Napoleon Hill's Master Course is his ultimate gift to mankind. It is the easiest, most direct path to fulfilling your greatest potential, and one of the most complete self-improvement books available today. These original copyrighted lectures given by Napoleon Hill himself for the Master Course were delivered in Chicago in the mid-1950s to individuals who were being trained to teach his philosophy to help others achieve their goals.
Through this exclusive course designed to improve every facet of your lives and authorized by the Napoleon Hill Foundation, you will discover how to: uncover your true purpose in life; achieve any goal you set; develop a pleasing personality; step up to leadership; acquire a positive mental attitude; attract opportunities; develop enthusiasm; learn through adversity; foster creative vision and imagination; maintain sound health; and budget time and money.
The world is changing dramatically, and it's easy to be alarmed and lose focus of what matters most. Don't fall into that trap! Build leadership skills, boost productivity, and learn and apply the time-tested principles of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
It's never too late to develop a growth mindset. Want to discover life-changing habits that will propel you toward a more productive and effective life? This compact adaptation of Stephen R. Covey's all-time international best seller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, offers an efficient - yet in-depth - guide to becoming your best self and reaching your goals.
Less stress, more success. Listeners who have never learned the seven habits before - as well as longtime fans who want a refresher - will find wisdom, direction, self-reflection, and life-affirming challenges that easily can be applied to your professional and personal life. The 7 Habits on the Go isn't just a productivity planner or habit tracker. If you'll devote just minutes each day, you can develop the principles needed to stay proactive and positive. The positive paradigm shifts that the seven habits can produce help you break free of old beliefs, motivate toward meaningful change, and develop positive behaviors to bring clear communication.
There's a common strategy used by the fastest growing and most successful businesses of our time. These companies are building their entire customer experience around their digital products, delivering software that is simple, intuitive, and delightful, and that anticipates and exceeds the evolving needs of users. Product-led organizations make their products the vehicle for acquiring and retaining customers, driving growth, and influencing organizational priorities. They represent the future of business in a digital-first world.
This book is meant to help you transform your company into a product-led organization, helping to drive growth for your business and advance your own career. It provides: a holistic view of the quantitative and qualitative insights teams need to make better decisions and shape better product experiences; a guide to setting goals for product success and measuring progress toward meeting them; a playbook for incorporating sales and marketing activities, service and support, as well as onboarding and education into the product; strategies for soliciting, organizing, and prioritizing feedback from customers and other stakeholders; and how to use those inputs to create an effective product road map.
If you're a general manager or CFO, do you feel you're spending too much on IT or wishing you could get better returns from your IT investments? If so, it's time to examine what's behind this IT-as-cost mindset.
In The Real Business of IT, Richard Hunter and George Westerman reveal that the cost mindset stems from IT leaders' inability to communicate about the business value they create - so CIOs get stuck discussing budgets rather than their contributions to the organization.
The authors explain how IT leaders can combat this mindset by first using information technology to generate three forms of value important to leaders throughout the organization:
The authors show how to communicate about these forms of value with non-IT leaders - so they understand how your firm is benefiting and see IT as the strategic powerhouse it truly is.
We are in the midst of a startup revolution. The growth and proliferation of innovation-driven startup activity is profound, unprecedented, and global in scope. Today, it is understood that communities of support and knowledge-sharing go along with other resources. The importance of collaboration and a long-term commitment has gained wider acceptance. These principles are adopted in many startup communities throughout the world.
And yet, much more work is needed. Startup activity is highly concentrated in large cities. Governments and other actors such as large corporations and universities are not collaborating with each other nor with entrepreneurs as well as they could. Too often, these actors try to control activity or impose their view from the top-down, rather than supporting an environment that is led from the bottom-up. We continue to see a disconnect between an entrepreneurial mindset and that of many actors who wish to engage with and support entrepreneurship. There are structural reasons for this, but we can overcome many of these obstacles with appropriate focus and sustained practice.
No one tells this story better than Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway. The Startup Community Way explores what makes startup communities thrive and how to improve collaboration in these rapidly evolving, complex environments.
