Financial Statements, Third Edition: A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding and Creating Financial Reports

Thomas R. Ittelson is an expert at translating complicated financial topics in an accessible way for non-financial audiences. In this book, he empowers listeners by clearly and simply demonstrating how the three major accounting statements interact to offer a snapshot of a company's financial health.

This book teaches listeners how to use specialized accounting vocabulary and makes accessible the structure and purpose of the three major numeric statements that describe a company's financial condition. Each statement paints a different and essential picture - the "three-legged stool" of company reporting: The income statement shows the manufacturing and selling actions of the company that result in profit or loss during a period. It gives a very important perspective on the company's performance, its profitability. The cash flow statement details cash into and out of the company for a period. You need money to make money. Running out of cash is bad. Duh. The balance sheet records at the end of a period, an instant in time, what the company owns and what it owes, including the owners' stake, called shareholders' equity.

With two new major topic sections, this third edition of Financial Statements is simply the clearest and most comprehensive introduction to financial reporting available. No accounting background is required.

 

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Elevate the Debate: A Multi-Layered Approach to Communicating Your Research

Many researchers, scholars, and analysts fail to develop communication strategies that work in today's crowded landscape of content, research, and data. To be successful, modern researchers need to share their insights with the wider audience that lies beyond academia. 

Elevate the Debate helps researchers of all types more effectively communicate their work in any number of areas, from traditional news outlets to the new media platforms of the digital age. After listening to this book, you will be inspired and equipped to use traditional and digital media environments to your advantage. This real-world guide helps you present your data-driven research with greater clarity, coherence, and impact.

An array of practical strategies and proven techniques enables you to make your research accessible to diverse audiences, form engaging narratives, and design and implement meaningful outreach plans. Each chapter examines a specific communications strategy, such as data visualization, presentation skills, social media, blog writing, and reporter interactions. 

Written by expert members of the Urban Institute's Communication department, and edited by Jonathan Schwabish, a Senior Fellow at Urban, Elevate the Debate guides you on how to use the media environment to your advantage and make a difference through policy insights and policy solutions.

Evolving Digital Leadership: How to Be a Digital Leader in Tomorrow's Disruptive World

Get ready to be an effective digital leader, influencer, disruptor, and catalyst for change in the digital world!

As a leader you need to constantly evolve to achieve sustained success. The world is being transformed by Digital. The pace of change is constantly accelerating, and volatility and complexity are the new norms. Digital leaders are at the forefront of these waves of change, creating new markets and transforming traditional ones.

This book is a framework and set of tools that will help you develop a deep awareness of yourself, your teams, and your stakeholders. The powerful four-step process (designed to remain relevant over time) ensures that you are embracing adversity, driving disruption, and unlocking your full leadership potential. 

You'll learn: how to be an influencer, disrupter, and catalyst for change in a disruptive world; five key career recommendations from 40 digital leaders with more than 400 years of combined experience; how to use the four steps of the Unnatural Selection framework to facilitate your personal evolution and digital leadership success; how to demystify what makes people tick using the Human Full Stack, which is a model analogous to the technical full stack, so that complex behaviors are easier to understand; and more.

Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities

Growth has been both an unspoken and an explicit aim of our individual and collective striving. It governs the lives of microorganisms and galaxies; it shapes the capabilities of our extraordinarily large brains and the fortunes of our economies. Growth is manifested in annual increments of continental crust, a rising gross domestic product, a child's growth chart, the spread of cancerous cells. In this magisterial book, Vaclav Smil offers systematic investigation of growth in nature and society, from tiny organisms to the trajectories of empires and civilizations.

Smil takes listeners from bacterial invasions through animal metabolisms to megacities and the global economy. He begins with organisms whose mature sizes range from microscopic to enormous, looking at disease-causing microbes, the cultivation of staple crops, and human growth from infancy to adulthood. He examines the growth of energy conversions and man-made objects that enable economic activities - developments that have been essential to civilization. Finally, he looks at growth in complex systems, beginning with the growth of human populations and proceeding to the growth of cities.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Women and Leadership: HBR's 10 Must Reads Series

What will it take to create a more gender-balanced workplace?

