HBR Guide to Managing Strategic Initiatives: HBR Guide Series

This big initiative could make or break this fiscal year - or your career.

Strategic initiatives are where the rubber meets the road when it comes to putting strategy into action, and leading a critical initiative may be the key to propelling your career forward. Yet managing a cross-functional team on a high-profile project can present a multitude of challenges and risks, causing even the most experienced manager to struggle.

The HBR Guide to Managing Strategic Initiatives provides practical tips and advice to help you manage all the stages of an initiative's life cycle, from buy-in to launch, implementation to scaling up or winding down. You'll learn how to: launch an initiative in a way that maximizes its chance of success, assemble a team that's ready to perform, gather the resources you need, stay on schedule and within budget, avoid losing momentum once the initiative is up and running, maintain the confidence of sponsors and stakeholders, and put strategy into action.

 

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If You Will Lead: Enduring Wisdom for 21st-Century Leaders

If You Will Lead: Enduring Wisdom for 21st-Century Leaders provides listeners with guidance for any sort of leadership journey. Whether you are a seasoned executive or just starting your first leadership role, this audiobook will help you grow as a leader. Doug Moran starts by posing four critical questions for every listener to consider: 1. Who am I? 2. What do I want? 3. How can I get others to make their own choice to follow me? 4. How can I earn and retain the privilege to lead? If You Will Lead helps each listener discover his or her own answers to these pivotal questions.

Moran has taken Rudyard Kipling's classic poem "If-" and created a leadership framework out of it that comprises sixteen eternal and essential leadership attributes. He draws on noteworthy historical events to illustrate how great leaders like Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, and others applied these leadership attributes to achieve extraordinary results.

If You Will Lead uses the power of storytelling to teach its leadership lessons. It combines bigger-than-life examples with everyday stories to help leaders apply its lessons to their own leadership challenges, whatever they may be. It's a practical guide that offers numerous resources and tools to help listeners hone their skills and achieve their full potential.

Quantum Entanglement: MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series

Quantum physics is notable for its brazen defiance of common sense. (Think of Schrödinger's Cat, famously both dead and alive.) An especially rigorous form of quantum contradiction occurs in experiments with entangled particles. Our common assumption is that objects have properties whether or not anyone is observing them, and the measurement of one can't affect the other. Quantum entanglement rejects this assumption, offering impeccable reasoning and irrefutable evidence of the opposite. Is quantum entanglement mystical, or just mystifying? In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Jed Brody equips listeners to decide for themselves. He explains how our commonsense assumptions impose constraints-from which entangled particles break free.

Brody explores such concepts as local realism, Bell's inequality, polarization, time dilation, and special relativity. He introduces listeners to imaginary physicists Alice and Bob and their photon analyses; points out that it's easier to reject falsehood than establish the truth; and reports that some physicists explain entanglement by arguing that we live in a cross-section of a higher-dimensional reality. He also examines a variety of viewpoints held by physicists, including quantum decoherence, Niels Bohr's Copenhagen interpretation, genuine fortuitousness, and QBism.

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 Self-Care Handbook: A Practical Guide to Integrating Self-Care into Everyday Life to Improve Wellbeing

Are you looking after yourself? For so for many of us, with so much to do and think about, self care - taking care of our mental, emotional, and physical health and well-being - often falls by the wayside.

The Self-Care Handbook equips you to make positive, helpful choices for incorporating self-care into your life. It explains how to take responsibility for your own well being and provides ideas and practical advice on how you can better look after yourself.

Best-selling author Gill Hasson shows you how to develop the mindset, routines, and habits that can protect, maintain, and improve your health and well-being. The Handbook presents straightforward approaches that can help you feel good about yourself, manage stress and anxiety, achieve a work-life balance, increase your physical health, and much more. This book will help you: encourage a positive, healthy relationship with yourself and strengthen your well-being; understand and implement the factors that can protect, maintain, and improve your mental and physical health and well-being; manage overwhelm and simplify a busy life; know how best to relax, switch off, and enjoy yourself; and look after yourself when you're going through difficulties, setbacks, or a crisis.

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.

Don't Fall for It: A Short History of Financial Scams

History is full of sensational financial frauds and scams. Enron was forced to declare bankruptcy after allegations of massive accounting fraud, wiping out $78 billion in stock market value. Bernie Madoff, the largest individual fraudster in history, built a $65 billion Ponzi scheme that ultimately resulted in his being sentenced to 150 years in prison. People from all walks of life have been scammed out of their money: French and British nobility looking to get rich quickly, farmers looking for a miracle cure for their health ailments, several professional athletes, and some of Hollywood's biggest stars. No one is immune from getting deceived when money is involved.

