The Good Ones: Ten Crucial Qualities of High-Character Employees

Employers look for two things when hiring or promoting people: knowledge and skill. They rarely, if ever, consider character. Yet character is the key to extraordinary business success. The Good Ones presents 10 crucial qualities of high-character employees, qualities that enhance employee satisfaction, client relationships, and the bottom line.

You'll hear stories from managers and employees across the US and beyond who reveal how honesty, courage, loyalty, and patience have helped their organizations maintain an edge over the competition. Each chapter is devoted to a single quality of character and ends with questions employers can use to hire and promote the Good Ones - people who are consistently honest, accountable, fair, and grateful.

Whether you're looking to bring new people into your organization or seeking a job or promotion yourself, The Good Ones will help you appreciate in practical terms why character is the missing link to excellence.

Total Rethink: Why Entrepreneurs Should Act Like Revolutionaries

In business, and in life, everything is changing fast, apart from how we behave. Our ways of thinking and making decisions have changed little since we lived in agricultural and industrial societies, but the problems we now need to solve are entirely different. It requires a revolution in thinking and behavior to meet the challenges that now face us and to avoid disaster we need to totally rethink the model.

Part business biography, part business blueprint, Total Rethink explains how this can be done. Successful telecoms entrepreneur David McCourt lays out the reality of the dangerous situation we find ourselves in and suggests solutions which will empower everyone to repair the damage we have already done, and prepare for the dramatic changes to come.

 

  • Change the way you think and behave to be a true entrepreneur
  • Understand why incremental change no longer works
  • Move at the speed of the times we're living in to keep up
  • Find trusted, effective guidance you can put to practice today

Written by a sought-after speaker, businessman, and entrepreneur, the advice in this audiobook will help you learn to think - and live - like a revolutionary.

What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself with the Right People Will Drive Change, Opportunity, and Personal Growth

In his 1976 book, The Long Run Solution, Joe Henderson suggested that becoming truly accomplished at running (or at anything) doesn't typically require us to perform superhuman feats. In fact, success is frequently realized by those who simply do the things anyone can do that most of us never will.

In What Anyone Can Do, with the help of Leo Bottary's Year of the Peer podcast guests, you'll discover that if you surround yourself with the right people, you'll do the things anyone can do far more often. And when you do that, you and the people around you will realize more of what you want out of business and life. It's that simple.

The Power of Peers (2016) made a strong case for how and why formal peer groups are so effective. This audiobook steps outside the formal peer-group arena to examine all the important relationships we have in our lives (parents, teachers, spouses, mentors, children, mentees, etc.) and provides a practical approach and specific framework for harnessing their power for your benefit (and theirs). It's what anyone can do. You're anyone, right?

Info We Trust: How to Inspire the World with Data

Info We Trust celebrates data storytelling, as explained by one of the field's most talented creators. Both engineer and artist, R. J. Andrews draws on disciplines from across the human experience to show how to create new ways of seeing the world. And most importantly, to build powerful data-driven information that is worthy of trust.

Maps, charts, and diagrams are the artifacts we use to picture information. But the lively exchanges these objects spark are what create meaning. How they inform - what they tell us and how they impact our decisions - matters most. This audiobook shows how to arrange data into stories that deliver insights and inspiration.

Rich with practical details, Info We Trust surfaces timeless principles to empower all to grow our knowledge and do great things together with data.

 

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Qualitative Research: A Guide to Design and Implementation, 4th Edition

The best-selling guide to qualitative research, updated and expanded.

Qualitative Research is the essential guide to understanding, designing, conducting, and presenting a qualitative research study. This fourth edition features new material covering mixed methods, action research, arts-based research, online data sources, and the latest in data analysis, including data analysis software packages as well as narrative and poetic analysis strategies. A new section offers multiple ways of presenting qualitative research findings. The accessible, jargon-free style makes this audiobook ideal for both novice and experienced researchers, emphasizing the role of a theoretical framework in designing a study while providing practical guidance.

Qualitative research reaches beyond the what, where, and when of quantitative analysis to investigate the why and how behind human behavior and the reasons that govern such behavior, but this presents a number of significant challenges. This guide is an invaluable reference for students and practitioners alike, providing the deep understanding that this sometimes difficult area of research requires to produce accurate results.

 

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Sales Growth: Five Proven Strategies from the World's Sales Leaders, Second Edition

The challenges facing today's sales executives and their organizations continue to grow, but so do the expectations that they will find ways to overcome them and drive consistent sales growth.

