8 Ways to Declutter Your Brain

After eons of inhabiting the earth, the human brain has developed into a highly functional and complex apparatus. That being said, we have come to the point where we actually believe we are our minds. What if you discovered that you are not your thoughts - that they are, in fact, an expression of the universal "thoughtmosphere"? The time has come for you to shift your paradigm, and awaken to the realization that your mind has served you well, but that you are so much more.  

In this revolutionary new book, edu-tainer, speaker, and author Theresa Puskar sheds light on the incessant mind chatter that clutters your brain and uncovers the myriad of traps your ego sets to deplete your energy and keep you conflicted, confused, and running. 

Learn how to: shift from toxic reactivity to liberating receptivity; get out of your own way and attract success; access your innate sense of well-being; review and release your never-ending battle with life; recognize the source of your anger and intolerance and discover deep peace; build genuine, heart-based relationships; transform exhaustion to inspired mobilization; and fall in love with your True Self.

Accountable Leaders: Inspire a Culture Where Everyone Steps Up, Takes Ownership, and Delivers Results

Leadership accountability is a major issue in organizations around the globe. Research has shown that teams and individual employees are overwhelmingly dissatisfied with the degree of accountability demonstrated by their leaders. Effective teams need responsible and accountable leaders - the solution seems simple. 

Yet, thousands of businesses are struggling with mediocre performance and widening gaps in leadership. This essential resource provides practical and no-nonsense strategies to transform any organization into a cohesive, highly motivated culture of accountable leaders and fully committed teams. Best-selling author Vince Molinaro shares his proven methods of optimal leadership accountability, providing a step-by-step blueprint for leaders in any organization. 

Developed from years of experience helping Fortune 500 companies build strong leaders and effective teams, this book will enable you to: build strong leadership accountability, understand why gaps in leadership occur and recognize accountability issues in your own organization, develop an effective strategy to install a culture of accountability and responsibility in your business, and identify and implement organizational practices that encourage accountable leadership throughout your management structure.

Bulleit Proof: How I Took a 150-Year-Old Family Recipe and a Revolver, and Disrupted the Entire Liquor Industry One Bottle, One Sip, One Handshake at a Time

The compelling story of how one man took a 150-year-old family recipe and disrupted the entire liquor industry one sip, one bottle, one handshake at a time  

Tom Bulleit stood on a stage before a thousand people inside a tent the size of a big-top. It was both his 30th wedding anniversary and his birthday. But there was another thing to celebrate: the dedication of the new Bulleit Distillery in Shelbyville, Kentucky. His great-great-grandfather, Augustus, created his first batch of Bulleit Bourbon around 1830. A century and a half later, Tom fulfilled his lifelong dream, revived the old family bourbon recipe, and started Bulleit Distilling Company. 

Eventually, Tom was named a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, and elected to the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. Thinking back on all his achievements, Tom was overcome by a wave of emotion. He looked into the sea of faces and said, "I don't believe our lives are told in years...or months...or weeks. I believe we live our lives in moments."  

Tom's book Bulleit Proof is just that - a life told in moments. Moments of joy, triumph, hardship, persistence, and success. His is a story of survival: in war, in business, in life. Tom faced death twice: in a foxhole and in a cancer ward. In Bulleit Proof, Tom reveals all, pulls no punches, and lets you into his heart.

Stop Listening to the Customer: Try Hearing Your Brand Instead

If you want to stand out from the crowd, develop a clear and consistent brand voice, and ultimately build a fruitful business - listen to your brand. Stop Listening to the Customer offers insights into how consumers are driving homogeneity in brands and shares the proven strategies you can implement to amplify your own position in the world. 

The customer is not always right. In fact, our obsession with the customer risks devaluing brands by making them generic and forgettable. Brands have become too consumer-led, where they are driven by journey-mapping, customer-centric design, and an excessive focus on consumer-driven data. Instead, try redressing the balance and be brand-led, where brands and businesses can truly become unique, interesting, and highly profitable. 

Multi-award-winning brand strategist and consumer psychologist Adam Ferrier shares his contrary approach to building a strong brand in Stop Listening to the Customer. Backed by science, real-world examples, and extensive industry experience, Ferrier explores the dangers of listening to the consumer too much, shares lessons from successful businesses who prioritize their brand, and reveals the brand-building secrets of their success.

fMRI: MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series

The discovery of functional MRI (fMRI) methodology in 1991 was a breakthrough in neuroscience research. This noninvasive, relatively high-speed, and high-sensitivity method of mapping human brain activity enabled observation of subtle localized changes in blood flow associated with brain activity. Thousands of scientists around the world have not only embraced fMRI as a new and powerful method that complemented their ongoing studies, but have also gone on to redirect their research around this revolutionary technique. This volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series offers an accessible introduction to the history, fundamental concepts, challenges, and controversies of fMRI, written by one of the pioneers in the field.

