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Hit Refresh

The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone

Book cover image: Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone | New York Times Bestseller

As told by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Hit Refresh is the story of corporate change and reinvention as well as the story of Nadella's personal journey, one that is taking place today inside a storied technology company, and one that is coming in all of our lives as intelligent machines become more ambient and more ubiquitous.  More »

Leading with Gratitude

Eight Leadership Practices for Extraordinary Business Results

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New York Times bestselling authors and “apostles of appreciation” Chester Elton and Adrian Gostick provide managers and executives with easy, proven ways to add more gratitude to the everyday work environment—bolstering moral, efficiency, and profitablity—in this game-changing guide to the art and practice of leadership.  More »

You Can't Know It All

Leading in the Age of Deep Expertise

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Making the move from star performer to exceptional leader is the least discussed career challenge. LEADING IN THE AGE OF DEEP EXPERTISE is a must read for experts to become the successful managers they need to be from a power house career coach and corporate consultant.  More »

Reboot

Leadership and the Art of Growing Up

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One of the startup world's most in-demand coaches—Wired magazine calls him the "CEO Whisperer"—reveals why radical self-inquiry is critical to professional success and healthy relationships in all realms of life.  More »

Trillion Dollar Coach

The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell

Book cover image: Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell | New York Times Bestseller | #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller | USA Today Bestseller

The team behind How Google Works returns with management lessons from legendary coach and business executive, Bill Campbell, whose mentoring of some of our most successful modern entrepreneurs has helped create well over a trillion dollars in market value.Bill Campbell played an instrumental role in the growth of several prominent companies, such as Google, Apple, and Intuit, fostering…  More »

Questions Are the Answer

A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life

Book cover image: Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life

What if you could unlock a better answer to your most vexing problem—in your workplace, community, or home life—just by changing the question? Talk to creative problem-solvers and they will often tell you, the key to their success is asking a different question. Take Debbie Sterling, the social entrepreneur who created GoldieBlox. The idea came when a friend complained…  More »

Beyond the Label

Women, Leadership, and Success on Our Own Terms

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The former global CEO of Chanel charts her unlikely path from literature major to global chief executive, guiding readers to move beyond the confines of staid expectations and discover their own true paths, strengths, and leadership values.Driven. Shy. Leader. Wife. Mother. We live in a world of categories — labels designed to tell the world, and ourselves, who we are and ought to be. Some we may covet, others we may fear or disdain;…  More »

Smartcuts

The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking

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Serial entrepreneur and journalist Shane Snow delves into the reasons why some people and organizations are able to achieve incredible things in implausibly short time frames, showing how each of us can use these “smartcuts” to rethink convention and accelerate success.In every era, innovators from art to science to business have used what psychologists call “lateral thinking” to find better routes to stunning accomplishments.…  More »

Persuadable

How Great Leaders Change Their Minds to Change the World

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As a leader, changing your mind has always been perceived as a weakness. Not anymore. In a world that’s changing faster than ever, successful leaders realize that a genuine willingness to change their own minds is the ultimate competitive advantage.Drawing on evidence from social science, history, politics, and more, business consultant Al Pittampalli reveals why confidence, consistency, and conviction, are increasingly becoming…  More »

Leadership BS

Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time

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Finalist for the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the YearBest business book of the week from Inc.com The author of Power, Stanford business school professor, and a leading management thinker offers a hard-hitting dissection of the leadership industry and ways to make workplaces and careers work better.The leadership enterprise is enormous, with billions of dollars, thousands of books, and hundreds of thousands of blogs…  More »

Yes, And

How Improvisation Reverses “No, But” Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration—Lessons from The Second City

Book cover image: Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses “No, But” Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration—Lessons from The Second City

Executives from The Second City—the world’s premier comedy theater and school of improvisation—reveal improvisational techniques that can help any organization develop innovators, encourage adaptable leaders, and build transformational businesses.For more than fifty years, The Second City comedy theater in Chicago has been a training ground for some of the best comic minds in the industry—including John Belushi, Bill Murray…  More »

