Success in Africa: CEO Insights from a Continent on the Rise

In an era of slowing growth, Africa is home to a trillion-dollar, resource-rich economy, and six of the ten fastest growing markets in the world. Success in Africa introduces the ambitious CEOs who are building the continent. These stories of growth, technology, and tradition bring life to one of the most important stories of the global economy: a successful Africa. The CEOs of General Electric, The Coca Cola Company, and Tullow Oil join Africa's leading CEOs to share insights on what wins in this fast-growth market. 

With twenty years of experience in frontier markets, including a decade working in Africa, author Jonathan Berman engages with top business leaders on the vast opportunities and challenges of the continent. Success in Africa pushes past the headlines on Africa's growth to answer the questions often asked by companies and investors: Who do I work with there and what drives them? How do I deal with government? What about war, disease, and poverty? What about China? How do I win? Success in Africa provides on-the-ground perspective, personal stories, and insight that Robert Rubin calls "essential reading for all who are interested in Africa for reasons of business, investment, policy, or curiosity." Gildan Media and Bibliomotion are proud to bring you another Bibliomotion Audiobook. Featuring exceptional content for today's listener, these notable audiobooks contain the essential tools that can be applied to every facet of your life.

The Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies through Biomimicry

We are all investors. We invest our time, our energy, our money. We invest every single day, as citizens, as consumers, as businesspeople. At its core, investing involves connection, exchange, and mutual benefit. Lately, however, the primary, beneficial function of investing has been overshadowed by ever-more mechanized iterations of finance. We have created funds of funds, securitizations of securitizations, and entire firms whose business is based on harvesting the advantage of microseconds of trading speed. 

The Nature of Investing calls for a transformation of the investment process from the roots up. Drawing on the author's twenty-plus years of leadership experience in top investment firms, the book connects real-world finance with the field of biomimicry. Citing real-life examples and discussing principles from the natural world, The Nature of Investing shows how we can create an investment framework that is different from the mechanized one currently employed. Listeners will discover an approach that re-aligns investing with the world it was originally meant to serve. An approach that values resiliency over rigidity and elegant simplicity over synthetic complexity. This is the true nature of investing. 

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Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years

Middle School Makeover is a guide for parents and educators to help the tweens in their lives navigate the socially fraught hallways, gyms, and cafeterias of middle school. This audiobook helps parents, teachers, and other adults in middle school settings to understand the social dilemmas and other issues that kids today face. 

Author Michelle Icard covers a large range of topics, beginning with helping us understand what is happening in the brains of tweens and how these neurological development affects decision-making and questions around identity. She also addresses social media, dating, and peer exclusion. Using both recent research and her personal, extensive experience working with middle-school-aged kids and their parents, Icard offers listeners concrete and practical advice for guiding children through this chaotic developmental stage while also building their confidence. 

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60-Minute CEO: Mastering Leadership an Hour at a Time

Looking toward the C-suite? Take heed. Author and serial CEO Dick Cross pulls back the curtain on this top leadership role, explaining in his new audiobook that being a successful leader, running a business, and doing it extraordinarily well isn't a full-time job. In 60-Minute CEO: The Fast Track to Top Leadership, Cross makes the case that the single greatest determinant of business success revolves around the job at the top. Cross suggests that the most important, and often overlooked, duty for a CEO is thinking about how to improve his or her business and how to be a leader. Cross also reveals that a mediocre leader can be transformed into an exemplary one simply by refining two key things: Thinking and character. In Cross's trademark conversational style, he conveys why strategy and execution, while important, should take a back seat to authenticity and responsibility, and that the essential elements of the CEO role can be accomplished in several 60-minute sessions every week. Executives may fill their time with other tasks, but leading and running a company requires explicit skills different from those needed for any other corporate position.

The good news is that those skills are easy to learn, fun to do, and not time-consuming. In an entertaining style, Cross offers executives the fast track to the top leadership position. And while 60 minutes may seem like a quick fix, as Cross sees it, three 60-minute sessions a week devoted solely to considering your business and your role as leader are crucial to business and leadership success.