Peter Bandettini covers the essentials of fMRI, providing insight and perspective from his nearly three decades of research. He describes other brain imaging and assessment methods; the sources of fMRI contrasts; the basic methodology, from hardware to pulse sequences; brain activation experiment design strategies; and data and image processing. A unique, stand-alone chapter addresses major controversies in the field, outlining 26 challenges that have helped shape fMRI research. Finally, Bandettini lays out the four essential pillars of fMRI: technology, methodology, interpretation, and applications.

Spatial Computing: MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series

Billions of people around the globe use various applications of spatial computing daily - by using a ride-sharing app, GPS, the e911 system, social media check-ins, even Pokemon Go. Scientists and researchers use spatial computing to track diseases, map the bottom of the oceans, chart the behavior of endangered species, and create election maps in real time. 

Drones and driverless cars use a variety of spatial computing technologies. Spatial computing works by understanding the physical world, knowing and communicating our relation to places in that world, and navigating through those places. It has changed our lives and infrastructures profoundly, marking a significant shift in how we make our way in the world. 

The book offers accessible descriptions of GPS and location-based services, including the use of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and RFID for position determination out of satellite range; remote sensing, which uses satellite and aerial platforms to monitor such varied phenomena as global food production, the effects of climate change, and subsurface natural resources on other planets; geographic information systems (GIS), which store, analyze, and visualize spatial data; spatial databases, which store multiple forms of spatial data; and spatial statistics and spatial data mining, used to analyze location-related data.

Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos

For decades business leaders have been painfully aware of the huge chasm between their aspiration for a nimble, flexible enterprise and the reality of silos, sluggishness, and frustrated innovation. Today, agile is being hailed as the essential bridge across that chasm. Agile, say its enthusiasts, can transform your company, catapulting you to the head of the pack.

Not so fast. In this clear-eyed and indispensable audiobook, Sarah Elk and Steve Berez provide a much-needed reality check. They dispel the myths and misconceptions that have accompanied agile's growth - the idea that it can reshape your organization all at once, for instance, or that it should be used in every function and for all types of work. They affirm and illustrate that agile teams can indeed transform the work environment, make people's jobs more rewarding, and turbocharge innovation - but only if the method is fully understood and implemented the right way.

Agile, done well, frees and facilitates vigorous innovation without sacrificing the efficiency and reliability essential to traditional operations. The authors break down how agile really works, show what not to do, and explain the crucial importance of scaling agile properly in order to get its full benefit. They then lay out a road map for leading the transition to a truly agile enterprise. 

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HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Risk: HBR's 10 Must Reads Series

Is your business playing it safe - or taking the right risks?

Risk is a regular part of business, but knowing which risks to take and when to step back is often unclear. Whether you're assessing a new opportunity for innovation or thinking about your long-term strategy in an unsteady economy, you need to know the best way to proceed while ensuring that your company is financially secure and thriving.

We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the 10 most important ones to help you determine which risks are worth taking and mitigate those your company - and your industry at large - are already facing.

This audiobook will inspire you to: understand the three categories of risk and tailor your risk-management processes accordingly; gain experience through small strategic bets before launching larger initiatives; embrace uncertainty as a key element of breakthrough innovation; find opportunities in emerging markets - and avoid those you can't practically serve; get ahead of and minimize political risk; and avoid common mistakes when confronting risk. 

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Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life

How working parents can lead more purposeful lives, characterized by harmony, connection, and impact.

Parents in today's fast-paced, disorienting world can easily lose track of who they are and what really matters most. But it doesn't have to be this way. As a parent, you can harness the powerful science of leadership in order to thrive in all aspects of your life.

Drawing on the principles of his book Total Leadership - a best seller and popular leadership-development program used in organizations worldwide - and on their experience as researchers, educators, consultants, coaches, and parents, Stew Friedman and coauthor Alyssa Westring offer a robust, proven method that will help you gain a greater sense of purpose and control. It includes tools illustrated with compelling examples from the lives of real working parents that show you how to: design a future based on your core values; engage with your children in fresh, meaningful ways; cultivate a community of caregiving and support, in all parts of your life; and experiment to discover better ways to live and work. Powerful, practical, and indispensable, Parents Who Lead is the guide you need to forge a better future, foster meaningful and mutually rewarding relationships, and design sustainable solutions for creating a richer life for yourself, your children, and your world. 