There are no simple solutions to this situation, but in this thoroughly updated second edition of Sales Growth, experts from McKinsey & Company build on their practical blueprint for achieving this goal and explore what world-class sales executives are doing right now to find growth and capture it - as well as how they are creating the capabilities to keep growing in the future.

Based on discussions with more than 200 of today's most successful global sales leaders from a wide array of organizations and industries, Sales Growth puts the experiences of these professionals in perspective and offers real-life examples of how they've overcome the challenges encountered in the quest for growth.

Engaging and informative, this timely audiobook details proven approaches to tangible top-line growth and an improved bottom line. Created specifically for sales executives, it will put you in a better position to drive sales growth in today's competitive market.

The Ten Roads to Riches, Second Edition: The Ways the Wealthy Got There (And How You Can Too!)

Profiles of some of America's richest people and how they got that way - and how you can too!

While we can't promise that this audiobook will elevate you to the ranks of the super-rich, we can say that within its chapters you'll discover everything you need to know about how, exactly, many of America's most famous (and infamous) millionaires and billionaires acquired their fortunes. The big surprise is that all of the super-wealthy it profiles got where they are today by taking one of just 10 possible roads - including starting a business, buying real estate, investing wisely, and marrying extremely well. Whether you aspire to shameful wealth or just a demure fortune, best-selling author and self-made billionaire Ken Fisher will show you how to walk in the footsteps of tycoons - all the way to the financial success you dream of and deserve.

Duty of Care: An Executive's Guide for Corporate Boards in the Digital Era

An essential guide for board members and executives who need to understand the impact of digital on their thinking and decision making.

Duty of Care: An Executive's Guide for Corporate Boards in the Digital Era offers a much-needed guide for board directors and leaders who need to get up to speed and close their digital knowledge gap in order to make the right decisions about digital technology investment and deployments. Written in easy-to-understand language, this audiobook targets directors and executives who want to protect themselves from risks ranging from massive cyber security breaches to digital infrastructure investment mistakes.

Most board members don't have the information they need to understand digital information systems, modern high-speed networks, and rapidly evolving software and hardware ecosystems. They also don't have the time to seek out or filter what they need from the many diverse sources. Their lack of knowledge can lead to disastrous decisions that can cost shareholders billions of dollars in lost income or risk liability. Written by a globally recognized experienced business executive and expert in cyber security, this essential guide and blueprint can serve the strategic and governance needs of every company.

How to Say Anything to Anyone: A Guide to Building Business Relationships That Really Work

Take charge of your career by eliminating communication barriers and taking charge of your business relationships. Make your work environment less tense and more productive by improving communication skills. Set relationship expectations, work with people how they like to work, and give positive feedback and constructive feedback.  

In How to Say Anything to Anyone, you'll learn how to ask for what you want at work; improve communication skills; strengthen all types of working relationships; reduce the gossip and drama in your office; tell people when you're frustrated and have difficult conversations in a way that resonates; take action on your ideas and feelings; and get honest positive feedback and constructive feedback on your performance.  

Harley shares the real-life stories of people who have struggled to get what they want at work. With her clear and specific business communication roadmap in hand, Harley enables you to improve communication skills and create the career and business relationships you really want-and keep them.

The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning

The Bogleheads are back - with retirement planning advice for those who need it! Whatever your current financial situation, you must continue to strive for a viable retirement plan by finding the most effective ways to save, the best accounts to save in, and the right amount to save, as well as understanding how to insure against setbacks and handle the uncertainties of a shaky economy.  

Fortunately, the Bogleheads, a group of like-minded individual investors who follow the general investment and business beliefs of John C. Bogle, are here to help. Filled with valuable advice on a wide range of retirement planning issues, including some pearls of wisdom from Bogle himself, The Bogleheads' Guide to Retirement Planning has everything you need to succeed at this endeavor. 

 

  • Explains the different types of savings accounts and retirement plans 
  • Offers insights on managing and funding your retirement accounts 
  • Details efficient withdrawal strategies that could help you maintain a comfortable retirement lifestyle 
  • Addresses essential estate planning and gifting issues

The Consultant's Quick Start Guide: An Action Plan for Your First Year in Business

An action plan for working as a consultant  

Management consulting is a $250 billion industry and growing at a rate of over four percent annually. Many predict that more than 40 percent of the US workforce will soon be contingent, freelance, or consulting members of the workforce - making this book more relevant than ever.  

