Fewer, Richer, Greener: Prospects for Humanity in an Age of Abundance

Why do so many people fear the future? Is their concern justified, or can we look forward to greater wealth and continued improvement in the way we live?  

Our world seems to be experiencing stagnant economic growth, climatic deterioration, dwindling natural resources, and an unsustainable level of population growth. The world is doomed, they argue, and there are just too many problems to overcome. But is this really the case? In Fewer, Richer, Greener, author Laurence B. Siegel reveals that the world has improved - and will continue to improve - in almost every dimension imaginable.  

This practical yet lighthearted book makes a convincing case for having gratitude for today's world and optimism about the bountiful world of tomorrow. Life has actually improved tremendously. We live in the safest, most prosperous time in all human history. Whatever the metric-food, health, longevity, education, conflict - it is demonstrably true that right now is the best time to be alive. The recent, dramatic slowing in global population growth continues to spread prosperity from the developed to the developing world. Technology is helping billions of people rise above levels of mere subsistence. This technology of prosperity is cumulative and rapidly improving: we use it to solve problems in ways that would have be unimaginable only a few decades ago.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Sales: HBR's 10 Must Reads Serie

ales isn't about pushing products or being efficient; it's about building the right systems to manage and empower your salespeople.  

We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you understand how to create the conditions for sales success.  

This book will inspire you to: understand your customer's buying center, integrate your sales and marketing operations, assess your business cycle and its impact on your sales force, transition away from solution sales, leverage the power of micromarkets, introduce tiebreaker selling and consensus selling, and motivate your sales force properly.

 

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Secrets of Self-Mastery: Napoleon Hill Success Course Series

In the third volume of the Napoleon Hill Success Course series, PEN Award-winning historian and New Thought voice Mitch Horowitz explores the full-range of self-development ideas that appear throughout Hill's work. 

In Secrets of Self-Mastery, Mitch supplies new insights and updates on the techniques that make you more confident, effective, attractive, charismatic, astute, and creative, including: how to use theatrical techniques to reshape your persona; benefiting from the psychology of clothing; how to allow only the right people and influences into your life; what brain science reveals about improving self-confidence; the can't-miss way to prepare and deliver a compelling sales talk or public address; how to manage depression and anxiety on the path to self-development; and much more. This is the book that finally distills and prescribes exactly what Hill grasped about human nature, and how recent breakthroughs and insights make it all the more compelling and useful.

The Artist in the Machine: The World of AI-Powered Creativity

Today's computers are composing music that sounds "more Bach than Bach", turning photographs into paintings in the style of Van Gogh's Starry Night, and even writing screenplays. But are computers truly creative - or are they merely tools to be used by musicians, artists, and writers?  

Miller, an authority on creativity, identifies the key factors essential to the creative process, from "the need for introspection" to "the ability to discover the key problem." He talks to people on the cutting edge of artificial intelligence, encountering computers that mimic the brain and machines that have defeated champions in chess, Jeopardy!, and Go. In the central part of the book, Miller explores the riches of computer-created art, introducing us to artists and computer scientists who have, among much else, unleashed an artificial neural network to create a nightmarish, multi-eyed dog-cat; taught AI to imagine; developed a robot that paints; created algorithms for poetry; and produced the world's first computer-composed musical. 

But, Miller writes, in order to be truly creative, machines will need to step into the world. He probes the nature of consciousness and speaks to researchers trying to develop emotions and consciousness in computers. Miller argues that computers can already be as creative as humans - and someday will surpass us.

Designed for Digital: How to Architect Your Business for Sustained Success

Most established companies have deployed such digital technologies as the cloud, mobile apps, the internet of things, and artificial intelligence. But few established companies are designed for digital. This book offers an essential guide for retooling organizations for digital success. In the digital economy, rapid pace of change in technology capabilities and customer desires means that business strategy must be fluid. As a result, the authors explain, business design has become a critical management responsibility. Effective business design enables a company to quickly pivot in response to new competitive threats and opportunities. Most leaders today, however, rely on organizational structure to implement strategy, unaware that structure inhibits, rather than enables, agility. In companies that are designed for digital, people, processes, data, and technology are synchronized to identify and deliver innovative customer solutions - and redefine strategy. Digital design, not strategy, is what separates winners from losers in the digital economy.  