 

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The Power of the Master Mind: Napoleon Hill Success Course Series, Book 2

Millions explore the works of Napoleon Hill and are catapulted to their dreams. Others say they get nowhere. Why? The difference between success and failure lies in the use of the Master Mind. 

The Master Mind, Hill taught, is the pooling of intellectual, intuitive, and creative mental resources that occurs when two or more people enter a supportive pact to assist one another's aims. A Master Mind group multiplies the mental powers of all its participants. This is the "secret ingredient", Hill insisted, that delivers lasting success. 

Now, acclaimed historian and new thought author Mitch Horowitz shows you, step by step, how and why the Master Mind works - and how truly easy it is to form and maintain your own Master Mind group. 

If you love the motivational lessons of Napoleon Hill, you cannot afford to be without the Napoleon Hill Success Course on the Master Mind. "Great power", Hill wrote, "can be accumulated through no other principle."

Blockchain Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction in 25 Steps

In 25 concise steps, you will learn the basics of blockchain technology. No mathematical formulas, program code, or computer science jargon are used. No previous knowledge in computer science, mathematics, programming, or cryptography is required. Terminology is explained through analogies and metaphors. 

This audiobook bridges the gap that exists between purely technical guides about the blockchain and purely business-focused guides. It does so by explaining both the technical concepts that make up the blockchain and their role in business-relevant applications. 

What you'll learn: what the blockchain is; why it is needed and what problem it solves; why there is so much excitement about the blockchain and its potential; major components and their purpose; how various components of the blockchain work and interact; limitations, why they exist, and what has been done to overcome them; and major application scenarios. 

Who this audiobook is for: everyone who wants to get a general idea of what blockchain technology is, how it works, and how it will potentially change the financial system as we know it.

Lead from the Future: How to Turn Visionary Thinking into Breakthrough Growth

We all know a visionary leader when we see one. They're bold and prophetic and at the same time pragmatic. They don't just promote change - they drive it, while inspiring and mobilizing others to do the same. Visionaries like Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos possess a host of innate qualities that make them extraordinary, but what truly sets them apart is their ability to turn vision into action.

In Lead from the Future, Innosight's Mark W. Johnson and Josh Suskewicz introduce a new way of thinking and managing, called "future-back", that enables any manager to become a practical visionary. Addressing the many barriers to change that exist in established organizations, they present a systematic approach to overcoming them that includes: the principles and mindset that allow leadership teams to look beyond typical short-term planning horizons; a method for turning emerging challenges into the growth opportunities that can define an organization's future; a step-by-step approach for translating a vision into a strategic plan that teams can align around and commit to; and ways to ensure that visionary thinking becomes a repeatable organizational capability. As practical as it is inspiring, Lead from the Future is the guide you and your team need to develop a vision and translate it into transformative growth. 

 

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Scaling Your Startup: Mastering the Four Stages from Idea to $10 Billion

Know how your company can accelerate growth by not only tapping into new growth vectors, but also by adapting its organization, culture, and processes.

To oversee growth from an idea to a company with billions in revenue, CEOs must reinvent many aspects of their company in anticipation of it reaching ever-higher revenues. Author Peter Cohan takes you through the four stages of scaling: winning the first customers, building a scalable business model, sprinting to liquidity, and running the marathon. What you'll learn:

  • Discover how founders keep their CEO positions by managing the organizational change needed to reach the next stage of scaling
  • Hear case studies that illustrate how CEOs craft growth strategies, raise capital, create culture, build their organizations, set goals, and manage processes to achieve them
  • Discover principles of successful scaling through comparisons of successful and less successful companies 
  • Use the scaling quotient to assess your startup's readiness to grow
  • Follow a road map for turning your idea into a company that can change the world

The Art and Science of Results: The 9 Most Powerful Ways to Clear Blocks to Your Ultimate Success

What is the missing secret to achieving your goals?

In this fascinating, mind-stretching, and empowering new audiobook, best-selling author Dr. Joe Vitale, one of the stars of the hit movie The Secret, provides the surprising answers for achieving your goals faster than ever - even the biggest goals you can imagine!

Let Dr. Vitale lead you on a journey to clear your mind of blocks and beliefs and achieve the results you deserve. Let him teach you the art and science of results.

Discover answers to these life-changing questions: Why has it been so difficult to get the results you want? What is the fastest way to get clear of hidden blocks to success? How do beliefs create reality, and how can you change them? What are the nine "clearing" techniques for accelerating our results?