We've combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you understand where gender equality is today-and how far we still have to go.

This book will inspire you to: better understand the path women must take to leadership; learn the root causes of the barriers that exist for women in the workplace; check your own gender biases and distinguish between confidence and competence in your colleagues; manage a more effective gender-diversity program; recognize the issues women face when speaking up about bias or harassment; and help women reenter the workforce after taking time off-and create opportunities for them to reach their ambitions.

 

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Life Will See You Now: Quit Waiting for the Light at the End of the Tunnel and Light That F*cker Up for Yourself

Cast your mind back to that album that changed your life? The riffs, the hooks, and the lyrics that blew your mind? That movie that moved your whole world and assured you that life was going to be special? Transporting you to a place you'd never been before, the opening chapter of that book that changed your life forever?

The hairs on the back of your neck stood, adrenaline rushed through your entire body with the weight of the world gone from your young shoulders. Energized, inspired, alive, all in and ready to turn up to this wonderfully f--ked up thing we call life.

Close your eyes and remember that feeling right there in that moment?

Life Will See You Now is a rousing, uplifting anthem that will inspire you to put down your phone, rediscover what truly matters, and completely rethink what "making it" in life actually means. A personal development title with a difference - there's no step-by-step guide and no map to change your life - this book provides you with hilarious, real-life inspiration, motivation, and energy to figure it out for yourself and rediscover that wee piece of magic you had when you were just five years old.

Corporate Turnaround Artistry: Fix Any Business in 100 Days

How to steer your business through times of financial distress and achieve sustained profitability

Corporate Turnaround Artistry is a complete guide for entrepreneurial companies in times of financial distress - presenting effective strategies and proven methods to revive and rehabilitate your business. Uncertain economic times have significantly altered the financial resources available to struggling businesses. Narrowing margins and mounting internal and external pressure has taken their toll on many companies. Fortunately, most businesses can be repaired while maintaining their existing revenue structure. Offering practical steps that go beyond simple cost-cutting and sales-building advice, this invaluable guide teaches you how to control cash, secure financial relief, and develop a comprehensive turnaround plan that your employees, customers, and creditors will support. 

Business leaders and entrepreneurs often fall into the trap of assuming new debt when tough times strike. Author and certified turnaround practitioner Jeff Sands shows that to many struggling businesses, more money is no longer the answer to the problem. Expert advice on topics including cashflow stabilization, short and long-term profit sustainability, lean management techniques, and more, provides the framework to timely and efficient corporate turnaround.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Leadership, Vol. 2: HBR's 10 Must Reads Series

Stay on top of your leadership game.

Leadership isn't something you're born with or gifted as a reward for an abundance of charisma; true leadership stems from core skills that can be learned.

Get more of the leadership ideas you want, from the authors you trust, with HBR's 10 Must Reads on Leadership (Vol. 2). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you maximize your own and your organization's performance.

With insights from leading experts including Michael D. Watkins, Herminia Ibarra, and Michael E. Porter, this book will inspire you to: identify areas for personal growth; build trust with and among your employees; develop a more dynamic and sophisticated communication style; try out different leadership styles and behaviors to find the right approach for you - and your organization; transform yourself from a problem solver to an agenda setter; harness the power of connections; and become an adaptive and strategic leader.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing People, Vol. 2: HBR's 10 Must Reads Series

Are you a good boss - or a great one?

Get more of the management ideas you want, from the authors you trust, with HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing People (Vol. 2). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you master the innumerable challenges of being a manager. 

