workplace Reality

Case studies and strategies for more effective multi-generational management

Clash of the Generations explores this new and increasingly common workplace phenomenon, and provides strategies to help managers navigate this ever-more complex maze. Traditionally, older workers would retire and make room for the next generation; instead, Baby Boomers are now prolonging their time in the workplace, yet the successive generations are still coming in. Senior leaders are now left to manage a blended workplace comprised of up to four generations - each with their own ideas of work ethic, work/life balance, long-term career goals, and much more. Management is challenging at the best of times, but the new prevalence of generation gaps - sometimes even layered - add an entirely new dimension to an already complex responsibility. This book presents case studies and interviews with representatives of companies with age-diverse workforces, detailing innovative strategies for smoothing out the bumps and helping everyone work together. 

Managers have long wished that their positions came with an instruction manual, and this book delivers with a host of effective inter-generational management strategies illustrated by real-world companies.

Elephants Before Unicorns: Emotionally Intelligent HR Strategies to Save Your Company

Driven entrepreneurs seem to always be in search of their "unicorn" team - that match made in heaven that opens the door to freedom and endless possibility. Unfortunately, huge obstacles - the "elephants" - tend to get in the way. 

Bringing her expertise from HR to EQ, Caroline Stokes offers real-world solutions to the people management problems business owners like you face right now. Dive into this book and learn how to: hire the right people by taking your time; build an onboarding process that fits your company culture and makes new hires feel welcome; keep employees happy, healthy, engaged, and educated so they always perform their best; think smart before acting so strategies are their most effective; and adapt to industry trends and workforce shifts to earn the best results.

Entrepreneur Voices on Effective Leadership: Entrepreneur Voices Series

Turn ordinary responsibility into extraordinary leadership.

Whether you were born with a talent for leadership or had leadership thrust upon you, the success of your business depends on you. With insights from over 20 contributors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders, Entrepreneur Voices on Effective Leadership will help you:

 

  • Define the leadership style that fits you best
  • Grow your business by inspiring your employees
  • Take initiative and lead effectively in any position
  • Earn trust from team members with empathy
  • Develop leaders from within your staff
  • Avoid mistakes that could ruin your reputation
  • And reinvent yourself and your culture after a crisis

Plus, gain insider tips from exclusive interviews with Kodak's former CMO Jeffrey Hayzlett, former NFL linebacker Matt Mayberry, and social entrepreneurship advocate and author Jason Haber.

Leadership Results: How to Create Adaptive Leaders and High-Performing Organisations for an Uncertain World

Leadership Results explores the fall of traditional leadership thinking and the struggling multibillion-dollar leadership development industry that is failing to deliver results, and explains the mindset, skills, ways of being, and methods that will get results in the new context and evolving paradigm. The Leadership Results model is practical and predictive, providing a way forward for companies seeking to build sustainable leadership capacity, develop individual leaders, boost employee engagement, and deliver breakthrough results through shared and collective leadership. Actionable steps guide you through the process of evolving leadership culture to see increased productivity, growth opportunities, and ensured profitability borne on a culture of trust, collaboration, fairness, and a commitment to innovation and real prosperity. 

Leaders, coaches, trainers, OD practitioners, change agents, and students will find insightful guidance, thought-provoking discussion, and illustrative case studies that will help them: rethink leadership to make a stronger impact, take bold action to change the status quo, marry strategic and innovation leadership into a force for real change, and stop making the same mistakes and start forging a new path forward.

No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs: The Ultimate No-Holds-Barred Kick-Butt Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Time Productivity and Sanity (No B.S. Series)

Warning: This audiobook is not for the faint of heart, fawningly polite, or desperate to be liked. This audiobook is expressively for entrepreneurs and business owners who wear many hats - those who can't resist piling more responsibility onto his own shoulders, who has more great ideas than time and resources to take advantage of them, who runs (not walks) through each day. Your time is incredibly valuable to you, and you are constantly "running out of it".

Serial entrepreneur Dan S. Kennedy delivers a fresh take on the mantra "time is money" as he shows you how to drastically re-engineer your entire relationship with time and, if applied faithfully, achieve peak personal productivity and make lots and lots of money.

Learn how to:

 

  • Accurately calculate the value of your time - and put a meter on those consuming it
  • Slay time vampires - like Mr. Have-You-Got-a-Minute, Mr. Meeting, and all the other bloodsuckers
  • Stop "productivus interruptus" - master the five time-defense tactics
  • Achieve maximum productivity with psycho-cybernetics
  • The eight No B.S. Time Truths never to violate despite the conspiracy against them
  • Become successful beyond your wildest dreams - apply the number one most powerful personal discipline
  • The 10 time-management techniques worth using (only 10!), and
  • Fire yourself! Replace yourself. Make more money from less time, and have more freedom to do big things!