In 60-Minute CEO, Dick Cross brings over 25 years of experience of transforming companies in various stages of underperformance into industry powerhouses. Cross combines his knowledge and experience with the stories and lessons of preeminent leaders and thinkers including General George Patton and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

The Inclusion Dividend: Why Investing in Diversity & Inclusion Pays Off

In today's increasingly diverse, global, interconnected business world, diversity and inclusion is no longer just the right thing to do, it is a core leadership competency and central to the success of business. Working effectively across differences such as gender, culture, generational, race, and sexual orientation not only leads to a more productive, innovative corporate culture, but also to a better engagement with customers and clients.

The Inclusion Dividend provides a framework to tap the bottom line impact that results from an inclusive culture. Most leaders have the intent to be inclusive, but translating that into a truly inclusive outcome with employees, customers and other stakeholders requires a focused change effort. The authors provide straightforward advice on how to achieve the kind of meritocracy that will result in a tangible dividend and move companies ahead of the competition.

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The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: Girl Meets Oil

There is an invisible army of people deep inside the world's biggest and best-known companies, pushing for safer and more responsible practices. They are trying to prevent the next Rana Plaza factory collapse, the next Deepwater Horizon explosion, the next Foxconn labor abuses. Obviously, they don't always succeed. Christine Bader was one of those people. She loved BP and then-CEO John Browne's lofty rhetoric on climate change and human rights - until a string of fatal BP accidents, Browne's abrupt resignation under a cloud of scandal, and the start of Tony Hayward's tenure as chief executive, which would end with the Deepwater Horizon disaster. 

Bader's story of working deep inside the belly of the beast is unique in its details, but not in its themes: of feeling like an outsider both inside the company (accused of being a closet activist) and out (assumed to be a corporate shill); of getting mixed messages from senior management; of being frustrated with corporate life but committed to pushing for change from within. The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: Girl Meets Oil is based on Bader's experience with BP and then with a United Nations effort to prevent and address human rights abuses linked to business. Using her story as its skeleton, Bader weaves in the stories of other "Corporate Idealists" working inside some of the world's biggest and best-known companies. 

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Style Bible: What to Wear to Work

First impressions (and second ones!) count, whether you are an intern or a CEO. Lauren A. Rothman addresses an age-old dilemma: How to be appropriate and stylish in the workplace. Based on a decade of experience in the fashion industry, she addresses the basics of fashion and executive presence by offering advice, anecdotes, and style alerts that help listeners avoid major fashion faux pas at the office. 

Style Bible: What to Wear to Work is the must-have resource for the modern professional, male or female, climbing the ladder of success. Lauren identifies the ultimate wardrobe essentials, and reveals shopping strategies and destinations for the everyday person. Style Bible is the go-to manual on how to dress for every professional occasion and a valuable resource for understanding dress codes by industry, city, and gender so that your visual cues will make a strong impact. Make a commitment to being better dressed at work with Style Bible.

The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership

Regardless of industry, most major companies are becoming technology companies. The successful management of information has become so critical to a company's goals, that in many ways, now is the age of the CIO. 

Yet IT executives are besieged by a host of contradictions: Bad technology can bring a company to its knees, but corporate boards rarely employ CIOs; CIOs must keep costs down at the very same time that they drive innovation. CIOs are focused on the future, while they are tethered by technology decisions made in the past. 

These contradictions form what Martha Heller calls The CIO Paradox, a set of conflicting forces that are deeply embedded in governance, staffing, executive expectations, and even corporate culture. Heller, who has spent more than 12 years working with the CIO community, offers guidance to CIOs on how to attack, reverse, or neutralize the paradoxical elements of the CIO role. Through interviews with a wide array of successful CIOs, The CIO Paradox helps listeners level the playing field for IT success and get one step closer to bringing maximum value to their companies. 

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Life After Law: Finding Work You Love with the J.D. You Have

Written by Harvard-trained ex-law firm partner Liz Brown, Life After Law: Finding Work You Love with the J.D. You Have provides specific, realistic, and honest advice on alternative careers for lawyers. Unlike generic career guides, Life After Law shows lawyers how to reframe their legal experience to their competitive advantage, no matter how long they have been in or out of practice, to find work they truly love. 

Brown herself moved from a high-powered partnership into an alternative career and draws from this experience, as well as that of dozens of former practicing attorneys, in the audiobook. She acknowledges that changing careers is hard - much harder than it was for most lawyers to get their first legal job after law school but it can ultimately be more fulfilling for many than a life in law. Life After Law offers an alternative framework and valuable analytic tools for potential careers to help launch lawyers into new fields and make them attractive hires for non-legal employers.