Designed for Digital offers practical advice on digital transformation. Drawing on five years of research and in-depth case studies, the book is an essential guide for companies that want to disrupt rather than be disrupted in the new digital landscape.

Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World

In industry after industry, data, analytics, and AI-driven processes are transforming the nature of work. While we often still treat AI as the domain of a specific skill, business function, or sector, we have entered a new era in which AI is challenging the very concept of the firm. AI-centric organizations exhibit a new operating architecture, redefining how they create, capture, share, and deliver value.  

Marco Iansiti and Karim R. Lakhani show how reinventing the firm around data, analytics, and AI removes traditional constraints on scale, scope, and learning that have constrained business growth for hundreds of years. From Airbnb to Ant Financial, Microsoft to Amazon, research shows how AI-driven processes are vastly more scalable than traditional processes, drive massive scope increase, enabling companies to straddle industry boundaries, and enable powerful opportunities for learning - to drive ever more accurate, complex, and sophisticated predictions.  

When traditional operating constraints are removed, strategy becomes a whole new game, one whose rules and likely outcomes this book will make clear.

 

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Business Communication: Harvard Business Essentials Series

With advice and tools for improving a wide array of communication skills - from delivering an effective presentation to drafting proposals to the effective use of e-mail - Business Communication helps managers deliver information effectively.

 

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Cracking the Millionaire Code: Your Key to Enlightened Wealth

Why do some people struggle financially while others seem destined for more prosperous lives? What if you could enjoy a more abundant lifestyle without sacrificing anything you now hold dear - your values, your health, your spirituality, your freedom, your friends and family? Take it from two authors who know firsthand: You can.  

Mark Victor Hansen is coauthor of the phenomenally successful Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and Robert G. Allen is the author of the blockbuster paradigm-shifting best seller Nothing Down. But it wasn't always that way. Neither author is a stranger to failure. Both have lost everything - more than once! But, independent of each other and over time, these two men came up with principles for helping both themselves and others. They began conducting their business lives along enlightened lines, and since then their joy and their wealth have grown exponentially.  

Now, with this book, Hansen and Allen have teamed up to provide you with their time-tested tenets for unlocking the secrets of creating Enlightened Wealth. The keys lie in the book's four wealth codes: The Destiny Code, The Prism Code, The Angel Code, and The Star Code.

Decisions: Practical Advice from 23 Men and Women Who Shaped the World

Your future depends on your decisions....

Sorting out our lives amidst chaos, confusion, and innumerable options is a process we all have in common. The decisions we ultimately make can affect our lives and the lives of others. It's not always easy. In this empowering guide, an expert in business strategies shares the choices of notable, visionary decision-makers - from Harry Truman and Henry Ford to Marie Curie and Malala Yousafzai - and explains how you can apply their principles to your own personal and professional real-life scenarios.

Resolve, patience, and practical thinking-take it from these politicians, scientists, economists, inventors, entrepreneurs, theologians, activists, and commanders of war and peace. Their inspiring counsel will give you the tools you need to help change your life. Both big and small, your choices can shape the minutes, days, weeks, and years ahead. This book is the first motivating step in the right direction.

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

Learn to be a better negotiator - and achieve the outcomes you want.  

We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you avoid common mistakes, find hidden opportunities, and win the best deals possible.  

This book will inspire you to: control the negotiation before you enter the room; persuade others to do what you want - for their own reasons; manage emotions on both sides of the table; understand the rules of negotiating across cultures; set the stage for a healthy relationship long after the ink has dried; and identify what you can live with and when to walk away.