With insights from leading experts including Marcus Buckingham, Michael D. Watkins, and Linda Hill, this book will inspire you to: draw out your employees' signature strengths; support a culture of honesty and civility; cultivate better communication and deeper trust among global teams; give feedback that will help your people excel; hire, reward, and tolerate only fully formed adults; motivate your employees through small wins; and foster collaboration and break down silos across your company.

 

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HBR's 10 Must Reads on Strategy, Vol. 2: HBR's 10 Must Reads Series

Do you have the right strategy to lead your company into the future? 

Get more of the management ideas you want, from the authors you trust, with HBR's 10 Must Reads on Strategy (Vol. 2). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you combat new competitors and define the best strategy for your company. 

With insights from leading experts including Michael E. Porter, A. G. Lafley, and Clayton M. Christensen, this book will inspire you to: choose a strategy that meets the demands of your competitive environment; identify the signals of disruption and take steps to avoid it; understand lean methodology and how it is changing business; transform your products and services into platforms; instill your strategy with creativity and purpose; and generate value for your company, while also contributing to society.

The Customer Success Professional's Handbook: How to Thrive in One of the World’s Fastest Growing Careers - While Driving Growth for Your Company

The Customer Success Manager has become a critical asset to organizations across the business landscape. As the subscription model has spread from the cloud and SaaS to more sectors of the economy, that pivotal role will only grow in importance. That's because if you want to compete and thrive in this new environment, you need to put the customer at the center of your strategy. You need to recognize you're no longer selling just a product. You're selling an outcome. Customer Success Managers (CSM) are committed to capturing and delivering those outcomes by listening to their customers, understanding their needs, and adapting products and services to drive success. Although several existing resources address the customer success imperative, there is no authoritative instruction manual for the CSM profession - until now.

The Customer Success Professional's Handbook is the definitive reference book for CSMs and similar roles in the field. This practical, first-of-its-kind manual fills a significant gap in professional customer success literature, providing the knowledge every CSM needs to succeed - from the practitioner level all the way to senior leadership. The authors - acknowledged experts in building, training, and managing Customer Success teams - offer real-world guidance and practical advice for aspiring and experienced CSMs alike. 

 

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The Future Leader: 9 Skills and Mindsets to Succeed in the Next Decade

There has been a lot written about leadership for the present day, but the world is changing quickly. What worked in the past won't work in the future. We need to know how to prepare leaders who can successfully navigate and guide us through the next decade and beyond. 

How is leadership changing, and why? How ready are leaders today for these changes? What should leaders do now? To answer these questions, Jacob Morgan interviewed over 140 CEOs from companies like Unilever, Mastercard, Best Buy, Oracle, Verizon, Kaiser, KPMG, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Yum! Brands, Saint-Gobain, Dominos, Philip Morris International, and over a hundred others. Jacob also partnered with Linkedin to survey almost 14,000 of their members around the globe to see how CEO insights align with employee perspectives.

The majority of the world's top business leaders that Jacob interviewed believe that while some core aspects of leadership will remain the same, such as creating a vision and executing on strategy, leaders of the future will need a new arsenal of skills and mindsets to succeed.

What emerged from all of this research is the most accurate groundbreaking book on the future of leadership, which shares exclusive insights from the world's top CEOs and never before seen research.

You've Got This: The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself

Does fear hold you back? We all have moments when we succumb to doubt and let our fears call the shots. Each time they do, we limit our lives. It's why learning to trust in ourselves is crucial to rising above our biggest challenges and enjoying true happiness and success - in our careers, relationships, leadership, and life. 

Written with heart and humor but grounded in research, You've Got This! is a handbook for unleashing our untapped potential and passion, creativity and courage, to thrive in today's uncertain world. Filled with compelling stories and hard-won wisdom, author Margie Warrell draws on her background in business, coaching, and doctoral studies, as well as her challenges raising four children while living and working around the world. 