Socialized!: How the Most Successful Businesses Harness the Power of Social

Most companies today realize the imperative to connect with their customers, employees, and partners through social technologies - Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and elsewhere. But a huge challenge is still in the way: How to build programs and teams for accomplishing all that. While organizations have been fixated on how to use the latest social tool, they've lost sight of how to create a business strategy capable of adjusting to the next wave of technology around the corner. The author has identified the strategies and tactics of the world's best social business organizations - from leaders at IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce.com to those at Google, JetBlue, and several small businesses. He also provides a never-before-revealed playbook that businesses can use today to start increasing revenue immediately and for the long term. For corporations to successfully transform into social business enterprises they must shift the focus from computers and tools to developing skills and attitudes around social technologies. 

Socialized! represents a "playbook" on how to create such a high-performing social enterprise. Filled with clear strategies and real-life stories from visionaries and change-makers, the book is designed to help business leaders create an adaptable, agile, more profitable business thereby ensuring success against the competition. You will learn how to:

  • Create and nurture a high performing "digital village" or internal social network
  • Connect with your "digital network" and build a community of brand advocates
  • Manage "Darwin's Funnel" or a sales and marketing funnel with a social wrapper

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The Chocolate Conversation: Lead Bittersweet Change, Transform Your Business

The single factor that determines success or failure in big business today is conversation. Great leaders use public and private conversation to send a clear message, cultivate a common worldview, set high standards and reachable goals, and uncover concerns that can undermine an organization. So what conversation are you, as a leader, having with your team? Experienced change consultant Rose Fass explains how too often we think we're having the same conversation - about "dark chocolate", for instance - only to be referring to three different things: Milk, white, or bittersweet varieties. She shows us how to first establish common ground that leads to an effective discourse for addressing relevance, growth, and scaling: The three most important issues she sees in business today. In a lighthearted and humorous way, Fass shows how leaders can avoid a meltdown and instead drive transformation through the way they communicate in a language that all stakeholders can understand. 

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Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream

Whitney Johnson, popular Harvard Business Review blogger, has a goal: to help us identify and achieve our dreams. Her belief is that we can each achieve greater happiness when focusing both on our dreams and on other people in our lives. In this inspiring book, Johnson directs her attention to teaching women, in particular, a three-step model for personal advancement and happiness. She first encourages us to DARE to boldly step out, to consider disrupting life as we know it. 

Then she teaches us how to DREAM, to give life to the many possibilities available, whether to start a business, run a marathon, or travel the world. She shows us how to "date" our dreams (no need to commit!) and how to make space for dreams. Finally, Whitney's model brings out the businesswoman in her; she teaches us to DO, to execute our dreams. She showcases the importance of sharing dreams with others to give them life, creating your own "dream team". 

Rich with real stories of women who have dared to dream, Dare, Dream, Do offers a practical framework to realize one's true potential. In her mid-twenties, Whitney found herself in New York, where she landed a secretarial job on Wall Street. With no relevant experience, and a bit shy on confidence, she contemplated her future and her dreams. Through determination and hard work, Whitney became an investment banker, moving to the analyst side of the business, executing the plans she'd laid out for herself. Naively, she thought most women were following similar paths until she started talking and found that many women were not daring to dream at all. 

It was because of these conversations that she started a blog in 2006, which became the inspiration for this book. Dare, Dream, Do is full of remarkable stories of women, which will no doubt inspire others to follow suit. Although Whitney focuses on the stories of women, her blog is popular with men as well, and her advice speaks to either gender.

Just Run It!: Running an Exceptional Business Is Easier Than You Think

The growth engine of the global economy is no longer through mega-production and huge conglomerates, but rather through the proliferation of smaller enterprises. In America alone, tens of thousands of businesses crop up each year. Unfortunately, few will succeed, though not due to a lack of ingenuity, initiative, or even capital. Why, then? Because, according to Dick Cross, author of Just Run It!, most business owners lack not just the fundamentals, the nuts and bolts of operating a business effectively day to day, but the bigger picture of how to achieve business success. After taking dozens of companies from underperforming to high performing, Cross observed a pattern, out of which he devised a formula for success. Using his Just Run It! formula he is now teaching business owners how to understand their business on "the back of an envelope" and make it exceptional. 

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Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less

We're in the midst of a parenting climate that feeds on "more": More expert advice, more gear, more fear about competition and safety, and more choices to make about education, nutrition, even entertainment. 