This compelling book explores specific instances of financial fraud as well as some of the most successful charlatans and hucksters of all-time. Sharing lessons that apply to business, money management, and investing, author Ben Carlson answers questions such as: Why do even the most intelligent among us get taken advantage of in financial scams? What make fraudsters successful? Why is it often harder to stay rich than to get rich? Each chapter examines different frauds, perpetrators, or victims of scams. These real-life stories include anecdotes about how these frauds were carried out and discussions of what can be learned from these events.

HBR Guide to Making Better Decisions: HBR Insights Series

Learn how to make better, faster decisions.

As a manager you have to make decisions - from daily choices about team priorities to deciding which long-term innovation projects to pursue. But most decisions don't have a clear-cut answer, and assessing the alternatives and the risks involved can be overwhelming.

You need a smarter approach to making the best choice possible. The HBR Guide to Making Better Decisions provides practical tips and advice to help you identify the problem, evaluate your alternatives, select the right path forward, and follow through successfully.

You'll learn to: look at the problem from different angles; overcome cognitive biases that can skew your choices; use data to inform your thinking; work through uncertainty and analysis paralysis; communicate your choice and spur your team into action; and respond to and fix a bad decision.

 

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Powerful Leadership Through Coaching: Principles, Practices, and Tools for Managers at Every Level

On-going coaching and development that can be a "game changer" for all employees!

All great coaches know how to ask good open-ended questions and how to give effective feedback. They keep a balanced and honest perspective that separates the person from the problem or issue; coaching to leverage their unique strengths and helping them improve weaknesses with a mindset focused on continuous improvement.

This ongoing coaching and development can be a "game changer" for all people and teams with access to it. But what about the teams and players that aren't empowered - or even allowed - to expand their roles? Or the team members whose careers don't inspire or play to their natural gifts, talents, and strengths? It's painful for any organization or manager when people on their team aren't given the tools to succeed; and more painful still when the team member doesn't yet realize it. But by coaching through leadership, any manager of any organization can create a supportive structure that helps assign the right roles, resources, tools, and career opportunities that will best leverage their strengths.

The Content Marketing Handbook: How to Double the Results of Your Marketing Campaigns

The Content Marketing Handbook helps entrepreneurs, marketers, and small business owners understand the true role of content within integrated multichannel marketing campaigns, avoid wasting time and money by giving away content with no ROI, and instead skillfully create content that builds trust, stimulates interest, and ultimately gets more orders for what they are selling. Listeners will learn how to:

  • Create A-level content that gets noticed, gets read, and eliminates "content pollution"
  • Overcome the biggest weakness of content marketing
  • Double marketing response rates by adding lead magnets, bonus reports, and other free content offers
  • Use content to build brands, enhance reputations, and stand out from the competition
  • Plan, execute, and measure content marketing in a multichannel environment
  • Know when to stop giving away content and start asking for the orders

The Effective Hiring Manager

The Effective Hiring Manager offers an essential guide for managers, team leaders, and HR professionals in organizations large or small. The author's step-by-step approach makes the strategies easy to implement and help to ensure ongoing success.

Hiring effectively is the single greatest long-term contribution to your organization. The only thing worse than having an open position is filling it with the wrong person. The Effective Hiring Manager offers a proven process for solving these problems and helping teams and organizations thrive.

Listeners will learn the fundamental principles of hiring and interviewing, how to create criteria to hire by, how to create excellent interview questions, how to review resumes, how to conduct phone screens, how to structure an interview day, how to conduct each interview, how to capture interview results, and more.

Written by Mark Horstman, cofounder of Manager Tools and an expert in training managers, The Effective Hiring Manager is an A to Z handbook to the successful hiring process. The book explores, in helpful detail, what it takes to hire the right person, for the right job, and the right team.

The Mastery of Good Luck: Master Class Series

Lady Luck Is Vital to Your Success - Discover How to Increase Your Good Fortune Today

Can luck be learned? The answer is unquestionably yes. In this vibrant and surprising program, historian and New Thought scholar Mitch Horowitz walks you through "The 13 Rules of Good Luck." These hands-on principles guide you to a life of maximized luckiness. 

Using sharp observation, statistical laws, and time-tested principles, Mitch provides a revelatory and entertaining treatise on exactly how to invite better fortune into your life in career, creativity, finance, and relationships. 

This is not a guide for gamblers but a playbook for peak performers and anyone who wants to attain life's fullest advantages. 

In The Mastery of Good Luck discover: why persistence beats the odds; why quickness of decision is lucky; how to cultivate relationships that bring good fortune; how to place yourself in the path of fate; the powerful combination of enthusiasm and pessimism; and one immediate step to increase your luck in all areas of life.

Driving Innovation from Within: A Guide for Internal Entrepreneurs

Conventional business wisdom tells us that entrepreneurs are society's main source of innovation. Young founders leave college with a big idea, get to work in a garage, and build something that changes the world. Typical corporate employees, strangled by slow-moving bureaucracy, are blocked from making transformative discoveries.