Applying the practical advice and 12 powerful principles in this book will help you: defy negative self-talk and take the bold actions you've been putting off; become your greatest cheerleader, not your loudest critic; embrace vulnerability and trust your intuition; combat stress and thrive amid uncertainty; and amplify your power as a leader and "change maker."

Hailed as a "high five to the human spirit," You've Got This! is a must-listen for everyone, from seasoned leaders, to those embarking on their adult lives, and anyone in between who just needs encouragement to take that leap.

Macroeconomics: MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series

Macroeconomics takes a broad perspective on the economy of a country or region; it studies economic changes in the aggregate, collecting data on production, unemployment, inflation, consumption, investment, trade, and other aspects of national and international economic life. 

Policymakers depend on macroeconomists' knowledge when making decisions about such issues as taxes and the public budget, monetary and exchange rate policies, and trade policies-all of which, in turn, affect decisions made by individuals and businesses. This volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series offers an introduction to the basics of macroeconomics accessible to the noneconomist.

The author, an academic economist and two-time Chilean Finance Minister, devotes a substantial part of his analysis to economic development, explaining why some countries achieve continuing economic growth while others become stagnant. He discusses the links between economic activity and employment; employment and unemployment rates; factors behind economic growth; money, inflation, and exchange rate systems; fiscal deficits; balance of payment crises; consumption and savings; investment decisions; fiscal policy; and the process of globalization and its macroeconomic implications.

Smart Cities: MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series

Over the past 10 years, urban planners, technology companies, and governments have promoted smart cities with a somewhat utopian vision of urban life made knowable and manageable through data collection and analysis. Emerging smart cities have become both crucibles and showrooms for the practical application of the Internet of Things, cloud computing, and the integration of big data into everyday life. Are smart cities optimized, sustainable, digitally networked solutions to urban problems? Or are they neoliberal, corporate-controlled, undemocratic non-places? This volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series offers a concise introduction to smart cities, presenting key concepts, definitions, examples, and historical contexts, along with discussions of both the drawbacks and the benefits of this approach to urban life. 

After reviewing current terminology and justifications employed by technology designers, journalists, and researchers, the book describes three models for smart city development and offers examples of each. It covers technologies and methods, including sensors, public wi-fi, big data, and smartphone apps, and discusses how developers conceive of interactions among the built environment, technological and urban infrastructures, citizens, and citizen engagement.

Walk Off Winning: A Game Plan for Leading Your Team and Organization to Success

There are many books available on the topic of leadership, but none quite like this one. Walk Off Winning: A Game Plan for Leading Your Team and Organization to Success is the work of Steve Trimper - a college baseball coach who shares what he has learned about business through his extensive leadership experience in high-level sports. In addition to reflecting on his own failures and successes, Trimper interviews leadership experts to distill a wealth of wisdom into this valuable book.

With this book, you'll learn about the key principles of team building, culture, and organization building. If you are looking for a way to enhance your leadership, whether you lead a team of one or an entire organization, Walk Off Winning is for you. This book will give you the motivation and strategies to "become a doer." Anyone involved in leadership, sports management, or the general business world will benefit from the inspirational anecdotes and honest advice in this much sought-after guide for leaders of all kinds.

From the sports field to the business office, good leadership in any arena shares a single, universal foundation. If you want to achieve your dreams, you'll have to learn to Walk Off Winning.

Collaborative Society: MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series

Humans are hard-wired for collaboration, and new technologies of communication act as a super-amplifier of our natural collaborative mindset. This volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series examines the emergence of a new kind of social collaboration enabled by networked technologies. This new collaborative society might be characterized as a series of services and startups that enable peer-to-peer exchanges and interactions though technology. Some believe that the economic aspects of the new collaboration have the potential to make society more equitable; others see collaborative communities based on sharing as a cover for social injustice and user exploitation.