The Business Romantic

Give Everything, Quantify Nothing, and Create Something Greater Than Yourself

Book cover image: The Business Romantic: Give Everything, Quantify Nothing, and Create Something Greater Than Yourself

In this smart, playful, and provocative book, one of today’s most original business thinkers argues that we underestimate the importance of romance in our lives and that we can find it in and through business—by designing products, services, and experiences that connect us with something greater than ourselves.Against the backdrop of eroding trust in capitalism, pervasive technology, big data, and the desire to quantify all of our…  More »

Rookie Smarts

Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work

Book cover image: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work | Wall Street Journal Bestseller

In a rapidly changing world, experience can be a curse. For today's knowledge workers, constant learning is more valuable than mastery. Leadership expert Liz Wiseman explains how to reclaim and cultivate this curious, flexible, youthful mindset called Rookie Smarts. She argues that the most successful rookies are hunter-gatherers—alert and seeking, cautious but quick like firewalkers, and hungry and relentless like pioneers. Most…  More »

Gender Intelligence

Breakthrough Strategies for Increasing Diversity and Improving Your Bottom Line

Book cover image: Gender Intelligence: Breakthrough Strategies for Increasing Diversity and Improving Your Bottom Line

World-renowned experts on gender intelligence Barbara Annis and Keith Merron suggest it’s time to move beyond arguments based on politics and fairness, building an economic business case for gender diversity in the workplace.Despite forty years of laws, quotas, diversity training, and legal expenses aimed toward equalizing pay, opportunities, and working conditions between the sexes, the glass ceiling remains firmly intact. For too…  More »

Flex

The New Playbook for Managing Across Differences

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Renowned executive coaches and global leadership strategists Jane Hyun and Audrey S. Lee offer lessons on the vital skill of “Flexing”—the art of switching leadership styles to more effectively lead people who are different from you, allowing managers to successfully manage the multicultural workers of today and tomorrow.Flex offers a proactive strategy for managers to navigate and leverage diversity effectively in this new global…  More »

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

Book cover image: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog.While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz…  More »

Kiss Your BUT Good-Bye

How to Get Beyond the One Word That Stands Between You and Success

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A simple, engaging, and eminently practical guide to overcoming your weaknesses—your "Buts"—to achieve the career and personal relationships you wantImagine a workplace where all the employees are aware of the things they do—or fail to do—that prevent them from being more productive and valuable. Imagine a company where everyone speaks openly and honestly about his or her weaknesses and is committed to strengthening and…  More »

Extreme Productivity

Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours

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Robert C. Pozen, one of the business world's most successful—and productive—executives, reveals the surprising secrets to workplace productivity and high performance. Extreme Productivity is an essential handbook for every business professional, empowering them with proven methods for prioritizing efficiently and maximizing time at work, while leading a full and productive personal life as well.  More »

The Strategist

Be the Leader Your Business Needs

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Based on an acclaimed professor's legendary strategy course at Harvard Business School, The Strategist offers a radically new perspective on a leader's most vital role. "Are you a strategist?" That's the first question Cynthia Montgomery asks the business owners and senior executives from all over the world who participate in her highly regarded executive education course. It's not a question they anticipate or care much about on opening…  More »

The 20% Doctrine

How Tinkering, Goofing Off, and Breaking the Rules at Work Drive Success in Business

Book cover image: The 20% Doctrine: How Tinkering, Goofing Off, and Breaking the Rules at Work Drive Success in Business

Gawker tech-blogger and journalist Ryan Tate reveals how businesses can inspire greater creativity and productivity by allowing their employees to pursue their own passions at work. In The 20% Doctrine, Tate examines how companies large and small can incubate valuable innovative advances by making small, specific changes to how work time is approached within their corporate cultures. The concept of"20% Time" originated at Google, but…  More »

The End of Leadership

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From one of the pioneers in the field of leadership studies comes a provocative reassessment of how people lead in the digital age: in The End of Leadership, Barbara Kellerman reveals a new way of thinking about leadership—and followership—in the twenty-first century. Building off of the strengths and insights of her work as a scholar and a teacher, Kellerman critically reexamines our most strongly-held assumptions about the role of…  More »

