Clever Girl Finance: Learn How Investing Works, Grow Your Money

Learn the basics of investing with this approachable guide to the world of finance

Clever Girl Finance: Learn How Investing Works, Grow Your Money is the leading guide for women who seek to learn the basic foundations of personal investing. In a no-nonsense and straightforward style, this book teaches listeners: exactly how investing works and what you should be doing, no fancy finance degree required; how to leverage investing to build long term wealth even on a modest salary; the key pitfalls to avoid in order to become a successful investor; how to build a nest egg and invest in your future; and insights from real-world success stories from other "clever girl investors". 

Clever Girl Finance teaches listeners the irreplaceable value of investing for long-term financial gain, and the difference between making money and building wealth. 

Written for any woman who's ever sought out an accessible introduction to the world of investing, this book is especially suited to women interested in learning how investing works and taking guided action towards their financial success.

Driving Digital Strategy: A Guide to Reimagining Your Business

Digital transformation is no longer news - it's a necessity.

Despite the widespread threat of disruption, many large companies in traditional industries have succeeded at digitizing their businesses in truly transformative ways. The New York Times, formerly a bastion of traditional media, has created a thriving digital product behind a carefully designed paywall. Best Buy has transformed its business in the face of Amazon's threat. John Deere has formed a data-analysis arm to complement its farm-equipment business. And Goldman Sachs and many others are using digital technologies to reimagine their businesses. In Driving Digital Strategy, Harvard Business School Professor Sunil Gupta provides an actionable framework for following their lead.

For more than a decade, Gupta has studied digital transformation at Fortune 500 companies. He knows what works and what doesn't. Merely dabbling in digital or launching a small independent unit, which many companies do, will not bring success. Instead you need to fundamentally change the core of your business and ensure that your digital strategy touches all aspects of your organization: your business model, value chain, customer relationships, and company culture. Gupta covers each aspect in vivid detail while providing navigation tips and best practices along the way. 

Global Talent Management: Challenges, Strategies, and Opportunities (Management for Professionals Series)

This book bridges the research and practice of global talent management. It opens important theoretical and practical avenues to understand the concept internationally while focusing on developing and emerging countries. Chapters derive from various geographic regions and embrace cross-national, comparative, and interdisciplinary perspectives. An open and inclusive approach is used in assessing the challenges of global talent management, strategies to overcome these challenges, and in charting opportunities for future talent management. These three dimensions are crucial to academic researchers and business practitioners for envisioning a positive future role of talent management in businesses and societies.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Platforms and Ecosystems

Competition is moving beyond industry to ecosystem. Are you ready? 

In the shift from pipeline to platform, value is no longer created by your company's product or process alone - it's created through interactions. And the strategy you used to become an industry leader won't help you compete in an evolving and complex ecosystem. 

If you listen to nothing else on platforms and ecosystems, listen to these 10 articles by experts in the field. We've combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you address classic challenges such as navigating the shift from controlling resources to orchestrating them, redefining value, thwarting competitive threats, and adapting your strategy. 

This book will inspire you to: manage network effects and inspire users to attract more users; understand the myriad dynamics at play in a platform business; decide whether to be a chief architect or a complementor in your ecosystem; consider which of your company's existing products and services can be turned into platforms; shift from managing products to managing interactions; collaborate with other firms in an ecosystem that spans sectors; and learn to allocate - and reallocate - resources as conditions change.

Innovation Capital: How to Compete - and Win - Like the World's Most Innovative Leaders

Great leaders of innovation know that creativity is not enough. They succeed not only on the basis of their ideas, but because they have the vision, reputation, and networks to win the backing needed to commercialize them. It turns out that this quality - called "innovation capital" - is measurably more important for innovation than just being creative.