The book covers the "sharing economy", and the hijacking of the term by corporations; different models of peer production, and motivations to participate; collaborative media production and consumption, the definitions of "amateur" and "professional", and the power of memes; hactivism and social movements, including Anonymous and anti-ACTA protest; collaborative knowledge creation, including citizen science; collaborative self-tracking; and internet-mediated social relations, as seen in the use of Instagram, Snapchat, and Tinder. Finally, the book considers the future of these collaborative tendencies and the disruptions caused by fake news, bots, and other challenges.

Connect Relate Motivate: Master Communication in Any Situation: Be Your Best Series

Communication has become one of the most puzzling paradoxes of our time. We live in a world that is hyper-connected; more plugged in, tuned in, and turned on than ever before. Yet, social science confirms that more and more people feel isolated and disconnected from their communities and families. They feel overworked, underpaid, misunderstood, and alone.

Despite the capability to be "in touch" 24/7, many people are disengaged and disillusioned. Business leaders know the struggle to engage and empower a workforce that clocks in, then checks out. Parents know the challenges to connect with teenagers who text better than they talk! And how do you answer the most challenging question every partner dreads: "If you loved me you would know what's wrong?" 

These are all painful experiences that this book delivers proactive solutions to connect (and protect) these important relationships through better communication. This is vital if you are a business leader, parent, or in a loving relationship. This book is a "map for leaders" who want to harness the power of communication to influence their projects, their ideas, their teams, and clients; and for parents that seek better relationships with their kids and or loved ones.

Fearless Innovation: Going Beyond the Buzzword to Continuously Drive Growth, Improve the Bottom Line, and Enact Change

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is driving change at an unprecedented pace, level, and intensity that is impacting businesses across industries, not to mention our everyday lives. We are rapidly blurring the physical and the digital, transforming the way we live and, in some sense, what it even means to be human. Whether we run a startup or multinational, a nonprofit or academic institution, a city or a whole country, we need to embrace this change to not just survive but thrive under these new realities.

In Fearless Innovation, Cisco's managing director of innovation strategy and programs explores how, no matter their function, leaders and managers can cut through the noise to understand change and deliver real results.

Goryachev's actionable, consistent, and timeless innovation principles offer a blueprint to driving growth, enacting change, increasing the bottom line, and creating clear measurable value. Featuring diverse case studies of some of today's most innovative organizations, this down-to-earth guide provides advice and clear steps on how to: get teams to embrace innovation beyond empty slogans; focus on execution of innovation through leadership and strategy; measure the real effects of innovation to showcase ROI and attract investment; and more.

Evergreen Talent: A Guide to Hiring and Cultivating a Sustainable Workforce

Finding the right talent is hard. Finding the right talent that will prosper and stay is even harder. Business growth is being stifled and fields of office cubicles remain empty due to the fierce competition for talent today with job openings having recently surged to a record high: 6.55 million.

Evergreen Talent will show you how to attract, find, and keep employees for the long-term. What many organization leaders fail to understand is that you can't simply transplant a competitor's talent strategy and achieve the same results - just as you can't take plants suited to a warm climate and expect them to thrive in chillier locales. The conditions are too different. But a company that takes the time to examine its own environment, select talent accordingly, and nurture its people will stand tall, regardless of economic conditions.

In Evergreen Talent, Roberta Chinsky Matuson challenges leaders to think differently about their approach to growing a sustainable workforce - one that will regenerate regularly, with minimal effort on their part. The audiobook is filled with pragmatic advice, case studies, and best practices from companies that have done this successfully. Also included are tools to help listeners assess their workplace environment and populate their organization with talent that will continue to grow, year after year.

The Emotionally Intelligent Leader

Become a better leader by improving your emotional intelligence.

Best-selling author Daniel Goleman first brought the concept of emotional intelligence (EI) to the forefront of business through his articles in Harvard Business Review, establishing EI as an indispensable trait for leaders. The Emotionally Intelligent Leader brings together three of Goleman's best-selling HBR articles.