In Driving Innovation from Within, strategist and advisor Kaihan Krippendorff disproves one of today's biggest business myths to highlight lessons for innovators and leaders. He reveals how many of the modern world's most impactful creations were invented by passionate employee innovators. If it were left up to go-it-alone entrepreneurs, we would not have mobile phones, personal computers, or email. 

Distilling more than 150 interviews with internal innovators and leading experts along with insights from the latest research and today's most successful companies, from Tencent and Amazon to Mastercard and Starbucks, Krippendorff lays out a step-by-step playbook to unlock innovation from the inside. He maps the barriers that frustrate efforts to disrupt from within and provides tools to remove them, detailing how visionary leaders can create islands of freedom inside an organization to activate existing employees' potential and beat startups at their own game.

From the Death Zone to the Boardroom: What Business Leaders and Decision Makers Can Learn from Extreme Mountaineering

This audiobook explores experiences and reflections of an extreme sports athlete within the context of business, the latest scholarly works, and research on topics that are relevant and timely for today's managers and business leaders, and the daily challenges they face.

Conviction, discipline, managing fear in high stakes situations, leading, working with teams, and making decisions in extreme conditions - what will help you in extreme sports can also get you to your goals in business. In From the Death Zone to the Boardroom, speed ski mountaineer Benedikt Boehm tells gripping and inspirational stories about his fears, pain, suffering and facing death during his expeditions to some of the world's highest mountains. Throughout, his coauthor and professor of leadership and management, Stefan Gröschl, integrates scholarly ideas and works beyond traditional business boundaries providing you with unusual insights and thought-provoking alternatives for managing your business.

From Loving One to One Love: Transforming Relationships Through A Course in Miracles

Relationships give us our best moments...and also our worst. 

From Loving One to One Love: Transforming Relationships Through A Course in Miracles is not another how-to-fix-it guide to relationships. The Course's take on relationships is radically different from that of the rest of the world. Relationships are not really about "love" if by love we mean idealization and specialness. They are not merely agreements negotiated between two parties to promote survival and contentment. Rather, according to the Course, relationships are classrooms for enlightenment: for breaking the ego's grip on the mind and awakening to the true Self. Seen in this light, we don't "get" love from a partner nor do we have to give up anything in order to get it. We don't hunt for it out there in the world. The love comes first, from within, and then infuses all of our relationships, changing their purpose from egoic specialness to holiness.  

In order to be open to such love, however, we must do the work that the Course calls "forgiveness." We release our judgments and grievances about others in the understanding that by freeing them we free ourselves. The result is love beyond anything we can imagine: a universal experience of love that's not limited to any one special person or group but shines on all alike.

The Matriarch Rules: How to Own Your Power, Know Your Worth, and Lead the Life You've Always Wanted

What is a matriarch? For one thing, you can tell she's in charge the second she walks into a room. She's bold, she's fierce, and she's got her own unique style. The matriarch isn't some crusty old lady dressed head-to-toe in black who sits at the head of the table barking demands at Sunday dinner. The modern matriarch is alive and vivacious. She's purposeful and deliberate about everything, from her career, to her home, to her family, to what she eats for lunch. She is not second guessing herself but moving herself and those she loves boldly into the future.

The matriarch's vision for her career is as big as her love for her family, and she's paid her worth for work she's passionate about. The matriarch knows exactly what she wants the end game to be and she has the power to make it come to fruition. Simply put: She has her act together and you feel safer and more secure when you're in her presence. So, the question is, how does one become her? This book answers that question and more.

Written by the CEO of a multimillion-dollar startup, The Matriarch Rules provides you with guidelines that empower you to find personal success and growth in being the compassionate, powerful, and forward-thinking woman you are.

The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur: 366 Daily Meditations to Feed Your Soul and Grow Your Business

A guide for creating a deeper relationship with the entrepreneurial journey 

The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur offers overworked and harried entrepreneurs, and anyone who thinks like one, a much-needed guide for tapping into the wisdom that is most relevant to the entrepreneurial life. The book is filled with inspirational meditations that contain the thoughts and writings of notable American authors. Designed as a daily devotional, it is arranged in a calendar format, and features readings of transcendentalist literature and others. 

Each of The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur meditations is followed by a reflection and a challenging question from John Jantsch. He draws on his lifetime of experience as a successful coach for small business and startup leaders to offer an entrepreneurial context. Jantsch shows how entrepreneurs can learn to trust their ideas and overcome the doubt and fear of everyday challenges. The book contains: a unique guide to meditations, especially designed for entrepreneurs; a range of topics such as self-awareness, trust, creativity, resilience, failure, growth, freedom, love, integrity, and passion; an inspirational meditation for each day of the year...including leap year; and reflections from John Jantsch, small business marketing expert and the author of the popular book Duct Tape Marketing.