The authors have spent decades studying how people get great ideas (the subject of The Innovator's DNA) and how people test and develop those ideas (explored in The Innovator's Method). Now they share what they've learned from a multipronged research program designed to determine how people compete for, and obtain, resources to launch new ideas: how you can build a personal reputation for innovation; what techniques you can use to amplify your innovation capital; how you can garner attention for your ideas and projects and persuade audiences to support them; and what it means to provide visionary leadership and how you can achieve it.

Featuring interviews with the superstars of innovation - individuals like Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Elon Musk (Tesla), Marc Benioff (Salesforce), Indra Nooyi (PepsiCo), and Shantanu Narayen (Adobe) - this book will help you position yourself and your ideas to compete for attention and resources so that you can launch innovations with impact.

Irrational Exuberance: Revised and Expanded Third Edition

In this revised, updated, and expanded edition of his New York Times best seller, Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller, who warned of both the tech and housing bubbles, cautions that signs of irrational exuberance among investors have only increased since the 2008-9 financial crisis. 

With high stock and bond prices and the rising cost of housing, the post-subprime boom may well turn out to be another illustration of Shiller's influential argument that psychologically driven volatility is an inherent characteristic of all asset markets. In other words, Irrational Exuberance is as relevant as ever. Previous editions covered the stock and housing markets - and famously predicted their crashes. This edition expands its coverage to include the bond market, so that the book now addresses all of the major investment markets. It also includes updated data throughout, as well as Shiller's 2013 Nobel Prize lecture, which places the book in broader context. 

In addition to diagnosing the causes of asset bubbles, Irrational Exuberance recommends urgent policy changes to lessen their likelihood and severity - and suggests ways that individuals can decrease their risk before the next bubble bursts. No one whose future depends on a retirement account, a house, or other investments can afford not to listen to this book.

Strategy Maps: Converting Intangible Assets into Tangible Outcome

More than 20 years ago, Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton introduced the balanced scorecard, a revolutionary performance measurement system that allowed organizations to quantify intangible assets such as people, information, and customer relationships. Then, in The Strategy-Focused Organization, Kaplan and Norton showed how organizations achieved breakthrough performance with a management system that put the balanced scorecard into action.

Now, using their ongoing research with hundreds of balanced scorecard adopters across the globe, the authors have created a powerful new tool - the "strategy map" - that enables companies to describe the links between intangible assets and value creation with a clarity and precision never before possible. Kaplan and Norton argue that the most critical aspect of strategy - implementing it in a way that ensures sustained value creation-depends on managing four key internal processes: operations, customer relationships, innovation, and regulatory and social processes. 

The authors show how companies can use strategy maps to link those processes to desired outcomes; evaluate, measure, and improve the processes most critical to success; and target investments in human, informational, and organizational capital.

The Accidental Business Nomad: A Survival Guide for Working Across a Shrinking Planet

The Accidental Business Nomad is an unvarnished, story-driven, practical guide to working across cultures. The book features real stories of companies going global and highlights the realities of doing business overseas in a post-globalization world. Each story gives fascinating insights and lessons into the cultural realities and unexpected surprises of modern globalization.

The Accidental Business Nomad is for anyone working in a more global environment and who is looking to gain critical insights and communications skills needed for a shrinking world.

As managing director of TSL Marketing's Leadership Nomad group, Kyle Hegarty has deciphered the culture code of doing business in Asia and the fastest growing markets. Hegarty reports on his triumphs and failures, including tales where unexpected lessons abound. The result is a no-holds-barred, gritty, and unvarnished guide to doing business across cultures. Listeners will learn: why up to 70 percent of international ventures fail due to cultural issues, and how to avoid becoming a casualty; how to navigate the invisible language of cultural misunderstandings; cross-cultural communications skills everyone in business needs to know; the art and science of personality profiling and quick shortcuts to understanding people; and more.

The Digital Transformer's Dilemma: How to Energize Your Core Business While Building Disruptive Products and Services

In The Digital Transformer's Dilemma: How to Energize Your Core Business While Building Disruptive Products and Services, the authors show companies how to go digital while also advancing their core business. The book emphasizes how to strike a difficult balance between establishing a new (digital) business and revitalizing - and digitizing - the legacy business.