Overachiever Joe Theismann had reached the pinnacle of success as an elite NFL quarterback, with a Super Bowl victory and NFL MVP award. But the memory that sticks with many fans is the gruesome injury - his leg was shattered on Monday Night Football - that ended his career. The end of his days on the gridiron wasn't the end of life for Theismann, though. In How to Be a Champion Every Day, Theismann recounts stories from his impressive career, providing an inspirational guide for how to succeed on a team, in your career, and in your everyday life.
Theismann draws on the people who have inspired and motivated him over the years, like Head Coach Ron Rivera, San Francisco 49ers Safety Ronnie Lott, and his own mother. These amazing stories all emphasize a simple yet profound message that with hard work, focus, and belief in yourself, you can achieve greatness.
Organized by themes such as attitude, teamwork, and motivation, Theismann's wise anecdotes highlight his firm belief that positive-thinking, goal-oriented people can achieve anything they set their minds to. See how Theismann's advice can change your life.
Secure your investment gains and supercharge your results with this down-to-earth analysis of investing fundamentals.
Via powerful and unique insights, Ignore the Hype teaches listeners how to keep their focus squarely on time-tested strategies for meeting their financial goals without getting distracted by a constant barrage of news headlines.
The book takes a common-sense approach to the financial world that's ideally suited to the everyday investor. It covers topics including: how to avoid competing against hedge funds in a game they've rigged; what you can do today to avoid taxes tomorrow; Wall Street's dirty secret: Forecasting is just guessing; why some of your investments have worse odds than a casino game; how the media circus can derail your financial plans; and surviving a world where financial advisors don't have to act in your best interest.
Ignore the Hype emphasizes the difference between short-term trading and long-term investing, how to filter the constant onslaught of information coming your way from every angle and separate the valuable content from the noise, and how to build a foundation for investment success based on common sense and academic research.
Your organization has made the decision to adopt automation and artificial intelligence technologies. Now, you face difficult and stubborn questions about how to implement that decision: How, when, and where should we apply automation in our organization? Is it a stark choice between humans versus machines? How do we stay on top of these technological trends as work and automation continue to evolve?
Work and human capital experts Ravin Jesuthasan and John Boudreau present leaders with a new set of tools to answer these daunting questions. Transcending the endless debate about humans being replaced by machines, Jesuthasan and Boudreau show how smart leaders instead are optimizing human-automation combinations that are not only more efficient but also generate higher returns on improved performance.
Based on groundbreaking primary research, Reinventing Jobs provides an original, structured approach of four distinct steps - deconstruct, optimize, automate, and reconfigure - to help leaders reinvent how work gets bundled into jobs and create optimal human-machine combinations. Jesuthasan and Boudreau show leaders how to continuously reexamine what a job really is, and they provide the tools for identifying the pivotal performance value of tasks within jobs and how these tasks should be reconstructed into new, more optimal combinations.
The growing pains of a start-up's initial year in business require a keen awareness of uncertainties and a willingness to adapt in order to survive. Today's new founders greatly benefit from taking a behind-the-scenes look at successful companies such as Etsy, HotelTonight, Fiverr, and more in regards to how they overcame the challenges of their first year. Startups in Action is your curated source for critical insights and inspiration from those who have been there before.
This book documents the month-to-month journeys of these companies in their first year, zeroing in on key decisions that helped them recover from missteps, and adapt to complications, to eventually grow and succeed. Were the founders full-time from the beginning? How long did it take them to build a working prototype? How many end-users did they have in the first year? The answers to these questions are of interest to those who are just starting out and want to learn by example. Collected from interviews with the founders themselves, author JP Silva answers these questions and reveals how each of the start-ups charted their paths to success. Startups in Action is equal parts inspirational and practical, providing guidance through a foundation of relatability to help cope with situations and surprises experienced during a start-up's first year.
This short, accessible book seeks to explore the future of work through the views and opinions of a range of expertise, encompassing economic, historical, technological, ethical, and anthropological aspects of the debate. The transition to an automated society brings with it new challenges and a consideration for what has happened in the past; the editors of this book carefully steer the listener through future possibilities and policy outcomes, all the while recognizing that while such a shift to a robotized society will be a gradual process, it is one that requires significant thought and consideration.
You can fake authenticity. But in this digitally saturated age, your customers will see through any misdirection.
As we are constantly on our electronic devices, we have come to distrust curated media and traditional PR. Stephen Denny and Paul Leinberger have found that people now want to make their own decisions based on raw footage, real-time updates, and unfiltered livestreams. How, then, do marketing executives and others gain consumer trust? These Fortune 500 consultants present the answer in Unfiltered Marketing.