 

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Decision Making: 5 Steps to Better Results (Harvard Business Essentials Series)

Decision-making is a critical part of management, and bad choices can damage careers and the bottom line. This book offers the tools and advice managers need to avoid common biases and arrive at and implement decisions that are both sound and ethical. 

The Harvard Business Essentials series provides comprehensive advice, personal coaching, background information, and guidance on the most relevant topics in business. Whether you are a new manager seeking to expand your skills or a seasoned professional looking to broaden your knowledge base, these solution-oriented books put reliable answers at your fingertips. 

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HBR's 10 Must Reads on Mental Toughness: HBR's 10 Must Reads Series

Come back from every setback a stronger and better leader

We've combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you build your emotional strength and resilience - and to achieve high performance.  

This book will inspire you to: thrive on pressure like an Olympic athlete; manage and overcome negative emotions by acknowledging them; plan short-term goals to achieve long-term aspirations; surround yourself with the people who will push you the hardest; use challenges to become a better leader; use creativity to move past trauma; and understand the tools your mind uses to recover from setbacks.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Reinventing HR: HBR's 10 Must Reads Series

How HR can lead.  

We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones on how HR leaders can partner with the C-suite, drive change throughout the organization, and develop the workforce of the future.  

This book will inspire you to: overhaul performance management practices to jump-start motivation and engagement; use agile processes to transform how you hire, develop, and manage people; establish diversity programs that increase innovation and competitiveness as well as inclusion; use people analytics to bring unprecedented insight to hiring and talent management; prepare your company for the double waves of artificial intelligence and an older workforce; and close the gap between HR and strategy.

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Teams Unleashed: How to Release the Power and Human Potential of Work Teams

Teams Unleashed provides a map and compass for engaged, sustainable, and improved team performance. This practical approach uses the everyday language of teams to highlight what's working, and uncover what's not, and gives teams the tools to incorporate new practices that build team effectiveness. This is an approach proven in the real world of teams since 2005 and used by thousands of teams worldwide.  

The steps outlined are based on the fundamentals of coaching - a powerful, repeatable process to support and empower change that makes a difference. Teams Unleashed introduces the five core competencies for working effectively with teams, describes the essential team coaching skills, and provides exercises and activities to generate the important conversations that lead to new understanding and new team norms.  

This is a book for those who work with and lead teams: team and executive coaches, internal HR, OD and L&D professionals, and team leaders. This is an approach that gives teams a way to get clear "We are here"; the tools to design "Where we go from here"; and the structure and accountability to stay on track for team success.

The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business

Are you at risk of being trapped in an uncompetitive business? 

Chances are the strategies that worked well for you even a few years ago no longer deliver the results you need. Dramatic changes in business have unearthed a major gap between traditional approaches to strategy and the way the real world works now. 

In short, strategy is stuck. Most leaders are using frameworks that were designed for a different era of business and based on a single dominant idea - that the purpose of strategy is to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. Once the premise on which all strategies were built, this idea is increasingly irrelevant.  

Now, Columbia Business School professor and globally recognized strategy expert Rita Gunther McGrath argues that it's time to go beyond the very concept of sustainable competitive advantage. Instead, organizations need to forge a new path to winning: capturing opportunities fast, exploiting them decisively, and moving on even before they are exhausted. She shows how to do this with a new set of practices based on the notion of transient competitive advantage. 

This book serves as a new playbook for strategy, one based on updated assumptions about how the world works, and shows how some of the world's most successful companies use this method to compete and win today. 

 

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They Ask, You Answer: A Revolutionary Approach to Inbound Sales, Content Marketing, and Today's Digital Consumer, Revised & Updated

In today's digital age, the traditional sales funnel-marketing at the top, sales in the middle, customer service at the bottom - is no longer effective. To be successful, businesses must obsess over the questions, concerns, and problems their buyers have, and address them as honestly and as thoroughly as possible. Every day, buyers turn to search engines to ask billions of questions. Having the answers they need can attract thousands of potential buyers to your company - but only if your content strategy puts your answers at the top of those search results. It's a simple and powerful equation that produces growth and success: They Ask, You Answer.   