The core of the book is focused on the actual implementation of the digital transformation across both businesses, providing concrete tips, tricks, tools, and action plans across six key dimensions: crafting a flexible organization; using technology as a driver; designing the necessary processes; building transformational leaders; "Right-skilling" the workforce of the future; and galvanizing cultural change.

 

Based on more than 100 interviews with senior executives at leading companies (such as Nestle, Novartis, Volkswagen, BNP Paribas, BASF, and Michelin) and smaller hidden champions, numerous illuminating case studies, and the authors' own experience from working in international management consulting and years of academic experience, the book highlights the fundamental principles required for executives and businesspeople to transform legacy organizations into digitally empowered companies.

The Six-Figure Freelancer: Your Roadmap to Success in the Gig Economy

Do you love freelancing but worry your income isn't guaranteed? Discover a powerful method for growing and sustaining dependable earnings. 

Are you a self-employed service provider looking to build a bulletproof business? Struggling to develop a strong, consistent client-base? Do you want to take your independent career to the next level, but don't know how? Writer, coach, and public speaker Laura Briggs has helped thousands of enthusiastic entrepreneurs find the liberating freedom and flexibility of the contractor model. And now she's here to share her battle-tested guide from working with companies like Microsoft and Business Insider to help you scale your enterprise and soar to new financial heights. 

Six Figure Freelancer: Your Roadmap to Success in the Gig Economy is a tactical approach to smoothing out your ups and downs and connecting with customers, so you can see substantial and predictable growth. Drawing on Briggs's depth of experience and that of nineteen other freelancers, you'll craft a series of actionable steps and shift your mindset to ride the steady road to cash. Armed with these professional tips and tricks, you'll be filled with confidence and soon be carving out a profitable, watertight venture.

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?: (And How to Fix It)

Look around your office. Turn on the TV. Incompetent leadership is everywhere, and there's no denying that most of these leaders are men.

In this timely and provocative book, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic asks two powerful questions: Why is it so easy for incompetent men to become leaders? And why is it so hard for competent people - especially competent women - to advance? Marshaling decades of rigorous research, Chamorro-Premuzic points out that although men make up a majority of leaders, they underperform when compared with female leaders. In fact, most organizations equate leadership potential with a handful of destructive personality traits, like overconfidence and narcissism. In other words, these traits may help someone get selected for a leadership role, but they backfire once the person has the job.

When competent women - and men who don't fit the stereotype - are unfairly overlooked, we all suffer the consequences. The result is a deeply flawed system that rewards arrogance rather than humility and loudness rather than wisdom. There is a better way. With clarity and verve, Chamorro-Premuzic shows us what it really takes to lead and how new systems and processes can help us put the right people in charge.

Beyond Performance Management: Why, When, and How to Use 40 Tools and Best Practices for Superior Business Performance

There's a bewildering array of management tools out there. And they all promise to help you excel at the toughest parts of your job: defining your organization's strategic direction, managing customers and costs, and boosting workforce performance. But just 30 percent of these tools deliver as intended. 

Why? As Jeremy Hope and Steve Player reveal in Beyond Performance Management, while many tools are sound in theory, they're misused by most organizations. For example, executives buy and implement a tool without first asking, "What problem are we trying to solve?" And they use tools to command and control frontline teams, not empower them-a serious and costly mistake.

In this eminently useful, clear-eyed book, the authors critically review dozens of well-known management tools-from mission statements, balanced scorecards, and rolling forecasts to key performance indicators, Six Sigma, and performance appraisals. They explain how to select the right tools for your organization, how to implement them correctly, and how to extract maximum value from each.

Brimming with rigorous analysis and solid advice, Beyond Performance Management helps you swiftly gauge the value of each management tool, as well as navigate the increasingly crowded field of offerings-so the tools you select deliver fully on their promise.