Get People to Do What You Want: How to Use Body Language and Words for Maximum Effect

In business, school, romance, or your neighborhood, it is valuable to know what attracts people, what repels them, and what makes them tick. How do people see you? And how do you see others? In Get People to Do What You Want, you'll find the practical answers to these questions and in the process, discover how to win people over. You will gain an upper hand in your interaction with others that translates into higher starting salaries, greater productivity, and better relationships in which you are never the victim. You'll learn about: one-on-one interaction, group dynamics, the projection of leadership, instinctual trust and mistrust of others, and other elements of human behavior that must be understood to win people over for more than a few moments. Get People to Do What You Want is the perfect, modern complement to Dale Carnegie's 1937 classic work on the topic. This book teaches you skills honed in years of interrogation and expanded by use in the business world. By combining these skills with your unique background, you will easily attract the people you want and get rid of the ones you don't.

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.

Career Rehab: Rebuild Your Personal Brand and Rethink the Way You Work

Your career has good "bones", but it's looking a little rough around the edges. It's time to take stock and renovate your life by making strategic professional changes that help you achieve not only the job - but also the life - you want.

In Career Rehab, professional career and life coach Kanika Tolver helps listeners strip away what's holding them back to create the career of their dreams. Listeners will learn how to: overcome fear to pursue their dreams and change careers as part of a strategic plan; develop a unique career brand; apply to companies and organization where they can develop a career brand; create an online brand presence on social media that grows a deep professional ethos and network; market an authentic career brand; harness the power of non-traditional jobs as a springboard to entrepreneurship; sell their brand-offering expertise and skills; define and execute a career trajectory for the long run; and create an expertise-based business plan to open the door to personal and financial freedom.

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.

Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life)

Sometimes designed objects reject their users: a computer mouse that doesn't work for left-handed people, for example, or a touchscreen payment system that only works for people who read English phrases, have 20/20 vision, and use a credit card. These mismatches are the building blocks of exclusion. In Mismatch, Kat Holmes describes how design can lead to exclusion, and how design can also remedy exclusion.

Holmes tells stories of pioneers of inclusive design, many of whom were drawn to work on inclusion because of their own experiences of exclusion. A gamer and designer who depends on voice recognition shows Holmes his "Wall of Exclusion", which displays dozens of game controllers that require two hands to operate; an architect shares her firsthand knowledge of how design can fail communities; an astronomer who began to lose her eyesight adapts a technique called "sonification" so she can "listen" to the stars.

Designing for inclusion is not a feel-good sideline. Holmes shows how inclusion can be a source of innovation and growth, especially for digital technologies. It can be a catalyst for creativity and a boost for the bottom line as a customer base expands. And each time we remedy a mismatched interaction, we create an opportunity for more people to contribute to society in meaningful ways.

See Sooner, Act Faster: How Vigilant Leaders Thrive in an Era of Digital Turbulence (Management on the Cutting Edge)

When turbulence is the new normal, an organization's survival depends on vigilant leadership that can anticipate threats, spot opportunities, and act quickly when the time is right. In See Sooner, Act Faster, strategy experts George Day and Paul Schoemaker offer tools for thriving when digital advances intensify turbulence.

Vigilant firms have greater foresight than their rivals, while vulnerable firms often miss early signals of external threats and organizational challenges. Charles Schwab, for example, was early to see and act on the promise of "robo-advisors"; Honeywell, on the other hand, stumbled when Nest Labs came out first with a "smart" thermostat. Day and Schoemaker show leaders how to assess their vigilance capabilities and cultivate insight and foresight throughout their organizations. They draw on a range of cases, including Adobe and Intuit's move to the cloud, Shell's investment in clean energy, and MasterCard's early recognition of digital challenges.

Day and Schoemaker describe how to allocate the scarce resource of attention, how to detect weak signals and separate them from background noise, and how to respond strategically before competitors do. The challenge is not just to act faster but to act wisely, and the authors suggest ways to create dynamic portfolios of options.

Supertrends: 50 Things You Need to Know About the Future

Supertrends: 50 Things You Need to Know About the Future is about how efficient futurists work and how we can expect the world to evolve in terms of demographics, general economics, technologies, business models, resources, environment, and lifestyles.

This audiobook addresses how to predict the future, what we can expect from it, and how companies and government should adapt to the accelerating change, and will also:

  • Explain the core principles of efficient forecasting
  • List a number of underlying drivers and recurring social patterns which help explain and predict events
  • Show how companies and governments can become more future-proof by adopting new and innovative management principles
  • Introduce new technologies and how they will be applied

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.