Individuals become independent consultants out of necessity or preference: necessity because they lost their job or the company offered an attractive exit package; preference because they want a career change, more control over their time, or an enriched, varied work situation. Consulting also appeals to the Millennial workforce who are searching for careers that offer a good salary, as well as meaningful work. The New Consultant's Quick Start Guide:

  • Serves as a companion to The New Business of Consulting
  • Provides you with a place to plan your transition into consulting  
  • Helps you identify your niche, develop a business plan, charge what you're worth, and create a marketing strategy to ensure a steady stream of clients  
  • Prepares you for changes you will encounter beyond your professional life, including social, family, and financial aspects

 

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The Dhandho Investor: The Low-Risk Value Method to High Returns

A comprehensive value-investing framework for the individual investor.

In a straightforward and accessible manner, The Dhandho Investor lays out the powerful framework of value investing. Written with the intelligent individual investor in mind, this comprehensive guide distills the Dhandho capital allocation framework of the business-savvy Patels from India and presents how they can be applied successfully to the stock market. The Dhandho method expands on the groundbreaking principles of value investing expounded by Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett, and Charlie Munger.

Listeners will be introduced to important value investing concepts such as "Heads, I win! Tails, I don't lose that much!", "Few Bets, Big Bets, Infrequent Bets", Abhimanyu's dilemma, and a detailed treatise on using the Kelly Formula to invest in undervalued stocks.

Using a light, entertaining style, Pabrai lays out the Dhandho framework in an easy-to-use format. Any investor who adopts the framework is bound to improve on results and soundly beat the markets and most professionals.

The Laws of Trading: A Trader's Guide to Better Decision-Making for Everyone

Trading books generally break down into two categories: the ones which claim to teach you how to make money trading, and the memoir-style books recounting scandals and bad behavior. But the former don't have profitable trades to teach; if they did, they'd keep those trades to themselves. And the latter are frequently entertaining, but they don't leave you with much you can apply in your own life. The Laws of Trading is different.

All of our relationships and decisions involve trading at some level. This is a book about decision-making through the lens of a professional prop trader. For years, behavioral and cognitive scientists have shown us how human decision-making is flawed and biased. But how do you learn to avoid these problems in day-to-day decisions where you have to react in real-time? What are the important things to think about and to act on? The world needs a book by a prop trader who has lived, breathed, and taught trading for a living, drawing upon years of insights on the trading floor in real markets, good and bad, whether going sideways, crashing, or bubbling over. If you can master the decision-making skills needed to profitably trade in modern markets, you can master decision-making in all walks of life. This audiobook will teach you exactly those skills.

The Little Book of Valuation: How to Value a Company, Pick a Stock and Profit

An accessible and intuitive guide to stock valuation.

Valuation is at the heart of any investment decision, whether that decision is to buy, sell, or hold. In The Little Book of Valuation, expert Aswath Damodaran explains the techniques in language that any investor can understand, so you can make better investment decisions when reviewing stock research reports and engaging in independent efforts to value and pick stocks.

In this audiobook, Damodaran distills the fundamentals of valuation, without glossing over or ignoring key concepts, and develops models that you can easily understand and use. Along the way, he covers various valuation approaches from intrinsic or discounted cash-flow valuation and multiples or relative valuation to some elements of real-option valuation.

Written with the individual investor in mind, this reliable guide will not only help you value a company quickly, but will also help you make sense of valuations done by others or found in comprehensive equity research reports.

The Tax and Legal Playbook: Game-Changing Solutions To Your Small Business Questions, 2nd Edition

Attorney and CPA Mark J. Kohler targets the leading tax and business issues among small business owners, across all stages of business, and delivers a practical guide to the fundamental tax and legal conflicts faced by new and established entrepreneurs. Coached by Kohler, business owners are armed to seek out the right professionals relevant to their concerns, confidently ask the right questions, and ultimately, save time, money, and in many cases, potential heartache.  

Approaching each chapter the same way he approaches a client consult, Kohler delivers topic- or question-specific solutions illustrating each critical business matter with entertaining, real-world examples to educate flustered business owners, who are then presented with varied, clearly defined solutions and next steps for moving forward. Each "consultation" offers tools such as assessment quizzes, valuable details to know, possible pitfalls and deceptions, what strategies should always be practiced, and what new strategies or tactics are worth considering.  

Wowing listeners with the clear-cut truths, thoughtful advice, and outside-of-the-box thinking shared in his many Entrepreneur.com contributions, speaking events, and previous books, Kohler presents a simplified look at the complex FAQs within the areas of legal and tax planning for business.

Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup, 2nd Edition

Refreshed, updated, and expanded. Do More Fasterprovides time-tested advice, tips, and experiences by founders and mentors of Techstars to help entrepreneurs succeed!  