Coach 'Em Way Up: 5 Lessons for Leading the John Wooden Way

All great coaches are good leaders but not all good leaders are great coaches

Coach 'Em Way Up teaches listeners to exhibit their best thinking, set a great example, lead, and mentor others to put them on a path to lasting competitive greatness while becoming great people, too. 

Based on the teachings of legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, listeners get effective leadership strategies for creating a culture of excellence in today's modern workplace. Simply put, Coach 'Em Way Up does for listeners what John Wooden did for decades:

 

  • Guide you to achieve true success
  • Challenge you to reach extraordinary levels of performance
  • Prepare you to coach yourself and others to be the very best
  • Inspire you to pursue not just greatness but also goodness

Make John Wooden a coach and mentor for your future. Allow him to coach you to coach yourself, your team, and business up - all the way up.

Hire Purpose: How Smart Companies Can Close the Skills Gap

The future of work is already here, and what this future looks like must be a pressing concern for the current generation of leaders in both the private and public sectors. In the next 10 to 15 years, rapid change in a post-pandemic world and emerging technology will revolutionize nearly every job, eliminate some, and create new forms of work that we have yet to imagine. How can we survive and thrive in the face of such drastic change?

Deanna Mulligan offers a practical, broad-minded look at the effects of workplace evolution and automation and why the private sector needs to lead the charge in shaping a values-based response. With a focus on the power of education, Mulligan proposes that the solutions to workforce upheaval lie in reskilling and retraining for individuals and companies adapting to rapid change. By creating lifelong learning opportunities that break down boundaries between the classroom and the workplace, businesses can foster personal and career well-being and growth for their employees. 

Drawing on her own experiences, historical examples, and reports from the frontiers where these issues are unfolding, Mulligan details how business leaders can prepare for and respond to technological disruption. Providing a framework for concrete and meaningful action, Hire Purpose is an essential book about the transformations that will shape the next decade and beyond.

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The Purpose Factor is the clearest, most actionable process ever developed for discovering purpose - period.

You want clarity. You are tired of wondering, "What's next?" You want to know if you are making the right decision. You are ready for fewer distractions, more direction, and a clear idea of where you want to go.

And you want it now. You would take the initiative, if you only knew what steps to take. You don't want life to happen to you. You are ready for life to start happening because of you.

Purpose is the factor. In The Purpose Factor, you will discover the most practical and effective process ever developed for finding and living out your purpose. Purpose is the single difference between simply existing and really living. It is what separates the successful from the standard, divides the top earners from the just-get-byers, and determines whether a company will grow and thrive or just barely survive. Your purpose will unlock the secret to living a meaningful life, building a successful career, and making a difference in the world. Knowing your purpose will determine how well you do and how far you go.

Invent and Wander: The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos, with an Introduction by Walter Isaacson

In Jeff Bezos' own words, the core principles and philosophy that have guided him in creating, building, and leading Amazon and Blue Origin. 

In this collection of Jeff Bezos' writings - his unique and strikingly original annual shareholder letters, plus numerous speeches and interviews that provide insight into his background, his work, and the evolution of his ideas - you'll gain an insider's view of the why and how of his success. Spanning a range of topics across business and public policy, from innovation and customer obsession to climate change and outer space, this book provides a rare glimpse into how Bezos thinks about the world and where the future might take us. 

Written in a direct, down-to-earth style, Invent and Wander offers listeners a master class in business values, strategy, and execution. 

Each insight offers new ways of thinking through today's challenges - and more importantly, tomorrow's - and the never-ending urgency of striving ahead, never resting on one's laurels. Everyone from CEOs of the Fortune 100 to entrepreneurs just setting up shop to the millions who use Amazon's products and services in their homes or businesses will come to understand the principles that have driven the success of one of the most important innovators of our time.