In "What Makes a Leader?" Goleman explores research that found that truly effective leaders are distinguished by high levels of self-awareness and sharp social skills. In "The Focused Leader", Goleman explains neuroscience research that proves that "being focused" is more than filtering out distractions while concentrating on one thing. In "Leadership That Gets Results", Goleman draws on research to outline six distinct leadership styles, each one springing from different components of emotional intelligence. Together, these three articles guide leaders to recognize the direct ties between EI and measurable business results.

 

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The Secret of Think and Grow Rich: The Inner Dimensions of the Greatest Success Program of All Time

The secret revealed

Napoleon Hill promises that there is a secret encoded in Think and Grow Rich. Hill writes that the secret appears hundreds of times in his book - but is never directly stated. Now, New Thought scholar and historian Mitch Horowitz reveals to you the master's secret, and explores exactly how to apply it in your life.

In The Secret of Think and Grow Rich, Mitch also explores Hill's four most powerful steps, including the intriguing and widely misunderstood question of "sex transmutation". In this short audiobook, Mitch supplies the clearest and most actionable chapter ever written on Hill's method of sex transmutation, a tremendously powerful and underappreciated part of his wealth-building program.

After listening to The Secret of Think and Grow Rich, you will experience Hill's work in a whole new way. Your practice will grow more effective and dynamic - and you will experience positive and radical change. This is the audiobook's promise. Discover it today.

Think Your Way to Wealth Action Plan: Master Class Series

The Secrets Revealed!

This 10-part lesson plan unlocks the most actionable and powerful steps of Napoleon Hill's Think Your Way to Wealth dialogue in a way that you can begin applying right now. Based on the legendary meeting between Hill and industrialist Andrew Carnegie, Mitch Horowitz's Think Your Way to Wealth Action Plan provides clear instructions on how to maximize the giants' insights to build the life you want. 

Mitch supplies new historical insights into Hill and Carnegie's original encounter. He walks you through their core points in a way that distills hours of reading and listening into one clear, compelling 10-point program. He provides practical insights into the success pioneers' most daring ideas, including Sex Transmutation and Cosmic Habit Force. The Think Your Way to Wealth Action Plan is a full-circle journey into the outer and inner dimensions of Hill's program.

Communicate with Mastery: Speak with Conviction and Write for Impact

Develop your leadership communication.

Communicating with Mastery provides listeners with a rich treasure trove of frameworks and tools for leadership communication as developed and taught over the past decade at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. Designed for the business leader on the go, it provides you quick access to helpful approaches to vexing communication problems leaders face today in speaking and writing to various audiences.

Projects often fail not because of the vision, but in the articulation of that vision. With the help of this audiobook, you'll learn how to ensure you get the results you desire as a leader and communicator, including: speak with conviction and write with impact; tailor your communication to any goal, setting, or audience; and scale your leadership through effective coaching.

Every time you write or speak, you need to make your words count. And this audiobook shows you how.

Fit to Compete: Why Honest Conversations about Your Company’s Capabilities Are the Key to a Winning Strategy

In 30 years of working in corporations, Michael Beer has witnessed how organizational silence has derailed many a strategic objective. When lower-level employees in the organization can't speak truth to power, senior leaders don't hear what they need to hear about their firm's fitness to compete. Employees lose trust in higher-ups and become more resistant to change.

In Fit to Compete, Beer presents an antidote to silence - an innovative and highly effective process for holding honest conversations with everyone in your organization. Used by over 150 organizations across the globe, the Strategic Fitness Process has helped leaders in industries as diverse as medical technology, restaurant chains, and pharmaceuticals hear the raw and necessary truth about the sources of misalignment between their strategies and their organizations.

In addition to a step-by-step guide, Beer offers detailed and illustrative case studies of companies that have used the Strategic Fitness Process to great effect. He also shows how to apply the process more broadly, to a variety of strategic challenges and at multiple levels throughout the organization.

 

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