Tribal Leadership

Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization

Book cover image: Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization | New York Times Bestseller

"Tribal Leadership gives amazingly insightful perspective on how people interact and succeed. I learned about myself and learned lessons I will carry with me and reflect on for the rest of my life."—John W. Fanning, Founding Chairman and CEO napster Inc. "An unusually nuanced view of high-performance cultures."…  More »

The Ecology of Commerce Revised Edition

A Declaration of Sustainability

Book cover image: The Ecology of Commerce Revised Edition: A Declaration of Sustainability | National Bestseller

"The first important book of the 21st century. It may well revolutionize the relationship between business and the environment."—Don Falk, Executive Director, Society for Ecological Restoration The Ecology of Commerce is the provocative national bestseller that addresses the necessity of merging good business…  More »

Rules of Thumb

How to Stay Productive and Inspired Even in the Most Turbulent Times

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“Alan Webber’s wise words give guidance and hope in a world gone upside down. Incisive and practical, timely and timeless, he is a mentor of the highest order.” —Jim Collins, New York Times bestselling author of Good to Great In Rules of Thumb, Alan Webber—co-founder of Fast Company and one of the most important thought leaders of the last two decades—provides 52 rules of thumb, one for each week of the year, to help leaders…  More »

Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails

How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War

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Abraham Lincoln's two great legacies to history—his extraordinary power as a writer and his leadership during the Civil War—come together in this close study of the President's use of the telegraph. Invented less than two decades before he entered office, the telegraph came into its own during the Civil War. In a jewel–box of historical writing, Wheeler captures Lincoln as he adapted his folksy rhetorical style to the telegraph…  More »

Quiet Leadership

Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work

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Improving the performance of your employees involves one of the hardest challenges in the known universe: changing the way they think. In constant demand as a coach, speaker, and consultant to companies around the world, David Rock has proven that the secret to leading people (and living and working with them) is found in the space between their ears. "If people are being paid to think," he writes, "isn't it time the business world found…  More »

The Leadership Engine

How Winning Companies Build Leaders at Every Level

Book cover image: The Leadership Engine: How Winning Companies Build Leaders at Every Level

In this Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek bestseller, Michigan Business School guru and worldwide consultant Noel Tichy brings his special brand of organisational transformation to a practical level that guarantees a leader at every level of an organisation.Why do some companies consistently win in the marketplace while others struggle from crisis to crisis? The answer, says Noel Tichy, is that winning companies possess a "Leadership…  More »

Leaders

Strategies for Taking Charge

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In this illuminating study of corporate America's most critical issue—leadership—world-renowned leadership guru Warren Bennis and his co-author Burt Nanus reveal the four key principles every manager should know: Attention Through Vision, Meaning Through Communication, Trust Through Positioning, and The Deployment of Self.In this age of "process", with downsizing and restructuring affecting many workplaces, companies have fallen trap…  More »

Executive Intelligence

What All Great Leaders Have

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The final word on what traits make for highly successful managers—and a detailed explanation of how to identify potential standout performers.Executive Intelligence is about the substance behind great leadership. Inspired by the work of Peter Drucker and Jim Collins, Justin Menkes set out to isolate the qualities that make for the 'right' people. Drawing on his background in psychology and bolstered by interviews with accomplished…  More »

Reinventing Leadership

Strategies to Empower the Organization

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Leadership for the 21st CenturyThe demands of today's workplace call for stronger and more inspiring leadership in order to motivate employees and to achieve the quality results for which successful organizations constantly strive.In Reinventing Leadership, Warren G. Bennis and Robert Townsend show leaders how to empower their organizations and bring the best out of each employee.Inside you will find useful leadership strategies that…  More »