Listen Up!: How to Tune in to Customers and Turn Down the Noise

There's one voice that matters more than any other: the voice of the customer. Learn how to fully understand the number one source of your organization's prosperity, profits, and productivity. These actionable insights will help you to better connect with your customers and gain an undeniable lead over your competition. 

Listen Up!: How to Tune In to Customers and Turn Down the Noise reveals how to create a customer experience that's built on listening and designed for engagement. Author and Salesforce executive Karen Mangia has created a practical and comprehensive examination of how best-of-breed companies listen and respond to customer demands - creating a foundation of customer success, loyalty, and brand evolution.  

Listen Up! features discussions about: how to go beyond the survey: best practices associated with customer understanding, customer experience, and customer service; how to move from deep listening to data-based insights into customer behavior; the statistics and stories behind companies, organizations, and even city governments that have created a customer-centric culture; how powerful new questions can offer a fresh perspective into any customer, anywhere; and winning greater mindshare, and market share, with a fresh look at the future of customer service, customer success, and customer satisfaction.

Management Tips 2: From Harvard Business Review

Quick, practical management advice from Harvard Business Review to help you do your job better.

Drawing from HBR's popular Management Tip of the Day newsletter, this concise, handy guide is packed with accessible tips on a broad range of topics, organized into three major skills every manager must master:

  • Managing yourself
  • Managing your team
  • Managing your business

Management Tips 2: From Harvard Business Review puts the best management practices and insights, from top thinkers in the field, right at your fingertips. Listen to it any time you have a few minutes to spare, and you'll have a fresh, powerful idea you can immediately put into action. With this handy book as your guide, you'll stand the best chance of succeeding in your role as a manager.

Never Say Sell: How the World's Best Consulting and Professional Services Firms Expand Client Relationships

Learn the secrets of how recurring revenue is driven at expert firms like BCG, KPMG, EY, and more

Never Say Sell explains how to scale individual engagements into long-term business relationships. Cowritten by Tom McMakin, the coauthor of How Clients Buy and expert in account development, and colleague Jacob Parks, this book provides insights into how key rainmakers at firms like Accenture and IBM drive growth from existing relationships.

Never Say Sell is a business development guide for professional service providers like consultants, accountants, and lawyers, whether they are sole proprietors or members of account teams tasked with expanding key accounts.

Doing good work with existing clients is not enough to have them come back to you again and again. You must do more. This book explores the techniques and methods that leading professional service providers use to add value, cross sell, and drive recurring revenue from existing engagements.

Never Say Sell will help you turn one-and-done clients into some of your most exciting and lucrative relationships. It is a must-have for any professional who benefits from repeat business.

The Power of Understanding People: The Key to Strengthening Relationships, Increasing Sales, and Enhancing Organizational Performance

How to build lasting connections through meaningful communication

Developing successful relationships is critical to our success in both our personal and professional lives. The Power of Understanding People shows you how to establish and develop extremely effective relationships by providing you with techniques to better identify and understand the intrinsic needs of others. As a result, you will achieve better team dynamics, increased sales and client satisfaction, higher levels of employee engagement and performance, and even more satisfying marriages and friendships. 

This book provides the tools to understand others' unique communication style as well as your own. Get detailed advice on how to adjust to diverse communication styles, develop a unifying language for the organization, and better match motivational techniques to team members. Through storytelling and experiential exercises, author Dave Mitchell helps you gain insight into your own unique interaction style and teaches you how to communicate, motivate, sell, and service more successfully no matter the personality types involved.

Armed with the ability to interpret the behavior of the people around you, you will achieve greater levels of success at work and at home while also learning how to better handle the difficult situations involving people in your life.