The result? Overwhelmed, confused parents and overscheduled, over-parented kids. In Minimalist Parenting, Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest offer a fresh approach to navigating all of this conflicting background "noise." They show how to tune into your family's unique values and priorities and confidently identify the activities, stuff, information, and people that truly merit space in your life. This audiobook begins by showing the value of a minimalist approach, backed by the authors' personal experience practicing it. It then leads parents through practical strategies for managing time, de-cluttering the home space, simplifying mealtimes, and streamlining recreation. Filled with parents' personal stories, readers will come away with a unique plan for a simpler life! 

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Mogul, Mom, & Maid: The Balancing Act of the Modern Woman

The state of working women has been declared, debunked and debated since the days of Rosie the Riveter. The headlines, and the statistics behind them, however, don't tell the whole story. The truth is, many women today are breadwinners; and these breadwinners are struggling. They are caught in a perfect storm of male-dominated culture at work, traditional social norms at home, and outdated schedules in the schools. Mogul, Mom, & Maid takes an honest look at how women are balancing home life and career. The pressures of child rearing, coupled with an unfulfilling corporate culture, are too great to be ignored. Author Liz O'Donnell goes beyond statistics and tells the stories of women all across America who are juggling careers, motherhood, marriage, and households. Mogul, Mom, & Maid looks at the choices women are making, the options they have, and the impact these decisions have on themselves, their families, and the businesses that employ them.

The Joy of Strategy: A Business Plan for Life

Your life is serious business, but who says you can't find joy along the way? As a person with unique gifts to offer, it is your responsibility to use your talents wisely and it is your right to enjoy yourself while doing so. Just as a successful business requires a mission and a plan, so does a fulfilling life. In The Joy of Strategy, Allison Rimm provides a structured, step-by-step program to create a business plan for your life. 

Through conventional business techniques and unconventional wisdom, The Joy of Strategy is the go-to guide for achieving satisfaction both in and out of work. Delivered with compassion and humor, The Joy of Strategy presents eight practical steps, useful tools such as the Joy Meter, and real success stories to help build and motivate your personal plan. With the perfect mix of soul and strategy, The Joy of Strategy will get you organized and on your way to a fulfilling life. 

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Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution

In the ever-changing world of business, we've arrived at a point where process has trumped culture, where the race toward efficiency has made us complacent and unable to reach our potential. Stuck in the land of status quo, we've forgotten how to think. And the very structures put in place to help businesses grow are now holding them back. It's time to Kill the Company. 

What this audiobook suggests is simple: to SIMPLIFY by getting rid of things first rather than continually building on what doesn't work; a form of spring cleaning for your organization. Innovation specialist Lisa Bodell urges companies to question assumptions and to challenge rules that have outlived their time. 

Killing these status quo attitudes makes space for change and more value-added work, like thinking. Bodell tells us that these changes need not be one-size-fits-all initiatives that are forced upon employees. Instead, we need to embrace smaller, positive behavioral changes that create ripple effects throughout the organization. Too many change initiatives simply add another layer of processes to the to-do lists of already overwhelmed and tired employees. Not this one. Innovation is supposed to make things better, not worse, easier, not more complicated. 

Kill the Company is your guide for simplifying and streamlining, then building and maintaining a place where everyone's innovative spirit and energy fuel the long-term goals of your organization. A company that empowers its people to think critically, question relentlessly, and act boldly, to move from Zombies, Inc. to Think, Inc., will own the future.

The Q-Loop: The Art & Science of Lasting Corporate Change

The business environment has never been more fast-paced and competitive. Survival, let alone success, depends on an organization's ability to recognize possibilities, innovate, implement change, and sustain that transformation. 

Yet a paradox exists. How does an established organization filled with long-time employees, a deeply entrenched culture, and a history of drawn-out planning and development cycles become nimble, innovative, and responsive? 

In The Q-Loop, Brian Klapper reveals the "art and science" of lasting transformation based on a proven, repeatable model. Learn how to unlock the potential of your organization's collective intelligence to create buy-in from top to bottom. 

The Q-Loop extracts the deep knowledge that resides with front line employees, breaks down their inherent resistance to change, and converts them into passionate advocates who are fully invested in leading the organization to achieve transformational results.