David Cohen and Brad Feld, leading advocates for entrepreneurs and startups, team up to provide first-time entrepreneurs with the tools, insights, and experiences to help them do more faster. The authors share their decades of experience working with thousands of startup founders and have enlisted the advice of dozens of Techstars startup founders and mentors. Contributors include Tim Ferriss, Eric Ries, Matt Mullenweg (WordPress), Isaac Saldana (SendGrid), and other successful entrepreneurs.  

Cofounders of Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, Cohen and Feld recognize the daunting task of creating a sustainable business and have seen first-hand the common mistakes first-time entrepreneurs make over and over. The authors take the complexity and uncertainty of starting a business and distill the critical factors into seven themes: Ideas and Vision, People, Working Effectively, Product, Fundraising, Legal and Structure, and Work and Life Harmony. They share their hard-won successes, failures, and advice for anyone with an idea who wants to create a business.

Silva Ultramind Systems Persuasive Thoughts: Have More Confidence, Charisma, & Influence

Jose Silva, Jr.'s 30-day plan shows you how to program your brain and mind for greater success.   

Week 1: Start using the Alpha Brainwave Level relieve stress for relaxation and good health; strengthen your willpower with imagination; turn difficult problems into creative solutions; and develop a leadership mindset  

Week 2: Gain control of your subconscious mind; eliminate limiting beliefs, fears, and phobias; convert self-doubt to confidence and optimism; employ dreams to find solutions to problems; and win praise and gain more respect   

Week 3: Guiding principles for success; guidance and help from a higher power; the Universal Laws of Programming; how Jose Silva programmed to acquire money; and discover and fulfill your life purpose   

Week 4: Increasing your power to influence; your aura is your invisible persuader; overcome deep-rooted problems at Theta; unleash the genius potential in your child; and be recognized as a visionary and a leader

Skill Up: A Software Developer's Guide to Life and Career

This is an all-purpose toolkit for your programming career. It has been built by Jordan Hudgens over a lifetime of coding and teaching coding. It helps you identify the key questions and stumbling blocks that programmers encounter, and gives you the answers to them! It is a comprehensive guide containing more than 50 insights that you can use to improve your work, and to give advice in your career. 

The book is split up into three topic areas: Coder Skills, Freelancer Skills, and Career Skills, each containing a wealth of practical advice. Coder Skills contains advice for people starting out, or those who are already working in a programming role but want to improve their skills. It includes such subjects as how to study and understand complex topics, and getting past skill plateaus when learning new languages. Freelancer Skills contains advice for developers working as freelancers or with freelancers. It includes such subjects as knowing when to fire a client, and tips for taking over legacy applications. Career Skills contains advice for building a successful career as a developer. It includes such subjects as how to improve your programming techniques, and interview guides and developer salary negotiation strategies.

The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing: Second Edition

The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing is a DIY handbook that espouses the sage investment wisdom of John C. Bogle. This witty and wonderful book offers contrarian advice that provides the first step on the road to investment success, illustrating how relying on typical "common sense" promoted by Wall Street is destined to leave you poorer. This updated edition includes new information on backdoor Roth IRAs and ETFs as mainstream buy-and-hold investments, estate taxes and gifting, plus changes to the laws regarding Traditional and Roth IRAs, and 401k and 403b retirement plans. With warnings and principles both precisely accurate and grandly counterintuitive, the Boglehead authors show how beating the market is a zero-sum game.  

Investing can be simple, but it's certainly not simplistic. Over the course of 20 years, the followers of John C. Bogle have evolved from a loose association of investors to a major force with the largest and most active non-commercial financial forum on the Internet. The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing brings that communication to you with comprehensive guidance to the investment prowess on display at Bogleheads.org. You'll learn how to craft your own investment strategy using the Bogle-proven methods that have worked for thousands of investors.

Swim!: How a Shark, a Suckerfish, and a Parasite Teach You Leadership, Mentoring, and Next Level Success

Written as an engaging parable, Swim!: How a Shark, a Suckerfish, and a Parasite Teach You Leadership, Mentoring, and Next Level Success brings to life real-world challenges (and their solutions) and presents them in simple, yet powerful terms. The book explores the vital importance of networking, explores the steps that lead to successful networking, and explains why we need it.   

Swim! dives deep into the concepts of mentorship and the power of human connection. While too many business leaders spend their time obsessing about facts, figures, and the bottom line, it is more important for them to learn to manage relationships. Once attention shifts to relationships, businesses, and careers can reach the next level of success. Written by a leading motivational speaker, this book offers ideas that can be applied to both personal and business life. This book will allow you to understand the importance of establishing habits and rituals; tap into the power of a positive mindset; discover the value of teamwork; and learn to use intentional language about workplace culture.  