The Wealthy Franchisee: Game-Changing Steps to Becoming a Thriving Franchise Superstar

Take your business from average to extraordinary

The Wealthy Franchisee pulls concepts from cognitive behavioral therapy, brain science, interviews, and Scott Greenberg's firsthand experience as a franchisee to help listeners replicate the mental habits, tactics, and financial results of high-performing franchisees. As a franchising consultant, Scott Greenberg has helped franchise owners and franchisees improve their performance. Listeners will learn how to:

  • Explore their own mental responses and become more self-aware
  • Bring out the best in employees and build superstar teams
  • Dazzle customers and increase sales with emotionally satisfying experiences

Optimize the human elements of their operation so they can grow into a next-level enterprise and become wealthy.

Failure to Communicate: How Conversations Go Wrong and What You Can Do to Right Them

Your stomach's churning; you're hyperventilating - you're in a badly deteriorating conversation at work. Such exchanges, which run the gamut from firing subordinates to parrying verbal attacks from colleagues, are so loaded with anger, confusion, and fear that most people handle them poorly: They avoid them, clamp down, or give in.

But dodging issues, appeasing difficult people, and mishandling tough encounters all carry a high price for managers and companies - in the form of damaged relationships, ruined careers, and intensified problems.

In Failure to Communicate, Holly Weeks shows how to master the combat mentality, emotional maelstrom, and confusion that poison difficult conversations. Drawing on her many years as a consultant and coach to leaders and executives, the author explains: why we turn to ineffective tactics when the heat is on; how to avoid the worst pitfalls of difficult conversations, and how to pull yourself out if you fall in; ways to regain your balance and inject respect into stressful conversations, even when you've been confronted, infuriated, or wronged; strategies for mitigating aggression and defensiveness and for clearing the fog of misconceptions; and how to get through the hardest conversations with your reputation and relationships intact.

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

Are your organization's ideas growing stale? Do your employees need to refresh their thinking?

We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the 10 most important ones to help you instill creativity across your organization.

This book will inspire you to: understand the "rules" of creativity and how they work; think imaginatively to develop ideas for new products and innovations; encourage your team's curiosity and champion their ideas; build a culture of originality and experimentation; use creativity to define groundbreaking strategies; and reclaim your creative confidence by overcoming your fear of judgment. 

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If You Really Want to Change the World: A Guide to Creating, Building, and Sustaining Breakthrough Ventures

Silicon Valley's latest trend for creating new ventures is based on trial and error: test market needs with new product concepts and a minimum amount of capital, expect that the product may not meet the market need, so fail fast and try another product with the hope that a product-market fit will eventually emerge. But this fail-fast, step-and-pivot philosophy is like taking a random walk in the forest without a compass. If You Really Want to Change the World is about helping entrepreneurs find true north.

Henry Kressel and Norman Winarsky - technologists, inventors, and investors with stellar track records - provide a guide for those who wish to create a market-leading company that will have a real impact: a disciplined and staged approach they have used to launch, invest in, and develop scores of highly successful companies.

If You Really Want to Change the World leads entrepreneurs through the critical stages of venture development, from concept to acquisition or public offering to maintaining a rich culture of innovation in the company. It is a guide by innovators for innovators, with approaches that are practical and timeless.

Master Your Next Move: The Essential Companion to "The First 90 Days"

In his international best seller The First 90 Days, transition guru Michael D. Watkins outlined a set of basic principles for getting up to speed quickly in new professional roles. Since that book was published, Watkins has worked with thousands of leaders, helping them to accelerate their transitions. These leaders posed challenging questions on how to apply the basic principles in real-life situations. The truth that emerged: the First 90 Days framework can be applied in every transition, but the way you apply it is entirely different when you have been promoted to a higher level than it is when you are joining a new organization or taking a role in a different country.

Master Your Next Move answers a distinct need, focusing on the most common types of transitions leaders face and the unique challenges posed by each. Based on years of research, and now with a new introduction, this indispensable book explores eight crucial transitions virtually everyone encounters during their career, including promotion, leading former peers, onboarding into a new company, making an international move, and turning around a business in crisis.

With real-world examples and many practical models and tools, Master Your Next Move is your guide to surviving and thriving as you make your next move...and every one after that.