Winning the NFL Way

Leadership Lessons From Football's Top Head Coaches

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Being an NFL coach is the ultimate high-pressure job. Every Sunday a coach makes split-second decisions that will not only decide the fate of a game, but also his team's season and, ultimately, his own job.Meet Mike Holmgren, Jon Gruden, John Fox, Andy Reid, and Mike Sherman—top NFL head coaches whose careers rest on their ability to lead other men to win in the fiercely competitive world of professional football.In this extraordinary…  More »

Fortune Favors the Bold

What We Must Do to Build a New and Lasting Global Prosperity

Book cover image: Fortune Favors the Bold: What We Must Do to Build a New and Lasting Global Prosperity

Bestselling author and renowned economist Lester Thurow argues forcefully that globalization is not a done deal and we must seize the moment now if we are to create a new global economy in which all can prosper.In this new book, Thurow examines the newly–forming global economy, with a special focus on the role of the US and the dangers to our own national well–being. He examines such questions as: What's at stake for us in the global…  More »

The Cycle of Leadership

How Great Leaders Teach Their Companies to Win

Book cover image: The Cycle of Leadership: How Great Leaders Teach Their Companies to Win

In The Leadership Engine, Noel Tichy showed how great companies strive to create leaders at all levels of the organization, and how those leaders actively develop future generations of leaders.In this new book, he takes the theme further, showing how great companies and their leaders develop their business knowledge into ⳥achable points of view,⟳pend a great portion of their time giving their learnings to others, sharing best…  More »

Giants of Enterprise

Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They Built

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Seven business innovators and the empires they built.The pre-eminent business historian of our time, Richard S. Tedlow, examines seven great CEOs who successfully managed cutting-edge technology and formed enduring corporate empires.With the depth and clarity of a master, Tedlow illuminates the minds, lives and strategies behind the legendary successes of our times:. George Eastman and his invention of the Kodak camera;. Thomas Watson of…  More »

Why the Best Man for the Job Is A Woman

The Unique Female Qualities of Leadership

Book cover image: Why the Best Man for the Job Is A Woman: The Unique Female Qualities of Leadership

Playing With The Big Boys—And Beating Them At Their Own Game!From Meg Whitman of eBay to Marcy Carsey of Carsey-Warner and Oxygen Media, today's leading businesswomen show how to make it in the notorious boys' club of corporate America.Gone are the days when men called the shots. More and more women have replaced men or excelled over rivals in male-dominated industries because they possess the qualities of leadership that top firms are…  More »

Winning Every Day

The Game Plan for Success

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"Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it."— Lou Holtz Meet Lou Holtz, the motivational miracle worker who revitalized the Notre Dame football program by leading the legendary Fighting Irish to nine bowl games and a national championship. During his twenty-seven years as a head football coach, Holtz garnered a 216-95-7 career record.…  More »

Getting It Done

How to Lead When You're Not in Charge

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Let's face it. In this chaotic world of teams, matrix management, and horizontal organizations, it's tougher than ever to get things done. How do you lead when you're not the one in charge? How can you be effective when joint action is needed? You need an edge in order to reach solutions and effectively work with others.  More »

The Tao of Personal Leadership

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Say good-bye to the adversarial samurai managerial principles of the last decade. A new philosophy is sweeping the business world, one that's more in tune with a global marketplace, where cooperation, not competition, is the key to success.The Tao Te Ching is often hailed as the wisest book ever written; for more than 2,000 years it has inspired and guided people with its precepts of harmony, communication, vision, and renewal. In The…  More »

Wisdom, Inc.

30 Business Virtues That Turn Ordinary People into Extraordinary Leaders

Book cover image: Wisdom, Inc.: 30 Business Virtues That Turn Ordinary People into Extraordinary Leaders

A look at the 30 virtues of good business that have inspired success in thousands of leaders, by the man voted Boss of the Year, 1994.Persistent, honest, resourceful, creative—these adjectives begin to define the qualities of a great business leader. Along with the 26 other virtues enumerated in Wisdom, Inc., they are the fundamentals behind a business strategy that works, but they often get lost beneath passing fads and the color of…  More »

Moments of Truth

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The president and CEO of Scandinavia Airlines (SAS) shows how to adapt to the new customer-driven economy.  More »

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