Customer CEO: How to Profit from the Power of Your Customers

Most companies still operate as if they control their customers. But, in today's market, it's really the other way around. Customer CEO confronts the new market reality that customers choose which companies to do business with completely on their own terms. This effectively inverts the power, control, and direction of decision-making; to survive in this new landscape, organizations must quickly adapt. 

Author Chuck Wall explores the nine powers customer possess - including "the power of me," "the power of the heart," and "the power of rebellion" - and how companies can profit by understanding the power of their customers. 

Based on more than a decade of firsthand experience and over 100,000 customer interviews, Customer CEO provides every size company with a roadmap of fresh ideas and easy to use tools, while exploring three-dozen companies that embrace the power of their customers. By listening to this audiobook, every leader can transform their business into a Customer CEO company.

Stop, Look, and Listen: The Customer CEO Business Fable About How to Profit from the Power of Your Customers

Sales have dropped precipitously. The board is meeting next week. Bob, founder and long-time CEO, is urged by his team to hire an expensive management consulting firm and drastically cut costs as a last ditch effort to improve the company's bottom line. 

Stop, Look, and Listen is the story of how Bob puts the principles put forth in Chuck Wall's Customer CEO: How to Profit from the Power of Your Customers to work. Bob has been running his company as if he controls the customers. Bob is urged to Stop, Look, and Listen, because today, the customers are in control. 

They are the bosses, the Customer CEOs, and they control the company's destiny.Bob must learn to understand his customers' needs, and more importantly, embrace their power. The three essential steps are to STOP seeing things from the corporate CEO's point of view, LOOK at everything from the customer's point of view, even when it hurts, and LISTEN deeply for what the customers' needs are. This short, entertaining business tale chronicles Bob's ultimate recognition of his customers as CEOs.Author Chuck Wall is an expert in understanding the needs of customers, having interviewed and surveyed more than 100,000 of them in virtually every business category. Chuck has helped hundreds of companies, from the Fortune 100 to start-ups, acquire hundreds of thousands of new customers. 

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The Leader's Climb: A Business Tale of Rising to the New Leadership Challenge

"Adam was stuck." And with this simple phrase, The Leader's Climb introduces the listener to an engaging tale of how leaders often ascend quickly to the top, only to unknowingly slip down a path of decline - until it is too late. In this audiobook's approach to the subject, set against the backdrop of a rock-climbing vacation gone awry, executive coaches Bob Parsanko and Paul Heagen draw from decades of success with business executives to reveal an all-too-familiar path of leadership struggles. 

The protagonist, Adam, is capable and well-meaning but has a confidence bordering on hubris, and blind spots that could be the end of him. That is, until unlikely encounters with a park ranger and a home handyman, who become confidants and mentors, reveal new insights to Adam. Through their wisdom, and the realities of the hard knocks of business, Adam gets "unstuck" and begins to turn around his life and career with three fundamental principles of personal growth: awareness, acceptance, and abundance.

The Complete Executive

Being a leader requires much more than just understanding how to run a business. Today’s executive is under a unique set of demands, coming from multiple stakeholders. In The Complete Executive, long-time executive coach Karen Wright introduces a unique 10-step system that takes all of these aspects of leadership development into account. Leaders not only need incredible physical energy and stamina, they need a support system, philosophy, plan, business acumen, a social network, and a brand and reputation that will ensure they achieve their vision. Backed by an assessment tool, giving each leader a personal “report card,” this book provides aspiring leaders with a framework to address all aspects of leadership that translates to peak performance. Wright knows from experience that even when everything is going well for leaders, high achievers don’t stop there, which is why The Complete Executive is designed as a resource to return to again and again for continuous improvement.

EGO vs. EQ: How Top Business Leaders Beat 8 Ego Traps with Emotional Intelligence

In Ego vs EQ, Jen Shirkani shares strategies for using emotional intelligence (EQ) as a primary prevention tool to avoid career derailment. The executive leadership failure rate is high: two in five CEO's fail in the first 18 months on the job and two thirds of business' will disappear just a decade after founding. 

This book teaches you how to identify the most common reasons for leadership ineffectiveness, including the cascading consequences they create, and learn tools to prevent them. 

Drawing on real-life anecdotes from the author's 20 years of coaching and consulting, Ego vs EQprovides research and case study examples in an easy-to-understand, practical format and is ideal for anyone currently in an executive leadership role, including business owners, or those wanting to become a dynamic future leader.