Drawing on four years of global research, authors Denny and Leinberger have developed a comprehensive five-step process for successfully rehumanizing the digital brand experience and gaining customer loyalty. To follow it, companies must understand that consumers are seeking control in an out-of-control world; and executives must rework their brand to be unscripted, in-process, and in-context, in order to master heroic credibility (brands standing by their philosophy and values). Abiding by these rules, businesses follow in the successful footsteps of brands like Patagonia, T-Mobile, Adidas, GoDaddy, and others.
Master Your Mind offers a bit of perspective and a lot of insight for anyone seeking long-term success. Success in business is spelled M-O-R-E: better results, faster growth, more revenue, greater efficiency. Do more. Make more. Achieve more. And do it now. Eventually, ambition turns to stress, then to frenzy, then to emptiness as once-ambitious workers endlessly trudge the hamster wheel chasing the next promotion. While top-level performance is the holy grail of business at all levels, there is another, much better way to achieve it: slow down.
Slowing down is not a luxury, it is a necessity. A frenetic brain simply doesn't perform at optimal levels. By maintaining a snail's pace, you actually achieve better results - at rocket speed - because you're firing on all cylinders. You'll think of new things, approach old problems from new perspectives, and breathe a breath of fresh air into everything you do. This book shows you how to achieve this state of steady, sustainable fire and how to get further by crawling than you ever did while attempting to fly.
You know you're capable of more, but the stress is eating away at your body, your brain, and your soul. Relax, take a deep breath, and buckle down. Clear your mind, and then put it to work. Master Your Mind shows you how to supercharge your trajectory by taking it S-L-O-W.
Leaders already know that the classic approach to strategy - analyze, plan, execute - is losing relevance. But they don't yet know what replaces it. As everyone and everything becomes more interconnected and digitized, how do you operate, compete, and win?
Ming Zeng, the former chief of staff and strategy adviser to Alibaba Group's founder, Jack Ma, explains how the latest technological developments, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, the mobile internet, and cloud computing, are redefining how value is created. Written especially for those outside the technology industry or the start-up arena, this book introduces a simple, overarching framework to guide strategy formulation and execution in this data-rich and highly interactive environment.
Revealing the revolutionary practices that he and his team have developed at Alibaba, Zeng shows how to: automate decisions through machine learning; create products informed by real-time data from customers; determine the right strategic positioning to maximize value from platforms and suppliers; repurpose your organization to further human insight and enable creativity; and lead your company's transformation into a smart business.
Budding entrepreneurs face a challenging road. The path is not made any easier by all the cliches they hear about how to make a start-up succeed - from platitudes and conventional wisdom to downright contradictions.
This witty and wise guide to the dilemmas of entrepreneurship debunks widespread misconceptions about how the world of start-ups works and offers hard-earned advice for every step of the journey. Instead of start-up myths - legends spun from a fantasy version of Silicon Valley - Rizwan Virk provides start-up models - frameworks that help make thoughtful decisions about starting, growing, managing, and selling a business. Rather than dispensing simplistic rules, he mentors listeners in the development of a mental toolkit for approaching challenges based on how start-up markets evolve in real life.
In snappy prose with savvy pop-culture and real-world examples, Virk recasts entrepreneurship as a grand adventure. He points out the pitfalls that appear along the way and offers insights into how to avoid them, sharing the secrets of founding a start-up, raising money, hiring and firing, when to enter a market and when to exit, and how to value a company.
Name your business. Tell your story.
Advertising and marketing masters from Ogilvy to Godin have proven the value of words when it comes to building a brand, attracting an audience, and making a sale. In our increasingly crowded and noisy world, a name is the foundation of every product, brand, or business - and it needs to stand out.
In The Naming Book, Bullhorn Creative founder and partner Brad Flowers presents a clear framework for crafting and choosing the name that sticks. With a five-step blueprint that takes you from brainstorming to trademarking, this book is the ultimate guidebook to naming anything. You'll learn how to: set clear goals for your name and brand before you start, craft a brainstorming list based on your business mission, build a brand unique to you by creating your own word, find the balance between "cool" and clear, and narrow down your list of names with five easy tests.