Swim! is an entertaining book that highlights the significant concept of connecting and building relationships and includes the tools needed to become more self-aware about our roles and contributions in our industries.

Making Money Simple: The Complete Guide to Getting Your Financial House in Order and Keeping It That Way Forever

Feeling paralyzed by the overwhelming number of complex decisions you need to make with your money?

You don't need to be an expert to achieve financial freedom. You just need a framework that makes the right choices simple and easy to make. Making Money Simple takes you through that much-needed process so you can get on the right track to long-term financial security. This valuable resource provides a solid foundation for all the nuanced personal finance decisions you need to make as you go through your career, hit major life milestones, and look to grow wealth. It's a blueprint for financial achievement - even through tough-to-navigate situations where there are no clear-cut rules.

After you listen to Making Money Simple, you'll be able to create your personal plan for success using proven wealth management methods and real-world financial strategies. From basic financial principles to advanced investing techniques, you'll get comprehensive coverage of fundamental financial topics with easy-to-follow advice from author Peter Lazaroff, who draws from his expertise as the Chief Investment Officer of a multi-billion-dollar wealth management firm to give you the tools you need to simplify your financial situation and make the right moves at every opportunity.

Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk: How to Have Essential Conversations with Your Parents About Their Finances

As your parents age, you may find that you want or need to broach the often - difficult subject of finances. In Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk: How to Have Essential Conversations with Your Parents About Their Finances, you'll learn the best ways to approach this issue, along with a wealth of financial and legal information that will help you help your parents into and through their golden years.

Sometimes parents are reluctant to address money matters with their adult children, and topics such as long-term care, retirement savings (or lack thereof), and end-of-life planning can be particularly touchy. In this book, you'll hear from others in your position who have successfully had "the talk" with their parents, and you'll learn about a variety of conversation strategies that can make talking finances more comfortable and more productive.

  • Learn conversation starters and strategies to open the lines of communication about your parents' finances.
  • Discover the essential financial and legal information you should gather from your parents to be prepared for the future.
  • Gain insight from others' stories of successfully talking money with aging parents.
  • And more...

Productivity: Get Motivated, Get Organised and Get Things Done

Productivity is personal!

When it comes to your own productivity, the smartest thing you can do is to learn what works best for you. Personal development author Gill Hasson helps you to discover how to manage your time and get things done with less stress and more efficiency.

Being productive involves finding your own rhythm and getting things done in a way that works best for you; according to your circumstances, skills, and abilities and the time, energy, and resources you have.

Productivity helps you to identify what might currently be getting in the way of you being more productive. It has plenty of ideas and suggestions, along with tips and techniques to help you get organized and be more productive.

Develop a personal productivity mindset. Identify your optimum times of day. Plan your time purposefully. Manage difficulties and setbacks.

Rather than work harder, work smarter. This book shows you how!

Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership

Our companies, our communities, and our planet are facing unprecedented challenges - challenges that will not be solved by a small group of people from a single entity. Today's leaders need a set of tools specifically designed to harness the power of collaborative networks.

Strategic Doing introduces you to the new disciplines of agile strategy and collaborative leadership. You'll learn how to design and guide complex collaborations by following a discipline of simple rules that you won't find anywhere else.

  • Unleash the power of true collaboration.
  • Learn and master the ten skills of agile leadership.
  • Apply individual skills to targeted situations.
  • Introduces a new discipline of leadership strategy.

Filled with compelling case studies, Strategic Doing outlines a new discipline of leadership strategy specifically designed for open, loosely-connected networks.

The Backpack: How to Understand and Manage Yourself While Loving Others Along the Way

The Backpack: How to Understand and Manage Yourself While Loving Others Along the Way tells the story of Jon, Sofia, and Buddy, whose pathways merge on a life-changing flight. Written by a senior consultant with the Flippen Group (a worldwide leader in self-awareness training), the book brings together an angry passenger, a wise flight attendant, and a down-home cowboy. Their chance meeting leads to the ride of their lives as they fully grasp the importance and meaning of their backpacks. 

As this engaging story reveals, self-awareness is like a backpack! If we are to be prepared to succeed on the journey of life, we need to know and accept which backpack is ours, decide what we need to put in it or take out of it, and be fully aware of how our backpacks are affecting all of the other passengers around us. The question is: Are we whacking the other passengers with our backpack as we travel through life...or are we helping them? 

The Backpack offers a story that explores the concepts of self-awareness and other-awareness, including the importance of appreciating your personality, living by your core values, mentally preparing for your day, being aware of your impact on others, and packing your backpack wisely.