Using these principles, author Marcus Sheridan led his struggling pool company from the bleak depths of the housing crash of 2008 to become one of the largest pool installers in the United States. Discover how his proven strategy can work for your business and master the principles of inbound and content marketing that have empowered thousands of companies to achieve exceptional growth. 

They Ask, You Answer is a straightforward guide filled with practical tactics and insights for transforming your marketing strategy. This new edition has been fully revised and updated to reflect the evolution of content marketing and the increasing demands of today's internet-savvy buyers.

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Everything You Need to Know About Managing Your Team

As a manager, you tend to walk a tightrope with executives on one side and employees on the other. But while managing personalities, team dynamics, and company culture aren't your only responsibilities, they are vital to the well-being of any company. To help you boost productivity and find the right management style for you, the staff of Entrepreneur helps you tap into the expertise of over 20 contributors and learn how to: delegate the right jobs to the right people; decentralize management and boost employee productivity; promote accountability with remote and in-house staff; motivate your team with radical candor and genuine appreciation; create a culture that fits your brand and management style; and supervise a staff without breathing down people's necks. 

Plus, get an inside look at the management styles of Karim Abouelnaga, founder and CEO of Practice Makes Perfect, Dr. Riaz Khadem, founder of Infotrac and author of Total Alignment, Chung-Man Tam, CEO of Homesuite, and Glenn Llopis, chairman of the Glenn Llopis Group and author of The Innovation Mentality.

Financial Modeling and Valuation: A Practical Guide to Investment Banking and Private Equity

Built around a full-length case study of Wal-Mart, Financial Modeling and Valuation shows you how to perform an in-depth analysis of that company's financial standing, walking you through all the steps of developing a sophisticated financial model as done by professional Wall Street analysts. Step-by-step, you will construct a full scale financial model and valuation. 

When we ran this analysis in January of 2012, we estimated the stock was undervalued. Since the first run of the analysis, the stock has increased 35 percent. Re-evaluating Wal-Mart nine months later, we will step through the techniques utilized by Wall Street analysts to build models on and properly value business entities. 

  • Step-by-step financial modeling - taught using downloadable Wall Street models, you will construct the model step by step as you listen to the book 
  • Concepts are reiterated and honed, perfect for a novice yet detailed enough for a professional 
  • Includes in-depth coverage of valuation techniques commonly used by Wall Street professionals

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

Reap the benefits of a diverse workforce. 

We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you create a culture that seeks and celebrates difference. 

This book will inspire you to: identify and address bias; short-circuit discrimination instead of unintentionally feeding it; attract, retain, and engage talented people who represent myriad identities; ensure that everyone has equal access to growth opportunities; trade outdated policies for practices that are proven to foster inclusion; and harness employees' unique skills and perspectives to transform how your company operates. 

It's Personal, Not Personnel: Leadership Lessons for the Battlefield and the Boardroom

There has never been a more important time - in corporate America and in the American military - for leaders, at all levels, to understand how to invest in people. This book teaches you to do just that. Written by a 27-year army colonel, veteran, and leader of more than 5,000 troops in the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, It's Personal, Not Personnel offers true stories and practical frameworks you can apply to the people in your organization and on your team. 

Whether from lack of will, experience or training, many leaders pay lip service to investing in people. Instead, they manage them on spreadsheets and in HR-focused software applications without personal consideration, failing to truly know them, care for them or establish healthy, fulfilling environments in which they can work and serve. Those appointed to guide and delegate often miss the opportunity to create a people-centric environment where productivity and efficiency will improve. It's less about making mechanics, IT managers, or soldiers better at their trade, and it's more about making people better people. 

Explore the intricacies of personal connection in the workplace by following Rob Campbell through his own experiences leading large teams in high-stakes work, and then learn to apply those insights to your own work as a leader.

A New History of Management

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

Empty Labor: Idleness and Workplace Resistance

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

The one primer you need to develop your entrepreneurial skills.

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

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

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

 

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