Leaders have experimented with open innovation programs, corporate accelerators, venture capital arms, skunkworks, and innovation contests. They've trekked to Silicon Valley, Shenzhen, and Tel Aviv to learn from today's hottest, most successful tech companies. Yet most would admit they've failed to create truly innovative cultures. There's a better way - and it all starts with the power of habit.
In Eat, Sleep, Innovate, innovation expert Scott Anthony and his impressive team of coauthors use groundbreaking research in behavioral science to provide a first-of-its-kind playbook for empowering individuals and teams to be their most curious and creative - every single day.
Throughout the book, the authors reveal dozens of hacks and habits they've collected from workplaces across the globe that will unleash the natural innovator inside everyone. In addition to case studies of "normal organizations doing extraordinary things", they provide listeners with the tools to create their own hacks and habits, which they can then use to build and sustain their own models of a culture of innovation. Fun, lively, and utterly unique, Eat, Sleep, Innovate is the book you need to make innovation a natural and habitual act within your team or organization.
One of a manager's toughest - and most important - responsibilities is to evaluate an employee's performance, providing honest feedback and clarifying what they've done well and where they need to improve.
In How to Be Good at Performance Appraisals, Dick Grote provides a hands-on guide to succeeding at every step of the performance appraisal process - no matter what performance management system your organization uses. Through step-by-step instructions, examples, do-and-don't lists, sample dialogues, and suggested scripts, he shows you how to handle every appraisal activity, from setting goals and defining job responsibilities to evaluating performance quality and discussing the performance evaluation face-to-face.
Based on decades of experience guiding managers through their biggest challenges, Grote helps answer the questions he hears most often: How do I set goals effectively? How many goals should someone set? How do I evaluate a person's behaviors? Which counts more, behaviors or results? How do I determine the right performance appraisal rating? How do I explain my rating to a skeptical employee? How do I tell someone she's not meeting my expectations? And how do I deliver bad news? Grote also explains how to tackle other thorny performance management tasks, including determining compensation and terminating poor performers.
The best of Napoleon Hill's early works with commentary from Entrepreneur Media for today's modern world.
Entrepreneur Media presents the best of Napoleon's early works enhanced by the voices and hard-earned insights of today's modern entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and thought leaders. These two well-known and sought-out brands have decades of how-to self-help knowledge to bridge the gap between generations of entrepreneurs to teach them how to master their personal and professional success as they run, start, and grow their enterprises.
First published in 2012, Startup Communities became a blueprint for what it takes to build a supportive entrepreneurial community. Now regarded as a classic, the "Boulder Thesis" created and popularized by Feld within the book generated enormous media attention nearly a decade ago.
At that time, Boulder was an emerging start-up laboratory - a hub of innovation building new tech businesses. It quickly accelerated into a world-class ecosystem for entrepreneurs. Boulder's entrepreneurial density, combined with the geographic concentration of entrepreneurial activity around the Boulder downtown core, made it a hotbed of start-up activity. Thanks in part to the book, what happens in Boulder now leaves Boulder. Rapidly growing start-up communities in Atlanta, Detroit, Denver, Kansas City, Nashville, and Indianapolis are just a few examples.
Start-up communities continue to pop up across the US and around the world, prompting fresh new revelations and stories from Feld about what's happened over the last decade. Startup Communities 2nd Edition describes what makes a start-up community ecosystem first click, then hum, and in time, excel. The book also discusses the necessary dynamics and pre-conditions of building communities of entrepreneurs who can feed off each other's talent, creativity, and support.
Most leaders are passionate about their business, and if they had better ideas for how to grow their company, they would use them. They really do want to move their company into the top rank...but they have learned firsthand that just wanting that is not enough. They work very, very hard...but after a while, they realize that, no matter how hard they work, something important seems to be missing, and they're not quite sure what that something is. They've fallen prey to the "Blind Spots Syndrome" - they don't know what they don't know about the obstacles they face.
The Road to Excellence identifies the common blind spots that can take any business off track. The book gives you six powerful leadership strategies that, when followed, make it easier for you to find the answer to the critical question: What, exactly, stands between my company and organizational excellence - and what do I do about it?
Only when you've answered that question can you take your company into the top tier!