The Executive Checklist: A Guide for Setting Direction and Managing Change

A guide for new executives that explores how to create an overarching, enterprise-wide transformative program. The audiobook provides a best-practice checklist for eight core areas: strategy setting, technology alignment, business renovation, project management, communications renewal, employee engagement, staff transformation, and organizational design.

The Truth in Network Marketing: Crossing the Bridge on Your Journey to Success

Network marketing, if done correctly, is the best business model that will produce a win-win situation for all those involved.

The author has a talent for explaining the complicated and misunderstood field of network marketing in a way that even those new to the business as well as those who have been in it for years can benefit from.

Phil understands that success in network marketing is a journey not a sprint. It is about developing leaders who in turn develop leaders.

Finally, success in network marketing is about growing as a person and understanding what one must do to achieve their goals. In this book there is a wealth of information for all involved in network marketing that can be the missing piece to your success.

  • Learn the truth behind lies
  • Discover how to build your business
  • Master the skill of energy leadership

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Public Speaking and Presenting: HBR's 10 Must Reads Series

Command the room - whether you're speaking to an audience of one or to hundreds.

We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the 10 most important ones to help you speak confidently in front of a group and connect with audiences of any size.

This book will inspire you to: feel more confident when it's your turn to present; understand how to persuade, motivate, and change minds; frame your message so people really listen; gain your audience's trust by being more authentic; use visuals and data more effectively; learn to be more charismatic; and infuse your day-to-day communication with storytelling.

 

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It Starts with Clients: Your 100-Day Plan to Build Lifelong Relationships and Revenue

Andrew Sobel offers a proven, 100-day plan for conquering 14 tough client development challenges and growing your client base. He's encapsulated 25 years of unique research, including personal interviews with over 3,000 top executives, into a practical road map for winning more new clients and growing your existing relationships.

You'll learn specific strategies to move confidently and predictably from a first meeting to a signed contract, and discover the agenda-setting techniques that create a steady stream of sole-source business. You'll master the art of reframing client requests, leading to broader, higher-impact engagements. You'll dramatically sharpen your ability to ask the powerful questions that can transform your client relationships. And, you'll learn to develop advisory relationships with influential C-suite executives. 

Andrew illustrates each weekly challenge with real-life examples drawn from thousands of executive meetings. He shares success strategies from having grown and led three highly successful professional service businesses as well as from his interviews with over 1500 acclaimed rainmakers.

Teaching by Heart: One Professor's Journey to Inspire

Teaching by Heart summarizes the author's key insights gained from more than 40 years of teaching and managing. It illustrates how teachers can both lift people up and let them down. It proposes that the best teachers are also leaders, and the best leaders are also teachers.

In examining how to lead and teach, renowned Harvard Business School professor Thomas J. DeLong takes the listener inside his own head and heart. He notes that, as teachers, we often focus more on our inadequacies and missteps than on our strengths and unique talents. He explains why this is so by dissecting and analyzing his own experiences - using himself as a case study.

The book's goal is to help listeners learn about the intricacies of teaching and managing, and to impart lessons about how teachers can create a unique teaching atmosphere. To do this, the author analyzes the process of creating a curriculum, preparing for an 80-minute class, managing the 15 minutes before class begins, and evaluating the nature of the teaching experience after the session concludes. Whether you're a university professor, a student, a business leader, or just someone fascinated by teaching, this book will instruct, entertain, and - hopefully - inspire.

The Context Marketing Revolution: How to Motivate Buyers in the Age of Infinite Media

We are in the midst of a massive media revolution. For the first time in history, ordinary people around the world have the ability to create, distribute, and consume content instantly, from anywhere, using connected devices. The massive increase in media "noise" created by these consumers and devices creates an entirely new situation that makes conventional marketing models obsolete. And yet countless companies and marketing organizations continue to rely on traditional models, assuming that their "campaigns" will sway customers. They couldn't be more wrong.

In this provocative and practical book, Salesforce marketing maven Mathew Sweezey boldly outlines this new "infinite media" environment and poses a profound question: In a transformed world where customers shape their own experience, what is the key to breaking through and motivating them to buy? It is context - the close linkage between an individual's immediate desires and the experiences a brand creates to fulfill them.

Sweezey uses vivid examples to highlight a new marketing model used by high-performing brands big and small. The final part of the book shifts to execution, providing a new rule book for context-based marketing.

 

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The Little Book of Investing Like the Pros: Five Steps for Picking Stocks

As you have probably noticed, there are quite a few investing books out there. Many of them were written by some of the world's greatest investors. So, why should you listen to our book?