Many people know the benefit of finding a sponsor - someone who goes beyond traditional mentorship to partner with a junior-level employee to help build their skills, advocate for them when opportunities arise, and open doors. But few realize that being a sponsor is just as important to career growth as finding one.
According to new research from economist and thought leader Sylvia Ann Hewlett, senior executives who sponsor rising talent are 53 percent more likely to be promoted than those who don't. Similarly, middle-level managers who have proteges are 167 percent more likely to be given stretch assignments. Well-chosen proteges contribute stellar performance, steadfast loyalty, and capabilities that you, the sponsor, may lack, thus increasing how fast and how far you can go. But how do you find standout proteges, let alone develop them so that they're able to come through for you and your organization?
This book has the answers you need. Combining powerful new data and rich examples drawn from in-depth interviews with leaders from companies such as Unilever, Aetna, Blizzard Entertainment, and EY, The Sponsor Effect provides a seven-step playbook for how you can become a successful sponsor.
Women are at a disadvantage in the workplace, where they deal with unequal pay, sexual harassment, lack of credit for their contributions, and more. And while organizations are looking to address these issues, too many gender-inclusion initiatives focus exclusively on how women should respond, leaving men out of the equation. Such efforts reinforce the perception that these are "women's issues" and that men - often the most powerful stakeholders in an organization - don't need to be involved.
As gender-in-the-workplace experts David G. Smith and W. Brad Johnson show in this important book, men have a crucial opportunity to promote gender equality at work. Research shows that when men are deliberately engaged in gender-inclusion programs, 96 percent of women in those organizations perceive real progress in gender equality, compared with only 30 percent of women in organizations without strong male engagement.
Good Guys is the first book to provide a practical, research-based guide for how to be a male ally to women in the workplace. Filled with firsthand accounts from both men and women, as well as tips for getting started, the book shows how men can partner with their female colleagues to advance women's leadership and equality.
This unique book can help you change your approach to negotiation by learning key strategies and techniques from actual cases. The Book of Real-World Negotiations shines a light on real-world negotiation examples and cases, rather than discussing hypothetical scenarios. It reveals what is possible through preparation, persistence, creativity, and taking a strategic approach to your negotiations. Many of us enter negotiations with skepticism and without understanding how to truly negotiate well. Because we lack knowledge and confidence, we may abandon the negotiating process prematurely or agree to deals that leave value on the table.
The Book of Real-World Negotiations will change that once and for all by immersing you in these real-world scenarios. As a result, you'll be better able to grasp the true power of negotiation to deal with some of the most difficult problems you face or to put together the best deals possible. This book also shares critical insights and lessons for instructors and students of negotiation. Whether you're a student, instructor, or anyone who wants to negotiate successfully, you'll be able to carefully examine real-world negotiation situations that will show you how to achieve your objectives in the most challenging of circumstances.
Regardless of your stage of life and your current financial picture, the quest for financial freedom can indeed be conquered. The journey will demand the right tools and strategies along with the mindset of money mastery. With decades of collective wisdom and hands-on experience, your guides for this expedition are Peter Mallouk, the only man in history to be ranked the number one Financial Advisor in the US for three consecutive years by Barron's (2013, 2014, 2015), and Tony Robbins, the world-renowned life and business strategist. Mallouk and Robbins take the seemingly daunting goal of financial freedom and simplify it into a step-by-step process that anyone can achieve.
This book is filled with real-life success stories and vital lessons, such as: why the future is better than you think and why there is no greater time in history to be an investor; how to chart your personally tailored course for financial security; how markets behave and how to achieve peace of mind during volatility; what the financial services industry doesn't want you to know; how to select a financial advisor that puts your interests first; how to navigate, select, or reject the many types of investments available; and success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure! Financial freedom is not only about money - it's about feeling deeply fulfilled in your own personal journey.
Can we map success?
Successful people typically don't plan their success. Instead they develop a unique philosophy or attitude that works for them. They stumble across strategies that are shortcuts to success and latch onto them. Events hand them opportunities they could not have anticipated. Often their peers with equal or greater talent fail while they succeed. It is too easy to attribute success to inherent, unstoppable genius.
Best-selling author and serial entrepreneur Richard Koch charts a map of success, identifying the nine key attitudes and strategies that can propel anyone to new heights of accomplishment.
With this book, you can embark on a journey toward a new, unreasonably successful future.