Stock investing is more prevalent than ever, whether directly or indirectly through brokerage accounts, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), mutual funds, or retirement plans. Despite this, the vast majority of individual investors have no training on how to pick stocks. And, until now, there hasn't been a truly accessible, easy-to-understand resource available to help them. The Little Book of Investing Like the Pros was written to fill this void.

We believe the simplicity and accessibility of our stock picking framework is truly unique. Using real-world examples and actual Wall Street models used by the pros, we teach you how to pick stocks in a highly accessible, step-by-step manner. Our goal is straightforward - to impart the skills necessary for finding high-quality stocks while protecting your portfolio with risk management best practices. Our practical approach is designed to help demystify the investing process, which can be intimidating. This training will help set you apart from others who are largely flying blind.

The Sentient Enterprise: The Evolution of Business Decision Making

Mohan and Oliver have been very fortunate to have intimate views into the data challenges that face the largest organizations and institutions across every possible industry - and what they have been hearing about for some time is how the business needs to use data and analytics to their advantage. 

To really address the data concerns of today's enterprise, they wanted to find a way to help enterprises achieve the success they seek. Not as a prescriptive process - but a methodology to become agile and leverage data and analytics to drive a competitive advantage.

You know, it's amazing what can happen when two people with very different perspectives get together to solve a big problem. This evolutionary guide resulted from the a-ha moment between these two influencers at the top of their fields - one, an academic researcher and consultant, and the other, a longtime analytics practitioner and chief product officer at Teradata. 

Together, they created a powerful framework every type of business can use to connect analytic power, business practices, and human dynamics in ways that can transform what is currently possible.

Me First: The Guilt-Free Guide to Prioritising You

While you might have the appearance of absolute success in everything you do, scratch below the surface the reality is that you are freaking out, even just a little. You have so many balls in the air that the juggle is becoming increasingly hard to sustain. You need to start doing things differently because trying to do it all represents a huge risk to your ongoing success and well being. 

This book teaches you how to successfully juggle your two lives and to be guilt-free, with a proven five-step process to help you identify and harness hours of lost time on the home front.

The new edition includes:

  • More data regarding time demands on professionals.
  • More on the seven mistakes people make - now including solutions.
  • More quotes and stories form a wider range of women including international examples.
  • More personal stories - author is a single mother of three children with aging parents.
  • More angles-female perspective on imposter syndrome, guilt, and more.

Cynicism: MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series

Everyone's a cynic, yet few will admit it. Today's cynics excuse themselves half-heartedly - "I hate to be a cynic, but...." - before making their pronouncements. Narrowly opportunistic, always on the take, contemporary cynicism has nothing positive to contribute. The Cynicism of the ancient Greeks, however, was very different. Bold and shameless, it was committed to transforming the values on which civilization depends. In this volume of the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Ansgar Allen charts the long history of cynicism, from the "fearless speech" of Greek Cynics in the fourth century BCE to the contemporary cynic's lack of social and political convictions.

Allen describes ancient Cynicism as an improvised philosophy and a way of life disposed to scandalize contemporaries, subjecting their cultural commitments to derision. He chronicles the subsequent "purification" of Cynicism by the Stoics; Renaissance and Enlightenment appropriations of Cynicism; and the transition from Cynicism (the philosophy) to cynicism (the modern attitude), exploring contemporary cynicism from the perspectives of its leftist, liberal, and conservative critics. Finally, he considers the possibility of a radical cynicism that admits and affirms the danger it poses to contemporary society.

Irony and Sarcasm: MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series

A biography of two troublesome words.

Irony and sarcasm are two of the most misused, misapplied, and misunderstood words in our conversational lexicon. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, psycholinguist Roger Kreuz offers an enlightening and concise overview of the life and times of these two terms, mapping their evolution from Greek philosophy and Roman rhetoric to modern literary criticism to emojis.

Kreuz describes eight different ways that irony has been used through the centuries, proceeding from Socratic to dramatic to cosmic irony. He explains that verbal irony - irony as it is traditionally understood - refers to statements that mean something different (frequently the opposite) of what is literally intended, and defines sarcasm as a type of verbal irony. Kreuz outlines the prerequisites for irony and sarcasm (one of which is a shared frame of reference); clarifies what irony is not (coincidence, paradox, satire) and what it can be (among other things, a socially acceptable way to express hostility); recounts ways that people can signal their ironic intentions; and considers the difficulties of online irony. Finally, he wonders if, because irony refers to so many different phenomena, people may gradually stop using the word, with sarcasm taking over its verbal duties.